International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #206 *February 2019
Asheville, NC USA
The Monk that Sold his Ferrari
Dominic Paul Nwakuma (Nigeria)
The Monk that sold his Ferrari is actually a life manual for those who want to live a life of meaning, everyone who actually needs more meaning into his life rather than just achievements ought to make the lessons in the book a daily practice. The book is a Fable of a man who has seen different phases of his life. The whole lessons from this book are contained in one little story:
“You are sitting in the middle of a magnificent, lush, green garden. This garden is filled with the most spectacular flowers you have ever seen. The environment is supremely tranquil and silent. Savor the sensual delights of this garden and feel as if you have all the time in the world to enjoy this natural oasis. As you look around you see that in the center of this magical garden stands a towering, red lighthouse, six stories high. Suddenly, the silence of the garden is disturbed by a loud creaking as the door at the base of the lighthouse opens. Out stumbles a nine-foot-tall, nine-hundred-pound Japanese sumo wrestler who casually wanders into the center of the garden. As this sumo wrestler starts to move around the garden, he finds a shiny gold stopwatch which someone had left behind many years earlier. He slips it on, and falls to the ground with an enormous thud. The sumo wrestler is rendered unconscious and lies there, silent and still. Just when you think he has taken his last breath, the wrestler awakens, perhaps stirred by the fragrance of some fresh yellow roses blooming nearby. Energized, the wrestler jumps swiftly to his feet and intuitively looks to his left. He is startled at what he sees. Through the bushes at the very edge of the garden he observes a long winding path covered by millions of sparkling diamonds. Something seems to instruct the wrestler to take the path, and to his credit, he does. This path leads him down the road of everlasting joy and eternal bliss.”
Here are some key points:
The beauty in the most ordinary of things: So many don’t have the eyes to see this, we spend out life looking for a miracle while our lives daily are full of miracles. We are always focused on activities and event, accomplishments and earnings that we loss the really value of life. Most times, we are just the bee so focused on returning to the hive that it skips all the flowers on the way up. Learning to breath is so important to our health, but we hard give it a thought, we fail to enjoy the sun shine; admire the beauty of the dark night; the coolness of the rainfall; all these are free life enriching activities for the free minds to enjoy.
Power of Simplicity: Life is awesome when taken simple; because the real important things in this life are actually free. However, we make our life so complicated when we begin to look for complicated stuffs. The book illustrated to a great depth the importance of simplicity and though I have been trying to simplify my life by getting off excesses, knowing that the power of simplicity can actually take me some level higher. “One must never live in the thick of thin things. Focus only on your priorities, those activities that are truly meaningful. Your life will be uncluttered, rewarding and exceptionally peaceful.” All it takes are small steps in the direction of our dreams.
Your outer world reflects the state of your inner world: This is the idea that has deeply helped me deal with taking responsibility for my actions. Since I got to know that how things appear outside my world is a reflection of my inner world, I stopped assigning blames and started taking responsibilities for my actions. But there is still one thing that borders me; though I try to keep my cool and maintain my peace, it seems like am still affected by my relationship, sometimes I want to detach my feeling from whatever is happening, but I have not mastered this detachment.
Never forget that there is power in silence and stillness: The Power of Silence and Stillness is one power I have been trying acquire since I know of its benefits. The bible said, be still and know. I have learned that there is a different between being still and doing nothing. The power of silence is a chapter in one of the books I am writing, (In the days of my loneliness), and from experience I have usually gain the composure I need to face my challenges from my moment of silence. The power of silence and the ability to be still is what a matured mind need.
The need to be healed from within: Considering the situations of my life now, this is really what I need; an inner peace. So many things seem wrong now; my business is not as it seems, my health is not in good shape either, I seem to be seeing only wrong things in my relationship with my wife and others too. But I have read it over and over again that my outer world only reflects my inner world. So I came to accept that if my inner world can be proper align to the will of the universe all these errors can be fixed. At least my view can be made better, I can be able to see the best in the present situations and experience it also. This inner healing is what I need now. Oh God, grant me your inner peace.
(Paul is a Level Six Student and IIGL Board Member)
What Others Are Saying
Harriet Opondo (Uganda)
Dreaming, and wishing for a better life is commonplace for many people, but unfortunately most never realize their goals, and the dreams remain just that. I am a big dreamer and visionary, I always think of ways to change my life and the systems in my community; however as with many people, it was difficult to tangibly experience the reality of my dreams.
One of the tasks as a student with International Institute of Global Leadership, (IIGL) was to develop goals in seven key area such as; education, health, family, career, relationships/romance, material possessions, and travel. I came up with clear steps and timelines in which to achieve those goals, and was recently awed when I read the write up of my goals and the successes I have achieved only five years later. The snapshots below of these achievements in different areas of my life so far is a reminder of a quote by Les Brown, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you will land among the stars.”
I have always taken education very seriously and appreciate my family for modeling the significance of excellence and the reality that learning is a lifelong journey. I was raised in a household of high achieving brothers, who often provided the challenge to shoot for the moon. My goals in this area were to start and successfully complete my Masters in a mental health field and then to pursue a PhD. Five years later I graduated at the top of my Master’s class with a CGPA of 4.82 and am currently pursuing the PhD in Counseling at the University of North Texas, with a major in Play Therapy. I can attest that having clarity of my educational goals and not giving up on the dream even when circumstances seemed not to work in my favor, was key to facilitating the realization of my aspirations.
(Hattie is an IIGL Graduate).
