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  • 13 October 2015

    #SMBCLasu: Join Sisi Yemmie, John Obidi, Michael Okeje (Jobberman) for ‘LEVERAGE 2015' Conference

     Levrage conferece 1.0, #SMBCLasu

     Hello guys! It's been a while. I have been very busy working on a couple of things. I am in my finals in school and just 2 months away from graduating. 

    Anyway I have a good one for you. You must have been seeing Leverage Conference all over your social media accounts. 

    Yeah! That's a conference I have pulled together to expand our reach and influence more lives positively. We are taking our blog vision to people one step at a time. It's all about making people's lives better.

    Leverage conference aims at creating a platform where influencers from diverse works of life in the nation would meet to share thoughts on how Nigerians can further take advantage of every possible resources, ideas, and skills, etc. So as to build a formidable nation together.

    The primary area of focus for leverage conference is technology and education amongst other things.

    We have amazing speakers that will share professional ideas and advice. They would also share their success stories on how they leveraged on those seemingly small things they had to become who they are today.

    So if you happen to be around! You can come to me so we can take a selfie! :)

    Leverage Conference

    This year’s conference is the maiden edition and the focus is Social Media and Branding. The discussion will be on the power and influence of the social media and how to positively cultivate its use for personal branding. 

    This is to encourage and inspire our audience with a great idea yet to be executed towards using this technology as a platform for their voice to be heard.

    The conference will hold on the 14th of October 2015. It will feature:

    John Obidi ( Founder, Obidisocial),

    Yemisi Odusanya (Founder, Sisiyemmie.com),

    Michael Okeje (Marketing lead, Jobberman),

    Leverage Conference 2015 will start at 10am at the MBA Hall, Lagos State University, Ojo Lagos.

    Hurry now, and register  to secure your space at www.leverageng.com. It's free.

    The maiden edition of Leverage Conference is proudly supported by Spread Media, Tetra Creative, Ceenai Multimedia, Accubin, Rehoboth, and Bishopforte Studio. Powered by Seasoned Life Journal in conjunction with LASU Christian Fellowship.

    Follow the conversation on twitter @Leverageng with #SMBCLasu
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    23 September 2015

    5 Inspirational tips for Creating an Online Store

    Guest post by Peter Minkoff

    online store manager, pc table

    This is an era of online shoppers. Following the TV-shopping craze of the 90s, when so called “armchair shoppers” ruled supreme, ordering every home improvement convenience with a remote in one hand and a phone in the other. 

    However, today’s online shopper evokes an image of a dynamic, sociable person who pursues his or her goals, with little time to stroll down the aisles with a shopping cart, or go bargain hunting, for that matter. 

    Understanding its advantages, more and more people are turning to online shopping. If you are in retail business or trying to develop a successful career in that field, you need an online shop as soon as possible.

    Online store - reflection of your personality

    In a nutshell, it needs to be perfect, even if you are not. More accurately, it needs to get perfect over time. When you open it will be far from perfect, but there is a much that you can do to make it look promising. 

    The foundation needs to be sound, and everything else will change and evolve as the store grows. Shoppers’ feedback has a lot to do with it, as well.

    Humble beginning

    You live in a very lucky decade. Only ten years ago, you would probably have to hire a developer who would build the website on your preferences. And sometimes, that is a process that lasts almost infinitely. 

    Nowadays, there are dozens of sites offering you to build your own ecommerce online store with templates and a range of settings. For a monthly fee, it is only a bit more complicated than creating a Facebook media account.

    Choose a website builder

    Basically, you are looking for a company that is flexible and capable of keeping pace with the growth of your business. Shopify, Bigcommerce, Squarespace, Weebly and Wix are among the most popular ones, each with their own set of benefits and shortcomings. 

    The version 1.0 of your store needn’t be perfect. The most important thing is to start as soon as possible and start collecting feedback, testing your ideas to see what will do and what don’t. And of course, as you make changes towards better, your store will get more traffic as well.


    One of the biggest advantages of an online store that you should exploit is that it gives you access to immeasurably larger customer pool than any brick & mortar store can provide. 

    However, if you are not advertising aggressively, only visitors would be those who stumble upon it. Besides fully engaging the social media presence and creating an army of followers, you need to keep your store hot by offering giveaways, discounts and Paytm coupons.

