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Dear present ambitious young person,
This is a piece of advice for you from your future self. You had a lot of beautiful things you hoped and prayed for in life; probably not exactly how you imagined but it still beautiful and I am proud of your achievements. It probably didn’t all come together as quickly and as simultaneously as expected, but it all came together at some point. Because I am ambitious and hardworking, I achieved but do you know what?
I lost a very important thing in my life that I cannot gain back…EVER! That is TIME. There is no way, I can go back in time to make the friends I could not make because I was busy building my dreams…there is no way I can go back in time to take the chance at the love that was so glaring because I was too busy chasing my dreams…there is absolutely no way I can do all the fun things young people my age did because all I thought of was my dreams…there is no way I can start living now since all I did was wait for my dreams to happen.
But now it has…not exactly how I imagined but it is great!…I still lack that thing that gives my life meaning. I have totally missed out on great relationships, love and the fulfillment of a full lived life because I was too focused on my dreams.
Don’t put your life on hold because you are hoping to live it tomorrow only after you have achieved. You will realize in the end that you never did. You kept feeding your insatiable lust for more till there is no life left in you to live…to live the TRUE HAPPY life.
Live while you strife…let every step toward your goal be a reason to celebrate. Don’t let the water of blessing that come your way be immiscible, rather soak every moment of it with a smile on your face. Don’t put your life on hold because being ambitious and a go-getter could sometimes be a very lonely journey.
So what I am saying is, beautiful young girls, don’t put your life on hold because you are waiting for the ideal man to come and sweep you off your feet and get married to you. Before that happens, LIVE! Do something for yourself…be the best of whom you can be and be happy!
To the young entrepreneur, quit investing everything you’ve got into your company forgetting to take care of yourself and the ones you love.. Spend some money on clothes, travel,friends, family etc. Be happy!
To the career person, do not be too focused on getting promoted so much that you don’t care about what you sacrifice to get there. QUIT cancelling every date just to do extra hours at work instead of spending it with those you love.
Life is short but being your truest happiest self makes life more meaningful.
The Future Ambitious Old Person
It has always been our passion to give back to the society with the little we make. Raising young entrepreneurs in Ghana,Africa and across the world. Every step towards that goal is highly cherished.
As it is said, a journey of thousand miles begins with a step. After close to 4 years of fighting and speaking for Africa through my blog (richardsiaw.com), I have actually taken the first step to making this a reality.
As C.E.O of Host Gold Company Limited, a web service company and also a blogger, I have come to experience the unlimited monetary possibilities of the internet. Almost stumbling upon my first $5,000 in my 3rd year of blogging motivated me to start a business and to help young people in Ghana, West Africa to pursue online entrepreneurship. I believe without a shadow of doubt that Ghana, a developed country can also make strides in the world of online entrepreneurship.
Visiting schools and holding seminars around the nation and teaching young people amazing and interesting ways they can make money online has been such a joy to me and most importantly a joy to them.
Starting off as a blogger, I was only driven by passion . But for more than 2 years, I hadn’t made a dime from blogging and this was beginning to bother me because I had completed the university I thought I had to start paying bills or at least pay for my own blog. My amazing sister was the one paying for my blog while I was in school, she believed in my writing and encouraged me even when I didn’t think it was any special. “I had to pay my own bills!”, a thought and that pushed me to find out how.
And oh my God, the process of finding the monetary system that worked for me was a tough experience; there were times where I lost hope and many other times I didn’t want to blog anymore because of the number of mistakes I made and the money I lost. Giving up and going back to what made me start blogging in the first place…passion was when I made my first $50 almost mistakenly. Even though that $50 never reached my Ghanaian account, I was happy about it because I knew that if I corrected my mistakes and went through the same processes, that $50 could turn to millions.
Today, starting a company that is doing well only makes me reminisce on what I could do if I knew about the things I knew now as early as High School. I can’t imagine the possibilities!
We are building clubs in High Schools and Universities in Ghana called Host Gold Social where young people are equipped and given all the tools requisite to become online entrepreneurs in various fields of their choice for FREE.
Host Gold Academy will be holding her first class in January. This class costs between $50-$70 only. It is priced so low so that every young person will have the opportunity to attend our classes. Host Gold Academy will be taking courses like Social Media Marketing, App Development, Web Design, Online Entrepreneurship.