What our Students are Reading
The Leader Who Had No Title By: Robin Sharma $9.99
For more than fifteen years, Robin Sharma has been quietly sharing with Fortune 500 companies and many of the super-rich a success formula that has made him one of the most sought-after leadership advisers in the world. Now, for the first time, Sharma makes his proprietary process available to you, so that you can get to your absolute best while helping your organization break through to a dramatically new level of winning in these wildly uncertain times.
In The Leader Who Had No Title, you will learn:
• How to work with and influence people like a superstar, regardless of your position
• A method to recognize and then seize opportunities in times of deep change
• The real secrets of intense innovation
• An instant strategy to build a great team and become a “merchant of wow” with your customers
• Real-world ways to defeat stress, build an unbeatable mind-set, unleash energy, and balance your personal life
Regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life, the single most important fact is that you have the power to show leadership. Wherever you are in your career or life, you should always play to your peak abilities. This book shows you how to claim that staggering power, as well as transform your life and the world around you in the process.
Students/Graduates In Action
Level Two IIGL Student Shares New Book Offer
Level Two student Rasak Adekoya (Nigeria) firstname.lastname@example.org shared:
“This is my birthday gift to you and humanity. On January 29, 2016, I released Get Started, Get Growing; a book on generating business ideas and conceptualizing it.
Today, I am launching the next book series: The Business Guide You Never Learn at University. If you are struggling to multiply your profit and gain traction for your business, this book is written for you. You can pre-order your copy today only for 841 Naira. From tomorrow, pre-order copy increase to 1500 Naira for the next two weeks and On March 1, 2019 when it is officially on online store, it increase to it original price which is 2900 Naira. I am giving this book out for that price because today is a significant birthday. When you divide 841, the price by today’s date, you will understand.
To pre-order, pay 841 Naira into GTB 360 Connect Communications 0174624221. Then send your name and email to 08182164183.”
Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation
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Book Overview Event Held in January!
IIGL Director, Deb Rosen (USA/WI) presented an overview of the 1st IIGL book, “Creating Your Path Through Leadership” on January 15th in the Milwaukee area. A specil thank you to the attendees and to those that purchased books! The book is available both on Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon.com! Check it out! A portion of each purchase is deposited to IIGL as a Royalty payment. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1…
Wanted: New IIGL Student Enrollments!
Help us recurit new IIGL students by referring them to apply on the IIGL website or email Deb Rosen at IIGL.Globalleadership@gmail.com! If you would like a copy of this poster; email Deb as well!
Meet Our New Students
We had 1 new student this month
Dereje Tadesse (Ethiopia)
Africa, as part of the globe, is where natural resources are not yet put to the benefit of its citizens due to weak governance and lack of education. These natural resources have the power of transforming the lives of the most disadvantaged group of society. The only way to realize such a strategy is through human resource development that requires world class leadership. If I enhance my leadership and management capacity further, I have a great chance of contributing to the effort being done to change the world, particularly my country and continent. As a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Professional: I accomplished result-oriented Logistics and Supply Chain Management professional with extensive experience with the Government of Ethiopia, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) & as an independent consultant. I am well experienced in Supply Chain Management (SCM), specifically, procurement, shipping, port and customs handling, warehousing and distribution of a variety of supplies and equipment both in a complex emergency environment as well as regular development project implementation.
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We had 6 students from 6 countries complete a total of 7 books in January. These students were from Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Dereje Tadesse (Ethiopia)
* As a Man Thinketh
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Pema Rinji Sherpa (Nepal)
* Creating your Path Through Leadership
Ahua Bem Gura (Ghana)
* Nonviolent Communication
Mamma Michael Kelechi (Nigeria)
* Keys to Success
Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi (Uganda)
* The New Dynamics of Winning
Cheurombo Pswarayi (Zimbabwe)
James Trotman (Liberia) completed Level Three
Pema Rinji Sherpa (Nepal) completed Level One
Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi (Uganda) completed Level One
8 enrolled in January
8 enrolled in 2019
7 in January
7 in 2019
1 in January
1 in 2019
Cost of Books
$12.66 in January
$12.66 in 2019
You Make It Possible
We extend a special thanks to the following individuals and/or organizations who contributed to IIGL last month. Your ongoing support makes this work possible.
Deb Silver (Israel)
Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ)
John Hornecker (USA/NC)
Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)
Tom Carter (USA/WI)
Minda & Daryl Devorkin (USA/WI)
Heidi & Ed Fallone (USA/WI)
Bill & Idy Goodman Family Donor Advised Fund (USA/WI)
Bobby Ringkjob (USA/WI)
Deb Rosen (USA/WI)
Patrice Zorn (USA/WI)
Make A Difference
Dream Team 22
Please join Dream Team 22 as our goal is to have 220 people contributing $22 per month. We understand that money is energy and that to sustain and build IIGL we need a lot of people pouring their energy into this endeavor on a regular basis. We also know that not everyone can afford to commit $22 a month – especially our students, who live in countries with economies in which this amount can be equal to a weeks’ salary. So we are offering two options for those who wish to become a part of the Dream Team. One can commit to a $22 a month contribution or to spending 22 seconds each day holding the vision of IIGL becoming financially sustainable by the end of 2018.
Will you join the Dream Team and help us create an energetic foundation to support the transformational work of IIGL? You can really make a difference in the world by making a modest contribution of time or money. To make the $22 a month commitment or a one time donation, click the link below. To become a member of the Dream Team 22 by committing 22 second a day to help us hold the vision, contact Deb for details: email@example.com
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