Today’s post is a deviation from my usual Friday inspiration post. This is as a result of events that have shaken everyone in the nation even to its foundation.
It’s been 5 days since the tragic plane crash that killed 153 passengers on board and several people on ground. My heart has been heavy to the point where I had nightmares as if I was a passenger reliving the whole event. Momentarily during my day’s activities I see flashes of the Ayenes’ a family of 4 kids, father, mother and mother in law and I just can’t take it. I can’t wrap my head round how this lovely family would actually come home from their base abroad just to die in a plane crash. How is it possible that the airline company say the plane was in a perfect state and yet the nation mourns for over 153 people burnt to dead?
So why did Ehime Aikhomu die? Or Tosin Anibaba, or the mother that was pulled out from the rubbles in a protective position trying her best to protect her baby. Alas she was in no position to save hers either. Why did they die? What is the justification?
Couldn’t this crash have been prevented? My heart is filled with so many questions than answers. The anguish is simply indescribable
Will their death bring about a change in the regulation and running of the aviation industry? Will their death make our leaders have a human heart? Who will take responsibility for the death of the children who had their lives ahead of them? What do you tell the wife/husband who have suddenly become a widow (widower) or the kids who have now become the wards of the state because the plane crashed on their home and their parents got killed in the process? Will it be business as usual where standards and safety is compromised for the few thousands that will crease the palms of some heartless authorities?
We do not need tears from the minister or the president, we want solutions. The blood of the children could not have been wasted for us to go back to business as usual. This is the tipping point. 153 souls and more can not die for nothing.
Sanitizing the Nigerian aviation industry shouldn’t be an up hill task. We need planes that are between 0 to 5years old. Radar that works, employees that are willing to work even with a smile on their faces. Workers that will not exploit the airline carriers or the passengers. Bribery and corruption shouldn’t be our way of life. We need a government that will not only console and cry. We need action, a turn around in every area of our lives as a nation.
My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one and I pray that God console and comfort every one of us. This must be the tipping point in our nation. Let them not die in vain.
In Peace and Love,
Today’s post is a Press Release from my friend Okechukwu Ofili. I have read a portion of his new book and i look forward to getting a copy for myself. Trust Okechukwu Ofili to deliver a world class message in a simple form.
2 years ago, author, speaker and blogger Okechukwu Ofili shared his stupidity with the world in the hilariously successful “How Stupidity Saved My Life.” Everything seemed to be going well for the engineer turned blogger turned speaker, but all that changed when he visited the doctor’s office for a routine check-up and was diagnosed with a life threatening disease. He later found out that his diagnosis was a result of over working himself at his job. After seeing so many people burnt out from work, he decided to pen his second book to show that contrary to popular belief, Laziness can actually save your life! The result is the witty HOW LAZINESS SAVED MY LIFE: A collection of radical business ideas for tired, overworked and frustrated people looking for an easier way to get stuff done!
How Laziness Saved My Life is a hilarious attack at the way corporations and businesses push themselves and their employees to the brink of stress. With chapters such as “Three Things I Learned From Getting Kicked In The Head” and “Why We Need Fewer Meetings and Managers” Ofili is able to poke fun at the work institution as we know it but at the same time offers up simple solutions for Managers and Entrepreneurs for getting the most out of themselves and their employees without killing anyone in the process. If you have ever been stressed at work or felt like strangling your Manager then you need to get this book. But don’t take my word for it, after all I am just the author writing in third person…see what others are saying about it:
Grabs you from the first page and never lets you go…until you are done or NEPA takes light. –Okechukwu Ofili
The book is so intelligently written and wickedly funny, it is as if I wrote it myself. –Okechukwu Ofili
HOW LAZINESS SAVED MY LIFE is a must read for Managers and Business Leaders! Get a copy for your boss and one for your bosses cat…it’s that good! –Okechukwu Ofili
The book is currently available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/getlazy and at major Nigeria bookstores including Silverbird Lagos, Silverbird Abuja, Silverbird Port-Harcourt, The Hub Media Lagos, Laterna Lagos and Terraculture Lagos. You can reach the author at:
BONUS STUFF: To celebrate the release of his second book. Ofili will be giving away a Blackberry 9930, an Amazon Kindle Fire and other awesome prices (no kidding). All you have to do is take a simple picture. See the poster below for more information:
Wishing You Extreme Success,
>• A published book makes you an author and an authority in your field. People are eager to listen to what you have to say. From here you can charge for your services if it was free before now or you can increase your fees if you were already charging. A book helps you to reach a wider audience than you would have in person. Your book represents you in shops and everywhere it is found.
• A published book lands you speaking gigs. There are various platforms you can speak like schools, corporations, non profits, government agencies. Expert speakers are sort after every time. Speakers are nicely compensated and with time you will gradually establish your self as a sort after speaker. All these can be possible if you have a published book to your name.
• Workshops/Seminars – People are always in need of experts to offer training workshop and seminars from one day to five days.
• Consulting – A book opens the author to a world of consultation. Depending on the topic of your book, you can become a consultant for big corporations.
• A book is an effective marketing tool for your core business. With your published book, people would like to do business with you more.
So now you know some of the benefits of writing a book and becoming a published author what are you waiting for?
Join me June 23 for a one day Writers Bootcamp where we will take you from how to choose a topic to Launching your book. To learn more about the bootcamp please visit: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/374330045951707/ on facebook events for more details
To Your Success,
To run a successful business there are certain elements that must be in place at all times to enable you achieve your set out objectives. I would like to discuss four of these elements here and hope that you consider them in your daily business activities so you can achieve your desired success.
