Nigerian engineer among top 50 women in engineering

A Nigerian engineer has been named as one of the top 50 women who are under 35 in Engineering in the United Kingdom Telegraphy. It was discovered that the woman, who was identified as Ozak Esu, is from Okurike area of Cross river state. It was gathered that the list is put together annually by Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). fem eng The purpose of the list is to support and boost women‘s participation in engineering. Nigerian engineer named among top 50 women under 35 in engineering Photo Credit: Instagram – zakkie9 fem eng i Esu travelled out of Nigeria to United Kingdom in 2008. She studied IET accredited B.Eng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University. After getting her degree, Esu completed her Ph.D also at Loughborough University. She currently works at a top engineering consultancy company in the UK. Esu with other top women in engineering Photo Credit: Instagram – zakkie9 In an interview, Esu expressed that she decided to study Electronic and Electrical Engineering due to the energy problem in Nigeria.

Chika Ike gains admission into Harvard Business School

You should never give up on your passion, dream or ambition no matter how many times you try or the circumstances surrounding it.  It takes a lot of determination to achieve your goals after 5 years of trying. Actress Chika Ike revealed she has gained admission into Harvard Business School - She shared the post on her social media page after waiting for five years - Fans accused the actress of lying saying Harvard doesn't offer executive MBA, she then responded with a dance Nollywood diva Chika Ike shared good news about getting into Harvard Business School recently. chikkk The excited actress shared the post on her social media page informing fans of her latest plan to conquer the business world by enhancing her knowledge in the field.  In her post, she revealed she had waited five solid years and had been rejected many times before finally getting accepted. CHIKA Chika expressed she always had the dream of doing her masters in an Ivy League school Source: Instagram, Chika Ike She shared the post on her social media page, grateful for her blessings and expressed looking forward to starting her executive MBA classes. chik a ike Source: Instagram, Chika Ike . Fans congratulated her for the new achievement but someone dropped a comment saying Harvard Business School doesn't offer the degree she claimed to be going for. Source: Instagram, Chika Ike Unfazed and still happy of her success, she responded saying: "When haters say your admission into Harvard is a lie .... you give them the olowogbogboro dance .... a miracle that looks like a lie #africadiva #harvard #olowogbogboro"

Nigerian lady Morin Oluwole works with Facebook owner

Morin Oluwole is a Nigerian lady who has left her footprints on the sands of time by working with one of the most reputable companies in the world. - The brilliant young lady of Yoruba descent is the business lead as well as chief of staff to the vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook. Despite joining Facebook in 2006, the intelligent and pretty woman has occupied different positions and has helped the company soar on eagle’s wings. Oluwole has recorded series of success stories upon joining Facebook. She was part of those who launched most of the innovative tools made available to millions of users across over two hundred nations. fb chic Interestingly the Nigerian born career woman has a background in sciences as she has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in human biology and sociology. It is incredible that the brilliant lady was able to move across fields and end up in technology and marketing. Morin Oluwole, the chief of staff to the vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook. Like many Nigerians, Oluwole had hoped to be a doctor when she was younger. Her experience as an intern in an emergency room took the scale off her eyes and encouraged her to explore life. Her background however helped her get a job at Facebook as the company was in dire need of resource people with different skills. Oluwole did not make herself an outcast as she tried as much as possible to make friends and build relationships every step she took on the ladder. At the moment, she has friends in almost every sector and take it upon herself to nurture her relationship with them. According to her, relationships are important in developing one’s personal career. In the same vein, she noted that one should not solely rely on relationships and connections as they could fail. Outside her professional path, there is more to Morin Oluwole . She speaks five languages and has lived on three out of the seven continents in the world. Oluwole manages brands like American Express, Michael Kors and other world’s successful brands. She steers the wheels of Daily by Morin, her personal project which focuses on life and style. The fashion portal has over twenty five thousand followers. The intelligent lady has her background in human biology and sociology. Her goal in life is to be part of something great’ to work with the head of global advertising in ensuring that the best business and sales organization is developed. Having a clear understanding of the kind of impact she wants to make in the society has helped her go this far. She made use of knowledge and kept herself informed as she understands that every bit of information is relevant as it would determine how competent she is at the long run. The member of the Facebook team considers Lagos to be a home as she got most her values and point of views about life from there.

