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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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3 Resolute Personalities that inspire me – Oladimeji Oluwaga

Hello guys, it’s another beautiful Tuesday today and we have decided to share with you three Resolute Personalities that have inspired one of our BIE reader, Oladimeji Oluwaga. Read and be inspired… Faith Abiodun After coming across his Public Speaking School in University of Ibadan-The Speech Academy- where I started to nurture my skills in public speaking, I sort out to find the person whose force was strong enough to put together my super tutors in persons of Goodness Kolawole, Adebayo Damilola and Banke and also The F.A.I.T.H Initiative that is filled with brilliant minds inside and outside the walls of the premier University. The answers were not far-fetched as he as a topic and reference still graced the discussions of agent of revolutions like himself, though he had graduated few years earlier from the institution with a degree in Geography after being found worthy in character and learning. Crowned champion of the most competitive public speaking competition in his alma mater University of Ibadan-Super Bowl where he inspired me with his wits and logic, most especially his build up and delivery when giving a speech. He is a very practical and hands on person, though I have had no ...

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Networking Series (2) : “Creating Relationships” – Tokunbo Fasoro

The most important professional/business activity we engage in is networking. One sunny afternoon, I decided to go to the construction site to oversee how the renovations were going on an office space we just acquired. We had been cracking our heads on how we were going to partition it. This had become a big problem to us. As I parked my car, I saw a young woman just coming in too. I smiled at her and asked if she was a tenant as well. She said “Yes” and we got talking. We talked about her business then proceeded to talk about mine. I told her what I was passionate about and took her to the space we just acquired in the building. I went on to tell her how we would like to have a graduate school, and about how we intend to rent seminar rooms for that purpose. She immediately asked me, “Why don’t you not save your self some money and partition a training room out of this space?”. BOOM! That was it. I immediately changed all the designs. That decision saved us millions of naira. I am glad I smiled and spoke with her that day. Networking ...

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Inspiration For Business. The Story Of The CEO of No Left Overs, Mrs Ayodeji Megbope

Ayodeji Oluyemi Megbope is the C.E.O of No left over’s Nigeria Limited- A full scale catering outfit which started with a take-off capital of just One Thousand Naira (N1,000.00), but today has an annual turnover that runs into millions of naira. She was fortunate to be among the women to benefit from a worldwide initiative to set up 10,000 women and empower them with business skills and education. Ayodeji Megbope started her journey into entrepreneurship after nine years of her career in Corona School, Ikoyi as a Confidential Secretary. She left Corona with the intention to start up a school because she had passion for kids. To actualize her passion, she enrolled in a six months Montessori program. But at the end of the period she felt no excitement for the school anymore because setting up a school was so capital intensive. She saw that her passion for kids alone was not enough to see her through. She discussed the matter with her husband who encouraged her to drop the idea for a better one. On a certain day her sister in law visited their home, and Ayo served her moin moin (bean cake) she had made. When she finished eating, she ...

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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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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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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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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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