    Website is a tool, not business

    You are the main driving force behind your store, and not the online presentation. Those store building websites should work for you, to paint your idea into reality. 

    If one online store builder fails your expectations, it doesn’t mean that your business has failed. Simply try another one, till you find one that is on the same page as you.

    Don’t let the details slow your decisions. The advantages of an online store vastly outnumber the shortcomings. When you establish a connection with your customers, you only need to listen to them and give them what they want, for an extra fee, of course.

    Peter Minkoff guestpostPeter 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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    26 August 2015

    From Around the Web: 5+1 Fabulous Infographics Guide to Effective Goal Setting

    If you are a constant reader of this blog, you would agree that we talk quite a lot about personal productivity. How you can get the very best results you desire from the limited resources available to you. 

    The main secret to personal productivity is self leadership and management. This is a post for another day. We want to focus on a sub theme of self leadership which is goal setting. 

    I actually believe that the starting point to a productive life is goal setting. It is important to always begin a thing with the end in mind. 

    A picture is worth more than a thousands words. So I would lead you through some goal setting infographics.

    Goal setting amongst many other things appear to be an every day discussion yet a lot of people still get it wrong.

    From research, the best kinds of goals are SMART GOALS.

    infographics for setting smart goals

    Let's examine a more specific example of what form SMART GOALS should take.

    infographic on how to create smart goals

    Here is a statistical fact of the effect of setting smart goals.

    facts infograhics on setting smart goals

    There are several things we can set goals for and the image below represents three categories.

    goals to keep your life balance

    I want to believe that at this point, you understand what smart goals are. If you do not know how to go about writing your goals, the next image will guide you step by step.

    step by step goal setting guide
    At this point, you should have had your goals written, so you can move on to the possible ways to achieve them.

    infographics on how to achieve your goals

    There are some other goal setting blog resources I recommend you read by awesome bloggers

    The Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting by Michael Hyatt

    Personal Goal Setting: Planning to Live Your Life Your Way by Sarah Pavey

    Goal Setting – Powerful Written Goals In 7 Easy Steps! by Gene Donohue

    4 Simple Goal Setting Ideas For 2015 by Jeff Boss on Forbes.com

    Over to you
    Do you set goals? How do you go about them? Let me read your thoughts in the comment section. Feel free to ask me any question. 
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    21 August 2015

    How to develop a successful career out of your course of study in the university

    University students, college student

    I am in my finals in College and during one of my fellowship’s final year student meeting last semester, we talked about career and course of study. I was the facilitator of the discussion and I will be sharing some of those things we discussed.

    The word success is relative and there are different meanings to different people. In the context of this blog post, we are measuring success to the degree of relevance you can produce in the society.

    We must not forget that education is meant to serve as a tool for everyone to be highly informed in other to be relevant in the society. It is primarily aimed at socio-economic development.

    I would also emphasize that whatever Information provided in this post is not limited to University education. It cuts across technical colleges, polytechnics, etc.

    There are certain things we highlighted that can help one attain success in a career. If you intend starting your own company/business or taking up a nine to five job, these tips can help you grow tremendously.

    #1. Your course of study is not the end itself but a means to an end

    If you still think just having a degree, is the totality of life, you are missing the big picture. There are several people who also possess the same degree or even greater qualifications but can’t get the dream career or job they had always anticipated.

    Do not totally base your life on a paper, you should focus more on the knowledge you are being taught. It is not just about having good grades but gaining mastery of your field. 

    You can have good grades and mastery but never aim for grades by just engaging in rote learning. This leads us to the second point.

    #2. The product is primarily you

    The major thing the world cares about is what you can offer. 

    You must recognize that the purpose of education is not to develop good paper figures that will make up a Curriculum vitae but to have the basic requirements for functional living in the society. 

    Mark it or underline it; FUNCTIONAL LIVING.

    What makes up you includes; character, skills, thought pattern, and principles. If you can clearly develop these areas, it will give you a head start into whatever field you decide to operate.

    #3. Define you niche

    This is your place of purpose. This is the very place you find fulfilment. This is where your skills, thoughts, and principles find relevance.

