Recently, I joined the train of a social media campaign titled #tomyyoungerself which was geared toward the launch of a book and honestly, I did not know just how much I needed to say to my younger self until I started writing… I decided to put pen to paper to really say a lot of things to my #Youngerself on various aspects of life. Enjoy.
In today’s world of Social Media “packaging”, exotic weddings, failed month-old marriages and so on, it’s rather refreshing to see young, millennial couples who stand the test of time and the storms of marriage. A great example is this unassuming couple, my personal friends. In 10 years of marriage, they have weathered loss of jobs in the Banking sector Tsunami, life threatening health issues and more. Today, they run a family business while one of them pursues a career in arguably Nigeria’s fastest growing media house, Ebony Life TV. Their story inspires me, I’m sure it will touch you too.
So we celebrated 6 years of marriage recently, yay! And being the blogger that I am, I simply must document my thoughts and learnings to encourage someone. Here are 6 of my many reflections. Enjoy and be sure to read my other articles-links below.
We live in different times. These are times in which the walls of distance, space, and time zones have crashed significantly. Those are not the only things that have crashed however, we can finally begin to shed all our mindset prisons with regards to how life should be lived in general. Many of us, millennials, are finally able to live our truths. We don’t have to adhere to prototypes as established by our parents’ and grandparents’ generations with regards making a living, marriage, family-life relationships and more.
I remember when I was in a 9-5 job and I would joke about how hard I worked and say things like “ If I worked for myself, I know where I would be today”. Oh well, it certainly is not that cut and dried because you go through so many seasons when you work for yourself.
Since I started working for myself, I‘ve realised there will be days of obscurity, lack, pain, gruelling work and long hours but there will be moments of triumph, hope and “pay”!!! That being said, this life is not for everyone! In fact, I embarked on it unwittingly! Here are 3 reasons why you should start your own business and 3 reasons why you should not:
Starting a new business is exciting…and scary, very scary. You’re surviving on little more than adrenaline coffee and a dream. You’re making lots of important decisions that will undoubtedly affect your future, and you don’t know if they’re going to pay off or not. It’s a lot to deal with, so it isn’t surprising that around 80 percent of new businesses fail in the first year!
The stats might not look good, but you need to remember that 20 percent of startup do fight to live another day and there is no reason you cannot be one of them, especially if you apply these first-year startup tips:
Every small business owner is concerned about their lack of brand awareness and reputation when they first start up. Today, however, it is much easier to build a follower base and get great reviews from customers fast than ever before. If you want to take your branding to the next level, you might want to check out the below expert tips that will help you spend less and get better results in the future.