Hello everyone, hope we’re doing well and if you’re Nigerian, hope you’re ready to perform your civic duty on Saturday.
I had the opportunity to attend a few insightful programs last weekend and I want to share some tidbits with you. By the way, I hope you like my new theme and the blog is easy to navigate. 😀
On Friday, I attended TEDx Unilag. If you don’t know what TED is, TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk about their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=Independently organized TED event.
This was the first edition of TEDx in Lagos and was tagged “Breaking Through the Box.” It was aimed to look into topics centered on ushering young vibrant Nigerians into a new thought dispensation. Some of the guests were Wale Adetula of NakedConvos, Folarin Falana of Bahdguys Records, Yemisi Bokinni a medical doctor with interest in Africa-focused healthcare policy and investments in health and biomedical infrastructure and Kunle Idowu popularly known as Frank Donga among many others.
*The rebel is the hero: The person that creates a different path for himself or does things differently is the one who gets recognized.
*Consistency with uniqueness: In a world where most people start but lost consistency, consistency with uniqueness will stand you out.
Frank Donga shared on Stop Learning, Start Playing. He said that lack of information and low self-esteem are major setbacks for youths in a world where we’re exposed to limitless information because of the advancement of technology.
In closing, there is no box inhibiting us from becoming whatever we want and if there is, we probably created it. I will share the YouTube video with you once it’s online but you could watch other TED and TEDx videos online.
Saturday was another interesting day as I attended Mentors 4 Life (M4L) by Biola Adeyoola, a woman that has my heart. She shared on Direction for Life.
In life,there are three important points we get to starting point, destination and how to get there.
Direction is a path someone takes or moves on. In life, the direction of our lives is influenced by our choices, God and circumstances.
Another very important point I got was Success is a deliberate decision and things don’t just happen to successful people neither are they lucky.
A lie we most often believe is that we have time; this is a BIG LIE because Life is short! Your approach to life is different when you think you have 12hours compared to when you think you have is 40years.
There are things that call for our attention but we must be able to discern between opportunities and distractions. Distraction, procrastination and laziness are factors that prevent us from achieving our goals. Remember success is not magic.
Having monthly checkpoints could help us achieve more because in the blink of an eye, the first quarter of 2015 is almost over. What did you plan or set to do as at January 2015? What steps have you made towards that goal? If you have not made any step what is preventing you from taking those steps?
You could join us third Saturday of every month at Grandbee Suites on 31 Joel Ogunnaike Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos from 9-11am.
Saturday evening was spent at WORD UP. A gathering of spoken words artists, poets and musicians. It was a very interesting evening.
Election no be war o, vote and go back to your house. Please be safe for me.
Much Love. XoXo
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