15 Inspiring Quotes from John Maxwell on Success and Leadership

15 Inspiring Quotes from John Maxwell on Success and Leadership

15 Inspiring Quotes from John Maxwell on Success and Leadership
12
FEBRUARY, 2018
Samuel Osho
Leadership is often regarded as a mesh of complex theories and a web of mysteries until Maxwell came on the scene. American author, John C. Maxwell, demystifies the indispensable concept of leadership with simple words and inspiring stories. His riveting message is specially designed for anyone who aspires to be a courageous leader in his/her sphere.
Maxwell has published over 30 books and sold over 20 million copies. He is a leadership coach and expert with a wealth of experience spanning over two decades of attending to the needs of world leaders and employees of Fortune 500 companies.
Photo Credit: www.johnmaxwell.com
When the going gets tough and you are wearied by the heavy blow of failure, words of inspiration may be all you need to awaken the strength within. Words are powerful, words have power, and words can be your power. These quotes from Maxwell are motivating nuggets – amazing balls of energy that can propel you to the next stage in life.
Let’s get started!
The Fifteen balls of energy

1.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John C. Maxwell.

2.

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – John C. Maxwell.

3.

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John C. Maxwell.

4.

“Live to learn and you will really learn to live.” – John C. Maxwell.

5.

“People’s capacity to achieve is determined by their leader’s ability to empower.” – John C. Maxwell.

6.

“Motivation gets you going, discipline keeps you growing.” – John C. Maxwell.

7.

“You will never change until you change something you do daily.” – John C. Maxwell

8.

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” – John C. Maxwell.

10.

“Goals may give focus, but dreams give power.” – John C. Maxwell.

11.

“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.” – John C. Maxwell.

12.

“A minute of thought is greater than an hour of talk.” – John C. Maxwell.

13.

“Leader become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John C. Maxwell.

14.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell.

15.

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell.

Bonus Quote:

“The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.” – John C. Maxwell

It’s high time you focused on excellence and watch success chase you pants down. Steer your life in the direction of purpose and find the courage to smile in the midst of your worries. Fight through self-doubt and be a strong leader both for yourself and those who follow you.
It is your turn to share with me. I am curious! Which one of these quotes is your favorite? 

The Ultimate Editing Checklist for Every Writer

The Ultimate Editing Checklist for Every Writer

The Ultimate Editing Checklist for Every Writer
05
FEBRUARY, 2018
Samuel Osho
Editing is the magic button that can make or mar your work; it can show the beauty of your research or reveal the ugly skeletons of your laxity. The choice is yours! How often do you return from the grocery store rebuking yourself for forgetting to get an item you have always craved for? Yes, it happens to everyone especially if you don’t fancy the idea of making a list of your needs. It takes about five minutes to create a checklist but we often trivialize its importance. A checklist is a lifesaver!
Are you ready to polish your work? All you need is a toolbox of tweaks and it’s embedded in this checklist. It’s a goldmine for all who care to learn.
Today, I have made an audacious attempt to give you an ultimate editing checklist that you can use for your writing projects. It’s simple to use and void of complex theories of semantics or mechanics. If you are a freelance writer or you write for fun, this checklist will come in handy. You need an editing checklist to save you from unnecessary embarrassment especially when you are in a rush to complete a project.
When you have a piece stained with errors and mistakes, your readers tag you either as unserious or unprofessional. A single error can make a reader lose interest in your writing. It’s in your interest to ensure that you present a written piece that reflects your professionalism and diligence. Writers fall into the trap of unpardonable errors because only a few consider editing as a job on its own.
Writing is beautiful and spending a lot of time on research is commendable. What justifies the number of resources you have invested in your writing is the output. However, the output is at the mercy of editing and therefore editing can’t be shoved aside. It’s the most crucial stage of your writing process.
The checklist will handle the basic things you should watch out for when editing; it will fine-tune the quality of your work. You can download a copy for your personal use in your future writing projects.
Before you use the checklist for the editing of your work, do these two things:
– Take a break – this helps you to check the written piece with fresh eyes.
– If possible, use the hard copy (printed on paper) for your editing.
The Checklist

I have:

  • Avoided tricky subject and verb agreement traps, such as “One of the girls are (is) running” or “Neither of the tires are (is) good.” I have also done the same for other indefinite pronouns such as everybody, anybody, either, each and any.
  • Chosen the right pronouns for my sentences. For example: “Sam and me (I) ate pizza” or “The boxer slapped he (him) and I (me).”
  • Paid attention to the three-fold purpose of an apostrophe. (1)”The Obama’s lodge is for sale.” (shows possession) (2)”Don’t” (form contractions) and (3)”It’s high time you stopped using if’s, and’s, or but’s.” (to pluralize special words)
  • Avoided pluralizing nouns that have only a singular form, such as furniture, feedback, cutlery, wheat, happiness, scenery, news, advice, lingerie, information, luggage, and bread.
  • Deleted all unconventional or shorthand abbreviations, such as “Ped Xing (Pedestrian Crossing)” or “OK (okay).”
  • Spelled out a recurring acronym at the first point of its introduction.
  • Written out all numbers less than 10 in full, numbers 10 and above were represented numerically. For example: “There were eight balls on the pitch during the soccer game” and “The king has 20 wives in his palace.”
  • Substituted “said” with powerful and acceptable verbs such as: replied, whispered, answered, asked, commented, shouted, murmured, demanded, and inquired.
  • Crossed out unnecessary and extraneous words especially glaring redundancies. For example: “stand up,” “sit down,” “clap your hands,” “end result,” “basic fundamentals/essentials,” “false pretense,” “final outcome,” “unexpected surprise,” “unintended mistake,” and “repeat again
  • Removed unneeded sentences.
  • Deleted “that” except when it is needed for coherence.
  • Rewritten lengthy sentences to achieve more clarity.
  • Improved my punctuation.
  • Replaced long words with short ones, such as “Heidi is not smart (dull),” “Bill did not remember (forgot) the Super Bowl Sunday.” Another example of brevity is: “U.S. President Donald Trump …” instead of “Donald Trump, who is the president of the United States.”
  • Deleted all the common metaphors and similes used in print. For example: “life is a journey,” “the apple of my eyes” and “ideas in motion.”
  • Substituted all the passive sentences with active ones. For example: “The broken cup was replaced by Martin” should be “Martin replaced the broken cup.”
  • Replaced all complex and ambiguous words with simple words.
  • Used strong nouns and verbs instead of overusing adjectives and adverbs.
  • Read it out loud; observe its flow and smoothness. (Let this be the last thing you do)

 

After attending to the checklist, you can use a grammar spell checker software such as Grammarly or Microsoft Word Spellchecker. They detect some errors but I will advise you to be careful because they could be unreliable. For example, a spellchecker can’t distinguish between nights and knights, eight and ate, there and their, and fast and feast – provided each is spelled correctly.

 

Therefore, it’s advisable that you go through the text meticulously until you are satisfied with the flow and clarity of your words. You can use Hemingway as an editing tool for removing complex and passive sentences from your manuscript before hitting the “publish” button.
For extensive studying on editing, I recommend The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. The book is my grammar bible and I think every serious writer should have a personal copy.

Eight Fascinating Facts About Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA

Eight Fascinating Facts About Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA

Eight Fascinating Facts About Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA
28
JANUARY, 2018
Samuel Osho

As furniture subtly crept into our daily lives, a unique entrepreneur from Sweden made life easy for humanity. Kamprad blessed the world with Billy bookshelves, Friheten sofas, Kallax shelf units, Lack side tables and many more. Ingvar Kamprad, the brain behind the outstanding success of IKEA, a furniture-making company, has died at the age of 91.

According to his family, he died “peacefully” in his sleep on January 27, 2018. He left quietly but the echoes of his footsteps as he departed has woken everyone in the neighbourhood.

 

As the world pay tributes, I am here to share about the ingenuity of a young industrious man who climbed the slippery ladder of wealth with a fortune made from furniture. I am naturally attracted to creative and innovative people – Kamprad, a trailblazer belongs to this clan.

