On my way to work this morning, while in traffic, I decided to read some of the mails I received in the past and I found this interesting one which I have decided to share with my followers and fans. It's a message from the founder of Lurn Incorporated which I believe it's a great advice you can apply to your business and your personal life.
Please do leave a comment below if you think it's an interesting piece that inspired you. Thanks! Cheers to your success!
Dear Business Owner,
You have to invest REAL time into your business or it'll die.
You know that, you can't afford to be stagnant.
Because with technology advancing as fast as it is, you're always one step away from the other guy taking you over.
Yes - the other guy!
He's the guy who's younger, smarter, hungrier, and gets up earlier!
The one who has you and your business in his sites...
...and wants to take you down!
Because with the knowledge available on Google to ANYONE with the internet, your competition is growing day by day.
And you have to change, evolve, and invest - or die.
Or, maybe worse, you'll become irrelevant.
Warren Buffet said:
"The most important investment you can make is in yourself."
And the same is true for your business.
I see it all the time.
Someone starts a business, they see TREMENDOUS success, they back off and stop investing, they shrink, become irrelevant, and die.
Because A LOT of business owners refuse to pivot, evolve, and change.
They build something GREAT but never take the TIME and MONEY to invest in something GREATER.
In other words, they plateau and settle.
And my advice to you today - don't do that!
If you have something great, make it greater!
If you're starting something new, don't shoot for "average," or "good enough," try to make it better than the best!
Because if you OVERSHOOT and fail, you'll be where you need to be.
But if you shoot for "average" and fail, you'll never get off the ground.
Because the businesses and entrepreneurs who REALLY make it invest in themselves and their business.
They can't afford NOT TO.
They know that it takes time and money to make it work.
Because what's comfortable is rarely profitable.
To make the other half of the year worthwhile- you've got to get out of your comfort zone, invest in your business, and never, ever, ever settle for average.
CEO Lurn Inc
Hello and lovely day to you. I feel so excited as I write this as I just had a massive show of love by my friends just few hours ago. It's been a month and few days after I got married and it's being so awesome, peaceful and sweet. With a wonderful and sweet husband...what more can I ask for than to thank God every single day for the wonderful gift He has given to me. Let's get the story started, this post is dedicated to those who are ready to wed. When I was going to get married, I desired direction, a trusted place to draw inspiration from as I planned my wedding as well as to get advice that I can readily apply. Not sure I got exactly what I was looking for in one place when I searched but in all, God spurred my inspiration as I planned the details of my wedding with my husband. So I'm sharing my wedding story to help inspire ready to wed couples as they plan for their wedding and most importantly their marriage. I hope you get inspired and of course receive insights to create something really interesting as you plan for your wedding. It was important for us to ensure we prayed about each step as we wanted everything and each detail of our wedding to reflect godliness and bring glory to God. We invited God to be our wedding planner and it was a good step we took that payed off at the end. Another thing I did was create a wedding folder on my laptop containing inspiring pictures for every possible wedding details, which I think was really helpful as I made my decisions on time because I already had a picture of what I wanted integrating my husband's ideas and opinions as I planned each detail taking into consideration our budget for the wedding. N/B: Don't do things that you do not buy into. Here is a list and pics of some wedding details and our wedding Vendors. Thanks to all of them! Please do leave a comment and watch out for the part two of the wedding story. Wishing you all a happy new month.
Favourite Wedding Preparation Photos by Innovative Fotography I Fb: fb.com/innovativefotography
Ig: Innovative_fotography I Website: www.innovativefotography.blogspot.comI 📞: 08109635534
We chose BLUE and SILVER as the colours of our wedding theme because we wanted to go with something that was cool, gender friendly and represented a mix of richness and tranquility. I also created the OE logo to help depict our wedding brand and project a sense of unity and a unique design imagery for the wedding brand story.
Card Design by Onyinye
Because Blue and Silver were the theme colours for the wedding, I wanted to design a card that reflected our theme colours. Also didn't want it to be too busy as well. We focused more on sending e-cards to keep our costs low while printing few cards for our special guests. I deliberately didn't include the toast, as I wanted it to be part of the details on the website.
