Oct 16

10,000 Hours.

imageThe 10,000 hour rule—first proposed by a Swedish psychologist and later made famous in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers—states that exceptional expertise requires at least 10,000 hours of practice. The best of the best (the Beatles, Bill Gates) all amassed more than 10,000 hours of practice before rising to the top, Gladwell argued. So greatness is within virtually any person’s grasp, so long as they can put in the time to master their skill of choice.

In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. How does Gladwell arrive at this conclusion? And, if the conclusion is true, how can we leverage this idea to achieve greatness in our professions?

The elite don’t just work harder than everybody else. At some point the elites fall in love with practice to the point where they want to do little else.

The elite software developer is the programmer who spends all day pounding code at work, and after leaving work she writes open source software on her own time.

The elite football player is the guy who spends all day on the practice field with his teammates, and after practice he goes home to watch game films.

The elite physician listens to medical podcasts in the car during a long commute.

The elites are in love with what they do, and at some point it no longer feels like work.

One approach: We could choose a field and practice for 10,000 hours. If we are currently working in our target profession, forty hours per week over five years would give us ten thousand hours

If you want to reach the stars in your career, you have to become excellent at what you do. You have to pay any price, go any distance, and spend any amount of time necessary to “be the best.” Extraordinary rewards only go for extraordinary performance; average rewards for average performance; below average rewards, insecurity and failure for below average performance.

Are you ready to become an Expert?
Are you willing to put in the 10,000 hours?

Oct 03

What’s Your Achilles Heel?

imageIt is end of another week and we are winding down the year…wow…less than 3 months to the end of 2014… 2015 looms around the corner…..A lot can still happen this year…. Personally I want to end the year on a Stratospheric level, All things are possible…How do you desire to end 2014?

I took a brief hiatus off the blogosphere, but it is good to be back…..I can feel my creative juices pumping and ready to go…. This morning, during my meditation, A thought struck me ” What’s your Achilles Heel? .. That thought stayed with me and then ideas started flowing….

An Achilles heel is a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, which can actually or potentially lead to downfall

In Greek mythology, when Achilles was a baby, it was foretold that he would die young. To prevent his death, his mother Thetis took Achilles to the River Styx, which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability, and dipped his body into the water. But as Thetis held Achilles by the heel, his heel was not washed over by the water of the magical river. Achilles grew up to be a man of war who survived many great battles. But one day, a poisonous arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him shortly after.

Achilles was the best fighter of the Greeks besieging Troy in the Trojan War. When the hero Odysseus journeyed to the Underworld to seek the advice of the dead prophet Teiresias, he encountered the shade of Achilles. This hero had slain the Trojan hero Hector in single combat and had himself been brought down only by the connivance of Apollo. The god guided the arrow of Hector’s brother Paris to the only vulnerable spot on Achilles’ body – his heel.

This might be hard to believe, but every executive and business leader has the same Achilles heel: getting too close to a situation and losing perspective. That’s when we make big mistakes. Don’t take it personally; it’s a surprisingly common failure mode among otherwise smart and competent professionals.

Which begs the question: how can that be? Is it some sort of temporary psychosis that makes us lose touch with reality? Does our self-awareness suddenly abandon us and go on vacation?

Actually, the culprit is that we fall victim to one of the most insidious pitfalls in the business world: Hubris. Overconfidence. Success makes us think we’re infallible. And we somehow forget the age-old adage that past performance is no indication of future results.

A) Starting a business, any kind of business, takes a lot of guts, determination and a little insanity (literally and figuratively!). Deciding to go against the grain, chase the dream and forge your way to success is admired by many – but can also be fraught with anxiety. The anxiety-inducing part is the idea of the untested — the unknown– the crossing of what seems to be unchartered waters that brings out the insecurities in fledgling entrepreneurs.

Seth Godin said “I define anxiety as experiencing failure in advance”.

B) Research… Research … Research?

