You were born with an assignment; don’t die until you fulfill it. Your God given assignment will: Tug your heart, lead you to your highest fulfillment and unlock your creativity!

With just few publications of Local2Global series, many have written or called to ask I help them get into opportunities.

Femi (not real name) said he is multi talented and have developed a product that will impact lives; he only needs capital to get the machineries and launch the product.

Now, let’s dissect this together, Femi doesn’t have a written business plan, none of his social media accounts reflect the product he is developing or his work, he hasn’t been contributing to the product line sector; he doesn’t have a circle of people who is skilled or interested in the product he is developing; he doesn’t have a mentor or belong to the professional body rather enclosed to himself waiting to surprise the world when he gets free millions of money to launch his ‘amazing’ product.

I am always impress when I see young people, always talking about what they do and sharing their work experiences. Such might get them recommendation and referrals. I read and see the passion in them. That should be one of the ways in strategizing oneself for opportunities. I remember working as a Couple/HIV Counselor in one of the health institutions. The management kept training co-staffs but refused to send me for any training. Despite the ill treatment, I fell in love with the job and became so passionate about it that I personally started training myself. I sourced for relevant training (online and offline) and paid to attend some. I connected with top colleagues in the field and learnt from them. I documented my daily experiences working with People living with HIV (PLHIV) and started writing scientific papers based on my work experience of the virus and from the medical lab. Within one year, I got three invitations and scholarships from International Conference organizers in Germany, Brazil and Italy, and another from a research institute in South Africa. From attending the conferences, I got linked to the world’s top profile health professionals who added me to the professional networks they belonged to, and from which I keep getting opportunities to grow in my career. The scholarships did not just happen, I already have strategized myself for it. If I had not, the opportunities will come and pass me by.

In 2013, I reluctantly took up the position of a Managing Director of a Manufacturing Company. Though knowing I was a stark illiterate when it comes to running or managing a business/company then, so I embarked on various business management and leadership courses, programs, trainings, etc including online and offline. I applied for different professional programs for managers and business leaders. As I was learning, I was implementing immediately in the company and stepping down the knowledge to other staff, hence enabled me grow and risen faster in the career. I gave a corporate structure and online presence to the company like a professional, hence when the Mandela Washington Fellowship program #YALI came; they found me and my work worthy, thus was selected. You too could get selected in some of the opportunities but first how are you strategizing yourself to tap into the opportunities? If you strategize and prepare yourself ahead, when the opportunity comes, it clicks easily to your side. Will you start strategizing and prepare yourself to tap into the numerous opportunities about to spark up your life and career? If yes, how are you currently doing it? Share with me, will give you more guide and insights. Let’s keep moving. I’m available to answer your questions and walk you through. Trust me, you will go places.

Recognize what God has called you to be, accept the gifts He has given you and start building on them! ®Udegboka Tessie Nkechi

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Today many, both graduates and non-graduates are looking for job but there is no job. Many calls to say if I see any job opportunity I should connect them. While waiting for that job opportunity, could you think of the skills you have and see how you can turn them into a business or career to make some income.

And if you do not have any, why not consider acquiring some skills.

Sometimes, one of the easiest way to take control of your life is to parlay the talent and energy you customarily give to someone else's business into your own business. Though it depends if your skills and experience are transferable into a money-making venture and most importantly, whether you love what you do enough to continue doing it on your own as a business.

Are you unemployed and wondering if your skills are transferable to startup or own a business? Take a few hours off, away from family and friends to assess your talents. Take along with you a pen and paper; reflect, meditate and answer these questions:

* Are my skills transferable to a service or production business?

* Does my skill or talent have a business potential?

* Do I need additional training or skill?

* Will I need a business partner whose skills will complement mine?

* Do people need my skills/talent? Will it meet a need in our society?

* Will it be easy to promote/market my talent to the target market?

If one has more YES to NO, consider setting up your own enterprise.

Consult enterprise developers, it's a good way to get some feedback on your idea. Chat with few successful entrepreneurs in a similar business to find out more; what worked or didn't work for them.

Starting a skill-based enterprise is easier than the business you know less about. Not because you've seen some doing it and making money, you then want to go and learn the business. Make sure you have enough passion and energy to withstand when the challenges pour in.

The big question I always ask is: Are you passionately prepared emotionally to own the business without benefits, job security and a regular income at the beginning? A tough one but a reality.

Read more entrepreneurship tips on my blog .I would be available to answer your questions and walk you through.

Trust me, you will go places. Recognize

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In the previous publication, (link here: I shared how I raised N10million and listed few other ways one can get funding to startup an enterprise. Many reached out and from my discussion with them ascertained why some startups aren’t getting the needed funding.

Ade said he is into plastics home equipment and has a business plan which has been submitted to the bank but couldn’t get the funds he needs. He talked to some wealthy guys to fund him, none did. He concluded that nobody wants to be of help.

Those you take your business plan to fund, do they have an interest in your business sector; do they believe in you and your values; what have you done or achieve in the past that will make them to be convinced about you and your business idea? Don’t take your business plan to anyone, identify those who believe in you and likely interested in your business sector, then market and sale your idea.

For example, WHAIafrica is currently managing shortlisted entrepreneurs who will be eligible for N3.5M grant for those in the agro industry, if your business is not in agro sector; don’t push it out to the funder expecting them to fund it.

It baffles that over 5 years of Tony Elumelu Foundation grant, many entrepreneurs still do not know such opportunity exists. What are we then doing with our smart phones? As an entrepreneur, join relevant groups online and you get such information. Also listen to, watch and read news rather than just chatting away online.

Another that consulted me said he has a business and do not know how to get the customers. He needs ways to convince customers to buy his products.

Nobody will invest in such a business. Before you venture into any business, make sure there is a need or demand for the product or service or you create it. Not after setting up, then you start looking for customers.

True that you can market to attract MORE customers but not that in a month, you made zero sales. You can give potential customers prototype of your products to use and get feedbacks. From such, you perceive if there is market or not for it.

Dupe has a viable business but complains nobody is funding it. She has no business plan. As a startup, first build a well written business plan. It’s also a sign that one is serious and understands the business well. Consult an expert to help you develop one. It is very essential.

We will continue next week. Let me know the challenges you face in your career or enterprise and I will help restructure it.

Opportunities for the Week: There are bounty opportunities out here including scholarships, exchange programs, grants, fellowship programs, professional training etc.

If you walk with Ada Africa, she would be available to answer your questions and walk you through.

Trust me, you will go places. Recognize what God has called you to be, accept the gifts He has given you and start building on them!

Udegboka Tessie Nkechi, +2348033842029,

God has called you to be, accept the gifts He has given you and start building on them!

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