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Staying Relevant In An Ever Changing World

We have seen businesses come and go, companies start and fold up, empires rise and fall, in most cases, the reason for their failure is the simple fact that they ran out of clients or couldn’t meet the new demands of their clientele. One constant thing about life is its ever-changing nature. Consequently, people as well as their requirements, desires and ultimately their tastes for items/service will be dynamic. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, man’s basic needs of food, clothing and shelter have remained unchanged throughout the ages. Nevertheless, the needs of individuals vary across the spectrum of the hierarchy of needs. For example, the need for prestige and self actualization may not be important to most people struggling to meet daily needs of food and shelter, so the onus is on you as an entrepreneur to find out what your target clients choose not to do without. Like my husband often says, “Anywhere I go, the first thing I do is ask myself, what are the needs here? What can I do or how can I meet these needs?” This particular drive is what keeps you relevant. Meeting a ‘need’ is completely different from providing a ‘want’. When the stakes are high, people will shun their wants, but in every situation, every human will strive to have his/her needs ...

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“Next Level Definition” Egbutu Nnamdi (Sponsored)

Egbutu Nnamdi manages the business “Next level definition “  a business basically born out of the passion for producing visually stimulating designs and meeting the needs of people around  in that aspect. Nnamdi is also into branding and graphics design which includes logo designs, complimentary cards, wedding cards, customized greeting cards, flyers, newsletters, banners, letter heads,stickers, calendars   portrait drawing and others He had his primary and secondary school in Lagos. He attended Covenant University in Ota Ogun state and obtained a Bsc and Masters in Architecture While he was an undergraduate, he discovered more about himself including his love for graphics, creative designs and artistic drawings. He then began to do handmade greeting cards for Christmas, Valentine and birthdays for interested clients in school and others  during the holidays Graphics designing has become a part and parcel of him, because he does it now reglarly using different softwares on the computer to produce required designs for interested clients such as churches, small and private businesses, hotels etc Next level definition company has done works for different companies including: Dellarch Ltd, Zacchi and Chrome promotions, Azerty Consulting, Twinkly toes photography, Chinaeva ventures, Olive and Almonds (Weaves wigs and more), Honeysuckle cakes,Beij ...

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An Extra Touch – Zika Nwaise

Hello beautiful BIE readers, happy holiday to you all. I know we’re all in the holiday mood and I trust some of us have already started travelling, going for parties, making our Christmas hair and buying new clothes…lol. Please remember my Christmas gift o!…and do not forget to show some love this season, yes! Show some love. You must be wondering what I mean by that since it’s a season of love and everybody already has that notion;so I’m going to break it down – how we can show love this season. I know we have entrepreneurs in the house; it doesn’t hurt to give discounts or freebies this season. I know someone who did that last year and guess what happened?There was an overflow of customers and clients this year. Try it out and you may be shocked at the response you get. For those that offer services either in an organization or own businesses, please try to be extra polite, smile a little bit more, say ‘Compliments of the Season’ to customers and go the extra mile to put a smile on someone’s face – even if it’s just one person a day. *smiles* I know we can! ...

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“All you need is someone to believe in you” – The Jimi Tewe Story

Jimi Tewe is a mentor and someone I always look forward to learning from. Thank you Jimi Tewe for letting us share this amazing story on this platform. Be Inspired… I’m a man of many parts. From a professional point of view, I run an organisation called Inspiro Consulting. It’s an HR and career services organisation and has been running for 6 years. Prior to that, I had worked with different organisations in consulting and banking at senior management levels. Today, I do a lot of career coaching, counselling, and public speaking. I also pastor the Lekki arm of my church, Kingsword International Church. I’m an author of 5 published books. The truth is, I wasn’t always like this. I remember some time ago, my mum called me and said there was a friend of hers that wanted to speak with me. So the woman was given the phone. I knew her when I was in Secondary school. This is how the conversation went: Mum’s friend: “Hello, is this Jimi?” Me: “Good afternoon ma. How are you ma?” Mum’s friend: “My children have been telling me about one Jimi Tewe that is going around talking everywhere and I was like ...

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Great advice from the Richest person in China, Mr. Jack Ma

This man is someone I always want to listen to, I look for every opportunity to learn from him. I saw this post on social media and I just thought to share with BIE readers. Be inspired… Jack Ma says, “Please tell your children that the world is changing every day and no one is going to wait for you in the past. When lighter was invented, matches slowly disappeared. When calculator was created, abacus was to fade away. When digital camera was designed, the market of negative film no longer existed. When direct market selling/internet-based selling arises, traditional marketing declines. When smartphone with 4G (wireless internet access) was introduced to the world, you no longer need to turn on your computer at home. When WeChat and WhatsApp (mobile text/voice/video messaging) are developed, traditional text messaging is no longer as popular as before. Let’s not to blame “Who took over Whose business.” It’s only because people are more adjustable and adaptable to new ideas and changes in the world. Someone asks Jack Ma, “What is your secret for success?” He says, “Really simple…I am doing (action) while you’re only watching.” Please remember that the world keeps changing every day. If ...