The old adage of ‘” you can never have too much information” can be the Achilles Heel for fledgling entrepreneurs. Always on the hunt for the magic sauce — that special something– that helped someone else make it big and launch a successful business.

C) Excessive Research = Paralysis by Analysis

Once past the idea phase – the most exciting part of getting your small business started – you are faced with the how-to phase. Details such as business name, website, logos, presence, marketing plan, and the many intricacies involved in starting and running a business become almost-obsessions. These details can and will hold you hostage and keep you from moving forward with launching and growing your business. This barrier is often referred to as “Paralysis Analysis”.

D) Solution: Getting Through the Paralysis Analysis Phase

Meet the 70% principal. Its premise: “taking decisive actions based on 70% of the information is better than slow decisions based on complete information.” As you get started, don’t strive for perfect; do some good but limited research and make a decision based on your findings.

Business is fluid; your business and plans should be fluid too. Decisions that seemed good 6 months ago will eventually morph into better and more effective ideas as you gain boots on the ground experience.

Well I would end there for today, but whatever field of endeavor you are in, Ask yourself, What is my Achilles Heel? Remember the chain is as strongest as it’s weakest Link….

Have a great weekend and happy Holidays…….

Au Revoir….

Sep 10

HYPE OR THE REAL DEAL?

imageApple has laid to rest months of speculation by unveiling not one but two models of iPhone 6 – one larger than the other, but both significantly bigger than the existing device.

The company also launch the long-awaited Apple Watch, a wrist-mounted smart device that works in conjunction with the phone.

Apple Watch is the company’s first-ever wearable device. The new watch will come in a variety of styles and straps, with a choice of two sizes.

The iPhone 6 is just 6.9mm deep, making it the slimmest handset Apple has ever made. Its bigger brother, which will be called the iPhone 6 Plus, is 2mm thicker.

Apple says the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be faster and have better battery life than previous versions.

Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are powered by the 64-bit Apple A8 chip.

My initial impression is that the iPhone 6 catches up on most of the things we’ve come to expect from competitors, while expanding what we’ve come to expect from a “phone.” I’m particularly intrigued to try Apple Pay, a technology that allows you to replace a wallet full of credit cards with your iPhone.

Apple Pay combines the convenience and security of Touch ID and Passbook with NFC technology. So you can use iPhone 6 to pay in stores and within apps with a single touch. Apple Pay is Apple’s new mobile payments service.

It’s the first new product to be developed and introduced under Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s reign, the next chapter in Apple’s history.

I was thinking, Is Apple coming late for the Party or Are they setting the pace…

I wonder, how Samsung and Microsoft would respond..,

My bet is that the Hornet’s nest has been stirred and we are in for Technological Warfare among Juggernauts…

Only Time will tell…

 

 

Aug 29

OUTBREAK……..

imageIn recent times, I have been doing a lot of thinking on the State of our World and I would like to share some of my thoughts with you.

Today the World is in a dire condition, our beautiful World is under peril, our planet is in danger, Destruction is looming on the horizon. We are experiencing Outbreaks of various kinds eg Diseases, Upsurge in Terrorist Activities, Wars and Rumors of Wars, Financial Markets Collapsing, Unprecedented rate of Corruption, People losing their minds, Suicide rates are going up, the whole World is Neurotic.. What Hope is there? Is all LOST?

With the Current Outbreak of EBOLA especially in West Africa and the whole World has come to the Consciousness of this deadly disease. It has changed the way, people relate with one another in public places eg Churches, Mosques, etc. Everyone is now aware of the need for good personal hygiene…

It reminds me of a 1995 Hollywood Movie called OUTBREAK

Outbreak was an American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Morgan Freeman and co-stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Patrick Dempsey.

The film focuses on an outbreak of a fictional Ebola-like virus called Motaba in Zaire and later in a small town in the United States. Its primary settings are government disease control centers USAMRIID and the CDC, and the fictional town of Cedar Creek, California. Outbreak’s plot speculates how far military and civilian agencies might go to contain the spread of a deadly contagion.

