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Dear fellow young entrepreneurs,

Hi guys. This is for young entrepreneurs who are struggling with doubts and fear of whether their businesses or brands would grow to be a success.

My advice to you all is to take a chill pill and stay true to yourself.   Be breakable, take to correction, and don’t feel you know it all by yourself. Learn to take the criticism the positive way. There is a popular saying that failure is just another lesson of how you shouldn’t use that method again. Never take a customer’s NO or criticism as the end of your career. Listen to your inner voice that is telling you keep on pushing through.

Another classical example is Ebuka Obi-Uchendu’s fashion designer who I learnt is his very close friend and has been his tailor for a long time. He is good at what he does, which was why he was lauded for the different ways he put up Ebuka’sagbada. Never settle for mediocrity. Change the norm. You can be the standard. I tell you, there were probably 100 fashion designers with that idea but weren’t too sure whether or not to execute it because they were just not to bold to fail and rise up again.

You are your own cheerleader and motivator. Never let anyone look down on you. Don’t despise the day of little beginning; it is only a matter of time you will soon be celebrated.

trust the process

Also, don’t allow any one look down on whatever dream you desire to achieve, and be careful who you tell your dreams too (look at Joseph’s story) – you may not be as courageous as he was to pull through. Small minded people should not be among your inner circle of friends or those who you go to seek counsel from.

Don’t think being successful is an easy-pizzy job. You will have to sacrifice your sleep, your money, time, parties, and so many other things, which is why determination is key. Don’t settle in your comfort zone and wait for everything to become all rosy, try and do what ordinary people don’t do. Be the best yet.

Also, don’t get caught up in the comparison trap. The sky is big enough to accommodate just as many birds as you can imagine. We can all be great. Just brand yourself in a way that you can stand tall in the midst of just anything.

For those who still haven’t conceived their idea and are waiting for the right avenue, there is no right time to start what you have to start. If opportunities don’t come to you, create opportunities for yourself. Step out of your comfort zone and go and achieve all that you need to achieve in life. Don’t spend all your money on trying to get what is the latest, instead, invest so that your returns can last enough to buy you want is vogue at that time. Trends will always be there. This is the best time to invest.

Every CEO, when you eventually become a top-notch in your area of specification,don’t forget your day one, those who stood by you when you had nothing and were your every day cheerleaders. You know those friends that will cheer you even when the brows you drew for them were like go to hell, lol, or whenthey were always your models for everyphoto shoot that sometimes did not turn out well. In however way they might have been of help never forget them. If you follow glamorous people because you are in vogue at that point, they would soon unfollow you. It is a matter of time before another trend will be in vogue and they would follow. But your day one will always be there to cheer you up.

And for friends be your friend’s number one fan and supporter. Don’t use your mouth to pull anyone down.Correct with love, and don’t be too quick to judge.

Thank you.

An interview with Ajibowo Olajide founder RYSE and an

Ajibowo Olajide is a law graduate of Babcock university, whose acute interest is in youth development and growth. He recently just published a book ” Everybody is born pregnant”. he is the founder of a registered NGO; Redefining Your Self Esteem Africa (RYSE Africa). He is a man of purpose and gifts.

Introduce yourself please

Olajide Ajibowo

Founder, Ryse Africa, author of Everybody is Born Pregnant.

In all these I see you have a keen interest in youth development right? Why?

I love to see young folks happy, filled with hope and fulfilment despite what they might be going through. This has always been my motivation for youth development.

What is your key motivation in all that you do?

Holyspirt and purpose

With the computer age and all that is happening so fast, how can you rate the youth development limited to Nigeria?

I believe a lot of Nigerian youths are technologically aware. They may not necessarily be advanced as much as other youths in the world, but they know enough to help improve their skills and knowledge. For example, an average tech savvy youth need not go to a business school before he can grow his business, he can simply go on Google or watch YouTube videos. That being said, there’s still so much advancing that’s needed in the computer space to aid development for youths.

Okay, Your NGO RYSE was just registered. Where do you see it 5 years from now?

It’s RYSE Africa. In 5 years, we would have at least established a significant number of branches/groups as we have in Babcock University – RYSE BU, across Nigerian Universities and some African countries by God’s grace.

Could you please give us a sneak peek on what your book is all about?

The book, Everybody is Born Pregnant is a breath of fresh air in helping young people and even older generations to see beyond themselves and harness the potentials in them through the discovery of their  purpose, by so doing they become problem solvers,  value makers and God chasers.

jide, theseunfakorede, danielotabor and victorspeaks

Who are your role models and mentors?

Myles Munroe (my mentor from the dead), Td Jakes, Adebola Williams, my sisters just to mention a few.

What are the values so important to you as a leader

Integrity, sincerity, patience and grits are very key values that must never be taken for granted. Because it will be needed every step of the way.

Your biggest let down so far?

I’ve had so many let downs in my life. But I’ll just say one of it. Last year when I was still doing my law degree in school, my team and I, RYSE BU planned our annual conference, DOPE (Discovery of Purpose) conference. After all the speakers were invited, and people registered for it, the authorities cancelled the conference. It was a tough time for us, because we lost a lot of money and probably credibility in the eyes of many.

How were you able to come over everything?

It was God really. A quote from TD Jakes was just it. The quote was: if God doesn’t take you out of your problems, he’ll bless you through it. That quote with an amazing team helped me overcome.

Favorite books of all time?

I’m not sure I have a favorite book. I’m a selective reader, so all the books I’ve read are favorites.

Toughest decision you’ve had to make?

To risk everything to achieve my dreams despite the lack of money, support from family, friends and loved ones.

And having to leave my comfort zone everytime.

“Lack of money” what’s your take on idea execution and the money factor?

Here’s what I think about ideas and I wrote this in the book, once you conceive an idea, it attracts three things: people, places and resources.

With those three things, money can be derived from them. With people, I.e relationships, you can have things done for you for free or very little money because they are interested in your idea. Places: your idea will put you in a location that will help you execute your ideas. And finally resources. Ideas attract financial help mostly from people you do not know. Resources doesn’t necessarily have to do with money, it could be the things that you’ll need to achieve your ideas.

All of these three things can only work when you position your ideas in the right place for people to know. If not, you’ll only be winking in the dark.

It’s also important to say that, the lack of money at the initial stage of your idea should not stop you from pushing.

Hmm.nice and insightful.


What niche would you say you have carved for your self?

Well, creativity is my niche.

Final address.

My final words are: the earth is stamping its feet for your manifestation. So, don’t give up, don’t give in, you only become a failure when you fail to lure courage and strength to push when you fall. Thank you and God bless.

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