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Elon & Mark: How the Success Story of these 21st Century Innovators Inspired Me

Hello guys, it’s another beautiful Tuesday today and I have decided to share with us, people that have inspired me. I hope we all get inspired. Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, Engineer and inventor.He is the founder of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.Musk is also chairman of the Musk Foundation, which focuses its philanthropic efforts on providing solar-power energy systems in disaster areas. Musk started out in 1995with his brother, Kimbal, where they started Zip2, a web software company, with their father’s money which was later acquired by Compaq with Musk getting a percentage from the sale. In March 1999, Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services and e-mail payment company, with money he got from the sale of Zip2. One year later, the company merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer ...

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6 Baggages to Avoid in Achieving Career Success – Tokunbo Fasoro

Today, we would be looking at a number of baggages we need to avoid in order to achieve success in our career; I hope we all learn something from this… Enjoy. An aspiring footballer will avoid being overweight, he will ensure that he is consistent with his exercises and able to perform at optimum for the time required to be on the field  without getting  tired because he knows that being overweight is a baggage that will prevent him from attaining success in his career. A good example is the Footballer Ronaldo De lima, who had to stay away from alcohol during his active playing days so as to keep fit and not gain excessive weight. We all have one baggage or the other thatkeeps us from fulfilling our dreams, we need to identify them and let go of them in other to succeed. Below are a few baggages any aspiring entrepreneur or one who wants to build a successful career should be willing to let go. Pride: To be successful as an entrepreneur, you must be humble, humble enough to understand and learn the nitty-gritty of the business. You must be able to accommodate nonsense provided you gain knowledge ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Tunde Owolabi

We are proud to introduce Tunde Owolabi as our first Entrepreneur of the week, enjoy. Tunde Owolabi was born in Lagos, Nigeria.He is an artist, photographer and a designer. He studied painting under the tutelage of Professor Abayomi Barber, a renowned Nigerian artist at the University of Lagos, and later obtained a degree in Graphic Design from Yaba College of Technology. After his degree, Tunde became a freelance artist, a journey that led him to develop a keen interest in photography. He went on to study photography and photo retouching at the University of the Arts, London. Tunde worked as a designer at the research studios, London under Neville Brody, English graphic designer, typographer and art director, working on accounts such as nickelodeon, Somerset House, Sofitel etc. On returning to Nigeria in 2009, he worked with Insight Communications, a most sought after advertising agency in Nigeria as an art director, working on brands such as Pepsi, Heineken, Mainstreet Bank, to mention a few. He started Tunde Owolabi Studios in 2011, offering design and photographic services. Tunde left advertising in 2012, to start StudioMO, with a partner, while still running Tunde Owolabi Studios. He has since become a full time studio artist ...

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BIE READERS HANGOUT WITH FELIX AWOGU AT SHERATON HOTEL IKEJA

The BI Empowerment team and 5 other youths after responding to a question on the BI Empowerment blog were selected to attend the drink-up with, the General Manager Super Sport West Africa in person, Felix Awogu. It was a great experience and a relaxed platform to learn. We benefited a lot from his wealth of knowledge which he sheared through personal experiences, from how he started out at the age of 21 years till date. I’m glad I was able to be part of it, even for me, it was a great learning experience. Felix concluded by advising youths of today to look beyond their certificates and work towards building a better Nigeria wherever they find themselves. He made emphasis on “hard work and being principled”, ‎as the backbone of growing into a successful entrepreneur or building a successful career. It was an interactive meeting, all the participants had the freedom to ask questions and discuss with him one on one over drinks and some tasty Sheraton hotel cuisine. It was definitely the place to be on Saturday and I would like to use this opportunity to say a big thank you to Felix Awogu for taking out time from ...

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How Does A Good Service Look Like (Sponsored)

Every business that is oriented on providing services requires a certain level of quality. A good customer service will bring you many more customers, on the contrary to the bad customer service, which can scare your existing and potential customers away. Learn what features of a good customer service are today. Whether you are a service provider or a service user – be sure to meet the highest quality services on Jiji. Don’t make your customers wait Patience is a virtue – but it doesn’t regard to your customers at all. As quicker you are able to provide your customers with the services required, the better reputation you will get. You see, time is the most valuable asset for any human, and every good businessman understands it. So the less time your precious customers wait for their order, the more often you’ll see them as visitors of your restaurant. Provide with transparent transactions This rule regards the online trading mostly, as the e-commerce has become especially popular nowadays. Remember that it is important for the customers to see what they pay for. It is important for the customers to be able easily access the information about delivery time frames and ...

