We are in the very last moments of 2014, a great time to appreciate all the beautiful people who made 2014 worth it for you.
So, go on and pick up the phone, call them and ensure that the sincerity of your voice comes through. Send out emails to those you cannot call due to whatever reasons.
You might want to make a list of everyone first.
Personally, I want to sincerely appreciate you for sticking with us at #TMP. Your emails, comments, analysis and feedback has been very valuable.
And here is a special shout-out to our very own shareaholics, a special set of our readers who share every post across their social media, forward to friends and ready to always help us grow in any little way they can.
God bless you all!
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Is this the end of Internet Explorer? Reports suggest Microsoft is building a new browser code-named spartan that will be released with Windows 10. The new browser is expected to look and feel modern like industry leaders Chrome and Firefox.
How many hours do you spend on your dreams everyday? How many hours have you set aside to really work out the things you have inside your heart to do?
As we approach 2015, the wise ones amongst us have started drafting plans and setting goals. But that is not enough, we also need to pour in the time needed to work it out. I think it is best to set aside a specific chunk of time dedicated towards the pursuit of these things.
A wise man once challenged me a few years ago as to whether I could focus my attention and sink 10 hours everyday on my plans and pursuits. In his own view, the time spent working out the details of the goal were more important than the day dreaming about fulfilling the goal.
Many people will not get their 2015 plans executed not because they did not draft out workable plans, but more likely because they did not invest enough time. They do not seem able to concentrate and get the work done.
Can you set aside a specific time to get things done everyday? That might be the smartest weapon in your arsenal as we step into 2015.
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Succeeding in life requires much more than just working hard and praying for luck. There are certain spiritual principles that holds the world in place, that is why I think it is sheer deceit for us to claim we are discussing business without any regard for spiritual principles. It is not enough for business leaders to write about how they built their enterprises, they should also tell us about their spiritual convictions.
I was stunned when I stumbled upon this verse inside the bible:
“If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD — and he will repay you!” – Proverbs 19:17 NLT
The depth of the message behind this hit me hard. While I have certainly heard about the message of giving – sowing and reaping, this was a new dimension. Whenever we help people who cannot reciprocate in any way, we have just rendered help to the LORD and the LORD will now repay us, richly.
This is obviously a spiritual principle that will work for anybody who applies it, regardless of their spiritual convictions. A lot of holier than thou Christians always think it unfair that such things happen, but hey! Who are we to judge the LORD’s wise decisions to make things so?
When something is a principle, it has to be binding universally and ignorance does not deprive you of its effect. Gravity is a universally binding effect, a new born baby cannot defy gravity just because he is a baby and unwise.
It is not a grand mistake that the wealthiest people on the planet are also the most generous. (Click and read: How 8 Billionaires are giving money away to charitable courses). The wealthiest people on the planet are those who do some philanthropy. It became clear to me that you attract as much wealth as you can give away. If you are unwilling to give away millions, millions will not flow towards you.
If this giving and repay back principle were not working, the wealthiest people in the world would not be doing it. As a businessmen, we look at making sound business decisions and if a decision to give wasn’t proving to be valuable, they would have stopped. Yes, I am implying that giving away your time, resources and money to people who cannot repay you is actually a business move. A decision that comes from your heart and not from your head.
I think it is a totally smart idea to look for people you can help get on their feet. People who cannot reciprocate in anyway, by doing so you are getting yourself in line.
Personally, I have sunk a lot of my resources into helping people who cannot pay me back (in some cases, I am even unrecognised,unappreciated, but I don’t care) and I have certainly come to realise that the good LORD has indeed been repaying me. This thing works!
You do not give because you are rich, you give because you have a heart to give. And once you do that, you are lending unto the LORD and he will pay you back, he never owes anyone, never!
Most discussions about our future moves usually revolves around how much money can we make based on which path we choose to follow.
Most times even in our business pursuits, we also do these same things, choosing to judge business opportunities based only on how much money we stand to gain or the recognition that will come from such pursuits.
It does not have to be like that.
The original definition of Entrepreneurship is a risk taking business man. Entrepreneurs are supposed to be world changers, looking for real problems that they can solve profitably. We need to avoid the tradition of endlessly recycling old ideas, we need something fresh, a new perspective, a more efficient solution. The question we need to constantly ask ourselves should be: can we do better?
There are numerous problems around the world, problems in our society, yet rather than sit down to think up ways we can solve the problems for profit, brilliant minds I know are either looking at ways to get people to click adverts or worse, they are building yet another app for sending messages to your friends.
Some people will make money, some people will make history, a few of us will make both.
If you start looking beyond just making money from your endeavours and start looking at how you the things you spend your time working on can add good value to everyday people, you would find yourself in a new level altogether!
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Mobile can no longer be second classed or underrated. Amazon’s 2014 Holiday Sees Mobile Shopping Approach 60% Of Total Volume.
