— By David Adeniji —

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During the American Revolution, Washington crossed the Delaware River with 5,400 troops, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey. The unconventional attack came after several months of substantial defeats for Washington’s army that had resulted in the loss of New York City and other strategic points in the region.

At approximately 8 a.m. on the morning of December 26, Washington’s force, reached the outskirts of Trenton and descended on the unsuspecting Hessians. Trenton’s 1,400 Hessian defenders were groggy from the previous evening’s festivities and underestimated the Patriot threat after months of decisive British victories throughout New York. Washington’s men quickly overwhelmed the Germans’ defenses, and by 9:30 a.m. the town was surrounded at the cost of only four American lives.

News of Washington’s initiative raised the spirits of the American colonists, who previously feared that the Continental Army was incapable of victory.

*Talk of Strategy*!

A lot of people go into endeavors without a clearly spelt out strategy. Strategy is a comprehensive plan of actions required to accomplish a specific goal. Be it business, politics, personal life or family, you need a strategy. Yes, you need to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound), but goals don’t just become reality without strategy – a clearly thought through, written down, thoroughly understood and easily interpretable action plan (or process) for making them happen.

So here are 5 helpful questions in building the right strategy

1. What are my aspirations  – for whatever project/before you, be it in business, family, politics, education, personal life, etc

2. To get started, where do i need to be? what do I need to invest in and what should I stop investing in?

3. What are the perceived difficulties, obstacles,enemies or competitors I may likely have to face, avoid or overcome?

4. What skills must I possess to achieve my goals

5. Which people must I associate with to aid the accomplishment of my vision? To Connect with people you need to horn your communication skills. Learn to talk, polish your English (and/or whatever language you communicate in). Learn to write…creatively.

David Adeniji



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