Friday, 29 September 2017

TRUTH FOR THIS TIME - WHY WARS?


Through spiritualism, Satan appears as a benefactor of the race, healing the diseases of the people, and professing to present a new and more exalted system of religious faith; but at the same time he works as a destroyer.

His temptations are leading multitudes to ruin. Intemperance dethrones reason; sensual indulgence, strife, and bloodshed follow.

Satan delights in war, for it excites the worst passions of the soul and then sweeps into eternity its victims steeped in vice and blood.

It is his object to incite the nations to war against one another, for he can thus divert the minds of the people from the work of preparation to stand in the day of God.

~ E.G WHITE: The Great Controversy ~

Saturday, 11 March 2017

HOW TO MANAGE A BUSINESS IN SCHOOL



THE STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR



The problem with education today is that, it leaves the student with little opportunity for starting or even managing a business while he or she is still embroiled in academic activities. Becoming Entrepreneurial is a very important skill to develop even while in school. The society of today offers little or no job opportunity for

For a student in school, the ability to manage an enterprise, no matter how minuscule it may be; will guarantee how far he/she would go in the business world. Below we will outline some tips and practices that will help a person journey through school while being successful in both academics and business.

young graduates, so the only reasonable alternative is to start something up for yourself. If you are passionate about the business you wish to do and diligently follow up on it, then you are guaranteed to attain success.

DON'T DO TOO MUCH - One of the greatest mistake ambitious people and students make is trying to do too much with their already conscripted time. For a student who wants to succeed in business while still in school; Time management is a pivotal skill to learn. The ability to merge Academic activities (attending lectures, doing assignments, research works and projects etc) with business pursuit will make the student entrepreneur develop efficient management skills. But this is often a risky venture, if the student entrepreneur does not effectively balance-out his time and schedule, he is bound to crumble under the workload.

Plan your school activities objectively, identify all the free times you can squeeze out from it, and fill them with your business activities- providing these activities will not overly drain your mental and physical energies for the next day's school work.  No matter your desire for success, leave sufficient time for interacting with friends and resting. If you allow yourself to break down under too much work and activity, you will lose out eventually.

PLAN AND SCHEDULE - The greater percentage of the students in school do things without planning or thinking. They react to school work as it comes. They only read during examination periods and do their assignments at the die-moments. Usually these kinds of people are the ones who do not fail to mark their registered presence on every party on campus. If not for malpractice and lecturers collecting bribe (Sorting), many university Students will spill over each year.
The student engaged in business activity should not fall into this category; he must be able to plan his school work and activities. He must be able to set achievable goals and plan towards realizing them. As a student Entrepreneur- Have a target each year, and break it into Monthly, weekly and daily plans. Every day as you wake-up, you should have a clear idea of what the day's activity will entail, make plans for actualizing school works and projects, also make plans for your business activities and how to develop your business.

Make every second count; School Hostel environments usually encourage mindless chatting. Avoid being dragged into arguing with people who are neither constructive nor reasonable. The precious time you spend in arguing about premiership football (EPL) or politics or big brother could be utilized for increasing your online market reach. Work according to plans- for it is said that;
"The man who has failed to plan, has conscientiously planned to fail"

UTILIZE RESOURCES & IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES - As you trod through the ordeal of managing a business alongside your academic activities, you will need to maximize every opportunity that God blesses you with. If you have friends that can assist, involve them in your business activity to take some pressure from off you. Learn to use technology, software and the Internet to automate simple tasks. You can set reminders and set dates with Google Calendar; you can use tools like Zapier, Canva or Buffer for different kinds of automation. Subscribe to newsletters from  business websites and stay up to date with relevant development programs like YouWin and SMEToolkit which supports student entrepreneurship.

While looking for opportunity, ensure you are prepared for it when it comes. Develop and rehearse a three minutes pitch of your business activity and why it is not just important to you and your community, but to your probable investor.
Opportunities come in many disguises, do not get utterly discouraged at every downfall, bounce back up and look for the positivity in the situation.

Out of adversity comes advantage. Employ patience- for it is a virtue, and opportunity will single you out for success. Only, just be prepared when it comes knocking on your door. 

PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM - By far the singular factor necessary for your successfully managing a business in school. The 'Will' and the 'Passion' are intimately woven together. The greater the passion, the stronger the will. Those who eventually succeed are those of extreme Will-power, driven by phenomenal passion. People like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are successful because of the drive and energy they put into their activities.

The kind of passion and enthusiasm being talked about here is that of a stubborn or tenacious nature. Hold strongly to the vision of success, conceptualize what your business should be even after school, and work towards it. Noting good comes easy, according to Steve Jobs; If you love what you do, and do what you love, work ceases to become drudgery and boring; but instead becomes fun.

Coping with a business while in school is no easy task, It could be that you are into sales of clothing and accessories like perfume, or you have a photocopy center, or run a photography and passport studio. The list of businesses a person can do in school is endless. What is most important is the tenacious drive of the student: A mind for business and a desire for success is the basic recipe for sustaining and managing a business while in school.

And as we always say, "Trust in the Creator, and He shall direct your path."

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Monday, 21 September 2015

START SMALL STORIES - POLITICIANS



THE GOVERNOR THAT WAS EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL


A onetime Governor Of Abia State Mr Orji Uzor Kalu  despite academic set-backs while defending his right was dismissed from the university but later became a wealthy and successful businessman. Mr Orji Uzor Kalu went into business at the age of 19 after being expelled from the University of Maiduguri for participating in the ‘Ali Must Go’ riots against the then Education Minister.
While his colleagues who were also expelled took the school to court, he took a $35 (7000 Naira) loan from his mother and started trading commodities like palm oil, rice, sugar, salt and flour. He diversified into furniture manufacturing and transportation and became a millionaire in less than 2 years.
He hit the big time in the early 80s when the military government awarded him lucrative contracts to import and supply arms and ammunition to Nigeria’s military and defence forces.
Today, the former governor of Abia State is the Chairman of Slok Holding, a conglomerate with interests in shipping, banking, oil trading, manufacturing and the media.
Orji’s Life is a challenge to everyone, our success depends greatly on how we overcome the challenges that beset us in Life. Take every disappointment as a blessing and you will find success waiting for you.. 


FASHOLA’S GROWTH FROM A MERE BARRISTER TO A RENOWNED POLITICIAN.


There are many people who finish from law school and become barristers, but among this lot, Babatunde Raji Fashola has shown one can become anything in life if an excellent spirit is found in him or her.  Babatunde Raji Fashola was born on June 28, 1963 in Lagos, Babatunde Fashola gained admission to study Law in the University of Benin, where he obtained Bachelor of Laws (LLB ) degree in 1987. He was called to the Nigeria Bar in November 1988 after going through the Nigerian Law School.

After his call to the bar, Babatunde Fashola engaged in private law practice for many years, and his excellence in advocacy occasioned his elevation to the position of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (S.A.N.).
Babatunde Raji Fashola has served the Lagos State Government in various capacities including: Member, State Tenders Board; Member, State Executive Council, Member, State Treasury Board, and Member, State Security Council.

Babatunde Raji Fashola was appointed Chief of Staff of the Governor of Lagos State. And because of an amazing life of good track record, In the year 2007, Babatunde Raji Fashola was elected the Governor of Lagos State.

He was again re-elected for a second tenure in the 2011 elections under the platform of the All Progressive Congress(APC).

How time Flies? He started as a Barrister but Today He is a Renowned and well respected Politician. It all boils down to determination and how well you do the little that is given to you today. Our Advice to Everyone is #StartSmallToday with the faith of a mustard seed, and you would soon be able to move mountains.
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Monday, 14 September 2015

START SMALL TODAY STORIES



LEARN TO MAKE A GREAT START IN LIFE EVEN IN THE MIDST OF SURROUNDING CHALLENGES 


Innocent Ujah Idibia (born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria), better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected Tu-baba as his stage name. He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists in Africa. 2Face has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations.

Academic or financial challenges can take no hold on you, when you’ve got your mind made up on making a great start in life with our #StartSmallToday event.


