Sunday, 31 January 2016

Introverts in an Extroverted World

"I don't really meet that many other artists because I am actually kind of shy...I always feel shy in the Hollywood scene. I feel a bit like I did in high school, like I don't really fit in."- Lady Gaga

Introverts are what most people know as shy or quiet people, and extroverts are the opposite. The truth is, both introverts and extroverts are needed for balance in this world. But for a very long time, it had been an extrovert world, were introverted people were seen as abnormal people that needed help. If you are quiet and don't engage in discussions at gatherings, you are seen as a weirdo and are sometimes looked down on. Introverts (myself included) were indirectly forced to be more like the extroverts. This led to a lot living miserable false lives they could never get comfortable with, cos deep down, that wasn't who they really were. Some were able to escape the pressure by finding success in the literary world, becoming romance novelist, and science fiction authors. Others went on to create alter egos, and used the alter ego to shine on the big screen. You have a lot of legendary actors like Johnny Depp, Clint Eastwood, Keanu Reeves, Julia Roberts, and a host of others who are actually introverts but appear like extroverts in movies. Brad Pitt has called himself shy person, and said his acting roles help divert attention away from his own real self- the introvert.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Do We Really Attract What We Think About?

Exactly 10 years ago, a self-help DVD was released by Rhonda Byrne titled The Secret. Subsequently, the book format was also released, and it made the concept of The Law of Attraction a worldwide phenomena. In layman's terms, The Law Of Attraction states that we attract what we think about; that is, whatever you continually think about becomes your reality. In order words, the proponents of this theory believe that you create your life by your thoughts. Just like every theory, some people accepted it, and some kicked against it. But really, for many years, some people have always known/believed that we do attract what we think about, Rhonda Byrne just brought the concept back in a bigger way, with powerful marketing. So, do we really attract what we think about?

I won't claim to be an expert in this field, cos if I was, I would have solved all my problems by now. And trust me, I have a lot of them. But I can say I am a little more knowledgeable about this claims than the average man on the streets. But I still have a lot of unanswered questions concerning the theory. So, in this article, I would be sharing some personal examples of how I have experimented with the power of thought/visualization, and the results that I have gotten.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Top 10 Biggest Grossing Movies Of All Time in the U.S (2016 Update)

For over 10 years, Titanic was the biggest grossing movie (domestically) in U.S movie history till Avatar knocked it off the number one spot in 2009. I remember feeling bad when I heard the news of Titanic's dethronement, cos in my fantasy world, Titanic was going to be the biggest selling movie till I died. But I felt better when I found out Avatar was directed by the same person that directed Titanic, James Cameron. Now, after 7 years, another movie has kicked Avatar off the number one spot.

Below are the top 10 highest grossing movies of all time in the U.S.A.

10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)- $448,139,099

9.  Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)- $459,005,869

8.  Star Wars (1977)- $460,998,007

7.  Star Wars: Episode One- The Phantom Menace (1999)- $474,544,677

6.  The Dark Night (2008)- $534,858,444

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Top 10 Disadvantages of Falling in Love

First of all, let me point something out; I am not a misogynist. And I don't hate love. In fact, I love love. I love love so much that I would have been writing a romance novel every week if not that I have to worry about bad sentences and editing. Love is a beautiful thing, and one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. But just like every emotion in the world, it has its opposite. This is not a perfect world. For the world to even approach perfection, we have to be flawed, cos the universe has to be dual for it to exist at all.

Let me stop. I am going into the esoteric mombo jombo region. Back to the lecture at hand. Before I go on, I would love to say that this article is talking about love between a man and a woman, not the type of unconditional love that is between say me and my little 2 year old niece, Toni. Not the type of love between mother and child, or between siblings, but that electric feeling people get when they fall in love with each other. As it has lots of advantages, it also has a bunch of disadvantages too. I have taken time to list ten disadvantages of falling in love below.

10. Possibility of Having Your Heart Broken 
Yep, as sweet as love is, there is always that possibility that you might get your heart broken. Think about it, what's the percentage of people that marry the first person they fell in love with as a teenager? Very low. What that means is that, an average adult would have gotten his/her heart broken at least 3-4 times before he or she finally finds the love of his/her life. If you have ever been heartbroken, I don't have to tell you how bad the feeling is.

9.  Loss of Freedom
Men! This is one disadvantage that kept me from getting into a relationship for a while. I make spontaneous decisions some times, and if you are like me, you might make up your mind to go somewhere or do something that has the potential of changing your life, but when you are in a relationship, you have to think of your significant other and how your moves would affect them. That can sometimes be a pen in the a$$ for an ambitious person.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Celine Dion Loses Husband (Rene Angelil) and Brother (Daniel Dion) in the Same Week

She used to sing only in French till she started releasing songs in English too in the mid 90s. And then she became a household name towards the late 90s. She has gone on to win multiple awards and sold over 100 million copies of her albums in the last 3 decades. It is most unfortunate that after losing her husband last week Thursday, Celine Dion's elder brother has also passed on (he died on Saturday, 16th January). What a sad time it is for the Canadian singer.

India and Selfie-Related Deaths

In a recent research (According to Washington Post), it was discovered that more than half of the 27 related 'selfie' deaths in 2015 occurred in the second most populous country in Asia, India. What a very sad news. India as a country is one that I have always compared greatly with my dear country, Nigeria. One, because of the large population of both countries; being the 2nd and and 7th most populous counties in the world respectively (According to And 2, because, Indians and Nigerians like to take what is trending in the world, and turn it up another notch. This is evident in the fact that India, when Hollywood became a household name in the 70s and 80s, quickly went and named their own movie industry, Bollywood (a play on the name, Hollywood). Nigeria did the same when they named their own movie industry Nollywood.

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