Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (popularly known as D’banj, born 9 June 1980) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and businessman. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007,Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards 2011, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards. He adopted the stage name D’banj, a combination of his first name Dapo and his surname Oyebanjo.
On a personal note however, I was not much of a fan of his till tonight; If anything, I am more of one of his biggest critics, That was till I watched his Ted talk and I see why there is so much depth in his songs beyond shallow lyrics and meaningless titles. Here is the story behind one of his songs.
This blew me away;
This should be our reasoning, this should be our thoughts as African youths, not meaningless squabbles for vain glory!
Hey, it’s 3:43am in Nigeria and I am excited because I just stumbled on this great piece written by Ken Sundheim on the entrepreneur webpage and I just know you will love it! Enjoy this read:
In the majority of cases, it’s not luck that makes people money, nor is it who they know. Rather, the people who make the most money in their careers are the ones who display discipline, and who have a definitive sense of purpose and heavy duty resiliency.
The positive news is that even if you don’t possess these skills now, it is very possible to obtain them. The first step in doing so is to analyze how millionaires approach their careers and begin to alter your thought processes, practices and overall professional approach.
To get you started, here are five ways the highly successful approach their careers:
1. Maintain an Open Mind and Active Imagination – Effective job seekers and entrepreneurs understand that tolerance and maintaining an open mind are necessities for anyone seeking wealth and prosperity from their job. They are not afraid of new ideas and understand that closed minds do not inspire faith, courage or belief.
I periodically read research reports about business failures. I always find them interesting, although often they are depressing.
Such as what I recently read. Which was research from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. This research found that 70% to 80% of new businesses fail within their first year.
And while this was frustrating enough to read, the research further stated that half of those companies which do survive the first year will fail within the next four years.
Now, let’s turn to the cause of this failure. According to Dun & Bradstreet, the number one cause of this failure is lack of business planning.
What this essentially means is this: entrepreneurs and business owners don’t plan to fail; rather, they fail to plan (which causes them to fail).
In my view, there are two types of business plans. The first is the business plan you must create when you start your company. The purpose of this plan is to ensure you have fully thought through your venture.
Perhaps one of the strongest Brand repositioning that came out after a strong awareness about the health hazards of taking Sugar was the introduction of the COKE ZERO. Promising the same coke satisfaction without the health hazard of taking too much sugar. The problem with this COke Zero philosophy is the fact that the major ingredient used in replacing Sugar, “Aspartame” has about 92 different health side effects.This week, Dr Janet Starr Hull talks about this dangerous component and its side effects
Aspartame dissolves into solution and can therefore travel throughout the body and deposit within any tissue. The body digests aspartame unlike saccharin, which does not break down within humans.
The multitude of aspartame side effects are indicative to your genetic individuality and physical weaknesses. It is important to put two and two together, nonetheless, and identify which side effects aspartame is creating within you.
Aspartame Side Effects
The components of aspartame can lead to a number of health problems, as you have read. Side effects can occur gradually, can be immediate, or can be acute reactions.
According to Lendon Smith, M.D. there is an enormous population suffering from side effects associated with aspartame, yet have no idea why drugs, supplements and herbs don’t relieve their symptoms. Then, there are users who don’t ‘appear’ to suffer immediate reactions at all. Even these individuals are susceptible to the long-term damage caused by excitatory amino acids, phenylalanine, methanol, and DKP.
Ok my apologies for been off your radar for a while. I have been extremely busy! So how has it been?
Have you met your goals for the year as we finish the first half and prepare for the new half? Have you gotten a new Job? Have you started a new Business?
Yes have you started that new business?
Today I just finished a session with bright minds and some young IT entrepreneurs at Eko Hotels and Suites and retiring to my room I still can’t seem to find respite until I have shared some thoughts on how to finish this year on a high note even if you started wrongly or a little slowly.
As the head of one of Africa’s Brightest Business Planning Outfit at www.Penexusconsulting.com I get a lot of demand on my time with entrepreneurs and entrepreneur wanabies asking for tips on how to start their Business as a part-time or full time skilled professional. So I drew up a 7 day approach to doing that.
GET A BUSINESS PLAN
The discipline of writing something down is the first step towards making it happen”
Writing an investor-grade Business plan can be challenging and time consuming even for those of us who do it on a regular basis. If you are a typical entrepreneur, you are already too busy focusing on other priorities such as building your customer base, perfecting your product or recruiting key management. Why not get someone to do it for you?
STUDY THE MARKET
Market research is vital to a startup looking to hit the ground running, according to Yancey. You want to create a snapshot of the competitive landscape you’re entering: how your products or services compare to what’s available, who your target customers are and what government regulations and licensing requirements to expect
BUILD YOUR BRAND A brand identity, including a name and a professional-looking logo, can bring instant legitimacy, even before launch. Spend a few Naira on Business Cards, Letterheads, Posters and a “Professional” looking webpage. Professional because having a poorly designed website Just because it is cheap will send the wrongest perception about your Business. And you know what they say about perception being reality?
INCORPORATE YOUR BUSINESS
The nature of the startup dictates the extent to which it should rely on an attorney to incorporate, trademark ideas/products, formalize partnership agreements, etc. It’s best to let an attorney tackle any complex legal matters. We could refer you to a few
Bringing in profits means making sales. Put your ear to the ground for events and opportunities that could catapult your Brand name and increase sales
FAKE IT TO MAKE IT
Success is often a self-fulfilling prophecy. However modest your beginnings, however short your track record, think big and act like you belong.
