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12 Challenges New Entrepreneurs Face And Ways To Conquer Them Pt1 – Tokunbo Fasoro

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. I would like to discuss a few challenges you may face as a new entrepreneur and ways to conquer them. 1. Doing anything that generates income, not specifically something you believe in and are passionate about: If you do something you believe in, you can get other people to believe in it. 2. Picking the right business: Make sure your business is providing a solution; it must be the answer to a problem, a response to a need. Ensure you deliver what you have promised. 3. Finding your clients: If you have a good product or service, people will come to you. This way you may not need to spend money on adverts, referrals from past clients will almost ...

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Getting Your Dream Job Via e-Learning

Temi:  Sup babe Ada:  What’s up dear Temi:  I’m good ooo, just that I need a job big time. Ada:  My dear, me too o, but these days, nobody wants to employ learners and novice, they want someone with the experience and knowledge for the job, they want people who are fully baked. Temi:  Wow! That’s serious o, how then are we expected to gain experience and knowledge about the job when we are not even getting any job. Ada:  I heard BI Solutions Nigeria is giving out discounts for their training and guess what, it’s via e-Learning!!!, that means you can save time, money and resources with effective on demand skills training anytime,  anywhere and  be sure to get a certificate after the training. Temi:  Are you kidding me? Ada:  All you need to do is register between the 17thof October to 31st of October, 2016 for any of the discounted courses and you would enjoy the amazing discount they are offering. I have already done mine. Temi:  Ehn!!! What am I now waiting for, let me quickly register myself, my brother and even my cousins that just graduated from the university.   Hurry now and Register for these ...

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A Simple Formula for Answering the Almighty Question : Tell Me About Yourself!

So you finally landed an interview and the first question thrown at you by your interviewer is “So, tell me about yourself.”? What seems like such a simple question can really make you sweat, especially in an interview. What, exactly, should you share — not just to build rapport, but to show that you’re the perfect fit for the job? Fear not, job seekers: There’s a super-simple formula that will help you answer this question with ease. How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” So, the first question you’re probably going to get in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.” Now, this is not an invitation to recite your entire life story or even to go bullet by bullet through your resume. Instead, it’s probably your first and best chance to pitch the HR Manager on why you’re the right one for the job. A formula we really like to recommend is called the Present-Past-Future formula. So, first you start with the present—where you are right now. Then, go into the past—a little bit about the experiences you’ve had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future—why you are really excited for this ...

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CHANGE: A COMMON ENEMY – Stanley Awelewa

In our journey through life, we always aspire for greatness but we are often faced with several challenges. At one point or the other, you may come across people who appear to want to sabotage your growth. Why? It is simple, not because they are bad or evil, but because they are afraid of change. They are afraid because your change will force them to change, and they feel they either can’t change or don’t want to change. They will try to hold you back (sometimes unconsciously) in an attempt to keep everything familiar. In their minds, they are trying to protect you, but are they? No, they are not. They are only really looking out for themselves. You must realize that for effective change and growth, nothing stays the same. To do a new thing, you must empower yourself, grow and evolve. You must grow into a different (and hopefully better) version of yourself. For you to see those beautiful wings in the sky, the caterpillar must change (a complete metamorphosis) into the butterfly. Of course when it flies, it leaves the tree which has housed and nurtured its cocoon behind. In the same way, when we evolve into ...

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3 Tips to Carry Yourself With Confidence

Live life free of fear, insecurity and self-doubt. Here’s how. Fear, insecurity, self-doubt and the like can be the biggest obstacles many of us face in life. To overcome that negativity, many people turn to unhealthy or compulsive behavior. This undesirable behavior “may temporarily numb that negativity, but it won’t put you on a healthy and wholesome path,” says Darlene Hunter, a renowned speaker and author of Win-Ability: Learn How to Navigate through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude. “While some people buy very expensive things to feel more confident, there’s an affordable way to yield the same result: positive thinking.” Hunter maps a path supporting the confident lifestyle: Do what you love. You reap a great sense of accomplishment and joy when you chase your passion—something you will do even if you aren’t paid. Following your passion allows you to gain skills in areas in which you are already strong and will push you to become better. Be true to yourself. Do not set your career or life path in a certain direction based on what friends or family members want for you. It’s also important for you to think honestly about your resources, skills and abilities along with ...

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The Lagos Startup DealDay is here again. Apply now

As part of its plan to create a network of business angels that provide funding and mentoring to early-stage ventures, The Lagos Angel Network (LAN) committed to raising ₦100 million for Lagos-based startups in 2016. Through a quarterly event known as the Lagos StartUp DealDay, where startups pitch to receive the fund, LAN set the ball rolling. Investors seeking access to the startup pool on the DealDay commit no less than ₦5 million on the day. The first DealDay was held in March, where LAN claimed to raise the sum of ₦50 million that was invested both in Big Cabal Media and Café Neo. The 2nd edition of the DealDay was held on the 30th of June with 3 startups receiving an undisclosed amount. Rounding up the series of DealDays in its annual calendar for 2016, LAN is announcing applications for its last quarterly pitch. This quarter’s Lagos StartUp DealDay pitch event will take place on Wednesday, November 16th, bringing together angel investors and other members of the Lagos start-up ecosystem. Shortlisted startups will be privately notified before the end of October. Successful entrepreneurs will be invited to make formal pitches on the 16th of November to a closed group of angels for funding. Eligible ...

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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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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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Don’t let your background limit you – Tokunbo Fasoro

I have the permission of my friend Seyi to tell this story, Seyi was born into an extremely poor family, his father was an illiterate and his mother left him when he was a baby. His father desired that his son would go to school. Seyi went to a free primary school and knowing his father would always ask him what he did in school every day, he made it a habit to pay attention in class and always took down notes.  He later attended a low standard secondary school, which was because his father could not afford to pay the fees of a good school. Seyi worked extra hard in challenging environment but fortunately passed his exams and got into the university. Of course paying school fees and feeding was extremely difficult, Seyi had to devise a plan to succeed. The Plan Seyi studied hard and then started to teach the rich students in the University in exchange for Money, Food and Transportation. He worked really hard to ensure that he got the good grades to be qualified to teach people. I remember, a few friends and I had to contribute some money to buy him his first pair ...

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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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