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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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Be Persistent With Your Baby Steps - Habiba Kehinde (Founder, Digital Lucy Nigeria)

Be Persistent With Your Baby Steps- Habiba Kehinde (Founder, Digital Lucy Nigeria)

“If you want something to change in your present situation, you have to do something to change it. You have to take a step.” — Habiba Kehinde
When there's a discussion about how to find clarity in life, my favourite statement is this: clarity is a process. 

Many people think they have got to figure everything out before they can start something. That has been the bane of many dreams.

My story is a classical example, I started blogging 6 years ago just posting quotes and motivational stories on my blog. Fast forward to the future, it's been growing into other things I had never thought of. I'd say no more for now. Story for another day.

This week's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Habiba, during a very challenging moment in her life, created an amazing career path. Today, she is helping female entrepreneurs simplify digital marketing in order grow profitable businesses.

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 Habiba Kehinde

Habiba Kehinde (Founder, Digital Lucy Nigeria)

Habiba Kehinde is a Social Media Strategist who helps small businesses and entrepreneurs get their businesses online and build profitable brands. She works with clients to strategically leverage social media platforms to attract new customers, grow their businesses and build their brands.

Habiba is a graduate of Computer Science from Babcock University and has a MSc. in
Information Systems, Organisations and Management from Alliance Manchester Business
School. With over 7 years experience in her career, working with global FMCG,
Telecommunications and Finance brands in the United Kingdom and Nigeria; she started Digital Lucy Nigeria in 2015 to help businesses leverage technology effectively.

Her focus is on working with female entrepreneurs simplify digital marketing in order grow profitable businesses.


Habiba would be telling us about her personal struggle(s), What were her redefining moments, the most important steps she took differently, what were the aftermaths, and what lessons she would like you to take away from her story.


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Friday, 18 August 2017

Mariam Banwo Barry: Career Advice - A letter to my 25 year old self

Mariam Banwo Barry: Career Advice - A letter to my 25 year old self


An Ode to the article “The Career Advice I wish I had at 25”.

I recently came across a very catchy and thought provoking article on LinkedIn by Shane Rodgers titled “The career advice I wish I had at 25”. He said a bit about how we get to look back years from now and wish we had the opportunity to use a time machine once, go back in time to give our youthful selves a lecture or two on the things you should have done differently.

He said:

“In the future, when we turn 50, we will each be given a ticket to a time machine and, just once, we will be able to go back in time and talk to our 25-year-old selves.

Even then, time travel will be expensive and wreak havoc with frequent flyer programs. So there will only be one trip. So what if we could? What would we say? What advice would we give?


I often wish I could do this. Just once. So, just in case the time machine ever comes along, this is the career advice I would give my 25-year-old self.”


Since I know using a time travelling machine is an incomprehensible feat, at least not for now and in the foreseeable future and as a young rookie who belongs to the group that believes in the school thought that says “It is better to learn from the mistakes of others, You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself”.


Here are few golden nuggets of wisdom I picked from Shane’s article:


Take a Chill Pill:



Haha; yes he mentioned this but not in those exact words. Allow yourself get a breather, a career isn’t a race or a marathon affair. The prime of our lives comes with serious youthful exuberance and impatience but as we get older we realize that there is that life and the career we decide to pursue in it should be treated with a long term approach.

Take life in strides, allow yourself time to breathe and grow. Things will fall in place if you work hard and allow yourself time to get good at things but if you choose to overwhelm yourself with work, you end up empty and tired, wearing yourself out and lose all the joy it takes to do a good job.


Failure is not defeat:



As bizarre as it may sound, failure is one of the best ways to learn, it serves as a part of the process to eliminate unsuccessful options. Richard Branson’s first venture was a magazine run by students. He visualized the brand would eventually include banks and travel companies. He obviously failed at this first attempt in business and several others but got his big break with Virgin Airlines.

Thomas Edison, the famous inventor once said: “I have not failed. cxI have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” Take some risk, do not let the fear of failure limit your reach and approach to all the wonderful opportunities around.

Sometimes failing spectacularly is the best evidence that we are alive, human and serious about aspiring to the extraordinary. There is no value in being ordinary when you have the capacity to be remarkable.


Several Real Successes come from Repetition, not new things:



More often than not, Real Success comes from repetition. You don’t have to wait for that mind blowing, ground breaking and never-heard-of idea. Most of the real success stories you have ever heard of were as a result of sheer persistence and determination to do old things in better way persistently.

Thomas Edison made a thousand unsuccessful attempts to create the light bulb, but his persistence paid off. The book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell perfectly explains that you need to spend at least 10,000 hours on something to become a true expert at it. Perfect examples include; The Beatles who honed their performance skills through several gigs in Hamburg, a very important part of their success story and Bill Gates who, through a series of unplanned accidents, spent more time than almost anyone else on a computer.

