THE TAXAIDER NEWSLETTER VOL 3, ISSUE 11 (November 2021)

First Thought: The Art of Minimalism

In a world that seems to be constantly increasing in complexity, it is comforting to imagine that happiness relies on simplicity. Minimalism is the art of knowing how much you need and then showing gratitude for just that.

Minimalism is centred around removing unnecessary elements from your life. The idea is to move every part of your life to its most efficient form and remove all but the core essentials. You wind up with less clutter, fewer expenses, less stress, and less worry for more money in your pocket and more time on your hands.

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THE TAXAIDER NEWSLETTER VOL 3, ISSUE 10 (October 2021)

First Thoughts: Staying On Top Of Your Game

“How do I stay on top of my game”? This is a question I often get about self-development. The answer is simple, but not easy. However, it’s key to being the best version of yourself, thus maximizing your potential.

If you want to hit the top of your field, it’s important to understand what that really means. To stay on top isn’t just about winning, it’s about winning consistently. That means if this whole winning thing works out, you want to be able to keep doing it. I’m not saying that it’s impossible for someone to maintain their prowess forever with no help, but it gets harder with age, and the younger you are the better chance you have of staying on top.

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THE TAXAIDER NEWSLETTER VOL 3, ISSUE 9 (SEPTEMBER 2021)

First Thoughts: 4th Quarter Musings

So, it’s that time again when we finally usher in the final lap of the year. Welcome to the last quarter of the year. Well, technically this would not begin until tomorrow, but it wouldn’t hurt to start enjoying the feeling already. Tomorrow, 1st October marks our dear nation’s 61st Independence Day celebration and ushers us into the fourth and last quarter of the year.

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THE TAXAIDER NEWSLETTER VOL 3, ISSUE 5 (MAY 2021)

First Thoughts

Thoughts for the Coming Generation

So today is Children’s Day. This is a special day celebrated all over the world to recognize children and their existence. The joy of every home is the presence of these special creatures and every moment where a child is born is always one to be celebrated. In fact, about 80% of marriages all over the world are contracted with plans for procreation, which remains a major reason among others for marriages today. The Bible also expressly states in Psalm 127 verse 3 that ‘Children are the heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward’. It goes further to say in the next verse that ‘as arrows are in a man’s quiver so are the children born in a man’s youth’. Don’t fret, people. I am not about to take you into a church service. However, we cannot over emphasize the importance of children who are indeed the hope for the continuity of mankind and as we like to say around here, they are the ‘leaders of tomorrow’ or ‘the coming generation’.

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THE TAXAIDER NEWSLETTER VOL 3, ISSUE 4 (APRIL 2021)

First Thoughts

The Twin Goals of Safety and Security.

In the words of Jodi Rell, ‘at the end of the day, the goals are simple; safety and security’. This is as true as it comes! Safety is defined as ‘the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger’ while Security is defined as ‘the state of being free from danger or threat’. Both terms are synonymous and emphasize the existence of an apparatus that ensures one has no need to worry about danger or threat. The absence of safety and security in any society renders such a society a lifeless one and effectively takes away its ability to reach its full potentials.

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THE TAXAIDER NEWSLETTER VOL 3, ISSUE 3 (March 2021)

First Thoughts:

Of Quarters and Pennies

“Hey there, can I have a quarter?”

This line is quite familiar with Americans who find themselves having to use the slot machine in a café, supermarket, office, bank reception etc. A quarter basically is a 25-cent coin that could come in handy for very basic and meagre expenses – a chocolate bar, a Coke can etc. A quarter is of course worth way more than a penny which is just once cent. Over the years like in every other economy in the world, the value of the ‘quarter’ has also greatly reduced, and it can hardly buy you anything of serious value. However, its value in the slot machine can hardly be ignored.

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THE TAXAIDER NEWSLETTER VOL 2, ISSUE 11 (NOVEMBER 2020)

First Thoughts:

The Downward Spiral and the Glimpse of hope.

So early last week, we had the official confirmation that Nigeria had sunk into recession yet again, the second one in five years. This was courtesy of the nation’s GDP contracting by 3.6 percent in Q3 2020 after shrinking by 6.1 percent in the previous quarter. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s forecast, the Nigerian economy will contract by 4.3 per cent this year, which would be the largest contraction in nearly 40 years. What a year it has been!

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THE TAXAIDER NEWSLETTER VOL 2, ISSUE 9 (SEPTEMBER 2020)

First Thoughts: The Underdog Story

The idea of politics fascinates me to no end. While I wouldn’t necessarily call myself partisan, I am honest enough to say I do a lot of watching on the side lines. I am not a registered member of any political party in Nigeria, but I have always tried to be a good citizen and cast my votes a couple of times since the first time I voted in 2007. I had missed the 2003 elections by whiskers as I was yet to hit the voter eligibility age of 18 at the time. Elections, both in Nigeria and outside Nigeria have continued to thrill me even till date. For instance, I can hardly wait for the U.S.A Presidential Elections in November.

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