Tuesday, 5 December 2017

#IVD2017 - The world we desire begins with you and I - Eleso Moyosoreoluwa


#IVD2017

The annual International Volunteer Day is here again and every year there is always something to push for in line with building a world we picture and seeing to the realizations of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is originally and still known as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development) marked December 5 every year. It is an international celebration/day which started in 1985 and is observed by the United Nations. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make their contributions towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) at local, national and international levels.

In this changing world characterized by unrest in several countries especially African countries, so many aids are needed, so many hands are called for but in most cases none is received. At every point in time, volunteers are needed in different organizations either to help restore peace to troubled society, provide medical aids, orientate, or even help rebuild such societies as seen with the  RedCrossscouts and many other groups.

Volunteering also has been adopted in different organizations as a form of temporary employment for development of the organization and also skill development for volunteers in chosen fields. In media, technology, banking and finance, aviation, governments and so on, young people are given the opportunity to acquire practical knowledge and skills while they render services which sometimes involve monetary returns and in some case does not. The most noticeable end game in the case of such volunteering opportunity is full time employment as it has been noticed over the years.

#IVD2017 - Abraham Ologundudu & Eleso Moyosoreoluwa
You might want to ask, “why should I even volunteer” especially as a Nigerian where the efforts, time and works of volunteers are underrated and not appreciated.



Well, the truth is, volunteering is a selfless service, “Volunteers don’t have the time but they have the heart”, they see to the needs and execution of projects which in most cases would be impossible without such hands. It really is not about what would be received in return it is about the fulfillment that comes with being part of something big. It is also about the desire to get the work done even when there are no monetary returns.

Millions of Nigerian Youths are unemployed today and many have stayed searching for desired jobs without success. However, not many of these unemployed youth are aware of the opportunity that volunteering gives. Personally, I understand the need to get financial benefits for services rendered and also the zeal of wanting a job to call one’s own. I also understand how many organizations or employers treat volunteers without respect and dignity. With these challenges however, the knowledge derived from every volunteering experience remains the goal.

Many top organizations today would choose to offer their in-house volunteers jobs than make open their vacant positions because in the months or years of having them around, they watch them grow and come to understand their unique features and skills. This really is a very good opportunity because “you cannot underestimate the power of volunteering; it has opened doors for so many people”.

This is another opportunity to make the decision and join the train as millions of people around the world continually render their selfless service for the attainment of peace, progress and growth. The world we desire begins with you and I stepping forth as real agents of change. Volunteers act first, take that step today!

You can join the conversation across social media platforms with the hashtag #IVD2017 #VolunteersActFirst.


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Friday, 10 November 2017

You are Designed to Break Barriers - Adedayo Olabamiji (Curator, #BreakingBarriers)

You are Designed to Break Barriers - Adedayo Olabamiji (Curator, #BreakingBarriers)


“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect” — Ronald Reagan 
Everyone loves to listen to a grass to grace story, but not many would want to actually take the grass to grace journey. 

Truly, life is full of difficulties but it seems like not everyone gets an equal share of these challenges. I have read and heard stories of individuals who didn't have the best childhood but rose to become global phenomenons.

From all these experiences, one can conclude that humans are designed to break barriers. There's is absolutely nothing that can hold you back if you will just keep pushing in the right direction. 


This week's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Adedayo who grew up in a disadvantaged family, rose through those challenges to become a leadership expert. Today, Adedayo through his platforms and leadership positions, is helping people live bigger, bolder and braver lives.

Lead Your Life Series, is a special edition of Lead Your Life Podcast. We share real life experiences of how personal struggles and seeming setbacks were turned into phenomenal stories of hope and grace.

About Adedayo Olabamiji


Adedayo Olabamiji (Curator, #BreakingBarriers)


Adedayo is a Keynote Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Thought Leader,Human Resources, Change and Confidence Expert. He is dedicated to helping people live bigger, bolder and braver lives. He is the curator of #BreakingBarriers a weekly motivational program on Twitter, through which lives of many have been changed.

He is an astute Public and Conference Speaker. Adedayo have 10 years vast experience in Leadership Skills and Human Development. He has grasp insights in Project Management Certified from Institute of Finance and Strategic Business Management (IFSBM) and a Personal Development Skill from Prestigious Lagos Business School (Improving
Personal  Effectiveness).

Adedayo is a Youth Leader at The Redeemed Christian stain Church of God (RCCG) where he serves as an Ambassador at the Provincial Level (Lagos Prov. 36) and YALI member with 5 certifications ranging from Strategies For Personal Growth and Development, Workforce
Collaboration and Development et al  He is Author of 360 Gems of Wisdom. He is passionate to make a difference in this generation and help others to live a fulfilled life.

Dayo would be telling us about his struggle(s) while growing up, his defining moments, what were the aftermaths, and what lessons he would like you to take away from his story.