“The lesson here is get good at things before you try to move to the next thing. Genuine expertise belongs to an elite few. They seldom have superpowers. They usually have endurance, patience and take a long-term view. They also love what they do. If your find that, don’t let it go.”


Have a genuine interest in whatever field you find yourself:



A lot people complain about how their present career path has failed to provide fulfilment and they fail to spend time learning about the business. Here is a story of President J F Kennedy’s visit to NASA, he met a man who happened to be a cleaner and asked what his job was. The cleaner replied that he sent rockets to the moon. As mundane as his task seemed, he felt he was a part of something bigger. We should take a leaf from this and be a part of the big picture. Feel like a part of what organization do and be connected to the true objectives of your workplace.


A network of age-similar people is overrated:



Several intelligent young people are plagued with the whiz kid syndrome. They form series of network made up of smart young people who exchange ideas and social interest with members of the same peer. Beware of the smart young thang syndrome, building a youth only enclave can be totally restrictive.

Network and feed off the energy of the older generation as much as you can, as they are experienced and can serve as useful mentors who can help open doors and fast track career advancement.



What other advice would you add to this list? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts in the comments below.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Gbemileke Sonde: 7 Ways to Live a Life Beyond Limit and Live Life You Have Dreamt



What type of life have you dreamt of? Is it to become a prolific successful person; like Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Steve Jobs etc, to be a source of motivation to others and to be remembered and have an impact in this world, your success story should be a lesson to others.

The question is, are you living up to that expectation? As that dream of yours not become a mere imagination and the zeal dying down daily. And it makes you settle for less.

Why are some making it big in career, family, achieving success, while others are struggling in every area of life? For me, I guess it's individual mindset towards life.

Do you really love life? If yes, then it's time to eradicate negative thoughts.  

Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” – Bruce Lee

Daily we placed so much setback on our mind, that can be called "The Walls in your Mind", 

Like: 
  • No one loves me. 
  • I have to accept this kind of life as my destiny.
  • I am not good enough to get the degree, hold that position, and so on.
Those thought are like a poison that pollute our mind. Anything we tell ourselves whether positive or negative, our body accept it as it is in our mind as a robot.

What word have you placed upon your Mind? Or you have allowed others i.e parents, friends, environment to place on you; which are limiting you and making you to believe those illusions and you are singing it daily like a Anthem. And they seems like a trap you can't get out from.

You got to wake up from this dream of yours and shake off thoughts, believe that doesn't empower you rather take away your precious joy and happiness. 

Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind - Roy T. Bennett 

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them - Bruce Lee

To succeed; our mindset must be filled with optimistic and strong believe in ourselves, if you believe you can, You can, if you believe you can't, You can't.

You become what you tell yourself daily, Your word is a self fulfilling prophecy. 

Remember how much those limiting beliefs have cost you in life, I want to remind you;
  • The job they have make you to lose, by believing you are not a qualified candidate. 
  • The friends you have lost, by isolating yourself thinking someone is better than you.
  • Many opportunities lost by been reluctant to make a decisions for your life.
  • Making you to lack  behind 

It's now time you make a decision to put an end to this mess, for a change to occur it takes a deliberate decision, self discipline and motivation. 

When you find it difficult to eliminate those negative thoughts, feeling, have it in mind that it has become a HABIT.

For you to change those limiting thought you have to change the way you perceive, view, see life and see the better side of things.

You have been dwelling on those thought for long, it takes patient for you to form a new habit.

Here are 7 powerful techniques to live a life without limit


1. Explore beyond your environment:  Don't just think live ends in your surroundings, explore to know more about life, read books, attend seminars, make online friends, learn about other people's culture will help you to see life beyond your immediate environment, this will enlighten you to realised that no matter where we come from everyone has the power to prevail.

2. Read successfull people story: Things going on around us, challenges facing us, the background we are might not be encouraging, but reading biographies of those who have overcomed many life challenges can be a source of motivation to trigerred us to believe we can overcome every situations of life.

Note: Motivation doesn't last long, that's why you have to implement them daily.
Likewise food, bathing, that's why we work daily to overcome poverty, practice daily  to increase our skills, and many others things of life.

You become a master of what you do daily. That's why you have to engage in  things that would empower your life.

3. Move out of your comfort zone: Our  comfort zone are like a shield protecting us from trying new things, facing difficult situations, changing our routine, but you can never grow beyond the level you are, it is when you try new things, do difficult work that we get different results unlike the same old results. 

4. Find the source of your problem: When we know the source of our problem, the battle is half won, For a week or month live a conscious life; what do I mean by that, by writing down events that happens to  you daily and the thought that trigger out of your mind, Examine your external environment: What situations and people are draining you? Do you feel supported? Do you really lack motivation, or are you just burned out? 

by doing this for some days you should have a clue about the source of the problems. And ways to go about it. 