    If you do not deal with this place properly, whatever you do subsequently will be a waste. Do not just take jobs or start a business because you want to survive. Make sure you have it well analysed. 

    If it is temporary, make sure you are happy doing it. I believe true success is accompanied with passion and fulfilment.

    The moment your focus is survival and not fulfilment, you will burn out soon.

    #4. Research for problem in your niche and solve them

    This is the definition of true value. This is the reason why some people get more pay, more deals, and more recognition than their counterparts in the same field. 

    The simple idea here is to be service-oriented. If you work for your boss or you are your own boss, the key to true success is to meet people needs in whatever genuine way you can.

    #5. Be innovative

    The ability to reinvent yourself and your products is invaluable. This is one major way to remain relevant. Always seek to improve on what already exists. 

    It would be absurd to think at any point that you have gotten to the peak. There is always a new level to climb and a new mark to cross.

    #6. Value team work

    If you work for an organisation, be a good team player. If you have your organisation, build a team. The idea here is to never walk or work alone. 

    You need every good hand you can get to fulfil the task ahead.
    This might be so simple but I know several organisations spend a lot to hire management consultants and coaches to teach their staffs the importance of working as a team.

    This is a skill that you can learn and develop. You can learn to work with anyone despite the differences.

    #7. Do not copy

    It is not ethical in any workplace to copy others. Most times, it is not always a conscious effort. 

    It might be as an attempt to imitate someone else who succeeded at a particular thing.

    Success indeed leaves clues but be careful not to begin measuring your progress with reference to another. Be as unique as possible. 

    #8. Networking (Get into the web)

    It is a very important to network with colleagues and influencers in the same or related field. 

    It is great for sharing ideas, establishing the right connections, and it can attract some rare opportunities to you.

    #9. Have a vision

    I am currently reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

    The second habit in the book talks about beginning with the end in mind. Your first creation is in your mind.

    Create a mental image of what you really desire. This will be the blue print to your growth and development.

    This is one success principle that is indispensable. There is possibly no way you can measure your growth by random acts, you must predetermine in your heart.

    10. Consistently develop yourself

    As the world evolves, you should be able to keep up with the pace. 

    In whatever career path you choose, you are supposed to be rendering service and you would need to improve on some certain areas as time go by. 

    This could be your Problem solving skills or even critical thinking ability. You may even need the help of a coach.

    making decisions after college.


    How do I merge my passion with my University degree into an awesome career especially when I am studying a course I did not choose? 

    My Answer

    This is a common case in the Nigeria educational system. Students end up being offered admission to study a course different from what they chose. 

    Most times, some students struggle throughout their College years, while some still perform well but end up dumping the degree to pursue their passion.

    So what if there is a way to use your degree in enhancing your passion? Would you give it a chance?

    KEY TAKEAWAY: Discover your passion or area of calling as it were. Identify key areas in your course of study and figure out how your passion can be used in your course of study and vice versa.

    Let me give an epic illustration. 

    I applied to study Medicine and Surgery in Lagos State University but I was offered Physics education. Awesome swap right? Yes!

    As the years go by, I got engaged in some other stuffs and began to develop great love for programming. 

    I had learnt how to use some languages like C++, C#, Python, etc. So I say to myself, I do not want to teach physics in a high school or even become a college lecturer because I love programming.


    You can have both if you desire. You can be a programmer that develop IT solutions for educational problems especially in the area of physics education in Nigeria. 

    It can cut across every level of education! That is big business and passion!


    Yes! It is applicable to almost any area. You just need to do your research. 

    If you have flair for business and you find yourself studying Biochemistry, there are ways to develop your business passion and apply it as a biochemist. It could be a cosmetics company.

    There could be some peculiarities but this can help many Nigeria college students solve the problem of “I applied for biochemistry but they gave me chemistry education” syndrome.


    There are so many books and events about this subject but we still have this question in abundance. It is no rocket science. It as easy as you blink your eyes.

    From research and previous experiences, your passion can be cloaked in two different dimensions:

    1. Fascinations

    There are things you are naturally drawn towards. When ever you encounter those things, you are excited. It could be photography, art, music, volunteer works, etc.

    2. Frustrations

    Some people hate disorderliness than normal. There are people who seem so concern about injustice than others. 

