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Sometimes pursuing your goals can be exhausting. I had spent hours planning a photoshoot for my new product, only to be let down by the colors of my labels, the lighting, and the sunlight. I was disappointed and got very emotional. I also spent over 18 hours looking for a Web developer to design a new web application for my start-up business, and it has been overwhelming combing through hundreds of messages, jumping on one Skype call and another.
Building a dream can be time-consuming the journey of getting to the point where you can show off what you’ve been building, can feel like hell. Most times we forget that the journey is part of the dream. It is all-encompassing, its the full package.

Dreams are sometimes like that, they are never as expected. We plan things out perfectly in our heads but reality gives us a check and we must adjust accordingly. There are several ways to combat the funk that comes up when things don’t work out as planned.

#1: Let it flow. Sometimes what we focus so much on perfecting isn’t always necessary. In the case of my photoshoot, I focused on the positives, adjusted a few things and went along with the process.

#2: Don’t get funky: it’s easy to get upset, discouraged, and downright funky because you didn’t have your way. You have to keep one thing in mind (nothing good comes easy). Always remember that when next you hit a block on your way to greatness. In my case, I focused only on the positive and put a spin on the photoshoot.

#3: Step back: One way to not flat line and kill your dream, is to step back and re-access; ideas can come at us with grandeur and our budget, skills, and resource can’t make it out the way we see it in our heads. It’s okay to step back and find another angle to accomplish your goals without losing your mind.

The truth is your dreams have a life of their own. They may not always take the intended course but be rest assured that they will come true.

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If you are considering striking out and starting a new business, you have probably been investigating what is known as “business opportunities”. A business opportunity is usually a complete package that contains a product or line of products, and a marketing strategy for selling that product. Any business opportunity worth considering will either have a track record that you can investigate and evaluate, or it will have a clear statement of the plan, the potential, and the up-front costs. Before investing any time or money in a specific business opportunity there are some things you should consider. Here are some of the more important ones:

How long has the business opportunity been around? – Before investing time and money in marketing a business opportunity it is important to determine how long that business has been operating, the success rate, customer base, etc. If it is a new concept that has not been proven in the marketplace, you have no assurance that it will even work.

Does the company have a fixed address and phone number? – This may seem obvious to you, but the fact is, thousands of “companies” operate with nothing more than a website and an email address. Many of them are here today and gone tomorrow. Make sure the business you intend to deal with has a fixed address, physical location, and established phone number.

Does the business opportunity have some successful members you can talk to? – Most business opportunities will show you “testimonials”, but these are often untrustworthy. They could even be completely fabricated. Ask the owner of the business opportunity for the names of real people you can talk to. Call them on the telephone and ask them to share their experiences with the program. This will not only provide you with valuable first-hand information about the program, but it will give you a list of advisors who may be happy to help you along the way.

How much initial investment is required? – In many cases, a proven business opportunity with a successful track record will involve some kind of initial investment. This could involve an initial amount of product inventory, a program subscription fee, or possibly a piece of equipment required to produce or finish the product. You should not assume that a business opportunity that is free to join is a better investment. Usually, a free-to-join business opportunity will involve other costs such as marketing and advertising fees. Nobody gives away “opportunities” for free. What you have to determine is whether a specific business opportunity has a successful track record, is managed by honest people, and offers you a realistic chance of actually making some money. These are the things you must weigh against the entry costs.

What is the realistic income potential of the business? – Have a careful look at the numbers and projections provided by the business opportunity. Then talk with actual members who are using the program to determine if they have been able to turn those numbers into reality.

Are there extra fees such as yearly or monthly subscription fees, shipping costs, or minimum purchase requirements? – Make sure to get a detailed list of all the fees involved in operating the new business. These things may not seem significant now, but they can easily eat into your profits later.

Who controls the money? – When you generate sales for the business opportunity what assurance do you have that you will get your share of the profits? This is the primary reason not to deal with “fly by night” outfits that have no track record. Again, the best way to get an accurate reading on this is to talk with people already using the program.

Does the business opportunity provide marketing materials and person-to-person mentoring? – One of the most difficult parts of starting a new business is “learning the ropes”. It can be extremely helpful to have advisors who have first-hand experience in making the program work. The same goes for marketing materials. You will have enough to do without having to create brochures, ads, and newsletters for your new business.

How much control of your new business will you have? – Be clear on who owns the business, and who controls the way it is developed and marketed. You may want to diversify your product offerings in order to avoid being at the mercy of “head office”. Remember that you are trying to create a business that has long term value. This will involve considerable investment of time and energy on your part. You don’t want your business to be completely dependent on the stability and integrity of a single supplier.