Mistakes to avoid when choosing a career

When you are selecting a career there's a lot riding on your decision. You want to pick an occupation in which you can be successful for many years to come. While you can change careers, doing so can be effortful. It is easier if you don't have to do it too often. That means you should pick something that is not only suitable for you, but also can support you financially far into the future. Increase your chances of making a good decision by avoiding these very common mistakes. Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting a Career:

  1. Listening to People Who Tell You That You Should, or Should Not, Do Something: Many people think they should have a say in what career you choose—your parents, your friends, your significant other. They don't. In most cases, your decision will have little impact on the other people in your life. You, however, will have to deal with your choice for years to come. Make sure the career you choose is something you want to spend your day doing.
  1. Following in Someone Else's Footsteps: You may be haunted by your parents' expectations to go into the same occupation they are in. You may know it as the one that helped put food in your mouth, kept a roof over your head and even paid your way through school. As hard is it is to do, ignore the pressure you may feel to please your mum and dad. Remember, and if necessary, remind your parents, that they made their own choices and now it's your turn. What was right for them may not be for you. In the long run, there's a good chance they'd rather see you happy in a career of your own choosing than unhappy in one you picked to please them.
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  2. Not Doing Your Homework: Don't choose a career without taking the time to learn about it. In addition to a job description, you should make sure to gather information about typical job duties, educational requirements, earnings and job outlook.
  1. Not Talking to Those in the Know: Your homework isn't complete if you skip talking to someone who currently works in the career field you are considering. Those who are engaged in an occupation can provide you with a truthful account of what it's really like to work in it. If possible talk to a few people to avoid individual biases.
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  2. Going for the Money: Bringing home money Is important, but the size of it isn't actually a great predictor of job satisfaction. In other words, you can make six figures but if you hate what you're doing you'll find it hard to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Look for a balance between making enough money to support yourself and work that fulfills you.
  1. Ignoring Who You Are: Your personality type, interests, values and aptitudes make you better suited for some occupations than others. These traits are intrinsic, which means you can't change them. If you don't take them into account when selecting a career, there is an excellent chance you will wind up in an occupation that is unsuitable for you.
  1. Not Considering Location: Jobs in certain occupations are concentrated in specific cities—such as cities versus rural areas. If you live somewhere that doesn't offer many opportunities in your field and you aren't willing to relocate, you will have trouble getting a job.
  1. Not Looking Beyond a "Best Careers" List: Lists that tell you what careers have the best opportunities of the year, decade or whatever, can be a helpful guide when it comes to selecting a career. However, making a decision based solely on one of those lists is a terrible idea. Even an occupation with a great outlook can be a bad fit, so you have to scratch below the surface to find out whether you and a career are a good match.
  1. Ignoring the Future: While you shouldn't make your choice solely on an occupation's appearance on a "best careers list," to ignore employment outlook is careless.

Being Bullied At Work? What To Do About It

  It seems that the bullying we might have witnessed (or experienced firsthand) on the school playground is being increasingly played out in the workplace. But even beyond those who reported their victimization, there are actually many people being bullied at work without even being aware of it. Is it possible that you have been a target? While bullying is usually perpetrated by someone in a position of power and authority, peers and even subordinates have also known to engage in bullying. A bully is actually an insecure, paranoid, control-freak. Their aim is to diminish, belittle and ultimately demolish their “prey” through regular, persistent, and increasingly hostile behavior. workplace-bullying-4workplace-bullying-4 Here are ten clear signs that you’re being bullied:

  1. You and your peers are treated according to inconsistent standards.
Others in your work group are receiving preferential treatment while you're not. Meanwhile, you find that most all of your requests along the same lines are denied without plausible explanation.
  1. Goals on a project are suddenly changed, and your progress is disregarded.
Say you’ve been given a directive with certain objectives, an ultimate goal and a timeline. You work hard and with focus only to find out, suddenly, that there’s a change in direction on the project. Your progress is not celebrated or applied to the new project, but not even taken into account.
  1. Every decision you make is questioned, even the small ones.
In essence, you're constantly bombarded by excessive micromanaging. You don't feel like your intuition or choices are being trusted, and you can't explain why. Your boss and others hover over you much more than usual telling you what to do (and what not to do). You get the sense that you're wrongly perceived as unreliable, and your decision-making capability is greatly reduced as a result.
  1. You're socially alienated ... without a valid explanation.
All of the sudden, you’re excluded from meetings you once attended. Reasons may be given, but are not warranted or easy to tether to concrete events or behaviors. Co-workers tend to avoid you and keep interaction to a minimum. You also may find that you’re no longer invited to after hour informal events.
  1. You've experienced verbal abuse.
You’re subject to negative, abusive language — sworn and shouted at on a fairly consistent basis. That said, verbal abuse can be more subtle than overtly aggressive insults and reprimands. You may find that you're being joked around with in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, and that too can be a kind of verbal bullying. fired_man
  1. You often feel ganged up on.
Oftentimes, when you make a comment, suggestion or disagree with a point of view, you’re responded to with a pile of responses by others. It doesn’t matter whether you’re right or not — the gang mentality is determined to prove you wrong.
  1. Your health is deteriorating.
Mentally, you’re drained and your energy is zapped. You’re sleeping more and find it hard to get out of bed. Bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, panic attacks and mood swings. There are also physical symptoms such as increased blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, sleeping troubles and loss of appetite (or excessive eating). In extreme cases, the effects of bullying can also lead to heart attacks and strokes.
  1. You and your work are publicly diminished.
Your excellent work is not acknowledged by your boss and/or they give the credit to others in a public setting such as a meeting or an off-site.
  1. Others consistently criticize your work — unfairly.
It seems that in the eyes of your boss, you can’t do anything right. Feedback is always provided in the form of criticism and delivered in a way to make you feel bad about yourself. There’s no effort to provide guidance, mentoring or encouragement.
  1. You're presented unreasonable obstacles at every turn.
Roadblocks are thrown in front of you to throw you off course and prevent you from successful completion of a project or initiative. workplace-bullying-center-image What To Do About It: Once you’ve come to the realization that you’re a victim of bullying it’s important to look for a solution, like finding another job. This should be a last resort, but sometimes it’s simply not worth the fight — emotionally and financially. Look for new employment with a company possessing a strong culture of integrity. Such companies often have zero tolerance policies along with multiple ways to report abuse. In the meantime, be sure to seek outside help to deal with the physical and mental fallout from prolonged bullying. Reducing stress and keeping a clear mind will help you think through your options and ultimately make the best possible decision.    

Tips for answering personal phone calls at work

Cellphones can be an asset and a burden in the workplace. We all know the pros and cons. No longer are we restricted to the length of the phone cord. Clients or employers can call not only our office phones, but also our cellphone directly to reach us immediately. Vendors with a crisis can talk to us immediately to get a response. We have the option of texting during meetings if we have to, when we can't talk on the phone. Our phones permit us to work long distance, attend to work emails while traveling or solve a work crisis while on vacation if needed. They allow for enormous freedom and accessibility in many ways. But the downsides are the same – the accessibility and the possibility of not handling our phones in a professional manner at work. Because cellphone use has become so common in our personal lives. We can fall into the trap of using our phones too frequently in the workplace. The problem is not just the possibility of violating company policy regarding the use of phones or texting during meetings, but also the lack of professionalism you may portray by inappropriately using your phone. shutterstock_305259533-780x450 Cellphone use at work can be a slippery slope. One thing can lead to another, and – without realizing it – we may fall into seemingly small bad habits that can end up having a big impact on how we are viewed in the workplace. If you feel you are falling into some bad habits regarding your phone, review this list to rein in your behavior to a more appropriate zone.

  1. Check company policy, but also follow common courtesy. Some companies are stricter than others. So, check with your boss or human resources department to get the rules straight – especially if you've just started a new job. However, don't just go by the rules, because maybe your office doesn't have a specific policy. Think about how you want to be treated in the workplace and how others behave. Does your boss have an opinion about personal phone calls or bringing cellphones into meetings? Don't put your phone on the table with a co-worker or your boss unless you are expecting an urgent call. And if you are, let them know you are or least make sure the phone is on silent. Again, this will depend on company policy. Also, be observant. Does your boss take a lot of personal calls? What do your workmates who have been with the company for a long time do? Follow their leads, and use common sense. Even if your company is a heavy cellphone-usage organization, remember you are still sending a message by how you use your phone. Is it the right one?
  1. If necessary, let family and friends know your work hours. If your friends or family members contact you often at work, and it's becoming a distraction, alert them to times you are not available for phone calls. If they text you often, don't respond right away; wait until a time that you can, even if it's after hours, so you are not encouraging their behavior and training them to expect your responses right away. Both of these strategies can help control the amount of personal calls and texts you get during the day. Try adjusting your phone settings when in meetings and when you are working on a project that requires quiet and focus. Set your phone to 'Do Not Disturb,' or simply turn the ringer to silent if possible. Let family and friends know that, in emergencies, they can call your office line (if that's preferable), but first qualify what an emergency really is. If it's hard for friends and family to keep work hours straight, don't feel the need to always have to remind them sternly about calling you. Don't blame them for bad memory; just control it on your end.
  1. If you do take a phone call and work in close quarters with your co-workers, be considerate. Not everyone wants to know about your weekend plans, your mother in-law’s excesses orr the details of your daughter's outfit while they are trying to handle their work assignments. Consider how you feel when you hear everyone's personal conversations while you are trying to focus on work. Respect your co-workers' space, and take your call elsewhere. You can do so by stepping outside, going to a conference room or moving to a corner of the office where there are fewer people. And keep your voice quiet.
  1. On the opposite end, when you call into the office, be mindful. If you are working at home for the day or travelling on vacation or for business, be aware, and watch what you say. If your kids are acting up, be careful not to scold them while you are on the phone with your boss. Aometimes, when we are in the comfort of our own home, we forget we need to be professional during business calls.
Also pay attention to how loud it is in the space you are in and how loudly you are talking. Before you make that work-related call from your home or while on vacation or travelling, step back. Take a breath to get into the right frame of mind to have the call. Make sure you are in an appropriate physical location to make the call and truly focus.