 

I want to write about the ambience of intelligence and creativity that beam with smiles when you stroll into a store full of IKEA furniture. I want to add letters to the simplicity that flows from the frugal life of the Swedish business magnate and the excellence he left behind for unborn generations.
He molded a company that “cares” about the needs of the common man who can’t do without a piece of furniture. Kamprad started a revolution that has outlived him – you can set-up your furniture (chairs, sofas, wardrobes, cupboards) yourself from a flat-pack in 45 minutes. He pioneered the flat-pack furniture series – an innovation that raised him shoulder high above his competitors.
Here are some interesting facts about the exceptional business tycoon.
The Eight Fascinating Facts

1. Kamprad made his first business deal at age five.

At a young age of five, Kamprad started developing his entrepreneurial skills by selling matches in his village, Smalad. He started this business when he discovered that he could buy matches in bulk at a cheap price from Stockholm and make appreciable profits from sales.

The farm boy with a bicycle at seven traveled to neighbouring fields to sell his matches. He later expanded his line of goods by selling fish, Christmas decorations, ballpoint pens, seeds, and pencils.

2. He started IKEA at age 17.

Kamprad started IKEA in 1943, four years into the bloody World War II. He used some money he got from his father as a gift for performing well at his studies despite his dyslexia. He started out by selling carbon copies of his Uncle Ernst’s kitchen table. Five years later, he diversified his product lines and added furniture. He retired as CEO in 1988 and stepped down from the company’s board in 2013 at the age of 87.

3. Kamprad lived a frugal life.

Despite the success of his company, he was the billionaire with a reputation for penny-pinching and an epitome of extreme frugality. During the inventory of his estate in 2013, it was reported that he had only two cars – a 2008 Skoda and a 1993 Volvo 240. He was known for flying economy class and shopping for second-hand clothes at flea markets.

 

4. He was the second richest person in Europe.

According to The Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the worth of Kamprad before his death was $59billion. At the time of his death, he ranked as the second richest man in Europe behind Amancio Ortega and only seven men were ahead of him on the world map.

5. Kamprad left Sweden so he could pay lower taxes.

In a bid to reduce his taxes, Kamprad left Sweden for Denmark in 1973 and eventually settled for Switzerland in 1976. He lived in Switzerland for 38 years before returning home in 2014.
“Creativity and believing in your work is absolutely a necessary part of success.” – Ingvar Kamprad
Before I conclude, let’s look at some interesting facts about his multi-billion dollar company, IKEA.

6. IKEA is an acronym.

The first two letters of IKEA originates from his names – Ingvar and Kamprad while the two remaining letters came from the name of the farm he grew up, Elmtaryd, and the nearby village, Agunnaryd. His love for Sweden can be seen in the two main colors of IKEA which can be found on the Swedish national flag – blue and yellow. He placed Sweden on the world map.

 

7. IKEA is the world’s largest consumer of wood.

The furniture-making company has grown over the years with a total of 412 stores in 49 countries. To meet the demands of their ever-increasing customers, they munch wood and consumes 1% of the world’s supply of wood.

 

 

8. IKEA has a store on every continent except South America.

Well, there is an IKEA store in the Dominican Republic and this part of the world is often considered as the Carribean. Hopefully, South America will get an IKEA store soon.

 

Source: Store locations by continent as at Aug. 2016 (www.ikea.com)
In conclusion, this is the story of a young farm boy from the village of Smalad that rose through the ranks of life to become one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Kamprad’s life teaches about the discipline to stay focused on an idea until it blossoms.

It unravels the power of an idea successfully birthed by a visionary leader that understood the essence of consistency. I hope this inspires you to chase success pants down and remain undaunted in the face of challenges until you lay hold of greatness.

7 Insightful Reasons Why You Should Keep a Writing Journal

7 Insightful Reasons Why You Should Keep a Writing Journal

7 Insightful Reasons Why You Should Keep a Writing Journal

21

JANUARY, 2018

Samuel Osho

Autobiographies are hewn out of accumulated sediments of daily journals and presented either in form of a compelling documentary movie or an inspiring prose. You don’t need to be a celebrity before you keep a journal. Regular journaling has immense benefits and can positively influence your personal life. If you are a writer, it will go a long way to make a writing genius out of you. Journaling helps you to make daily writing a habit.

Keeping a diary may sound like a tradition for exuberant teenagers who want to chronicle the minutest events of their days. Growing up, I remember how teenagers especially ladies hold on to their dairies tenaciously; they guard it jealously so no one was privy to its details. For diligent diary keepers, a diary serves as a compilation of varying moods and delectable memories. It’s a personal property, it’s their best pal and the one with whom they can share their deepest secrets. 

