Wednesday, 2 September 2015

My Beef With The Stereotypical Life

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This [dot] is where I am.

The second [dot] below is where everyone else is
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You can see that we are [the same DOT but]  moving in different directions.... That is what happens when you challenge the status-quo. You tend to see things differently and move in the opposite direction.

The Stereotypical Life (Best Case Scenario):

Go to school for years (so you can get a degree), Apply for great jobs, Get a great job. Go back to school for higher qualification (so you can get a better job or promotion where you work). Get married to a beautiful wife/handsome husband and make beautiful kids. Go on Vacation twice every year. Get a house on mortgage. Invest in 401k investment plans and retire when you turn 70. Live for a couple more years and die.

My beef is that the stereotypical life has been around for centuries and it is the reason why many people feel it is the [perfect] way to live. So when someone, especially a young black man like me tells you that the stereotypical life is BS, they'd tag you as crazy (some will even fight you and call you names).

I just feel [know] there is more to life than living the stereotypical life. We can do more and use our unique gifts to create excellent work that will make the world better than it already is.

Call me crazy or Odd... Maybe I am. My mission on earth is to be odd and not to fit in. And if it takes challenging the status-quo to do that, so be it.

PS: Join me every Monday (10.30am) via WigRadio as I discuss issues that challenges the status quo on #AskingWhy (You may download the wigradio app on your mobile devices or listen via web)


Sadiq Daniel is a  Serial Entrepreneur and Teens Coach that blogs on business, Self- development, Life lessons and Ideas that challenges the status quo... You can pursue him for a speaking engagements on Twitter: @sadiqspeaks LinkedIn: Sadiq Daniel and Email:Sadiqdaniel@gmail.com

Monday, 31 August 2015

Why We All Need Side-Chicks


So you have that great idea- that will be the next google... That will make the world stand attention. You draft out a business plan and model, source for investors- Venture capitalists, crowd funding, money rituals family and friends just to make the idea a reality.

You start working on the idea- it became a start-up and eventually a fortune 500 company after ten years. The business is all you've got and a couple of years after that, Boom! It crashed. You lost everything.... You develop an heart attack and died. And the basest thing is that only your family members graced your funeral.

OK maybe that wasn't a real story (or I went too far) but that is what happens when you put all your eggs in one goddamn basket (no matter how expensive or beautiful that basket is).

We all need to have a side-chick (a plan B) in whatever we do - especially if you are an entrepreneur.

No idea is the "bestest." No matter how convinced you are about anything, no matter how much you trust a strategy or model, have a goddamn plan B.

I was 5 chapters into an awesomely controversial book I was writing before my laptop crashed. It crashed without any warning. I trusted the laptop so much that I didn't have a back up.

It hurts when you don't have a back up plan- I have been there, it really hurts. Even the military have backup plans (side chicks).

Having a backup plan is very important. It saves us from embarrassment. Imagine that you have a very important speaking engagement and everything you need (Power point slides, jottings) is on your IPad. And when you mount the podium to speak, it refuses to come on. How would you feel?

Having a backup plan doesn't mean you do not believe in your dreams, you might not even make use the plan B at the end of the day but it is goddamn important you have one.

PS: I am not in any way encouraging/promoting promiscuity. You are completely on your own when you have a side-chick in a relationship.

Sadiq Daniel is a  Serial Entrepreneur and Teens Coach that blogs on business, Self- development, Life lessons and Ideas that challenges the status quo... You can pursue him for a speaking engagements on Twitter: @sadiqspeaks LinkedIn: Sadiq Daniel and Email:Sadiqdaniel@gmail.com

How Much Are You Worth?


When the idea to write this article came, I was very angry. And like I used to do when I get ideas, I wanted to put it to writing at that instant.But I somehow chilled. i don't know how, but i did.

This Was The Reason For My Anger:

Last month, two business blogs sent me couple of emails on how they want me to contribute on their blog... For FREE. I replied to tell them I wasn't interested in the offer.

Two weeks ago, another one(blog) contacted me, still on the same terms and conditions... "Write for FREE". They even still had the guts to tell me that my content has to be exclusive to their blog.

