IT IS NOT ONLY ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW BUT WHO YOU KNOW.

At the ongoing Employability Summit put together by FindBlackExperts one of the speakers for day 2 – Nina Olatoke told a story of how she took a course in Harvard Business School and how that experience impacted her network. She told this story in answer to the question of one of the participants (let’s call her Sasha) who asked for advice as she was contemplating enrolling for a PhD. 

Nina further explained by giving this analogy. Let’s say Sasha chose to go for her PhD in just about any good university and it costs about $15,000 and will last about 18months. What if she decided to search out short courses from top institutions like Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Oxford, MIT and the likes? For the same amount but let’s say for a week program. The calibre of coursemates and connections she would make cannot be the same with taking the course in just any university. Also, the time involved in both scenarios is not the same. 

In the same way, in the real world, it is possible to get access to the right kind of network that you desire by paying in cash or in time. The choice is absolutely yours. And neither way is bad on its own, however, you have to weigh your options. If Sasha was 20yrs old when she decides to go for the PhD then it might make a lot of sense to go for the 18months course, cos it gives her time to experience the world and build strong relationships as well. However, if Sasha is in her 30s and already has work experience, it might be a better investment to go for a one week course than an 18month course. 

The Employability Summit is still on all the way to Sunday and you can still sign up for FREE. I will be moderating the sessions today so this is my special and personal invitation to you. Check the flyers for details and also the link to register. 

Why am I sharing this with you? The two times that I have been in close proximity with Les Brown, it was made possible because of my proximity with Dr Stephen Akintayo. There are certain privileges that you enjoy when you have the right connections. 

In my last blog post, I shared with you my conversation with Les Brown if you missed it you can read it HERE. I mentioned that the next masterclass will have Robert Kiyosaki as a speaker. Well, I’ve got good news for you, not only is Robert Kiyosaki going to be teaching, we are having Les Brown again. Do you know the saying opportunity comes but once? Sometimes we get the fortune to experience an opportunity a second time and if you read my initial blog and went, oh no, I wish I was there. Well, no need to wish again. You can be there this time to be in the same space with two living legends of our time. 

Seriously I don’t know what excuse you might have, but I need you to shut it down right now and do all you can to register for this masterclass. 

See flyer and link below. 

I will close with this story. I was on my WhatsApp status when I saw an ex-colleague sharing that motivational speakers should stop deceiving people that they started a business with N1000 or $10 and now grown to be billionaires so they are asking people to buy their books. He mentioned that instead of people spending N10,000 = $19 on a book they should invest it in their business. I replied to him that I totally disagree. Especially because it has to do with a book. So many secrets are hidden in books. In one of my masterminds, we are reading THINK & GROW RICH and I kid you not, that book is a manual. 

So don’t let anyone stop you from gaining knowledge. I understand if you are not financially capable at a point, but that is not an excuse to snigger on knowledge and say it’s all a lie. Seek knowledge and apply it to get wisdom. The book of proverbs already gave this formula but we are sitting on it. And I love the way The Passion Translation puts it 

Wisdom is the most valuable commodity—so buy it! Revelation-knowledge is what you need—so invest in it!

Prov 4:7

Both buying and investing will cost you something- Money or Time. Choose ye, which one works for your peculiar situation. 

Once again grab the discount offer now and register for The Billionaire Masterclass with Dr Stephen Akintayo, Featuring Robert Kiyosaki and Les Brown. 

Success leaves clues – Tony Robbins 

To your continuous growth. 

Ejiro Osakede 

The Energetic EJ. 

My conversation with LES BROWN

We were all born with a certain degree of power. The key to success is discovering this innate power and using it daily to deal with whatever challenges come our way.
Les Brown

If you are big on personal development then one way or the other you must have come across talks, conferences, videos and teachings of Les Brown. And if you have, then you must know how big of a deal he is.

So I had the opportunity to attend a masterclass with Les Brown! A living legend of the public speaking world. This master class was put together by Dr Stephen Akintayo, Africa’s most influential investment coach.

I remember also attending the one with Brian Tracy last month and the next one will be with Robert Kiyosaki Author of the Bestselling book – Rich Dad Poor Dad and I hope you won’t miss it for anything.