1. Always be willing to develop your skills – The knowledge of yesterday is not good enough for today’s business success. Recognise where you are with you business skills and upgrade when ever possible. You need know what is trending in your field and be ready to offer your clients the services they require.
2. Build a team –Learn to delegate or outsource areas of your business that is not your core competence. The power of one cannot be compared with a partnership. Trying to do everything as a small business owner will wear you out quickly. Write down things those activities you can handle without struggle. For me I cannot handle anything that has to do with my site setup, cpanel issues no matter how hard I learn and try .I know not to do anything in that area so I out source. It is a lot cheaper to outsource/ delegate than mess things up.
3. Networking, Networking – Always be willing to network with other business owners. To expand your
business and grow, you must network, meet people andshare ideas. When you network with other business owners you are exposed to more business ideas and opportunities especially when done strategically.
4. Clarity – Focus on what your business goals are and continuously work to achieve your goal. Most times people start their businesses with a particular idea or business focus but along the way they get distracted by some shiny objects. It is therefore important that you have a certain degree of clarity around your business so you can focus and accomplish your desired success.
I would love to hear from you do share your comments below
To Your Success,
Today i would like to share with you an event i am organising with a friend. Since writing and publishing my own book, people tend to ask me lot of questions about writing, marketing and publishing. In this course we shall be sharing extensive information from our experiences on writing . Endeavour to attend if this course resonates with you.
This Boot Camp is for you if you;
➤Have a Message to share with the world
➤Have always wanted to write a book and become a published
➤Have started writing a book but aren’t sure how to finish it,
Market or even publish your book?
➤Have you said to yourself ‘I want to be an author and never got
around to doing it?
Have you started writing your book and got stuck?
Everyone has a book in them don’t hold yourself back
As we hold Writers Boot Camp a one day BootCamp on Writing a Book from start to publishing. And how to start marketing your book even before you are done writing
Date – June 23, 2012
Time 9am – 5pm
Venue – Best Western Hotel on Allen Avenue, Ikeja
Registration – Early Bird – N10, 000
Late registration – N15, 000 starts from June 9th
You wouldn’t want to miss this Boot Camp as we shall give you detailed information about writing and publishing like you’ve never heard it before.
Lots of books from our guest features will be up for grabs
Pre-Registration is required as classroom spaces are limited
Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
To Your Writing Success,
On Friday thoughts i share with you Time Management as written by Jim Rohn one of America’s finest teacher on personal Development
>>Something will master and something will serve. Either you run the day or the day runs you; either you run the business or the business runs you.
>>Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.
>>Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?
>>Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.
>>Sometimes you need to stay in touch but be out of reach.
>>Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it.
>>We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things.
>>Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
>>Never begin the day until it is finished on paper.
>>Learn how to say no. Don’t let your mouth overload your back.
>>Time is the best-kept secret of the rich.
To Your Success,
Quotes by Jim Rohn, America’s Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International ©2011.
As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change.
For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.
Over the years I come in contact with women who say they want to start a new business or have a side business from their full time jobs. The major problem is always what to do. Some people are lost to what business to start up.
Aside from the fact that your passion could serve as an indicator for what business to start up. I would like to write on starting a business based on just an idea that you might have.
Everything we do in life, every wins or success begins with just an idea. It might just be a thought but if we spend time expanding it, and allowing it to grow in meaning and understanding it just might become something of tremendous success both for you and your family.
So I ask you what idea do you have right now? Write it down don’t blow it away because you never know what / were it might lead to. It is important to always have a note book with you so you can jot down thoughts/ ideas as they come to you.
Do you have just an idea right now but don’t know what to do and how to develop it? Let’s work together and write your answers to these questions
1. What is the idea that you have? Write it down just as you have it in your head
2. Is it a product or service idea?
3. Who will it serve?
4. What do you need to bring this idea to life?
5. Will there be enough demand for your product or service idea to bring about a profit for you?
6. How would you promote your idea?
The whole process of developing your business idea might not be as simple as it is here. But the main idea is to spend time writing down your thoughts. Writing things down helps us to see things differently from what we think up in our head. The process of writing down your idea helps you to see possibilities and how you can work on the process of breaking them down to actionable items.
The answers you give to these questions will help to move you in the direction that will establish you in your business.
Be careful what you do with an idea it just might be what you have always wanted.
If you need help birthing your idea or developing it, do leave a comment below.
To Your Success,
Life is a journey and so like every journey, we must plan for it. Nobody goes on a journey without making plans for transportation, feeding, accommodation and clothing and above all, the reason for the journey is well thought out so the traveller can make the most out of his journey and come back successful.
Funny how we make plans for everything that we do except for the main event – Our lives. Most people say they take life one day at a time and what ever happens they just embrace it. This is a wrong approach to life. A life well planned will be lived on purpose and intention. And a life lived on purpose and intention is a successful life.
If you have been following me on facebook and twitter you will know that this weekend I will be hosting a conference on self discovery. It is my conviction that until one discovers his/her purposes life will always be a struggle. Brain Tracy says ‘before you climb a ladder be sure to find out if it is leaning on the right wall’.
Discovery Conference is for anyone who wants to know what wall their life’s ladder is leaning on. It is for anyone who is eager to start a business but is at a cross road as to what business to go into.
Until your purpose is clear and the path before you is understood life will remain a merry go round filled with excitement but no direction.
I want to invite you my readers if you live in Lagos, join me March 31, for a wonderful time of self discovery.
Venue: Sweet Sensation Multipurpose Hall, Opebi
I look forward to welcoming you.
To Your Success,