The ideal business opportunity is one that is offered by a stable company with a proven track record. The business opportunity should require low initial investment and have high-profit potential both in the short term and in the long term. It should allow you to build a profitable business of your own that will be a source of income far into the future.

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When Melissa quit her job to start her real estate business she knew she wanted more out of life and to live it to the fullest under her terms. There were days of doubts and the lack of support sometimes heightened those feelings; however, she pushed her way through, as a woman in a dogged male-dominated industry. Designed life caught up with Melissa to learn more about her entrepreneurial journey and hear her thoughts about life.

What or Who inspired you to start your business?
I always hated working full time and this is what inspired me to start my own business. After changing jobs multiple times, hoping that with each time, having an increase in pay or being with a different team would make me happy; for some reason I always hated it. I would say to myself ‘surely there’s more to life than being on this constant hamster wheel’. I had no idea where to start, or even how, but in hindsight, everything just fell into place.
I was also inspired by the fact that I was in control – I didn’t have to travel into an office to prove that I was worthy, or have a certain job title, or be stuck when my pay wouldn’t always last the full month and I would have to do a countdown until the next payday.

What habits helped make you successful?
I would love to say that I have a series of daily habits that have ensured my success, but I don’t fully feel that I’m at that point yet. I have just worked hard and tried to think creatively. I want to get to a point where I have a dedicated daily routine but I’m a work in progress. At the moment, I find that I have to naturally get ‘into the flow’. When I try to force working in my business, I find that I procrastinate on tasks that aren’t important, but when I get ‘into the flow’, I do all the tasks I know I should be doing, with ease. I do believe that routine is key, so if I was following my own advice – I would get up at the same time every day, go to the gym at the same time, and schedule certain tasks around what I like doing throughout the day (for example: with my business being based around property, I can end up spending a lot of time on the phone! So I’m currently working on managing that so I can get to see more properties and meet more people, etc).

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
How I distinguish myself from my competitors is that I understand that I’m in my lane, on my own path and it’s my daily dedication and hard work that will make a difference. I also find building relationships fairly easy, so I don’t view my competitors as something to worry about. I think about supermarkets – they each sell the same or similar products, for variable prices, yet people still have their preferred ‘go-to’ supermarket. So I bear in mind that I’m attracting ‘my type of customer’.

What was your biggest mistake?

My biggest mistake when I first started, was not having a pipeline of sales. I was close to completing my first 2 sales and for some reason, I stopped chasing business. I let my pipeline go cold and it was much harder to build the pipeline back up. But it was a worthwhile learning experience, which allowed me to prove to myself how determined I am to make my business successful. That was the point I could have given up…but I didn’t.

What was unexpected when you started your business?
The main thing that was unexpected when I started my business, was just how lonely the process was. I felt that friends and family didn’t fully understand why I would choose to put myself through the stress and aggravation of owning my own business. I also wonder why I do it myself sometimes, but that’s all part of the process.

What did you learn?
From this, I learned that fellow entrepreneurs are your biggest supporters. The people who like and comment on my social media posts are people who I’ve met and connected with along the way. I also learned that everyone sees you. For the moments that I get zero likes and comments on posts, I don’t let it affect me as it doesn’t mean that my posts haven’t been seen.

How can you minimize the unknowns?
There are lots of unknowns with being an entrepreneur but the way you can minimize the unknowns is DO IT ANYWAY! If you follow a certain marketing plan or you make a decision on doing something, you don’t know how it will be received and you know what? It doesn’t matter. You don’t know until you do know, and the only way you will know is by doing.

What does it mean to live a Designed Life?
To live a designed life is to have the flexibility and freedom to control your destiny. It’s about you carving your future and creating the type of life that you want to lead.

What impact do you want to have on the world or change you’d like to see?
The impact that I would like to have on the world, is by proving that you don’t need to fit into a stereotype to be an entrepreneur. I show up every day as my true authentic self and I’m always a work in progress. I have sometimes wondered if I would be more successful if I wore higher heels to networking events, but I refuse to give in. It’s hard enough walking into a room full of strangers, much less thinking about your feet being on fire in gorgeous shoes.

Describe yourself in one word?
Honest!

What mantra do you live by?
Everything happens for a reason, but you can’t sit down and wait for things to slot into place. You have to work hard at making things happen and then from there, things will either slide into or out of place.

Where does your passion come from?
My passion comes from wanting to be happy and wanting to carve a life that I have created by myself, for myself (And a family one day).

What makes you smile?
Caring people make me smile. You can’t beat a genuinely nice, honest and friendly person.