Well, people hardly keep diaries these days except for folks who are yet to get a hang of the crazy social media. All in the name of audience engagement and brand building, our social media pages gradually become the place to share what is usually considered “private” in the past.

 

This blog post is not a crusade for instilling the culture of having a personal diary but to encourage daily journaling of your most treasured moments. The benefits are numerous but the taste of the pudding is in the eating. It means you’ll never experience the reality of its merits until you do the act itself. In the act of journaling, you’ll engage in the art of writing but there is more.

 

The Seven Insightful Benefits

1. Journaling Helps You Find a Lone Time

In 2015, while reading Platform, a book authored by American writer Michael Hyatt, he talked about how he created time in his daily schedule to have a personal meeting with himself. At that time, it sounded weird but I now understand the importance of salvaging a lone time for yourself; the world is noisy, busy and constantly moving at top speed with strategic events meant to distract you. Journaling helps you create a lone time for self-reflection and meditation; this is how creative people recharge. This will help you do more and cover more grounds in no time.

2. Journaling Fosters Your Focus

Keeping a daily journal where you write your daily goals, achievements and shortcomings can stimulate your ability to develop focus. Focus means the strength and vigor to concentrate on a task and complete it. To remain highly creative and productive, you need to be focused on your goals. You may never know how daily journaling will increase your focus until you start.

3. Journaling Increases Your Imagination

Turning thoughts and memories of the day into words is a product of imagination. Chronicling the peak and low moments of your day makes you relive those experiences. The words in your journal crystallize from pixels of mental pictures and add positively to your imaginative acumen. If you can imagine the past, then you can paint the future.

4. Journaling Boosts Self-Esteem

Journaling opens your eyes to the steps you have made towards achieving your goals; it’s an accelerometer that shows your pace and keeps you in check. When you cultivate the habit of writing a daily journal, you will be able to see your progress along the line of your set goals. Be thankful for the little victories and the seemingly minute triumphs.

Gratitude makes your face the headquarters of joy by dishing out millions of smiles to people; it makes you look good. In her book, Things We Could Not Say, Diet Eman describes journaling as, “this pouring thoughts out on paper has relieved me. I feel better and full of confidence and resolution.” Keeping an attitude of gratitude boosts your self-esteem and helps you build confidence.

5. Journaling Unveils the Writer in You

I became an addicted writer through journaling. I started daily and conscious journaling in January 2015; it contributed immensely to what you see today as the writing side of me. Often, I will be in my room writing stories from my daily encounters with people. In this daily process of writing, I found the creative side of my brain deeply rooted in the love of letters. To be honest, something will ultimately happen to the writer in you when you are devoted to journaling your experiences. Journaling is an open secret to becoming a powerful writer. Journaling will assist you:

 

  • Develop formidable writing habits.
  • Help you find your voice.
  • Locate your tribe.
  • Produce powerful ideas that can fuel other projects.

“The young John Quincy Adams begins it lifelong habit of keeping a journal with reluctance that he might one day have to read it. He hopes, though, that the flaws in his earlier entries will be balanced by the progress he is able to see.” – Paul C. Nagel

6. Journaling Increases Your Sensitivity

Ever since I started journaling, I have developed an interesting habit of paying attention to the details of my day. Whenever I am having a random but rare conversation with people, I take notice of such conversations with an intention of getting something meaningful for my journal. They always turn out to be stories that can inspire others or serve as portals of lessons for me in my daily endeavor. When you start journaling, you will have increased sensitivity to your daily interactions.

7. Journaling Helps You Develop a Positive Habit

This is a grand opportunity for you to develop a positive habit – writing. You ultimately become what you consistently do, journaling adds one more positive habit to your list of daily routines. It may be hard and tough at the beginning but it will become easy with time. Journaling will steal some minutes from the hours you waste on social media; it will make you more positive about life and forge ahead with clarity.

How Do I Start Journaling?

Before I conclude, I think it will be great if I can share some tips for first-time “journalists.”
Location: 
Get a comfortable and quiet place where you can be isolated from distractions and disturbances. Preferably your bedroom or a place in your house with a reading table and chair. You can play a soft music in the background; I will suggest classical music or instrumentals. You can check out this playlist on Spotify.