    They would go an extra to see to how that specific problem can be solved. I believe that this is one major way God uses to sow a seed of passion in every man. 

    Most solutions and innovations that has brought about a positive change in the world today began has a burden. 

    One person somewhere seem to be more concerned about the problem than anyone else.

    “The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. “ (Habakkuk 1:1)
    Reading down that scripture, you would see when God asked Habakkuk to write down the vision that began as a burden so that others can read and run with it.

    There are certain things you are naturally wired for. They are things you should focus on. 

    You don’t necessarily have to possess the skill or ability before it is a passion. Some people’s passion would need you to learn a skill. 

    The only difference would be that because they are naturally wired for that thing, it would come to them easy compared to others.

    Whatever your fascination or frustration is, it will narrow down to “skill, gift, or talent.”

    Do not restrict yourself.

    Who says you cannot establish a “ new niche”?

    Once upon a time in Nigeria, make-up artistry was not an occupation that was well recognised but the likes of Tara Durotoye brought about revolution. 

    In the branding industry of Nigeria, the name of Leke Alder cannot be ignored.

    Never restrict your career (profession or occupation) by what already exists. 

    The world is evolving. Inventions each day bring about new job opportunities. You can be flexible.

    These things discussed here are common but we still have some college students and even graduates miss out on this important areas. 
    I believe the ultimate trick is to understand the true essence of education and the other things would come naturally.  

    Over to you?
    I love feedbacks in form of recommendations or question. We all love comments. Please leave yours below. If you want a personal discussion, you can use the contact page to get to me.
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    18 August 2015

    Book Review: Chastity For Men by Frances Okoro

    chastity for men, imperfectlyperectlives.com, frances okoro

    There are many topics and concept in the world we live in that attracts diverse perspective and without a solid foundation the truth will not be revealed. One of such issues is Sex. 

    There are diverse thoughts and dimensions to sex. The world has perverted it. It has lost its true nature and form.

    The good part is that from the bible which is the final authority on every matter of the Christian faith, has clearly stated God’s thought about sex. 

    However, many Christians have met shy away from the reality of this. They see the topic of sex has private and end up making a mess out of it. This is an endemic issue even among teenagers. 

    Frances Okoro is a Christian blogger at imperfectlyperfectlives.com. Her blog was featured in my 21 inspirational Nigerians bloggers. She has broken the ice and compiled a remarkable piece that sheds lights to the very issue that has destroyed many youths and teenagers. 

    These things start one day and end up as addictions. I am talking about masturbation, pornography, etc.

    I am delighted to write about this book because I also have my experiences and I have shared some of them on this blog in my previous post.

    The title of the book is CHASTITY FOR MEN and the grand piece is a product of a series she started on her blog.

    There are experiences worth reading about from four different men. They showed us how they were caught up in the web of these addiction and they overcame by God’s help.

    This is a book for everyone. I recommend it because of its high practicability. Many parents don’t know what their children are involved in. 

    The media is a serious promoter of sexual perversion. Everywhere you turn to, there is an advert using sexually appealing content. 

    We continuously need to talk about this madness before the future generations are totally corrupted.

    As a man, it's is possible to be chaste, go inside to read about it.

    Chastity for men by frances okoro

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    13 August 2015

    16 Nigerian Inspirational Quotes of Entreprenuers/Influencers

     Everyone uses quotes in one way or the other. It might be in a speech, scolding, or teaching.  In whatever form, if rightly used is pretty cool!

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I had to wrap up some amazing quotes from Phenomenal Nigerians with their images.

    They are in no particular order. I just picked them randomly as it pleased me. See you at the bottom. Enjoy!