What If we turn the Picture from all the gloom and doom to one of Hope and Vision..

Why can’t we have an outbreak of LOVE, JOY, PEACE, GENTLENESS, TOGETHERNESS, PATIENCE….

Won’t the World be a better place?

Won’t we take care of the Environment?

Won’t there be peace among nations, tribes?

Instead of Negative Outbreaks that put us in the path of Clear and Present Danger, Let us begin to look for Avenues to have Positive Outbreaks…..

Is this Possible?

Is this Achievable?

Is this Worth the Struggle?

Only TIME WILL TELL….

Aug 22

THE LAS-GIDI ENTREPRENEUR

imageWOW, WOW….WOW… what a week it has been, it started just like every other week, full of hopes, aspirations, goals and it is ending on a HIGH…. CAN YOU IMAGINE, ONE OF MY PROJECTS THAT I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FINALLY CAME THROUGH…what a relief I felt and it was quite emotional for me…. IT PAYS TO STAND BY YOUR CONVICTIONS…

This is just a glimpse for what is still possible for me this year and beyond.. I am preparing myself for Stratospheric Success..

The Weekend looms and part of my partners will be attending and exhibiting at the NIGERIAN BAR CONFERENCE 2014 holding in Owerri (Imo State).. Preparations has kicked into high gear and everyone is up for it… the competition is in for a SHOCK and AWE… LEGALPEDIA IS BACK IN TOWN…. AND LIKE I ALWAYS SAY ” WE INNOVATE, NEVER IMITATE….

Finally, I have written and about to Launch my second book called “THE LAS-GIDI ENTREPRENEUR”

The LAS-GIDI ENTREPRENEUR was written for the those who would dare to take a risk in life…to fall in love, write a book, start a business, whatever it is, go out there and do it. Take it’s pain, embrace it and use it to drive you to greatness. It’s more than just my story, it’s a common story and vision we all share.

I heard the book is already on AMAZON… HMM….WINK…LOL

YEP, I HAVE GOT TO GO, THE DAY AHEAD OF ME IS FOR THE TAKING….

Wishing all a wonderful weekend and remember to STAY HEALTHY, LOVE OPENLY AND LIVE A FULFILLING AND PROSPEROUS LIFE……..

Aug 12

The FLIRTY ENTREPRENEUR!!!!!!

imageEver seen a FLIRT? what do you think of them?

FLIRT according to Webster Dictionary is as follows

1) to behave in a way that shows a sexual attraction for someone but is not meant to be taken seriously

2) to think about something or become involved in something in a way that is usually not very serious

3) to come close to reaching or experiencing something

Are you Flirty in your nature, do you find yourself jumping from task to task without really completing it? A Flirt will never find purpose for what he or she is doing…They keep hopping from Place to Place..

In Business, People are Flirts, they fall into the trap of Bright Shiny Object Syndrome.. They do not think things through, they are generally haphazard in their ways, they tend to follow every ill-wind of Doctrine..They never make a commitment to succeed.. Being Half Hearted is their way of Life… They do not go all the way.

They are generally not focused..

My advice this morning to you is stop being Flirty, make a commitment to succeed in Life. Stand by your conviction, decisions..

NOTE: Don’t be too rigid in your ways, or be too flexible like a rubber band, what you should do is stay in the Middle of the Road and not just stand in the middle of the road, but Stand to the END OF THE ROAD.

Have a wonderful day..

Jul 23

Mo Money, Mo Problems?

imageIt has been crazy being off the Blogosphere…after a brief hiatus…can you imagine, what the challenge was, it had to do with my Hosting Company and one of the plugins corrupted the website and Furthermore my Word press site needed to be updated… So much for the hulla ballo….let dig in.

This is July, the peak of the rainy season…can’t wait for August Break….In recent times, I have been studying the power of Creative Thinking and it has been a major eye-opener for me….. Did you know that inside you, there is a Creative Idea waiting to be released.