 

Time:
I will suggest you do it early in the morning before you hop on the social media train or late at nights before you sleep. If it’s in the morning, you should write about the reflections of the previous day and if you choose evening time, you can write about the just concluded day.
Resources: 
You can go for whatever is convenient for you, either a book and a pen or you write electronically using your personal computer or phone. If you are using your personal computer or phone, I will suggest you install Cold Turkey or Freedom to disable your internet and social media apps when writing.
Tasks: 
You can focus on the following when starting out before moving on to other areas:
  • Your most memorable moments of the day.
  • Your interesting encounters with people.
  • The places you visited especially the ones you visited for the very first time.
  • Things you could have done properly or ways you can improve the outcome of your daily output.
  • Completion of tasks that got you excited.

 

 

In conclusion, I implore you to commence journaling this week and you will be amazed at the stunning outcomes. It will help you steer your life in the right direction and help you become the best version of yourself. You are doing yourself a lot of good and creating a collage of history notebooks for the unborn generation. You have a story and it’s worth sharing with the world. Before you can share it, you must first write it down.

It is your turn to share with me. I am curious! What’s your take on daily journaling?

Welcome to 2018: What Will You Do Differently?

Welcome to 2018: What Will You Do Differently?

Welcome to 2018: What Will You Do Differently?
02
JANUARY, 2018
Samuel Osho
I started the new year in the midst of brethren, we prayed and worshipped Yahweh until 2018 strolled in like a new baby in swaddling clothes.

 

The whole ground reverberated because of the enormity of the ecstasy that filled the auditorium. The tremulous energy was inundating, to say the least.
I only wish that our determination to succeed this year would wear the same regalia as our physical acrobatics. Unfortunately, only a few carry the grit of the first minute of 2018 into the second day of the year.
New year resolutions crash even before the first day gets completed. 
The year 2018 will chart the same route just like its siblings – 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 if we keep doing the same things over and over again.
Sadly, you must have heard this before but its true – “Nothing happens until you change.” However, “change” is relative and means different things to all of us.

 

What will you do differently this year? 
Will you reduce the number of hours you waste on social media? 
Will you increase the number of hours you use for personal meditation, retrospection, and thinking? 
Will you read those dusty books on your shelf? 
Will you write that pending book? 
Will you create that blog? 
Will you start that business and give wings to your creative ideas? 
Will you start that saving scheme? 
Will you enroll in that online course?
The world is waiting… And time is ticking away.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results. It’s just like saying that Arsenal FC will win the English Premier League when Arsene Wenger is still at the helm of affairs with his rigid tactics.

 

It’s not going to work. (Smiles)
Cheers to a prosperous 2018!
So, what’s the point of my admonition?
I have heard the mantras/prophecies for this year – “My year of awakening,” “My year of greater glory,” “My year of divine speed,” “My year of abundance.” […]
But these words may become slogans that fail to appear in your life if you fail to do one thing to your plans.

 

Execution!
I mean ruthless execution.  

 

It implies chasing your life goals with tenacity like today is going to be your last day on earth.
Create a plan for the new year with a room for the changes you want to implement. The plans will come alive when you take action – execution!
Planning and execution work hand-in-hand for the realization of your goals.
In addition, as you start the new year, there are two things you should watch carefully – comparison with others and negative people. 

The Two Things You Should Do

1. Stop Comparison
I know you have some fears, doubts, and worries but I am glad to tell you that your worries will die a natural death when you no longer measure your success based on the achievements of your colleagues. Social media fuels comparison because we often believe the manicured lies and pedicured deception. Friends, comparison shuts down the revving engines of euphoria within you. Comparison focuses on the needless things and manhandles your peace of mind.

 

When comparison and competition is your motivation, moments of rejoicing with others may become seasons of depression. Stop it! It kills you and renders your potential to pennies because you no longer focus on the strength within. So, what should be my motivation? Find your motivation in the scrolls of your purpose; let your purpose in life be your yardstick to measure success and progress. Oh! You want to leave a legacy here on earth; let that motivate you and spur you on to greater heights. Yes, it’s very possible!
“Negative people are very toxic, say goodbye to them because you can no longer be their clients.”
2. Stay Happy and Shut Out Negative People
I want you to choose a new path where there is no room for any form of complaints or space for murmurs. Climb to a unique terrain where you leap for joy and jump with a grateful heart. In the midst of this newly found cheerfulness lies the power to conquer new grounds and surmount the mountains of challenges.
In 2018, learn how to make yourself happy by doing the things that bring out the best in you. The happiest moments of your life are not in your past, they are days of ecstasy waiting to be lived in your future. The more you realize how beautiful your future is, the quicker you forget your irreparable past. Be happy and learn to shut out negative people. Negative people are very toxic, say goodbye to them because you can no longer be their clients.
In conclusion, avoid comparison, shut down negative vibes, find out what needs to change in your life, create a plan, and be intentional about executing your plan.

