I wasn’t crazy when I exclaimed up there that chasing your dreams is far greater than education (even though education is great) and that’s because no matter what you learn in college, there comes a time when those things fail to work but your dreams well worked at don’t and will never fail you when you most needed it.
That said. I traveled to Lagos from Ibadan to a friend’s event (happened to be the social media guy talking about the whole event on social networking sites) the other day. The event was titled “Leverageng“. Now, that event was about Social Media and the best ways to leverage it as Nigerian youths. Trust me it was a very fantastic event put together by my homeboy, Abraham Ologundudu.
Just when I got engrossed tweeting away the event, a video popped up on the screen and all I saw was this not so beautiful, fat and too talking black lady. It took her only 17minutes to win over my attention (I forgot I was supposed to be tweeting) and that of the other people present in the large hall, even Sisi Yemie was won over by the charm and aura of this young lady that she had to use her as a case-study throughout her talk.
I’m talking about no other person than the popular comedienne Chigurl (real name: Chioma Omeruah). A very funny and inspiring young lady who is making her dough through making people laugh away their sorrows.
So the amazing Chigurl was on TEDx! In all her ‘razz-local- accent-glory’! Lol… 😀 Isn’t God good? Now, if you don’t know Chioma Omeruah aka Chigurl then I really cannot help you more than the embedded video I had taken much hassle to provide below.
Now, for those of you who are just getting to know her, Chigurl is also a talented linguist and voice over artist. She speaks 5 languages and can imitate 12 different accents. Trust me when I say that lady is multi-talented! You can scroll down to play the embedded video to listen to her story about “Chasing Your Dreams” on TED.
In that video, she shared stories of her journey through failure, learning different foreign languages (speaks French, Spanish, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and pidgin) and how she decided to embrace comedy as a profession.
Having watched the video so many times, I was able to transcribe her inspiring story and you can read that just below the embedded video. But before I even share that with you, I should share with you what really inspired me about her story. Do you mind?
While Chioma’s stories teaches inventiveness it also shows and teach young minds why they must not fear failure. Chioma is an exemplar of failure turned inside out. True she failed many times but what she didn’t do was to allow it to shame her into inaction. She leveraged on her failed attempt until she got the right prototype for success.
Here, I really want to charge young minds privilege to be reading this to please try and shoot for the moon, cause even if they fail, they would undeniably land amongst the stars.
Do you enjoy the Amazing and Inspiring Video on Chasing Your Dreams? Please keep the words of this wise man to heart;
[clicktotweet]“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams” – Donovan Bailey #TeamCPC16 [/clicktotweet]
Obviously, I will be putting up the same video at my forthcoming event (Tagged: Digital Marketing; Maximizing Online Opportunities for National & Global Efficacy!) in the ancient city of Ibadan, where young minds will learn the best strategies to Honing their digital marketing skills while rubbing shoulders with the industry’s best and brightest. This program comes up in March, get yourself prepared to attend!
[clicktotweet]I daresay that following your dreams is not enough but chasing your dreams will get you the desired result! #TeamCPC16[/clicktotweet]
“Before we get started, Mr. Sunday Oliseh came up here and talk about education and what he did for him and what he did for his life, but education did not do a damn thing for me. I am a person who have always sort of failed subjects, I failed maths with dignity and when I got P (Pass) in Maths. I would celebrate it and treat myself to lunch cos I had a ‘P’…but look at me today, education did not help me get to where I am today. I will tell you what did though and I’ll have to misbehave just a little bit.
After I failed in military school, I had to repeat year four and I told my daddy, “Daddy don’t worry, I would go back to school”, and he looked at me and said, “get out of my sight!” He didn’t want me to embarrass him, as per a whole daughter of a chief air force officer, repeating… so he changed my school but after that I failed again, I left Nigeria to America. He was like Chioma, ‘you talk too much so you are going America to do Law.’
He didn’t care if I was interested in Law or not, he just wanted me to go to School. I loved talking, doing crazy things, making peeps laugh but he insisted I went to School.
I did criminal justice for two years and I was failing so badly and I was on AP (academic. probation) for two years, I was failing woefully. So I decided to switch to languages, my mum said I should study French so that I would at least have a major after graduating from school, but my dad was like why would I study French in school despite all the money he paid for school fees, and they called a family meeting that consists of family elders all over the place, they inquired about the reason why I had to change my major and asked what I changed to. I replied, “I changed to French because I love language”. “What is French and what will it do for you?” They queried. To their dismay, I replied, “It will help me to learn how to speak a language.”