    CEO ruff'n'tumble, adenike ogunlesi quotes

    chariman, dangote groups, aliko dangote quotes

    CO-founder, EdgeEcution, Bankole williams quotes

    Founder, Silverbird groups, Ben-bruce quotes

    Chimamada adichie quotes

    CEO, Gestone group, fela durotoye quotes

    CEO, the chair centre ltd, ibukun awosika quotes

    Founder, Alder Consulting, Leke Alder Quotes

    Chairman Zenox Technologies, Leo STan Ekeh Quotes

    Founder, Okadabooks, ofilispeaks.com, ofili speaks quotes

    Founder,  House of Tara, Tara Durotoye quotes

    Bella Naija, Uche pedro quotes, bella naija quotes, Founder Bella Naija

    Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation, quotes

    Ngozi Nkojo Iweala quotes
    Founder, Obidisocial.com, John Obidi Quotes

    Nigeria Foremost  Life/business Strategist, Steve Harris Quotes

    Over to you
    Please let me know your favourite below and also if I quoted someone wrongly. I would be glad to make necessary corrections.

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    17 July 2015

    5 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Always Entertained

    Guest post by Peter Minkoff
    kids being entertained, kids having fun

    Children seem to be more prone to be bored than adults. Especially during holidays when they don’t have any school chores, the parents are the ones from who is expected to solve this problem. 

    Kids who are always bored in their free time, can develop a long-term boredom, when nothing interests and excites them, which can be a cause of later vandalism, school drop-out or drug abuse. 

    No reason to fear of these extremes, though, if you teach your child how to overcome the boredom by himself. Your kid doesn’t need an army general to order him what to do, but a life coach to teach him how to accomplish things by himself. 

    Here, we’ll give you five advices on how you and your child can exceed the boredom issue together.


    Developing their creativity

    Children are true masters of creative thinking and when they find just a small thing that will keep them occupied for long term, they can create wonders. TV, computer games and iPhones can only keep your kids occupied for short period, what they need in order to develop their creativity is a special project or a task that will last even for couple of months. 

    So for a five or six year old, that project can be growing a plant and maybe even keeping a journal about its development. For a school kid, a photography project, where he should keep record about his vacation or some other topic can be a great way of expressing and developing creativity and maybe even a wind in his sail for some future career.

    Encourage their imagination

    Kids entertained, kids having fun

    The imagination is one of those things we are gradually losing as we’re growing up and the children are blessed by having more than enough of it. You should appreciate and encourage when a box becomes a spaceship in your child’s hands, it’s a priceless thing. 

    One of the best ways of sparking that fantasy life are costumes. They’re helping kids to imagine themselves as some other characters which require an additional effort of coming up a story to go with the costume. By channelling kids’ energy into superheroes they can save the world, defeat a villain and be the queens and kings of their own universe. 

    Research shows that storytelling which involves costumes can enhance child’s ability to retell the story and develop better language use. In fact, parents can have a great interaction with their kids, by searching inspiring costumes online and in that way discovering their interests.


    Praise independent playing

    It’s not possible for you to be always there when your child needs some entertainment and it is also not an option for 20 kids from school to come every day to impersonate their companionship at your home. 

    So, what can you do? It’s not so bad to allow and encourage your kid to play alone sometimes. Making that transition from a fellowship in school to independent playing is a big step for your little one, so start with just 15 to 20 minutes. 

    Afterwards, you should gradually increase the time of independent playing. Reward the independence with a picnic in a park or walking by the river.


    Thinking with their own heads

    Kids entertained, kids having fun

    Adults are often wrong in thinking that kids never know what they want. They just don’t know how to express their desires and how to accomplish their plans. 

    Encourage your child and let him know that you can understand his wishes and you’ll not diminish them or laugh at them. Then, sit together and make a list of the things your kid considers fun and which can be used as get-out-of-boredom cards. 

    If some of the items on the list are undoable, explain calmly why is that so and search for alternatives together. Try to, with join efforts, think of some games that can be played with whole family and some projects which can be done independently. 

    As with the first steps, your kid should do everything on his own, all you can do is hold his hand and hope he won’t trip and fall. And that should be enough.

    Peter Minkoff guestpostPeter 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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    20 June 2015

    5 Tricks For Expanding Your Comfort Zone

    Guest post by Sarah Williams
    comfort zone, try something new
    There are many reasons to expand your comfort zone and it’s not always easy to think of ways to do that. Sometimes we may not realize when it’s hard for us to move outside of our comfort zone. Trying new things can become harder as we get older and more set in our ways. 

    It’s scary because we don’t want to embarrass ourselves if we aren’t good at something and our nature is to avoid failure. If we can embrace a more childlike innocence, it becomes easier to talk to strangers, make new friends and try new things we aren’t used to.