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I got the chance to ask Les Brown a question and I got two things from his answers. Not entirely new, but just a confirmation and strongly reaffirming what I already know. Brings to mind the words of Steve Harris“it is not what you don’t know that is the problem, it is what you do know but don’t know how to use.” Indeed success leaves clues, may we find the clues and run with them.

Steve Harris
Steve Harris

My question;

What do you do when you are working on an idea and for so long it does not seem to work? Despite the fact that you are putting in your best and yet no tangible results to show for it.

His answer;

Are you coachable? _ I said yes. He said, good. Then get a coach, someone who would see with fresh eyes what you might be missing. Also, never you give up on your idea he said, God gave it to you, so work it out. Change your approach, invite someone else to look at your plans but by all means make it work!

Me, just after asking Les Brown my question.

Why am I sharing this with you?

If Les brown who is one of the most famous and highest-paid speakers in the world advises that I get a coach, because he mentioned that He does have a coach too, then you and I should know that we cannot neglect the importance of having a coach that we work with closely. But you might say, but I cannot afford a coach right now. I totally understand but rather than leave it at that, can you ask yourself this; how can I raise the fund I need to pay a coach that I can work with to push me to my next level?
When we ask the right questions, we would get the right answers.

The second part of Les Brown’s answer to me is everything because that is within my locus of control. Actually, that depends on me absolutely. I need to keep reminding myself that I am the woman for the job and you should do the same.

The smiles on our faces show our emotions after the answer.

It reminds me of a conversation I had with one of my masterminds last week. The ideas that come to us, especially the ones we caught, are not just for fun. God did not give us access to them so that we can fail at them. No way! He knows that He has put in us what it takes to birth those ideas and that is exactly why they came to us. So when they don’t work, it’s not the idea that is faulty but our approach to executing it. And like I am learning at SPIN with Dr Samuel Ekundayo, I’ve got to go back to Him (God) the giver of the idea, ever so often to get the direction of how best to execute the idea he has placed in my heart/head/hands.

I believe that God has given us everything that we need to succeed in life, we just need to dig deep and connect with them as well as work with the external help that is available all around us in form of Coaches, Books, Courses, Messages e.tc. Will you spend some time connecting within? Will you also get the help you need externally? The decision is absolutely yours, I hope you’d make the right one today.

My desire and prayer for you this week is that you find that connection, that you get that clarity that you so long for, and that you go farther in your journey to excellently executing on your God-given ideas and in the same process fulfil your purpose.

One of the ideas that God gave to me is to help African authors leave a digital footprint in the audiobook space and to do this we need more audiobook producers, narrators and editors. And for me to fulfil this mandate I put together a course to teach others what I do so that we can all together make this mandate a reality. Do you feel a connection to this mandate? Have you been blessed with a voice that can do more than talk? Would you like to learn how to use your voice as an instrument for impact and income? Then you should sign up for THE AUDIO BOOTCAMP COURSE.

The Audio Bootcamp

Another idea is THE AFROCENTRIST PODCAST – Where we explore everything from personal development, to fulfilment, African pride, dating and all things that make your spirit thrive. You can simply subscribe to our show and give your input weekly. And if you are a woman with a story that will inspire others, then you might want to get featured on our new segment dedicated to women called THE WOMAN, HER STORY AND HER IMPACT. Send me an email to theafrocentrist@gmail.com if you’d like to get featured or recommend a woman you think should be featured.

Thanks for being here and for taking the time to read my blog. I love and appreciate you. Have an amazing week ahead.

Let’s connect on Instagram – @ejiroosakede

Keep an eye out for more details on the next masterclass with Dr Stephen Akintayo.

AFRICAN WOMEN SUMMIT 2021

It is such a joy to have attended this year’s African women Summit put together by the Coalition of women in Africa for peace and development (COWAP). “COWAP is a women-led initiative to Engage, Educate and Empower. Their projects aim to harness the enormous capacity and goodwill of women in Africa by bringing them under a coalition towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) centred around four thematic areas; Peace and Justice, girl child education, ending hunger and ending poverty.”