Furthermore Creative Thinkers challenge Conventional Thinking…. Maybe in the not so distant future,I would write a Book on Creative Thinking…Might be a New York Times Bestseller… Wink Wink….

There exists this phrase which says ” More Money, More Problems” but is it actually true? Ideally a Communist mantra. Exists in hip-hop and popular R & B songs as well. More money would lead to more problems for the one that possesses the money. Hence making money the problem.

“Mo Money Mo Problems” was even done as a single by Notorious B.I.G., the second single from his album Life After Death. Released posthumously, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in 1997, replacing “I’ll Be Missing You” from the chart, Puff Daddy’s song about Notorious B.I.G’s death.

In sum, next year will bring “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems,” in the famous words of the late Notorious B.I.G. The population of millionaires in the U.S. will grow and perhaps even set a new record. Globally, millionaires and billionaires will rise in numbers and fortunes—largely driven by emerging markets and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China).

Yet soaring prosperity for the rich will be set against a backdrop of growing inequality and negative attention on the wealth gap.

My opinion is that, It comes down to the choices we make. You may have chosen a lifestyle you’re happy with that brings you financial success, however if you’re unhappy in your career path and seeking a different lifestyle (more time with the family, less stress), financial success won’t offer the type of fulfilment you’re after.

We need to own the choices we make and be prepared to accept the sacrifices that ensue. We tend to grow up with an expectation that we can have it all, however it comes down to priorities; sometimes what we achieve is not what we expected.

Be appreciative. There are a lot of things that money can buy that many of us take for granted: access to health care, warmth, food, shelter, transportation… “First World” things that we tend to expect will always be there since they’ve become fixtures in our lifestyle.

Yes, money can buy comfort and security, but the power of wealth is relative; as your income grows, so do your spending opportunities. We want to keep pursuing bigger and “better” things. But if our desires outpace what we can afford, money can destroy happiness, regardless of our income level.

With this in mind, I think it’s important to take moments to reflect on things we can be grateful for, a glass half-full approach to life. Instead of thinking I WANT this, be grateful that you HAVE that.

What do you think? Do you feel money makes you happy? I think you’ll get different answers depending on people’s respective circumstances. For some, a lack of money causes anxiety, yet the fear of losing money can be equally worrisome. At the end of the day, I don’t think we can directly say that money is a source of happiness, but I do think it can provide us with comforts and experiences that lead to happiness.

It comes down to our attitudes and expectations. We need to be able to look at wealth objectively, to give back, be appreciative and unattached to wealth for wealth’s sake in order for money to bring us the fulfilment and happiness that we all seek in life.

As Dale Carnegie said in his timeless book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

I better sign out, got a busy day ahead of me….remember to follow me on twitter @ okanjo

Jul 10

AFRICA AND THE GIANT

We are Living in very interesting and dynamic times, Africa truly has come of age and this period exposes us to unprecedented opportunities and Keen competition…the challenges that faced us as a continent are becoming opportunities…

Investors are flocking to Africa in droves…I call it the “African Gold Rush” and the Epicenter of this Phenomenon is Nigeria…. Why Nigeria?

Down through the Years, Nigeria has been referred to as the “Giant of Africa” because of it’s Population, Business potential, Vast Economy and Strategic Position in the Global Market……From the Days of the Groundnut Pyramids to the Oil Boom and then to the Infrastructural Growth…Nigeria has always been poised for massive domination… It is popularly known that the Map of Africa is in the shape of a gun and guess where the Trigger is situated?

With the Recent Rebasing of the Nigerian Economy, It has clearly overtaken South Africa as the biggest economy in Africa…….Now the Eyes of the World are fixed on Nigeria…….This Under-Achieving Giant can finally assume the role of the “Primus Inter Pares” in the comity of Nations globally..