    Expanding your comfort zone can help you with problem solving, improve communication and lower your stress. This can help you become a better leader and can help you master new skills.

    Here are some fun ways to get out of your comfort zone, improve your adaptability and social intelligence.

    1. Join A Fun Class

    Maybe it’s an active class such as dance. Maybe you’ve never tried archery or aerial silks. Trying something that is completely new to you exercises your ability to adapt to new environments. 

    Taking a class is also a safe place to work on your response to change because you will be led by an instructor and able to ask questions.

    You may want to try an art class, a woodworking class or something that is exciting to you. Try to choose a topic you are interested in so you’re more likely to be engaged. 
    Theatre classes are an excellent way to expand your comfort zone because they help you interact with people in silly ways and they can help you learn ways to overcome fears of speaking in public.

    The other important aspect of joining a class is that it will help you socialize. You are bound to interact with people. The beauty of being good at different things is it exercises different parts of your brain

    It’s undeniable that a good leader must exercise both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. We employ the logic brain when balancing a budget and executing time management skills but when it comes to engaging with customers and employees, we must use our creative emotional intelligence. 

    The unique trait of a good leader is that they know how to relate to people and they are skilled at their job.

    2. Go Out To Eat By Yourself

    Sometimes expanding your comfort zone is working on being independent. In today’s day and age people can get very used to being surrounded with the company of others. 

    When it comes to independent thinking, which is a critical tool for leaders, it’s something that can be practised. Leaders can’t have a ‘follow the crowd’ mentality because they must think of ways to differentiate their business ideas.

    By simply doing things you would usually do with someone else on your own, you are exercising your ability to make decisions on your own. 

    For example, you will choose where you eat, where you sit in the restaurant and what you order from the menu. You will probably even pick out what you wear all by yourself. While this exercise may seem silly it will help you feel comfortable being alone which is something many people get anxious about. 

    You will notice your environment more and get to feel more at ease after a little while.

    3. Vacation By Yourself

    The ultimate way to expand your comfort zone is to take a solo vacation. This allows you to be in a totally new environment and break your normal routine. 

    When you are in a new environment your senses are on hyper-drive. You will smell things, you will see more of your surroundings and hear more conversations. 

    It’s a challenge that can be very rewarding in expanding your comfort zone. It helps you overcome unnecessary fears of being alone and stretches your communication skills.

    If you travel to a place where English is not the native language you can use body language and voice tone to pick up on many cues. This is a great way to build communication tools. Camping by yourself is another way to overcome your fears of doing something new. 

    When you reach outside your comfort zone, you realize you are capable of so much more. Of course don’t camp too far out there if you are not used to the wilderness.

    4. Join A Book Club

    This is a sneaky little tip that is geared to expanding your communication and vocabulary. If you join a monthly book club it will not only improve your intelligence level but the subjects will get you thinking about things in a new way. 

    Fiction books can help you develop a language and a skill set around emotional behaviours and help you better understand human behaviours. On the other hand, non-fiction books can improve your knowledge of certain subjects and expand your ability to speak educatedly about interesting subjects.

    This is also a great way to allow your mind to relax, not think about work and do something new. When you meet new people, it allows your brain to learn how to be sociable because you see other people being sociable. 

    If you want to pick up on civilized social skills, you won’t find them in a sports bar. Attending seminars, conferences and theatrical performances can improve your ability to speak to people about complex subject matter in a social environment.

    Leaders need to be able to debate important issues and talk about things other than the weather.

    5. Host A Get Together

    Finally, hosting a get together can help you work on things you may not be good at such as decorating, cooking or relaxing with friends. 

    They say taking time to have fun benefits the overall function of the brain because it lowers stress. Strong leaders incorporate fun things into their lives to maintain a balance between work and life. 

    If you work all the time, consider fun activities you can incorporate into your routine that are not just by yourself.

    While leaders are usually confident, they must make efforts to stay social and not isolate themselves. Leaders are constantly asked to expand their comfort zone when business changes come up. 

    For example, when people leave a company you will need to hire new people. To protect the company, you will want to be able to read people and establish rapport. Networking is valuable for leaders. Having a strong social network can help you get referrals for good employees you can trust.