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PASSING INTERNATIONAL HR CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS AT FIRST ATTEMPT: MY STORY (PART 1) – Michael Ogu

Hello everyone a colleague of mine thought to share his story of how how he sat for four international HR certification examinations and passed all at first attempt in 2016 The certification examinations I took were: * SPHRi: Senior Professional in Human Resources-International. * GPHR: Global Professional in Human Resources. * PHRi: Professional in Human Resources-International. * SHRM-SCP: SHRM Senior Certified Professional. What I will be sharing in this series is my personal story and experience, and I trust that you will be able to glean a few insights and lessons from it. The first lesson I am going to share in this series is called “FINDING YOUR PASSION AND MOTIVATIONS.” To be candid and honest, if you will pass these examinations at first attempt you must find your passion and motivations for taking them. It is only when you find your passion and motivations, that the necessary strength, energy and tenacity to pursue your dream of earning your certification will come. It is your passion and motivations that will keep you awake studying when you should be sleeping. It is the same passion and motivations that will enable you make the necessary sacrifices in the pursuit of earning your ...

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Working Your Way into Career Success – Tokunbo Fasoro

A lot of us make mistakes in our career choices because we do not plan. We assume that our grades can get us to our target careers. I was speaking with a group of students in a University in Lagos about how we have so many second class upper and first class candidates these days. In my own days, a whole department might just produce one second class upper and no first class student at all! Lol! On a serious note, this simply means that there is a lot of competition out there. The question is“What makes you stand out from the crowd?” This question led to my developing the acronym DPA, i would like to share with BIE readers today. Follow these steps and you will have a great chance at career success. Discover Prepare Act Discover: Know yourself –“Who am I? What are my likes? What am I passionate about? Where do I see myself happy in the next 10 years?” A lot of people are miserable and stuck in the wrong careers just because they failed to take time to discover, who they really are. Prepare: Match those abilities, passion and who you are with a particular ...

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ThinkAfrica Presents its First Annual Young African Professionals in the Diaspora (YAPD) Trip | December 16th-28th

ThinkAfrica is a non-profit organization that seeks to connect the Diaspora and Africa, provide a platform for those individuals collaborate, and in turn, create ideas that empower and promote Africa. The organization is comprised of six founding members based in the Washington DC metro area: Fadekemi Adetosoye, Kinya Alexander, Collins Nzekwe, Kofo Olamide, Emmanuel Ogunsalu, and Hakeem Temidayo. ThinkAfrica presents its first annual Young African Professionals in the Diaspora(YAPD) trip that will take place from December 16th—December 28th in Lagos, Nigeria. The trip offers individuals representing the diaspora the opportunity to experience the corporate and social life in Nigeria. Individuals will network with top entrepreneurs and corporations in Nigeria. ThinkAfrica (TA) participants will be visiting a number of corporations in Nigeria, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria, Deloitte Nigeria, Jobberman, and more. Additionally, participants will be visiting a number of tech startups in Lagos. ThinkAfrica will also host a startup roundtable that will feature CEOs from successful startups in Nigeria across various industries. Event Lineup: ThinkAfrica presents: YAPD Welcoming & Commencement Event, a fun networking mixer that includes an introduction of ThinkAfrica and an exciting evening of empowerment and open discussion regarding Nigeria’s current socioeconomic environment highlighting opportunities for entrepreneurs and ...

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Beginner Mistakes To Avoid In choosing A Career – Tokunbo Fasoro

A lot of young people end up with the wrong career for different reasons and they find out that they are very unhappy but stuck in that career. For the lucky few who can get out, they have to start building another career from scratch after losing valuable time. I have outlined 6 beginner mistakes in choosing a career so that you can avoid that pitfall. 1. Yielding to Family Influence: A lot of parents these days, especially in Africa, box their children into a corner and would not let them express themselves. A lot of parents want their children in ‘prestigious’ career paths such as the legal and medical profession, but the question is “Will you be happy living your life as a lawyer? Or a doctor?” Please do not be influenced by your family. Caving to Peer Pressure: ‘All my friends are going into this profession, I would also like to do it’. Will it make you happy? Allowing the Poor University structure chart your course: Here in Nigeria, a lot of students are forced into the only courses that are available in their universities. It’s more about availability and less or none of passion Seeking Money: A ...

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Are You Stuck In A Career That Doesn’t Make You Happy? – Tokunbo Fasoro

A good number of people are scared and unhappy with their jobs, they are afraid that they may be stuck in that job for the rest of their lives. In my experience as an HR Consultant, I have had a lot of people walk up to me telling me they hate what they do, they dread going to work, and they have been stuck with those feelings on that job for years. I remember a time I changed jobs because I wanted to try something new in a different environment. I would always look forward to Fridays because of the upcoming weekend, meanwhile, Sundays were the unhappy days because I would have to go back to an environment I dreaded for the next five days. I patiently waited for two months on that job before I happily resigned. I had the money and the fancy title but it did not make me feel good. These are a few tips that may help you, if you find yourself in this situation. 1. It is okay to want something different: A lot of us tend to endure the feelings and end up unhappy, most times till the end of our lives. The ...

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