3 LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN FROM LINDA IKEJI !

I actually believe there are lessons you can learn from her...it's not just about the money, the cars, the houses. (even if it is, nothing do you). You can find inspiration from anything and today I am sharing that with you! Few days ago  I saw Linda Ikeji posing with one of my dream cars (I dream of a TUNDRA and a RANGE ROVER) and I was just smiling...the babe don try. Nod if you agree.

Fail Fast: I stumbled on a sermon from a pastor on Channels TV and he was saying that if you knew you'd have to fail 7 times before achieving success (success is relative) what would you do? Fail once a year or fail rapidly through one year so you know you're hitting success next abi?

I believe that's how the journey to success  can be for some. It could be first try, it could be the 5th try, or the 10th try...fail fast so you know what works, what doesn't and move on quick! Linda mentioned that she has tried different careers before finally succeeding at blogging...I give her props for continually trying.


Be Creative: One thing I noticed is how some people have resources but do little with it, they are waiting for something seemingly bigger to start. Do you know people generate income by just posting pretty photos with their phone? Pere! You see, I've been following a lot of international bloggers to see how creative they are with blogging. I've also been reading books on how people make something almost out of nothing or a hobby.

I've seen successful ice cream tasters, successful phone reviewers, personal shoppers, these are people who are living the life they want because they could commercialize the little they have. Maybe its time to start charging for the bowls of Egusi soup you make for your male friends weekly.  Not everyone will be a doctor, or lawyer, or accountant, we need to move on from these stereotypes, get creative! Don't let the fear of trying something new stop you from trying. Some people still ask, kini blogging?

Spending Your Own Money: It is sweet to spend your own money...I shall not lie to you. There's a difference in the fulfillment you get from spending daddy's money, boyfriend's money and money you know you worked for. O sweet gan bi suga. When you stop being dependent on what others can do for you, you begin to empower yourself so you can do for yourself and do for others. This applies to men and women.

So share with me, what lessons have you learned from observing people around you? There's always something you can pick. It could be your gateman, or your cousin...anybody! Share with me. 

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    1. So true.....one thing I have come to learn from my everyday hustle is to love what you do from the inside and work towards perfection.....about the spending you your money stuff......that thing is so true, there is no part two to it...heheheh..MOMENT WITH ZOE

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    2. Exactly @Zoe, like they say when you love what you do,you never have to work! it is easier to excel tha way, the issue is most people are not particularly happy about what they do!
      Kakaoloori.blogspot.com

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  2. Like you dey read my mind Sisi. I thought of Linda this morning and one thing that came to my mind is consistency. She is consistent in what she has been doing and trust me it paid off. When she started she wasn't as big as this. She would have had challenges and distractions but she didn't give in to it. She followed gossip blogging strictly and it paid off not just financially but she is now an icon in blogging. Fashion and style is trending, music entertainment was trending, name it. But she remained focus. I learnt from her that focus pays off. mind you i am not a fan of hers in any way.
    2. Otunba Ghadaffi(shit business is serious business) May his soul rest in peace. He helped people solve a very messy problem and it paid. i tell you white collars is so 90s. In this millennium creativeness pays off. What is that problem that you can sole. No matter how messy or dirty. Turn it to money.
    NOKSIS

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  3. I concur with you. Linda is an inspiration letting people know she tried various things before settling for blogging. She also lets people know that she didnt have to sleep with anyone to make it which is rare because a lot of so called successful business women cannot lay claim to that. Linda Ikeji makes hardwork and decency sexy! Wishing her the very best in her next venture of motivating young people so that Aristo wont be a thing of pride anymore or the first thing you think of when broke.

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  4. That feeling of spending ones money ko ni part 2. very inspiring post sisi!>

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  5. *nods head* it's so true Sisi, i learnt from a fellow blogger that just starting something is better than waiting for the right "gbo gbo si kpo" to come...So even if i don't have a great camera or that gorgeous Sigma brush kit or is it the Bdelluim brush set to take pictures and make faces pretty..........with my elf 12 pcs brush Nne the ministry is moving gradually to the permanent site....The only thing i pray for each day is that with all i see around me i won't be toiling on someone else's land ie doing what others are doing to attain the kind of success they've attained but i'll be inspired by them and till my land till it's flourishing....
    The last point is so important, there's this confidence and peace that comes with spending my own money and i just love it:)
    The Beautiful Eagle

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  6. word!!! on that part of spending your money it just makes you feel damn good.

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  7. sometimes, success happens in the least expected places. I remember when I had just graduated college and was in that period of "waiting for some company to call me with a job offer," I had thought of going into businesses that were trending..natural hair (make my own hair care products, afterall me sef I'm natural), blogging (me sef sabi talk na)...you see people doing these things and you think that I can do that too na and then you want to go into it (ain't nothing wrong with that though). During the summer, I read Ben Carson's book - Think Big (He's one of my mentors..from afar..hehe) and he had sad that talent these days when he asks people what their talent is, it's either singing or sports or something of the "more common" genre but that one's talent could be reading, math e.t.c. Somewhere in my mind, I knew that but it just really sank in that day. I had tried to start making hair conditioners to sell, looked into sewing, you know, the more trending things, all the while forgetting my love for math (Afterall, I am an engineer). Long story short, I sha ended up making fliers to tutor high school students in math for the SAT or in preparation for the next school year. Oh boy, I started getting calls immediately!!! That's how my math tutoring little business was birthed o! All of a sudden, I started randomly meeting people who needed tutoring for their kids. And this was something I loved and was good at. This was success to me. I was growing at the same time..writing curriculum and lesson plans for my students, meeting with parents and schools to market the business and the pay was more than sufficient and it was "my own!!!" Long story but here's what I learned in a nutshell - everybody has a talent/gift. It might take a little seeking to discover or it might take one of life's "knock-down" moments. And, it might be in the least expected or ignored places. Also, if you step out in faith, you'll find out that God has already prepared the provisions. God bless!

