2015 was undeniably the year of reality. I realized that I was spending far too much time making things happen for others and I needed to make things happen for me.
The worst type of betrayal is from an employer, the best type of revenge is to think for yourself. I made a conscious effort to start making bricks this year rather than build from straw and sticks and I can assure you bricks make sense!
I had the foundation from way back (when I had the red and black lumberjack….with the hat to match) I’d put building blocks in place a long time ago but failed to do one thing in order to continue with the building. I could engineer anything and sadly the person who knew this the most was me and no one else, so I decided to do a list of things I could and should do. I came up with 7 initially but added 2 for good measure. This is why I chose Day 9. My 9 items of Hope. The things I hope to achieve most in 2016.
I hope I get and radiate success. In 2015 I managed to get 2 awards given to my company for work myself and a subordinate did. We were doubted, we were not given resources we needed and told it won’t amount to much but guess what, within the first 3 months we had won 1 and were nominated for another industry award which we eventually won. We still have doubters internally but guess what, we proved we could excel if we put our mind to it if not to our pay masters, to the world.
After the first award something came to mind, there was a “little engine that could” feeling that came about me and I thought “if you could do it so much for them, why not for you?” Before you knew it, I was working on projections and theories about sales and product innovation and I had the skeletal framework of an online service to provide that which I did for my present employer. It hit me that I would need some form of staffing, freelancers at least, so guess what… I put out a tweet asking if people would want to work as freelancers. No need to commute, etc. I got over 1000 RTs and mentions. I was stumped. I never realized there were that many people who would consider that option. Students and full time workers etc. so I decided to invest some of my time for them (I’m that guy…..selfless at times *modest hush*) I started building a jobsite with a different theme. Swap.ng was for people who wanted to review all forms of work; interns, freelance, part time, fulltime etc. Even if it was one day there was an option for you to find people who wanted that. I also out of a spur of the moment conversation added crowdfunding. It was worth a shot to see if people would like to fund ideas which pooled together could drive a new generation in 2016, I and a few partners were even ready to part-fund genuine good ideas. All this could be done for free. I charge not a red cent but I’m hoping to get this generation working!
My 3rd, 4th and 5th hopes were simple Lead, Learn and Leap. The 3L’s which have guided me for a while needed to be strengthened. I excel at being a leader, I soak up knowledge and learn from others. You will be amazed how those we look down on hold such knowledge that can make us look like the uneducated ones. Leap, I need to do this, jump out of the comfort zone. Pick a date, put away the funds towards it and walk away from this rate race. I managed to pay off a ton of the mortgage in 2015 from just doing stuff I could do with my eyes closed, now imagine what I could do with my eyes open. This was the point I told myself Hope wasn’t an option, action was, I needed to ACT.
I stood up from the hope angle and decide to act. By my 6th entry into my diary I’d chosen a business name for my other venture with the all-knowing @Sirkastiq while joking round with the actual details of what I would offer. I had a business name “smallsmall.ng”, I had bought the domain name and I was ready. Ladies and gentlemen this was banter on WhatsApp that took us from 0 to 100 in no time. Having done that I had to swing into the Leap phase from before and find a regulator approved business partner which as luck would have it, after having only 2 conversations, it was a done deal. Business domain, approved underwriter and my 6 and 7 were complete.
Number 8 was not so easy, it is hard putting the building blocks in place and ordinary things like signing an MOU or an NDA can be quite a lot of work, explaining your idea to partners who will immediately aid you with name recognition and asking friends for help when you need it is even more humbling but I pulled through. The partners not only bought into what I was selling but also bought into another platform I had helped build.
2016 was as of 28th December, 2015 already turning into the year I would slay! It had that feel of class and savoir faire. I had voices in my head and the monsters of times past were now saying coherent things (yes I speak to myself… now we have that out in the open). I had just one more thing to do….Pray.
I’m not religious. I moved to Nigeria and got tired of the Nigeria way of worship so much so I became an atheist while in the country. The Nigerian god to me is deliberately misrepresented by the Nigerian pastoral cartel, as they say; there really is a thin line between a long sermon and a hostage situation. I had to however find it in me to pray. I did and let’s just say the monsters were silent till I finished.
Good luck and Godspeed this year guys. Chase your dream, be it bucks or bae.
I read this and I received a surge of inspiration! Sure, it was more review than aspirations but if you look closely enough, you’ll see the plans and aspirations Jide has for 2016.
And to those I say “God speed, Jide. God speed.”