5. Believe in yourselves: Its when you believe in who you are that you would realize how much you can achieve, level you can attain, opportunity you can grab. And above all believe in God, when you believe in him nothing you should fear.

6. Forgive the past: whatever might have influence your thought, forgive others and also forgive yourself. The past can't be changed but we can learn to accept it and learn from the past mistake and make sure they don't repeat themselves again. Forgiveness means freedom; when we forgive others we are free from Bitterness,  anger, hatred, resentment and so on.

7. Fight laziness in disguised: Laziness might be the causes of our limitation beliefs, when we feel like doing nothing, and don't want to take responsibility, we look for external factor to hold responsible for this. That's when the word:  the country is bad, I Don't have this, I don't have that, this work is too hard. Start to pop out of our mind.

8. Use Affirmation: Make it a personal mantra to speak positive things to yourself every morning and every night before going to bed, it will erase negative from your mind and helps to be positive.



Conclusion 
Remember you would be happy for what you did today, than what you should have done tomorrow. These are 7 ways to live a life beyond limit and live life you have dreamt of.


Which point resonates you the most? What steps are you taking to overcome limiting beliefs? Share your opinion in the comments section below.




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Hi, i am Gbemileke Sonde, I am passionate about writing motivational article, public speaking and entrepreneurial. My site: www.mycoacharticle.com
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Friday, 11 August 2017

Adeola Olayemi: Living Above the Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Adeola Olayemi: LIVING ABOVE THE DANGERS OF A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE


A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with little or no physical activity. A person living a sedentary lifestyle is often sitting or lying, while reading or using a mobile phone/ computer for much of the day. A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to many preventable causes of death.


The world has so much revolved that people could sit all day receiving emails, calls and using the computer. Several jobs today involves this kind of lifestyle except it has to with walking up and down.

A lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide. A sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical activity can contribute to or be a risk factor for:


  • Anxiety
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Migraines
  • Computer vision syndrome (only for computerised and fresh depression)
  • High blood pressure

WHAT ARE THE WAYS OUT?

You practically do not have to stop your work to prevent sedentary lifestyle. So the solution to the dangers involved in a sedentary lifestyle includes the following:


  • Try as much to walk at least one hour a day, this can be done either by working out at a gym or through jogging. I understand that you have a busy schedule and you hardly walk for barely 15 minutes without a means of transportation. Exercises has mood boosting benefits, most people who live a sedentary lifestyle suffer from mood swings and it also increases their risk for anxiety, this is obviously because you are not fitting in enough.
  • You should stand up at least every 20 minutes, this causes your knees to perform its activity. Engage in conversations while standing, pick calls also.


  • Go for a run, a recent study found that running for as little as 5 to 10 minutes per day at slow speeds was associated with significantly reduced risks of death from all cause and from cardiovascular disease. In some parts of our country, especially states that are so populated like Lagos, Port-harcourt, Abuja where there are a lot of businesses, you can take a run while boarding a bus, and others.


  • You should eat less of junks food, sedentary lifestyle increases the rate of obesity.

  • You can run your errands yourself while at work, especially when the errands is within your place of work.

  •  Take a walk while commercials are going on on the television set, and if you are basically into the online business, you can walk around the house carrying your laptop or tablets.


In summary, sedentary lifestyle has a greater risk than its good, you can still live healthy, yet having this lifestyle. We all know health is wealth, your state of health determines your productivity. You can manage your lifestyle by doing the above.



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Adeola Olayemi is a young lady who believes she can change the world to make it a better place for the next generation. She is looking forward to be a qualified nurse in Nigeria.


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Friday, 4 August 2017

Chase Your Greatness- Sam Idowu (Founder, Mind & Ideas Network)

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Chase Your Greatness- Sam Idowu (Founder, Mind & Ideas Network)

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” —Mary Kay Ash

I have come to discover that self sabotage can show up in different ways in the lives of people. 

There are some who are not confident about life because of their body type, height, colour, etc. There are some who have some sort of disability or even health condition that made them develop a negative perspective to life. 

You may have also seen people who have similar conditions to yours and are enjoying a different reality.

These things may appear subtle, but in the end, it's about your disposition and not your position.

Our guest this week, Sam Idowu, brings in a little twist to the flow of the series.

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Sam, battled with an issue of frequent painful urination (It might sound funny, but you can never tell what people are really going through). Today, Sam is helping people develop their ideas and talents into achievable goals. 


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 Sam Idowu

Sam Idowu, When Minds meet,


I am more like your old friend you’ve been wanting to connect back with to have a great time together sharing things that leads to greatness. 

