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Road To Success: Who do you associate with?

Tokunbo Fasoro

Road To Success I remember growing up, I always had horrible things to say about myself; I was the ugliest girl in my class, my nails looked horrible, I even lied that I was an Igbo girl forgetting my name was Tokunbo – A Yoruba name (somehow, I thought there was more dignity in being Igbo). I would want to bleach/tone my skin because I felt that maybe if I was lighter, I would be prettier. Of course I got bullied a lot, because I felt all my friends were better than me and it was a privilege to be counted as one of their friends. I remember getting myself a boyfriend all because I wanted to ‘Feel Among’…….. that’s the word! Nothing serious, I wouldn’t even communicate with him because I felt it was a privilege that someone thought I was attractive enough to be dated. I would barely even say a word around him.The point for me still remained the fact that I; the ugly ducking had a boyfriend. Well… it lasted only a couple of weeks, I overheard someone say that my boyfriend couldn’t stand my dull attitude and so the relationship was over. This inferiority complex continued through my time in the University and finally my service year. Who do you associate with? I keep thanking God for making sure I was posted to platoon 2. I’m sure even God was tired of my dull attitude and said “Enough is enough!!” (LOL!!!). In that platoon, I met a young lady; who unknown to me had seen more in me than I saw in myself. She would always shout and scream at me whenever I said something negative about myself. She would tell me to shut up and then begin to tell me how much greatness I had in me, how I could actually become who I wanted to be. She made me believe that I could become great in the future. Imagine being stuck with that kind of person for 3 weeks, your life will definitely change! There in NYSC camp, I set a 10 year goal and I achieved it in 9 years. WOW… how my life had changed, and with the help of God, I have been able to inspire people, impact lives, help people find jobs through the BI Empowerment platform, mentor young ladies who had similar issues growing up, as well as help young people become successful in their personal and professional lives. The crux of the matter is “Who do you associate with?” You have three (3) weeks of camp, one (1) year to serve, career seminars, conferences, training programs etc You have an opportunity to network with new people, to meet with some amazing people that can inspire you to greatness or push you out of your comfort zone. You might meet that person who will encourage you to take that big leap unto your road to success and lead you to make an impact; adding value to someone’s life. The question is “Who do you associate with?” Written by Tokunbo Fasoro BIEmpowerment Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 33

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Are You Looking For A job? Check Here

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Job title: Travel Marketing Executive Client: Travel Right Limited. Location: Ikeja, Lagos. Essential Requirements: Minimum of two years’ experience in the Travel and Tourism Industry and excellent presentation skills. He / She must be a self-starter with the ability to network and be proficient with computer applications. Marketing experience will be an added advantage. Method of Application: Interested Candidates whose experience and competencies match the job profile(s) should send their resumes along with a detailed cover letter (mandatory) to recruitment@amyconsulting.com.ng on / before 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018, with the appropriate job title as the email subject. Applications with incorrect email references will not be reviewed. This recruitment process will be completed within 2 weeks of the closing date of the advert. If you have not been contacted within this period, please assume on this occasion that you have been unsuccessful. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer feedback to candidates who have not been shortlisted for interviews. Very urgent request for FIELD ASSISTANT (O’LEVEL, Sciences Only) Must be a Science Student and be available to attend interview tomorrow 8/3/2018. Location: Lagos Interested and qualified applicants should send CVs to http://biempowerment.org/job/travel-marketing-executive/ using FIELD ASSISTANT as the subject of the mail. ...

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GET READY – Opeyemi Komolafe

Get Ready

GET READY!!!! A very popular saying is “When opportunity meets preparation, success is inevitable.” That saying is so true!! You complain about how you can’t get a break to show your skills or an opportunity to show a prospective employer/investor how invaluable you or your idea is, yet, when you get that chance, the amazing break you envision disappears like smoke in the wind. Why did that happen? I have a possible explanation ……….. It could be that when that opportunity came, you were required to display a certain skill, showcase knowledge in a certain area, possess a competence etc which you lacked, consequently you appeared not to be quite ready to handle that responsibility. Dear readers, even the most successful individual still has a little project he/she is working on which needs some level of approval. While waiting for that big opportunity, why not invest in yourself? Spend time acquiring different skills, reading about new things, doing short courses etc, basically investing in yourself, so that when that opportunity presents itself, it will find you competent, knowledgeable and well aware of how to move from point A through to point Z. Believe me, if you are feeling your way, unsure and faltering, your investors will find out and a competent recruitment team can tell. No one will trust his business to someone who comes across as unprepared or not competent to handle the responsibilities of the new position/business. Learning point for today…….. while waiting, get ready so that when your big opportunity comes it will meet you ready to run. Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 90

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Self-Leadership: The Secret to Success

Give Back Conference Tokunbo Fasoror

Self-Leadership Over the weekend, I was in Abuja and I listened to a talk on self-leadership. Honestly, before he started, I was already wondering what self-leadership meant. It was such an inspiring talk and I thought to share a few of the tips I learned with you all. Do you know how successful you would be if you take out time every day to think about how and what decisions you make. How decisions you make about yourself affects you and how it affects others. Leadership starts with you. Here are a few tips that can help you with self-leadership. THE NEED TO CONDUCT A SELF-DISCOVERY ON YOURSELF: You need to take time out to discover who you are, your likes, how you spend your day and your time. All this will help you plan on how you can leverage on your strengths to your own benefit and others. DO A SELF-APPRAISAL DAILY: This is very important because it gives you a clear perspective on how you have spent your day. Have you wasted time all day, probably watching only home videos? How many lives have you touched or inspired today? Or did you spend the whole day gossiping? If ...