To cut a long story short, I did not listen to them and had to act against their wills but according to mine. I studied French and got my first job three months after School as a Language teacher.
I developed myself and also learnt Spanish, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Pidgin, and a bit of phonetics…you see, I was a crazy teacher, and I was crazy even to my students. Sometimes I would be like, hey dearies if you pass this test, I would dance on this table for you…and when they pass I would truly get my ass on the table and dance for them, yea, I was that crazy.
After being in America for twelve years, my dad said I should come home….but he passed away a month after I got home….I had nothing doing in Nigeria sha but then one day in my house, I started doing this funny voices thing, and started the Chigurl character and send to my friends…and somehow, it spread and many people started sending it around, and it got back to me via BC, and they were like have you heard this funny chigurl, she is funny and razz, and I’m like wow, that’s me…and that was when I hit my breakthrough, with people calling me around.”
[clicktotweet]“It doesn’t matter what you are doing, as long as what you are doing is touching somebody in a positive manner…” – Chigurl #TeamCPC16[/clicktotweet]
[clicktotweet]“A waste is somebody who sits down and dreams while others are working.” – Chigurl #TeamCPC16[/clicktotweet]
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Steve Jobs (born Steven Paul Jobs; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011), was one of the greatest American Entrepreneur of all time. Steve Jobs was particularly synonymous with the Apple brand. His life remains an inspiration to many of us not only as a great entrepreneur but as an excellent sales man.
Steve Jobs was a futuristic and visionary innovator, but make no mistake, innovation does not sell itself.
Learn valuable business lessons from Steve Jobs that could help you stay competitive in an increasingly competitive global world. Discover how he transformed his innovations from a wonderful product the market wasn’t ready for, into a product the whole world couldn’t get enough of.
5 Business Lessons from Steve Jobs
1. “Things do not have to change the world to be important”
Steve Jobs once said “Picasso had a saying – ‘good artists copy; great artists steal’ – and we have always been shameless about stealing ideas.”
Many entrepreneurs are stuck on the need to be original. This problem is not exclusive to entrepreneurs; almost everyone in the creative industry has this problem.
The need to be original, to have an idea so unique, that no one has ever thought about it. I’m handing you a reality check, there are over 6 billion people alive, I don’t have a figure on the number of people that have ever lived but it is a lot, yet you are searching for an idea that a single person is yet to think of, good luck, Call me when you find it.
Focus your energy on that your little idea, you already have a unique edge – you. That is all you need, two people can’t be the same, stop trying so hard to be unique when you already are.
2. “You can’t con people in this business. The products speak for themselves.”
Management guru Peter Drucker said “A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. Customers only pay for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality”.
Quality can not be compromised. In the past many companies have gotten away with aggressively promoting low quality products but not anymore. The globalization of business means there are more options available to consumers and only quality products can stand the test of time.
Steve Jobs was a powerful presenter and sales person, a good salesman does not sell the features of the product, he sells the experience.
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
Apple products do not always have the best features on the market, yet they are all successful. This is because Apple deliver on its promises, they meet consumers expectations.
Remember Customers are not asking for the best features or the most sophisticated products, they want the product that delivers the best value for money.
3. Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.
A team is only as strong as its weakest link.
“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You will know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through”
Steve Jobs was a perfectionist; he was not one to compromise on quality. He believed every inch of his product should be perfect.
When you criticize a product, you do not start by criticizing its best features. You start by focusing on its flaws and a single flaw is really all you need.
I have used an apple product for a long time, since I bought my first iPhone, I have not enjoyed another phone, and every other tablet seems flawed in my eyes.
Apple products seem like the perfect product, the iPhone 5 is not too big for my pocket, it doesn’t promise bogus features but it has provided the same performance since the day I purchased it.
Every element of your business must be excellent. From the first person your customer meets which is most times the security to the point of exit you must satisfy your customer.
You would be surprised at the little things that piss people off, I don’t even know why I hate Windows 8, do you?
4. I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
You need to be fully committed to what you are doing. Steve Jobs believes if you do not love what you do, you can’t keep up.
If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.
In 1985 Steve Jobs resigned from Apple after the board of directors sided with CEO John Sculley. Jobs was thrown out of his own company, he founded NeXT and bought Pixar and in 1996, Apple bought NeXT, and Steve Jobs returned to Apple.
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
Everyone has to pay the price of success or failure. You only decide when you want to pay it – early in your life or later.