Far too long, it has been a story of gloom and hopelessness for Nigeria, from Insecurity, Fraud, Corruption etc..it has been a “topsy turvy”journey….. but the Rules of Engagement are about to change….

Sometime around 2005, a group of Young Nigerian Students decided that they would not fall victim to this swan song of hopelessness and despair, they decided to take their future into their hands, it was not a revolution with blood and tears, but it was a revolution of the mind and Technology was the Silver Bullet……

They launched with an Innovative Blogsite in early 2006 called www.unilagfaces.com which totally caused a ripple in the Country, from there they were the official bloggers of the United States Consulate for the Computer, Telecommunications and Office Equipment Event (CTO) in 2006 and 2007.

They went to greater heights by Partnering with one of the leading banks in Nigeria to develop, Market an innovative legal software to the legal profession…. This was clearly a Home run…. The Domino effect was so astounding that the competition were shook out of their comfort zone and in blind retaliation, they trumped up spurious charges and A Court Case Ensued….

This Adversity only propelled them to greater heights to look inwards and defy the odds..They pushed on and in 2011 recorded a revenue of $1million dollars….Now they are a case study on the Never Say die Attitude of the Nigerian Youth….They are role models for Youths to follow…

In the Words of one of the co-founders Jonathan Okanlawon ” This journey was definitely an unprecedented feat and in spite of all we have achieved so far, the Best is yet to come”

They currently have their Headquarters in the Heart of Lagos and have branch offices in Abuja and Port Harcourt….

Nigeria can now step in as the Giant of Africa…Africa bows at the awesomeness of Nigeria…A new sense of hope, ambition, purpose has descended upon the Continent and the Giant is at the Forefront of this March to Growth and Development…..

My New Book “The LASGIDI ENTREPRENEUR” would be coming out soon….if you missed the launch of my First Book “The Seven Magic Bullets of Entrepreneurs” ….You better not miss this one….”
If you still want access to my book ” The Seven Magic Bullets of Entrepreneurs” Click HERE TO DOWNLOAD…..

Jul 04

TRUE LIES!!!!!!

Do you belong to a Mastermind Group? If not, find one quickly, It sure pays to belong to a Mastermind Group… In a Mastermind Group, the focus is ” I complete you, not compete against each other and by so doing, we become better…Isn’t that Brilliant…..

I heard this statement during the week from Brendon Burchard “If you are efficient at doing things that are not effective, you are just wasting time”. Now that is a BIG REVEAL….

I saw the article below from Guy Kawasaki during the week and I would like to share it with you…..

In order to stay positive, entrepreneurs need to lie to themselves a lot. Unfortunately, this can get them into trouble when they have improbable expectations and surprising outcomes as a result.

Below are the 7 biggest lies and the truth about what to do instead:

1) Sales Will be Better Next Month

Many entrepreneurs believe that sales will always increase in the future. They reason that with more revenue, there will be more profit.

The truth: They don’t change their sales and marketing efforts to give their company a better chance at actually increasing sales. To boost revenue, companies need to be there when customers want to buy. Only a systematic sales and marketing effort will accomplish this.

2) The Next Big Customer (or Product or Employee) Will Change Your Company Forever

The belief is that the next big break will take their company to the next level.

The truth: Progress in companies typically builds slowly and success doesn’t usually have a tipping point. Think about the essential building blocks that will grow the company step by step.

3) Big Money Means Taking Big Risks

They read the urban folklore of the few who took big risks and made billions.

The truth: Most people fail. The success in business comes from taking small steps, evaluating the results, and taking the next action.

4)Competitors Are Slow

Many entrepreneurs think that their competitors are not innovative and can’t react quickly. Tell that to Blockbuster and Borders.

The truth: There will always be a competitor developing a better mousetrap. The entrepreneur needs to know what their competitive advantage will be when that day comes.

5)Keeping the Financials in Your Head is Okay

Many entrepreneurs believe that they do not need to review their company financial statements.

The truth: Most of the time their expectations do not match what is actually going on. This is why it’s important to read and understand these statements every month.