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What's Your Driver? - Victor Onyekere, The Strategist

Victor Onyekere, The Strategist, Africa's Life, Behavioral Change & Productivity Coach




''It's amazing how we are interconnected to each other in diverse ways. Life is a journey that was designed to feature many people and no individual can truly live in isolation. In case you've never met me before, I am Victor Onyekere, Africa's Life, Behavioral Change & Productivity Coach. I work with diverse individuals at different levels to re-engineer their thinking processes, develop empowering behaviours to create productive outcomes within their lives.

In this audio resource you'll understand the true essence of real living. You will gain insight into how to appropriately live life and operate in the right dynamics of life. I created this 4-minute audio resource as a ''Special Gift'' to you because I truly want you to operate in your best state of functionality and of course, It's my Birthday Today!

You can write me a testimonial experience or a short review of how this audio transformed your life after listening. Send to: bookthestrategist@gmail.com OR hellocoach@victoronyekere.org



 



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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Africa's Development Is a Function Of the Collective Productivity Of Individuals.- Abraham Ologundudu at Leverage Conference 3.0

Leverage Conference 2017 -True North

Leverage Conference is an annual leadership conference that brings together young leaders from several sectors to share insights and principles of personal leadership that will empower them to be intentional in the maximization of their potential as they are committed to the transformation of the nation.

The third edition Leverage which held on the 28th of October 2017 at @Ivory Music Building, 13 Alhaji Ashabi Cole CBD, Alausa, Lagos Nigeria, was a gathering of young Africans around the theme, “True North”


Leverage Conference 2017 -True North
Entrepreneurship Panel Session


Leverage Conference 2017 -True North
Leadership Panel Session


The conference examined the core things every young Africans should focus on, that will ensure we keep seeing the development and transformation we truly seek.


The Keynote of the Leadership session was taken by Segun Aderogba, who is the CEO Ceenai Multimedia. He never went to a Tertiary institution, but Bible school. In his words, “A man's value is worth building. Value is real money. What are your values? Those things that you despise, if you build it long enough. It will be great.”


While addressing the issue of entrepreneurship during his keynote session, Chinonso Ogbogu, Founder of TheIncubators Africa said, “Entrepreneurs do not complain they take advantage by providing solution. You do not succeed in life out of pity, you succeed out of principles.”


Leverage Conference 2017 -True North
Segun Aderogba taking the Leadership Keynote Speech

Leverage Conference 2017 -True North
Chinonso Ogbogu taking the Entrepreneurship keynote Speech


Leverage Conference 2017 -True North
Abraham Ologundudu (The Convener) giving the welcome address

Other speakers who were on the panel include, Olorunfunmi Adebajo (ED, Kindle Africa Empowerment Initiative), Dayo Samuel (Lead Consultant, Audacity2Lead), Teajay Chunu (Idea & Brand Strategist), and Eniola Adeniji, who is a Serial Entrepreneur.

They equally shared practical insights on various issues that were raised during the panel discussion from their wealth of experience.

Leverage Conference 2017 -True North

Leverage Conference 2017 -True North

Leverage Conference 2017 -True North

Leverage Conference 2017 -True North

Leverage Conference 2017 -True North


The convener Abraham Ologundudu opined that, “Every young African has a role to play in the development of Africa. Hence, the way forward for us is that individuals should begin to see themselves as a subsystem of a supra system. The transformation we seek is a function of collective productivity of individuals.”


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Friday, 20 October 2017

5 Amazing Ways to Become a Better Version of Yourself

5 Amazing Ways to Become a Better Version of Yourself



As we grow older and mature, we all realize that there are still ways to improve ourselves. Learning does not stop after college. There are many avenues to create a better version of ourselves - either physically, mentally, financially, emotionally and spiritually. The only question is how? Below are just five ways to help you get started:

1.    Pursue higher studies or learn a new skill via short courses/programs.


One of the ways to greatly improve yourself is to take up further studies like getting a masters or doctorate degree, or learn a new skill such as taking up cooking, dressmaking, web developing, or graphic design lessons, among others.

Taking up higher studies or learning a new skill can help you go further in your career. It can also give your resume an edge if you are looking to apply for new jobs in the future. You will also get to push yourself to the limit, and discover more potentials and opportunities for yourself.

If you are haven’t decided yet on what studies or short courses would you want to take up, you can instead take up leadership seminars and courses to improve yourself. These seminars can help you become more efficient and organized at work, it can also help you improve your social skills which could be very useful in both your personal and professional life.

2.            Relieve stress and bad vibes through yoga and exercise.


Sometimes, we become the worse version of ourselves when we are so caught up with a tight working schedule and a very toxic environment at that. Living in that cycle usually makes us irritable, unappreciative and basically emotionally exhausted.

