Wednesday, 1 July 2015

That "Aso-Ebi" Story That Everyone (Especially Entrepreneurs and Small biz owners) Could Learn From

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So last week my phone rang, the caller ID was not displayed so I thought it was the network service provider (let's call them NSP for the sake of this article) that was calling me. Those guys really need to do something about these calls. The other day they interrupted a very interesting dream where I was having dinner with the Queen of England. I was really pained but that is a story for another day.

But the phone wouldn't stop ringing. It was at this point I knew it wasn't the NSP (maybe I didn't save the person's contact on my phone). So I answered the call and the conversation went like this;

Caller: Hello, is this Sadiq Daniel?
Me: Yes, who dey talk?
Caller: Ha you have forgotten me so fast?
(At this point I was thinking, who is this? Who can this be? I wanted to scream "WTF are you" but I chilled)
Me: *fakes smile* no please I don't know who this is... Don't be offended.
Caller: It's no biggie really this is Sade (not real name)
Me: Sade, Sade, Sade from where
Caller: Sade from SMC nw, your high school swthrt.
Me: Oh, its been a while how do you do?
Caller: Ehen, I'd be getting married October
Me: Congrats
Caller: I called to invite you to the wedding ceremony
Me: Where will it hold?
Caller: Lagos... But you'd have to buy "Aso-Ebi" oo. It is just #4000
Me: Alright dear, I'd get back to you.

When I ended the call, I couldn't help but laugh. This was someone that I haven't heard from in years. We don't even chat on fb, tweet or do whatsapp. There are so many ways she could have reached me but she didn't. Not until she needed me to buy some goddamn "aso-ebi".

And the same thing applies to most of us. We won't keep in touch with that uncle, aunt of ours or even our parents until we need their financial support and when they don't respond the way we want them to, we keep malice, we back bite and say bad things about them.

I have said this time without numbers that we are in the connection economy. And in the connection economy, the relationship we keep with people really matters.

In the connection economy, feedback is very important. There are so many choices available for your target market to choose from. The traditional "big" is gone. Small is the new big now. They now have the same access (to the market) that the supposed "big Biz's" have.

You think you are No.1? The No.50 is closer to you than you think. One mistake is more than enough to kill your brand. And even if you are going to make any mistake, don't joke with customer relationship, services and feedback.

Don't just sell to your customers and forget about them. Engage with them all the time. There is nothing wrong in surprising your loyal customers with birthday gifts (that will definitely go a long away). Make little things counts.

The fact that you are always there for them will make them love and trust you more. It is always easier to sell to your existing customers than new ones. Leverage this opportunity by keeping in touch on a regular.

Don't wait till when you have a new product to sell or a new update or some version 2.0 of the product they bought years ago is available before you reach out.

In conclusion, we shouldn't stop connecting with people that matters to us. We should learn to be generous enough to keep in touch on a regular and not only when we need help.

PS: "Aso-Ebi" is a party clothe that you buy for a particular occasion (more like the official invite) so you can be recognized and treated differently from those that were not invited (but stormed be party anyways because of food).

Sunday, 21 June 2015

#AbioyeSpeaks: Who Are You? [Guest Post]


The article below is spiritual (not religious in anyway) and it resonates with me. The article was sent to me by a very good friend of mine. I hope it resonates with you too....

"And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?"  [Acts 19:15]

Reading your bible is non-negotiable as a Christian or else you'd be oppressed, beaten and battered by the enemy. You have to know who you are, your standing in Christ because that's what gives you the authority to use His name.


In [Acts 19:13-15] it was clear that the sons of Sceva didn't have any identity in Christ. Examine the statement the evil spirit said in verse 15: "Jesus I know and Paul I know; but who are ye?". The evil spirit even gave them an opportunity to talk about their standing by asking "Who are ye?".


But they obviously didn't have any standing and obviously no answer, they simply copied Paul. The end result was clear in verse 16. They enjoyed the beating of their lives.


In our daily lives, challenges would come asking this same question "Who are ye?". YOU EITHER HAVE AN ANSWER OR GET A BEATING. There's no mid-point. It's high time we started studying the scriptures consistently.


ACTION POINT: Start from a daily study of the word to build a strong sense of your rights and privileges in Christ.

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

My New Gig On Radio [Awesome Stuff]


Growing up as a kid, I asked a lot of questions about almost everything. I asked intelligent questions, crazy and stupid ones too. I wasn't really scared of asking questions. If I don't understand something, I just asked.

Most times my dad will tell me something just to keep me mute. Like the time my youngest brother was a baby and I asked my dad how babies are being made. I can remember that he paused for a while, I guess he wasn't expecting such a question and he also knew I wouldn't stop. So he said -"Babies are from heaven, they are sent from heaven by God" then he disappeared, he didn't let me ask "how."

