Written by James Okere

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In the Holy Bible, Barnabas is known as son of encouragement. Barnabas therefore occupied the encouragement ministry in the advancement of Christianity. In life, there are people who are eager to encourage one to move up the ladder. There are people who are enthusiastic to support person or persons in life. Encouragement is a great support base. Encouragement inspires and motivates one to advance in life. Many people have achieved excellence today because they have been encouraged in life. Some persons have been recommended, and through such recommendations have had their lives transformed. Some persons that were not opportune to be encouraged or recommended have had great dreams aborted in life.

For years, William Wilberforce pushed British parliament to abolish the slave trade. Discouraged, he was about giving up when his ailing friend John Wesley called for pen and paper. With trembling hands, Wesley wrote “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and of devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? O be not weary in well doing. Go on, in the name of God and in his mighty power, till even slavery in America shall vanish away before it”. Wesley died six days later. Wesley’s words encouraged Wilberforce. Wilberforce fought for 42 more years. Three days before his death, slavery was abolished in Britain. Eventually it was abolished in the United States too.

Dr. Chuks Osuji is a Nigerian, a political scientist, public relations expert, administrator and author. Dr. Chuks Osuji developed great interest in writing and has written well over twenty one books. A great and rare feet which Dr. Osuji achieved is his ability to have written eleven books out of the twenty one books as avisual impaired person.

One of the books he wrote, as avisual impaired person was instrumental to his being honoured with Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) award during Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s Presidency in Nigeria. By stoke of fate and destiny or providence, a friend of Dr. Chuks Osuji took the book to the then (now late) president’s wife Dr. Stella Obasanjo who showed interest in the book informing the husband that the author; Dr. Osuji wrote the book as a visual impaired person.

The relationship that developed between Dr. Napoleon Hill and Charlie Allen Ward was as result of the encouragement Dr. Hill received from President Franklin D. Roosevelt of USA.

On the day when the author of the book-“Think and Grow Rich”, Dr. Napoleon Hill went to present an autographed copy of the book to President Franklin Roosevelt. The President on receipt of the book thumbed through the book for few minutes, read some names of the successful men it described, then exclaimed, “I don’t see Charlie Ward’s name here. He added and said if you want a success story running all the way from rag to riches, meet Charlie Ward”. He further stated; Charlie’s hubby is sharing himself and his blessings with others.

This encouragement enabled Napoleon Hill who eventually met Charlie Ward for the first time in 1959. Walking into Charlie’s office, Napoleon Hill was greeted by Charlie: “I knew the day would come when you would walk through that door and I would be privileged to shake the hand of the man who wrote the greatest book I ever read “Think and Grow Rich”.

This meeting between Dr. Napoleon Hill and Charlie Ward led both men struck a relationship leading to the former to write Charlie Ward’s story. Recall that Charlie Ward was born into poverty, he later out of hard work, strong positive mental attitude and luck rose to stardom.

For quite some time now, in line with my blogging works, my friend Rev. Innocent Osuoha has shown great interest in my blogging activities. He has been encouraging me and went further to recommend me for a speaking engagement with students of Hezekiah University Umudi Nkwerre, Imo State Eastern Nigeria. The speaking engagement took place on 22nd June, 2017 and the students were appreciative of the presentation titled “Building The Students For The Future”. Because of his encouragement, another opportunity also came to me on 22nd February, 2018 to speak to members of Hezekiah University Pentecostal Christian Fellowship on the topic “Becoming a Global Personality”.

When I published in my website,  my article titled-Six Ways To Develop One’s Personality, Preston Vander ven an online marketing expert in his feedback wrote “Great Article”.

Also when I published in my website, my article titled- “The Need To Mentor World Youths”, Monica Chetal, Director, Transformation Coach and HR Consultant wrote back and said “It makes a huge difference when people have a good mentor. Thanks for sharing”. In his feed back Preston Vander ven replied “This is a great article”. In his comment, Wilbur Brown: School Presenter for K-12 Teacher at Mind Streams wrote and said “James Okere, very good article. It is a clear reminder of the dire need for mentors and the benefit they serve in every sphere of influence in life…”

These feedbacks from Preston Vander ven, Monica Chetal, Wilbur Brown and others have all been an encouragement in building my core values of inspiring the world with my thoughts via,

My eBook, “You Too Can Be Great”, is available via, Also available in Apple iBookstores, and in Barnes & Noble NOOK,

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