Handling difficult employees in your business

And it has happened again. One of your employees is making life difficult for the rest of the department. The discontent has become a major distraction for your team, causing a dramatic decrease in their productivity. It's causing a major friction and can disturb the work flow in your business. Managers need to understand that a negative employee is not just a problem between them and that employee. The air of dissent affects everyone who’s around it. Even though dealing with “problem employees” isn’t a favorite task for most managers, it’s part of the job. You will have to deal with the employee, and better sooner than later. Easier said than done, right? Here are some guidelines that can help you handle the situation in a more diplomatic and effective way.

  1. Don’t ignore the problem
It isn’t going to go away. Few people enjoy confrontation; but allowing a difficult employee to wreak havoc on your workplace is bad for business. Their bad attitude and actions can lower the morale and productivity of your other employees, especially if those employees take on extra work to avoid interacting with that person. And if they’re interacting with your clients, it could even lead to loss of business. You need to speak with the employee about the problem as soon as it is evident, before it gets out of hand. Customer
  1. De-personalize the conversation
Use “I” language instead of “you” language. Don’t open with a statement such as, “You are negative.” Instead give concrete examples, such as, “During yesterday’s meeting I noticed that you were not participating and even rolled your eyes while a co-worker was speaking.” Succinctly and factually state the offensive behaviors and the impact they are having on the team. Avoid generalities such as “not a team player,” and offer specific instances that were offensive.
  1. Don’t make any assumptions
Open a dialogue with the person in a private setting and find out if they’re aware of their behaviour. Also determine if there may be external, personal factors influencing their actions. The employee’s personal life may be in turmoil, and he or she may not realize that it’s apparent at work. If they need assistance to get their personal life in order, provide them with any resources your company may have, such as an employee 03-workplace-stress-difficult-relationships Remembering that you have a business rather than a personal relationship with the person can help keep things professional and polite. It may sound harsh, but the employee was hired to perform a specific job, not to become a friend.
  1. Suggest improvements
It is naive and unrealistic to expect that all co-workers will truly like and appreciate each other. It’s not, however, unrealistic to expect a courteous and productive work environment. All employees should treat each other with respect. Remind the employee that a part of their job performance is measured by how well they contribute to the organization’s success. Don’t  avoid frank conversation. You can speak candidly, but be respectful and professional. Your suggestions should be objective, realistic and helpful. So, what happens now? Once you have talked with the employee and addressed the issue, you have to follow through. It is imperative that the employee knows that you are staying on top of the matter and will be paying attention. If you see the behavior continue, take the proper disciplinary action. Negativity and lack of productivity can be corrosive to any work environment. While it may be human nature to want to avoid conflict and hope that a situation will resolve itself, ignoring the actions of a difficult employee can harm your business. Hopefully the above tips will give you the confidence you need to address these issues before they get out of hand. The rest of your employees with thank– and respect– you for it. Trust me, it'll make your team stronger and your business more productive.

