Interesting piece on how to handle the naysayers. Targeted at startups, but can be applied to other facets.
Intercellular relaunches as InterC to take its place in the 4GLTE Space.
My 4GLTE provider of choice; Spectranet seems to review its subscription plans every fortnight. Here is hoping struggle for market share will cause a downward review of plans.
A look at books Bill Gates has recommended.
Last week, I bought my first printed non-technical book in 2016. Chinua Achebe’s There Was A Country. Pretty terrible yeah?
I discovered Gates Notes sometime in June and I have been fascinated by the kind of books he reads. I intend to buy a few before the end of the year, albeit e-copies.
One issue that you’ll see constantly debated in books and articles about choosing a career is the idea of “doing what you love.” Should a person “follow their passion” as a primary guiding light for their career? Or does it make more sense to choose a career based on income and aptitude?
Truly stunning article for anyone trying to decide whether to follow their passion or follow their money. Two truths stand out for me:
- There is no job that is 100% what you love
- Train initially for a great-paying career that you can somewhat enjoy to support the side gig
Advice on dealing with pressure from a sports psychologist who trains Olympians | World Economic Forum
Kristin Keim is a sports psychologist who trains Olympic athletes. This is how she helps them deal with pressure.
This right here made me curious about sport psychology in Nigeria. What possible magic could professionals have performed to salvage the dismal performance of the Nigerian athletes at the just concluded Olympics in Rio? Kristin stresses the importance of a mental training regime to achieve success. This is achieved by creating a toolbox with the aim to control-the-controllable by Continue Reading →
Are you between 18 and 50 years of age?
Is your business going to create sustainable jobs for other young Nigerians?
Are you bullish about your idea/ business and confident it has the potential to generate significant revenue to sustain it?
Then, this is for you!
Here comes, PITCH2WIN 2015 SEASON 1 EPISODE 1, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win thousands of dollars as grant for your idea/ business as a startup. Competition opens July 20, 2015 and closes August 31, 2015.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
- Visit www.angelstartups.com.ng
- Sign up for free as an Entrepreneur and complete your profile, with the short proposal template included (Only complete profiles will be approved)
- Record a quality 2-minute video pitch of your concept/ business (could add some hard evidence to show progress of business)
- Upload it to YouTube
- Go to PITCH2WIN application page to add the YouTube link
- Submit your application for approval and receive as many UPVOTEs as possible from friends/ families via social media daily for 30 days (1UpVote= 1 point, 1 DownVote=(-1 point)) – This is a test of your ability to market yourself
- After Round 1, the Top 20 Pitches move to the Final Round- where only PITCH2WIN Panel of Judges (business experts) will decide who wears the crown and takes the cheque- PITCH2WIN 2015 SEASON 1 EPISODE 1promises to be fun and rewarding!
Remember to be confident and speak out to PITCH2WIN!
Visit www.angelstartups.com.ng for more information and gear up for the journey of a thousand miles starts NOW!
TIPS TO PARTICIPANTS
This is what investors want to see in your Pitch:
- Confidence- Charisma
- Clarity of Purpose
- Vision/ Goal oriented
- Legally feasible, commercially viable ideas
- Potentially lucrative- the returns on investment
So here is it:
In 2 minutes your Pitch MUST try to answer these questions?
- What problem are you trying to solve?- Make sure it is a well-defined problem
- Who are those that face/ experience this problem?- Make sure this is a well-defined Target Market (TM), Don’t go Generic here please!
- Then, how does your product/ service solve this problem for those people (TM)?
- Then, investors want to know how your business/ idea intends to make money to sustain itself- Here talk about your pricing model & why
- Finally, investors want to be convinced you can actually translate all those theories into reality, so take them through your Proof Points (USP)- these could include customer growth, revenue potential, quality management team, quality clients, et al
Note: Try to be as brief and concise as possible
All the best!
I understand the excitement of Corp members on passing out of service. You are so excited, you want the whole world to know. A lot of people show this by sharing their POP pictures and NYSC Certificates on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BBM etc.
You won’t have to go for the CDS again, no more khaki trousers, no more of
those heavy orange boots,and for some, no more issues with your LI and so on and so forth. You just can’t wait to pick your NYSC Certificate and run!. The Big question is, run to where?
The truth is, it’s tougher out there in the Nigerian Labour Market. As a Corper, at least you had a monthly income. But after POP, if not retained at your work place, many of you will go income-less (if there’s a word like that) and hop into the world of job search.
The bad news is: Nobody really cares about you. It’s cold and rough out there and that’s not funny. The good news? I care in my own little way. Consequently, I’ve compiled 7 tips to help you in this process.
There are so many well-hidden traps that can stop all momentum, growth and success in your twenties. And you can fall into one of these pitfalls without even realizing it, and then stay stuck well into your 30s, 40s, 50s … you get where I’m going.
Now that I’ve successfully freaked us all out, let’s talk about these pitfalls and how we avoid them.
Pitfall No. 1: Thinking Your Circumstances Define You
If you start believing “Well, this is my lot in life and I can’t do anything about it,” then you are more than stuck. Really, this pitfall makes all other pitfalls nonexistent because you never walk far enough forward to even have a chance at failing at anything else.
Don’t be cemented in your circumstances. They change all the time. We all have crappy subplots we need to work through. Don’t let them become your main story.
Yes, we need to do the tough work of self-examination. But we can’t perpetually analyze our lives without any action to move us forward.
It’s really hard to step into your future if you don’t believe you have one.