So you can imagine me carrying that belief for years. And when I eventually found out, (don't ask me how) I just laughed.

With time, school killed my inquisitiveness. Asking "why" was not encouraged. We were made to cram the mathematical tables, measurement tables and even English comprehensions. You dare not ask why. Asking why portrays rudeness or stubbornness. So we just crammed and crammed hoping that these things will make us a better person or get us great jobs when we become adults.

1+1= 2.... Pi = 22/7 or 3.142... Black is Black and White is White... A is the first letter and Z is the last... Saturday is the last day of the week...

We were programmed to just accept and not question these little things to the point that when we became adults, we find it hard to question the big important stuffs. So when life hits us hard, we just accept fate.

When we don't ask "why", our creativity fades away gradually and without creativity, we cannot make any positive impact in the world we live in.

It took me a while before I could break out of the mental prison that school kept me. I am not where I want to be yet but I know I am on the right path.

I now understand how important "why" is. It helps us challenge the wrongs in our lives and society, propose solutions to these problems, thus making us a life changer. (that we are created to be)

So I have decided to invest time in teaching people on the importance of asking "why". My blog posts reflects a bit of that and I also launched a program on WIG radio- an online radio station last week.

The name of the program is "Asking Why" that focuses on challenging the status quo and subsequently feature successful people that are creating work that matters.


Join me 9.30am-10am Mondays on WIG Radio. WIG radio is an online radio station and you may listen live on web or download the app on Blackberry world, Google play store, Apple store. You may also follow the radio on twitter 

Sadiq Daniel is a certified Crazy Writer 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

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Grow Some Balls Dammit! (Real Life Stuff That School Never Taught Me)


DISCLAIMER: This might turn out to be a very long article (or maybe not). This is definitely not my style of writing (if I still remember what my style was), but I can assure you that this ride is going to be rough (few bumps as per the Govt hasn't invested in good road networks yet) and at the same time one of the awesomest ride you've ever had with me. The article is rated G - so no sh*t and f**k. (ok maybe a little but you'd survive it... Just focus on the message dammit!)

I am so inspired that the disclaimer (above) turned out to be that long. *wipes sweat*

I have learnt more lessons in 2015 (that has not even ended) than I have in all my 20-something years of existence combined.

Ok the last paragraph was a lie but I have really learnt some important stuffs about life and the hustles of an entrepreneur this year (things that school never taught me). And I'd be sharing some of those lessons here (or all... It all depends on how long the juice I'm running on will last).

Writing Goals On A Sheet Of Paper Is F**king Easy: You see, If you have met me, you'd know I read a lot. I read almost everything including bus tickets. The only books I find very hard to read are school books because they suck!- you only read them to ace tests and exams, after that, they are completely useless (yes that's what I think about them. You may see them differently, that's you). My favorite genre of books are the ones that inspires the sh*t outta you. So I've read more than 5 dozens of those books.


Most of these guys will tell you; "You are created for a reason... Figure out what your passions are... Figure out how you want to influence the world positively... You can do anything if you put your mind to it... Set goals and Write them down... Blah Blah Blah"

Okay, all these punchlines are awesome — they are indeed true, but they make it look so easy that you'd set big goals, write them on a piece of paper and 10 years later you'd reflect on your life and wonder what the f**k happened.

Writing your goals on a piece of paper, reading it out loud before you go out in the morning and before you sleep at night is cool, it keeps you in line with the person you intend becoming in life. But it is the easy part (in fact the easiest). The hard part is actually DOing it. DOing is hard because most times it has to do with challenging almost everything that school, the society and even your parents had taught you. DOing has to do with getting out of your comfort zone, DOing has to do with meeting new people and dealing with them. DOing has to do with connecting with people that you don't have  common interests with (like the person is even a f**king MANU fan mehn and you support Chelsea!). DOing is hard... It is the hardest part of the deal. So you need to take serious note of that.

... And HUMILITY is Key! When it comes to excellence or making it in life (or pretending to make it) Humility cannot be over emphasized. I learnt humility (still learning) the hard way. The damnest thing about humility is that you can't fake it. You are either humble or you are not. Before recently, I only listen to 'smart' people's advices. If you are like that, I can assure you that your life will be f**ked up beyond repair.

Humility has to do with respecting the opinions of other people, seeing beyond the person talking, the ability to see the sense in the nonsense. Humility means so many other things but I'd love you to focus on the part I just mentioned (see reason below).

Because for you to actually make sh*t happen in life, you need people. You can't do anything alone. So you need to learn to connect with people, understand how people think and feel about certain issues and deal with it. It is just sad that they don't teach Humility in school. In school, they tell you 2X+15=32 and to find X. They don't care how you feel about 'X' or if you are even in the mood to find 'X' or not. Lecturers/Teachers are always right... It is sardonic and I really hope things get better.