One of the ways to break free from that tiring and toxic cycle is to incorporate a time for leisure and physical activity in your schedule. This could be yoga, zumba, indoor cycling, walking, jogging or going to the gym! You don’t have to do it everyday, twice to thrice a week would suffice - especially if you are still starting out. Exercises are known to help your brain release more endorphins. These are basically “happy hormones” that can improve your mood and overall emotional and physical health.  

3.            Read more books.


Of course, you can learn and reinvent yourself more with the help of books. Books can help broaden your imagination and satisfy curiosity. It can also help you acquire new skills and knowledge that can be applied in day to day living.

4.            Throw away your prejudice.


Many people talk about being the “better person,” but most of us also forget to throw away our existing prejudices which is usually the culprit why we tend to shrug off other people’s struggles and faults.

True enough, it is rather difficult to live without prejudices because this is usually something we do that we are not always in control of, or something that we are not always consciously doing. This is because our brain can automatically make assumptions due to previous experience and knowledge, and most of the time, we forget that the world is a bigger place and that our own experiences and environment are completely different from another.

So while it is almost impossible to just drop off any of our existing prejudice, what we can do is to slowly educate ourselves and correct ourselves whenever we realize that we are going towards that negative direction. Most of all, it is better to pause and think first before saying anything that is caused by our prejudice.

5.            Know what you want and follow through it.


It is difficult to start becoming a better version of yourself if you don’t know what you want to become, or which aspects of yourself would you want to change or improve. There is no need to rush, self-improvement is usually a slow process and you are definitely not alone!

Before embarking on a journey to self-improvement, always remember to pack three things: that’s an open mind, and open heart, and of course - lots of patience. The best things will always take time!

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Leverage Conference 2017 - Join Teajay Chunu, Eniola Adeniji, Chinoso Ogbogu, Olorunfunmi Adebajo and others at the third edition.

True North, Africa Leadership


After a successful 2nd edition in 2016 at the University of Ibadan, we are set to Lead you to the True North of Africa.

As you know it, Leverage Conference is our annual leadership conference that brings together young leaders from several sectors to share insights and principles of personal leadership that will empower them to be intentional in the maximization of their potential as they are committed to the transformation of the nation.

This is a project that has been growing since our humble beginning in 2015. This year's' theme is True North.

African Leaders need to keep thinking forward. Amid all the predominant endemic challenges as well as our mind-blowing successes as individuals, communities and organisations, we must consistently endeavour to identify distractions. True North refers to what we should be doing as individuals/communities and not what we can do. 

The conference is back to Lagos and is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017 and will feature the following speakers:
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Chionso Ogbogu – Founder, The Incubators Africa
Olusegun Aderogba – CEO, Ceenai Multimedia
Abraham Ologundudu – The Convener

Our Interactive Panel will include:            
Dayo Samuel – Lead Consultant, Audacity2Lead
Teajay Chunu – Idea & Brand Strategist
Yinka Brand – Founder, WeCraft Solutions
Eniola Adeniji – Serial Entrepreneur
Olorunfunmi Adebajo – Executive Director, Kindle Africa Empowerment Initiative.


Leverage Conference 3.0 will be anchored by Moyosoreolua Eleso (Talkingmo) & Tony Obiajuru.

The conference will start at 9am at @IVORY MUSIC BUILDING, 13 Alhaji Ashabi Cole CBD, Alausa, Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria.

To attend, kindly register for free at www.leverageng.com to reserve a seat. Limited seats available. For further inquiries, send an email to info@leverageng.com or call 08137513599.
Join the conversation with the official hashtag #Leverage2017 and #LCTrueNorth17, and follow us on twitter and Instagram @Leverageng.


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Saturday, 7 October 2017

5 Work-Life Hacks Every Businessman Should Know

Peter Minkoff - 5 Work-Life Hacks Every Businessman Should Know


Prospering in the ranks of seasoned businessmen is a daunting undertaking. There is no surefire way to success and obstacles can be more numerous than stepping stones. However, there are certain steps that take you a long way towards your business goals. Namely, achieving a fine work-life balance is the best shot you got. For many people, it is an elusive ideal at best and menacing bane at worst. And to hit the mark, you need to adopt simple, yet powerful new habits and mind your everyday choices, however small they may seem.


Uncovering inner reasons

The first step on a long journey is to figure out exactly why you want business success and what it means to you. The definition may evolve over time as new projects and challenges kick in. In any event, you have to get your priorities straight and see how you can reconcile personal and professional life as well as individual and organizational achievement. If you ask me, it is not a good idea to sacrifice your emotional life and relationship with the partner for the sake of business growth or meeting the traditional male ideal.


