4 Lessons from my Mistakes

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Failure can absolutely suck it.

Even with the expansive methodologies available on managing failure, nothing prepares you for the emotional sting of it.

Now I am no stranger to failure. I failed at math (multiple times), failed at job interviews (that one phone interview that makes me cringe when I remember it), failed on the job (whole other story) but failing at something that demands your physical, emotional, financial, and mental capabilities is a whole other beating no one prepares you for.

I hate it and quite frankly I could do without it. Dramatic I know.

I have always dreamt…


8 Indulgent but plausible plotlines

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I have always enjoyed Sex and the City. If reruns were on, I would watch it enthusiastically with a glass of cheap wine, in a questionable t-shirt, whilst sporting a mud mask. Like the cliche I am.

However, I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s my favorite 90’s TV show.

But that's beside the point. It was a cultural icon.

Once upon a time, critics might have considered it shallow and vacuous, but that did not stop it from being one of the most culturally defining moments in television history.

What it lacked for in its myopic views (trust…


Get uncomfortable

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The struggle of being an introvert trying to thrive in a corporate setting can be exhausting.

The minimal desire to step into the limelight, indulge in networking events, sell themselves, and voice their ideas, stump the upward mobility of many talented introverts.

Basically, introverts are overlooked and misunderstood.

Although there are many introverts happy to fly their flag unapologetically, over 40% would happily trade their introverted tendencies.

So here are 5 Ways To Stand Out In A Corporate Setting As An Introvert

Build relationships

Whether we like it not, in a professional setting, relationships act as currency for relevance and survival.

This…


Kickstart your journey with these mindset shifts

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So you want to be an entrepreneur. You want to change the trajectory of your life and serve your community.

I love this for you.

You’ve seen the videos, you’ve heard talk from your fav business and hustle heroes and you are pumped and ready to go. Yet you are scared.

Good, you should be scared. But don’t let it stop you.

The case study for becoming an entrepreneur (during the pandemic) is aplenty and compelling.

As much as the glamor of adding entrepreneur to our bio is alluring, this journey is not for the faint-hearted. …


A beginners guide to getting more done

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One of the great perks of freelancing is the freedom to work when you want to. And having a workable schedule is the bare minimum to excelling at it.

However, if you find yourself running around like a headless chicken, chances are your productivity will be affected.

I’m a scatterbrained human with multiple open tabs in my mind and on my laptop. At any given time of the day, I have a million different ideas circling my mind. This means I’m often flying by the seats of my pants and falling into bed with sheer exhaustion.

And my income suffers…


Ditch fear and take a leaf from the billionaire CEO

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Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder, and CEO of Bumble has become the world's youngest self-made female billionaire at 31. In seven years, she has managed to scale the business to over $7 billion, bringing it to a valuation of $13bn

A pretty epic feat in my book.

Her journey to billionaire, much like most entrepreneurs was fraught with setbacks most notably the sexual harassment lawsuit against Tinder. Nonetheless, she persevered and overcame the setbacks.

Her win can serve as a template for entrepreneurs- especially female entrepreneurs, young or old.

I am always fascinated by stories and individuals who turn lemons to…


You are more powerful than you think

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Your mind is your superpower. All things- bad or good come from it.

As cliché as it sounds, it's up to us to feed it with good things and we are powerful enough to do just that.

Whether you consider yourself an athlete or a beginner, the capacity of your mind to propel you, cannot be ignored. So what better partner to have on your side, than a mind rooting for you?

Carol Dweck, a researcher in the field of motivation, pioneered the terms ‘fixed mindset’ and ‘growth mindset’ to better explain why people succeed (or don't) and how to…


If I see one more ‘don't write for money’, article I will scream

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So I’m just going to get into it. The writing advice out there is shady as hell.

Writing is hard. I mean for God’s sake no one intentionally trades peace of mind for tired eyes, hunched achy back, and headaches from staring at the screen too long. Writers write because the damn compulsion won’t leave us alone.

So it is particularly disappointing when writers are treated as by the way. You need only look at the paltry pay of $0.01-$0.05 per word pandered on certain questionable sites. Yes, it's been argued that it's a great starting point (is it though?)


Calendly’s $3B valuation is silent activism

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As of January 26th, 2021 the Black-owned scheduling app, Calendly is now valued at $3 billion after securing a $350 million investment from Iconiq and OpenView Venture Partners.

Calendly was founded in Atlanta in 2013 by Babatope Awotona, who immigrated from Nigeria to the U.S. Prior to creating Calendly, he worked as a door-to-door salesman and was a failed e-commerce entrepreneur.

Calendly was created from a simple pain point Tope experienced personally- the hassle of scheduling multiple meetings. He decided to create software that would address this issue. In 2013, he cashed his 401K and started building.

In 2016, he…


SuperBowl marketing at its finest

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Michael B. Jordan's abs need their own zip code.

Now, I know nothing of SuperBowl, and quite frankly I have never been interested.

But suddenly I find my curiosity piqued, thanks to M. B. J’s erm…enigmatic personality (abs.. I’m talking about his abs).

Two days ago Amazon dropped an ad featuring Michael B. Jordan playing the part of a reimagined ‘body’ for Alexa and it has social media awash with thirst. I am part of the thirst brigade and I am not ashamed to say it. Blame the pandemic.

The ad set to premiere during Super Bowl 55 promotes the…

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Customer Service and Sales Professional. Writer. Voracious Learner. Slight Coffee and K-Drama Addict. Music and Movie Lover

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