LEARN FROM D’BANJ DESPITE HIS ACADEMIC CHALLENGES HE STILL FOUND A WAY THROUGH TO GREATNESS.

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (popularly known as D'banj, born 9 June 1980) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and businessman. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.
He adopted the stage name D'banj, a combination of his first name Dapo his surname Oyebanjo. D'banj is currently best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit "Oliver Twist", an uptempo dance fusion of Afrobeat and electronic dance music that topped the African charts 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart.

Despite his academic falls he still found a way out to greatness, never be discouraged by not been able to make it academically, you are not written off unless you permit it, there’s still a way out to financial dependence if you can key into our #StartSmallToday events.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

CHOPPING ELECTION & POLITICS MONEY!

I decided to make this post because of the pertinency of its nature. As every business man, Entrepreneur or Investor will know: there is need to keep a diligent and vigilant watch for all the factors that may affect the success of his/her business or investment. And one such very important factor is the stability of a fertile socioeconomic environment on which his business may grow. Politics is involved - It is such an integral part of everyday life.

The Government makes policies, and these policies will either work for or against the business man. History has shown that incidence such as war, embargo and sanctions: impoverish and destroys some business, while on the other hand, others become overnight billionaires when such incidence occurs. When you look at the bigger picture, you get to understand that; 'it is always about the money'.
My point exactly- I am extremely concerned about the fort coming election in Nigeria. Nigeria was recently voted as the second foremost emerging market in Africa, only bested by South Africa. In-fact it is expected to lead soon due to its recent growth rate. This coupled with the opening-up of its digital economy; is more than enough reasons for investors to become interested in the happenings of this nation.
{Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is ranked 10th on the list of world’s top internet users, according to eMarketer; with 57.7 million users at the end of 2014, which is predicted to rise to 84.3 million by 2018. The second African country on the list is Egypt, at 17th, whose year is predicted to end with 36 million internet users. South Africa had 20.1 million internet users at the end of 2013, which is predicted to grow to 22.7 million at the end of 2014 and 30.9 million by 2018.}
Like I pellucidly stated earlier on, I am not a politician, and I do not intend to dabble in, or, with it. I am merely concerned as to how this forthcoming elections will affect SME's (my business in particular), also how it will affect foreign investors and their investment, and the overall economic potential of Nigeria as a country. For a business person such as me, the forthcoming election in Nigeria isn't about political parties, religious sentiments or even the president who wins. It is about the policies that will be put in place, the policies that will be adopted, and which will have positive influence on businesses such as my own.
Some say the devil you now is better than the angel you don't know, but when you think about it literally, you realize the devil is also an angel (Just saying). The question then becomes: How does the everyday business man or foreign investor/stake-holder make his choice as regards the aspirant or candidate with the best policy for SME's and Corporate business?
Some say the devil you now is better than the angel you don't know, but when you think about it literally, you realize the devil is also an angel.
'Again I beseech you, do not get me wrong, I am not a propagandist, nor a supporter of any party. I am merely concerned about the success and survival of small businesses in Nigeria.'


Currently vying for the presidency post are two strongly acrimonious political parties: PDP and APC, represented by acting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Gen. Muhammad Buhari respectively. The battle is a grueling one, with both parties and candidates dealing each other fatal blows. Many Nigerians have even transcribed it to a battle of Christianity against Islamic religion - it is such a battle where the cost of victory can only be ascertained in generations to come.

THE BUSINESS IN POLITICS

How will all of these affect the everyday Nigeria business man?
There are long term effects as well as short term ones. Let me quickly highlight some few ways in which the electoral process has facilitated some small businesses in Nigeria.

MEDIA  - Presently the media industry is raking in the sum of the money, huge amounts have been sunk into all media outlets, if you are a blogger or avid Tweep (Twitter user) with a considerable follower base; you get paid to become a propagandist. Facebook, Google and even LinkedIn have all been harvested for promotional purposes. Traditional bill-boards are all occupied with the faces of political aspirants, almost every television and radio station has been overridden with one political campaign advert or the other.

