Archive | December, 2013

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No. 122: You Need Mastery, Innovation and a Problem Solving Focus

30 December 2013

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Modiu confidently assured me he could do it. He said “Just let me have each child’s age. That’s all I need to sew the outfits for them”.And he was going to sew six full outfits in about 4 days (with piles of other people’s fabrics awaiting his attention)! I still struggled to believe it. Modiu […]

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Must You Quit Paid Employment to Influence Change in Nigeria? (If YES, will you get a FAIR & IMPARTIAL chance to do it?)

28 December 2013

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I tried posting a contribution to a friend’s recent post, in which one person asked him to quit his job to do something about the problems he was complaining about regarding Nigeria. It’s however morphed from a comment into this 5th issue of “My Ideas for Making Nigeria Better” PDF series :-)) Click here to […]

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Show Others How to Succeed!

27 December 2013

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In 2002, I worked as a volunteer maths tutor in an NGO’s weekend(secondary school students) tutoring project.. Having overcome a severe math-phobia (with the help of a private tutor) to get a distinction on my second exam attempt, I had a passion for demystifying maths for students. I Dreaded Maths in Secondary School… You see […]

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What Should You Really Give to People at Christmas?

26 December 2013

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“What! Giving again?” I ask in dismay. ‘And must I keep giving away?” ‘Oh no’ said the angel looking me through. ‘Just keep giving till the Master stops giving to you!” Source: “Success through a Positive Mental Attitude”, by Napoleon Hill NB: This article should have published yesterday 25th December 2013…but I was back in […]

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Sometimes Going On Alone Will Be Futile (Hint: I Wrote “Begging Letters” to Keep Going)

24 December 2013

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I first encountered the term “begging letters”, from reading a biography of Karl Marx. Many books have been written about Marx, and NONE fail to mention that he wrote “begging letters” (read this one). That’s why I know that the SMSes/emails I’ve sent to ONE friend (few times in 2002), and many relatives (over the […]

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No. 121: If Others Doubt Your Ideas, You’ve Probably Struck Gold!

23 December 2013

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Fran Tarkenton (Former American Football Star turned Millionaire Entrepreneur) once said:   “I have never started a company that, at some point, didn’t cause me to have doubts. ‘This must be a stupid idea because no one else is doing it. Why don’t people get it? Maybe there is nothing there’. We all have self doubts, but […]

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Even When Too Busy, Don’t Stop Marketing!

21 December 2013

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A badly managed company (or indeed country!) that still makes regular sales will stay “afloat”. Peter Drucker’s famous quote explains why: “Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two – and only these two – basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are “costs”. […]

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Sell Successfully Using a Mailing List

20 December 2013

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[Quick tip: If you own – or run – an agro-based/allied business, the ideas in this article can REALLY help you. Trust me. I LOVE farmers – and would NEVER steer you wrong :-))] Are you responsible for creating marketing awareness, and generating sales leads for your company? If yes, then building a mailing list […]

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Quitting My Job Earned Me Names (e.g “mad”), But Today…

19 December 2013

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“Many people still think you must have been mad to do what you did“. Those were the words uttered to me by a former senior colleague that I held in considerably high esteem. My response to that “verdict” about my mental state of health, ostensibly passed by some of my former colleagues was along the […]

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The Right Mental Attitude Keeps Dreams Alive

18 December 2013

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“The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune.” – Napoleon Hill In truth, how long a person can keep going in pursuit of a valued goal, will often be a function of his/her mental attitude, based on available reserve […]

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