When we read all these books and auto biographies about how someone did something and how awesome they sound, we also really need to bear in mind that they are only telling us the best parts of the story.
When the public speakers mount the podium and share personal stories, they are all doctored.
We cannot safely listen to a speaker and then conclude that he has indeed shared with us everything that led to his successful endeavors. Many have done things they might not be particularly proud of and will conveniently leave out those aspects of the story.
A man once told me that he doesn’t think there are many true scandal-free rich men in Nigeria. He maintains that not so many people can honestly recount how they went from nothing to the first N1 Million. However, we sit down and these same people hold seminars on how brilliance, hardwork, integrity and all the other usual factors helped them to make it big and that it can help us too.
Listen to their stories and learn what you can, but never assume they told you everything. Never assume that is what they really did to become successful.
Watching The World
One of the many reactions to the post titled “Billionaires do not emerge from the vacuum, here is how they emerge” is that I am a joker. It is just not possible for you to become a billionaire in Nigeria, no matter how solid your innovative ideas are.
The full reaction:
“You are a joker! With the overwhelming presence of the thieving oligarchy in Nigeria, even the best business ideas and innovations wouldn’t make you a billionaire. You can ask Alhaji Aliko Dangote, he understands better. The Nigerian business environment is troublesome and hopelessly corrupt – “connections” and cronyism rules.”
Normally, I do not feed trolls, but I decided to discuss this because I know some of my real loyal readers might also have such thoughts nagging them at the back of the mind.
I remember the words of Steve Jobs that “those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do”. Which means being labelled a joker is certainly kind on the part of the critic. Crazy, mad or related words might have been better suited.
However, we must all remember that whether you think YOU CAN or you think YOU CANNOT get it done, either ways you are correct.
Steve Jobs and Apple where completely crazy for even thinking they could compete against IBM and actually win.
History is filled with stories of incumbents, cabals and people that got unseated when a new wave of people appeared on the scene. It happened in U.S.A. and other parts of the developed world, Nigeria cannot be an exception.
The establishment in Nigeria has made it obvious that they have nothing to offer, will the actions of the few of them now be allowed to decide the fate of the whole country? Definitely not.
I believe that power belongs to those who are bold enough to take it.
The most important thing you need to do is to destroy that your grasshopper mind and begin to cultivate the heart of a giant-killer. You need to develop some thick skin if you will survive the game I am calling you out to play.
It is the crazy ones, the jokers that actually turn the game around, against all odds.
The future belongs to the jokers and not the sane people who have been told since their birth to play nice and fit into the mold the society prepared for them without even thinking about it.
We need more jokers.
It dawns on me that to truly succeed in this life, one needs to commit to getting the job done, regardless of the cost.
These things require a commitment to carry on whether in rainfall or sunshine, whether the mountains be removed and casted into sea, we must just forge on.
Beyond the fact that people paid us to deliver results and not excuses, and all the integrity issues attached, we must also know that it is a matter of personal development and advancement. If you make an habit of abandoning projects half way, regardless of what happened, you will fall into an ugly pattern of wasted potentials.
For all the brilliance of Leonardo Da Vinci, mankind has just 13 pieces of artwork that we are sure he started and completed. He left us with a trail of unfinished concepts and ideas.
This tells me that I can be a brilliant engineer, artist, writer or web designer and yet fail to ship projects because I have failed to develop some other kinds of critical skills that are needed in order for it to thrive.
Commit to finishing the job every time. Just ship it.
Watching The World
If you are one of those that aspire to become a billionaire, it is worth it to draw your attention to a seemingly overlooked aspect of the whole process.
You see, it is not about making billions of dollars, it is about solving billion dollar worth of problems.
The first step therefore towards making it big is by deciding on which billion dollar problem you would like to solve, and I can assure you that there are so many of such out there. You just have to look at the society with the right frame of mind.
In a country like Nigeria, you do not need to go too far before you start finding such opportunities. Nigeria is such a broken country that I am confident that the man or woman who decides to buckle up and tackle the various challenges here with brilliant, innovative solutions will emerge as the richest man in the world in no time.
Most sectors need help, from the obvious ones: power, connectivity to others like education and agriculture, opportunities do abound.
To the person who seriously wants to become a billionaire, all you have to do is to make your pick, focus on coming up with a brilliant innovative solution and you are on your way.
The innovative idea you seek might not come after a 2 hour brainstorming session or even after the first 2 weeks, these things take time (If it was easy, everyone would be doing it!). This is why I need to counsel you to be ready to be in it for the long haul. It might take 10 years (ha ha!)