I know I am not making sense yet with this article, just chill (like I did) and read on.

If I got those emails three years ago, I would scream for joy! In 2012 I was literally rolling on the floor, begging blogs to write for free and many declined my request. I needed to write for free so I could get people (traffic) on my blog and improve on my writing skills.

I wrote for a few and my style of writing has improved. In fact, I created my own style of writing *scratch that* and now have a tribe I lead *adjusts crown*.

I am not Seth Godin or Tim Ferris, but I can not write for free for any blog if it is not on my terms. I am not looking to increase my (or my blog's) popularity neither am I looking for avenues to increase my writing skills.

Here Is My fucking Reason 

I may not be as popular as Robert Kiyosaki or Seth Godin (I have mentioned Seth's name twice. He is that awesome) but I know my self worth. I know how much I am worth. I am already writing for free on my own blog (which is very hard especially when you are sharing quality content).

I have a lot of projects I am working on- my radio show, my book, speaking engagements, my blog, 3 start-ups. If I would have to write for even the New York times, I'd definitely have to make certain sacrifices. So writing for free is out of it (except if it has to be on my own terms).

Letting people know your self worth doesn't portray arrogance or pride. It is just a way of letting people know the level of shit you can take.

How long are you going to keep working for FREE all in the name of self development? There is no standard for self development. We learn and grow everyday.

Set high standards for yourself and don't sell yourself cheap.

How much are you worth? If you don't have the answer to that question (or if your answer is I'm always available... For FREE) then you need serious help.

PS: If you need marketing ideas for your startup or small business (how to get more and reach more people), I am offering FREE consultation for the first 15 people that sends me an email: sadiqdaniel@gmail.com

Sadiq Daniel is a  Serial Entrepreneur and Teens Coach that blogs on business, Self- development, Life lessons and Ideas that challenges the status quo... You can pursue him for a speaking engagements on Twitter: @sadiqspeaks LinkedIn: Sadiq Daniel and Email:Sadiqdaniel@gmail.com

#AbioyeSpeaks: BABA WAKEUP: IS SHE A BUILDER OR SPENDER? Pt1


Proverbs 14:1

"Every wise woman buildeth her house...."

Why not sit back, know the qualities before trekking the streets of Lagos in the name of "whosoever findeth"

What are the main qualities to look forward to in a woman?

We have to consider the issue of women or rather wives. On the contrary, I didn't have to move round Surulere to write this article. I just looked deep into the bible. You see that's the beautiful thing about the bible. It's so funny we have an encyclopedia of all life questions answered to detail, but we just toss it around and leave to a Sunday-Sunday affair whilst we listen to the opinion of men setting them as our standard.

She must be slim, curvy, have a British accent, natural hair, cook jollof well (lool!)...the list continues. I think this is the reason why so many ladies are seriously working out. But who would marry the fat ones?...that's a topic for another day.

You see, women differ and God designed them to be help mates. Therefore we could infer that God designed all women to be help mates...In short all to have a husband sort of. Therefore, there's surely more to a helper than the curves and jollof. This qualities are deep and to be cultivated.

Looking at this scripture, it gives us the wisdom of caution in choosing and also helps us (especially for those already courting) to know whether you are with the right lady.


If during dating/courtship, all she does is spend, spend, spend...from iPhone to BB classic to all sorts and she never for once talks about the future...Mehn rethink oooooo!

She never  encourages you to dream big, instead she makes huge withdrawals; emotionally and financially. Baba wakeup!!


You can easily infer two things concerning her attitude from today's scripture.
1) She is not wise
2) Obviously she's foolish


Let me add an unconscious third..Guy, the difference between you and an automated teller machine is slim..very slim..

Someone would say, this is so basic, everyone knows this...Alright, how come many are still victims?
Get my point, I am not saying the physical qualities are bad; in fact that fosters attraction. My point is simple: 

"MARRY A BALANCED LADY"


The divorce rate is getting higher, together we can stop this by implementing simple steps starting from dating.

Someone would also say..how does a futuristic girlfriend (who spends reasonably) tie up with prudence?
The bible verse below answers your question

"The wise in heart shall be called prudent..."

