The amount of nonchalance I observe daily is just disgusting. Too many people are simply too casual and indifferent about opportunities or things that give them a head way in life.
When you are just too lazy to turn up at your business post on-time and every-time. You develop a reputation for been inconsistent and you worry about why business not booming!
When you keep telling yourself that you are meant for bigger things and so, the small things committed into your hands do not deserve much care and attention.
When people go out of their way to put together something for you, I feel it is only fair that you also reciprocate. For example, you get a chance to speak to people, we are gathered to listen to you. To hear what you have to say, we think you are worth listening. It is only fair that you also plan properly and prepare to say something worth listening to, and not just stroll in to laugh and give us silence-fillers.
If you ever have a chance in your life to do something, why not give it your best shot?
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
This is definitely the truth, in our quest to move mountains we might have to start by taking away smaller stones, it is the smaller challenges that we solve that qualify and prepare us for the bigger challenges ahead.
So, before we embark on those big change-the-world ideas, it helps to have done a few things here and there.
Didn’t David fight bears and lions before graduating to taking on Goliath?
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It is important to focus on what truly makes our own products and services unique. What is original about us? In the world of increasing competition and alternatives, staying ahead and relevant requires a lot of effort.
To stay ahead we have to focus and provide more of what makes us unique and not get tempted to follow the bandwagon.
If you fail to realise what makes you unique, you will slip into the “rat race” as you become just another commodity.
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When setting up goals, I think it is incredibly important to ensure that we set those goals that we are 50% sure we can get done, there has to be an element in those goals that will keep us on our feet.
Our goals and growth should be interwined, setting big goals requires us to grow, stretching us just outside our comfort zones.
What is the point in setting goals I am 300% sure I can achieve effortlessly without any hassle?
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When in doubt, count your blessings and you will see just how incredible this year has really been. You might not have landed on the moon after all and perhaps you ditched all your brand new year plans in mid-march and right now, you wonder if there is any need to set new goals for the new year.
We must not be blinded by the things we failed to achieve that we forget to be truly thankful for the things that have happened. As we go all out everyday, working out our dreams, hope and aspirations, it is counting our blessings that completes the loop.
Unless you take stock, reflect and think through, you might not realise that you are ending 2015 on a high note afterall. You might be ending the year 2x, 5x or even 10x better without you even knowing it!
I believe breaks and holidays and play should be earned. It definitely shouldn’t be automatic.
If you are just starting out your business, does it really make sense to start thinking of all the free time you would have? In the long run, you will have all the time in the world to play, but right now you have to work hard and make money.
If you have not worked enough to create something of significant value, you definitely have not earned your play yet. If you go to play without earning it, you hurt yourself a lot.
Infact, I cannot really remember the last time I used Yahoo Messenger! I check my Yahoo email account just enough to keep it active. When you look back and realise that Yahoo! was the #1 Internet company back then, you cannot help but shed a tear.
Shed a tear? Of course not.
Yahoo! is not the first world power to rise and then crush. Empires come and go, that is a fact of life, before Yahoo! came into the global limelight, we had AOL, which nobody even talks about anymore and did you know MySpace.com is still online??
So, what is my point? All the giants we see today, from Facebook to Google search to Windows will eventually get knocked off their perch. As the world evolves and becomes more mobile, many newer and brilliant ideas have emerged and everyone is on their toes. As to what the future holds, no one knows.
We are completely clueless as to what tomorrow’s social networks will look like or how it will work, we do not know what fuel tomorrow’s cars will use or even if they will use fuel at all. In another 5 years, I could be writing on #TMP any of the following:
Do you still Facebook?
Do you still Google?
Do you still drive a petrol-fueled car? (Jeez!)
Today is not forever.
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The journey from where we are right now to where we want to be is increasingly looking long and much endurance would be needed.
We all know that there is a lot of mobile solutions that would greatly simplify people’s day-to-day life if they were there, but they are not. We still do not have working portals for most Nigerian cities or even student communities, we do not have a simple and convenient way to make payments on mobile. Anyone who looks into what the future would look like and then comes back to the present sees a lot of opportunities and of course, a lot of work to move from here to there.
As Iroko TV clocked 4 recently, the founder and CEO, Jason Njoku had a lot of interesting things to say about their journey. I found this part the most interesting to me:
In Africa we are super early. I feel even in 2016 and 2017, we will still be too early for widespread data-driven long form video adoption and consumption. As everyone who isn’t a betting company has realised, Nigeria is immature for most internet startups.
The hard work at this point is not really to build stuff. Building an app now is so “easy” that anyone can do it. You can even get an Indian developer to build it for you in a few weeks and you are done. The hard part would be to convince enough users to patronise you so that you can generate enough money to stay alive. While you can attest to the popularity of various Nigerian betting startups, I am yet to see any Nigerian internet startup go mainstream yet. (Konga and Jumia both seem to be on their way, Nairaland had a good shot too)
If we are still in the dark times and yet we are sure the light will come (It has to, everyone will switch to modern, faster and more efficient tools digital technology makes possible), then we must not allow the journey to wear us out. It is a lot of work, hard work. But it is doable, we can definitely hold on.
We are now in the final 30 days of 2015. What will you do with it? You can start packing up for the holidays, or making up lists of all the goodies you have been saving up to buy. You can start to cash in on the season by starting your own store or an amusement service or something.
While a lot of people are winding down business generally, I have spoken with one or twp people who are not dialing down… They really want to close a few more deals before the year runs out and the time is ticking.
11th hour miracles are as real as the sun, they say.
It’s all good. The final 30 days of 2015, what will you do with it?
Hit reply, let’s talk.
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More than acquiring more skills, we need to acquire more bravery. The boldness to move towards making something worth making a remark about.
The biggest hindrance to making progress is not only lacking the skills or finances to get it done. It is lacking the heart to just keep moving forward. Bravery has to be cultivated, bravery has to be encouraged. Bravery is what allows our creativity to flourish.
Timid people can never be creative, they will be scared-out and settle for yesterday’s original ideas just like everybody else. They’ll drown out their own inner voices.
Will you become brave enough to keep the spark of creativity inside you alive?