Thursday, 24 July 2008

Growing a business...

I got a mail from a friend and it showed the interior of one of the Google European offices. I really don’t know how true this is but…I was flabbergasted!
It got me thinking about doing business again!
I just thought to myself my goodness…when/how will I ever be able to build a great organisation like this?
I know it is good to start small and think big (cliché!) but how does one get to this point? How does an individual start a business that will outlive him/her?
Any takers in the house?
I’ve been trying to upload the pictures that left me gobsmacked forever but I can’t seem to get a hang of it…either that or there’s a restriction on my computer(am at work!).

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Understanding the Enigma Called Me

For a very long time, I saw myself through the eyes of others.
I saw me the way they saw me…I never disappointed;
…They say she is crazy…then I act crazy…
They say she is blunt and daring…then I act blunt and daring…
What a fool I was! ...”Confident fool” as the Amplified Bible will call it.
So I decided to go on a journey…
A discovery journey to understand who I am and what I’m about.
But then, I realised I could only know me through the one who made me…
So I resorted back to the manual of life…to give me direction …
I am still on that journey and everyday has never been the same.
Slowly but surely…I am getting there.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

To be...or not to be?

Sometimes I wonder Lord; Am I in the right profession, my heart yearns to be an entrepreneur but my body can’t seem to make the move to be…what I desire to be.
People talk about the “great potential money” to be made as an accountant…especially within the financial services…but when I hear this all that goes through my mind is…is it worth it?
Is it worth giving my whole life to an organisation and getting paid a large sum of money that I won’t even have the time to spend?
Is it worth it not having a life for a very long time (probably for as long as the span of my career) in the name of having a J-O-B (just over broke!).
Is it worth the hassle, toiling morning and night at something you know will never be yours regardless of what you do(even EDs are sometimes forced to resign)?
I keep saying I want to be an entrepreneur but the fear of the unknown alone will not let me lift a finger in that direction.
And the: what ifs…yes what about the ifs…
What if it was a big mistake?
What if I can’t pay my bills because I’m running at a loss?
What if my company never grows?
What if I turn to a glorified example of a one man business?
What if I don’t know what I’m doing…?
Now the last what if bothers me beyond words…
I say I want to be an entrepreneur…
I desire it…I crave it…but if you ask me what I want to do…I can guarantee you that my response will be I DON’T KNOW!
How can you not know you ask? But I really don’t know! All I know is I want to be an entrepreneur…not just an anyhow kind of entrepreneur…I want something to differentiate me from the normal market seller…I want my business to outlive me…I don’t want to establish a business just because it is the reigning avenue of making money…IT boom…Property boom…well every boom will eventually burst!...I want a business like coca cola…a business that is like salt to the world… (Can’t do without it type)…but I really don’t know what to do.
Someone said I should just get into a business…any business and if I fail…I fail! But I say why should I start something to eventually fail in it? … I guess the fear of failure is making me think this way.
I have prayed…I have prayed and I have prayed some more…maybe it’s because I spend short period of time in prayer at any point in time…may be I should have a retreat and talk to God more about this…
I want to be an entrepreneur, but I don’t know what I want to do, I am scared of failing before I start but I also know that if I don’t take this dive…I may never be chanced again…
Part of me likes the idea of a 9-5 where my salary is secured…but another part of me knows I can do better than that…
I know I need help…and I need it fast…Can someone help me?

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

what title do I give this?

Okay...decided to do this...saw it on a couple of people's blog!

1.What time did you get up this morning? woke up@ 6:30 am,got up @ 6:45 am

2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds! a girl's best friend!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? What happens in vegas

4. What is your favorite TV show? Non...I don't watch TV (was delivered from the addiction) but I like naija films lol

5. What did you have for breakfast? weetabix

6. What is your middle name? kai my enemies can't succeed in decoding who I am...Omobonike.

7. What is your favorite cuisine/meal? I am very carnivorous and I love sea food...Go figure!

8. What foods do you dislike? clueless...o yeah now I remember...can't stand sliced tomato in anything...eaooowwww

9. Your favorite Potato chip? walkers cheese and onion

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?You mean CDs... Rooftop MCs Lagimo CD,Asa and Psquared...bloody

11. What kind of car do you drive? Yet to buy one...a yaris is on its way before the year runs out(God I hope I haven't given my self away!)