We are looking forward to a time where we can afford to give 1000’s of students free tuition in these fields of study. It is such an amazing experience to see young people absolutely excited to live their passion and be paid for it through the business ideas we give them. There is more in store for you…
If you want us in your school( High School or the University), you can contact me or send me an email at email@example.com.
You can always support us in doing more for these young people in Ghana and Africa by donating to us on HERE
It is always such a surprise when I watch how ‘excited’ Ghanaians become when it comes to issues relating to homosexuality in Ghana. With our President’s statement at the Al Jazeera interview which was obviously far from supporting homosexuality in Ghana, there were so many people cheering on the fact that it has been promoted when obviously it wasn’t. Ghanaians seem to be bent on making the situation in Ghana in relation to homosexuality worse than it is.
Shouldn’t we invest in psychologist…any help we can offer instead of throwing dust on them?
Suicide is never a solution! No matter what you face…no matter what you go through…Believe…have faith that life will get better and it surely will. Get my other videos and blog posts about suicides below. Suicide is never a solution to anything! At least if you believe in God like I do, you’d know that trusting him is all that anyone can have in life and suicide takes you to a place of more grief and pain.
I am Richard….Deacon Richard. I tell people to believe, have faith, love God… Nobody ever thinks of me as one who’d doubt God not even for a moment in my life. Me? Doubt God? Never! Have you soon forgotten the video I made a year ago about God’s existence?
People have different reasons for doubting God’s existence but most of them have just one similar reason on their lips, “The bad things that happen in this world is just too much for God to overlook if he’s really there.” For a lot of us, we’ve heard the answer to this severally. “We can’t expect God to heal a world that has turned away from him just like a barber cannot give a clean shave to a man on the streets until he has come to him for help.” But is this always the case? What about the people who love God and serve him wholeheartedly?
“I am 5 and a half” I used to say many years ago when I was only five years old because the whole five and half thing was fascinating to me. I was always quick to say, “I am 5 and a half” when someone asked for my age… I’m pretty sure I kept saying five and a half even when I turned six. At that age, as quick I’d say I am five and a half was just as quick as I’d read a bible story, watch a film about Jesus, sang a gospel song or prayed. I did all of this just because I wanted to please that nice man they called Jesus, I thought. Never for a moment did I love Jesus for anything else but for the mere fact that he seemed so nice, powerful and cool as I had heard of him to be.
If there was any moment in my life that I’d beg God to erase from my memory, it’d be that year in my life. At that point in my life when I heard,saw and experienced the worst things that could traumatize any kid for the rest of his life. If I had to doubt God, it’d be at that age.
All through school, being that weird kid who was antisocial and such a weakling despite my love for God should have been the point in my life I should have doubted God.
Falling sick in upper primary and junior High continuously despite how often we prayed for healing should have been the point in my life I should have doubted God.
Struggling with my self confidence and loving myself should have been the point in my life where I should have doubted God.
While my church lost one of our favorite,young and prayerful elders should have been my breaking point of losing faith in God.
But I can’t doubt God now that I know that death only brings those whom God loves closer to him.
I can’t doubt God now that I know that if I hadn’t gone through certain negative experiences in my life, I wouldn’t be able to help or support people whom God loves just as much that are also struggling and going through a lot of pain in life.
I can’t doubt God now that I know that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.
I may have doubted God at times in my life but there has never been reason enough not to doubt my doubts about God…..
Do you know that shyness can easily be mistaken for arrogance? In your relationship with others, it important to be aware of this. Arrogance or pride is not an attractive thing to wear on anybody no matter his status in life. I am easily fooled that a shy person is humble because it takes some amount of humility to see someone above yourself. Whether or not I am correct, I think that it takes some amount of humility or self consciousness to be shy of someone. However, shyness could easily be interpreted as arrogance. Why? Let’s see these scenarios.
1. Avoiding a greeting
Sometimes, when you see someone you are so shy of standing in a distance, it is highly likely for many to find ways of escaping their glimpse. Saying hi or a mere greeting could be very difficult. Unfortunately, that could be interpreted as arrogance.
2. Avoiding eye contact
And when you finally get into a conversation with someone you are shy of, you find your self being ‘interested’ in looking at other things but the eyes of the person you are shy of. Unfortunately for many that could be a sign of arrogance.
Shy people would rather look on their phones or read a book instead of engaging in a conversation with someone else or a group of people in a conversation. Unfortunately, that could easily be understood by many as arrogance.