There would be difficult moments, ask Justin Bieber and every other celebrity before him.
Business has its ups and downs, there are times when you might have to fire your best friend, there are times when you might think you have to sell your business but for Steve Jobs, you have to rise above all difficulties if you want to be a successful entrepreneur.
5. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
Steve Jobs liked to think of himself as a perfectionist but he acknowledged his errors and did not dwell on them.Many global brands have been relegated just because they could not abandon a bad idea. No one is perfect, customers understand that, do not force your customers to pay for your errors.
Every apple software update has its fair share of bugs, but the company keeps working on updates till it is good enough for its customers.
Imagine the millions of dollars and jobs Nokia could have saved by simply adopting the Android mobile operating system, instead they chose to spend the money on advertising a product the market is not interested in.
Instead of spending your resources trying to fix a mistake, why don’t you just accept it and move on.
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
Do not rest on your oars, keep challenging yourself and work harder.
Phone manufacturers Blackberry and Nokia held on to their achievements for too long and it cost them market share. Blackberry is doing all it can to regain market share, including making it’s beloved jewel; BBM cross platform. Nokia has been acquired by Microsoft.
No matter how successful you are today, it doesn’t guarantee your place at the top tomorrow.
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
Motivation is a fickle thing. When you have it, you can accomplish great things. When you don’t, well… you know. The problem is, you never know when you’ll have motivation and when you won’t. For a blogger, that can be quite a bit problematic.
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You see, if you’re going to blog successfully, you’ve got to make a commitment to posting regular, frequent, high quality content. When you’d rather hang upside down by your toenails than write one more word, however, chances are fairly good that you’re not going to meet any of these three criteria.
Fortunately, while you can’t force true inspiration, there are some things you can try when motivation seems like a mythical creature. Try some or all of the following suggestions to get your mojo flowing again.
1. Go for a Walk
Take a hike, soak in a bath, go fishing, or wash the dishes — do pretty much anything except try to make yourself work. Yes, there are times in which we all have to push through to accomplish something we don’t want to do. If you’re finding yourself feeling like that every time you try to blog, though, there’s something wrong.
Rather than spend 6 aimless hours staring at a blank screen and flipping through the Internet, just walk away. Take ten to twenty minutes to do something that you truly enjoy or that doesn’t require you to think. Just exist, breathe, and relax. Sometimes, it’s when you allow yourself to stop stressing the situation that your best ideas will come to you. When that great idea hits you, you’ll have all the motivation you need.
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2. Change Your Scenery
If you work in the same place day after day, it could be staleness that’s stealing your motivation. Try moving to a different room, the coffee shop around the corner, or take your work outdoors if possible. If you can’t do that, try simply rearranging the layout of the room you work in. You might be surprised at just how powerful changing your surroundings can be for your motivation and productivity.
3. Remind Yourself Why You’re Blogging
Are you trying to tell your story? Are you blogging for money? Do you want to help people find help for meth addiction, or with their monthly bills, or in discovering their spirituality? Whatever your original reason was for starting your blog in the first place, go back to that place and think about it. How are you going to meet those goals and accomplish your dream if you give up now?
Read also: How Do I Come Up With a Winning Business Idea?
Any time you do something on a constant basis, no matter how much you love what you do, it becomes work. When it becomes work, it can become tedious. Before you allow a lack of motivation to turn something you love into something you despise, stand back and reflect on your purpose — and why it means so much to you.
4. Come to Terms with the Reality of Blogging
If your lag in motivation stems from an underwhelming response by visitors, try to remember that no blog was ever successful overnight. It typically takes most blogs a minimum of one year to really see growth, and some can take twice or three times as long. It’s a hard fact, but one you must accept if you’re going to keep blogging.
Read Also: 6 Easy Ways to Blogging Successfully
Blogging is not a one-time commitment. After the initial inspiration wears off, you may find yourself feeling like you’re working for nothing. Unfortunately, it’s during this critical time when you must press forward that motivation seems to be elusive. Your breakthrough could be just days away, or it could be months more, but you won’t know if you quit.
5. Have Fun
When you blog in your own voice and style about something you love, you’re much more likely to recover motivation quickly after a dry spell. Readers don’t like stuffy, formal writing anyway, so don’t be afraid to have fun and show your personality.