You’ll never will increase beyond the level you see yourself.
GIVE, GIVE, GIVE
On Rearely explored areas of Business Progress by most people is Giving back. It seems however that no one can reach any known heights until they inculcate that giving habit. Truth is we live in a very mysteriou It may be the cog in the wheel of your sales progress. The richest men in Todays world are not those who focus on selling but those who give the most. Even Nigeria’s Dangote did not become the 20th richest man till he started giving to entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
So for starters sponsor an event, see such as an opportunity not a burden and watch the pace at which your Business will grow
Being highly productive is not an innate talent; it’s simply a matter of organizing your life so that you can efficiently get the right things done.
So, what behaviors define highly productive people? What habits and strategies make them consistently more productive than others? And what can you do to increase your own productivity?
Here are some ideas to get you started…
Create and observe a TO-DON’T list. – A ‘TO-DON’T list’ is a list of things not to do. It might seem amusing, but it’s an incredibly useful tool for keeping track of unproductive habits, like checking Facebook and Twitter, randomly browsing news websites, etc. Create one and post it up in your workspace where you can see it.
Organize your space and data. – Highly productive people have systems in place to help them find what they need when they need it – they can quickly locate the information required to support their activities. When you’re disorganized, that extra time spent looking for a phone number, email address or a certain file forces you to drop your focus. Once it’s gone, it takes a while to get it back – and that’s where the real time is wasted. Keeping both your living and working spaces organized is crucial. Read Getting Things Done.
Ruthlessly eliminate distractions while you work. – Eliminating all distractions for a set time while you work is one of the most effective ways to get things done. So, lock your door, put a sign up, turn off your phone, close your email application, disconnect your internet connection, etc. You can’t remain in hiding forever, but you can be twice as productive while you are. Do whatever it takes to create a quiet, distraction free environment where you can focus on your work.
Set and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals. – These goals must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Read more about this here.
Break down goals into realistic, high impact tasks. – Take your primary goal and divide it into smaller and smaller chunks until you have a list of realistic tasks, each of which can be accomplished in a few hours or less. Then work on the next unfinished, available task that will have the greatest impact at the current time. For example, if you want to change careers, that goal may be driven by several smaller goals like going back to school, improving your networking skills, updating your resume or getting a new certification. And each of these smaller goals is supported by even more granular sub-goals and associated daily tasks. And it is these small daily tasks that, over time, drive larger achievement.
Work when your mind is fresh, and put first things first. – Highly productive people recognize that not all hours are created equal, and they strategically account for this when planning their day. For most of us, our minds operate at peak performance in the morning hours when we’re well rested. So obviously it would be foolish to use this time for a trivial task like reading emails. These peak performance hours should be 100% dedicated to working on the tasks that bring you closer to your goals.
Focus on being productive, not being busy. – Don’t just get things done; get the right things done. Results are always more important than the time it takes to achieve them. Stop and ask yourself if what you’re working on is worth the effort. Is it bringing you in the same direction as your goals? Don’t get caught up in odd jobs, even those that seem urgent, unless they are also important. Read The 4-Hour Workweek.
Commit your undivided attention to one thing at a time. – Stop multi-tasking, and start getting the important things done properly. Single-tasking helps you focus more intently on one task so you can finish it properly, rather than having many tasks started and nothing finished. Quickly switching from task to task makes the mind less efficient. Studies have shown that changing tasks more than 10 times during an 8-hour segment of work drops a person’s IQ by an average of 10-15 points.
Work in 90 minute intervals. – In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Tony Schwartz, author of the NY Times bestseller The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, makes the case for working in no more than 90 consecutive minutes before a short break. Schwartz says, “There is a rhythm in our bodies that operates in 90-minute intervals. That rhythm is the ultradian rhythm, which moves between high arousal and fatigue. If you’re working over a period of 90 minutes, there are all kinds of indicators in your physiology of fatigue; so what your body is really saying to you is, ‘Give me a break! Refuel me!’”
Reply to emails, voicemails, and texts at a set times. – This directly ties into the ideas of single-tasking and distraction-avoidance. Set specific time slots 2-3 times a day to deal with incoming communication (e.g. once at 8AM, once at 11AM, once at 3PM), and set a reasonable max duration for each time slot. Unless an emergency arises, be militant about sticking to this practice.
Invest a little time to save a lot of time. – How can you spend a little time right now in order to save a lot of time in the future? Think about the tasks you perform over and over throughout a work week. Is there a more efficient way? Is there a shortcut you can learn? Is there a way to automate or delegate it? Perhaps you can complete a particular task in 20 minutes, and it would take two hours to put in place a more efficient method. If that 20 minute task must be completed every day, and a two-hour fix would cut it to 5 minutes or less each time, it’s a fix well worth implementing. A simple way of doing this is to use technology to automate tasks (email filters, automatic bill payments, etc.). Also, teaching someone to help you and delegating work is another option. Bottom line: The more you automate and delegate, the more you can get done with the same level of effort.
Narrow the number of ventures you’re involved in. – In other words, say “no” when you should. The commitment to be productive is not always the biggest challenge, narrowing the number of ventures to be productive in is. Even when you have the knowledge and ability to access highly productive states, you get to a point where being simultaneously productive on too many fronts at once causes all activities to slow down, stand still, and sometimes even slide backwards.