 

Welcome to your best year yet!
It’s a new book with 12 new chapters and 365 new crispy pages. Write a story of impact with the ink of time.
Expect explosive and insightful conversations from me in 2018.

 

How do you think I can be of help to you this year?  
I am reviewing my content and strategies. Your answers and replies will go a long way. 
Thanks in anticipation.

 

 

Top 10 Inventions of 2017 That Will Inspire You

Top 10 Inventions of 2017 That Will Inspire You

Top 10 Inventions of 2017 That Will Inspire You
24
DECEMBER, 2017
Samuel Osho
The best of entrepreneurs and innovators embark on a personal journey to find viable solutions to their pains and challenges. When compared to an ordinary nagging consumer, innovators see opportunities for scalable businesses where others scream because of a pinch of discomfort. Technology is moving at a top speed and gradually leaving trails that can create a desirable future for its loyal disciples.

Every creative mind knows that the birth of anything valuable is painful – it involves deep thinking, resilience and commitment. I totally agree with American Industrialist, Henry Ford, when he shared his thoughts about the price of thinking: “Thinking is one of the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”

Irresistible innovation that is often embraced by the world is a product of deep thinking. As usual, we enjoyed some bytes of progress from the castles of technology in 2017 because some creative thinkers went to work.

Here are my top ten inventions of 2017 and I think every creative person out there needs to see this list.

The Top 10 Inventions

1. Fidget Spinners

The popularity of fidget spinners surged in 2017 that it caused a disruption in the way people “handle psychological stress and nervousness.” In classrooms and offices, fidget spinners assisted individuals to indulge in a mild form of distraction. It’s surprising how the “toys” received wide approval from the teeming populace. The craze translated to a spike in sales and revenue for its manufacturers.

 

Although there is no scientific evidence to substantiate the claims, a school of thought opines that the spinners help in the treatment of patients suffering from disorders such as ADHD and autism. As of 2017, the inventor of the fidget spinner is unknown and the status of the patent claims is unclear. At this point, I really don’t care if the inventor is Catherin Hettinger or Scott McCoskery, all that matters is the fact that a spinner is raking in sales from a generation that struggles with low attention span.
Photo Credit: DJI

2. DJI Spark

In the past one decade, the ubiquity of drones is on the increase and on the lips of every digitally inclined mind. Its versatility and multi-purpose nature have made it the target of individuals from diverse sectors. You can use drones for rescue operations, surveillance, relief missions and of course, to capture a cinematic and aerial view of a place either in video or photo formats.

 

The China-based company, DJI have a strong presence in the drone market and its recent release of DJI Spark at a giveaway price of $499USD has changed the way millennials take selfies. I recently operated a drone from the DJI family and I can testify to the cinematic wonder that these flying goblets create. Spark is a smart drone with an average flying time of 16 minutes; sensitive to gestures, easy to operate and free from shakes. It has very impressive features that ensure safe flight and harmless landing.
Photo Credit: Ember Technologies

3. Ember Mug

According to the Cosmopolitan, “Ember Mug is the Apple Watch of tumblers” and I totally agree with this assertion because of its well-thought-out design. Ember Mug gives coffee lovers a completely new experience where they get to have their beverage at the desired temperature. The mug keeps your coffee at the desired temperature for two hours on the go; it retains and regulates heat. Its aesthetic appeal and intelligence have made it the cynosure of all eyes.

 

The ceramic mug which has a charging saucer was launched on Nov. 9 and it’s available for sale in 4,600 U.S. Starbucks stores. The Ember Travel Mug won the 2017 IDSA IDEA industrial Design Awards. These are the inventions of Ember Technologies and the founder of the Los Angeles-based company, Clay Alexander, definitely had his thinking cap on to pull this off.