Our Wedding Website I check it out via www.theknot.com/us/oe2018 I Designed by Onyinye
I created the wedding website via a free wedding site www.theknot.com as well as the wedding theme and also included a whole lot of other details that our guests would love to know about like our wedding story, RSVP and gift giving. It was a really great experience creating the website. Do check it out and leave a message for us. Thanks
Bridal Gifts by O'lavanda Signature I +234 808 936 1981 I @olavanda_s
I had amazing sisters and friends as part of those on my bridal train. They went all the way and I celebrate them for their sacrifice. At the hotel, I surprised them as I let them into their room for the night after a stressful evening and the bridal shower they cooked up for me. I created each gift with thoughtfulness and love for them taking into consideration the wedding theme colours. Each gift was personalized with their names on it and of course they there were really really surprised and grateful.
Food Menu Cards I Designed by Onyinye I +234 808 936 1981
I wanted the food and drinks to be served in an organised way, so I created menu cards to help put some structure into that section. We hadn't concluded on what to serve for a while. Creating the menu cards helped us decide on what to serve our guests.
Bridal Train Gown I Fascinators by Isemini Empire - @Couturebyisemini - 08150754747
Although this was not the original design that we agreed to do as the designer changed it but all the same, it came out really good. Rocking it with Fascinators made by the CEO of Isemini Empire made it look so perfect. Thanks to these amazing sisters (Chinelo, Kemi, Mercie) for rocking this look and for their selfless support all the way.
Thank you for checking out the OE Wedding Story Part ONE. If you were inspired, please leave a comment below. And don't forget to be on the look out for the Part TWO of the wedding story.
We want to build a life and home that's all about Jesus and where Jesus is at the center of it all -The Samonys
There's no true and long lasting love outside of Christ!
Let's count down together!
It's 22 days to TLC 2018. Tell a friend to tell a friend to register via www.truekolourshub.com
Wishing you all a really happy new month. What's new with me; for most people, they know I got married recently and it's being one beautiful experience of a life time with an amazing and lovely man as my hubby and destiny partner. So grateful to God.#itsallaboutHim
As you all know, I have been hosting TLC for five years and counting. It's being a journey that started almost five years ago as a youth corper in Nasarawa State. With a 9 to 5 job and some other businesses I run, hosting TLC is one big deal for me. I didn't start this on my own or even dreamt that I would host a conference but God has a way of doing things that may not be part of your plan but His plan for you.
As we draw the curtains on TLC this year, I want to be able to give back and support other people that host conferences. I have decided based on divine direction to share my lessons and more as a convener of TLC. I'm inviting you to stay with me here as I take you on my audacious journey hosting TLC for five years and counting!
I'll be sharing unscripted stories of The making of the conference, building a team, getting high profile speakers, fundraising, challenges and disappointments both on post and video as well as advice and insights that would be helpful to those who intend hosting a conference in the nearest future or if you already host a conference, you'll also find these series useful.
Let's do this! If you are looking forward to behind the scenes of TLC: The making of the conference, please leave a comment below. Would really love to hear from you.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful month of June. Cheers!
The 919 Dance Video by UBA BANK -how it Inspired me to start the business & product reviews according to Onyinye.
Hello everyone, friends and fans. This is the day the Lord has made and I would rejoice and be glad in it! Anyways, I'm excited, surprised and amused as I write this blog post. For more than a year, it's being on my mind to start doing reviews on my blog and today is the day this dream of mine has come to pass. After watching the 919 Dance Video, I felt it was time as it inspired me to start. I am a very detailed person and I am huge on customer service and things done the right way. I walk into restaurants and I can easily pick one or two things that they need to correct. I don't want you to think that I always look out for what's wrong every time but it's just instincts. I also like to smell the roses before noticing the weeds. It has always been a dream of mine to own a restaurant in order to set a pace in the hospitality Industry. That's gist for another day. This happens when I visit other places as well or use some products, I just want to be able to share my experiences and reviews and guess what I found just one place to do this on TLWO. I hope you keep a date with me on the blog cause it's going to be an enriching time hanging out with me here! This new addition to my blog would be in the #businessmatters category. Enjoy!