I love what I do! I feel that my business is fully aligned with my personality. Helping people and coming up with solutions to problems makes me feel good and that’s what fuels me to keep going. My business is about finding properties for investors, so I get to help sellers who have homes that need modernization and are ready to sell; and I also get to help Investors find the right properties, which meets their requirements.

Business Name: ML Property Venture
Website: www.mlpropertyventure.co.uk
Socials: @MLPropertyVenture (on Facebook and LinkedIn)

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Kehinde Daramola is a Licensed Architect from Nigeria with a Masters Degree in Architecture from Covenant University. Since her graduation, she has worked in different capacity and on different projects  including residential, commercial, and industrial projects with few architectural firms. As a single mom of two amazing sons, she focuses on making sure she provides the best for them, “nothing matters to me more than their well-being and for them to get the best that I can offer”, she exclaimed. After the loss of her husband in 2015, she had to wake up to the challenge life had thrown at her; “I realized that my 9-5 job couldn’t do so much in meeting up with our daily expenses”, she said.
In 2018 she decided to quit her job to start a firm where she focuses on furniture making, interior design, and construction; she was inspired to start her business so she can be more financially independent, grow her network, and also grow her net worth.

As an Architect, she works strictly in ensuring that her clients’ job are delivered to specification, on budget and  in time. “Before I went into business I had always felt I needed a good capital for me to start but I realized that not all businesses require money, so I learned a skill in furniture making then started my business on Zero capital, my first job funded itself and my business has been thriving ever since”.
On interviewing Kehinde, she shared some nuggets on what inspired her to start her firm, how she started her business, and what she considers success to be.
What habits helped make you successful?
I would not say I have attained success yet because I’m on a journey to unending learning and growth; what I have learned so far is that I must be consistent, persistent and be open to learning new things, always.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I have an edge over my competitors because as an architect I have a background in space planning, design, and specifications which gives my clients the type of satisfaction we’d always wanted from them.
What was your biggest mistake?
My biggest mistake is not knowing so much about the business side of my skill since I had no prior knowledge on how to run a  business so, I struggle with documenting how my business should be run.
How do you deal with failure and how do you learn from failures?
Every failure is an opportunity for growth and an opportunity to re-strategize; that is how I have handled it so far.
How can you minimize the unknowns?
Life in itself is unknown, the only thing I think we can minimize the unknown is to live ready and take more risks.
What advice would you give inspiring entrepreneurs?
My advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is that Just Start where you are, start growing and learn as you earn.
What does it mean to live a Designed Life?
For me living a Designed Life is living a purposeful life actualized by living your dreams and fulfilling your visions.
What impact do you want to have on the world or change you’d like to see?
I want my life to be a trigger for hundreds of women like myself, to inspire them to take hold of their destinies and start making a positive difference in their businesses and career. Someday I want someone to tell me because of you I didn’t give up.
  
Check out some of her Furniture designs on Instagram or Facebook 
Whatsapp Number: +234 8065744016
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You need this in whatever sector you’re engaged in, even if it’s the secret service.

As an ambivert and being highly misunderstood, intentional people-networking had been a weakness for me. But then again…when you start a business it builds and teaches you so many things.

So I learnt.

1. Power lies with how well you can network with people.

2. Leverage and opportunities lies with the people you network with.

3. Camaraderie, friendships that lasts a lifetime lies with people you network with. Try to make it as healthy as possible.

4. Valued Information and other forms of education lies with the people you network with. Be willing to share with them as well.

5. Never underestimate the power of a contact. Ensure you’re deliberately building blocks of network at every level. That guard is as important and sometimes even a more valuable contact than the MD.

Let’s network with people more. I am trying to do it better too.

P.S: I deliberately avoided the Word: Influence(r)

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Linda Dooyum Kpum

CEO 1278 Marketplace

Www.1278marketplace.com

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Am I cursed? That’s one question I’d ask myself for years. I would spend days pondering why I have too many talents, how to shrink my abilities so others don’t feel threatened, or how to manage all of them. It was daunting. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that there are tribes of men and women just like me. A tribe of multitalented, multifaceted, unboxable people. They are idea generators, they are inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, and so much more. They can sing, write, draw, create things, build things, etc.

The good news is you and I are not cursed. We are part of a tribe of amazing people who are blessed to view the world through different lenses, to explore the world in undescribable ways. But because the world isn’t friendly to people like us, we have got to understand how to manage all of the “amazingness” that we are blessed with.

So how do you manage your talents? 