Ibukun Awosika loves to play a simple game; she says if you call on 2 people who have been in business for about 5 years and one of them is successful while the other one is not, the difference between the man who has made it and the one who is yet to succeed is focus.
In most cases, the successful man only tried out ONE business idea in the whole 5 years and became successful. The unsuccessful business man on the other hand is more likely to have tried 5 – 10 ideas within the same time period.
I do not believe that there is any idea that cannot work out if we patiently work at it and decide to commit to it for the long haul, if we keep jumping from idea to idea at the first challenge encountered, we can never hit the jackpot.
As we plan out 2015 and decide on which endeavors to sink or keep working upon, I think Awosika’s eye opener is worth thinking about. Inasmuch as some projects are actually bad market and should be eliminated, we should also be careful about it.
Have we given enough time, energy and focus to the idea we are about to kill?
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One of the most important questions anyone has to answer is the question of why? Why am I working? Why work so hard all year round? I think the answer for about 90% of us is in order to earn free time.
Paul Graham thinks of Entrepreneurship as a way of compressing your entire work life into a few years so that you can spend the rest of your life the way only few people can. People who work so hard in their early life and hit the gold jackpot do not need to work again for another day of their life.
This is why it is important to work hard, really hard. If I work hard now, I earn the rights to relax later without fear of poverty and lack catching up with me. The reason we work hard is so that we can get a chance to hang out with our friends, a chance to be around and raise our kids the right way.
We must never become so immersed in the work that we fail to take time off to rest and enjoy ourself. Resting from our labours is very important. The workaholics amongst us need to learn that it is not all about the work. We are simply running businesses, building startups, and executing various projects, we are not insane!
So, let us take our minds off work, relax and enjoy the day (and the season too). These days thanks to the trends of mobility and cloud computing, your work files are probably just a click away and the temptation to quickly check out the work and make some input is high. But you really should try to truly take time off.
Do not deny the people around you your presence by hugging your devices close to your chest; firing off emails, doing a mini work related research on Google, chatting with co-workers about work or quickly writing a few lines of code.
The reason we work so hard is in order to earn our free time. When we lose track of this fact, we start becoming quite inhuman.
Business men that really know what they are doing know that they are in the facts business. You do not start a business based on how you feel about it. Get your facts right! Every time! No matter how brilliant your business idea is, if it is something only 10 people need in the whole world, it is probably not an idea you want to pursue with your life. How sure are you then, that your idea is something that can scale up?
You need to invest the time into making proper research and analysis. Collect the data and then take long hard looks at the data and asking yourself, what is this data telling us? Where is it leading? Do you have the boldness to follow where it leads?
Get hard facts, not the personal opinion of people. By acquiring information about the true nature of things, you are arming yourself with critical raw material needed to produce a business breakthrough. Eloquence is not a replacement for truth, the best speakers or writers out there can convince you to do anything, but you owe it as a duty to personally confirm the things they say.
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It was Albert Einstein that defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting different results. Are we heading into 2015 with everything necessary to ensure we will repeat everything we did in 2014 all over again? Or have we really learned from what did not work, why it did not work and how we can fix the problems?
Unless this happens, we are just been insane if we ever think at the end of 2015 we would look back at the year and marvel at how awesome everything has now turned out.
It starts with “I am wrong” or “something is not working”, once you are willing to admit this, you have really broken inertia. Many people are never even willing to admit something is wrong, and this is a grave mistake. Once you admit something is wrong, move on to identify what did not work and how you can fix the problems.
If your goal is to move your business to the next level in 2015, you cannot do that with the same knowledge base you operated from in 2014. If you enter into 2015 using the same methods you used in 2014, you would produce the same results, no doubt. The dates would be different, but the processes and the results would be the same, certainly.
What you need to do is to acquire new knowledge/skills that will allow you move into the next stage. Google remains your best friend, use it to search and find resources for learning.
One of my favorite principles is this one I learnt from Poju Oyemade and I would love to share it with you today. Ready?
Of course you are.
Whenever things are not working, we usually go all out, looking for what to start doing. Perhaps it might be more profitable to instead search for and stop doing the things that are not working. Create space in your life.
With the newly created space, you will now have the chance and space to breathe easy and plan your next moves. A careful analysis of our life will show us all these things. From my personal experience, the real challenge is that are we willing to really take the bold step and do the needful? Or will we keep managing the situation?
The Pareto principle is certainly correct; only about 20% of our efforts actually produce 80% of the results we want, Why then should we not simply seek the things that are working, focus on them and toss away the garbage. Most people boast of having many friends, yet only 3 – 5 of them are actually making any important contribution towards moving them ahead towards their life goals.
I have found this whitespace principle to very helpful to me over the years as I often stop to think about it and review my activities and make key decisions.
Create whitespace, set yourself free!
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