Attributes all Entrepreneurs must have to succeed

Being an entrepreneur requires much more than just big ideas. A true entrepreneur is a rare breed; it’s someone who possesses a unique cocktail of traits, skills and characteristics that enable them to beat the odds and go after their dreams full throttle. But what are those attributes? What does an entrepreneur need to succeed? While we’d all love an entrepreneur’s handbook that tells us whether we have the factor or not, the truth is that there is no right or wrong answer—there is no discernible formula. But that doesn’t mean to say there aren’t a handful of traits we can pinpoint that are specific to entrepreneurs. Here are some of the attributes that, in our experience, successful entrepreneurs tend to possess in abundance. They’re goal-oriented Entrepreneurs are all about setting goals and putting their all into achieving them; they’re determined to make their business succeed and will remove any encumbrances that may stand in their way. They also tend to be strategic in their game plans and always have a clear idea in mind of exactly what they want to achieve and how they plan to achieve it. They’re committed to their business Entrepreneurs are not easily defeated; they view failure as an opportunity for future success, and if they don’t succeed the first time, they’ll stay committed to their business and will continue to try and try again until it does succeed. A true entrepreneur doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. African-women-entrepreneurs-create-opportunities-and-fight-for-equality- They’re hands-on Entrepreneurs are inherently proactive, and know that if something really needs to get done, they should do it themselves. They’re ‘doers’, not thinkers, and tend to have very exacting standards. They view their business as an extension of themselves and like to be integral in its day-to-day operations—even when they don’t have to be. They thrive on uncertainty Not only do they thrive on it—they also remain calm throughout it. Sometimes things go wrong in business, but when you’re at the helm of a company and making all the decisions, it’s essential to keep your cool in any given situation. True entrepreneurs know this and secretly flourish and grow in the wake of any challenges. They continuously look for opportunities to improve Entrepreneurs realize that every event or situation is a business opportunity, and they’re constantly generating new and innovative ideas. They have the ability to look at everything around them and focus it toward their goals in an effort to improve their business. download (3)  They’re willing to take risks A true entrepreneur doesn’t ask questions about whether or not they’ll succeed—they truly believe they will. They exude this confidence in all aspects of life, and as a bi-product, they’re never afraid to take risks due to their unblinding faith that ultimately they will triumph. They’re willing to listen and learn The most important part of learning is listening—and a good entrepreneur will do this in abundance. They have great people skills Entrepreneurs have strong communication skills, and it’s this strength that enables them to effectively sell their product or service to clients and customers. They’re also natural leaders with the ability to motivate, inspire and influence those around them. success-story-of-nike-ogunlesi They’re inherently creative This is one trait that, due to their very nature, entrepreneurial business people have by the bucket load. They’re able to not only come up with ingenious ideas, but also turn those ideas into profits. They’re passionate and always full of positivity Passion is perhaps the most important trait of the successful entrepreneur. They genuinely love their job and are willing to put in those extra hours to make their business grow; they get a genuine sense of pleasure from their work that goes way beyond just cash. Very few people are fortunate enough to be born with all of these characteristics, but the good news is that they can all be learned. Nowadays there are webinars, seminars and books you can sign up for to learn the rules of being a great entrepreneur. So what are you waiting for? Get those entrepreneurial juices training and be the best at what you do. Good luck!

Business: Things nobody tells you about blogging

A lot of people don’t recognize and hardly understand the intricacies of blogging. Some go as far as dismissing it as some kind of hobby, rather than recognizing it as the business it is. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 4 things nobody tells you about blogging.

Blogging is Not Some Get Rich Quick Scheme

It’s nice to hear about blogs that charge thousands and hundreds of thousands for publicity or adverts of any kind. But what most people don’t get is that blogging is hard and it takes a lot of time and patience to be read widely enough to get noticed by firms, corporations and companies for publicity and advertisements. Most of the widely read blogs today took months, even years of consistent and tireless effort to get to where they are today and have the kind of recognition they have. Blogging is hardly a get rich quick scheme. BLOG

Blogging is Not That Easy

There is a general belief that running a blog is what you do when you either don’t have a job or don’t have anything better to do. Many believe it’s easy and requires little or no effort. That’s inaccurate. Aside having to constantly come up with interesting and engaging content for your blog (almost every hour of the day if yours is a news blog), you also have to consider the mails, questions and comments that you always have to attend to, to help drive engagement on your blog. Eventually, as your blog grows, you’ll realize it’s hardly something you can do on your own.

