Sometimes, you need to switch off the internet, TVs, smartphones, everything, and just focus on the task at hand.
I seriously doubt if you can do any serious work when you are interrupted every 20mins by a new phone call or message or email or ping or Whatsapp or Facebook Notification or Facebook Message or WeChat or Imo or Viber or…. You get the point?
So, to ring protect creative space, an artist in this modern times will need to go off grid every now and then.
Lock yourself in a room, switch off everything and just create something remarkable.
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I have no take on the current national issues.
This is not because I do not have an opinion, but rather because my opinion doesn’t count. I am not in any position of authority to do anything about it, any analysis I do is a mere waste of my precious time.
I understand that people enjoy discussing national issues and some how, talking about the problem actually makes many people feel better.
However, as I am neither involved with the government in any active role nor am I seeking any political office, my time is probably best spent elsewhere, places where it will count.
I would rather spend my days, hoping for the best while simultaneously bracing up for the worst, building my company brick-by-brick.
It is worth stating that many of the posts you read online are spread by people paid to plant such ideas online. They plant the ideas, others copy and paste and bc it to the ends of the world.
All to what end?
I have observed that Billionaires do not go about talking about how much their Phone sucks or which of their employees is a complete idiot. Complete waste of time.
I really just want to cook my rice, can I just focus there?
Watching The World
Think of all the time you could save if you knew how to do things faster.
Most of the devices we hug around all day has power user shortcuts that can dramatically reduce the amount of time we spend on any task. A power user (that’s you, by the way) can get so much more done than the average user.
For example, I observed that many people do not know how to use Google search. A research that would take an average user 3 hours can be completed in 15 mins by someone who knows how to work Google. Compare 3 hours to 15 mins and you begin to realise why some people are just super productive and some are not.
If you learn about shortcuts in Microsoft Word for example and such shortcuts save you between 5seconds to 10seconds each use and you use the shortcut like say, 10 times during your work, you have saved about a minute. In 1 year, think about all the time you would have saved.
So, want to improve your productivity? Learn about various shortcuts and tricks and tips for using digital services and gadgets. It does wonders!
No, I am not sharing any shortcut list here. If you are serious about it, head over to Google and start searching. Invest the time!
“How can we use Google when we do not even know how to work it”, you ask. Fair enough, check out 31 Advanced Google Search Tips.
I do not think you can find massive success without been prepared to be uncomfortable for a while. Becoming massively successful would in most cases require stepping out of our comfort zones.
Like I have said over and over and over again:
“Get out of your comfort zones! Nothing interesting happens there!”
If you are going to enjoy massive success, you must be ready to do the ground work required, dreaming alone will not take you there. In many cases, you have to work for long hard years, building a solid base so that you can then become an overnight success.
The world, the media focusses on the meteoric rise of 2-3 years, forgetting the fact that you have been at work for decades, trying to get it right.
Here is what Aliko Dangote, who needs no introduction had to say about his massive success:
“I built a conglomerate and emerged the richest black man in the world in 2008 but it didn’t happen overnight. It took me thirty years to get to where I am today. Youths of today aspire to be like me but they want to achieve it overnight. It’s not going to work. To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme.”
If you are going to be very successful, you need to start finding out the right steps you need to take and begin to take them, no matter how uncomfortable they may be.
You do not become great by taking things easy.
Watching The World
Regardless of who we are or what we do, there is always a mould we are expected to fit into. A way we have to go about our business, a general counsel on how things ought to be.
Most of us even fit into such without even questioning.
I have been recently following up Kunle Afolayan, the multi award winning Nigerian movie producer’s latest project: THE CEO. In a Nigerian movie industry where anything goes, it is interesting to see a man like Kunle Afolayan refusing to fit into the mould of what Nigerian movies should look like and how they should be handled.
In his own words:
“The CEO represents Africa as a continent. By virtue of the kind of story, the actors, the team and every element of the film to a large extent, embraces who we are as Africans.Some people are very comfortable in making low-quality products because for them it is only a means of livelihood, for them they only make money.”
The budget for THE CEO movie is said to be around $1 Million (That would be more than ₦300m), with actors from across the African continent.