    Sarah williams guest postsSarah Williams is a lifestyle writer who specializes in self-development and dating advice. She believes that happiness is a combination of self-discipline and appreciating every day - just the way it is. You can read her articles at Wingman Magazine.
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    3 June 2015

    Sensational Interview with Jeet Banerjee : 22 years old Serial entreprenuer

    Serial entreprenuer, digital marketing expert, jeet banerjee

    We are kicking off our first interview series. The aim is to share the success stories of various individuals. We would see the inspirations and struggle behind their dreams and learn from them.

    Today, We have got someone phenomenal. His name is jeet Banerjee, a serial entrepreneur, tech expert, consultant, author, and blogger. There is indeed a lot about him. He has successfully help start many business.

    He is currently working on various new start-up companies. Jeet Banerjee is also into business  consulting and speaks at different conferences. Let get started with this already.

    Q: Who is Jeet Banerjee? Tell us about your family background, education and hobbies. You could also tell us something you have not mentioned in any interview.
    Ans: Jeet Banerjee is a 22 year old serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, digital marketing consultant, and best-selling author. Growing up, Jeet was raised by his family constantly reminded of the value of a dollar. I attended college for a few years, but I ended up dropping out when I was learning more from my start-ups than I was in the classroom. In terms of hobbies, I’m a huge fan of sports and spend a lot of time with friends/family.
    Q: Tell us about your entrepreneurial journey. How did you take off?
    Ans: I started my entrepreneurial journey as a senior in high school when I was 17 years old. I was sick of minimum wage jobs that restricted my freedom and creative ability so I launched my own multimedia agency. I grew this company to 20+ employees within 2 years and we were building websites, mobile applications and videos for companies all over the world. I ended up selling this company after 2 years and that was the first signs of success I saw as an entrepreneur.
    Q: Tell us about those rough/tough moments when you started your first business.
    Ans: Starting off, the toughest thing I had to deal with was my age. I was 17 years old and I looked like I was 14. I had rough times when I went to make pitches with clients and they mistook me for someone’s kid. These moments brought me to the edge where I almost quit and decided to put my entrepreneurial dreams on hold until I was older and more mature.
    Q: As a student entrepreneur, how do you manage to balance your business, social life and family?
    Ans: While I was in college and pursuing entrepreneurship, it was very difficult to balance everything. What ended up happening was that I spent most of my time on my business and the rest of my time had been divided between my family and my social life. Nowadays, I have a pretty good schedule that ensures I am not overworking myself. I still work a lot and business is what I’m doing most of all, but I usually leave my weekends and evenings open for my social life and family.
    Q: I watched your TEDx video and it was inspiring. You mentioned how you started your first business even without having the financial resources (Capital). Could you shed more light to this?
    Ans: Yeah absolutely. When I started my entrepreneurial journey, I didn’t even have a bank account and I couldn’t even properly set up a Paypal account because I wasn’t 18 years old. I was selling websites without having my own website, business entity or bank account. I think it’s all about hustling harder than everyone else in order to be successful. If you don’t have the luxury of experience or capital, you don’t wait. Instead, find another way to get it done.
    (Here is that TEDx talk by the way)