6)Getting Paid Last in Your Business is Acceptable

They reason that they are investing in their company and this is how they justify living off of savings while running a start-up.

The truth: If an entrepreneur does not draw a livable wage from their company, they have a hobby, not a business. Always include the owner’s salary in the monthly budget.

7) Being Busy Means Being Productive

Many entrepreneurs believe if they are busy at work – then they must be adding to the value of the company.

The truth: With all the distractions and interruptions that can enter an entrepreneur’s daily life, they need to be very disciplined that they focus on projects that will make a deep impact on the company. Pick the two things that need to get done today and complete them before starting any other task.

What lies do you tell yourself?

Thank you Guy Kawasaki, I doff my Hat…….

NOTE: Have you ever tried writing a book or an e-book? It is so simple…I have found the secret to writing Books at Will…if you want to know…send me a message……

My New Book “The LASGIDI ENTREPRENEUR” would be coming out soon….if you missed the launch of my First Book “The Seven Magic Bullets of Entrepreneurs” ….You better not miss this one….”

If you still want access to my book ” The Seven Magic Bullets of Entrepreneurs” Click HERE TO DOWNLOAD…..

Wishing all my friends in the USA, Happy Independence Holidays..

Cheers to Success…..

Jun 27

THE ASSASSINS ARE LOOSE!!!!!!!!!


The Weekend Looms again, time for rest or so it seems…. My Weekend is packed full, Activities…. Activities….. Activities…. Whew…..It is all for a good cause….

I heard that there are some Deadly Assassins on the Loose, They belong to a Killer Squad and they have a deadly purpose….. I advise you, please stay away from them, they are sent to STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY…

As Children, we had many ideas, our imagination switch was constantly on, we imagined all kind of possibilities…(When I was a child, I could do and be anything I wanted to be).. As we grew older, we are seldom encouraged to use the imaginative power, we spent our childhood cultivating.. Instead we are taught to CONFORM, to take no chances, play it safe and follow the crowd…OH HOW PATHETIC……

I am exposing the ASSASSINS today, they are called IDEA KILLERS!!!!!! THEY ARE OUT TO KILL CREATIVITY IN EVERY ONE OF US…. But the ASSASSINS can be stopped and THE SECRET IS OUT……

I would lay out a Blueprint on how to overcome this ASSASSINS….

1) IDEAS CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE, ANYONE, ANYTIME. IDEAS LIKE BABIES DON’T PICK THEIR PARENTS, SO PLEASE PLEASE BE A SPONGE FOR IDEAS.

2) IDEAS IN THEIR EARLY STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT DEMAND CARE AND ATTENTION

3) IDEAS NEED ENCOURAGEMENT OR RATHER PEOPLE NEED TO BE ENCOURAGED TO THINK UP IDEAS AND COMMUNICATE THEM.. TRY NEVER TO BE GUILTY OF UTTERING IDEA KILLERS…..

NOTE- THE ASSASSINS ARE WITHOUT AND COULD ALSO BE WITHIN…..

I know you are wondering, WITHIN!!!!! HOW?

Sometimes too often, we actually kill our own ideas, before they are given a chance to prove themselves one way or the other…..

The Deadly Squad is currently undertaking Mass Recruitment worldwide and you could be recruited without even knowing it……. BEWARE!!!!!!

I just heard that Another Special Black Operations Unit has been dispatched to ENGAGE and DESTROY this DEADLY ASSASSINS.. The UNIT is called CREATIVE THINKERS……

NOTE: DID YOU KNOW THAT THE NEW ECONOMY BELONGS TO THE CREATIVE THINKERS!!!!

Before I sign out for the Weekend, I would like to share a quote from ALBERT EINSTEIN who said ” IMAGINATION IS EVERYTHING, IT IS THE PREVIEW OF LIFE’S COMING ATTRACTIONS”…

Have a great Weekend…

Cheers to Success

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