I have met facebook-met few people along my life journey that I like from a distance...Okechukwu Ofili is one of them. (Thou must not let your head swell). He is an entrepreneur, a self proclaimed ninja, an author and a motivational speaker. He is an engineer by day doing all the things that nerds do. He also hustles, and I'm always winking at hustlers. :)
His second book "How Laziness Saved My Life" is out in the stores in Nigeria and on Amazon, so go get your copy. He is a man with a lot of meaningful and intelligent things to say, and all is said in easy to understand terms. If you are a business owner, an entrepreneur, a dreamer, a hustler or a couch potato...you will learn a lot from his newest book. While at it, also check out his first book "How Stupidity Saved My Life"
Enough of me trying to toast Ofili by doing the honors of blogging about his book, I will let him do the shout out himself. Also, he is funny and who doesn't like a guy with a sense of humor. Just Saying! Oh before I forget, get your copy and follow the simple steps below to win a Blackberry, a Kindle Fire and other awesome prizes. Okay, I will shut up.
2 years ago, author, speaker and blogger Okechukwu Ofili shared his stupidity with the world in the hilariously successful "How Stupidity Saved My Life." Everything seemed to be going well for the engineer turned blogger turned speaker, but all that changed when he visited the doctors office for a routine check-up and was diagnosed with a life threatening disease. He later found out that his diagnosis was a result of over working himself at his job. After seeing so many people other people burnt out from work, he decided to pen his second book to show that contrary to popular belief, Laziness can actually save your life! The result is the witty HOW LAZINESS SAVED MY LIFE: A collection of radical business ideas for tired, overworked and frustrated people looking for an easier way to get stuff done!
How Laziness Saved My Life is a hilarious attack at the way corporations and businesses push themselves and their employees to the brink of stress. With chapters such as "Three Things I Learned From Getting Kicked In The Head" and "Why We Need Fewer Meetings and Managers" Ofili is able to poke fun at the work institution as we know it but at the same time offers up simple solutions for Managers and Entrepreneurs for getting the most out of themselves and their employees without killing anyone in the process. If you have ever been stressed at work or felt like strangling your Manager then you need to get this book. But don't take my word for it, after all I am just the author writing in third person...see what others are saying about it:
Grabs you from the first page and never lets you go...until you are done or NEPA takes light.--Okechukwu Ofili
The book is so intelligently written and wickedly funny, it is as if I wrote it myself.--Okechukwu Ofili
HOW LAZINESS SAVED MY LIFE is a must read for Managers and Business Leaders! Get a copy for your boss and one for your bosses cat...it's that good!--Okechukwu Ofili
The book is currently available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/getlazyand at major Nigeria bookstores including Silverbird Lagos, Silverbird Abuja, Silverbird Port-Harcourt, The Hub Media Lagos, Laterna Lagos and Terraculture Lagos. You can reach the author at:
BONUS STUFF:To celebrate the release of his second book. Ofili will be giving away a Blackberry 9930, an Amazon Kindle Fire and other awesome prices (no kidding). All you have to do is take a simple picture. See the poster below for more information:
Ofili is an award winning ninja, motivational speaker, author, success coach and mind readerentrepreneur who blogs about life, success and entrepreneurial excellence. Follow him on BB pin:3300ED8F, twitter, facebook or subscribe to his blog for more success TIPS!” His latest book is titled HOW LAZINESS SAVED MY LIFE, to find out how it saved his life click amzn.to/getlazy
Nothing can stop a woman with a plan, but some excuses can sure halt her in her tracks. Whether she is thinking of jet setting across all seven continents or dreaming up ways to launch her dream career, she has to watch out for these five excuses. Most entrepreneurial and small business dreams start with the dream or idea, and end in excuses...
It's been 2 weeks since I got back to DC. Here is my time thus far in Instagram.
Why Zantac? I experienced my first heartburn when I moved to DC. It all stopped when I moved back to Minneapolis, but it resurfaced on all my three trips to DC. I am yet to solve that puzzle. Beloved, You are Loved Absolutely!