    Q: What is your definition of success?
    Ans: My definition of success is being able to do what I want when I want.
    Q: Run us through quick steps you use to execute your ideas.
    Ans: When you come up with a new idea, it’s very easy to fall in love with your idea. Many people fail with their ideas because they are too infatuated with their own ideas and aren’t willing to make necessary changes to it. When I get an idea, the first thing I am doing is figuring out who the possible target markets can be and getting feedback from them on my ideas. Is that idea a viable option? How do your potential customers feel about it? These are all important questions to answer.
    Q: What are your major challenges as a young entrepreneur?
    Ans: I think the biggest challenge as a young entrepreneur is getting credibility to really push your ideas forward. Whether you need investors, clients or something else, it’s always going to be a challenge when you’re a young entrepreneur.
    Q: How did you overcome those challenges?
    Ans: If you’re going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. Back up everything that you say and go the extra mile to make things happen.
    Q: What sacrifices did you make in order to achieve your dreams?
    Ans: I started entrepreneurship when I was extremely young. While my friends were out playing video games, going to the movies or hanging out with each other, I was at home grinding away at my businesses. I had to sacrifice a social life early on and a lot of sleep in order to achieve my dreams.
    Q: Who are your competitors and how do you manage the competition?
    Ans: I have many competitors from many different businesses that I run. In terms of managing competition, I love competition. I embrace it because it does a couple things:
    - Competition validates what you’re doing.
    - Keeps you on your toes and constantly motivates you to stay on top of your game.
    Q: What impact has your business made so far?
    Ans: I’ve had one business that has helped over 250,000 students get into college. I’ve had another business where my apps have received millions of download in the past few years. Most importantly, all of my businesses are created to create value instead of just making money.
    Q: What is the core-secret of your growing business?
    Ans: Scale. First you nail it, then you scale it. I think too many people are focused on growing too early when they don’t know if they have a business that is successful or not. I first focus on creating a business and a model that is viable. Once I have that, it’s all about scaling it out and multiplying it so you can grow rapidly.
    Q: Do you currently have investors?
    Ans: No I do not.
    Q: What are the sources of income available to you?
    Ans: I have multiple companies that generate me income, a couple of eBooks and paperback books, courses that I have published, stocks, and some startup investments that I make from time to time.
    Q: Can you give us a figure of your online revenue monthly? 4, 5 or 6 figures?
    Ans: I don’t really like to share the exact figures of my monthly revenue, but I am living more than happily.
    Q: Have you ever had any regrets?
    Ans: No. When you start your own business, you can’t have regrets. As long as you make every decision because it was the best thing to do at that time, you shouldn’t have any regrets.
    Q: Do you think in anyway your environment helped contribute to the success of your enterprise(s)?
    Ans: I think so. I think the ideas that you come up with are always a result of your environment. If you experience something daily and you know something, then those are the ideas that become a viable option. I think that contributed heavily to my success.
    Q: How do you think young people out there can make a difference like you?
    Ans: Put your wildest dreams on the table and go after it. Just do it. If you want to do something, go out there and do it. Don’t wait and don’t make excuses, there is no better time than now.
    Q: Do you think there are limits to which youths can excel?
    Ans: Absolutely not. Age is just a number, nothing else.
    Q: As an entrepreneur, what would you refer to as your biggest achievement so far?
    Ans: I would say my biggest achievement to date was selling my first company and watching it grow as big as 20+ employees.
    Q: One of your recent projects is Statfuse.com. Tell us the inspiration behind it.
    Ans: It was an idea that came out by a friend and I. We both struggled immensely when trying to apply to college to figure out what colleges were viable options for us. We saw that the marketplace was really missing a good solution so we decided to create a solution for future students.
    Q: Do you have any plans for Statfuse.com you would like to share?
    Ans: In terms of StatFuse, we are just extremely focused on scaling and growing out the company even further. We want to be able to get this product in the hands of as many students as we possibly can and we are excited to see what the future brings for us.
    Q: What are some achievements so far for statfuse.com?
    Ans: We have been featured in numerous media outlets and even have over 250,000+ students that have signed up and used our portal.
    Q: What is your advice for young people who might intend launching their own start-ups?
    Ans: Don’t be scared of making mistakes or failure. It’s all part of the journey and mistakes/failure are a good thing. Be happy about it and embrace it. The sooner you make mistakes, the closer you are to succeeding.
    Q: What is that one thing you wished you could change about your past?
    Ans: I wish that I was more open to listening to people when I first started. When I started, I was cocky and arrogant thinking I knew it all. I wasn’t open to advice from others, but I quickly realized that you need to hear everyone out. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt and enjoy it.
    Q: Tell us the best decision you think you have made in your life.
    Ans: Deciding to become an entrepreneurship instead of taking the traditional college route.
    Q: What do you think would be the next phase of innovation in the entrepreneurial world?
    Ans: I’ve been involved in tech for the greater 5 years of my entrepreneurial career. I really want to move into non-technical sectors such as real estate, charities and other areas where I feel that I can make a big impact.
    Q: Send out a word of inspiration to my readers.
    Ans: There is no better time to pursue your dreams than right NOW!
    Thank you Jeet for this inspiring time. You have been amazing!

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