One thing I found helpful over the years was the ability to prioritize my day. Creating a list of things to do, from the most important to the least important. I do the same, with my talents. For years I’d try doing everything at the same time and get overwhelmed or overlooked. Often times people overlook or look down on people who are multitalented, they are often referred to as “unserious”, “unfocused”, and usually not taken seriously.

A multitalented person is constantly battling with how to show up in life. There is often an inner battle on who to show up as. I was once invited to speak on a panel based on my work as an author, I got so excited I started talking about every other thing I do. It is hard to just be “one thing”. You and I can’t just be “one thing”. Think back to the last time you tried…, it usually never works.

So managing your talents requires strategic thoughts and actions. Deciding which talent to focus on quarterly, yearly, etc. So maybe you focus on one for a while, then add to it, and so on. One thing I found helpful was the ability to “marry” my talents. I wrote down everything I’m good at and made a link. I love writing, I love issues relating to women, business, relationships, sex, etc. So I created a niche to only write on issues I’m passionate about, I turned my love for writing and helping others find their voices into a business by starting a publishing company, Eleviv Publishing Group. I married my love for design, art, and fashion into creating textile designs, branding for my company,  and creating art work for projects. I can go on and on about marrying my talents and linking them but the truth is you can definitely do that seamlessly.

I am learning as I grow into a better version of me but through prioritizing and marrying my talents I’ve been able to have a clear picture of my purpose and how they are somehow linked to who I’ve been called to be. You are part of an amazing tribe, look for others like you, marry your talents, and never shrink. Sometimes you just have to look closely!

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Creativity is what sets you apart from your competitors. Competition may kill your business, but if you are creative enough you won’t ever have to fear competition. Fortunes are often born in creative minds. A simple idea can turn into a never-ending cash flow. If you innovate, there are no limits or boundaries for you. The sky is the limit.

So, it can be said that one of the most important factors a company may have is the ability to come up with fresh ideas, new concepts, sophisticated marketing techniques. People like new things. Everyone wants to create something new. People struggle to be different in today’s marketplace.

If you do a simple research you will find out that creativity is one of the things that make people become rich. Often, the more you create the more money you make. This requires effort and dedication. To see the opportunity where no one else see it.

I firmly believe that fortunes can be made. You simply have to define a problem and find a solution. Then capitalize on that solution. Problems are everywhere and the bigger the problem that you find the solution to, the bigger the chance you will make a lot of money from your idea.

You can create anything. It can be an invention, an e-book with information, art, a scientific breakthrough, etc. Just find a need and try to fill it. I guess you have heard that many times already, but it is true. The easiest way to make money is to help other people make money or help them solve their problems and receive some compensation from your efforts.

Isn’t that what capitalism is all about? To allow people to become rich by enriching other people’s lives? You don’t need to chase money nor go after wealth. When you add value to the life of others you usually receive compensation for it. The best way to add value is to come up with a creative solution that no one thought about before.

This is not always easy. Sometimes the ideas will come fast and smoothly. Other times you will have to think hard about the solution. Keep in mind that the harder the problem and the better the solution, the more money you can make from it.

At the end making money may not be that hard for you. Once you get used to it you can do it often. The business of innovation has always being one of the most profitable businesses you can participate on. Creativity is something that come from the inside. It originates within your mind. This is certainly one of the most important factors that an entrepreneur should take into consideration. It can make a huge difference in your businesses. Remember that there is no limit to what you can create. So, you can make a lot of money by just adding value to the life of others and finding solutions to complex problems that you can find everywhere.

The decision is yours. Most people work hard all their lives because they try to imitate what others do all the time. Work on those creative skills and improve them. You will be glad you did.

It doesn’t take a genius to create something new. You don’t have to be too smart. Sometimes the ideas originate from your intentions or they just come to you. Probably you already have thoughts about how to improve something or create something new that does not exist yet. You just have to polish that idea and give it a try. You may be amazed at the results.

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The “Houston Money Week is more than innovative,” and it serves community. The organizers packed the 2017 calender with exciting sessions, free financial literacy services and student opportunities. The HMW is a collaborative effort of the Houston Money Week Charity,  Houston area businesses and over 50 partners.

“In this citywide effort, more than 150 free public events were held at libraries, churches, schools and community centers throughout Greater Houston, offering consumers the opportunity to increase their financial literacy and learn to better manage their personal finances. Workshops, seminars and other activities targeted diverse audiences, including women, seniors, youths and workers without bank accounts.” – ePerspectives

Financial education and literacy –

The gaping void of financial literacy tells on community living and health. Neighbors with stable economic situations are more likely to sustain healthy relations. 