Mistakes Are Sweet: The ability to make mistakes will take you places (even heaven). See, you are human. God created man and put him in this big space to explore and make something out of it. So there is no way we won't make mistakes. But then school, our parents, the society, our f**king friends have brainwashed us into thinking that mistakes are for fools or idiots.

I want you to erase that mentality (or learn to erase it). In order to create anything that matters or be a positive influence in the world we live in, you need to be able to take leaps, get out your comfort zone, try to do things that people haven't done or copy them and do yours differently.

In the process of doing all those stuffs, you'd make mistakes. And when you do, don't cry or whine about them. Instead figure out what went wrong, study your mistakes well and try again. You'd most likely get it wrong the next time but the mistake you'd make at this point will be better than the previous one.

It is the accumulation of these mistakes that results to success and excellence. Success doesn't just happen overnight.

... You Can't Please Everybody: I know you have heard this punchline like a zillion times, but this is a very deep and different version. When we are creating something that matters or when we have this great idea that we think it is the next big thing, most of us try our best to make this idea resonate with everyone - our friends,parents, wives, main chicks and side chicks. WRONG MOVE!

When you have a great idea, don't try to tweak it so everyone can enjoy the ride. Study the market (very well) and carve out your own niche, tribe and special people that the story you are telling will resonate with.

The problem with trying to sell to everyone or please everyone is that, you would tweak and tweak and tweak that idea till it becomes nothing and at the end of the day, you won't do anything.

Take a cue from this; (I don't know if it is a great example but I'd say it anyways) I don't write for everybody, many people have said my write-ups are too pessimistic, too sarcastic, contains a lot of sh*t and f**k. I won't change because I'm being me. I don't like sugar coating things the way a lot of motivational speakers do. I am not an hypocrite and most of all I don't write for everybody. I only write for about 500 people and my content resonates with them (and that is f**king ok by me).

... And finally the golden rule- GROW SOME BALLS: Life is full of ups and downs... You'd wake up one day and you'd realise that your kids (that you trained for 15 years) are not biologically connected to you in any way. You are very close to signing this big deal only for the investors to flake at the 99th minute. You will score the winning goal for your team - the fans will call you the world best... The next week you'd be called a monkey because you are black. Your boyfriend will say you are not good enough because you asked him to wait till after marriage before he can taste the apple. You'd spend 7 years in the university for a 5 year course (no thanks to strikes) graduate with a second class upper (or even a first class) and you'd search for jobs for extra 4 years before you finally settle to drive cabs just to survive. And most importantly a cup of Garri is now very expensive.

Yes, life can be that crazy. And all those craziness might stop you from becoming that awesome person you have always wanted to become.

So the cheat here is to GROW SOME BALLS. The only way to live through these craziness (they'd come trust me) is to grow some balls. Not small ones, Big ones and this is irrespective of your gender.

Growing balls means staying strong regardless of what live throws at you. When life gives you shit, make shit happen. When it gives you pepper... Make pepper soup.

Sometimes the pepper might be too spicy that you'd cry. Cry when you need to cry but be quick to move on.

Grow some balls and face your fear till your fear fears you. *drops mic*


PS: This is indeed the longest article I have ever written in my life. I hope it does (or doesn't) make sense to you. Share the article with at least one person or tweet it dammit! (I'm not always this crazy...maybe I am)

PPS: The picture above has nothing to do with this article.... 


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

Sunday, 14 June 2015

I Have Done So Many Stuffs...[Different Shapes, Colors and Sizes]


So in about a month, I would be a year older. I am not announcing because I want gifts, (OK maybe I do). What I normally do on my birthdays is reflect on the past years of my life and stuffs I have done (I do 'all of these' after the party of course-if there is a party anyway).

But I kind of had a 'Pre-Birthday reflection time" last night.

Over the past 20-something years of my life, I have done stuff. I've done stuff that I am proud of. I've done stuff I am not proud of. I've done big stuff. I've done small stuff. I've done black stuff, i've done white stuff.

I've made stuff, sold stuff, loved stuff, lost stuff, i've stolen stuff and had stuff stolen.

I've stayed up for years worrying about stuff, I didn't worry about stuff, tried stuff, erred, tried stuff again, and kept coming back to the table for more stuff.

i've aced stuff, bombed stuff, smoked stuff, drank stuff, celebrated stuff and cried about stuff-sometimes all in a day.

I've started stuff I couldn't finish (a lotta stuff set). I've finished stuff i never started, i've taken a leap when i needed to, and i've put my foot in my mouth when i didn't.

