You are going to do any spectacular work unless you permit criticism.
If there is nobody in your life with the powers to tell you bluntly that what you are working on is not good, you can’t dig inside and get better.
It is always better to take criticism (whether constructive or not) and try to improve.
Your work sucks. We also used to suck, but by taking criticism and working on them… We’ve considerably improved.
So, help my blogging career: How is #TMP sucking?
Clarity is a major issue for the person that has a mental picture about where she’s headed.
You need to refine and refine, until finally… Clarity is achieved.
A quick route is by playing the words game.
Try to express your work in a paragraph, then in one sentence… And then in 3 words.
If you can state your mission clearly in 3 words, you will find it easier to focus and toss away distractions.
In 2017, I want to “help businesses profit”. That’s all.
May those 3 words guide my actions.
On close examination of your self and/or your business operation, you discover one flaw or issue or shortcoming or challenge or problem.
Finding and fixing this flaw has the potential to give you a 2x, 10x or 50x boost in the new year.
What flaws do you need to fix ahead of the new year?
How do you intend to fix it?
As they say… We must not be too busy making money that we forget to live.
Everything in a measure, not tending towards any extreme.
One good thing about the holiday season is that it is a great chance for families and loved ones to gather round once again, relax and reflect on the year.
Don’t blow it.
Stay in the moment.
Enjoy the moment.
Its Christmas after all! Take a break, you deserve it!
In the modern world, the old time honoured traditions of keeping life and work separate no longer hold.
Work files are no longer left in the office. They are now a click away.
It would nowadays seem rude to leave emails received “after work hours” on friday unanswered until monday morning.
We now expect ATM machines to be available for 24hrs everyday, without exceptions. I would certainly be disappointed if I can’t use the ATM during public holidays.
The work never ends, we are never truly on vacation any more.
Work-Life balance is dead. We should be talking about Work-life integration now. That’s just the way it is.
They don’t care about purpose or vision or calling or god or anything else.
The only thing real to them is money and how they can get enough of it to pay bills.
This is why things like MMM and other ponzi-like schemes have gained ground. They directly lead you to money, and all is well.
This is the reality, that’s the card we’ve been dealt to deal with.
A lot of people have this mindset that once they can meet a governor or top politician, then they will succeed.
Just grant them that meeting with that top government official and they are made.
You see people generate cool ideas and rather than try to start it somehow and scale up, they sit in Abuja, knocking ministry doors, looking for a way for the government to take it up.
More often than not, things don’t work out fine. Time and money that could have started a real pilot test gets wasted. My least productive year was 2012, the year I spent chasing investors and influential people.
Those that succeed are those with the mindset that “I will succeed with or without” meeting such high profile people…
…And guess what? These are even the kinds of people the Governor wants to meet.
Watching The World
I prefer to focus on creating wealth, not just poverty alleviation.
As long as poverty alleviation remains a thing, people will keep on coming up with crappy ideas and Africa will forever continue to be recipient of foreign aids.
Aliko Dangote, ranked this year as the 68th most powerful person alive has always told the foreign powers to stop giving aids and start making investments instead. That is the way to go.
If we keep framing our problems in terms of eliminating poverty, we cannot come up with really great ideas. The quality of ideas that fall under wealth creation are much higher than ideas for alleviating poverty.
Wealth creation is not the same thing as poverty alleviation.
We are no longer interested in alleviating poverty. We want to shift our focus to creating wealth. Real, long lasting wealth…. then let us see if poverty will not also disappear.
Watching The World
The real job of a teacher is not really to hold the student’s hands and baby-sit, cajole and spoon feed everything. Nope.
The real job of a teacher is to set the student on fire. Ignite the student, break the fallow ground by explaining core concepts and be on hand to answer questions.
The rest should be up to the student.
There is no greater way to learn than when a student can pick herself up and commit to the process.
In a recent review of iBBN, I wrote myself off and decided it had failed, but then one of my students pointed out that I had taught him enough to do a lot of stuff and then he shared figures with me. I was wowed!
A greater number of those enrolled had done NOTHING with what I had taught them, but he was able to achieve A LOT. Same class, same resources, same teacher, but extremely different results.
So, maybe I am going about this training thing wrongly.
The real job of a teacher is to show the way, set the students on fire and let them reach for the stars. It might just be better that way in the long run.
Watching The World
For many years, the middlemen reigned supreme, connecting their clients to the stuff they need. Sitting in that sweet spot in between the manufacturer and the end users.
That space is dying.
Technology has eroded the middleman. Manufacturers can now easily access their customers directly and cut off the middleman. This move makes sense for the customer who gets to get goods at lower prices. (In some verticals, especially agriculture, the middleman makes even more money than the producer)
You do not need to look too far before you start seeing this things.
Amazon started by selling other people’s things, today they have flipped the whole retailing world. They now directly manufacture and deliver to the end customers. No other wholesaler or retailer needed.
Netflix was content with just licensing shows from studios for their customers to watch, but now, Netflix makes its own shows directly.
Uber is planning to build its own driverless cars, cutting off the drivers and cars that helped them get into the market.
MTN and Glo co-existed peacefully until Glo took the gloves off and crashed the pricing for data. MTN and the other Telcos cannot match Glo’s pricing because Glo is a “wholesaler”, they have their own submarine cable, in fact, they are the first single telecommunication company in the world to own its submarine cable.
MTN and the others are kicked out, they cannot compete with the wholesaler. When Glo is selling 3.2Gb of data for #1,000, how will the others hope to get a foothold?
I read last week that Facebook was beginning to create it own video content (hint: Facebook wants to replace your TV)
This moves are all good for the end user, but it kills off the dominant middleman industry.
If you are in the middleman business, your time is up. You have to move up the ladder into safety: start manufacturing something.