The Pain of Taking Giant Leap

I have now come to the agreement that the only thing that differentiates an entrepreneur from mere mortals is the ability to take risk coupled with the heart to manage the outcome of such quantum leaps.

By and large, I’m proud to be an entrepreneur. It’s never ever been a smooth journey even for a month. There’s always the rough side of everyday and every success that steps my way.
I can recount after gaining a first whooping sum of #25,000 (really mean something then) to design a church website, I lost my first Laptop while trying to register my business name.

To me, registering a business was all a giant leap because there wasn’t an overflowing resource to attain it, we are all banking on manna in the wilderness while sticking to the risk.
What we have in mind was we must register our business name even if it means dying of hunger (of course, it is not possible it will only force us to strive more).

On the 21st of June, 2017 I took another dose of courage. This time around it means borrowing from a friend with an agreement to return it in three weeks max. The sum I borrowed with all the coins in my account was what I used in purchasing the EliteBook I’m typing these thoughts into. Well, my previous laptop which was also bought out of the stone believe I can, and the consequential big deals of UMCA chapel website and others is still hale but I need to scale to mobile App development quick, but the little space and hard disk space plus even the processor speed cannot accommodate such luxury. So I took it and did it.

That’s it. It will always be about risking it, quitting school to face your entrepreneur pursuits and much more. Well, maybe that’s what it all take to model success. Mark Zukerburg, Bill Gates, Patrick Bet David, Brain Tracy and many other top rated entrepreneurs and thought leaders did exactly the same.

If then we can’t do more by taking higher risks why do we think we can be greater than they are.
Overnight, one of the big salesperson on my team and, of course, my vice president lost his dearly “one-and-only” university-given-to-him tablets all in the pursuit of dexterity in web programming. Tough, he now official own my former laptop—the portable damsel that lasts 7 hours on battery I bought in February.

We know we have deep our two legs in the risk world where no taking risks and fearing of failing is the greatest sins. You shoot it and loose honorably, and you do not and remain poor forever.
If you don’t have the heart to manage our world better quit dreaming and focuses on the grammar your lecturers speak. Know the book cover to back, or be ready for great slams and greater rejections. It’s just part of the game, and that’s the way we play the infinite game of business. There’s neither winner nor a loser. Just play.

Leadership in Business: The Start-Up CEO

The glue that holds business together is leadership. The prowess you carry as a leader truly matters on how you will be able to manage your team. Simon Sinek often hammer the need to reinforce your why and stand by your core values.

Well, a bunch of my entrepreneur friends complain about my whole perspective to team building. They conclude that entrepreneur should have enough before calling others to join the train. That it is only when you loose more by not hiring that you need a staff.

Good. They are right, if, perhaps, I am also looking forward to hiring staffs and wagers. For me, it is all about building a team, a very robust and trustworthy team, a family of great minds.

I think entrepreneurship at the startup level should be all about that. Find the right pegs for the right holes. Building a team of trusted partnerships that shares bulk of your vision with you.

First and foremost, waiting on getting overflowing meals is mythical and rather far from attainable at a beginner entrepreneur level. The thing is, the bunch of the production will be on your neck while you still hustle to get more jobs couple with the tendency of you still trying hard to learn cool stuffs that will help you scale.

The case might for you. But it's a fairly universal to me. For a coder and marketer like me, I have to stay atop marketing trends and get to learn new tricks to get my customers blog posts and videos in the golden triangle of Google. 

The most of tasking by far is learning new programming languages, libraries and computing logic. The fact that I am neither a computer science student nor an engineer or by any chance near physical sciences also accounting for my striving in pinning down these computing jargon.

To my point, a team at the level of no income even sounds best for history behind top executives in any company. The fact that they can dare to stay while anger makes breakfast and dinners say something about them understanding while the millions started rolling in.

How to Start A Blog That Works in Nigeria

It is everywhere and the dailies also help popularize the story. Nigerian female blogger, Linda Ikeji is rich. She makes millions from her dear blog.

Sure, it's appealing. It appears blogging is the long sought path to richness.

How do I start a Nigerian blog that will make huge sum like hers? That sounds like a question I always ask myself. Maybe you are also asking the same too.