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    1. I love this comment! Such a great example of remembering your passion and creating purpose in it with God's help and direction. You have given an awesome gift to the kids around you! Ben Carson is an amazing man and I hope the world gets to hear and see more of him in the near future.

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    2. and oh, today is his birthday too..:)

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    3. today is his birthday too :)..happy birthday sir

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    4. this is good. excelling at what u do best. @sis yemmie, I agree o, spending your own money feels great. right now I'm not making my own money, makes me depressed and sad but things are about to change by God's grace.

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    5. I love your comment, thank you for sharing it with us

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  8. Wow. This post was great.

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  9. I love linda ikeji

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  10. True tok. I love spending me own moneta...o sweet gan b sugar.

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  11. Sincerely I'm strongly of the opinion that everyone has a purpose n calling. I know I'm yet to find mine but I haven't given up because living without a purpose is frustrating especially if you know the worth. I'm still seeking the face of God on mine and I know very soon I'll find it.

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  12. I agree with you Beautiful Eagle, What I have learnt from observing people around me, is to start small, start from somewhere and not wait till everything is all in place. Don't pause your life because you don't have the things you require or dream about at the moment. Live life with what you have available around you, and watch your life flourish. Be creative!, Be creative!!, Be creative!!! *No more stereotype jobs.. *Yes to microjobs.. They are springing up everyday. Blogging can be hard when you don't have all resources available to you, but I have learnt to work with what I have now and continue to source for the things I do not have.

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  13. Very true.

    When I left my last job for what I do currently
    Many people laughed at me. I was hurt but I put my trust in God.

    God had stamped my intentions and so I knew that He would show up
    He is still showing up.

    Find something you love and make a life out of it.

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  14. I read all the comments above and I smiled. Today, I resigned from my job, not because the pay was not okay (at least I could feed and take care of myself and others), but because I was not fulfilled. I was tired of doing the thing that did not in any way add real value to my life. I asked myself 'XYZ... in 10 years time, where do you want to be?" and the answer was clear. It had been clear all along, but the fear of tomorrow made me stay on a job where I was starting to suffer depression.

    Today, I quit and looking forward into investing into my writing dream. It may take a while and I have to go through some tough times (hehe! I am prepared for that), but I know that with every step, I inch closer to my goal and fulfilment. I don't want keep wasting my life on something I am not happy about. Life is too short to be wasting time and effort on things that don't add value to my dreams. I will keep trying and trying and trying. Some day, I will get there.

    A lot of people are just existing. They are not living. I don't want to just pass by this world without making an incredible impact. I want to be remembered in generations to come. I want my children and grand children and great... to be proud of me and reap of the fruits of my labour in many years to come. I cannot keep wasting time. Today, I have taken the first step. With God by my side, I will use the little resources and talent I have to bring my dreams into reality.

    Thank you, Sisi Yemmie, for this insight and well done! You have got a wonderful blog.

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  15. Hmm true calling lies in us indeed.

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  16. Kai Sisi Yemmie! You just typed my thoughts. I have been thinking on how to create content on my blog and then you, Linda and a few others came to mind.

    Chai, may God help us.

    <a herf="www.girlane.com>Girl Lane</a>

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  17. I like your take/ approach on Linda Ikeji-candid yet interesting
    www.bolababs.com

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  18. Lol. We have since shifted from the stereotypes. Nobody wants to be a lawyer or doctor again even if that's what they studied in school. Everybody still wants musician, OAP and all the other attractive stuffs that bring fast money. If anything, my fear for Nigeria is if in 20 years time we'd have any Doctors. I admire Linda Ikeji and her hustle though. But I have also learnt that sometimes failing at something means you should drop that thing.

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    1. "If anything, my fear for Nigeria is if in 20 years time we'd have any Doctors."

      Hmm. That's very good food for thought. But I think there are still people who are passionate about medicine, law, etc.

      http://berrydakara.blogspot.com

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  19. This really motivated me, I had to share it on my blog.
    Www.auspiciousdeb.blogspot.com

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  20. i have always thought of what to do apart from law but am yet to find.its not that law fetches huge money as a beginner but still trying to find my hands on creative jobs.

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  21. Wow. Just three tips alone and I am super motivated

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  22. You're so right sisi. People can really become something big from something small!

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  23. I have learnt from one of my cousins that to quickly forgive and move on is one of the 'cheapest' way to get blessed... it's not easy when people hurt you deeply to just forgive easily but then again I also learnt from my Pastor 'Poju of C3 that once we try to forgive we should ask God for His judgement in the matter, only then can we trully forgive and move on because God will comfort, compensate and enlarge us on every side.

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  24. Yea I strongly agree with you, that we should make something out of the little we have. http://thecoolville.com

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  25. Linda is a tatafo but I respect her tatafo because it comes with millions of naira. A lot of us gossip and our gossip bears no fruit and lands us into trouble and causes us to lose friends and loved ones. Linda found a way to profit from her own and that's why I respect her.

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