 

Photo Credit: The Verge

4. Linktree

For lovers of Instagram, the launch of Linktree is a big relief and a shortcut to having a bio that can house more than one link. Linktree is a web application that can help you add multiple custom links to your Instagram bio. It uses your Instagram handle to create one umbrella link that leads to the “tree of links.”

 

If you are a writer or a brand ambassador that’s concerned about the conversion of leads and engagement metrics from your Instagram profile, you can create a free Linktree account. This is a lovely invention and a social media tool that makes life easy for digital marketers.
Photo Credit: Nintendo

5. Nintendo Switch

Gaming just got better with the new release of a hybrid video gaming console from Nintendo. The extra-ordinary gaming console, Nintendo Switch, hit the stores in March 2017 and it was welcomed with a roaring applause. With the new console, you can game on the go with its hand-held tablet format and revert to the normal playing style with its docking station when you get home.

 

The console’s flexibility accommodates both single and multiple players because it has two controllers. Within nine months of its release, Nintendo has sold over 10 million units of Nintendo Switches.
Photo Credit: Engadget

6. Molekule

This is an air filter that does not only trap harmful air pollutants but also destroys them. The physical product made with the aim of helping millions of people breathe better and easier uses a major component called the coated nano-filter. The inventor, Dr. Yogi Goswami started the company with his daughter, Jaya Rao, and son, Dilip Goswami.

 

The price of the air filter is nearly $800 USD, plus $99 USD per year for new filters. Till date, Molekule has raised over $15 million from investors who believe in the dream.
“Thinking is one of the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford
Photo Credit: The Gadgeteer

7. Norton Core

This is more than just a WiFi router as it comes with security and parental control features to protect every device in the home, from PC to smart TVs. Norton Core is a high-performance router that utilizes advanced machine learning and Symantec’s global threat intelligence network to make your use of Internet a safe cruise.

 

If any device on the network gets a virus, the secure wireless router automatically shuts down the device in the similitude of a sick patient in need of a medical attention. If you have a myriad of smart devices connected to the Internet at home and in the office, then you need the intelligent Norton Core to be protected from hackers.

 

8. Tasty One Top

In 2017, the world got the smartest cooking assistant ever; a versatile appliance with an induction cooktop that looks like a hot plate but syncs with the Tasty smartphone app that contains a library of recipes of your most popular meals. The app in conjunction with the cooker guides the chef through the cooking process via a built-in sensor and a thermometer that tracks the cooking temperature.

 

This is a superb invention which is rare; it is going to change the way people learn how to cook their favorite meals. And above all, trying out new meals becomes easy even if you are an inexperienced chef.
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9. Oculus Go

Virtual Reality is now within your reach with Facebook’s Oculus Go. With no PC wires or extra gadgets attached, Oculus Go is an all-in-one VR headset made fit for you. This is a stand-alone computer that will blow your mind with a variety of spatial VR experience. It is set for release in early 2018 at a cheap price of $199 USD. You can pre-order here from authorized retailers.

 

It is portable and an intelligent attempt to make VR experience reachable to every technology enthusiast; designed with adjustable straps, breathable fabrics, and great lenses. You can literally immerse yourself in 1,000 VR games, social apps, 360-degree experiences, and more.
Photo Credit: The New Yorker

10. Ruggie Clock

This is a revolutionary clock for early risers; a simple but sophisticated reinvention of the traditional alarm clock. If you are tired of snoozing your alarms to steal more sleep on your bed, then you may need to trust the ingenuity packaged in the Ruggie clock. Ruggie clock was built to get you out of bed early because the sound of the clock won’t stop until you place your feet on the soft rug for three seconds.

 

It’s easy to set up; it has a touch activated LED display with powerful built-in speakers.

 

These inventions are bundles of inspirations to every creative mind or anyone that is poised to make a difference in a noisy world. I was humbled by the creativity embedded in these new inventions; kudos to the dogged inventors, the resilient research teams and unconventional product designers that made these things happen.

 

I am curious! I want to know your top three inventions of the year from this list.

 

What are your top three inventions of 2017 from this list? 

 

PS: All the inventions here were featured in TIME Magazine’s “25 Best Inventions of 2017” except Linktree and Ruggie Clock.

 Photo Credit: Tolu Babarinde (Featured Photo)

 

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