The truth is: Linda is probably one of the early starters blogger in Nigeria. Remember the rule is: champion dominates and early birds catches their prey. Does that mean it's pointless starting a blog now?

Never. Linda is huge, no doubt. But she only dominates a tiny area of the web. The news and gossip section. There is still a lot more your blog can contribute to humanity. You must be ready to deep yourself into real uniqueness that attracts audience, I mean you being a purple cow.

If you want to stand out as a new blogger, you must focus on serving real value and not just starting a copy and paste business that hopes to make money someday. Here is exactly what you should know.

Real Bloggers Strive To Make Impact

Exactly.

Starting a blog requires some technicalities which I explained in this series. This post is a simple guide pointing out what should drive you towards owning a blog. 

Well, my point is: you are not starting a blog to chase traffic especially in Nigeria. Trust me, no one gives a damn. They won't come. Neither will they pay you.

After all what actually is the essence of your news blog when the gossips you promised as hotter and original on somewhere else like Linda Ikeji, YNAIJA or Olufamous's.

This shows why making real impact should be the strive in your content strategy. Pick a topic that is not too obvious and research enough that your post cannot be found anywhere else on the blogosphere. Then teach us what the world has echoed to you.

Dire To Be unique

I know uniqueness may seem like a lone path. After all, the big bloggers in Nigeria are all news carriers. But consider Bamidele and Abdullahi - these guys are remarkable in the writing, freelancing and blogging sphere.

Anything Can Work

There is nothing stopping you from being one of the highly sought Nigerian blogger in 2017. The simple truth is, anything can work as a topic for your blog. Just start with the right mindset of focusing on impacting lives.

Be open at first, test several areas your audience might respond to. Once you got the topic with the highest responses, stick to it. You probably will have to work on building email list and the others including great social media presence and SEO numbo jumbo. However, a successful blog with pay fro the stress of a thousand that fails.

Entrepreneur: Here is Why You Need A Morning Walk?


Apart from its health importance what other benefit do you stand to gain bouncing your body on the road every morning?

Invariably, I will say a thousand or two benefits are lurking far away from the observable health data. Moreover, you are an entrepreneur you should be more consent about your health than anyone you know. Why?

You simple can have your big dreams watching your health wither. You earn more, scale your business, build relationships and network only when you have a sound health.

Well, like every other article on the blogosphere you have already learned that much. But what other reasons do you have to wake up every morning or in your weekends to have your legs wack out of use while bouncing on the road?

Here are few other reasons I just identified:

#1. Consistent Morning Walk Equals Good Work Ethics.

If you can walk up 6 AM even in the chilling weather of December, chances are you can build a billion dollar company because consistency like this many great companies great.

#2. A Ground for Determination Test

If are always on the long road every morning, you instantly get the gist. When going get tough, the tough get going- that's one of my common saying when the inertia starts setting in.

A consistent practice of determination like this will definitely help increase one determination tenacity.

#3. The Idea Rush Hour

Although, I have no statistical data to prove this but I am a living testimony. You simply bump into the idea at some moments when you are right on the go tearing through the wave that want you stable and not moving.

Perhaps, this has something to do with the fast flow of blood that occurs while you are on the run. 

Upcoming: My Little Way of Saying Thank You

Two bulbs and a paper plane
Over the past few weeks, I've been thinking the proper way to say thank you to all of you that read this crappy weird blog.
Sincerely I can't denial I love you deeply because only lovers stay while things are hard.
No doubt, my B.Sc programme is important to me at this stage of my life. Well, I can say I have lost the churn of the erstwhile burning interest. Just doing it for the certificate, no tripping anymore.
That aside, I have a pretty message for you.

Hi friend, You have a Message.

I am releasing my book "Rethink Blogging" for free download on this blog.

PowerPoint: Basic and Advanced for Free


I am tired of telling people why they should succeed, I'm ready to show them how I am succeeding.

Do you really want to learn?

Join me this Saturday (11th March, 2016) as I took you by the hand to teach you the basics and advance sides of PowerPoint presentation and how to land your first clients to pay you to design a presentation. All these for free.

Who is Timmy Brain to teach you?