A Blogger is Not Only a Blogger

As a blogger, especially when starting out, in order to grow your readership you are going to feel the need to be a web designer (trying to find the right web layout that will be attractive and user friendly), a social media strategist (ensuring you use social media to get as much publicity for your blog as you can), an SEO specialist, a web marketing guru and an amateur photographer all at the same time! It’s a lot. You might not exactly be a professional in all the above mentioned areas, but you have to be able to handle them well enough not to suck at it and to help grow your blog’s readership. images (96)

The Business Side

Many people tend to underestimate or don’t understand the business side of blogging. They either start demanding for money too soon or are completely clueless about how sponsored content works around the policies of the corresponding firms, corporations and companies. A good number of people don’t realize that some brands or companies have payment terms of ninety days; meaning even after doing publicity for them, you might not get your payment until after three months. Some brands also have you working on sponsored content and you will have to send them draft upon draft till they like what they see. Since you’ve likely already signed a contract with them, you really don’t have much of choice. It is important to recognize the business side of blogging and try to understand it before going into it.

The fears of a technology entrepreneur

Setting out as a technology entrepreneur and making a success out of it is not a task for the faint-hearted. This reality is more pronounced in a peculiar business terrain such as Nigeria. Indeed, most entrepreneurs have the mind-set of an orphan as the pain of failure is borne all alone. This is why success is a driving force for all entrepreneurs. This alone is what gets them widespread adulation and praise.

 Here are six of the biggest fears faced by tech entrepreneurs.
Fear of not being good enough: Many encounter this particular self-doubt at various stages of the entrepreneurial journey. It is a fear that continually gnaws away at the confidence to take bold steps. During difficult times and especially when setbacks occur, the mind will often come up with various reasons why you don’t have what it takes to cut it at the top. The key to overcoming this is to remember that this fear is not alien to other entrepreneurs. Competitors will always be out there with better connections or financial muscle than you. Remain consistent in chasing your passion and allow it work for you. gttt Fear of re-inventing: Success as a tech entrepreneur often involves the ability to innovate; to constantly re-invent and fine-tune your offerings, business processes and solutions to meet changing times and needs. A lot of entrepreneurs, including the successful ones, face the fear of evolving at one time or another. This often happens when entrepreneurs grow their business to a certain point and feel comfortable with the position or status attained. In such situations, it becomes difficult to face what needs to be done when faced with the idea of expansion or re-invention. As an entrepreneur, the ability to constant re-invent or engage in positive disruption is a quality that sets you apart. Embrace it! ent uuu Fear of failure: This is perhaps the biggest fear faced by all aspiring and established entrepreneurs. The immense burden, shame and psychological effects of failure not only weighs down an entrepreneur; it also creates a huge mental block in the minds of many aspiring ones, preventing them from venturing into business or giving their passions a try. Interestingly though, one of the secrets of most successful entrepreneurs is their view of failure: it is not an end in itself. Although still prone to the fear of failure, they do not allow it shape their thinking and actions. 140904165512-african-fashion-star-kalikawe-mannequin-story-top Fear of the unknown: Entrepreneurs function in a system that is heavily susceptible to market forces, currency fluctuations and government policies. These factors lend a measure of unpredictability to the business environment. Investment decisions could go south as a result of an unfavourable or sharp shift in any of the afore-mentioned factors. As a result, entrepreneurs live in constant dread of the unknown. This should not in any way reduce the entrepreneurial zeal or the drive to pursue your dreams. As the Holy Book says in Ecclesiastes 11: 4: “He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.” founders-of-lagbook Fear of betrayal by trusted associates: Life as a tech entrepreneur often involves an element of partnership or entrusting certain core responsibilities to others. However, the experience of most successful entrepreneurs usually takes in one or two incidences of betrayal or letdowns, often by trusted associates and/or business partners. This fear is real and one that a lot of entrepreneurs have to deal with on the way to success. This should not, however, prevent you from reaching out or giving people a chance to prove them. A healthy dose of optimism is one quality that has helped some of the best entrepreneurs cope with this fear. Caution and due diligence also come in handy here.  Fear of ideas drying up: This is a fear that confronts most entrepreneurs who rely heavily on making fortunes out of their ideas. A perfect way of overcoming this fear is to observe other successful entrepreneurs. One quality they all have in common is that scarcity of mind does not afflict them. These individuals are constantly thinking up new ways to make money, more good people to hire and with whom to work, new ventures to invest in or investors to pitch ideas to, among others. The beauty of being an entrepreneur in a country such as Nigeria lies in the numerous opportunities that abound to create and sustain wealth. Despite the peculiar challenges encountered by aspiring and established entrepreneurs, many agree that the Nigerian economy arguably remains one of the few around with the potential to transform a hopeless start-up into a multi-million-dollar business in a few years’ time. This should be the motivating factor for every struggling entrepreneur out there.