SUCCESS TIPS #2: PUSH YOURSELF – STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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Nothing can stop you except YOU
Nothing can stop you except you permit it too.

Are you happy with your life as it is or Is there more you can achieve? There is certainly a lot you can do and still achieve. A friend once thought that clocking 50 years old stops you from going forward to achieve his dreams but I said NO! You see I believe anything is possible and dreams can come through regardless of age. What you need is determination and then take steps in the direction you want to go no matter how small.

The Starting Point:
Write down what you want to do or achieve.
Research into it by reading up on information about your idea.
Talk to people who are already succeeding at what you are doing to learn from them.
Network and share your idea with people who can counsel you right. Note: Don’t share your dreams with people who would kill it even before it takes off or even steal your idea.

See you are already taking steps in the right direction by doing all the above.

Keep writing down all you are learning about your idea and vision. This will help you to start having a focus and direction on how you want to go about achieving this dream.
Engage modern tools and platforms such as the social media: Don’t say I am old school or not comfortable with all these new gadgets. These platforms help to sell and promote you/idea to a global audience and quickly too.
When it is time to step out, stop hesitating step out: Do it on a small scale at first to test your idea. Then as you get results, attempt to make it bigger.
DO NOT BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES: THE BEST IDEAS AND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES HAVE A HISTORY OF MISTAKES TOO.

Stop being comfortable in your zone; Risks are worth it if you want to look back in your life regretting.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

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Looking for a Job after Graduation and NYSC?

Do not just settle for anything, know what you want out of life.

So you have graduated from school and you think any job will do as long as you are able to earn some money? This is leaving your future to chance; it is also a time waster.

Students Nigeria

During my time at the National Youth Service (NYSC) camp days many years ago we had different organizations coming to pooch on young school graduates like us to give employment to in their companies. They wanted energetic young men and women who will help drive the vision of their organizations and move it to the next level. I remember a number of banks came asking us to fill some forms while preparing for aptitude tests and it was an opportunity many of us hoped would land us a job with a cool pay. I mean with all this wahala of unemployment, it was a great opportunity to seal one’s employment even before we started our National Youth Service.

I knew banking was not the kind of job I wanted to do. You see I had three kinds of jobs I was really interested in doing. In fact, I had written them down in a jotter and looked forward to landing one of them. My options were being a Lawyer, Teacher or Media personnel. So you see banking was not for me. In my employment journey, I have practiced as a teacher and landed finally in the media. And I do seriously enjoy what I do even with all the hard work. `

How not to settle for just any job and Land Your Dream Job/Career
Discover yourself: What comes naturally to you? What kinds of jobs would you like to do? What are your areas of interests? What do you love to do?
Money is important but that is not the first thing to consider when seeking to be gainfully employed. Enjoying what you would spend at least 8 hours of your time or even more every day is very important. It may not matter to you now but it will a few years down the line by which time you have wasted so much time.
What you dream of and desire is what you will attract. When you are clear about or at least have an idea of the kind of job you will like to do then opportunities of that nature will come rolling your way.
Be willing to start small and gather the needed experience for that dream job/opportunity.
While gaining experience from your small level, keep developing yourself. Enrol in professional courses relevant to the kind of job you dream of having. It isn’t always about money; there are many free online courses. So instead of using your time on the social media chatting away use it to search for courses that will equip you with needed skills.
Now this one(Warning): Mind what you post or share on the social media, you might be selling yourself negatively. Employers of labor and companies check the social media accounts of their intending employees.
The money will eventually come rolling in. Are you willing to develop and grow to become so much more than you ever dream?

What has worked for me in my career Journey

  • Pursuing jobs that march my skills, talents, and passions.
  • Willingness to give my best shot at whatever task or job I am opportune to handle.
  • Slow and steady wins the race.
  • Most importantly Trust in God who has great plans for my life and he unfolds them gradually and I love what is coming up!

All the best with  your dreams, pursuit and job hunt!

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

12 Success Tips for Project Managers

What you need to manage that project well and achieve a measurable success:

1) write down a clear blueprint for the project – This is where you put down the aim/purpose of the project; what you hope to achieve.

2) Develop the blueprint, aims, and objectives of the project with the organization hiring you as the project manager. It is important that you the project manager is on the same page with the project’s commissioner. This will prevent a misunderstanding while carrying out the project.

3) Identify team members you need to carry out the project successfully.

4) Sell the aim of the project to your team members clearly. Let them have a buy-in and team members should be clear about their roles and expected delivery time.

5) Get team members involved in the planning stage of the step by step processes of execution of the project. This will help them to feel like they own the project. It will also give a clear picture of what is expected on the field while gathering data or fulfilling their part in the project.