So was chilling in my office....
when I decided to watch a Christian movie, and as I wanted to watch one very interesting movie, I saw the 919 video by UBA Bank playing on my screen. Frankly it did get my attention. I had to copy the url to play it over and over again. I stopped using UBA bank when I left school because my experience was not funny back in school. I remember long queues, long waiting hours and a congested banking hall. So I closed my account after school or stopped using it..can't remember. When I saw this video, I fell in love with the video! I thought they nailed the advert. So dope*...the song, lyrics, 919 dance. They simply got my attention. I just hope things have changed with UBA and the energy and brilliance of this video reflects in their service.
Wondering what the 919 dance Video by UBA is all about? Watch it below!
What do you think about the 737 Video by GT Bank
Some people felt that UBA Bank copied the 737 Video, I really doubt. GT Bank has done a really good job publicizing their magic number through various mediums but in my opinion the video was cool, but had some disconnected + repetitive scenes and didn't have as much energy and interest catching scenes like the 919 dance video. For a bank that's youth focused, I expected much more.
The Business Lesson according to Onyinye
You probably run a business and hope to increase your sales. it's important that you ask yourself this question. What are you creating or what can your business do to get the attention of your current customers and prospective customers on a daily basis? The 919 dance video was published in march 2018 and the 737 video was published online in July 2017. You've got to understand that sometimes it's not the first person that starts but it's how you do what you do better than your competitors. Do what you do with so much originality, innovation, creativity, excellence and style that it gets the attention of even your competitors.
So let me know, please leave your comments below, let me know what you think about both videos. Thanks and Cheers. Keep thriving!
Yippeee! February was a little faster than January. Thank God for an amazing February to remember for good. Glad to welcome you into the month of march, if you're reading this post, happy new month in advance. It's no news that International Women's day is on the 8th of March. As I #pressforprogress, I want all my fans and friends to do the same. That's why as a big supporter of women-led businesses and programmes, I know these events would be of great value to you and that's why I'm sharing these amazing power events that you should not miss. It's for every woman who wants to advance in life, expand her network and grow her business.
Don't come to just learn, plan to attend with purpose in mind. To meet people, network, connect and build great relationships. Keep pressing for progress. To all the amazing women out there, living ON PURPOSE and FOR PURPOSE, I celebrate you all! Please leave a comment, so I'll know you visited my blog. Thanks!
1. WHEN WOMEN WIN CONFERENCE
2. THE MULTIWOMAN CONFERENCE 2018
3. EDC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CONFERENCE
Nigeria’s foremost bespoke gifts company, O’lavanda Signature is one: the story of the business delivering awesomeness.
How it all Started
Exactly one year ago, I started operations with the brand name O’lavanda Signature, Nigeria’s foremost bespoke gifts company; curating, packaging and delivering exciting lifestyle product and experience gifts for all occasions. I never knew that I would own a gifts business. I started out just trying to solve a challenge the company I worked for had. It was in May 2016 before Children’s day and I was looking out for ways to sell off some of our products that had a very short shelf life, I discussed with a friend of mine by name Kester. He suggested I take advantage of the Children’s day especially since it was a food product suitable for children. I went out of my way to reach out to some schools to persuade them to buy the products for Children’s day. Some schools already had their own plans whilst most schools suggested I introduce it as a package to them with other products rather than just one product. Of course, I had to give my superior the feedback, and they told me to go ahead. I remember delivering my first order to a school at Lekky County, I was really excited about having to do this... felt good I could gift these awesome kids and as well make some money as well.
Was it what I wanted to do!
I wasn’t so sure if this was what I wanted to do for a long time, but somehow at every point in time when I asked God that I needed to start a business and I was looking for wow business ideas, he kept referring me to this business and that I already had what I was asking for. From May 2016 to November, 2016. I hesitated starting. I felt it was pedestal. And I remember a word I received one day while I was driving back, that I could create something extraordinary out of the ordinary and that’s when I started thinking, writing and putting down my thoughts about O’lavanda Signature.
