October 2016

Focus: The Ultimate Guide on How to Improve Focus and Concentration

Focus and concentration can be difficult to master. Sure, most people want to learn how to improve focus and boost concentration. But actually doing it? We live in a noisy world and constant distractions can make focus difficult. Luckily, this guide contains the best ideas and top research on how to get and stay focused. We will break down the science behind sharpening your mind and paying attention to what matters. Whether you’re looking to focus on your goals in life or business, this guide should cover everything you need to know. Focus: What It Is and How it Works First things first. What is focus, really? Experts define focus as the act of concentrating your interest or activity on something. That’s a somewhat boring definition, but there is an important insight hiding inside that definition. What is Focus? In order to concentrate on one thing you must, by default, ignore…


7 Benefits of Regular Physical Exercise

GET YOUR PERSONAL FITNESS, GYM, HEALTH, SPORTS OR WELLNESS EQUIPMENT IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME. Plus free consultation and advisory services on the ideal EXERCISE and fitness equipment for you based on what you want to achieve. 7 Benefits of Regular Physical Exercise Want to feel better, Look agile and fit, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life  No. 1: Exercise controls weight Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories, pot belly. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. No. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? Exercise keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical exercise can…


Discover and Master Cost Effective and Efficient Online Strategies to Create Brand Awareness, Drive Traffic and Sales Even in Recession!

Success Strategies Academy Invites you to  DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL SELLING WORKSHOP Coming up in Lagos & Abuja this November, 2016 Discover and Master Cost Effective and Efficient Online Strategies to Create Brand Awareness, Drive Traffic, Convert & Shoot Your Sales to the Roof Even in Recession!  Theme: Generating, Converting & Driving Sales via Digital Strategies in Even in Sluggish Economy Become a Certified Digital Marketing Professional – Make Plans to enroll or nominate delegates to the 2 day Digital Marketing Certification Course. Who Should Enroll? Business owners, Managers, Business Development Officers, Sales & Marketing Executives, Startups and fast-growth companies Advertising Agencies and Marketing Consultants, Any person who want to acquire in-demand skills he/she can use to market and sell any product & Anyone who wants added credibility and an objective sense of accomplishment. Why Should You Enroll? FOR COMPANIES: Because In today’s changing and challenging business landscape; Media is changing, customers…


12 Reasons Why Every Business Need Marketing Research and Strategy to Succeed

Why is marketing strategy and marketing research important for business to succeed? A lot of times I hear questions like why is marketing strategy and marketing research important for business to succeed. People with this mind set believe it is good enough to have the skills and resources they need to build their business, they believe they can succeed with this but most times some of them get their fingers burnt in the process. So why not take your time to carry out marketing research and develop a marketing strategy for your business so as to avoid failure in business. You must have seen a lot of successful businesses that you really admire, the whole setup might look simple to you but you do not realize that a lot of hard work is going on in the background. This background work serves as the foundation of the business; these are the things…


Guide on How to Get and Stay Motivated

Motivation is a powerful, yet tricky beast. Sometimes it is really easy to get motivated, and you find yourself wrapped up in a whirlwind of excitement. Other times, it is nearly impossible to figure out how to motivate yourself and you’re trapped in a death spiral of procrastination. This guide contains the best ideas and most useful research on how to get and stay motivated. This isn’t going to be some rah-rah, pumped-up motivational speech. (That’s not my style.) Instead, we’re going to break down the science behind how to get motivated in the first place and how to stay motivated for the long-run. Whether you’re trying to figure out how to motivate yourself or how to motivate a team, this guide should cover everything you need to know. I. Motivation: What It Is and How It Works Scientists define motivation as your general willingness to do something. It is the set…


Success Story: Iyinoluwa Aboyeji Shares How Andela (a Multi-Million Dollar Tech Start-up) was founded

A company jointly founded in Nigeria and the U.S. is getting a significant investment and attention from Mark Zuckerberg — one of the most important people in Silicon Valley. During such a pivotal moment, it is important for me to share Andela’s history and inspire many other entrepreneurs through my story of failure, success and collaboration. In 2013, Ian Carnevale, Nadayar, Brice and I started Fora, a distance learning platform for African universities. We reached out to Jeremy Johnson because of the similarities between his company at the time, 2U, and what we were hoping to build in Africa. We met at his office in NYC and then stayed in touch. From time to time, I would ask for feedback and he became my mentor. In early 2014, it became clear that Fora wasn’t working as we had hoped. We were unable to raise the capital we needed and I did not have…


Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Founder & Wife Doles Out $24Million to Nigerian Tech Company Andela

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are betting on Africa as the next hotbed of technological talent.  Andela, the Lagos-based company that trains and deploys software developers, is closing a $24 million Series B round—with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), founded by Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, leading the round.  This is CZI’s first major investment and first time leading a financing round since Zuckerberg and Chan launched the charitable foundation last December after the birth of their first daughter with the goal to advance human potential and promote equality. GV (formerly Google Ventures) also joins this round, along with the early Twitter investor Spark Capital, the Omidyar Network, and the San Francisco-based Learn Capital, which all participated in Andela’s first round.  Silicon Valley has been relatively slow to turn to the opportunity investment of African digital start-ups; much of the external investment into online ventures on the continent has…


Meet Salman Khan Founder of Khan Academy the #8 on the top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world

Inspiring Success story of Salman Khan, Founder and CEO, Khan Academy; How he started and why he succeeded. Sal Khan never expected to be an educator. He started his career at a hedge fund and tutored his young cousins on the side, particularly in math and science. After he started uploading the lessons to YouTube in 2006, many students other than his cousins tuned in, and Khan realized he was onto something big. By 2009, he had quit his job to devote his time to Khan Academy, a revolutionary nonprofit offering free online video tutorials to people around the globe. The company officially launched with the support of Silicon Valley elite: Founding partners include Google and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, Khan Academy has 40 million registered users who consume video tutorials across many subjects in multiple languages. Khan aims to close the gap between wealthy students who are able to pay…


10 Empowering Beliefs that Will Change your Life by Tony Robbins

The Power Of Beliefs: How Our Meanings Decide Our Destiny What is a belief? It’s a feeling of certainty about what something means. The challenge is that most of our beliefs are generalizations about our past, based on our interpretations of painful and pleasurable experiences. The challenge is, most of us do not consciously decide what we’re going to believe. Instead, often our beliefs are misinterpretations of past events. How do ideas turn into beliefs? Think of an idea like a tabletop with no legs. Without any legs, the tabletop won’t even stand up by itself. Belief, on the other hand, has legs. To believe something, you have references to support the idea—specific experiences that back up the belief. These are the legs that make your tabletop solid and that make you certain about your beliefs. For example, if you believe you’re extremely intelligent, you likely have a lot of…


9 Super-Successful People Share Their Biggest Leadership Secrets

Every leader’s abilities are put to the test at some point in their career. How well they handle the ups and downs, the excitement and turmoil, proves whether they’re truly a great leader, or just another wannabe. For its most recent Influencers editorial package, titled “How I Lead,” LinkedIn asked some of the world’s most successful executives, entrepreneurs, and industry experts to share their best leadership secrets and “surefire management methods” for getting through the good times, and bad. Over 50 thought leaders shared original posts revealing how they lead in times of turbulence or growth. Richard Branson: Decisiveness is key. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. The Virgin Group founder writes: “One of the most important skills any leader can learn is when to be decisive, and when to take a step back and look at the wider picture before making the big calls.” In times of turmoil, growth, or crisis, he says,…


9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth. “The metaphor I like is the avalanche,” says Thomas Corley, the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals.” “These habits are like snowflakes — they build up, and then you have an avalanche of success.” Corley spent five years studying the lives of both rich people (defined as having an annual income of $160,000 or more and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million or more) and poor people (defined as having an annual income of $35,000 or less and a liquid net worth of $5,000 or less). He managed to segment out what he calls “rich habits” and “poverty habits,” meaning the tendencies of those who fit in each group. But, Corley explains, everyone has some rich habits and some poverty habits. “The key is to get more…


Successful Leaders Have 6 Things In Common

There are six critical things that great leaders do that really stand out. Any of us can do the same. 1. They’re kind without being weak One of the toughest things for leaders to master is kindness. Kindness shares credit and offers enthusiastic praise for others’ work. It’s a balancing act, between being genuinely kind and not looking weak. The key to finding that balance is to recognize that true kindness is inherently strong—it’s direct and straightforward. Telling people the difficult truth they need to hear is much kinder than protecting them (or yourself) from a difficult conversation. This is weak. True kindness also doesn’t come with expectations. Kindness is weak when you use it in a self-serving manner. Self-serving kindness is thin—people can see right through it when a kind leader has an agenda. Think of Schultz, who dedicated $250 million to employee education with no strings attached, and as soon…