6) Write a budget that will cover all expenses such as staff salaries, transportation, accommodation, the cost of field trips, the fee for contractors.

7) As a project manager assess the progress of the project against your timeline for execution by taking note of what isn’t working; what needs to be improved upon; achievement so far and how much work still needs to be done. Ensure that team members have reports for each stage ready and sent to you for preview.

8) Don’t forget to let the hiring organization know their own role in implementing the project such as access to information; key staff needed to provide necessary input to make implementation possible.

9) Draw and sign an agreement stating clearly what area of the project will be covered by you and your team; what area will be handled by the hiring organization; what you will not do. This will prevent incitement of extra cost that may arise from the employer suddenly wanting to saddle you with responsibilities that are not part of the project initially.

10) Be clear that the hiring organization is willing and ready to pay you for the execution of the project. Agree on fees, how and when it will be paid before commencing with the project. Get paid with a responsible mobilization Fee that will help run the project.

11) Have a measurable assessment plan in place: This will help to assess to what extent the project achieved its aims and objectives. This very important to know whether a project was successful. It will also help to determine whether to consolidate on the present achievements.

12) Be honest and pay your team members what you have agreed upon. Do not short change them. Make them happy as they are the ones who will help make a success of the project. This will, in turn, make you look good in the eyes of the hiring organization. Your recommendation score goes up.

Most importantly take on projects that match your skills and you are equipped to execute successfully. 

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Why and How you need to Develop your Skills

I listened to a story about a computer graduate who went for a job interview and didn’t know how to use a computer…LMAO. Please, what exactly was he learning while doing this so called computer course?!!!

This case is both amusing and annoying. Why waste years studying a course and not have the practical skill needed to land a job with the certificate. No one is too old fashioned to learn something new or acquire a new skill. If an 80-year-old woman I met could say that she was learning how to use the social media and brushing up on her computer skills who says you cannot.

If you want to move from where you are to somewhere higher then you must develop your skills.
If you want to be more marketable and land that your dream job them you have got to improve on or acquire the needed skills for where you are aiming to get to.

How to/What you can do:
Take a course: Opportunities abound everywhere especially on-line. Surf the internet for useful things that will help develop you and put you on a better pedestal in your career.
Connect with someone who is doing what you want to do well. It is safer to learn from his/her wealth of experience than to struggle through what you are ill-equipped to handle.
Read…read and keep reading: Take time to look for books in your field or that skill you wish to acquire.
• And take the time to know yourself and what you want before wasting your time on a skill that you really don’t need. I know that “no knowledge is a waste”, but there is no point training to be a surgeon when all you want to do is be a fisherman.

So hey time to dust your bum, get up and go forward in acquiring a new skill.
Definition: Skill is an ability to do something well and keep improving at it.

Skills can be acquired all you need do is make yourself available to learn and grow.

Skills you can work on/develop:

  •  IT skills– learn how to use a computer beyond visiting your facebook, twitter, and Instagram pages. Know how to use Word, Excel and power point.
  • Communication skills: How are you communicating? Are you saying what you mean? Are your receivers getting what you mean? Are you communicating well with your customers to keep them and get new ones? Communication is key in any transaction with other human beings. Learn more about how to effectively communicate.
  • Management skills: If you want to become a manager then you really have to learn about management to be a successful one.
  • Teamwork: To work on big projects use will have to work with other people. Some people believe that they work better on their own. If you want to go far and achieve bigger things then you must learn about team work.

This is not an exhaustive list but we will keep talking about how you can develop and improve yourself in that chosen career or field. Have a great week and dream big!!

Adebisi Adetunji(C)

How to be an Effective Manager and Leader

I am taking an on-line course on Future Learn Website
Here are a few tips about Management and Leadership – Growing as a Manager.ALIVE FEMALE ADDIS
How to effectively manage or Lead your team/employees
You need to be trustworthy: Your staff or team need to be able to trust you.
Communicate effectively with your employees ensuring that they understand tasks that need to be done; and what you want to achieve as an organization.
Learn to delegate effectively: Trust members of your team with a certain task but also ensure that you support them in carrying it out.
Admit bad decisions you make
Be firm when necessary(Autocratic)
Be democratic – Give room for the creativity of your team/staff to blossom. Engage them in the process of running the unit or organization.
Have an effective working relationship with those under your supervision
• Lead by example
• Ability to be able to make decisions…Managers/Leaders make decisions.

 

Taking Training courses is not the only way to learn

Other ways to learn:
Learn from other people’s experience by observing and talking with them.
• Read
• Use Websites
• Undertake development tasks by taking up new responsibility. Don’t shy away from taking up new assignments. You learn new things and grow.
• Seek feedback from other people.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)