On your toes!

The best kind of people to keep around are the folks that keep you on your toes. Those people that challenge you to give your 300% into whatever it is you do.

I go this email yesterday from a friend and member of our #TMP community:

Mr. Morebise !!!.

I really don’t like you at all. You keep raising the bar so high. After the feedbacks from your Facebook post.  You resumed this post and has still not affected other platforms you created. Are you even human?
How do you manage all this things? 
When I start to feel myself small. You come around with your anointed head and make me brace up again. Challenging and exerting myself to do much more than I’m doing.
I’m warning you this man. Let me enjoy my next “feeling of myself” in peace. 
I’ll just go ahead and keep working on the next project.
God bless you.

..and so that I also don’t start to feel myself, I reminded myself that:

At the start of the 3rd quarter of this year, when I reviewed the work, I was getting uneasy that I was having about 4 platforms to keep track of, in a corner of my mind, I was thinking maybe it was time to consolidate some things and make things a bit easier.

Then I stumbled on the site of a senior colleague… the dude had expanded his work into like 6 platforms; up-and-running, frequently updated.

I woke up instantly: we can do more.

We must not be looking for validation of our ideas and work rate in the wrong places.

Stop patting yourself on your back for been that one-eyed man leading a band of blind folks.

Don’t be a local champion.

Constantly up your game… stay on your toes!

If my activities and writings keep you on your toes, it is part of the package.

 


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The magic of small, consistent improvement

At a recent entrepreneurship session I facilitated, I asked the attendees a simple question: if I started a crappy business today and commit to making small improvements to it, consistently, every single day, 30 years down the line… what would it look like?

A lot of us in the room agreed it would have become an excellently run and highly innovative place.

I wonder if you also agree with us?

I am often divided over my decision to shut down the initial Gistcaster several years ago, I keep thinking: what if I didn’t shut it down totally and continued my method of little improvements consistently delivered, I think I might have fared better.

So, I guess its ok for us to start small, start in a crappy manner and then commit to making daily improvements…

We just might hit gold.


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The loafy upsell

I spotted a Shoprite Bread vendor in the wild and stopped by to “grab my copy” of their bread, to my surprise (and delight), out of nowhere the vendor brought out a 2L bottle of coke and suggested I buy the combo (Bread + Coke) for just N600.

Interesting offer.

It so happen that during that time, we were just training our students about marketing funnels and the art of upselling and so I told the guys around me to pay attention to this.

I could buy the bread and be gone, but now they were trying to upsell me the bottle of coke which might be a nice complement to the already purchased bread.

Have you tried to upsell digital marketing to the people you developed web sites for?

Have you tried to upsell a complimenting service to the people that already purchased a service from you?

Why are you dulling??


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Same package. Different perceived value

You can have something of value, yet people think it is worthless.

You can be doing exactly the same thing as 5 other people, yet they keep selling out while you keep racking up losses.

You have to realise that people never pay for the real worth of something. They pay for perceived value.

It is not enough to be making a valuable product, we have to also ensure our audience realises it is valuable.

#TMP needs to take another giant leap


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Work output

You can’t make more money than your work output permits…. 

If you can only work on one 6-figure project every week… your path to becoming really “financially free” is a long thing! 

The other day, I needed minor carpentry repairs in my house… the carpenter gave me a low 5 figure bill and he spent 2 full weeks on the job!!! 

How many years will he have to work to hit his first million since it’s taking him 2 weeks to deliver a 5 figure job! 

Big companies process billions of dollars of revenue every single day because they developed a system to do that. You can’t make a billion dollars today because your work output is no where near that. 

Good news is that it is never too early to think about scaling up your work output!


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Money is the easiest thing to make – do this first

Many people struggle to make money.

I am sure you have also noticed this.

People going all out, hustling 24/7, just to make ends meet and then maybe make a little extra so that they can take a little vacation and afford a few more things.

Yet, there be another class of people that never struggle to make money, they effortlessly generate so much money by seemingly doing nothing (in comparison to the former class of people described here)

What is the difference?

This is not a matter of hard work vs smart work or working long.

This is a matter of having a healthy long term strategy for yourself.

Money is the easiest thing to make if you have been developing yourself, if you are insanely great at whatever you are doing, and demonstrate your value to the marketplace, you will attract money without breaking a sweat.