I am the founder of Mind and Ideas Network, and convener of the classy “When Minds Meet”, a platform created to raise exceptional leaders, where individuals and groups are challenged for greater living. 

I am a certified HR personnel and currently working with a consulting firm in Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria. Through my academic years in Ghana, I was opportune to hold several leadership roles among which were, General Secretary of the Business School Faculty, Foreign Student Representative and Chief Justice for the student representative council in which they all got me the award of the most influential student on graduation. 

I have successfully influenced people in the achievement of goals. 

I am also a media consultant; I Co-founded a media outfit in 2015 named Innovators Media which is majorly for publicity and entertainment. 

I produced my first movie titled, ‘Independence Day’ in 2017. I have acted and been a production manager in several other movies. 

I am believer in Christ and I’m passionate about using the gift of God to its fullest.


Sam would be telling us about his personal struggle(s), What were his redefining moments, the most important steps he took differently, what were the aftermaths, and what lessons he would like you to take away from his story.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Be True to Yourself - Osayi Emokpae Lasisi (Queen of Digital Media)

Be True to Yourself - Osayi Emokpae Lasisi (Queen of Digital Media)

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 “ Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

Many people are trying to be a copy of another person. I do not say this to spite anyone, it's just a reality I have come to discover overtime. Most times it's not like you want to be someone else - It's just that the expectations of friends, family, and the society at large can make you choose to conform. 

Our guest this week, Osayi Emokpae Lasisi, after spending 7 years studying Law at the United States of America, wasn't quite excited about her job. 

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Osayi, discovered what she really loved and how it has impacted the world. Today, she is helping entrepreneurs (especially women) grow their businesses using social media. 

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 Osayi Emokpae Lasisi

Osayi Emokpae Lasisi, Osayilasisi.com



Osayi is the mommy of one amazing African Princess, She is an author, speaker, and is excited around all things digital. She is the Convener of a series of virtual summits, and she uses her knowledge to teach entrepreneurs how to get more clients and build their income using digital media.


Osayi would be telling us about her struggle(s), What were her redefining moments, the most important steps she took differently, what were the aftermath, and what lessons she would like you to take away from her story.

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Be Your Best - Victor Onyekere (Nigeria's Life, Behavioural Change & Productivity Coach)

Victor Onyekere, Nigeria's Life, Behavioural Change & Productivity Coach


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One of my core philosophies of life is that your life experiences are great assets. You might not have the best childhood like your colleagues and friends, but through those experiences, you can turn the story around.

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Victor Onyekere - who we may say had a disadvantaged childhood, took charge of his life for Good. Today, he is helping passionate individuals live their best live by improving their productivity through coaching interventions.. He also leads a social enterprise that is dedicated to the development of human capacity in young leaders.

I must also say that I knew Victor from afar in the University. Out of over 500 students in our level at the faculty level, he had the 4th best CGPA and I was the 5th. I knew this because at one point, the faculty pasted the list of the 5 best students in each level.

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 Victor Onyekere



Victor Onyekere, The Strategist is a trained Health Educator and a Life, Behavioural Change and Productivity Coach with a top-notch penchant for excellence. He is very passionate about helping individuals achieve productivity and increase their value in their chosen path. 

He ultimately believes that everyone in life was designed to succeed by finding their own space and doing what they were built and wired to do. He helps passionate individuals develop a wholesome behaviour in order to create productive results in their life.

In April 2014, He started Love Care Community, a Social Enterprise focused on developing the human capital of young individuals via creating the right channels, platforms and environment.

He founded the Young Leaders Connect Conference in 2017, an initiative which he set up in response to the Nation’s failing standards on leadership. The platform is designed to connect, engage and build strategic, principled and excellent leaders who would ultimately lead within their environments with a new set of values and a culture of exceptional excellence.

Due to his undying passion for Leadership and Productivity, he has helped hundreds of young individuals across Nigeria and Africa to increase their capacity to lead effectively and to be more productive in their diverse fields. He does this through Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Speaking.

He is an Alumnus of Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy (OLCA) and an Associate member of the Life Coaching Association of Nigeria (LCAN). He speaks in diverse platforms and currently works with high performing young individuals in order to move them from passion to productivity. He does this majorly through Life Coaching utilizing sound and proven neuro linguistic programming models to achieve exceptional results.

He is a Strategic and Disruptive Thinker always questioning systems and challenging several primitive and conventional beliefs. He is currently working to become AFRICA’s NO. 1 BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE & LIFE PRODUCTIVITY COACH. He is charged to GROW individuals, TRANSFORM organizations and REBUILD nations.


Victor would be telling us about his struggles, What were his redefining moments, the two most important steps he took differently, what were the aftermath, and what lessons he would like you to take away from his story.

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