TECH  - Tech companies have also received some of the dividends, it has dawned on many politicians that the traditional methods of campaigning would no longer suffice for this age of Digital Information explosion. And who do the politicians consult? The Tech companies of course (I just might do a whole new post on Tech companies and politics). Politicians need to be branded online, and this starts with a well designed website, complete with standard social media accounts. Issues such as SEO and database management are carefully analyzed, a good tech company can transform an obscure politician to become an online celebrity as long as the tech company is good at what it acclaims to do, and if the politician is ready to spend good money.

OTHERS  - Other Industries have also benefited immensely from the current political upheaval in Nigeria, for example during political rallies, vast amount of T-shirts face caps and apparels are distributed to supporters, also the party symbol of either an Umbrella or a broom has become expensive commodities in the everyday market.

Foodstuff items such as bags of rice, tubers of yam, books, pencils and even voucher cards have now become souvenirs that are customized and produced en masse for distribution to the ever thronging masses. Manufacturing and branding companies are reaping immensely from this strategy employed by the Nigerian politicians.


It seems as if the dividend of democracy is only available to the struggling Nigerian populace during election periods.





 LONG TERM (THE POLITICS IN BUSINESS)


The real Entrepreneurs are in for the long haul. After all the hype, hustle and bustles of the ongoing electoral frenzy, things settle back to normal, or abnormal as the case may be- (that is if the wrong candidate is chosen).
If the eventual winner is not prone to enacting policies that can effectively sustain SME's, then the new dawn being envisaged by investors for the Nigerian emerging market may be thrown back into the dark ages. Nigeria as a country has had one too many presidents whose sole focus is on siphoning what he may from public funds, especially from crude oil revenues.
Why do the majority of leaders focus on reaping, without focusing an equal emphasis on sowing..
Such an attitude is not entrepreneurial in nature, and what the average business man needs is an entrepreneurial president as leader. An entrepreneurial president would clearly realize the current potential of Nigeria and the role it can play in the global market. Nigeria's key position in the map of Africa, shows how crucial it is in catapulting the entire continent to a new era- An era of self dependence, economic growth, innovation and technological advancement.

The outcome of this forthcoming election is so vital to entrepreneurs, foreign investors in Nigeria, Africa and the western world at large. Nigeria is well positioned to becoming the next China or India- but this is possible only when the right choice is made in occupying the leadership position.
The Nigerian elections will come and go, but the average entrepreneurs dream will remain, it will seek out every conceivable avenue to expand and grow.

The intent of this post is not to verify any of the contesting candidates, neither is it to propagandize. It's simple aim is to give voice to the thought and concerns of Nigerian politics as it affects the average Nigerian entrepreneur.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

NO! TO FIFA PRO 13 ON ANDRIOD PHONES



 

FIFA PRO 13 is one of the most interesting games that anyone can enjoy on their android phone, but this bit of pleasure comes with some palavas for the user on the long run. These palavas may not come all at once, but it creeps in gradually, below are some of the effects of constantly playing pro 13 on your android phones.







Ø It become slow and sluggish over time: When this app is installed on your phone it occupies a very large memory on the device which makes the phone to lag and slows down, and it affects the generally running of the device.


Ø Damages the battery: Frequent playing of game drains the battery, and PRO-13 gamers on Android devices do not care about saving their battery for anything else as long as they can use all of it to play the game. Pro-13 is one of the biggest battery drainers, with time this bad habit will reduce the life span of your device battery from long term to short term.


Ø It becomes hot: when playing FIFA pro 13 on android devices, the phone becomes unbearably hot most times. This in turn goes to affecting the “mother board” of the smartphone and it pushes electronic inputs at a much faster rate than when you write a message. Playing the game requires a lot of resources from your phone and it represents the most obvious cause for overheating, and this may lead to damage of the integrated circuit of the device, the phone starts to malfunction.


Ø Its time wasting: Time is the most valuable and most perishable of all our possession, time is free but its priceless you cant own it, but you can use it, you cant keep it but you can spend it, once you have lost it you cant get it back, instead of spending much time playing PRO 13 which causes a lot of damages on your phone why not invest that time in other profitable things? You can download good educational .pdfs to read or watch tutorial videos and learn new skills-  Time waits for no one....


POSTED BY: EZUZU PAUL 

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