She can't be wise and not be prudent. Simply put, the symbol of wisdom is prudence. I mean with time, money,
resources.

I'd pick it up from here next time..till then, THINK ooooo...before you enter and begin to say "It's better for man to be alone". Hereby, avoiding stories that touch! Run for your life!!!!


Abioye is a spirit filled christian writer and a mechanical engineer. He is skilled in writing articles pertaining to learning and the christian faith as revealed from the scriptures. He currently works at Oando Gas and Power and he can be reached via aabioye13@yahoo.com and +2348126317529 for speaking engagements.

PS: If you are pregnant with ideas and you are interested in sharing them here, shoot me an email on sadiqdaniel@gmail.com or DM on twitter @SadiqSpeaks

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do [Setting Priorities]


It is true that we can't manage time. We can only manage what we do in respect of time. So from the time management books we have read or classes we have attended, we have been told to filter our goals, do the right thing at the right time A.K.A set priorities.

It is very easy to filter the bad stuff from the good ones or the wrong stuff from the right ones. But the real problem is picking the most important stuff in the midst of very good stuff. Yes, that's the real problem we face when it comes to setting priorities.

There are so many "good" opportunities (thanks to the advent of technology) flying around and they are so sexy that their sexiness confuses us- knowing that we can only pick some and leave the rest.

We do not want to make the wrong choices but we don't know how to make the right ones.

A couple of months ago, a friend called me and told me about a great business idea he was working on and how he wants me to be part of it. He told me about the business, sent me the business plan and business model and it was something I really dig.

But at the time, I had some other stuff I was working on- my blog, speaking engagements, my book and two other startups. I was confused!

This idea might eventually turn out to be the next Google or Facebook and I don't want to have any regrets when that happens.

In that confused state, I stumbled on Ash Ambrige's article on setting priorities. (I really can't find the article. She recently did some sort of magic on her blog that makes it hard for me to search for the article)

The article made me understand certain things when it comes to setting priorities which I am going to share with you guys.

The 10-Year Formula

The first thing is to write down all those opportunities on a piece of paper (very important). Then you'd look at each opportunity and ask yourself if you see yourself doing that thing in the next ten years. Close your eyes and try to imagine yourself doing it in the next ten years.

You should be able to filter out a few opportunities using this formula

Will You Marry Me?

Don't worry, I'm not proposing to you (maybe I am lol). I have used the "Will you marry me?" Formula a lot of times and it has worked.

Before you  get married to someone (or even propose), it means you trust the person and you believe in the person. He/she understands your dreams and vision.

That's the same question you must ask those opportunities. Do they mirror your goals and dreams? Will they bring you closer or draw you apart from the person you intend becoming in life? Will they connect you with the right people?

Do It Now!

After filtering out the most important stuff, Do them first. Let them be the first thing you do every morning. Take them seriously, show them love and start working on them. Write that book now, Set up that meet with your clients now, Talk to that investor now. Just do it now!

There is no point going through the stress of filtering out the most important stuff when you are not going to do it 
now.

Sadiq Daniel is a  Serial Entrepreneur and Teens Coach that blogs on business, Self- development, Life lessons and Ideas that challenges the status quo... You can pursue him for a speaking engagements on Twitter: @sadiqspeaks LinkedIn: Sadiq Daniel and Email:Sadiqdaniel@gmail.com

Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Day I Choked And Almost Sh*t In My Pant

My first (official) public speaking engagement was at a secondary school in Lagos, to an audience of about 200 students. Prior to that day, I had crammed my speech, rehearsed in front of the mirror, prayed and fasted (okay, I didn't fast... but i prayed).

I got to the school, ready to do magic even though I had never done any magic in public speaking before, safe for some impromptu speeches and debates (e.g Boys are better than Girls) I aced in secondary school.

So *clears throat* I was led to the school hall by the principal (she had told her staffs how awesome I am...blah blah blah) and the students were waiting patiently to devour me. There weren't smiling at all, but I wasn't going to let that shake me.

I mounted the podium, grabbed the mic and said "Hi" and that was it! I couldn't say any other word after that. I choked. I just wanted the ground to swallow me or Boko-Haram to bomb the place (okay maybe not, but i just wanted something that will shift all attention away from me).

