How to know you are ready for Business

Business..Business….Business. Not everyone is built for the 8-6 or 9-5 life. Not everyone wants to suit up or have to report to someone. Some excel at it though. For those of you that could not adjust to that life and chose to branch out and “do your thing”, this one’s for you. How do you know that business is ready to take off? Before you relax and say “yeah, I’m ready”, you must know these things: continue reading


To Whom It May Concern.

Hi there. I was going through my stumbleupon page and I came across this so I thought I’d  share. This is a post on 15 habits of smart people. This taught me a lot and I’m sure it will teach you too. Enjoy.

1. Intuitive.
Smart people do not just rely on facts, they listen to and follow their intuition. They are aware of when and how their intuitions and insights come to them. They are internally tuned-in to make wise decisions. Smart people are able to clearly see the reasons and motivations of other people. Because of this, they can selectively choose when, what and with whom to align themselves. They use their intuition in decision making, to chart new paths and in being diligent in surrounding themselves with only the highest quality people, programs and customers.

 2. Conscious.
Smart people know who they are and are conscious of their emotional and behavioral tendencies across situations. They know their strengths, weaknesses, personality traits, values, morals and beliefs. Smart people are wise to others but know that self-awareness is the ticket to their personal enlightenment and business advancement. They show the deepest commitment to themselves and to their own development. They are keen in knowing that the more conscious they are of themselves, the better they are able to know and predict others.

3. Reflective.
Smart people look back on, and learn from, experiences. They do not get stuck in the past but know they must look in the review mirror to properly navigate the front window. As they look back they take inventory on what they can learn from their experiences. They either perfect and repeat past efforts or abolish strategies that clearly did not work. They take the time to think about decisions before jumping in, and afterward, actively reflect to gain deeper insight into what worked and what didn’t.

 4. Creative.
Smart people are never satisfied with one level of advancement of their product, themselves or their business. They are drawn to new ideas, radical thoughts and innovative ways of changing and doing things. Smart people desire to chart new paths and crave progressive thinking, concepts and people. Their natural thought process is out-of-the-box. Stepping outside their comfort zone is something they see as imperative to their success.

 5. Open-minded.
Smart people welcome different perspectives and see opportunities where most do not. They see the mind as a parachute — it works best when open. Smart people are comfortable in paradoxical situations and have a passion for problem solving and fixing things in new and inventive ways. They are willing to listen to different points of view on how to strategize in problem solving situations. They let go of having things be their way when they come across more effective solutions.

 6. Timely.
Smart people recognize and respond immediately to opportunities and people. They act and react quickly, taking care of what needs to be done well ahead of schedule. Procrastination is not their habit, as losing opportunities is not an option. All opportunities, along with mutually respectful relationships, develop from promptness and dependability.

 7. Resourceful.
Smart people know where to get whatever information, resources, supplies, training and education they need when they need it. They have copious resources. They are well-networked and have many people to call on for referrals. This type of resourcefulness makes them successful.

 8. Independent.
Smart people habitually question authority. They do not blindly accept what so-call experts preach. They ask deeper questions others do not so as to discover their own truths. It is only through the discovery of their own truths that they can validate implementing new strategies.  

 9. Lifelong learners.
Smart people use their minds to the fullest. They are consummate learners. They are not lazy in their thinking and see the discovery of all new information as upgrades to their skills, knowledge, cutting edge information, attitudes and beliefs. Smart people crave and gather the collective brain power of others by reading books, magazines and articles that assist their own development. Learning is never a drag or a bore because for smart people learning is intrinsically rewarding.

 10. Lighthearted.
Smart people do not take life or themselves too seriously. They have a sense of humor about things and recognize the importance of finding the joy in the irony and comedy of everyday life. Smart people find blessings in the bummers, silver linings in challenges and solutions in the problems. It is through this that they continue to be successful and personally satisfied in life.

11. Explorers.
Smart people are willing to try new things, knowing that if what they try at first doesn’t work out as they had hoped, it is no harm, no foul. They accept their failures as cleverly disguised learning opportunities. They take risks often. They are curious and adventurous in their business pursuits. They are willing to leap in to the unknown. Their risks usually pay off.  