I am still in the Washington DC Metro area, and would be here for a few more days. I lived in DC for four years; I moved here right after college for a job. It was hard the first two years, but I began to like it in my third year and then loved it in the last few months before I moved back to Minneapolis. I did not need a car in DC; I got around on the metro transit system. I have visited DC thrice since my move, and I am always reminded of what frustrated me about riding the train apart from the delayed trains and the broken escalators:some P.E.O.P.L.E on the train! Here are my top five DC Metro train pet-peeves and a few extras... 5. People who disclose their personal, non-personal and business details on the train. Whether you are on the phone or talking to someone two inches from you, no-one cares what you had for dinner last night, we can smell it on your stinky breath anyways. If you have to disclose who you made out with over the weekend, then do it in hush tones. I think I am more annoyed at the volume than the disclosure.
4. People who stand to the left side of the escalators. Why would you stand when you see everyone to your right standing and everyone in front of you on the left moving? I have missed many trains, been late for work and had to wait 20 freaking minutes for the next train, just because YOU COULD NOT MOVE ON THE LEFT AND STAND TO YOUR RIGHT.
3. People with loud head-phones. As much as I relish the idea that you are going deaf soon, I would still appreciate not enjoying your choice of music on the train. BTW, the rules on the train walls says no loud head-phones, but I bet your cannot read for a dollar.
2. People who sit their bags and extra what-nots on the seat while others stand. I dare to say I dislike these people, but I don't even know you. Hiss! The seats are made for breathing humans, not ugly looking bags and EXCUSE ME...FEET. How dare you? Did your backpack pay for its own fare? Then it's not a passenger and doesn't deserve its own seat.
1. People who sit their bags and extra what-nots on the seat while others stand, and have the nerves to give you the "WHAT?' look. Excuse me selfish jerk...WHAT had happen was you putting your ugly toes on the seat that my fine butt should be sitting on? Extras a. People who read books as they walk in or out of the train. Boo, can you hear the train chimes indicating the doors are about to close? We are all trying to get on so I hope the train doors close on your freaking hands, shred your books to pieces and clip your finger nails. Maybe that would teach you a lesson. b. People who have a meal including appetizer, entree and desert on the train. Excuse me, this is not your favorite diner and neither is it your couch. Get it together. c. People who block the entrance to the train. Why do people not let you get off the train before trying to get on? Can the outgoing passengers get off before you try to wiggle in? I think it is selfish if you stand right in front of the doors knowing people are coming off especially during rush hours. Please take a glance to your right and left at the people standing to the side of the doors...they are the ones going to heaven...you on the other hand are heading to... (pick a destination) Ignore my tone...these are pet-peeves for a reason. :) Back to my happy place. I had plans to be in New York for Memorial day weekend, but my dear friend from Philadelphia will be in DC, so I am staying put. We are about to rip the city apart. :) I love my friends
If you live in DC or have been, what are your pet peeves about the train system and/or the city? Or what are your pet peeves about the city you live in?
In honoring the female entrepreneurial spirit, we will be showcasing the
products and services of seasoned and upcoming African female
entrepreneurs at home and abroad. Brain and drive are two of the many
attributes of a Genevieve woman, and we intend to show them off. We’ve
got it, and we will flaunt it.
I try not to read too much into Zodiac signs, but I read the passage below while I prepared for this post and my jaws dropped. It is an almost complete summary of me: my strengths, my weaknesses, why people get mad at me, why my friends can't stand me sometimes, parts of me I have to rein in many times..., but I will leave it to those who know me well to comment.
The Sun is your ruling planet Leo. Of course the Sun is not really a planet; it is the center of our solar system. And, as above, so below! You shine as brightly as the Golden globe because you reflect the characteristics of the heavenly body that rules your star sign!
You too are a ball of dynamic energy. You are warm, bright and self-motivated, and you want to make an impression in everything you do — your work, your love life and your social life.
Because you are extremely generous, you expect others to be just as big-hearted. So when you see others holding back, you find it hard to not jump in and try to change that. You want to see everyone giving to the best of their ability. To other people, you can look like a bit of a tyrant, asking for more than they can give.