I've learned stuff, seen stuff, witnessed stuff, and watched stuff. I've worked with people who had stuff, people who never had stuff, people who just want your stuff, and people who want other stuff.

I've succeeded under extraordinary circumstances, failed under ordinary ones, made hard decisions the people would find easy, and made easy decisions other people would find absolutely impossible.

I have a lot of stuff i'm struggling with. But the most important lesson i have learnt in my life is to keep DOING stuff.

If we really want to get more out of life or make a positive difference in the world we live in, we need to keep doing stuff, regardless of the outcome.

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

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

What If We Write A Chapter Per Week?


If we write at least a chapter per week with an average of 12 chapters per book. We'd be writing an average of 4 and a half books per year.

OK if we can't do that and we write a chapter per month with an average of 12 chapters we'd be writing a book per year.

OK maybe we are too busy (we are busy making babies, our "9-5" kills us and shit) so you write a chapter every 4 months, with an average of 12 chapters per book, we'd be writing a book every 4 years.

OK OK OK, maybe we are extremely busy like (we need to discuss with God everyday to discuss the world problems and shit) so we write a chapter per year, with an average of 12 chapters per book, we'd be writing a book every 12 years.

OK if we can't do any of the above, then.... *drops mic*

This is an idea I stumbled on when I was reflecting on how my life have played out. I don't know if it makes any sense whatsoever but here it is anyways.

PS: That is my picture there... erm I know I am a fine boy... Thank you. *smiles*

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

My First Official Art Work Ever


"It doesn't make any sense"
"Dude are you serious?"
"This can't be art... Dammit!"
"It is shitty"
"Do something else dude"
"Get a job man!"
"This is Crazy man!"

This 'art' portrays and explains better what people see when you tell them about your idea.

This 'art' portrays what creativity looks like in its raw form.

Creativity is senseless and has no meaning in its raw form (not until you create something with it).

And please don't wait till your idea resonates or make sense to everyone before you do something about it.

Take a cue from this: Martin Luther King's Idea for equal voting right didn't make any sense at the time. He was criticized even by blacks, but that didn't stop him from doing things that looked 'crazy' at that time. But now the dude is celebrated and immortalized like a 'god'. It took the world over 40 years after his death to understand what he fought for.

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

I Finally Found A Rhythm


When I started this blog 5 years ago, I started with random stuffs (Politics,Life,Business,Naija's BS and many more).

Over the years, I have learned to narrow "all of that" into a niche that I think I created for myself - "Ideas that Challenges The Status Quo" niche. So all my ideas are centered around this niche.

But narrowing my articles down to a niche was not really the problem. The problem was that I am/was not consistent with my writing. I'd wake up one morning and say "yeah, I'm going to write an article each day for the rest of the year". Then after writing a couple of articles, I'd go back to my old ways and come up with an excuse of how busy I am and stuffs.

Seeing Seth and Rohan (the real busy guys) write consistently everyday for years challenged me to challenge my attitude. I might not have to right everyday, but I need to find a rhythm.

So after couple of hours meditating, I think I've found my rhythm. I'd write a draft per day and publish them every Tuesday nights (pending the time I get a better rhythm *smiles*).

PS: I think these blogs (aside from Seth and Rohan's) are worth checking out: Yemisi Agusto, Victory Anosike, Ofilispeaks, AVC, The middle finger projectKaylah notes,

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

Ideas Are Like Orgasms

When you feel that rush, that energy, that passion to do something, create something, act on it with immediate effect.

Stop what you are doing and act on it with immediate effect. Don't chill or say "nice, I work on this *insert idea* later", because that rush is in a rush and it doesn't lasts for long.

So yesterday as I was eating Jollof rice and shikin (by the way Jollof rice is like my best food), I had this crazy topic idea for the book I'm writing. What I'd do on a normal day when i get these ideas, is to grab my phone, launch open the memo pad and pour everything out or better still voice the idea out and record it for later.

But I didn't, probably because the food was too delicious. All I did was 'comment' on the idea "wow this is crazy, I'd work on this stuff later this evening".

So evening time came and I turned on my computer, clicked open MS Word ready to pour out that crazy idea. Guess what happened? Nothing! I stared at that screen for 4 hours and this was all I came up with:
All I came up with was "THE"


Ideas are like Orgasms- they don't last forever and you don't orgasm all the time (I stand to be corrected).

What I trying to say in essence is that when God speaks to you an idea pops up in your head, regardless of how the idea might sound or where you are, do something about it. If you can't, write it down at least.

Tip: Carry a small (pocket-sized) memo pad and a pen too wherever you go, because you don't know when the next crazy idea might surface.

PS: I'm currently on the toilet seat as I write this article because I don't want to flush down this article idea with *ahem* you-know-what.

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