To be able to achieve

Significant goals in life

One has to deny himself/herself of

Some things so as to make their dreams come true

A lot of people couldn’t accomplish good vision

Owing to the fact that they couldn’t stop some habits

Or because they couldn’t engage in some useful activities

A poor parent that wishes to give their wards quality education

May have to cut spending and increase saving  

A poor parent that knows the significance of training a child

The glory a well-trained child will bring to the family

May have to desist from materialistic attitude

By shunning unnecessary expenses

A student that wishes to shine in school

Must deny themselves of

Excessive playing, gaming, partying

And frivolous activities all the time

And as a student,

An environment that is not conducive for self-study

Is not helpful to a good student

A student from a poor home

Needs to always choose and be contented with

 Inexpensive food, clothes and other materials

They have to shun expensive lifestyle on campus

They have to note that their success in the school

Is not determined by the expensiveness of their clothes, food

Or flamboyant lifestyle in general

Rather, the sound knowledge they sacrificed to acquire

Sometimes, a wife who is consistently at loggerheads

With her husband

Will have to part ways with her peers

And social circle/society that contribute

To her restlessness

For the sake of a happy home

You may have to leave your comfort zone

A place of comfort,

But which doesn’t bring progress

A mother who over-pampers you

In spite of being a teenager/adult

A family house where you won’t pay rent

But doesn’t allow you to prepare

For some challenges of life through personal savings

The mentors and helpers

Who will give counsel to you

And teach you how to outshine

Are far away from your comfort zone

Deny yourself of a little comfort

So as to reach the summit in your career

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Rasheed Olayemi

Rasheed Olayemi was born in Lagos, Nigeria into the family of a business magnate, late Alhaj Chief Mustapha Temitope Lasisi. He is a teacher. He has taught in private schools in Abeokuta and Lagos for over a decade as well as manifold extramural classes. He has a great deal of experience in teaching. He is also an author. He writes poetry, prose, and dramas. Olayemi is the author of Poetry for the Rightful Thinkers published by Trafford Publishing, Bloomington, IN, USA. The book won The Gold Seal Of Literary Excellence Award after a meaningful review by The US Review of Books in 2014. He is also the author of Poetry On Moral Values published by Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, Houston, Texas, USA. Some of the short stories he authored were The Regrets of Omotolu & The Illegitimate King published by Smashwords & Amazon, MATOWO (a Yoruba language short stories) published by Evans (Brothers) Publishers, Nigeria. In July 2013 he attended the International Education And Resource Network (IEARN) Conference held in Doha, Qatar. He had worked in Dubai, UAE for a few years.

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