Yes! We started anyways
We officially started out in February 2017 under the brand name O’lavanda signature with bespoke birthday gift and wedding souvenirs. It’s being an interesting journey. As we turn one today, our core aim is to keep delivering awesomeness all over the world, one gift at a time.
For every gift we curate, we like to ensure that it has the awesomeness factor from the gift selection to curation to branding and packaging. If you ever receive a gift and it’s awesome, then it could just have been from O’lavanda Signature. Most of our packaging are designed by us and are eco-friendly as we adopt green practices in our business value chain.
A life full of Awesomeness
I wake up every day excited not just about the work I do but the opportunity to gift thousands of people and inspire happiness in a way I could never have done if I hadn’t taken the bold step to start this business a year ago. I sit in my office sometimes and my heart is full of gratitude for this gift of being in a business that summarizes the kind of life I would like to live, a life where I don’t just gift people things but experiences that would change their lives in ways they never imagined.
I truly live an awesome life and I’m going all out to create an awesome company that would change the concept of gift-giving in Nigeria not just today but in the future. Starting O'lavanda Signature has been one of the most interesting things that I have done in my life. I feel myself growing each day, have made some mistakes but learnt from it all the same and for me, this has made the journey priceless. I stretch myself each day and ensure that I go the extra mile to learn all I need to in order for me to be the best at what I do. I'm doing the things I never thought I would do and this makes it more exciting! Life is an opportunity to truly live out and maximize one's potentials. In permitting myself to truly live an awesome life, I'm discovering the many opportunities available to me and a version of myself and life that I truly love because I started anyways.
The Journey so far
We keep our vision at the top of all we do which is to be the most preferred gifts company for exciting product and experience gifts. We have gifted over 360 people including awesome individuals, celebrities and people in government, top companies and Organizations since we started and have our turnover in seven figures.
We are looking at having our own gifts studio and launching our own signature products that inspire happiness and signature experiences that promotes total well-being. We don’t know how to think small, we are big thinkers: we want to change the gift- giving narrative in Africa, blending the art and science of gift giving with extreme creativity to create gifts that truly make an awesome difference.
So what’s #the365challenge about?
As O’lavanda Signature turns one today, we are marking it with the #the365challenge. We recently opened our Instagram page and we are looking to grow the page with your help for a chance to get an awesomeness goody bag from O’lavanda Signature and a dining experience and more… with the co-founder of Speedmeals Tobias Igwe. 365 represents 365 days making one year. All you need to do to enter the challenge is to share the post on Facebook as many times as possible and like our Instagram page @olavanda_s for us to hit and even surpass the 365 followers mark.
The challenge runs till March 15th and the winner would be announced on the 19th of March, 2018.
Get a chance to win big by sharing this post as well as following us on Instagram @olavanda_s
Thanks for being Awesome!
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Smash your wealth goals held recently at Radisson Blu Hotel in Victoria Island. Lagos. It was an awesome time sharing with these awesome people about how to smash their wealth goals and also held a bonus class for them on asset building.
This is an experience note form one of the participants!
Smash your Wealth Goals Session was great, I am happy I was a part of it.I learnt a whole lot from the talk to visualization exercise and asset building.
I will start small and take practical steps consistently to bring my dreams into reality. I will keep visualizing.
Thanks for yesterday!
Our special guest Julius Osimen, did not only share great wisdom at the session but also had a great time. Thanks for hanging out with us.
I already got so many messages about an online version of Smash your wealth goals. So would be giving you and your friends the opportunity to be a part of the online class of smash your wealth goals. I would also include the asset building as a bonus class, all for N3500.00 in the month of February.
I want you to start your journey early, so if you are interested in the online class, kindly send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject 'Smash your Wealth Goals Online Class' with your full name, whatsapp no, facebook name and location.
The most important factor in living on the wealthy lane is starting - Onyinye Etoniru
Have an amazing February in advance!