The African Women Summit (AWS) is a Pan-African conference that provides a holistic platform to explore the potentials, challenges and opportunities for the development and transformation of women in Africa. 2021 edition held on the 5th and 6th of August 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In attendance both virtually and in-person were dignitaries; Her Excellency Dr Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice president of Liberia, HH Sheikh Majid Rashid Al Mualla, Her Excellency Hajia Maryam Mairo Aminu Tambuwal, wife of Sokoto state governor Nigeria, Hon Dr Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay, Former speaker the Gambia, Her Excellency Aisha Bala Mohamed, wife of Bauchi state governor Nigeria and a host of other speakers and special guests of honours.

Some of my highlights from the 2-day event include the opening speech by Her Excellency, Vice president of Liberia when she said and I, quote “Challenges are only stepping stones or slapping stones, you decide which one you believe”. She went ahead to share what we can do to keep our eyes on the goal as African women seeking to make a change and change the narrative of marginalized gender and here are some of the points she mentioned.

  1. If women are empoered, the SDG 1-7 are in view.
  2. We are all politicians as women becasue we possess a natrual ability to administrate beginning from our families and we only need to step out to heard.
  3. We must vote our time, social media pages and pockets to support the gender equality movement.

“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” ~ Kofi Annan

She ended her speech by saying, IT IS TIME, IT IS JUST, IT IS A MUST.

During the power session with Hawa Charfaray, She talked about knowing your value – Being a ‘Badass’ – using your guts and gumption. When I saw the topic I was eager to know what the content would be and it was worth the anticipation. It is not about what you say but how you’ve trained yourself to show your value. Do we really need empowerment as women? She asked. She stands with the point of view that women do not need empowerment from without but from within. To do this we’ve got to know our value and how to negotiate. We’ve got to be consistent with helping other women when we get to the positions of power. As women, we should not walk alone, we should have support systems even in our male counterparts. Being ‘Badass’ is about knowing where you come from and knowing what makes you different.

Other speakers at the event were

  1. Prof PLO Lumumba
  2. Mrs Karima Rhanem
  3. Halima Buba
  4. Ms. Sandi Saksena
  5. Ms Clara Amonia Odu
  6. Ms. Sandile Keitumetse Nkala
  7. Dr Satnam Deuchakar
  8. Ms. Charul Chaturvedi Jaitly
  9. Ms. Sirra Danso
  10. Ms. Henzena Lemaletian
  11. Ms. Z. Josina Machel
  12. Amarachi Igwe Kalu
  13. Ms. Hawa Charfaray
  14. Ahmed Zaid Saeed Al Shemeili
  15. Ms. Marsha Fry
  16. Ms. Fauza Beltz
  17. Amb. Adeshola Helen Onadipe
  18. Marlene Murphy
  19. Dr. Engr. Suaad Al Shamsi
  20. Modupe Omonze
  21. Pikki Nanda
  22. Dr. Aasif Ali Siddiqui

I enjoyed all the panel sessions held on both days and I look forward to working and collaborating with some of the amazing women I connected with during the summit. Below are some photos from the event.

I learnt something valuable and it changed the way I see the world

So I had a super-duper amazing weekend with @johnobidi and other great minds at the Online Business Weekend. And in one weekend we all watched a brand set up from scratch. From idea to implementation. And it was such a delightful experience. The exposure to amazing digital tools which you might no find unless you stumble on them (This really brought the concept of standing on the shoulders of those who have gone ahead). Daddy JO left no stone unturned, we were all screaming wow wow wow like ambulances as we watched the magic unfold. But guess what as awesome as the hands-on processes showed to us were, the best part of the Bootcamp was the side chats we got to enjoy. 

If you know anything about @Johnobidi you would know he does not mince words, he says it as you need to hear it. To be honest, when I first started listening to JO teach, it felt really uncomfortable like who is this one sef that is so arrogant and full of himself. But I’m glad I stayed for a bit longer to really know what made him thick. Yoh guys, this is not even hype, JO is a genius in his class. And the best part is he knows it and owns it and that is the one that trips me. How dare he know his power and own it so elegantly. While I’m here forming fake humility. Actually, it’s not humility at all, I’ve had it all wrong, allowing myself to be naive, letting others take advantage of me because I want to be ‘modest’. I learnt something valuable and it changed the way I see the world. Everyone has an EDGE. Discovering, owning, sharpening and using that edge makes all the difference in a person’s life. 

