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Finding a mentor to unlock your next level of success

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To a long extent, it’s safe to say that anyone who’s ever been successful at anything in life could probably identify at least one or two people who have significantly impacted their rate of success. Here’s the point a mentor comes in, a mentor can be understood as an experienced and trusted adviser. Someone who has gone ahead of you and made it despite ups and downs.

Having a mentor / mentee relationship is beneficial to both of you. Beneficial to the mentee because he/she can learn from the journey of the mentor, the mistakes, the wins, and situations where you could have done things differently to achieve better result. This relationship is also good for the mentor because by pouring out your knowledge and experiences you also reinforce your own study skills, develop your leadership and management qualities, amongst other benefits.

If you’re unsure of where to meet willing and interested mentors, here are places you can start –

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The returns and benefits of Networking

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The time we put into networking is worth something and should not be overlooked. The effort of making connections has us moving from event to event but are there really benefits of networking? Of course yes! Networking events aren’t pointless, there are ROI’s (return on investment) to gain from it.

Networking delivers return on investment both financially and in non-monetary terms, it also sure does boost any business.  To be honest as well, networking takes time. It’s a building process and you can’t expect to reap benefits with the snap of your fingers, because of this some people might wonder why you should still go ahead should to devote time to networking which could be slow as against engaging in other social activities. View more

How Seminars Benefits your Career or Business

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Some of you might be wondering, seminar this, seminar that…why do  I need to attend one, is it even beneficial? So on and so forth. Well this post is for you, it’s our pleasure to be able to shed more light and hopefully when next you hear about a seminar you’ll be in attendance. Seminars benefits cannot be overemphasized.

No matter what industry your business or career is in, seminars are events where like minds meet to discuss a variety of topics related to your industry. Seminars are of benefits to yourself, your business and for networking opportunities.

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6 Personal Development Tips to Improve the Quality of Your Life

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Personal development is simply the set of actions that you take to make yourself a better person. While there is no one-size-fits-all roadmap to personal development, there are certainly widely agreed-upon traits that people who have made an effort to undergo personal development possess.

These are:

* Being well-educated and inquisitive – This can include formal education, but it is not limited to that. Well-developed people have knowledge on a variety of topics that impact them and the society they live in, and a desire to expand that knowledge.
* Being cultured and well-rounded – People with highly developed personalities understand the value of culture to society. They also pursue a variety of interests making them well-rounded and interesting people.

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10 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs For the Rest of 2017


We’re in the second half of 2017 already, time really went by fast! If you’ve been able to achieve some of your goals good for you, if you’re still on it, then keep reading. This blogpost will list 10 skills you need to have in you for the rest of the year.

Most entrepreneurs and motivated professionals know the importance of investing in themselves and improving their strengths over time. You should be looking to include growth targets, events to participate in, relationships to build and all. If you have these targets and you’re on the right path.

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How Networking Builds Confidence

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Networking builds confidence, it’s also a necessary part of self or business marketing. On the other hand and for some, it can be a real challenge. Feelings like fear, self – doubt and may leave some wanting nothing to do with networking.  Honestly speaking, to get ahead, you will need to get out there and work on these feelings and be confident in selling yourself, your products or services.

Networking opportunities are ripe for the picking and now is the perfect time to brush up on your skills, and give your confidence a boost.

Want to know how networking builds confidence level? Read below:

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21 Success Tips for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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Being successful often means learning from those who have already achieved their goals. Having a mentor is an amazing blessing to an entrepreneur, but not everyone can find one in person.

If you haven’t yet found your personal business guru, here are 21 success tips for every young or aspiring entrepreneur to help get you started.

1. Challenge yourself.
Richard Branson says his biggest motivation is to keep challenging himself. He treats life like one long university education, where he can learn more every day. You can too!

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What every Nigerian entrepreneur must know about personal development

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Personal development is an ongoing and lifelong process for those who choose to work on it. It allows for assessing and considering skills, behaviours, qualities etc in our personal lives which can improve the quality of our life. It also goes further to assist in the maximisation of our potential.

It pays to identify the skills you need to be ahead in life and those which can enhance your employability prospects, raise your confidence, and lead to a more fulfilling, higher quality life. It is then important to plan and make relevant, positive and effective life choices and decisions for your future to enable personal empowerment and then personal development.

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Protecting and Branding Your Service Business For Success

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According to the article “How To Protect Your Service Business and Brand It For Success” by contributor Chidike Samuelson,  “..if you have a product, your product is your brand and can sustain you. If you wholly deliver services, you become the brand, and then it becomes necessary for you to learn how to brand yourself for success”.

In other words, businesses that sell a product brand themselves through those products. As such, customer loyalty is a result of that product’s success. Product integrity is a bit easier to maintain than integrity of staff and the people who make up the business. Service businesses on the other hand asides from maintaining the integrity of their services also have to deal with maintaining the integrity of their employees.

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3 Ways Nigerian Entrepreneurs Can Succeed in Business

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When it comes to business, a number of Nigerian entrepreneurs are short on time, money and resources. We’ve taken little time out to bring together few quotes from top Nigerian business owners which should teach us all one or two things to adopt in our quest for all round success in life.

Below are 3 quotes from top Nigerian entrepreneurs we believe will guide you on how to achieve business success. These business owners have each achieved massive success in their various fields and what’s better than learning from them.

  1. Be Audacious –

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How to Make the Most of Networking Events in Lagos

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Networking can be and should be a positive experience. You just need to approach it with the right attitude and the proper mindset. If you live in Lagos, these events should be a vital part of your business or professional success. They allow you mingle and connect with forward thinking individuals and make important business connections. Another important benefit is they help connect you to a much-needed job or contract.

Practice and preparation will help you develop the skills it takes to be effective at a networking event. Nonetheless we have listed below a few things to help you make the most of attending networking events in Lagos.


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5 reasons business cards are still important in 2017

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Great networking is always about a connection. Your business card can be useful in ensuring you leave a real lasting impression to the contact you have just met. It could be by an interesting introduction, or even the design and quality of your business card. For example, give an awesome instance of how you or your business serves the need of others and hand your card over to whom you’re discussing with. Chances are that you’ve created a great impression which they’ll remember for long and handing over your business card gives them an opportunity to contact you in the near future.

With almost everything being done digitally nowadays, one can wonder if the need for business cards still exist but irrespective of all the technology in our daily life, there is still need to add a personal touch, such as a business card, to your networking strategy. Networking is about making meaningful connections, and sometimes technology—or the act of using it—can be impersonal.

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