How to amass wealth and still talk like a five-year-old

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On the day US president-elect Donald Trump spoke to newsmen for the first time since his win of the presidential election, what was meant to be a press conference ended up being a press confrontation as Trump refused to take a question from CNN. The news network had reported that US intelligence officials had briefed Trump about unverified claims about his relationship with Russia, a report he described as false. To express his displeasure, he refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta. He yelled “You are fake news” instead. Many see the tycoon’s actions as childish but that won’t be a first.

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A colleague at the office who hardly follows politics watched Trump act like a child and wondered how he became rich. “How does somebody who acts like that amass such wealth?” he asked me.

My colleague said he had always wanted to be a businessman; working for wages is not his thing. But he has had to work for people all his life because he does not know how to achieve his business dreams.

“You are just too scared,” I told him. “That’s why you’ve not been able to actualize your business dreams.” HJ knows what he wants and he seems to have a strong conviction that his business will be successful but he has been too scared to start.

“You know what, bro, reacting to issues like a 5-year-old does not stop you from being rich; being scared to start does.”

Nigerians are entrepreneurial in nature and we would all have already had small businesses capable of dragging the country out of recession in 2017, if not because we’ve been too scared to start. Sometimes, we wait for a huge capital that will enable us start big. This never works: even if you get the huge capital you desire, it does not guarantee the success of your business. The development phase the business is supposed to pass through is avoided with huge capital and this comes back to haunt, and in some cases end the business. In a blog by Joel Gascoigne, he noted that one of the habits of successful people is that they start small. “Make it smaller: you’re more likely to succeed,” he wrote.

So, I told my colleague, forget Trump’s childishness; think about his business acumen. Trump may not be an all-round smart guy, but he has proven that he is a shrewd businessman. He understands the basic principles of business and he has used them to his advantage. “Those are the things you need to learn, my friend,” I told HJ.

I sounded like a guy that knows a lot about starting businesses. I shared my little experience with HJ and told him why the businesses I started failed. He listened with rapt attention and the words that came out of his mouth when I finished speaking showed I had influenced him. But then I asked myself; “what have you learnt from your business failures?” The answer hurt me badly. I had been more of a talker than a doer. I had been low on self-motivation. Poor me!

But it all ends today.

 

Bye 2016; Hello 2017

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I haven’t blogged in a while but that ended in 2016. In 2017, I will publish at least one blog every week. I left a lot of projects uncompleted in 2016 but none will be left half-done in 2017. I am not making new year resolutions, but I see the New Year as an opportunity to start all over, step on the gas, go for broke and achieve all set goals. Despite the incompleteness that characterized 2016 for me, I managed to see some key journeys to their final destinations. One such is putting a ring on the fourth finger of the girl I dated for years.

I took other big leaps.

I left a job I truly love for the ‘greater good’. I still do the work pro bono and would have loved to return when I was invited recently, but there is so much at stake and I do not yet have the guts that makes one take big risks. I know this is one of the several other things that needs to change about me in 2017; I need to take more risks.

I have a sport blog that I was unserious about in 2016. This year, I will publish at least a post per day.

I am also going to read more books this year. I used to read a lot of books until I got so distracted by life and my reading reduced to just a few books and a lot of articles every year. In 2017, I am going to read a lot of both.

2017 will be a year of giving. I will give everything I do not need to those who need them. From clothes to shoes and bags; even money … everything. You can join me on this.

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2017 is going to be an interesting journey. I can’t wait!

Bored of your 9 to 5 job? NASA is hiring astronauts and you could apply

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Design Pics Inc/REX Shutterstock (5333976a).. Manned Maneuvering Unit Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America.. VARIOUS.. .. The opportunity of a lifetime (Picture: Design Pics Inc/REX Shutterstock)

If you’re bored of your nine-to-five job, dust off your CV because this incredible career opportunity has just opened up.

NASA is hiring astronauts for future space missions and it’s an opportunity that cannot be missed.

So long as you’ve got a bachelor’s degree, you’re well on the way to being considered by the space organisation.

Your chances are even better if you’ve got an advanced degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, or mathematics.

The only catch is that you need to have had 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command experience in a jet aircraft or three years’ experience in a ‘progressively responsible’ related job.