You can watch things happen or you can step on the stage and become an active participant (enriching yourself in the process). I believe that anyone can rise beyond their backgrounds and rise as high as they would love to.
We need you to emerge, we need you to start taking things a bit more serious. Hug a billion-dollar problem today!
Watching The World
I am not here to motivate you.
My posts might motivate you, but that is not the primary goal.
The primary goal is not to even make money from it. I am yet to seriously monetise #TMP, yet it takes a fair chunk of my time and energy.
My goal with The Morebise Post is to show you the thoughts that guide my every step and share some of the results I am recording from such thoughts.
This is why people seem to find my posts useful, they are thoughtful and practical, not a brilliantly conceived assemble of quotable quotes and intellectual rubbish.
Doing the real work is hard and so, many people chicken out and resort to motivating others to do the work instead. I am sick and tired of speakers prophesying that Nigerians will do great things soon, I want us to GET OUT OF THE BUILDING AND WORK!
If we all keep motivating others to work, at the end of the day, the work will remain undone.
Similarly, the justification for continued publication of The Morebise Post is when we have more doers, more people out there who can move from idea-to-execution, consistently.
We all must keep working hard to build real value in whatever we are doing. You need to work hard, push yourself!
I didnt start The Morebise Post because I want to motivate you and take your money. NO! We set it up because we want to exchange ideas, challenge you and fire you up for something serious.
You can make me your mentor, company’s chairman or anoint me as your company’s advisor… But ultimately, you can also see me extremely busy solving problems with the business I am building.
This is my edge over motivational speakers: I don’t only inspire people and get them fired up, I also try to get them WORKING. I play the long, boring, unsexy game. This is the hard work required for a true turnaround in our nation.
This is the work no get-rich-quick motivational speaker or growth consultants want to do.
The Morebise Post clocks 2 years old today. 2 years of sharing my thoughts with the world and I am loving every second of it. It was a miracle that I could get this edition published, I have been going through some rough times recently and my server is having some challenges.
However, these things just make me stronger.
We are still here!
There are many paths to finding success, but trying things randomly does not quite seem to be a sound strategy. You will need to map out and execute well thought out plans.
Mapping out a plan is a lot of work.
Executing it well is also definitely a lot of work.
Lazy people rarely succeed, and now you know why.
Even if you have been recording some success without a defined plan, it is totally worth it to observe and identify the things you did that worked and then focus on doing more of the things you tried that worked.
That pareto principle that implies that 80% of our success comes from 20% of our efforts is a real eye-opener. I need to identify the 20% that is working and then do more of it.
Don’t do random.
Watching The World
For many many years, I was a web designer but I never got any jobs because I did not have a business front. How do people hire me for work when I never made it explicitly obvious which skills I had and how my skills could increase their business revenues?
I later registered a domain name, brainbridgeconcepts.com, but I never did much marketing. It flopped too.
I wish my story was unique, but it is not.
Every single day, I meet skilled people – web developers, designers, writers, all sorts that struggle and they do not seem they need to hook up and get a business front through which they can do things they enjoy doing while using it to solve problems.
That can be easily fixed. You should look for a business front that will lead people to seek you out and do business with you and pay you. At the very least, you should have a business front online.
When depressed or sad or having any experience you are sure you should not be having, you can be sure of where such emotions and feelings originate from.
That’s why the first response should be: “these are not my thoughts”.
If these are not your thoughts then, where did they originate from?
There are 3 sources of thoughts, everything that pops into your mind can come from God, the devil or you.
Since I know that the thoughts of God towards me are the thoughts of good and not of depression, we can savely infer that God is not in the business of depressing people.
The simple way to jump up from depression therefore is resist those thoughts and focus instead on the good thoughts from a loving creator towards his children.
With a world that’s hurting and a time of sore depression, we need to hang on to those good words and promises from God like never before.
We all get 24 hours everyday. Then, people come and take chunks of it from you.
Your main job takes on average about 8 hours, transportation takes another 2-3 hours or more (or less) based on prevailing conditions in your city of residence. Friends will also take their own chunk from your time and then of course, your-better-half always feels entitled to take all your time.
In the midst of this all, you have to also consciously take time for yourself. A few hours, jealously guarded, that you use to work on your self. Time for personal development, training, execution of personal projects and all that.
In a busy world of “no-time”, more than ever before, you have to create that time.
Here is a detailed look and analysis of Barack Obama’s me-time, totally worth the time needed to read it.
These days, we seldom work on a production line where we need specific stations staffed at specific times, nor do we simply need warm bodies to be “present”. Measuring productivity based on the number of hours spent working is dumb in this smart, knowledge-driven age of ours.
Showing up is important, but it not the same thing as getting things done.