When you are feeling upbeat, you carry people away with your energy, and they love you for it. You love sharing your joys and successes with the people you love, and when you do, you are magnanimous — you never give a thought to getting anything in return. There are few star signs who really understand the nature of giving, but Leo seems to have perfected the art.
You also have a great sense of timing. When you offer a friendly word or gesture of encouragement, you pick the exact moment when it will have greatest impact. You always seem to be in the right place at the right time. You’re lucky this way.
Try to remember that your strong sense of self can be misinterpreted by others — understatement could sometimes be a more effective way for you to show your loyalty and express your generosity.
Some people think you are a show-off, but this too is a mistake. Your dramatic flair is part and parcel of your zest for life, your love of people and your optimism. For you, life is a stage on which you can perform and express your talents.
You may not be a performer on the entertainment stage, but Mick Jagger, a Leo, is, and he is a very good example of the strutting, egotistical nature of Leo. Mick exudes charisma, creativity and a personal style all his own. Not only that, but he has embedded his brand name as No. 1 in the rock industry, decade after decade. On the stage of life, you too will want to be No. 1, and to present yourself as someone special, with unique talents.
Loyalty is your trademark. People know you are a genuine friend who is always ready to lend a hand. Even if you can’t help someone with their specific problem, you still manage to send out a warm and reassuring vibration that makes them feel better.
On the other hand, you also have a need to ‘one-up’ others. A little more humility wouldn’t hurt. You will get plenty of praise and recognition for your energy and your self-motivation — you don’t need to big-note yourself. People will instantly recognize your abilities, and many will look up to you. Try not to let this go to your head; remind yourself occasionally to ‘get off your high horse’.
Leo’s totem is the lion, lord of the jungle — full of muscularity, grace and ferocity. This means that your physical appetites and general level of energy are extraordinarily high. You need to be physically mobile and fully engaged in meaningful work and social activities to feel good.
You are a born leader: people naturally gravitate to you, and look to you for guidance and security. This is especially true if you are born in the very first part of Leo - that is you're born between 24th July and 3rd August. At times you can seem a hard taskmaster, demanding excellence from them — this is just a reflection of your own actions, your own approach, but keep an eye out for it, and keep it under control.
For Leos born between the 4th and 14th of August, Jupiter and Sagittarius have a strong sway over your life. You are adventurous and love to travel, learn about new cultures and explores the world and people. Mostly easygoing you attract many friends and seem to be in the right place at the right time. You're one of the lucky Leos.
Are you a Leo born between the 15th and 23rd August? Then your fighting spirit is second to none! Nothing gets in the road of your ambitions so its quite clear that you will achieve what you set your heart upon. My only comment is that you should never tread on anyone's toes on the way up the ladder of success. You might just have to deal with them on the way down!
Generally you have a pioneering spirit; this is connected to your desire to be the best. So while you could be quite happy with a life where you follow other people’s rules and regulations, mostly you’ll much prefer to blaze your own trail.
This means you will carve out your own niche and make a name for yourself. You’ll shine in almost everything you do, and will without a doubt make your mark in the world — you can reach the top of the ladder, no matter what field you choose.
What is your zodiac sign and does it accurately describe you?
This morning, I realized that I am strategically positioned to make any career move I want to make,
because I started freelance writing last year June. I have met and connected
with people whom I would never have met at my full-time job. I have engaged
with police officers, school principals, CEOs and other freelance
writers. I have sat and interviewed people about their fears, triumphs and
dreams. I have written for several non-profits in diverse fields including
health, community engagement, substance abuse and women empowerment. My network
has evolved and grown, and so has my interest.
A few weeks ago, I woke up at 5am to attend a client's
breakfast fund-raising event, and there, I encountered a
Minnesota-based photographer. We started conversing, and I mentioned that one of my
deepest desire is to become a travel writer, but I wish I knew how to take
better pictures. She immediately asked if I wanted to come alongside her on the job to learn, and I said “Yes. Lets talk
about it!” In addition, she is connecting me with some potential writing
opportunities. Did I mention I was at an 8am event for another client? If I
decide after a few tag alongs that I would rather be in front of a camera than
behind it, I know I don’t ever have to wonder. I would still have basic knowledge of photography that I could employ when I finally plunge into travel writing.
