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6 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Joke Bakare, MD, Medplus

Medplus was not a dream Joke Bakare had always carried. Before she started Medplus, she was just another bright pharmacist who had interned at University College Hospital Ibadan, served the nation at Military Hospital on Awolowo Way, worked with Right Aid Pharmacy in New York after obtaining a New York license to practice Pharmacy, and had a brief part-time job at Cleanipharm Pharmacy on her return to Nigeria. At the time she started, the concept of pharmaceutical chains, where one could have a pharmacy in different locations, was not one people were used to. Here are 6 key lessons from her transition into entrepreneurship: Not being sure of what you want does not necessarily signal failure. Many people think you need to know exactly what you want to do from a young age and go for it, but not everyone follows that path to success. Joke Bakare never really wanted to become a pharmacist; neither did she want to study Medicine because of the duration. She simply was not sure what she wanted to do. Her father, God rest his soul, suggested Pharmacy to her since she had distinguished herself in Chemistry as a secondary school student. She went with his ...

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12 Challenges New Entrepreneurs Face And Ways To Conquer Them Pt2 – Tokunbo Fasoro

Hi BIE readers , you can refer to the part 1 of this post. Here… not to miss out on the points, for those just reading this, this is a brief introduction to the post. ‎ The economy is not smiling in a lot of countries in the world right now, especially countries that were totally dependent on oil as income. A country like Nigeria has been one of the greatest ones hit since the fall in oil prices and this has led to a lot of pay cuts, job losses and a hard time for employers to even pay salaries. This situation has forced a lot of people to seriously begin considering entrepreneurship like never before. Here are the final 6 challenges you may face as a new entrepreneur and ways to conquer them. 7. Dealing with the stress of not having a steady income: To me, that was one of the greatest challenges I faced. Many times I would say to myself, “Wow! I should have received a credit alert today, if I was still under paid employment”! At those difficult times, it is your passion for rendering the service that keeps you going. 8. Managing your money: ...

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3 Creative Entrepreneurs That Have Inspired Me In The Past One Year – Ayotunde Shado

Hello guys, it’s another beautiful Tuesday today and I have decided to share with us, 3 Creative Entrepreneurs that have inspired me in the past one year. I hope we all get inspired. Ayokanmi Fakeye (IamKanmi) The UK based Nigerian comedian popularly known as IamKanmi is one who has gone viral for his comedy skits which he shares on social media especially Instagram and YouTube. The comedian is popular for his characters Sade, Akanmi D Boy and Daddy. He is the reason why the phrase “bad gang” has become a slang and a hashtag on social media, his style has also been used by brands like Airtel Nigeria to reply their followers on Twitter. Ayokanmi is the first child of four children and the only boy of his family; he had his higher education in the US at Morgan State University. Ayokanmi never planned to be an entertainer; he actually wanted to become a footballer but later discovered this part of him through some of his friends. When he first started doing online videos, he decided he didn’t want to shoot refined ideas and so he started shooting random ideas because that was the identity he wanted for himself. Ayokanmi’s ...

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Effective Recruitment in Digital Age

Not very long ago, preparation for an interview required people to diligently arrange their academic transcripts right down to the certificates they won during extracurricular activities in schools and college, in a neat folder with crisp white A4 size papers of their resume stapled in proper alignment with each other. “Every important document must be in print” was an advice given by elders in my family. I remember going a step further with laminating them to prevent any damage whatsoever, especially dog-ears. Those days even the discoloration of papers was also an agenda of discussion. As I look at my email signature saying “Think before You Print”, I cannot help but be thankful of how convenient our lives have become ever since digitization has happened. In my capacity as a Chief People Officer, I often encounter questions on how can recruitment be made effective in this digital age? What most people miss out on is that recruitment has already been effectively digitized. The age of paper resumes and CVs are gradually being replaced by their digital counterparts. Did you know, 14.4 million job seekers have used social networks to find a job; 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, 66% use ...

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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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Rules and habits that can shape you into a great leader: Part 3 – Tokunbo Fasoro

The most successful leaders did not get there by accident; they learned and developed habits of past great leaders. Experience, they say is the best teacher. Not in all cases. You don’t need to experience all the pitfalls that past leaders went through, when you can read about their mistakes and learn how they eventually got it right. You can just skip that gully and jump to getting it right the first time. This is Part 3 of our shaping a leader series; we trust you are following closely. Great leaders are supportive: They are genuinely concerned for the welfare of their team. They identify a team member with personal challenges and see how they can show support. They are honest people: Great leaders treat people the way they want to be treated. Honesty and ethical behavior form the foundation of success. They possess a great sense of professionalism: They conduct themselves in a way that sets them apart from their employees. Lead by example; dress properly, carry yourself properly and speak intelligently. They are organized: Great leaders organize and plan ahead. They plan: They think and plan everything through from point A – Z. They never exclusively trust their ...

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Rules and habits that can shape you into a great leader: Part Two – Tokunbo Fasoro

We started this series yesterday, and we would like to encourage you to carefully and intentionally follow these rules. If you do, you will be amazed at the results you will get, so let’s get to it. Identify mentors and role models: Find people you want to be like or people you have seen succeed in that area you desire. Follow them closely and learn from them. I am a typical example. I have benefited tremendously and have been shaped positively through my mentors. It was a good thing that they always took out time to listen, attend to and advise me. Your mentors actually go a long way in determining where you go in life. ‘Choose Wisely’. Interfere only when necessary and know your limits: Avoid interfering except if your delegation could result in a major problem. When you trust your team to do good work, kindly leave them to do it. A great leader teaches well. It is important to know when to talk and when to keep quiet, when to react and when not to react. This is where emotional intelligence comes in. Identify your strengths and weaknesses: Identify your strengths, hone them, and use them as ...

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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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THE POWER OF A DREAM – Tokunbo Fasoro

You can do it

I read a book titled the “Nigeria of my dream” written by Sam Adeyemi (Who actually is one of my mentors) While reading, I came across some inspiring and powerful quotes on ‘The power of dreaming” I thought to share with our BIE Readers. This could change a readers mindset forever. “There is nothing that man has created that did not exist first as a mental picture in picture in somebody’s mind” “A leader sees farther and further than anybody else. He or she has the capacity to see things, not just the way they are but the way they could be” “This world would never move forward without those who can see glory in the midst of shame”     “The moment a dream or a vision takes shape in your heart, the resources needed to make that vision a reality begins to flow towards you” “A dream inspires you to be persistent and to try again when you experience temporary setbacks” “What you believe is what you become” “What stops us from succeeding most of the time is not what we think we are but what we think we are not” Someone start dreaming! It actually all starts ...

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