The greatest seed my parents sowed into me. And some Turning Points in My Life

There have been several events that have marked many turning points in my life at various levels and at various times; I intend to highlight a few of them, starting with 5 foundational ones. And before I do, I need to acknowledge the underlying seed of them all: the zing seed my parents (my foremost mentors) sowed into my life.


Every normal child is naturally wired or preprogrammed by birth to imitate what he / she consistently gets exposed to; especially what he / she sees. In that sense, I grew up as a perfectly normal child; imitating what I was seeing, including the following…

  1. Doing matured Fine Art; my dad has been into art and was the art master at a secondary school. 
  2. Making miniature vehicles (made out empty tin cans); a lot of the young guys in my area were all doing it; it was a craze!
  3. Sewing clothes; my big sisters were into fashion design and had been sewing at home.
  4. Typing; my mum was a stenographer secretary, and the first person I ever saw typing at incredible speeds without looking on the typewriter keys; yeah, computers were not around then. 🙂
  5. Etc.

These gave me a very practical orientation to life; that humans make things with hands and tools!

I happened to be a very obedient child so all that enhanced my learning ability; just observing / listening keenly and doing as I saw, and as I was told, especially by my parents.

Mum and dad showed me (and my siblings too) unconditional love; in so many ways. Most especially they guided us in practical life matters and more. My mum would constantly say in our local dialect to the effect that: “Let your speech be seasoned as with salt.” Anytime I was leaving for school, they (especially my dad) would advice: “Make sure you’re the best or among the best, and find time to sleep!” (Even in recent past, Dad was still advising me to find time to sleep.)

Along the line, and mostly through the effort of my dad, I chanced upon books that gave practical guidance to some of the things; typical ones being: ‘The Complete Guide to Sewing‘ which guided me on how to sew professionally, ‘UNESCO Resource for Science Teaching‘ which guided me to make electric bells, buzzers, microphones, etc., and a ‘Typing Tutor‘ which showed me the principles for typing professionally at high speeds; without looking on the keys (something I so much admired about my mum). Others included: ‘How to Study,’ ‘Passing Examinations,’ ‘Effective Studying Skills,’ and ‘Faster Reading; a First Course.’ Those were especially helpful in my academic pursuits.

All that got me very much interested in text books; even though they were big in sizes, for me they were the real deal as I was having fun with the practical skills stemming from the theory and practical guidance they provided. I got to learn and to appreciate that ‘theory, in the most part, is just documented practice,’ and that books are for action, and not for exams per se. Well, I was still obedient enough to excel at school, and actually was either the best or among the best in every class / school I ever enrolled.

Though all the above were turning points in my life in every respect, there are some other major ones I like to highlight as earlier intimated; they are wrapped in themes as follows…

I begin with the first time I saw a very huge conflict between myself and a very popular physics tutor, and the conflict was resolved in my favour. You may click here to see the first one: Why I respect ‘titles’ but do not fall for them. Or you may click here to see the most significant turning point in my life, and how that should be your story too!

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David K Egyir

David K Egyir

Author of Purpose Compass, the exceptional life-coaching book that reveals 4 habits that are currently making your life difficult, or otherwise may soon make your life difficult, but which your parent, teacher, or pastor would dare not talk about; how to escape them and get to live a stress-free life of purpose faster! And 13 other equally amazing books that constitute the Zing4Life! Series. Lead promoter of the electronic, trendy and amazing Smart Business Card, the only business card you’ll ever need, for the executive in you! Passionate about helping serious people like you to escape the most dangerous — common but avoidable — problem most people (rich, poor, educated, non-educated, religious, and non-religious alike) face in life.Also, he designs and builds beautiful, cost-effective and functional buildings, and graphics. And he helps executives, marketers, and business owners to make effective presentations; what you may call winning presentations. He is an architect, a designer, and a life coach. Especially as a life-coach, he's been popularly adjudged the best coach for excelling in education, increasing wealth, eliminating stress, and enjoying true fulfillment in life! Egyir has a firm conviction that, “The greatest tragedy in life is that majority of people have accepted to be less than they were born to be and are thus accomplishing far less than their true capabilities.” To that end, he authored (wrote) PURPOSE COMPASS and other amazing books, and more than 100 articles; on how to live a highly productive and a truly fulfilling life. And he organises training seminars and workshops for the benefit of individuals, groups and organisations. Dave (as affectionately called by many) understands life thoroughly and shares amazingly liberating insights from a uniquely empowering perspective. He is the Lead Founder of Seers, Associate of Arthro Synergeio, Lay Preacher of The Methodist Church Ghana, Global Lead Advocate of Zing4Life! and Volunteer Mentor with iMentor Ghana. Egyir is married, and is a father of two. To see more about him you may click here. To get in touch with Dave or to follow him on social media you may click here. #DaveGuidesDaily | To support Dave's writing & life-coaching social ministry you may click here. #SeersFoundation | To be part of Egyir's live sessions online at 20.30 GMT on Sundays you may click here. #TimeWithSeers |

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One: Sometimes you need someone to show you the obvious, and oftentimes… the not so obvious! Credit to ZigZiglar

Two: Education and schooling are not the same thing. What goes on inside the schools is often not education. And the results may well be that it reduces productive capacity rather than to increase it. Credit to Prof Sir William Arthur Lewis

Three: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Credit to Prophet Hosea

Four: The illiterates of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn! Credit to Alvin Toffler

Five: The greatest obstacle to progress is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge. Credit to Daniel Boorstin

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