All the techniques I learnt in Dale Carnegie's book couldn't come to my rescue. I was supposed to talk for 45 mins and here I was, 15 mins into my supposed "magical speech" about to sh*t in my pants.

Flash forwards to this moment; I am not only the craziest man alive, I am also bold and can sell anything to anyone. I have delivered speeches in front of over 500 persons- I am not there yet I know, but I am going to brag about it anyways. I teach about 13-15 teenagers every weekend self-development and creativity. And I also have my own radio show I host every Monday (10.30am-11am) on WigRadio
sadiq daniel
#AskinWHY on WIGradio

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#TuesdayNiteSlam on Ekofm

I got from the person that almost sh*t in his pants to a guy that can stand in the midst of any audience (I am that sure of myself) to sell anything because I didn't quit on my dream to become the craziest public speaker that ever happened to Africa.

We all have that moment in our lives where everything seems not to go as planned. That moment when you doubt yourself and your talents. That moment when you just want to give up on your dreams. That moment where you just choke and almost shit in your pants.

But it is just a moment. A moment  that will pass. A moment that we pass if we embrace our fears and remain persistent.

Embrace your fears...Make mistakes...Learn from them and Make better ones.
It is just a phase you are going through- the choking phase. Your choking phase may be raising funds for your new business, it might be frustration from your boss at work, it might be writing a book when you have a family to cater for at the same time.

Whatever your choking phase may be, stay calm, remain persistent and keep creating work that matters. Do not give up on your dreams. I repeat, Do not give up on your dreams!

Sadiq Daniel is a  Serial Entrepreneur and Teens Coach that blogs on business, Self- development, Life lessons and Ideas that challenges the status quo... You can pursue him for a speaking engagements on Twitter: @sadiqspeaks LinkedIn: Sadiq Daniel and Email:Sadiqdaniel@gmail.com

#AbioyeSpeaks: SPEAKING WHEN IT MATTERS


This is a guest post from a very good friend of mine.The article is a spiritual one that resonates with me and I'm sure you will resonate with it too.

Proverbs 17:27-28
27 "He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

28 "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding"

"Sometimes it's better to be quiet and be thought a fool, than to speak and clear all benefits of doubt" - Seun A.

This quote and the bible passage are in complete harmony. A man of understanding is characterized by two things;

1) Few words

2) Excellent spirit.

Zig Ziglar nailed the essence of this post in his quote  "The funny thing about people who talk too much is that they have nothing upstairs". Few words and excellent spirit goes hand in hand. They follow a basic rule..."If you don't have anything important to say, shut up and observe...and seriously people would ask you of your opinion".
It just works. Infact you would be thought to be very wise and of an excellent spirit after u've spoken because you've virtually listened to all they've said and put it eloquently in a good summary, drawing out the basic conclusion.

Prov 15:23 said "A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: a word spoken in due season, how good is it!"

When you speak at the right moment; it becomes a good word. Speaking when it matters most also makes you feel good and smart. Even if you don't know anything about the subject being told; relax and listen to what all of them have to say..then draw a smart conclusion that gets their heads all nodding. Doesn't mean you are smarter than they are intellectually; but shows a your understanding on a basic biblical tool for the wise in heart!

Action point: Act on this quote I got from a friend: "Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power." Right moment speeches carry power!

This article was written by Abiodun Abioye.

Abioye is a spirit filled christian writer and a mechanical engineer. He is skilled in writing articles pertaining to learning and the christian faith as revealed from the scriptures. He currently works at Oando Gas and Power and he can be reached via aabioye13@yahoo.com and +2348126317529 for speaking engagements.

PS: If you are pregnant with ideas and you are interested in sharing them here, shoot me an email on sadiqdaniel@gmail.com or DM on twitter @SadiqSpeaks

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Mother-Son Relationship #365DaysGratitudeProject

So this morning before I posted my mother's iPad story (you may check the article out here) I had some really nice time with my mother. We had fun, took a few pictures and laughed out loud couple of times.

