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Losing To Win – Ayotunde Shado

This is a story of a young boy that wanted to do rap  music, He believed he was so awesome and he had a plan to break into super stardom by winning every and any competition he went into, but for some reason, people generally thought he wasn’t  good enough, he would go for competitions over and over again and be laughed at and dissed by others , this young boy loved music so much he added more effort to improving  himself in every way he could, he went  for another competition after months of hard work but he still lost, with so much depression he decided it was time to drop the ‘mic’ but one evening, while he was discussing with his roommate, they discovered  that due to his persistence in trying to get better at rap he had gained a great knowledge about rap music as a whole including production and the business of entertainment. ‘’Why don’t you try to manage, produce or write for people’’ he thought to himself. Today, he is a respected writer, producer and also a rapper, he brought out a new style of rap that many other rapper has tried to evolve into. Success ...

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5 Don’ts of an Interview

1. Do not talk only about yourself Yes, it’s an interview, a.k.a., a Q&A session in which you are expected to answer questions. However, it’s red flag if you talk only about yourself. At least a few times let other people’s names pop up. When asked about your career aspirations, you’d ideally want to throw out the name of some successful person you admire. Or, if you are asked about your previous experience and how it led to where you are now, hopefully mention someone positively —be it an influential colleague, boss, or client—in the answer. 2. Do not take credit for everything Yes, an interview is a place to sell your accomplishments and pitch your potentials, be careful so that you don’t sound like someone who takes credit of any on-the-job success as a one-man show. 3. Do not avoid discussing your shortcomings Be confident to discuss your shortcomings and areas of improvement with your prospective boss. Being able to recognize your weaknesses and working on ways to improve them will go a lot further on the job than trying to sweep them under the rug. 4. Do not give unprofessional responses to interview questions Be very professional throughout ...

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Unemployed But Not Jobless – Oladimeji Oluwaga

Jobless? Unemployed? Two words just like many others that have been used erroneously. Let us digress a little into some life issues. Most times we seem to forget that life isn’t a short and straight journey like the barrel of a sawn off shotgun, but a labyrinth of different challenges of which one’s success or failure in the previous level tells a lot about how well one will perform in the next level…if one ever gets there at all. The previous level is designed to prepare one for the next level; this is why you have exams before you graduate into the next class. However, in the case of life, we don’t have a school setting as I was stylishly describing above, how we evaluate ourselves or even prepare for the test of excellence which all stages of life require is a totally different ball game. Now back to the bone of contention, the stage I am addressing and bothered presently about (maybe because I am there) is that of being seemingly jobless whereas one is just unemployed. Anyway, being unemployed (with the hopes of being employed some day) is a ‘good’ thing, probably one of the best times in a man’s ...

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National Career Fair 2016 Projects New Role Models To #BELIKE

In line with the annual capacity building agenda of the annual National Career Fair which aims to reduce the alarming rate of unemployment in Nigeria, the organizers of the program have launched career development initiative tagged#BELIKE. The initiative is borne out of the realization that the dearth of career role models and the distinct absence of structured direct mentorship are some of the biggest challenges facing young people aiming to succeed in their chosen careers. Young people have continually looked up to the same set of elite Nigerians in various careers for many years and the likes of Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Mike Adenuga to mention a few, have enjoyed the monopoly of being regarded as the barometers for success. But the important question for students and young people at this moment is why #BELIKE these few tycoons when you can actually #BELIKE the new career role models who are smart, driven individuals that have created job opportunities in various professions and is no doubt a source of inspiration to students and young people in general due to the challenges they faced on their path to success. A few of them have been projected on the National Career Fair’s #BELIKE platform. By projecting these role models, the #BELIKE campaign platform aims ...

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No Success without Hard work – Tokunbo Fasoro

I woke up extremely tired after attending a very important family function I could not avoid. I just wanted to remain in the comfort of my bed with the air- conditioner cooling in the room, my blanket was not helping the situation because it was so soft, tempting and cozy and all I just wanted to do was to lay down on that bed say almost forever and then I remembered the next day was Monday and I had a deliverable. As much as the bed and blanket were calling my name and my aching body was working in collaboration with the bed and blanket, something in me said NO! “Toks wake up, there is no Success without Hard work”. I jumped off the bed, and immediately got to work. No one, absolutely no one succeeds without hard work! I hope you have been inspired. Have a great week. Tokunbo Fasoro Biempowerment.com Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 3

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Lessons Learnt from Joseph Samuel Girard: The world’s best sales person- Guinness book of records