The better you are, the more you will be paid and the more people will talk about you.

I have told you before; don’t build a business. Rather, you should develop yourself first, acquire relevant skills first, then you can build a business effortlessly.

 


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The work we really do

A few days ago, one of my interns asked me why our week could not be more “well structured” with very very clearly defined themes for each day and all that.

I smiled. He had a point, now, its not like things are crazy and disorganised at my HQ, never! However… he was missing the point and so I enlightened him a bit.

Look, schooling and most formal learning structures are too organised to produce people who can fit into the chaos of real life instantly.

While training and curriculum are well organised at most institutions, life does not have an order in which it throws things at you.

The work we really do is to make sense out of the chaos that comes up every day… real life is messy and we have to learn how to keep our head and create some space for us to make impact.

About two (2) days ago, during the night, one of our dozens of web servers went down, taking down key websites and for the next 8 to 10 hours, we were simultaneously working on it while communicating with our clients and keeping them updated. When I went to bed the previous evening, I had no clue that life would toss such a storm my way…

While fixing all that, we had to ensure development work had to continue on other client projects in order to ensure we meet already tight deadlines.

In one word: crazy day.

Now, how do we place that into a curriculum??


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The ideas are the easy part

Getting an idea is the easy part.

The hard part is execution.

Executing an idea perfectly is hard and very very tricky. Most “rookies” do not even realise this.

Ideas are worth like a kobo for every hundred, only brilliant execution can make an idea worth billions of dollars and shoot its Chief Executioner into the list of the richest men in the world.

So, building out your ideas requires you know how to execute, execution is a skill you acquire through working on stuff. Its as simple as that.

Brilliant execution is not acquired from books, it is acquired through years and years of real life experience.

This is why an experienced entrepreneur working on a mediocre idea will make more impact and money than a rookie entrepreneur working on an amazing and innovative idea.

Getting ideas is the easy part, the real question is: can you execute??


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3 simple life hacks that can turn a slacker into a goal-getter

Talent is overrated.

A lot of people “curse their luck” and wish they could be more talented.

You don’t need any extra talent or super powers to become massively successful.

Here are 3 things that can take you to the next level without acquiring any talent. If you start doing these things TODAY, you will give your life a big boost:

Being on time: Know the value of time, always show up when due, not a minute after. No excuses permitted.
Work ethic: Work hard, pour yourself into what you do. Always be interested in improving the quality of your work every single day.
Being prepared: Show up on time and prepared. In this age of Google, not knowing is a sign of laziness or carefree-ness

Bonus: Going the extra mile. Don’t stop at what the basic requirements are, why not step a little further and provide more value?

You need ZERO SKILLS or TALENT to do any of the things I have mentioned and you do not have to wait till next year or your next birthday to try it out.

Start today.


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The major learning for me as my daily blog clocks 3

It feels good to see that #TMP clocks 3 today. 3 years of publishing posts in here; 866 posts racked up in that period of time.

The major learning for me is that nobody is able to truly know what they are capable of doing until they set out to find out.

The human spirit is limitless, but unless you try to find your limits, you will spend your whole time dancing and slaving out within the 0.1% of your true potentials.

2017 has been a period of great experimentation for me, this daily blog made me realise I could do so much more and so, this year I have done things like Facebook Live video, podcast and group chats.

In the end, sometimes… the basics are just fine.

What I want is just a vehicle for my thoughts to get out there, in front of an audience as large as possible.

I want to ring the bells of innovation and excellence.

See, since 2007, I have been building out my ideas… started with the riranwo.com site (now defunct of course).

Then moved on to other things, converting my ideas into projects, businesses and fantastic startups. Building highly innovative businesses.

I build innovative businesses, that is what I do. I am very busy building out my own empire of PROFITABLE tech business startup ideas and I aim to help you do the same by sharing the same thoughts driving all these projects through this medium.

For #TMP, this is a new lease of life.

On paper, I know I will keep writing this daily blog for a long time. However, the reality just dawns on me this morning – 3 years – wow! – and that is the thing about experiential knowledge.

Don’t be a writer, be writing

Don’t be an engineer, be engineering

Don’t be an innovator, be continuously innovating!

You never know what you are capable of doing until you set out to try. I never would have imagined keeping a daily blog for this long until I tried.

 


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