Fresh out the university after my Masters, I was called upon to manage a business. A business I had no idea about. Yes, I knew Milo and other Nestle products and even the popular jingles but not deep enough to understand the business side of it, not to talk of becoming a distributor.
Well, I was told the training I had from selling in my mother’s small store as a child was an advantage 😁, and also I was up for the challenge, so I opted in.
We all have dreams big and small even intermediate which we hope will all turn out to be the next big thing or bring us 30 billion in the account. So how do we know we are on track? Everyone has said we should dream big, others have said íf we can think it, we can do it (I can still hear it in Mo Abudu’s voice) so how are we sure we can truly do it or are ready to bring our dreams to life.
My first attempt at reading this book was over two (2) years ago. I was still in the intro section when I dropped the book sad & very discouraged. Some questions were asked to get the reader’s understanding about where they were in readiness to achieve their dreams (called the Dream Test) and as I scrolled down I could already tell that my dreams were nowhere near being achieved. I was sad and discouraged (I repeat) or let’s just say I was downcast.
In the light of recent happenings in the nation, we have to wonder if truly anything good can come out of our country- Nigeria; but like in the Bible times, we will always have a few good things to be grateful for.
From the humble beginnings to the Global stage, we truly have some good to showcase and export from Nigeria. Our book for the month will encourage us to be among the few good people left to showcase Nigeria to the world.
I’d have to be MAD to expect different results this year when I haven’t introduced anything new or done anything differently from what I did last year. If I work the same way, at the same pace & with the same people, why should I expect change? Continue reading “I.N.S.A.N.I.T.Y.”→
It will soon be time for new year resolutions, dos and donts going into the new year. As Socrates put it, We ought to first know ourselves before we can know the universe and God. You’d be surprised how little you really know of yourself – Tosan A.
and those who are stuck in a job they hate, and those who would not touch business even with a pole, and those who are just starting out, and those who have been at it for a little while – the list is endless. This book is for you all – REWORK.
That’s Spiff’s best line when all the boys in The Johnsons (a very factual and amusing Nigerian comedy series) come up with one of their authentic plans that is bound to go awry anyway. It means they thought above the average person, they thought differently or they were just too smart. How does one get to really think deeper (or better)? Well, since everything can be learned or improved upon, we are sure to get answers to that from our book today. Continue reading “Boys thinking deep 🖖”→
– Does he exist? Or better still is he chauffeured?
Yes and No. He is for real and he truly does drive himself since he loves driving. So back to the question of his horn usage, 10 times in a year is almost impossible! For those outside Lagos, let me quickly give a brief description of driving in Lagos. Lagos is the 17th busiest city and 3rd worst city to drive in the world with over a million vehicles driving daily on the roads, (African Association of Public Transport, 2010, LAMATA, 2014), notice I said vehicles not just cars. We have tricycles, bikes, transport buses, pick-up vans and articulated vehicles all vying for space on Lagos roads. Not forgetting the bad roads in some areas; if you are not in Lagos, you can only but imagine the congestion.
Everyone is in a hurry, everyone feels super road-smart, everyone feels they own the road and have all the road rights. The roads are never quiet with horns blazing from defensive driving, offensive overtaking, pedestrians crossing the road right under a pedestrian bridge or using the horn as defense from mean truck drivers (this was me as a learner). So how does one drive around and keep the horn usage to less than 10 in a year not in a day??? (Now that’s a serious question).
Luckily for you, I know where you can find this intriguing person and learn more about his personality which by the way has made him a success.
The truest test of a driver is to be able to drive without waking up sleeping passengers – no horns, no sudden braking, no road rage, no thumping into potholes.