He is an entrepreneur, web developer and blogger. He is the author of Rethink Blogging and CEO of FX MEDIA and FX Clothing. He is a student that feeds and clothes himself and even send money home. A nerd that knows nothing about fashion but makes money from the industry. He barely understands what "echo" means in PHP but has build wonderful websites for businesses that pays school fees.

Do you want to be like him?

If so. Join me this Saturday as I teach you to your first customer in PowerPoint presentations. You learn all the magic behind the slides. If you are really wondering does this worth your time. Consider this question: what if i have a skill that can earn the average of the #20,000 per week working only 2 hours? If you are the type that ask such question.

The PowerPoint training class may be of great help to achieving financial freedom while in school. In short, you will learn PowerPoint and get the power to point your customers to pay.

Don't try to miss it.

But be aware and schedule your next Saturday for the empowering gathering. Venue will be COA, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.

How to Setup Custom 1AND1.com Domain in Blogger

There are many free server you can connect your 1and1.com domain with. However I'll suggest you use blogger.com because it's the simplest and easiest to configure. I would have suggest WordPress but the cost of mapping it worth 10X the amount we secure your domain, they map at $13.

Crazy, isn't?  I think so.

When I promised you will start a blog with only $1.17, and you've probably pay cafe charges out of the budget.

Hey Friday, jokes out!

You may have heard of 000webhost free web hosting plan and, perhaps, you are already cooking the idea of linking your domain to their server. But I am sorry you are cooking up your web death.

Don't feel puzzled. I did the same when I first heard of it in a cheat sheet.

I used it for the past few weeks but the limitation I faced were worse more than blogging on the Blogger platform. Hence, I restore my verdict for blogger.

If you are ready to venture into blogger, let do it quick.

Create A Blogger Blog

Before we can possibly map your domain, you first need a free Blogger account. In case you never have one, you also really need a google mail account for this pursuit.

If you already own a Google Mail account, kindly log in with your Firefox or Chrome.

Next, pick on your address box and shot the address www.blogger.com and you are a step to create your sub-domain blog. You will see a page like this.

How To Setup Custom 1and1 Domain in Blogger: Create free Blogspot
  • Next, click on the "continue to blogger" box to get on.

  • A new page comes up, filled up with so complicated wordings. Relax and do this:
  •  Click on New Blog


How To Setup Custom 1and1 Domain in Blogger: Create free Blogspot


How To Setup Custom 1and1 Domain in Blogger: Create free Blogspot
  • Once you clicked on the New Blog a short form pops up:
  • Fill the Title Column for your blog
  • Pick any Web address
  • Then click on the Create Blog 
This new page will forever be your Control Panel unless Blogger decided otherwise tomorrow. However, for now on, it will be the board where all other further tweaks will take place.

Now let move on

  • Click on Add a Custom Domain Name (see in the image below)
    • Out of the list options Click on the Settings  Publishing > Blog Address

How To Setup Custom 1and1 Domain in Blogger:First Create free Blogspot



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This is where many got it all wrong.

What blogger want use to do is simple. Those two listed under "Name, Label or Host" becomes a Subdomains in your 1and1 Domain Control panel.

While the two addresses on the right become their different 'alias'

Let Do The Tweak at Your 1and1 Control Panel

  1. Visit 1and1 login page
  2. Fill in your details (as shown in the image below)
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Are You logged in?




  • Now, Click on the "Manage Domain" button at your right.
  • 2016 New Interface: Connect your 1and1 domain with blogger
  • Click on Create Subdomain 
  • Create the first subdomain with "www"
  • Go on and save it.
  • Then create the second value the same way.
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    Now let add the "Alias" to Complete the process

    1. Go back to Domain Center
    2. Click on Manage Domain
    3. Then Click on the "more" on any of the subdomain
    4. The list becomes longer
    5. Click on the "edit  DNS setting"
    6. If the subdomain you opened is "WWW"
    7.  Change the s
    8. Fill it with the "ghs.google.com" as the alias
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    2016 New Interface: Connect your 1and1 domain with blogger 
    Now go back to the Blogger Tab, then click on SAVE again. "
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    Bang we are done! Clap for yourself.