“Houston Money Week (HMW) is a community-wide financial education initiative that empowers families and individuals to be successful in making financial choices. HMW serves individuals, families, veterans and small business owners across the greater Houston area, offering free financial education events and raising awareness of community resources.” – HMW 

To achieve sustainable financial inclusion resources and training are provided to members of the greater Houston area. The training facilitators are train participants to achieve above poverty level financial capacity.

Diverse audiences –

The programs and events are all-inclusive. Irrespective of age, gender, career, educational background, you fit right in. Student communities also participate fully in this city-wide effort. The Houston Money Week Middle School and High School Student Essay Contest are huge incentives for the young community members. Other Educational partners are the Sam Houston State University and East Side University. 

Business owners and Families get to participate too. Workshops, seminars, and special events cover all facets of personal finance on such topics as establishing a budget, credit reports and credit score awareness, and understanding net worth and investing. The events are designed to suit people from various backgrounds, income level and financial intelligence.

Partnership and Collaboration –

With over 50 partners, individuals and businesses get opportunities to network with financial experts on business ventures. You can be sure to get enough support and advisory services that would set your small business on the path to growth.

Niedria D. Kenny says that “Participants will be given vital information on topics such as creating or updating business plans; human resources; marketing; access to capital and much more. They will also have opportunities to connect with other business owners, mentors, financial advisors and industry experts.” 

Tackling Poverty –

Research conducted by HMW shows that about 25.7% members of the greater Houston community lack the net worth to stay consistently above poverty level for 3 months. These are alarming figures and tackling poverty is collective responsibility. As a part of the HMW, participants with long history of debts and cash-trap get help to become stable and financially healthy again.

FREE Assessments –

Facilitators provide free tax preparation, financial advice and vocational trainings and lots more. It’s practically a whole box set of equipments at no cost to you.

Houston Money Week is one indicator that there is increasing awareness about the need for financial health services and training. You may have missed the April 2017 edition of the HMW but there are many more opportunities to participate in the coming year. You can visit the Houston Money Week website for details.

Join Designed Life “Monetize Everything” Online Course. Click here to register  

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I have been hurt and taken advantage of by people because they were in the position to do so and because I put them in the position to do so. It was my choice that gave them the power. I allowed them. When they hurt me, I would sit back and analyze things from when I allowed them some power and position up to the point they took advantage of me; stabbing me in the back, looking me in the eye. Sometimes I would think of vengeance.
Of course, not all had to do with love and a broken heart.

Can you relate to this?

As an aspiring businessman, you set out to launch something big. You decide to bring in a friend who says he can be of much help in the success of the launch. You agree, you bring him in, show him your ideas, give him your trust. One night, you slept with the thoughts of clinking wine glasses with him soon. The next morning, you woke up to realize your friend was only ‘tapping’. He left. With your ideas, framework, and schemes. He made them his, got all you dreamt of. In the twinkling of an eye.
You go through all the stages of grief, blaming yourself for being too open, gullible, stupid maybe. You then comfort yourself that everything that goes around, comes around. If you are a Christian, you hear yourself saying, “God will judge” many times.

Then Vengeance

Until you start thinking of revenge. Sweet, slow revenge. How karma would use you to get back at this person. How you will get the position and power needed to get back, to collect your portion of the person’s skin.

These are fleeting thoughts at first. Then, settling thoughts. Dominating thoughts. Disturbing thoughts. Choking thoughts.

For some, these thoughts remain just thoughts that eventually fade. For others, they translate into actions. Vengeful actions. Some well planned and accurate. Others; erratic, widespread and beyond control. In both cases, there is an initial satisfaction of getting back. You congratulate yourself for the feat accomplished. You smile. But that upward curve does not last. It eventually curves downward or becomes a flat line.

You know why?

Revenge does not undo the hurt. It does not bring back what was lost.
It does not prevent future hurt and loss.

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Posh Candle Co. is a company based in Los Angeles, California. All of our candles are 100% soy based, which burn cleaner than other wax-based products. We hand-pour in small batches to ensure quality and consistency. You don’t have to worry about candles burning down the center and all that wasted wax on the sides of the jar. So, if you want your space to smell beautiful, calm and relaxing, you’ve come to the right place.

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We want you to love Posh Candles but before you consider keeping them all to yourself. Gift these aromatic scents to a friend. They make great conversation pieces, and accents to any home décor. We would love to see how you re-purpose your Posh Candle jars as we believe in environmental friendliness and recycling. We also believe in keeping things fresh so stay tuned as we introduce limited edition aromatic candles to match special occasions or seasons. 

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