Personal Leadership, Published Articles

5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Day

Have you ever paid attention to what makes one day fantastic and fulfilling for you, and what makes another the exact opposite?

No two days are the same, and there are often unforeseen circumstances, but there are key things that, when absent, can suck the productivity out of your day.

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Published Articles, Spirituality

Does Your Besetting Sin Make You a Hypocrite?

The Bible makes it clear to us that the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit will not end as long as we are in these bodies. What the flesh wants is in direct opposition to what the Spirit wants (Galatians 5:17). Every true believer has a personal weakness, character flaw or habit that they want to change. So the fact that you’re still struggling with a weight, or a sin that easily trips you up, does not make you a hypocrite. You are not alone.

Published Articles, Relationships

How Do You Ask a New Friend Out?

A few days ago, I was in a supermarket shopping when I saw a young lady walk in. I liked her immediately.

There was something about the way she carried herself that was at once elegant and girl-next-door, and when she looked my way I saw the spark of intelligence in her eyes.

I wanted to be friends. Not just for those reasons but for the inexplicable reason that people just speak to something inside us. I used to wonder how, as toddlers in kindergarten and children in primary school, we gravitated towards some kids and not others. We couldn’t explain it then, and we can’t even now. We just like certain people.

I walked up to this lady and said hello.

Family Life, Published Articles

How to Raise a Rotten Nigerian

Children are the leaders of tomorrow. They are also the insensitive, fraudulent, unconscionably corrupt politicians, public servants and citizens of tomorrow. They are the ones who will ruin countless lives by looting whatever is left of our treasury without flinching. They are the ones who will use their office to make cringe-worthy pronouncements, and laugh at same. They are the ones who, when elected into public office, will spend their time making stupid videos to upload on social media while whole sections of the nation are slaughtered.

Want to raise some of these? Don’t worry, you don’t have to do much. It has more to do with the things you don’t do.

entrepreneurship, Published Articles

Muster.ng: Nigeria’s First Flat Sharing Service

The opportunity to share a flat can be a lifesaver for young professionals who need accommodation and cannot afford the cost of rent on their own. Every other day, there’s a social media post about someone having a room in their apartment they would like to rent out, someone needing a flatmate to share the cost of a nice new place they just found, or someone willing to pay for a room in a flat. However, if you’ve ever tried any of these, you know how challenging it can be to find the right flatmates.

Personal Leadership, Published Articles

One Question You Should Ask Yourself Often to be Successful

What is procrastination? It means deferring an action. It sounds simple enough, with no inherent negative connotations, so how did it get such a bad rap?

For as long as I can remember I have heard the advice, “do not leave till later what you can do now” from many authors and speakers.

It is certainly true that sometimes procrastinating can land you in a desperate situation where you’re struggling to finish something you should have finished long ago. However, I don’t believe procrastination is bad in every instance.

Family Life, Published Articles, Relationships

Naija Voice: This Marriage of a Thing Dey Fear You?

E suppose fear you o. The thing risky no be small.

I remember one time wey dem ask one oyibo pikin who e go marry. E say e go marry im mama.

Dem tell am say no o, person no fit marry im own mama o. The boy come say okay, e go marry im sister. Dem say no o, person no dey marry sister o. Person no fit marry person from im own family o.

The pikin shock. E no fit believe am. So, person go just marry person wey e no know before? Na so una dey do am? The pikin begin cry.

You fit blame am? Sometimes I dey look my husband, and e dey surprise me say I meet person wey I no know before, come marry am. ‎Continue reading…

Family Life, Published Articles

Unhappily Married: Why Won’t She Just Leave?

I attended a women’s retreat recently, and one of the workshops was about what to do when you find yourself in an unfulfilling marriage. Several helpful tips and solutions were proffered, but nobody said anything about leaving until one woman asked in frustration, “When will a woman ever be told to just leave?” Continue reading…

Finance, Health, Personal Leadership

7 Things I Love About My Side Hustle

Love is putting it mildly, actually. I’m crazy about it! Here are just 7 of the many reasons why:

 

  1. Peak performance: A healthy mind in a healthy body is the goal of #SelfCare, and my side hustle has taught me a lot about the latter. Did you know that your body is the best doctor? It’s designed to heal, cleanse and rebalance itself, and it does its job better the more you elevate it to peak state of health. Just ONE addition to my diet, and my body has begun to heal itself; a health condition I’ve had for over two decades (of which the last five years were the scariest) has been reversed! Oh the joy!

 

  1. Serving others: Learning, and sharing what I’ve learnt, is the passion of my true self. Now, I’m able to share the knowledge I’ve received with others, and help their bodies become healthier too. My best friend was one of the first people I shared with, and after over 20 years of excruciating period pains, she had a pain-free period for the first time ever!

 

  1. Extra income: Even though I share this knowledge at no cost to listeners, I still get paid for my work weekly. It’s genius.

 

  1. Upgraded associations: I have colleagues all over the world (55 countries and counting) and my outlook on life has broadened beyond anything I thought possible. Plus, I can’t think of anything else I could be doing right now that would gift me with a millionaire mentor and a multimillionaire grandmentor (we’re talking US dollars!). My mentor’s mentor is an Amazon bestselling author who owns an oil and gas servicing company, a software company, plus two restaurants in Texas, and he’s sitting at a table talking to me?!

 

  1. Training: I have access to my company’s academy at all times, including mentorship sessions. Have you ever woken up and felt how much you’ve grown?

 

  1. Recognition: Beyond pay, I’ve always dreamed of being recognized for my hard work, but I never thought it would happen any time soon since I was a solopreneur. Here I am now, basking in accolades. It’s so fulfilling and encouraging.

 

  1. Room to grow: Starting out as a consultant in any field, it’s totally okay not to know much; you’re not expected to. In fact, your job is to learn and follow instructions as you’re trained. The sweet thing is, you earn as you learn. I’ve grown so much, and I’m still growing. Gifts I haven’t been using in my editing and writing career (public speaking for instance) have come out to play, and I’m loving it.

 

Collaboration is the new competition. I’m always on the lookout for fun, talented people to work with on different aspects of our projects; share the work, share the income. If you’re interested in partnering with me a few hours a week, send me an email with the subject SIDE HUSTLE: anafricandiva@gmail.com

 

 

Live grateful!