If I decide to leave full-time work or move on from
writing (I doubt it), I am open to the options of testing the waters now for
what is possibly next in my life…personally and career-wise. Below are seven
reasons why I enjoy freelancing. I have many other reasons, but I am not going
to bore you with my list of 100. :)
Flexibility: I can pick and choose. For new freelance
writers like myself, it might be wiser to open myself up to a variety of
opportunities. However, as the months walk by, I am more aware of what I like,
what I do well and what pays more. I have the flexibility to focus in on a
niche, but also dabble in other areas. I can choose my hours and project. A big
Network: If I ever needed a new job, I have built
a small network of wonderful people that I can call. I do not believe I will
have access to these people without my go at freelance writing. It is not
enough just to know them though, a good reputation is invaluable.
Extra Income: Enough said! :)
Variety: Different clients, different projects,
lots of variety. I do not have to get bored. If a project is tasking me, I can
dump it for a few hours and work on a different one.
Broaden Knowledge: Research is my backbone, and I am learning a lot. I interviewed a detective for an article a few months ago, and I learned about the importance of implementing Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in the design and construction of apartment complexes. Pinch me last year May, and I will never have drank coffee alongside a police officer or be bothered about CPTED.
Work/Life Balance: If I do decide to dump 9-5,
freelancing provides the opportunity to balance life and work. I know when I
start having beautiful adorable ever-smiling babies ;), it is something I will
strongly consider and building a foundation now is important to me.
Challenging: I am challenged. I cannot tell you how
many times, I have stared at my computer and muttered, “Lord, please help me.”
From learning to pitch an idea to getting over a rejected pitch. However, I am
growing in the areas I need to grow. I am conscious of my writing, and I can't get away with passive voice, wordiness,
comma splice or a missing word. This is work for payment, and do not forget the
administration, operation, marketing and budgeting part of it. However, I love
love the challenge.
Are you a freelancer, what do you enjoy about it?
If you are considering freelancing, what draws you to it?
Once upon a time, a woman’s place was solely in the house, and a few
years ago, it was selling at the open market and hawking goods on a busy
street. Today, more African women are striking out on their own and not
just in a market or on a busy street. We are creating businesses and
excelling in fashion, technology and marketing. We are developing beauty
products for our skin types and contributing our talents to the pool of
profitable and growing small businesses. The fight and struggle is not
over, but African women are setting new trends. We are rising as
entrepreneurs and small business owners all over the African continent
and beyond. There are also many women who desire to design their own
fashion line or to open up a restaurant. Here are ten things all female
entrepreneurs should keep in mind...
Last week and weekend were extremely busy, and I got barely five hours of sleep each night. My two younger and only brothers graduated, and family members flew and drove in from all across the country. It was fun to have everyone around, but it was also busy. Mother's day was yesterday, and that meant more activities and celebration. You can imagine my shock at how tired I still felt after I crawled into bed at 11pm last night and woke up 10 hours later this morning. I might call it quit early today to take a nap.
Graduations always make me think of new beginnings, and how anything is possible if we set our hearts, faith and action on it. After listening to thousands of graduation speeches...it is hard not to believe that nothing is impossible for those who believe and set out to achieve their dreams and visions.
It is the thought of "Nothing is impossible" that I take with me into this week and the rest of the year. Summer is just around the corner, and when the sun is out, a sense of adventure accompanies its shine and rays. I am excited, and I look forward to shining and growing with you
April is gone, and I say a big hello to May on the 9th day. :) I enjoy the passage of time, and each new month means Christmas is around the corner. LOL, I'm weird like that. Anyways, May means summer is almost here...skirts, dresses, sandals, tanktops, cool drinks and lots of parties, road trips and weddings. I'm a big fan of summer, though I could do without the heat.
