My Portfolio Life- It ain’t so crazy after all!

I read a post from Jeff Goins blogPortfolio Life and the lines started falling in pleasant places! The confusion I’ve been feeling for a while now started melting away. As I read the first sentence in that post- “You are not just what you do. You were made for more than just one thing. Your life is a portfolio of activities, all of which make you who you are”– I started getting clarity! I froze! I’m not crazy after all!awesome Continue reading “My Portfolio Life- It ain’t so crazy after all!”

Being 30-Something and Finding a New Purpose by Joy Ezeka


theDesignBender-Passion-Blog-4.jpgSometimes I think of how I wish I can go back in time and give my 20-something-year-old-self a knock on the head with some insightful advice on how to live life, that would have made my ‘now’ so much better; saved money when it was coming in like there was no tomorrow, control impulsive spending like it was going out of fashion, never buy ANYTHING on loan, take relationships more seriously and avoid the ones that really put me in big mess, invest in some stock that would have yielded great results now or pursued my passion despite the challenges I faced; I would have been rich and famous by now! But you know what? I can’t turn the hands of time, I can’t go back into the past, I just have ‘here’, ‘now’ and the ‘future’. Continue reading “Being 30-Something and Finding a New Purpose by Joy Ezeka”

The Challenges of an Entrepreneur- When you’re about to lose it!

Starting your own business is no piece of cake! Being an entrepreneur is not for the weak or faint-hearted!

Owning your own business can be just as rewarding as it is challenging and also one of the best decisions you can ever make because you can make a living doing what you love, find better work/life balance with your family, and have a chance to earn more than you would working for someone else, building something that’s all yours. But! Yes there’s a BUT! There is the flip side to it, which I am beginning to face now, like, overworking that might lead to burn out, working 20 hours instead of the normal 8 hours! Dealing with an uncertain income and especially difficulty with getting deals sealed. And that is the one aspect I want to write about.

You send your proposal out and best news ever! A potential client has scheduled an in-person meeting with you to discuss their needs and how you might be able to help them. You are excited!

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The Challenges of an Entrepreneur: Learning to Love the Process

Doing What I Love and Loving What I Do- 7 Amazing Lessons I Learned from Garrett Moon

My mantra is “Dream it, Believe it, Make it Happen”. In other words it means, “Don’t wait for something to happen, make it happen”. But recently, I’ve been feeling burnt out and wondering when I’ll get to that break-even point in my career and it’s been weighing me down. Then I came across this blog post today by Garrett Moon on No, Doing What You Love Doesn’t Make You A Narcissist.

Talk about something coming “just in the nick of time”! Let me dive right in. I’m so excited! This is my booster pill! Continue reading “The Challenges of an Entrepreneur: Learning to Love the Process”

#‎businesstips‬ ‪#‎brandbuilding‬ | What does your brand say about you?

entrepreneur-quote-solutekA brand is one of the most important assets of a business. Good branding gives a company several advantages including establishing a positive reputation and building an image attractive to consumers. A good corporate brand establishes confidence, loyalty and a well-built customer relationship. Continue reading “#‎businesstips‬ ‪#‎brandbuilding‬ | What does your brand say about you?”

The road to success starts with one baby step!

Early this year, I got an email from my boss not to come back to work, that my services where not needed anymore. I was home visiting my family in Nigeria with my fiancé. The traditional meet the man I want to marry (some scary stuff and another story for another day). Anyways, the news hit me so hard that I didn’t know it hit me until after a week I returned home and then a became depressed; I’m in my 30’s, no job, no savings, no… the list went on and on. And you can imagine, it was at the beginning of the year and all my savings gone! Continue reading “The road to success starts with one baby step!”

You Don’t Have to be a Geek to Create a Successful Start-up by Tim Brown CEO at IDEO

Fraser Doherty’s simple recipe for success? Do what you love. Photo courtesy of SuperJam.

Living in Silicon Valley, I’m used to being blown away by the technical genius of entrepreneurs and the sheer determination the best of them have to use technology to make the world a better place. Earlier this week, however, I was reminded that being a geek isn’t a prerequisite for starting a business that makes a dent on the planet.

I’m in Seoul, South Korea, currently, speaking at the Herald Design Forum. At the opening event, Fraser Doherty, a young Scottish entrepreneur, gave an inspiring talk about his fast-growing business, SuperJam. No, it’s not the latest Spotify. SuperJam makes something tastier and more lo-fi: sugar-free, 100-percent-fruit preserves.

Fraser got his start in the food business as a kid, raising chickens. (He shuttered the business after a hostile takeover by a local fox.) Undeterred, Fraser went on to learn how to make jam from his “gran” in her Edinburgh kitchen at age 14. The customer base for his first line of preserves was confined to neighbors and friends from church, but news spread quickly, and by 16, Fraser left school to make fruit jams full-time.

A decade later, SuperJam has sold millions of jars and can be found in thousands of supermarkets worldwide. Launching a healthy, successful product would have been enough for most entrepreneurs, but “Jam Boy,” as Fraser calls himself, also wanted to give back in a meaningful way. So, he conceived SuperJam Tea Parties, a nonprofit that organizes free socials for elderly people who live alone or in nursing homes. Since 2008, the charity has thrown hundreds of events across Scotland, England, and Wales, with live music, good conversations, and of course, delicious jam and scones.

Shortly after his company made its first million in 2008, Forbes interviewed Fraser, asking how he felt about being so wealthy so young. “I can’t be preoccupied with the money,” Doherty said. “I make jam because it’s what I love to do.” Proof that even in the digital age, simple ideas, pursued with passion, can result in sweetly successful businesses.

Have you ever turned a personal pursuit into a business?