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A Lesson from James Dyson   Leave a comment

James Dyson is notable for invention of the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

James Dyson is notable for invention of the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

James Dyson notable for invention of the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

James Dyson notable for invention of the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

A lesson from James Dyson

26 December, 2011

i was aboard a flight with my dad from Lagos to Abuja , I settled finally in my seat, to catch some real sleep. I had eaten, read the  newspapers, but not quite ready to listen to any music. Flipping through the channels to see what to watch later, four  documentaries about entrepreneurship and fatal mistakes made caught my eyes. One was about Coca Cola changing their recipe, the other was about  a detergent manufacturer in the U.K adding too much chemical to bleach  out dirt, a third was about Cadbury enticing school kids to buy more  chocolate (in order to earn exercise equipment), and Dyson. Even though I watched all of them, my message today is about James Dyson.

James Dyson (born 2 May 1947) is a British industrial designer and  founder of the Dyson company,  and an inventor who has developed  products that have achieved sales of over $6 billion worldwide. Among his earlier inventions are flat bottomed boats called Sea Trucks  and ball barrows (wheelbarrows with a giant ball instead of wheels). More  recently public restroom users have enjoyed Dyson’s Air Blade hand  dryer. I find the story behind Dyson’s greatest commercial success, the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, to be the most interesting. James used the knowledge gained designing an industrial cyclone tower in  1978 to build a vacuum cleaner that would require no bag at all. The  incredible part of the story is that this took Dyson 5 years and 5,127  (five thousand one hundred and twenty seven) prototypes to get it right. James could have given up at 5,126 prototypes or could have allowed  discouragement to divert his attention, but he kept going. If you had to advise James Dyson early at his 1000th or 3,000th  prototype, what would you have told him? Would you have advised him to  continue, or give up?At 5,127 prototypes the Dyson Dual Cyclone became the fastest-selling  vacuum cleaner ever made in the UK, outselling products from companies  that had rejected his idea.

The lesson, unless you have reached your destination of financial  independence, you must keep going, keep re-inventing yourself until you  succeed.

The Dyson in you is waiting.

Have a wonderful day.

Lekan Omodunbi Daniels is a Customer Care Consultant and an aspiring Human Resources Professional

Posted March 13, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation

7 Maxims Of an Eagle   1 comment




Eagles fly alone at high altitude and not with sparrows or other small birds. No other bird can get to the height of the eagle. Stay away from sparrows and ravens.

Ravens do not believe in you

Ravens will make you lose focus.

Ravens are not always HappƔ‎​‎​ when you succeed.

Ravens will not add value to you so don’t fly with them…..

My views on raven is beyond the bird itself, it connote people who will do all it takes to pull you down

Look around you today and stay away from people with “ravenic” views.

Eagles fly with Eagles


The ravens will make you lose focus, so “if you have a vision and‎​ you consider it of high priority, stay focused” ~ LD

Eagles have strong vision. They have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away. When an eagle sites his prey, he narrows his focus on it and set out to get it. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.

I’d like to share a personal story here: for those who know me personally they probably have heard that before, Some many years back in school i had this dream of graduating as the best in my department. To achieve that,i began well and‎​ i avoided all distractions — i never had a girlfriend, you would probably imagine a bored life, yes it probably was, It could have worked for some people, but it was certainly a distraction for me. i remained focus till i fulfilled the dream. i am not saying it is a bad thing to have one please don’t get me wrong! There are many other obstacles or distraction that life may present to you but remain focused What is my point? —>

Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.


Eagles do not eat dead things. They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals, but eagles will not.

Let me share a personal story with you; i love music with a passion; soulful ones at that but i used to love the genre of music, hard rock even more. i could tell you the name of rock stars that reigned in the 80’s. That was how passionate i was. But one day i listened to a motivational tape by a great man of God and‎​ he said “music with dirty lyrics deaden the spirit mind and‎​ would not allow you hear from your maker….truly it does.

Be careful with what you feed your eyes and ears with, especially in movies and on TV. Steer clear of outdated and old information. Always do your research well.


Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift it higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagles uses the raging storm to lift him above the
clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.

Let me share with you the story of one of my good friends, Roy. He had to make a huge decision when he was invited for one of the crucial stages of the project fame competition (season 4). He was refused a short leave and was given the option of resigning which he took! He rose to greater heights in a space of week. Today i decree no matter that storm in your life, you shall rise to great heights. Amen!

We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish
challenges and use them profitably.


The Eagle tests before it trusts. When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursuing her and she picks a twig. She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her.
Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The faster it falls, the faster he chases it. He has to catch it before it
falls to the ground. He then brings it back to the female eagle.

The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a higher altitude and then drops the twig for the male to chase. This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of catching the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her.

Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership.


When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach. The male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth and picks thorns laying them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns. When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass it on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thorns on the outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again.

Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this new found knowledge that they can fly.

The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for changes; The preparation for the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success; The being pricked by the thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning at all. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and live on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns.

The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us.


When an Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out.

We occasionally need to shed off old habits & items that burden us without adding to our lives.

Imbibe and‎​ share if you find motivating

See you again, Have a wonderful day!

Lekan Omodunbi Daniels

Posted March 12, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Uncategorized

Re-Birth   Leave a comment


Existence evaded this non-being

Then an intercourse happened

The being came into existence

Became a Zygote

Became a foetus

Then came birth

This is the first day of existence on earth also known as birth date

At first it was all innocence

Then transformed to curiosity

Then became inquisitive

Then maturity came at its early stage

Education from the institution followed

Naturally without learning was inducted into the school of life

Bitter and sweet lessons were taught

We went through thick and‎​ thin

Easy and difficult home works were given

Chances were given

We either lose or win

Opportunities were handed over and taken away accordingly

Maturity developed in a more complicated manner

Life was seen differently

Life became a triangle

Life was affected by harsh consequences

Fear of judgment, acceptance and survival became a daily struggle of life

Reinvention is a difficult task

Hope becomes a thread to hold on to

Hope becomes something kept handy for times it is needed

Last phase draws near

Maturity is no longer complicated

Fate is just accepted

Hard work is justified

Struggle is repaid

Non-existence has happened again

The dirt on the ground swallows this being

You once stood on the dirt and now it is over you

Life is a circle
The cycle of life continues and you are reborn

You wonder what I write about

You think I’m bewildered

I’m referring to your rebirth in whatever way

The Rebirth.

Lekan Omodunbi Daniels

Posted March 8, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in My thoughts