CREDIT: NASA/REX Shutterstock.. Mandatory Credit: Photo by NASA/REX Shutterstock (5328394a).. Expedition 45 Commander Scott Kelly took this photograph during a spacewalk.. Astronaut Scott Kelly spacewalk selfie - 28 Oct 2015.. Astronaut Scott Kelly took this photograph during a spacewalk on Oct. 28, 2015. The Expedition 45 Commander commented "Space Walk Selfie back on the grid! Great first spacewalk yesterday. Now on to the next one next week." This was the first spacewalk for both Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren; the two will venture outside the International Space Station for the second time on 6 November. The two spacewalks were scheduled around milestones in space. Today, Oct. 29, Kelly becomes the U.S. astronaut who has lived in space the longest during a single U.S. spaceflight, and on Monday, Nov. 2, the crew celebrates the 15th year of a continuous human presence in space aboard the station. During the 7-hour and 16-minute spacewalk the astronauts began work to rig power and data system cables for the future installation of a docking port to the station that will be used for the arrival of the Boeing Starliner CST-100 and SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft... (Picture: NASA/REX Shutterstock)

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And it also helps if you’re average height because living in a spacecraft isn’t the most spacious of residences.

NASA say that you need to pass their physical exam…

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MANCHESTER UNITED

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Saw this from 2011. I wrote it during a boring class at the University of Ilorin.

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i saw RED scarves flying in the sky,
RED tattoos on everybody i saw,
RED shirts on every lil and big,
RED smiles on everyone in RED.

fire-works began in a row,
and the sky soon became red
even the floor was RED everywhere,
but i was the odd one out in blue.

i felt isolated and desolate
until a man in his sixties came to me,
glasses on his face,
his teeth working on bubble gums.

he came to me and smiled
whao! his teeth were RED with glitters
he offered me a handshake which i quickly
embraced
hmmm… my blue turned RED.

i joined in the song as i turned RED
a man lifted a cup together with his friends
in white shorts and RED shirts
we waved our flags as they do,
and we all sang;
“GLORY, GLORY, MAN UNITED”

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Africa- Brokers key in commercial insurance space

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Africa- Brokers key in commercial insurance space

Brokers provide critical partner for African commercial insurers

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 17, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ With tough market conditions providing so little opportunity for growth, commercial insurers are starting to focus on brokers at the more profitable end of the market, either through niche products, or by working with regional community brokers who typically know their clients better, resulting in stickier, more profitable business.

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Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=2284 (Clinton Brown, SSP Business Development Manager)

“Commercial insurance can be highly complex because it needs to be more specific and tailored to the individual needs of businesses,” says Clinton Brown, Business Development Manager at SSP (http://www.ssp-worldwide.com). “As a result, brokers are far more crucial partners for insurers in the commercial space than the personal one,” explains Brown, referring to a recent SSP white paper, “Where next on the distribution journey?”. (https://talentedinnovators.uberflip.com/i/550388-where-next-on-the-distribution-journey)

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The Hold-Up with Mobile Money in Nigeria

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> Posted by Prateek Shrivastava, Global Director, Channels & Technology, Accion

The National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria passed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act in 2007. The Act included provisions for the creation of the CBN to ensure monetary stability, issuing and maintaining legal tender, and promoting the implementation of best practices including the use of electronic payment systems in all banks across Nigeria.

In the same year, the CBN developed the Financial System Strategy 2020 wherein the need for electronic financial services (amongst many other reforms) to make Nigeria a competitive economy was identified. Since 2008, the CBN has been extremely active in developing and implementing guidelines and frameworks to support the digitization of financial services (for example, all banks and microfinance banks need to have core banking systems, and the use of ATMs is governed) including mobile money and agent banking. The Guidelines on…

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The Raping of Africa

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While our media persist in retelling the horrific stories of Boko Haram and Al Qaeda in Africa, a truly insidious story has been lurking in the shadows. Over the last 15 years, the systematic binge buying of Africa’s most fertile land and water is raping the continent. Large swathes of Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ghana, Madagascar, and Sudan have been bought or leased from those country’s governments.

Who are these buyers?

The most active buyers have been the US, UK, China, Germany, and The Netherlands. But the aren’t alone, the Middle East and Canada are in on the bounty as well. One report states that there were over 1000 separate purchases between 2000 and 2010 and the frenzy is only growing.

Why?

Because Africa still has some very fertile agricultural land with underground aquifers, and regional bountiful rainfalls that can be tapped. Most of the buyers engage in farming, quickly grazing…

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