For the month of April, I reduced and focused my intention list; bumming in March meant I needed to restructure my intentions. I realized I was trying to accomplish too many things in a short period of time. My motto remains "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first steps." Day by day. Little by little. Step by step. I start, and I keep going.
My intentions are focused on JostWrite. Some months, I will accomplish an intention, and other months, I will get a little chunk of it done. Here is my recap of April Intentions:
Finalize Logo...DONE! I am satisfied, at peace and in love with my logo. Start Website Design...DONE! Done as in the designer started work on it. I got a first draft already, and it should be completed in May. Compile all portfolio items...I am 80% done with this. I finally got a hold of the two clients I was stalking, and they responded positively. Hopefully, I can get the documents this week, because I need these items to finish up my website. Finish "To Kill a Mockingbird"....I'm reading less lately, because of all I have to do. I also picked up a new book. I will finish it in May, I promise. Complete website text...DONE! I sent text to my designer, but I need to do some major rehaul. Take a business writing class...Travelling makes this impossible, but I hope I will settle down this summer to finally start taking classes. Re-evaluate JostStart and Showcasing...Thinking through the structure and goal, nothing finalized. Exercise 3 times a week...Major Fail! However, I started May off determined to work out, and I am. Work on my novel....I'm taking a break from this for now! Sign on 3 new clients...I signed up one new client last month, and an old client contacted me for another project. :) I am also working on some preliminary contacts. A girl has got to hustle. :) Submit 1st draft of a project to a client...DONE! This happened yesterday, but hey, it is done. LOL! Submit the 2nd draft of another project to another client..DONE! I am waiting on feedback. Wake up at 7am latest... DONE! I woke up earlier sometimes. Yay for me! Go to bed latest 11pm...DONE! Some days I went to bed earlier, and on other days, I get in bed thirty minutes later. I did way better than last month. Blog M-W-F....DONE! I blog daily some weeks. My new routine makes this so possible even with more projects.
April was a good month, and I look forward to all that May will bring. It is already looking beautiful.
I am bummed that I can't go to the Washington DC Business With Intention workshop (BWI), because it is on the same day as my brothers' graduation, May 12th. If I cannot make it, I'm sure someone else who needs it can. The deadline to register I believe is tomorrow, May 9th. I am a big fan of Jess Constable, she is one young entrepreneur and business owner I admire. She runs three interconnected ventures. Say Wow! Well, I do!
BWI is small group workshop for entrepreneurs, small business owners and anyone thinking about starting a business. Attendees at the first workshop in Chicago had a lot of good things to say. I will be running to register if not for my love for my sweet brothers that my parents will be disappointed and make me feel guilty for the rest of their lives. I also want them at my wedding...so, go figure. lol
If you are not in DC, more workshops are coming to New York and Seattle in the upcoming months. I believe more cities will be announced in the nearest future.
I got into Washington DC yesterday, and it was a good flight. No drama. No missed flight. No snoring seat-mate, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, I did not sleep my way through the flight. I read one of the million books I packed to read while on my two months trip. Two days ago, I started reading "The Anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical CAREER Advice for WOMEN who Think Outside the CUBE" by Michelle Goodman. I got way into it on my flight from Minneapolis into DC. Goodman is a freelance writer, and has been since 1992.
I am not ditching 9 to 5, at least not yet. I need it to pay the bills, but I have always dreamed of doing more creative work outside of working 9 to 5. :)
JostWrite is a step towards fulfilling that dream, and there are a few more ideas I am toying with. I bought this book alongside the author's second book "My So-Called Freelance Life." I was going for the latter, but got curious about what she had to say in her first book. She is successful at freelancing, and I felt she would have a few advice for cute little me.