He is even taking things a step further by announcing that the movie premiere will be done at 35,000 feet in the air; on board a Air France trip from Lagos to Paris on June 1, 2016. In case you are wondering, it is not a normal move, it might even be the first of its kind.
I do not have to join the mass that specialises in making low-quality products.
I do not have to also follow the trail of mediocrity that everyone around me is leading.
I do not have to fit into any existing mould. Yes! I can (and should) hold myself to higher standards.
I had planned to make today’s post my commentary about the whole fuel prices wahala and NLC’s planned strike action and all that. But then I decided not to fit into the mould and so, I did a different post instead.
I have a theory that each of us is a manifestation of what we believe.
Many years ago when I heard Sam Adeyemi say that he used to be very poor and then he changed his mind, I had no clue what he meant, but over the years, I now get it.
The first step out of poverty, failure, mediocrity; any condition at all is a change in your personal belief system. If you are yet to convince yourself that you will live a significant life, then you are not going to have it.
In 2011, some friends and I brainstormed for hours, looking for a billion dollar idea we could pursue (no kidding) and after several hours, we gave up. No billion dollar idea for us.
When I reviewed that meeting later on, the truth dawned on me: It was not that the ideas we came up with were bad but the real issue was that we did not believe in those ideas, we never thought they could generate $1 billion for anybody.
What do you believe?
Do you believe in your self?
Do you believe in your skills?
Do you believe in your chosen career path?
Do you believe in your spouse?
Do you believe in your kids?
Do you believe you can attract all the resources you need to execute your projects?
Your life changes the day you change your belief system.
Well, it is certainly not news that Nigeria is generating so little power.
This website reports that there are currently 23 grid-connected generating plants in operation in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), with a total installed capacity of 10,396.0 MW and available capacity of 6,056 MW. Recent news suggest that power generation has slumped, it actually even went totally flat on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at exactly 12.58pm and this persisted for about three hours.
Our power generation is around 3,000 MW on our best days, so that the nation has to ration power and several areas of the nation are not even on the grid yet. By 2020, projection says we would need between 9,000 MW and 16,000 MW.
I found this news from Germany interesting and that is why I am writing this post: On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation, they generated so much power that for several hours, commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity!
Germany produced about 63 GW on sunday, with 87% of that figure (55 GW) coming from renewable sources.
I know, you will say that is Germany and then you log off.
The fact is that the Germans do not have extra brain cells. I strongly believe that Nigerians can do better, we can fix this power supply problem if we put our hearts into it.
Currently, I am not convinced that we are doing all we can to fix this.
The only business opportunity here is not to import generators! Biko! We can do so much more… We need to do something about this power generation issue. This is the most important problem my generation can solve, so that our children can enjoy a better life than we did.
We all would like to become millionaires some day… Or we just deceiving ourselves.
A common approach to thinking about it seems to be that we want an overnight jump.
BANG! And you are now a millionaire.
We soon find out it doesn’t work that way. This thing is step-by-step, making daily progress.
Perhaps it might be a better path to set a goal instead of generating #50,000 monthly and then up to 250,000 monthly from another source apart from your day job.
With such smaller goals in from of you, you can easily clear one hurdle and then make real progress.
Watching The World
In my humble opinion, starting a business is not more difficult than working a ‘normal’ job.
It is merely different.
You can only succeed when you work hard to create value for the customers whether directly as a business owner or indirectly as a member of the staff.
You win when you create commercial value.
However, the benefits of starting your business is that you get to pick yourself and so, you can start anytime you like as opposed to waiting for some people to decide you are good enough to work with.
Yes, you can pick yourself.
The other side to this argument is that I don’t like the idea of starting a company for ‘starting a company sake’. Businesses that stand the test and rigours of time are founded on a vision, a solid mission that gets people to really care about it. So, as a visionary leader I say: “don’t start a company first without any meaningful vision backing it up. The vision is what will keep you going on the dry days.”
Employees are guaranteed a pay day every month. A Business owner can go a few months without pay, its all part of the journey… However, the business man can always land a deal that will keep him up for many months.
Everyone of us picked our paths, and we should be thankful for it. After graduation, a lot of my colleagues are working happily at top companies while I stuck stubbornly to my entrepreneurial pursuits.
I am not better than them; many of them can match me one-on-one for business skills or design skills or technical chops. I am merely different from them.