About 5 years ago or thereabout, it wasn't so, we were like Tom and Jerry. We argued almost all the time and.... let me just stop there.

I just want to show gratitude for the fact that I can now share stuffs with my ma comfortably. I am grateful for the new relationship- it feels awesome and great.

I am now grateful that I now fully understands that my ma truly loves me (I love her too). And I am happy we now understand each other better.

Here are some of the pictures we took together (we sure had fun *LOL*)



How My Mother Became A Photographer Overnight And What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From It.

This was the conversation that ensued between I and my mother couple of years ago;

Mum: "I want to get that thing, what is that thing called?"Me: "Oh that thing, it is called an iPad. What do you need it for ma?" I answered grudgingly as I continued chatting with my friend via BBM.Mum: "I said I want it and you are asking what I need it for?" "Those that are using it, do they have two heads?" (She had already started raising her voice the way our Afrikan mothers do when they ask us to do something and we'd prefer to do it at our own time).

I was perplexed. She already had an android phone which I even think she doesn't even need (she won't stop stalking me on facebook and whatsapp). The quest to get an iPad is like version 2.0 of what I don't even understand.

Or has my mother secretly learned to write programs or build websites that she desperately needs an iPad to help her work while she is on the move?

Flash forwards to 2015, my mother got an iPad. Yay! *pops champagne* and the iPad has been a "useful" tool to her.

Ever since my mother got an iPad, she hasn't stop taking pictures with it... She became a Photographer that covers weddings of families and friends (free of charge). She would even go as far as record videos (if she is excited).

But the thing is, she (my mother) is not the only one that under utilizes the ipad this way. And nothing irks me more when I see people turn useful (and expensive) gadgets like these into devices used for taking pictures.

This article is not even about my mother because there is nothing in this world I'd tell my her about her under-utilization of the iPad that will change anything.

Instead this article is for entrepreneurs that will just launch their idea without a business model. So many SMEs and Entrepreneurs think that a business model is for only Mega and big businesses. This is soooo wrong! Apart from the fact the business model tracks your revenue and the channels it comes from, it helps you maximize the potential of your business.

A business without a business model is like an iPad that is used as a camera - it will be under-utilized.

Without a business model, you won't know if you can actually get more cash flow and make more from your business.

Without a business model, you won't know the areas/department to strengthen.

Without a business model, you will find it very hard to get investors for your business.

I'd post an article (if I get up to 15 emails from people that want me to) on how to go about writing an awesome business model for your business.

In the mean time, I highly recommend this Steve Kaplan's book

Friday, 14 August 2015

A Message From A Friend That Inspires The Shit Out Of Me #365DaysGratitudeProject

So this evening while I was battling with cold, I stumbled on this fb post that a friend sent to me on my birthday. How I missed this wonderful post, I do not know. But I stumbled on it at the right time. Here goes the fb post from my awesome friend Onyeka Chigozie:

Shoutout to one of the most enterprising young minds, i have come across...
You are indeed a fighter, one of resolute character and at times... can also b a clown..Lol..!
Im glad i know you...
Im glad i met you...
I therefore pray, that everything that pertaineth to you be perfected.
May you continue to soar on the wings of eagles
May doors of opportunities be continually set before you, even as God grants you eyes to see them and the strenght nd wisdom to take advantage of them.
God bless you bro..
Love you so much!
HappyBirthday!

Messages like this reminds me to keep doing what I do. It reminds me to keep creating work that matters. It reminds me that you can impact lives positively with what you do.

CREATING WORK THAT MATTERS IS HARD BUT IT PAYS.

I want to show gratitude for having friends like this- that believes in your dreams and won't stop encouraging you in this dog-eat-dog-world where there is no support system for people creating work that matters.

PS: I won't forget those days when you fed me when I was hungry and even loaned me money when I was broke without a dime. I love you Onyeka. Remain awesome and keep creating work that matters.



Sadiq Daniel is a  Serial Entrepreneur and Teens Coach that blogs on business, Self- development, Life lessons and Ideas that challenges the status quo... You can pursue him for a speaking engagements on Twitter: @sadiqspeaks LinkedIn: Sadiq Daniel and Email:Sadiqdaniel@gmail.com