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Six Unique Facts of Integrity

One day, a friend said to me… “Let us write 8:00am on the attendance register, no one will know”. But I thought about it, and decided to write the exact time I got there which was about 8:30am. Unfortunately, there was a major issue in the office and those who got to the office between 8:00 – 8:15am were being interrogated. I just smiled. Sometimes, we think it’s better to go the easy way, but it’s not always profitable. The single most important quality you can ever develop that will improve every area of your life is Integrity. Integrity is the foundation of a good character. Integrity is honesty, and to be honest with others means you have to be honest with yourself. Here are some reasons on why Integrity should be a core value for you. 1. It makes you stand out:  People tend to depend on you when you are a man of your word in an environment where being straight forward is scarce. 2. It makes you successful:  People of integrity are honest people and honest people are people who do things right. Doing the right things would take you far as it creates a good reputation for you and your business. 3. It makes you a good leader ...

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What are the best answers for “Why should I hire you”?

Most people will answer this question by talking about their experience or education, and add descriptions like ‘hard-working, loyal, team-leader, etc.’ THIS IS WRONG. You should always answer with what you will do to improve the company. What ideas do you have that will make life better for your interviewer? Lead with that. Why? Because you are selling yourself (don’t take that the wrong way) and you want to use proven and effective sales/copywriting strategies to do that. I have been studying copywriting lately, and one of the number one rules of copywriting is that you ALWAYS talk about benefits before features. In this situation, what you will do to make this company better, and to make life better for the person interviewing you, is a benefit to them. Your background/experience/education are just features that support your benefit to the company. Features may have gotten you in the door for the interview, but benefits will get you the job. Your benefit to the company is what will get you hired. Therefore, always answer this question with benefits first, followed by features only if relevant. For clarity, here is a list of benefits vs. features for a job interview. Benefits: I ...

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LIFE AFTER SCHOOL, a Symposium Organized By the Microbiology Students of the University Of Lagos

Today happens to be the Corporate day for the Science Students from the department of Microbiology of the University of Lagos and we were invited to the symposium they organized to give a talk on Life after School and Tokunbo Fasoro was so excited about it because she is very passionate about young people. Present there was the former HOD, Prof Adeleye; the present HOD, Prof Aboaba; as well as Dr. Adelowosan and other lecturers of the department who came to support their students and to also talk to them on what to do after school. She spoke to the students on building their career around their passion and making sure they get it right from the beginning. She also talked about the importance of setting career goals and ensuring they are SMART. She concluded by discussing the importance of a few success habits such as Integrity, Excellence, self- development and Association. It was a successful and well- organized event and the entire team of BI Empowerment would like to say a well-done to the Executive committee that put the programme together. Find more pictures below… Enjoy Photo Credit: Solar Media; Instagram: @grapher_solar Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 2,554

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14 Success Tips for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

A must read for aspiring Entrepreneurs!!! While growing up, I realized that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I did research on successful entrepreneurs who were in my line of business and I began to learn from them. I watched them closely; attended meetings where I could hear them speak. For those who had authored books, I tried as much as possible to read and learn from them. No one can know it all, we all learn from other people, especially people who have gone ahead of us. Here are a few tips I learnt from my mentors that have been of great help in my entrepreneurship journey. Push yourself – Keep learning. Try things you have never tried before. Ensure that your business is your passion – Do work that you totally believe in and would do for free. Get over your fears and just do it– You can never really know the outcome until you try it. Be positive – Always believe that if you can think it, you can do it. Click here to read more on if you can think it you can do it Have a vision – Ensure your vision is clear, written out ...

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The Management Student Association of UNILAG Organizes An Entrepreneurship Talk

We were invited to an entrepreneurship talk by the Management students of the University of Lagos. I was asked to speak on ‘What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur’ and I was so excited to find out that Mrs Ayodeji Megbope was a co-speaker. She happens to be one of the people who inspired me into being an entrepreneur about 5 years ago, when I listened to her speak at a meeting. It was a privilege to listen to her tell her story again, as she is a source of inspiration each time she speaks. Click here to view her inspiring story – “From 1k moi moi to the White House” I was also inspired by Mrs Eniola Salu Akintunde; the CEO of Styles by Saennys who got fired from the University of Lagos because she was running a full time programme alongside. She talked about how she took it as a challenge, went into entrepreneurship and today is a producer of Gem stones, accessories and unique jewelry items. Her company is one of the leading jewelry creation companies in Nigeria today. There were other inspiring speakers like Mrs Kemi Adesina, the CEO Kess Karpets and the CEO of ...

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