Sometimes very shy people seem to be disobedient and stubborn. They do not take directions well. Sometimes it is due to fear of making mistakes and being blamed for faults. Other times, they simply see their flaws more than their strengths and it highly unlikely for them to take up tasks with a mental state as that. Such a person could easily be mistaken to be arrogant while all he is shy.
Human emotion and temperaments could be very confusing and if not observed and treated with care alot of things could be destroyed especially relationships. Sometimes, it takes a shy person to understand another.
One Sunday, a Lady came to me after service complaining about another lady whom she thought to be arrogant. I knew that lady she spoke about but one thing I have always noticed about her was how shy she was of a lot of people including that lady that complained to me. When I explained to her, she also came realize that she was shy and was surprised that she never noticed before. For some people, they seem arrogant simply because they are shy but it is not everybody that understands shy people especially when they are not shy themselves.
Shyness can be such a tough predicament on people because it has the power to make them act ‘insane’ or ‘senile’ at times. We need to support shy people and help them out in any way we can. We don’t have to say it in their face but help them. They deserve your support and not your judgement.
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Jessica Neely, a youth pastor by the age of 21 turned a porn star that same year when something she had never thought possible happens to her. A pastors child that was crazy for the lord, became crazy for sex.
One afternoon, Jessica Neely was walking to her car when her head was bashed against her car and was brutally raped by a stranger who took her virginity. Unfortunately, Jessica’s trauma and shock of what happened to her did not allow her to report the incident. She thought she was not the kind of girl that’s raped; she was a good girl…a decent girl and she never thought she would participate in porn later after that… she never imagined she’d become a human trafficker.
After a while of the rape, she later tried to get help but none of it seemed to help her trauma so she spiraled into sex addiction and alcohol. She finally came across a magazine that was inviting girls to escort and porn. She signed up for a porn website and begun to shoot many porn movies and begun to lure young girls into the porn industry as well. She was making more than $10,000 a day.
In the midst of her addiction and her new found porn life, Jessica says that she was still angry at God for allowing her lose all her dreams and all hopes of whom she wanted to be in future. Jessica recalls singing hymns at her very low times unable to say a prayer. Sometimes, Jessica would sing hymns before she started a porn scene because part of her was yelling “I want out!” but she did not know how. “Nobody would accept me…no church will take me back now!” she cried. All she had left was sing, “I surrender all” and many other hymns we all love to sing.
Jessica felt the rape repeat over and over again whenever she had a sex scene but she felt that atleast she could now choose whom to sleep with and not forced by a stranger.
So her turn around came when she went to Kentucky on a corn field when she was tired, hopeless, suicidal and wanted to get back to the lord. She gave up porn and completely surrendered to the lord and that was when she started a fruitful relationship with God.
She now goes around talking to the youth in churches, seminars and all sort of youthful gatherings to talk to them about the dangers of pornography and human trafficking.
I heard this story on a post on my facebook page (in the comment section) where many others expressed ignorance towards those who featured in porn and human trafficking. People made surprising assumptions that porn was not real. Other people made statements like all people who acted porn were bad people and they dont feel sorry for them. These are very horrible things to say or assume about people you dont even know. Click here to view the video and the comments below.
You see, your past cannot define you…neither should your present; it can only define who you are if you let it. Where ever you are in life, you need to know that there is a second chance and there’s never too late a time to make a positive turn in your life. All you need is to make the decision and allow God take the wheel of your life.
Sometimes, the world judges you even without hearing your story…the world has already cooked up ideas about whom we are without getting to know us personally. But what we make out of ourselves and not succumbing to their ideologies of whom they expect us to be is all that matters. The best revenge in life is to get better.
“Stay true to yourself cos that is awesome!”-awesomerichy
You need to see this!
This video is important to me because back in High School at my low points where I battled depression, my friends said the exact same things to me and it was really frustrating wanting to believe them and to make things work at their order.
I have loved Fouseytube for as long as I can remember. There are 4 things he revealed in this 4 minutes video clip that stood out for me.
1. Depression is NOT a choice
2.Depression is NOT an act
3. There isn’t always a reason for depression.
4.What you say to a depressed person is important.
This video made me realise how ignorantly our society pushes young people to commit suicide every day! Let’s fight it and we can only do that with knowledge.
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