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PORTUGAL’S VICTORY: 10 LESSONS

“I saw this on an online platform and thought to share, I hope our BIE readers learn some lessons from this. Enjoy” – Tokunbo Fasoro 1. Portugal is not a one-man team Lesson: Let people hold an opinion of you. You know what and who you are and what you can do under immense pressure. All you need is an opportunity to show it. 2. Ronaldo made France better. Lesson: Don’t eliminate your “best” competitor. Your competitor keeps you on your toes. If your competition is weak, good will be your better and better will be your best. 3. Portugal’s attack was blunted, but they did not concede a goal. Lesson: It is not how much money you make; it is how much is saved. If you are not making money, don’t lose money. 4. 85% of the spectators cheered France. Lesson: Crowd support is overrated. You are your greatest and best cheerleader. 5. Portugal held the ball in their half and made quick passes in France’s half Lesson: Victory/success is planned. A team hardly happens on success. 6. The odds were against Portugal Lesson: Don’t pay attention to the media and bookmakers. Give yourself a chance. 7. Despite his ...

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Its Not The Last Hit That Breaks The Ice – Zika Nwaise

I remember one of the workshops we had where one of our speakers made a statement ‘Effort is good but result is better’. A person who has a dream that has not been developed is not recognized until that dream becomes a reality. Truly, it is good to dream big and paint a big picture of what we want and how we intend to start out in life but the thing is many of us keep on dreaming and do not know when to wake up and face reality. Even if it doesn’t look like you are getting that big picture anytime soon, it’s better to start something no matter how small it may be, it could even be a volunteer job in order to get you the experience you need for the bigger job. As Thomas Edison said, ‘Success is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration’ in other words, you need to take actions in other to bridge that gap between your dream and the reality of what you want. Never allow fear to stop you from taking actions, either the fear of failure i.e. thinking about “what if it doesn’t work?”or the fear of criticisms ‘what ...

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Thinking Out of the Box

Many hundreds of years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant’s beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant’s debt if he could marry the daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail. They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant’s garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the ...

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Are You Making Excuses?

You’re probably used to the words – “I don’t know how”, “It probably wouldn’t have worked anyways”, “I’m too busy” and so many others. You just can’t help coming up with ways to explain your inaction when something to be done crops up. Excuse-makers are usually seen as weak, lazy or cowardly. Although it’s an unfair generalization because we all make excuses once in a while. I’m sure most of us can remember times when we procrastinated and wasted days before starting a project and some of us can remember times we started immediately, and finished ahead of schedule. Procrastination can be dealt with in two simple ways: Organising your priorities and Breaking down discomfort Organising Your Priorities What’s more important to you right now? Expanding your finances? Succeeding academically? Improving the quality of your relationships? Excuse making is the result of conflicting priorities. When you don’t have a system for making decisions, the tendency is to just go with whatever feels best in the moment. You can clear this up by defining what your priorities are. The purpose is to aid when one event conflicts with another. If you have to decide between working on a school project and ...

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Opeyemi Awoyemi, Iyin Aboyeji, Audu Maikori, others to speak at The Edge Series Student Summit 2016

The Edge Series a human capacity development initiative of SwiftThink Limited is organising The Edge Series Student Summit (TESS 2016)  to bridge the gap between business and academic knowledge. TESS which is currently in its third edition would build up on last year’s edition and will focus on the theme ‘What are you saying?’. And it will concentrating on Sales and Marketing aimed at preparing young Nigerian students for a world where “everyone is selling something’’. The summit intends to help participants find a voice of their own, sharpen their presentation skills at all levels, teach relationship management and business etiquette rules, while providing a valuable head start for new businesses. Speaking on the TESS2106, Ayoola Jolayemi, CEO of Swift Think Limited said. The summit will provide presentation, writing and negotiating skills training in teaching sessions for anticipated 1000+ attendees. It will also facilitate practical business etiquette sessions as well as acquisition of basic start-up requirements like the registration of business names, business tools, website/blog marketing needs. The event is on Friday the 29th of July 2016 at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. Special guest of honour is Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharm (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf while a ...

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HAVE FUN WHILE AT IT! – Tokunbo Fasoro

One day, our team had to travel to Abuja for a meeting and we booked our ticket to arrive in Abuja for the meeting on time. Unfortunately, when we got to the airport, the flight had been moved. We were very upset about it, infact extremely upset because we were going to arrive late for the meeting. We shouted! We grumbled! We complained! We were so angry. We were practically looking for a face to punch but could not find a scape goat. We did that for a couple of hours until we realized that our shouting,grumbling, complaining and all our rants would not change the fact that we would still have to wait till the rescheduled flight time. At that point, we decided to have fun with it. We went into a restaurant,ordered food and began to chat; catching up on the old days. We were having so much fun; we did not realize that they had called our flight; they had even made the final boarding call. At some point, I decided to just go out and see what was happening. It was at that point, that I realized we were about to miss the flight. We then ...

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5 Movies That Have Inspired Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs face a lot at different times of their career, sometimes they need to find inspiration. Movies are a good source of inspiration and they teach a lot. A film can give an entrepreneur insights on behaviors of other entrepreneurs, motivation during tough situations and inspiration when at a road block. Here are some movies that every entrepreneur should watch: JOY: This 2015 movie is top on the list because it is not an everyday story, but it is a true story. It is a little different from silicon valley’s kind of entrepreneurship. It shows a woman who started from nothing and invented a mop that people use around the world. She was faced with a lot of obstacles, but one thing she had was resilience; she never gave up and it led to her success. Watch the trailer. THE INTERN: This 2015 movie tells a story of an old man/retired advertising professional who saw an advert of a start-up company employing old people as interns, he applied and was placed to work with the CEO who is an entrepreneur. He watches how she battled with her company, gives her professional advice and assists her on various accounts. It is a ...

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