 12. Believe in themselves.
Smart people, knowing who they are, believe and trust in themselves first foremost. They do not need the validation of others to make decisions. They instinctively know what is right for them and they go after it. They do not want or wait for change. Being in the holding patterns of waiting or wanting doesn’t fit their style.They take action and create change. They know the only person they can count on completely is themselves.

 13. Write goals on paper.
Smart people have well-developed life strategies that include writing of goals, visions, desires and dreams they want to achieve. They tend to be avid journalers, list makers and dreamers. Writing is their first step in making their dreams a reality.

 14. Pay it forward.
Smart people  generously give success, knowledge and information to others. They are teachers, guides, mentors and helpers. They put themselves out here so the rest of us can benefit. Smart people share. They uplift and make others better. In exchange, their own learning grows and develops because they are actively talking about, researching, understanding and expanding their own field of knowledge.

 15. Reinvent themselves.
Smart people abhor status quo and cannot stand being stagnated. They crave growth and development and are willing to shift their image, brand, logo, company name or change their direction entirely if necessary. To stay current or ahead of the game. They know exactly with whom to collaborate and are known to reinvent themselves over and over again.
Smart people are always adding to their knowledge and network base, while at the same time removing relationships, customers or strategies that no longer serve them. Experience, intelligence, class, wisdom and self-awareness are what set the smart apart from the average.

The StartUpNation Gist.

Another spectacular Monday morning. The cold’s hitting at below 4 degrees(lol). Hope the weekend was great. Trust you had fun and for those that procrastinated, hope the thought of Monday’s workload didn’t stop you from having fun. We over here are having fun at work(as it should be). continue reading


How To Market Yourself

So yesterday I talked about marketing your business. Today I shall be talking about you as an individual. How do you sell yourself? All good marketing is about establishing the needs of your target audience and positioning your brand(which in this case is you) to meet with their requirement. You must offer the ideal solution; the perfect package. continue reading


How To Market Your Business.

YESSS. I’m back again with my “How Tos” and YES, i will be giving a list today. 4 short and inexpensive ways to market your business. continue reading


How should I work?

Feels so good to be back doesn’t it? Huge bummer we didn’t get to crunch Ramadan meat yeah? Sure. A lot of us felt lazy after the break I guess. I said that because I know I did but still as many of you would say, “money must be made”. How then do we make this elusive cash? continue reading


Making the Most out of your Mondays

It’s a cold morning in my part of the world (Nigeria). Ramadan Kareem to our Muslim readers.

On to the business of the day. Mondays..Mondays..The dreaded Mondays. You probably went to bed last night beating yourself up to how short the weekend was. I’ve been there. We have all been there. i usually wake up to mails and to-dos. I bet you probably do too. Frustrating right? Right. The big question here is, How do i make the most out of my Mondays? How do i wake up on a Monday morning beaming with smiles? Lets go through some tips shall we? continue reading


Building the A-team

It’s Friday again and i know lots of us can’t wait to get out of work to “turn it up” so this post is going to be brief. However, this post is an important one as it concerns building an effective team. Most corporations require you to be able to work in a team as no man is an island. It is one thing to work with a team and it’s another thing to work with an effective team. How then do you build the A-team. Here’s how;

  • Have an Objective: Answer these two questions – Why do i need a team? What we hope to accomplish? These two questions will help you track your team’s progress as you go down the road.
  • Look for like minds: People that share your vision will always be major assets for you and your team. If your team is supposed to build a football field and you select someone who has little interest in that, i expect some complacency from that person. So select people who share your ideals.
  • Have Balanced Roles: There is a good balance of skills, abilities and aspirations. Team members have a clear understanding of each individual’s role in achieving overall team objectives. Make sure however that everyone plays an active role.
  • Excellent Communication: Have productive meetings. Communicate new developments to team members as at when due and ensure cooperation. Listen to their ideas too. Share thoughts.
  • Individual Development: Mistakes are faced openly and used as a vehicle for learning. Team members are given opportunities to develop new skills and experience. This is however not limited to team members alone.
  • Regular Review: This helps you track the progress and measure how you much you’re following the plan.

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