Establishing support networks

Despite popular notions about all-powerful CEOs, no businessman is a one-man-army. Like it or not, we all need the support of family, friends, and coworkers. Even established business leaders discuss important business decisions with trusted colleagues or family members and do not shy away from delegating and outsourcing tasks. They build various support networks, both at work and home. Finally, aspiring entrepreneurs also tend to hang out with other successful people, especially those who are more experienced or have a larger skillet.

Building habits

Habits are the copper-bottomed bedrock of business success. Our daily energy levels and circadian rhythms differ, so discover and follow your own pace as much as you can. Admit when you face problems like burnout and consider ways of overcoming them. Try to exercise regularly, strive to get enough sleep, and eat healthily. Bear in mind that you can make tweaks to enhance your performance, motivation, and performance with products such as the smart pill, on top of common habits like consuming coffee. 


Use tech tools to your advantage

Technology is a businessman's ultimate weapon. First off, one can stay in touch with everyone via SMS, instant messaging, email, and other channels. However, it is important not to dilute the attention with frenetic responding or trying to be in multiple places at once. Being perpetually plugged and bombarded by a barrage of alerts, notifications, and calls that can really erode performance. Therefore, utilize tech tools to tackle one challenge at a time, be it meeting a deadline or helping the kid with school.


Make time your best ally

Time management is one of the essential skills for navigating the hustle and bustle of the business world. Life cannot be a constant rush because such a struggle takes a toll on both physical and mental health. Thus, make good use of scheduling tools such as phone calendars, but try to maintain a degree of flexibility at the same time. That way, you can maneuver your way to every occasion, regardless of whether it is a decisive meeting or a wild party.


Get to grips with life


You are in for a long race and you do not want to run out of steam at one point. So, carefully combine work and home and give both their due. There are various routes to success and many ways to wander astray. No one can do it alone, so stay connected with things that matter most in life, such as family. Sustain the momentum without falling asleep at the wheel and juggling too many balls at once. Ultimately, you should be able to make a difference and get more things done every day. 



About the Author: Peter is a lifestyle writer located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a trend forecaster and as a freelance writer for few local newspapers in Brisbane. Beside writing, he loves shopping, cooking exotic meals and travelling around tropical destinations. He’s future plans are in creating his personal lifestyle blog about everyday life-saving tips.


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Friday, 15 September 2017

Push and Don't Give Up on Yourself - Morenike Vincent (Author, Academic Excellence Devotional)

Push and Don't Give Up on Yourself - Morenike Vincent (Author, Academic Excellence Devotional)
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Have you ever been in that situation where you successfully convinced your friends and family that you were making the right decision on a certain matter? Only for them to see you struggling and failing repeatedly? You know that feeling? I can tell you that it can be really traumatizing.   

Do you have a dream that seems like it's getting more impossible to achieve daily? My one question for you today is this: How badly do you want it? 

It's easier to teach, read, and learn about patience, perseverance, resilience, tenacity (or whatever you call it), than to actually practice.  

Honestly, I can attest to the fact that perpetual failure can really be painful and sometimes humiliating. However, one thing I have learnt is that in the end, it makes me stronger. 


This week's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Morenike spent 8 years of her life trying to pass a professional examination in her chosen field Today, she is a chartered accountant and an author. She is gracefully inspiring young individuals on academic excellence as well as making wise career choices. 

Lead Your Life Series, is a special edition of Lead Your Life Podcast. We share real life experiences of how personal struggles and seeming setbacks were turned into phenomenal stories of hope and grace.


About Morenike Vincent

Morenike Vincent (Author, Academic Excellence Devotional)


Morenike is a lover of God and people, a graceful speaker, and heart-writer. She loves to help people live Awake to the Lives they have been called of God to live and she does so actively through morenikevincent.com

Her heart for family life lead her to start a network for ladies called She's connected familylife Network for ladies to grow together in God while the mirror they phenomenal woman in proverbs 31. 


With the next generation, Her heart is burdened for the Education and as such she held the first online Seminar for Academic Excellence in 2016. There after she has spoken at events where inspiring her audience on to strive for Academic Excellence, make wise Career choices, and live Awake to their lives. 


She is the author of the Academic Excellence Devotional, a 31 day devotional packed with academic Excellence stories, Nuggets and wisdom, which focuses on helping teenagers and young adults attain academic excellence  


As a faculty member of the Elaleoy Academy, a life coaching academy for teenagers and young adults, the convener of The Life on Purpose Conference for teenagers, she believes in the total and well rounded youth. 


Morenike is a Chartered Accountant with one of the big4 professional Services firms. In her part time she is, volunteering at Awesome Treasures Foundation, speaking and training young minds, writing  on her website, for blogs and magazines. 


She's married to her best friend and King, Omobolaji


Morenike would be telling us about her struggle(s) to becoming a chartered accountant, what were the aftermaths, and what lessons she would like you to take away from her story.



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