I attended Future Leadership conference last year and early this year, I got a mail about the event Thinkation organised by Ubong King Foundation. I just knew it was one conference I had to attend, although it was scheduled to hold on a week day; I made up my mind to at least attend for few hours and guess what! I attended not just for a few hours and more but waited to listen to Alibaba who was the last speaker. My first conference I attended this year and I would simply say it was worth it. My biggest take home was a statement made by Ini Abimbola, ''Critical thinking is important, learn to question people's analogies and basis; when you do so, you'll begin to see things from another perspective.'' I'll share with you nuggets from two of the speakers. Alibaba Akpobome- Comedian of the Federal Republic and Ini Abimbola M.D Thistle Praxis Consulting. Enjoy!
8 THINGS YOU NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT IF YOU WANT TO DISRUPT THE BUSINESS SPACE by ALIBABA AKPOBOME.
1. Know who you are.
2. Decide on what you want to do.
3. Decide on where you want to do it.
4. Why you want to do it.
5. When you want to do it.
6. What strategy you want to adopt.
7. Whom you are going to sell to.
8. How are you going to sell the value you intend to offer.
4 THINGS INI ABIMBOLA SHARED THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO HER SUCCESS.
1. Be selective of who you listen to.
2. Be strategic about life and what you want, don't forget that life is like an hour glass. The sand keeps dripping.
3. Be voracious about knowledge.
4. Stop dreaming, start thinking and start working.
Let me know what you think, share your thoughts and the things they mentioned you are in sync with. I'll love to hear from you.
Hi, hope great? this January, seems a little bit slow for my liking. Not sure if it's just the fact that I started work on the 2nd of January or ....Anyways, as slow as this January seems, you can still benefit from the pace by taking out time to attend these events. Here are three events, i'm recommending to you this month that I think you shouldn't miss!
The Ubong King Foundation Thinkation2018 Conference will be coming up on the 19th of January 2018 at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Speakers at the conference are Former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings who will be visiting Nigeria for the first time, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed- 1st Lady of Kwara State, Mrs Ini Abimbola-MD Thistle Praxis Consulting, Mr Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome ALIBABA - Comedian of the Federal Republic, Ubong King Chairman The Ubong King Foundation.
Here is a secret, You can now attend the Thinkation event for FREE, but, you must endeavour to be there on time as seats are very limited and the event is over sold out. Try to be there before 8:30AM as accreditation starts at 7:30AM.
If you love the freedom you have when you have so much money in your account to take care of yourself, give to others in need as well as invest in God's kingdom but not just about the money in your account but you aspire to live a fulfilled life, an emotionally balanced life, an authentic life filled with enriching experiences and worthwhile impact; then don't miss the Smash your Wealth Goals Session-The Wealthy Life with Onyinye Etoniru.
Find out about the seven elements of the Wealthy Life and how you can smash your wealth goals! If you're serious about taking a walk on the wealthy lane, then don't hesitate to register for Smash your Wealth Goals Session. *Bonus: Asset Building Class *Visualization Exercise and much more.
Register by sending a mail to email@example.com
Lofty Heights Conference is an inspirational gathering designed to empower participants to be the best in their chosen fields and live a purposeful life that is built on excellence.
The event seeks to create a meeting point between Achievers & Would-Be Achievers, Mentors & Proteges and Superiors and Subordinates. The theme for the year 2018 edition is “Rethink”.
If you want to go beyond the limits to achieve extra ordinary results, turn impossibilities to possibilities, shatter every glass ceiling and go beyond the norms and standards! then don't miss this conference.
It is time to challenge your mental prowess and produce extraordinary results with tangible and irrefutable proofs. It is time to REthink, REdefine, REinvent and REposition yourself for greater exploits. Plan to attend!
About the Author
Onyinye Etoniru is an author, lover of God and entrepreneur. She teaches life and home management from God's perspective. True Lessons With Onyinye is a mixture of true inspiration, true stories and true lessons on #WealthMatters #LifeMatters #SoulMatters #BusinessMatters #HomeMatters.
The 70 Nugget quote collection is powerful and deep. Its message is compelling; revealing relevant truth to start your day, go through your day and end your day in victory.