Well, I have a lot of stories to share someday in the future of how God keeps bringing people my way who would knock some sense into me and I will still go back and recoil when the sense is too much because I don’t want to be seen as follow follow. However the truth is, like Romance 8:28 reads in TPT translations (another revelation from my time in class at SPIN with @drsamekundayo) –  “So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together for good,[a] for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfil his designed purpose”. I am now convinced that my association with the great minds around me is not for show or for ‘famzing’. There is something that I carry that needs to be sharpened through coming in contact with these great minds and I will keep sharpening it. 

So, I am not sure if there is one moral to this story. You are at liberty to pick something that jumps at you. But for this particular write up, I wanted to let you know that OWB was the bomb and you should pay attention to the next time it will be held. I’m not sure when, but you need to follow @johnobidi and join Headstart Africa on FB and attend Night School so that you can be in the know. 

Let me go and continue my sharpening. Talk to you soon and keep your light shining. 

Yours in growth 

Ejiro Osakede 

Energetic EJ. 

Welcome to the second half of 2021

A hearty congratulations to you for making it to the second half of 2021. Just pause, take a deep breath, now close your eyes and reflect on how far you have come this year. Like one of my coaches asked yesterday, rate yourself based on the actions that you have taken this year towards your desired goals. Not your results, but your activities. And when I did that, I realize how much work I have put in to see my goals and dreams come alive. It made being grateful much easier and more genuine.

In the bid for us to get results, sometimes we forget that no matter how desperate and dedicated we are, some things will still go through a process and it’s due cause to get us the results we want. Imagine a woman whose goal is to have a baby this year, her end result is a baby, but even if she got pregnant in January, she will only be 7months gone by now and the journey continues till she safely delivers her baby.

The same goes for us, let’s count our blessings in terms of the work we have put into our goals this year. And it will surprise us how much progress we have made. If for some reason you have not been able to take many actions or you’re not happy about your actions so far, don’t despair, retrace your steps, recommit to yourself, rev up your determination and intentionality and give it another shot this second half. And my prayer for you is that all things will work together for you, that the lines will fall in pleasant places for you, that your results will be too tangible to ignore at the end of this year.

So with Joy and a high expectation, I welcome you to the second half of 2021 and I wish you a happy July.
With lots of love and appreciation
Ejiro Osakede (Energetic EJ).

Challenges will never cease to exist.

If there is one thing I have learned in the little time that I have been on Mother Earth, it is the fact that challenges will never cease to exist. And no matter how figured out we seem, there will always be an area where we struggle or don’t have it all together. 

So, I have resolve, never to allow the challenges I face to stop me from doing the things that I feel and sometimes convinced that I am called to do. 

I use the word feel because its not every time that I am super sure of what I am doing. But once I am unable to push a feeling of an idea off my head and heart I go with it and act on it, knowing that even if its not what I am meant to do, It will turn out to be a learning curve for me. It will either teach me something about myself or something about others or just something about life generally. 

And oh, for the times that I am convinced without doubt, there is no given, even if my world is upside down I will still go ahead with it because the fulfillment that comes with it is simply priceless. 

So, what is my encouragement for you today? You are not alone. You are not the only one with bills to pay, you are not the only one who doesn’t have life figured out, you are not the only one who isn’t happy with the level of results that you are churning out. You are not the only one who is not happy with the state of your finance, relationships and peace of mind. 

One thing is certain though, it will come to pass. And if you still and wait for it to pass without going ahead to do the things that calls to your soul, you would have experienced double waste. A waste of the experience you would have had should you have gone ahead to do what you need to do regardless of the challenges, and a waste of time that you may never be able to regain. Because just when you heave a sign of relief that one phase of challenge is over, you step into another one seamlessly. 

So, let no challenge stop you from being who you were created and meant to be. Act on that idea, put your best to make that relationship work (if it ends up not working, the work you put into it would have at the least changed you and your perspective about life). 

I do hope that you find this helpful and encouraging. 

I love you, but remember that God loves you way more. 

PS 

Have you registered for THE BECOMING SUMMIT YET?  If not, why not? 

the becoming summit 2.0 poster

Click HERE to register now and let’s together learn how to become servant leaders. 

TRUE CONFESSION – Flipping unpleasant situations in your favor.

Have you ever experienced a creative block? How did you navigate it? You see myself and my co-host on The Afrocentrist Podcast (TAP) encountered what we termed creative block. We were due to record a new episode of our podcast but could not make it for the time we slated and that kind of disorganized our plan for the week and we found ourselves blank on the new time we fixed to record.

