I Rocked 2015

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Writing on PBW & Beyond has been fun. It was indeed an awesome 2015 for me. I trust it was same for you.

I look forward to a better 2016.

See you then.

Prosper B. Wealth

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10,000 Spoons & The Soup

I came home. She jumped on me.

She was so happy. She danced around me while I kept saying things that made her blush.

Then came that kitchen moment.

I prepared the meal. I dished it into her plate. I served her and she went for it. I left.

Nine minutes later, I came to find her licking the soup and leaving the balls. She looked at me. She knew I was about to shout at her for licking the soup again. She chanted her trumpet tone and wag her tail.

In my heart, I said “that’s my chihuahua.”

I felt so much love in my heart. The irony is that she’s grown from “that” puppy into “my beautiful” chihuahua.

Now, that’s my 10,000 Spoons.

ON FANDOM: I’m Not A Fan

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Am I a sports fan? No!

Do I love sports? Yes!

In my world, the main sport that unites people of different ethnic groups and social status is soccer (popularly known in Africa as football – Yes… I know you’re not that dumb!). And if there’s a  club I would have been a soccer fan of, that club would have been Chelsea FC.

As I write this post out loud, I got the question: WHY CHELSEA?

WHY I WOULD HAVE A BEEN A FAN OF CHELSEA FC?

My answer to that question is that I really had and still have a lot of Chelsea fans around me. Secondly, I feel like I still have a thing for that blue color.

Even though I don’t create time to watch EPL matches often, I try to get the gist when I can (too bad for Mourinho’s unhappy situation. Hope things turn out fine at Chelsea FC).

As I round up this post, I feel the urge to mention that I’m also a basketball lover. I played it in my secondary school days. It’s been a very long time since I played it. Sadly, as a competition, the last time I played it, my team were beat hands-down. We tried so hard against the better side. We lost the match and were out of the competition. The scores ended 82 – 18 in favour of our opponents. Yet, I get to watch the game once in a while. I still remember what it feels like to hold a basketball, bounce it, throw it in and hear the crowd shout “basket!”.

All in all, I still love sports….. but I’m not really a die hard fan for any sport. Are you?

P.S.: This Fandom post is a WordPress prompt.
P.P.S.: Image source is SkySports

2015 Week 50: I enjoyed reading these posts

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To clear things up, know that Press It is the main idea behind this post.

Now, lets get to it. Shall we?

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Last week, I read many posts. Yet, the ones that stood out enough for me to highlight were posted on Mashable, MTV and Inc .

1). Mashable:

This post was titled “Kim Kardashian Hollywood somehow got us to spend real money on fake life“.

According to the Mashable post, the Kim Kardashian Hollywood app was a hit. It pocketed $1.6M in its first five days of release.

My thoughts: I tried to imagine why people would want to use this app. I later figured that this app really has a sentimental value. Majority of people who spent real money on the app wanted to feel the experience of the A-list celebrity life.

From a marketing-psychology perspective, I’d say this app made (and still makes) good cash because it tapped into the intangible needs of so many people – the need for social value and recognition.

Have you tried smiling with your eyes before? (Yep, I’m not sure I could do it CONSCIOUSLY) Well, the Kim Kardashian Hollywood App can teach you that ‘valuable skill’.

2). MTV:

This MTV post is about a model named Essena O’Neill. She quit Instagram because of her reconfigured self-image. In fact, the post title said it all; “The Model Who Quit Social Media Reveals How Instagram Twisted Her Sense of Body Image“.

In the post, there is a link to an O’Neill video.

In the video, she is said to have spoken about her obsession with achieving the perfect body.

In a quote from the video, O’Neill said “I was happy when I looked like the girls that I admired when I was younger.”

My thoughts: The perfect body structure is a myth. Skipping meals and settling for unhealthy physical goals can negatively affect a person’s later sense of self. In the extreme cases, death might occur.

Social Media is here to stay. It is very important for you to know who you listen to – coz some feeds are just not healthy – in the long run, they dry up the soul.

P.S.: In the MTV post, there is a link to Essena O’Neill‘s video.

3) Inc:

This year, Gravity Payments has gained a stronger press coverage – all thanks to CEO Dan Price decision to establish a $70,000 minimum wage at his [Gravity Payments] company.

It is interesting to learn how his decision is influencing the American business community.

Here’s a little highlight from the Inc article titled: “Here’s What Really Happened at That Company That Set a $70,000 Minimum Wage“.

i) #imwithdan is the face of this wage debate.

ii) Professors at Harvard Business School asked to study Dan Price’ experiment in paying workers.

iii) Currently, Gravity Payment revenue is growing at double digit rates. Hence, countering various spells of doom for the company.

iv) The Gravity Payment customer retention rate rose from 91% to 95%.

My thoughts: I like this Dan Price guy. He’s a guy who dreams big. He is ready to restructure his finances and relationships to make things happen – now that’s a statement.

This Dan Price guy has got balls and a strong dose of faith.

I love faith.

When you’re on the path of faith, you’ll take actions that position you for greater successes.

And so I’m wishing Dan Price the best of favours. I believe everything will turn out fine for him.

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That’s it!

Those are my three most enjoyed posts of last week.

Share your thoughts on any of the posts that do strike a thought in your mind.

Cheers! …and happy commenting!!

~ PBW

DAILY PROMPT: If I Ruled The World

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If I Ruled the World, I would make sure Africa has increased Internet Access at very low data costs.

I’ve learnt so much practical knowledge outside the classroom – all thanks to the internet. I firmly agree that cost effective internet solutions tailored to the various African social segments could create innovative business solutions.

There’s still so much infrastructure development opportunities in Africa. Internet infrastructure is one of them. It is a non-petroleum goldmine.

What do you think about this?

(By the way, this is my 100th post on PBW & Beyond Blog. Now…. that’s a serious milestone.)

MY THANKSGIVING: I’m Back and Sundry

I feel blessed to be back.

Without good health, life is just a wastage of days.

Yep! I’m back to the point where I feel blessed to be stable in health – a point where I can draft my thoughts to the world while feeling comfortable in my own skin.

And so… I’m using this time to be grateful for my health. Without good health, life is just a wastage of days.

I look forward to doing more ramblings on this blog.

As for you my dear reader (and awesome blog followers), Season’s Greetings! I’m really blessed to have you in the PBW & Beyond community. I look forward to reading your blogs too.

Remain blessed!

Prosper B. Wealth