Every entrepreneur must be a sales person: You must be able to sell your product at some point, especially in startups. Here are some lessons I put together from joseph’s story and what made him succeed in sales. Be Confident He had great confidence in himself and he worked at keeping it. Every morning when he wakes up, he would look at the mirror and say “you are the most terrific, most beautiful guy in the world”. Believe you are the best He always wore a gold pin on his lapel proclaiming himself as number 1. As he puts “I am the best, I believe in myself”, he says that if you have to sell anything, “you need to sell yourself, you must have self-respect and you must believe you are number one”. Make your clients your friend He says, “Everyone looks at sales men like they are liars and cheats, out to rub them of their money, but I am their friend, I give everyone a button which says ‘I LIKE YOU’. Emotional Intelligence He pays attention to the body language of prospects so he knows when to do stuff that will make them relax in the middle of ...

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“Course Of Study Or Passion?” – Tokunbo Fasoro

I kept watching the photographer during a photo-shoot and all I could see was passion. Ironically, he came into our office quite ill. He said he had a headache and his body ached but during the shoot it seemed like an untruth. It looked to me that he was not even conscious of how he felt and he just kept going; climbing stools, kneeling and lying down to shoot. All I could see was a guy that is extremely passionate about what he does. I then asked him a question? “You seem to be very happy with what you do” and he said to me, “I enjoy every moment of it” He went on to tell me that he studied Microbiology and graduated with a second class upper, but unfortunately, Microbiology is not his thing. “I am a very creative person who gets pleasure from designing stuff” he said. That was how he knew he needed to do something else. He discovered photography and the shooting of videos. He fell in love with it and started attending functions – shooting for free. Here he is today, a successful entrepreneur!Now the question is:“Are you passionate about what you are doing now?Must ...

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Think Big – Bolaji Akinlabi

Some people believe there are special individuals who are self-made because they are highly successful – I totally disagree with that. My simple belief is that they succeeded because they tapped into and unleashed their potentials for excellence. The world focuses on talent and highly publicised individuals with sought after jobs, giving them public recognition for their achievement. Other people achieve something and they get no reward or recognition simply because they failed to think critically before putting it into effect. This will take us on a short journey to Dr Ben Carson’s story: Ben’s parents got separated when he was eight years old. He and his brother Curtis were raised by a single mum. They moved from Boston to Detroit where he continued his education and attended Higgins Elementary School. Being a new student in the school, other students discriminated against him and tagged him as the dumbest kid in his class. They made jokes about him frequently. Ben gave in to this negativity and he actually saw himself as a dumb kid, but his mother who had always believed in him, saw him as a very smart kid. Of the different laws that guide the universe, the Law ...

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10 Types of Interviews

Interviews come in all shapes and sizes: Sometimes you’re with just one interviewer, and other times it may be more. you maybe asked to lunch, expected to solve a problem, or even invited to a Skype interview. 1. The Traditional Interview This is the scenario you’ll face most often: You sit down with a solo interviewer and answer a series of questions designed to help him/her figure out if you’re a great candidate for the job. 2. The Phone Interview Asked for a phone interview? A call is typically a first-round screening to see if you’re fit to come in for a full interview, so nailing it is key. You’ll want to prepare just as you would for an in-person interview, with some key adjustments for the phone format. 3. The Skype Interview Skype video interviews take the phone-screening interview to the next level, and they’re becoming a regular part of the job application process for many companies. From choosing the right on-screen look to making sure all of your tech systems are a go, you’ll want to be 100% ready for your TV debut. 4. The Case Interview The case interview is a more specialized format in which you’re ...

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6 Baggages to Avoid in Achieving Career Success pt2

This is the concluding part of 6 Baggages to look out for to achieve career success. 3. Bad Association: Hanging out with the right association is extremely important. Remember, “He who has your ears, has your head”, give your ears to positive thinkers, a lot of us these days waste time with bad company and bad company corrupts the mind. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun, but it simply means have fun wisely and with the right people. A good number of businesses and ideas have been generated just by having fun or just hanging out, but remember “it’s with the right people”. 4. Fear: A lot of us are afraid to fail and will not even try at all. How do you know youcan’t make it if you don’t try? Most times, the difference between a success and a failure is just that the successful one tried. Of course, you may try and fall many times but what makes the difference is that you rise again. Very rich business men are ready to take risk with their money by investing in order to generate profit but the other keeps his money safe in a bank and it remains ...

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