A bored person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
6. Get Silly
If you simply cannot bring yourself to write about what you’re supposed to be writing about, don’t. Open a blank document and write whatever you want — whether it’s a silly poem, quirky story, or a rant to a family member who has been annoying you. When you’re done, save it to your personal files or drop it in the recycle bin. That’s the beauty of writing: until you share it with someone, it’s like it never existed. No one has to know, but you’ll feel much better.
7. Buckle Down and Focus
After you try one of the other tactics, make an agreement with yourself that it’s time to get some work done. Promise yourself that you’ll put in an honest 30 minutes of effort and then you’ll take a break. Oftentimes, it’s just that first sentence that’s so hard to start. Once you get that out of the way, the rest of the words may start to pour out. Then you’ll wonder what had you so down about it in the first place.
What do you think? Do you have tried and true tricks for busting through a lack of motivation? Have you tried the above suggestions? How did they work?
If like me, you aspire to be a success in today’s rough and tough world, then this masterpiece is for you. And whether you accept it or not, to achieve success in life’s endeavor you will need to understand and follow through the 4 Surefire factorsof success.
Before we start talking about factors, let’s talk about the basis… See, we all have our school of thoughts and for me; I love definition because I believe definition shapes our lives and brings out the best in us.
In furtherance, what is success?
Success is defined in The Free Dictionary as “The achievement of something desired, planned or attempted”.
And in the Oxford Dictionaries it is defined as “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose”
You would agree with me that these definitions are quite inventive but I’d like to put it in my own words; success is conceiving something in one’s heart and achieving it irrespective of how small or big it is by positively affecting your society or people in the area of your influence.
So let’s talk about the…….
Vital Factors of Success
In achieving success you must have these four factors: Imagination, Belief, Action, and Discipline. Of course there are many factors but these four has really worked for me. The most important however is belief.
In order for you to achieve success in anything or perhaps your life you have to first believe. You need to believe in yourself that you can achieve anything.
The good book says, “Whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve.”Hence, belief is in the mind an
d heart. Everything we do in life starts with a thought. Without the thinking process, things may still get done but you can bet that you’ll not get the desired results.
So let’s start….
Imagination: Albert Einstein said, “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” I concur with Einstein’s thought because for you to achieve success in life, you must have first seen it, and you will only see it in the realm of imagination.
With imagination you can capture all that you want to become in life and the good thing about it is that it has no boundary. If you would ask me what imagination means, I would tell you simply that it is an image nation where you are allowed to paint the picture of your life. You could either paint it badly or beautifully.
This makes it understandable when Napoleon Hill wrote, “The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.”
Undeniably, God is the Creator and He has blessed us with minds to create, too, through the power of imagination. If you can imagine it you can achieve it!
Belief: Belief is a key ingredient of success because when you think hard and truly long for the result of success, it becomes a belief. When you believe hard enough it becomes a conviction and conviction in turn give
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way to the crucial sparks that will en-kindle what you have implant from your mind to your heart. “Conviction is the fuel of a positive attitude.”And conviction plus positive attitude equals success.
Action: Any individual who wants to succeed in life’s endeavor must embrace the word ‘Action’. You might have the best idea in the world; your idea might far surpass those of brother King, John Roebling, Einstein or perhaps Steve Jobs, if you don’t make move by taking action you will succeed in being static at a point. I lo
ve the way Isaac Newton put it when he said, “All objects will remain in a state of rest until a force is applied.” When you take action you position yourself to succeed. Remember, great movies are great moves!
Discipline: Action in itself is not sufficient to increase the chances of success, but disciplined action will. Many have failed as a result of zero discipline in their action. They give themselves excuses as to why they can’t carry out their plans, why they can’t complete a certain task. No wonder my friend Temitope Adelana penned, “Excuses are the tools of the incompetent, monument of nothing. Those that use it are generally unwise and barely make it in life.”
You will need to be sacrificial if you were to achieve a certain degree of success because without sacrifice there would be no victory.
Discipline allows and gives surety to your persistence, especially when you encounter challenges in your journey to success. Please take note that a disciplined man is a committed man and when you’re committed you attract success!
Conclusively, imagination alone will not solve your problem to becoming successful, I have seen folks who spent their lives imagining things but they never amounted to anything. Trust me I have been through it myself. 🙂
You want to achieve success in life? Then you will do well in following the 4 factors of success highlighted above. See, my sincere advice would be, Imagine – Paint Big Pictures, Belief – Who you are demonstrates what you believe, Action – Apply a force and you will never be afraid of remaining in a point, Discipline – For you to govern others you’ve got to be the master of yourself.
Over to you…..
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