12. Favorite sandwich? what's that? I love poundo :o).

13. What characteristics do you despise? Liars,Cheats and generally people that lack integrity...they make my skin crawl...I mean for crying out loud take responsibility for your stupid action...(sigh!)

14. Favorite item of clothing? My skinny Jeans!

15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Marrakech...I need some proper TLC!

16. What color is your bathroom? Any light,bright and happy colour will do...but please not I look like a friggin barbie?

17. Favorite brand of clothing? Non...from the high street to the street market...whatever suits me is what gives!

18. Where would you want to retire? Naija, Abuja to be precise!

19. Favorite time of day? Evening...I am a night owl...I should get a night job...guess I'll be more productive then!

20. Where were you born? Meen this is a dead giveaway was born in the north of Naija...K-town(you didn't think I will reveal that did you!)

21. Favorite sport(s) to watch? Non but I can stomach athletics,football,dancing(iceskating etc),tennis,b-ball...and it goes on and on

22. Who do you least expect to respond to this? blank

23. Person you expect to respond first? anonymous!lol

24. What laundry scent do you use? Lily

25. Coke or Pepsi? preference...too deep to explain!

26. Are you a morning person or night owl? Like I said earlier..Night Owl

27. What size shoe do you wear? UK6,European 39

28. Do you have pets? Naaa...they are good looking from a I have a lifeless one! my good old teddy bear!!!

29. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with everyone? I am on a natural high! wish I could package it and sell I'll be a billionaire!

30. What did you want to be when you were little? A manager...ask no further

31. Favorite Candy Bar? it fluctuates but at the moment Chocomilo(gosh another crazy giveaway!!!)

32. What is your best childhood memory?Saturday mornings...without homework...those were the days.

33. What are the different jobs you have had in your life? Market research interviewer,accounts assistant,finance officer,Managment accountant

34. What color/type underwear are you? Yellow full pant

35.Nicknames: not telling!

36. Piercings ? One in each ear,hate anything that goes into my skin...can't stand it!

37. Eye color? Brown

38. Ever been to Africa? But of cos yes...born,bread and buttered in Africa!

38b) Ever been to South Australia? Nope how do I get there?

No39. Ever been toilet papering or rolling? what's that?

40. Love someone so much it made you cry? I fall in and out of crush and lust all the time..but Love...ha don't think so!!!

41. Been in a car accident? yep...with soup all over me...I was really young and instead of panicking,I just started licking the soup...hmm yummy!

42. Croutons or bacon bits? is it meat? okay both then

43.Favorite day of the week? Friday...I guess

44. Favorite restaurant? Wherever delicious seafood is sold!

45. Favorite flower? flower sha...what's that...

46. Favorite ice cream? Green and Black's Organic Ice cream.

47. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Never!(head swelling!)

48. What color is your bedroom carpet?Burgundy

49. How many times did you fail your driver's test? shuo I said never what else do you want from me...psheewww

50. Before this one, from whom did you get your last email? goodnaijagirl!

51. Which stores would you choose to max out your credit card?Is the store on sale?

52. What do you do most often when you are bored? cause trouble!(mischief,pranks whatever you choose to call it!)

53. Bedtime? 1a.m no I don't have insomnia or whatever it is called!

54. Who are you most curious about their responses to this questionnaire? Everyone

55. Last person you went to dinner with? friends.

56. What are you listening to right now? my manager's rumbling voice(he is cute! but very married thank you!)

57. What is your favorite color? Green

58. Lake, Ocean or river? Ocean...NoLimit!

59. How many tattoos do you have? None. Can't stand anything on/in my skin(shivers).

60. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? the was a prototype!