However, we decided to flip it. We came clean, sharing with you how we couldn’t come up with a pre-planned content but it turned out that we were able to share from this experience possible lessons that you can glean from. I do hope that it is worth your while.

Tell me, what do you think? Have you been in such situation before? How did you navigate it? Do you think we did justice to our situation? What would you have done in our shoes? I’d really love to read from you so drop a comment below.

Watch the episode too.

If you’re EXTRA and you know it, Say Aye!!!

If you’re extra and you know it say Aye!!!

Not many come to terms with their “extraness”. And I must confess it took time for me too. I was conditioned to keep calm, be quiet, don’t do this, don’t do that. And a naturally confident child grew up into a timid young adult and only just started reconnecting to her inner power.

The journey to reconnect is not an easy or smooth one, but it is worth the fight. It is worth the push because in the end we only live once so why live a life that’s not yours?

I’m not sure who this is for, but I want to encourage you to keep up the fight to reconnect to your true essence. It won’t be easy cos you will face both internal and external resistance. But let me tell you this, PLEASE FOCUS ON WINNING THE INTERNAL BATTLE. That’s where the true victory resides. Once that battle is won in your mind and in your soul, it will only take time for the manifestation on the outside.

So keep fighting because the victory is already yours.

I love you but God loves you way more.

PS

Remember to sign up for #TBSummit2 today. The space is filling up fast and from all over the world. I’m just so excited and humbled at the same time. To God alone be all the glory.

Link to register again is bit.ly/TBSummit2

Good, Better, Best.- There is a BEST in you.

“Good, better, best, I shall never rest, until my good is better, until my better best.” (Paraphrased) ~ St. Jerome. 

Hello dear reader, 

It’s been a long time since I last shared a blog post. I must confess that I’ve always told myself that I am not a writer even though I write every day. If not for myself, I do so for others. I guess the real challenge is, I am battling the imposter syndrome. 

I wonder why myself. However, I’ve not been able to shake off the need to put out content. So, I am resuming to write a blog post again for the up-teenth time. I will not attempt to make a promise this time that I will be consistent. I will only say that I will show up here as often as I can. 

I hope that as I go on this journey that I am able to inspire you, inform you, educate you or entertain you. 

What are you good at? Is it speaking, singing, dancing, smiling, connecting or networking? 

Whatever it is, you can be better at it. Yet, the end goal is to be the best at it. There is a BEST in you. However, to bring out that best, there are things that you need to focus on. 

  1. Know yourself – You have got to focus on knowing yourself. Like my coach will always say, you’ve got to be schooled in the university called YOU. Not knowing you or knowing you enough brings about a lot of confusion and crisis. The truth is that people will define you if you don’t define yourself. I’ve been a victim of this and I must say that I am still on the journey to recovery. So, I implore you to spend time knowing you. Know your strengths, your weaknesses, what ticks you off and what gets you energized. As you do this, you set yourself on a path of bringing out the best in yourself. 
  2. Believe in yourself – Yes, this point ties well with the first point. Once you start to know yourself, be quick to start believing in your strengths. You don’t have to wait till you completely know you, cos I doubt you ever will as we are an evolving being and so there are things that we will keep finding out about ourselves as we grow. It is therefore important that we spot our strengths and plug our belief into them so that we can start to work on becoming better. The better we get, the closer we are to becoming the best. 
  3. Be Consistent – This point cannot be overemphasized and it concerns every aspect of our lives. Even with both points mentioned above, we have to be consistent in knowing ourselves by engaging in seasonal reflections as well as seasonal appraisals. We also have to be consistent with believing in ourselves to avoid an evasion by self-doubt. This is because no matter how much we believe in ourselves, there will be those times that we will be doubtful, hence the need to consistently refresh our beliefs in our strengths and ability by practicing positive affirmations. 

I must say here that a part of being consistent is putting in the work required to sharpen your good to better and your better to best. 

Do let me know if you found this valuable and which of these points you will be working on in order to bring out the best in what you do. 

For me, point no 3 it is. I’ve got to be diligently consistent in sharpening my skills, believing in me, and knowing me better. 

Till you read from me again and hopefully till I read from you too, keep being amazing and always remember that there is a BEST in you. 

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