The book, thus far, is common sense, but she does have a few tips that are useful especially in the area of procrastination and getting started. Many of the career women, small business owners, entrepreneurs and WRITERS she interviewed confessed that they suffer from huge doses of no motivation and a desire to sit in front of the TV and watch reruns of "Criminal Minds." Not that I suffer from such a sad predicament, but I am freaking glad others suffer from it. :) It makes me feel better about how procrastination and a desire to watch Ellen DeGeneres show all day is NOT my problem. :)
Her practical advices for writers who procrastinate are things I started implementing a few weeks ago. After several trial and error, I realized I don't mind sitting at a computer at home all day, I actually enjoy it. It saves me the time I take to get to a coffee shoppe, set up, get connected to the internet, buy a muffin and latte, chat with the cute Barista, settle down, greet all the familiar people around me, and then FINALLY GET TO WORK. A bookstore is equally dangerous, I can spend hours browsing books before I finally find a spot to sit and work.
I concluded that I work better at home, at my desk, showered and dressed (even in a pj). I am also more motivated if I work on several projects during the day allocating about two hours to each. It keeps my mind happy. I reward myself for about 10 mins after the end of a project by browsing Facebook, reading a blog or two, surfing the internet, pinning a few images, doing the boogie dance or just daydreaming about my parents' cute neighbor. After my 10 minutes plus the few secondsminutes half-hour of overtime, I get on the next project. This is working just fine, and I intend to keep this system for as long as it works. It beats panting over one project all day with my tougue dangling like a German Sherperd dog. I love dogs btw and would like to get one. I actually like cats a lot more, but I am terribly allergic and I don't want a fur-less one...they are ugly (sorry if you own one.) Okay, I digress...
I'm glad I bought the book and I look forward to implementing more of her advices. An exercise she had readers complete in the first chapter gave me some insights, so if nothing else comes out of reading (which I doubt), I will be satisfied.
I am writing from Maryland today, and I plan to be home all day working hard on some projects. I went running late this morning, and got behind my computer later than usual. But, hey I am behind my computer and that is all that really matters.
If you work from home, if you are self employed, if you are an entrepreneur or are simply a lazy bum...what do you do to get and stay motivated?
I head back to the east coast tomorrow for a two months trip, and I am not excited.
I'm happy to see my siblings and friends, and to celebrate my two brothers graduating, but I will rather be here. I am yet to pack. As much as I love traveling, I am not particularly a fan of packing to move or travel, but I love unpacking.
I have started throwing stuff into suitcases, and my room is a mess.
Well, after church today and movies with the parental unit, I plan on getting this mess together.
Jessica Alba joined the ranks of famous entrepreneurs with her new e-commerce site, Honest Co., focused around selling biodegradable diapers. She reportedly started the company because she had a
hard time finding environmentally-friendly products for her young children.
She is a mother of two. The line includes diapers, body and bath products (shampoo, baby oil, sunscreen...) and cleaning supplies. All environmentally friendly...isnt Green the new hit!:)
You purchase by signing up to be a member and creating your customizd needs. It claims to be comparable to the leading brands while being free of risky chemicals. These items are probably more expensive that I can afford. I know I am not there yet, but I'm just saying. :) When I do pop a baby or two, I might find it more convenient to run to the grocery store if lil Shola or poopy Ethan need new diapers ASAP.
Wishing her all the best...rich, beautiful, talented and now a young entrepreneur. Hey, you cannot kick her. You can read and listen to her young entrepreneural story on her website.
I'm getting ready to get back on a plane for a two months trip to the east coast. I'll be in Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. I kinda like this life. :)
My younger brothers are graduating from Howard University: one from medical school and the youngest with his Bachelors. I have family flying in from all over the place, and it will be a busy, exciting and fun time. However, I am not excited to leave Minneapolis for another extended trip so soon. I could come back right after graduation, but I have a few events ranging from Afrikan Goddess events to two weddings and a desire to spend Memorial Day weekend running around New York city. I am excited for all that I have planned, but I will miss Minneapolis.
I also dread that my routine might get messed up, but I think two simple remedies for that would be to go to bed and wake up at same time everyday. I'll also try not to schedule social events during the day when I should be working. I am determined, and I will let you know how it works out.
A goal I have for this trip is to visit the Martin Luther King Memorial in DC. If nothing else, I hope to do that.
Speaking of traveling... below are a few places I am yearning to visit soon.