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Road To Success: Law Of The Scoreboard

Law of the Scoreboard - David Williams

How often do you get a work report or Life Report? I mean those kinds of reports that will rattle the foundation of your existence. I got one few days back. The funny thing was, I knew it was coming but because of self denial and most times laziness I didn’t do anything about it. It felt like a strong wind brushed my face when my boss landed a big one on me, she said “Williams, let me tell you something I have noticed about you. You are willing but the body is weak”. That’s all she needed to say, my mind played out the rest; my inner alarm went off and within a few seconds, It felt like I was going into a subatomic state and my whole life was flashing in front of me. Each word in that sentence landed on me like I was in the ring with Anthony Joshua  of course you know who wins in that context. My inner peace was disturbed; I could feel sweat dripping down my forehead even though the Air Conditioner has been on all day. The Air conditioner couldn’t hide my sweat and that was because she told me the ...

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If Only All Successful Founders Will Be Like Michael Seibel

Gerald Okonkwo

I woke last week wednesday feeling more loved than ever; with the numerous amount of messages and emails I received, at this point it struck me; it was the “Valentine’s Day Celebration. As curious as I’m always to see Nigerian’s reactions during festivities, I logged on to my twitter account (@geraldokonkwo_ looking forward to meeting you on twitter 😆) to see what’s going on with ‘Twitter Nigeria’ and I stumbled upon this mind blowing tweet (look below) from Michael Seibel (founder of Ycombinator); Here’s a tweet from Michael’s Seibel founder; of YCombinator What struck me more was the part where he said “helping each other is a core value in the tech Startup world”. For some reason I was really excited that our ‘egbons’ (meaning elders in Yoruba language) in the Tech Industry are really excited about helping younger startup founders succeed, but my excitement was shortly met with a sad realization & reminder that Michael Siebel is in the United States and could be referring to helping startups there (don’t correct me it’s just an assumption). My mind Immediately went to our very own “successful” (cause over here we count raising funds as success) founders in Nigeria; I remember personally reaching ...

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Worry More About Your Name – Jimi Tewe

jimi Tewe

Don’t get me wrong… I have nothing against wearing nice things that are branded. In fact, I do look forward to wearing some brand items soon.. However… When you spend a lot to wear certain brand names and do not spend as much on building your name into a brand, it will backfire on you sometime in the future. The owners of the brands you are wearing invested in those names over years and today, they are reaping the benefits of their investments. Be honest with yourself, the way you are living your life, who will wear your name, or use your name or eat your brand name in the future? Nothing good just happens. God is big on brand names. In fact, He told Abraham in Genesis 12:3 that He would make His name a Global Brand. This is over 3000 years later and the name Abraham still rings a bell. This is the simple equation that should help you- Spend more of your resources on what builds you than what you spend on wearing other people’s brands. You see, when you become a brand, even if you wear low priced products, people will assume it is high priced ...

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iFixng.com – The Bumpy ride

Gerald

Awesome being back! so as promised in my previous post folks, I’ll be sharing how I started iFixng.com; an AWESOME ADVENTURE (FYI if you haven’t read my previous blog post, quit reading this right now and read the previous one first). Trust me just as Obama suggests, you want to hear (read) this ☺ HOW I STARTED I arrived back in Lagos on the 2nd of July 2015, after having lived in Delta State for  9 years (dad was transferred  in 2012 and we had to relocate, bla bla bla); thankfully an older friend who runs one of the best building services / engineering consulting firms here in Lagos had agreed to let me intern (+ youth service) at his company, my intention then was to gain some more knowledge to help me run Wefix more efficiently. After working for close to a year and being repeatedly frustrated by workmen and artisans who wouldn’t be on our designated sites “on time” or diligently handle tasks given to them, plus it was extremely difficult to find a replacement right on the spot, Voila! I had identified a problem which’s solution eventually became iFixng.com, So I decided to face this head on; I quit my ...

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Teach For Nigeria is now receiving applications

Teach for Nigeria

The 2018 Teach For Nigeria Fellowship is now receiving applications. Teach For Nigeria invites exceptional university graduates and outstanding young professionals to apply to the 2018 Teach For Nigeria Fellowship. Teach For Nigeria strongly believes that the only true and sustainable path to improving educational opportunities for all children in Nigeria is by channeling and developing Nigeria’s most capable young leaders against the problem of educational inequity. We envision a day where every Nigerian Child will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Therefore, we would like to invite you to take the next step of your leadership journey with us, to serve as a full-time teacher to children from low-income communities in some of Nigeria’s most under-resourced schools.  We are looking for individuals who: are ready to accept a challenge demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders are critical thinkers and problem solvers set high expectations for themselves and for others demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders actively seek ways to maximize their own potential are passionate and committed to the vision of educational equity Ultimately, we are looking for change agents who want to use their talents to make a difference in the lives ...

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How to get the job of your dreams

Found the perfect job for you? Take these steps to increase your chances of getting the offer. You’re starting your job search, and you’re well on your way. (If you don’t already have your resume perfected and job listings coming into your inbox, back up and read Part 1 and Part 2 in this three-part series on finding a new job fast.) Hopefully, you’ve already found a few job listings that have got you excited. Now, the time has come to actually apply to those jobs and—hopefully!—get one of them. Monster career expert Vicki Salemi, who spent more than 15 years in corporate recruiting, says when you see a job you’re interested in, it’s best to take action right away. “Do not wait to apply to a job when you see a viable opportunity,” she says. “As soon as recruiters push job openings live, they’re very conscientious about reviewing incoming resumes.” Applying within the first 48 hours is critical to getting your application seen, she adds. Follow our step-by-step guide below on how you can go from one of hundreds of applicants to the one person who gets the job. Get to know the company OK, so you’ve seen a ...

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