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Month: May 2019

 

Currently, we have five Generations in the workplace.
It is the first time in the history of the workplace we have five Generations.

Baby Boomers
Silent Generation
Generation X
Generation Z
Millennials.
The beauty of having these generations especially by multinationals in the workspace is the magic they all offer. The interesting part is they all lay claim to have the magic wand to solve all the problems the world faces. With “Millennials” leading the list of obvious outlaws and magician squad.
_ But in the words of Author “Nilofer Merchant” portrayed in her masterpiece “Onlyness”

(I’ve been a student of her works from reading her classic “11 rules for creating value in the
#socialEra “You should get it. which to me remains a blueprint to this era)
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but let us get real here.
Have you ever met a generation?
In the end, we meet people with uniqueness who are aware of their superpowers and who keep using it to change their world.
Nilofer calls this “Onlyness”

So what’s your superpower and how do you use it in your career path and journey to change your world.
Yes, what’s your coconut?

Charles Umeh

Early in the year had been having conversations with more young people in my tribe.
Millennials and Genz’s and with no doubt I think there is a funny tricky problem reoccurring. Possibly I think I also got immersed in the deadline of my deliverables and to-dos and somehow forgot to add my own voice.

Looking at my written to -do for the year and hearing the same challenges again got me thinking. I had to at least put my thought on paper so if it makes sense to you soak it in. If it doesn’t, take a long walk.

You see this buzz word you hear about entrepreneurship being the main deal, sexy, the beautiful bride and all those things you wish its freedom gives you. For the records, they are half-truths.

If you have a 9-5 job that keeps your brains alert, stretch your thinking and demands more from you especially if you are a greenhorn and can make savings from it, you should stop trying to seek For sexy.

Most of the smartest young people in this generation are Intrapreneurs let me take time to break it down. They are the ones who have the entrepreneurial spirit and most times run the business the entrepreneur own.

They know how to kill their deliverables in their 9-5 jobs and make off money from their passion outside work. If you are one of these mates, you are doing fine. And please You can always get sexy in the future but stop searching for sexy because sexy looks cool outside.

If you hit a deal of 100million Naira or whatever the figures are you just hit a deal it doesn’t make you an Entrepreneur.

The life of most of the high fliers in this clime is filled with several chapters of failures few bother sharing because truthfully it’s part of the life.

The biggest deals most people you look up to came after sometimes 5 knocks on the door some 10 No’s! Most of my own close business clients also came from several we are not ready yet and when it stuck I wanted what I wanted because I was adding value and not because it was going to look good when I have it. There were referrals and trust me this is how it is for most that are open enough to share.

You just might be very good at all you do but never get it its nobody’s business nobody owes you Anything!

How does it feel Knowing you had someone who had the king’s ear but never tells the king about your competence?
Remember biblical Joseph… aside all the stories you know about his brothers selling him to slavery did it occur to you Joseph was still abandoned in jail for two years after he helped one of the men in Pharaoh’s palace interpret his dream?

However, there was the next time. A major problem broke out and his expertise was needed again and his interpretation this time made him king. Stop taking things personal do not kill yourself before your time you are still valuable.

If you think Entrepreneurship is your thing you must stop taking every failure as personal and understand your badge of honor and your resistant to pressure is a call for you to prove to YOU you have what it takes to play in the big league.

You don’t even need to “be your own boss” to make an impact in the world or reinvent the wheel.

understand how structures are done, how relationships are made and be trustworthy first. Take time to ask your boss how many failures they have had before they got their breaks.
Entrepreneurship is not sexy and not for everyone at some stage.
In the end, it’s a huge marathon.

As an Intrapreneur, you could be more fulfilled and acing your game. Don’t be cowed by the sexiness you see. Not all sexiness deserve your taste. Face your front!

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