Monday

WHAT VALUES DEFINE YOU? – Remembering My AIESEC Values

February 26, 2018 0



Values define what is important in our personal and work life. Values are those things we consider to be best and place some worth in.

Values in all its ramifications give a person a sense of judgment, direction, and principles by which a person lives.

There are several values which a person can choose to live by but the ones you choose depend on that which produces the results that resonate with you.

While I was at the university, I belonged to an organization called AIESEC.

Saturday

WHAT ARE YOU AN EXPERT AT?

February 03, 2018 2



What are you an expert at? 

I heard this question from one of my online mentors. The question really got me thinking. That is why I ask you the same question.
What are you an expert at? What can you do really well?


It’s a new year for me here on this blog, the month of January was kind of a time for reflection and planning.


My thoughts for the year among others borders on finding out what it is you really are good at? 

Monday

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR FAILURE... HAVE THE WILL TO WIN

December 11, 2017 0
 

I’m writing this post as a tribute to a good friend, Late Michael Nandul Vongdip. A great friend and a man who thought there is no excuse for failure.

Michael had a will to win. When life pulls him down he gets up again. He faced his challenges headson without fea
r. He had big dreams which he believed he would achieve. But the cruel hands of death took him away before he could reap the fruits of his labour.


No matter how bad things get you can turn around and start again while you still have life.

EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE - Key To Professional Success

November 13, 2017 0


Key to Success



Everything has a price of an effort. That which you want to do, have, and become has a price of an effort. 

That which you want to see accomplished most often than not will not appear on you doorstep by itself.

The man (or woman) who can raise his hand to say I will do it or is willing to go the extra mile is the man who everyone is looking for. That man that will despite all odds says I CAN. Such a man is who we all seek to be and seek to meet in all relationships in life. 

Tuesday

Try Being an Entrepreneur vs Being Stuck as a Wantrepreneur

October 24, 2017 0


I learnt a new word called wantrepreneur which I added to my vocabulary. 

It's not a conventional word you'll find in the dictionary but I saw it mentioned by someone on LinkedIn. I did a little digging to know what it means.

Simply put, a wantreprenuer is a person who wants to do something creative and profit by it but never gets to do it.

Wantreprenuer is a wannabe Entrepreneur.

They are very good procrastinators.

WHEN THE ACCIDENTAL WORKER MEETS THE PAID PROFESSIONAL by Ndam Ponzing

October 10, 2017 1

Hey, I am the accidental worker and I heard you were The Paid Professional.

I should say "nice to meet you" but our paths cross too often without you realizing it, and sometimes you are too stuck up to notice.

PS, raise your head a bit when you are rushing to the office every morning and ask, "Do I want to do this stuff for the rest of my life?"

Oh, is that how you're going to be? Feeling all high and mighty because you are a professional? You think you are better than me, don't you?

Guess what, buddy, I have news for you, the law considers everyone who has done a particular job over a period of time with or without formal education as a professional and competent enough to give expert evidence.
Don't believe me? Ask your lawyer.

The curse of professionalism is a daunting one.
You are stuck doing one thing for the rest of your life, doesn't it get monotonous? Well, you are a professional after all, I am sure you are taught how to handle the boring parts.

Please say you are not, so I can have some semblance of happiness. Don't mind me, I have evil tendencies.

Oh, don't feel bad. An accidental worker is usually a person who gets stuck doing stuff for the money. Bouncing from one paycheck to paycheck, doing things to satisfy nothing but wallets and drinking addictions. I didn't say that Jess Churchill did.

Hey! We have something in common, you get paid for doing stuff, I get paid for doing stuff.

A monkey at a circus may also be considered highly trained, and surprise it also gets paid for doing stuff. Yay, that's disheartening; so all I am saying is, money is not the sole determinant of being a professional.

And repeating stuff every day makes you a monotonous professional, highly trained monkey.

That made you feel bad, didn't it? You didn't spend 5 or 7 years in the University for an unemployed guy to keep telling you stuff like this.

I apologize, I really do. Sometimes the words just spout off my keypad, blame that choice in the middle of the screen. It suggested "monkey", I wanted to type person, but "monkey" came up.

Anyways, it's imperative to understand that there is nothing wrong with being a worker, accidental or professional.

The only crime is when we assume that our paycheck distinguishes us from Accidental worker to Paid Professional.

While expertise and experience are central, our real jobs on earth are not just to live paycheck to paycheck, the good Lord made the world vast for a reason, travel it.

Be happy with whatever you are doing, don't allow the negative thoughts get to you.

Find peace, create value that gives happiness and fulfilment, find that core that controls you.

And for the love of God please don't be a stuck up, 2-bit paper pusher.

"Work the grand angel of labour which moulds the mind of man, steadies his hands, controls his brain, purines his passion, and strengthen his whole mental and physical being."

If you think sitting down and praying to the God of heaven to open windows upon your life, you would be sitting for a long time. "He who does not work does not deserve food".

If you think you are handicapped and deserve alms, well that's what you think, who am I to change your mindset?

As you face your days, accidental professional worker, with the sun behind your back and wind in your nostrils, go the extra mile for the greater good of mankind.

Peace..



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HOW TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY IN YOUR PROFESSION

October 03, 2017 0



To increase productivity in your profession there are certain actions you can take to make improvements come quickly. The methods you can use to increase your productivity is what we are going to be discuss below. 

1) Improve on your Personal Effectiveness- I am a fan of the ‘we become what we think about’ mantra. Knowing that you become what you think about it leads to the point that your thoughts must be in line with the kind of person you want to become.

Do you want to be a leader with influence? 

Do you want to be a professional with renowned effectiveness? 

Do you want to be a person people can trust? 

Do you want to be known as a man of integrity? 

The questions about what you want to become are endless. This means you must be ready to make a deliberate decision to call for a change in your life. 

It is true fact that we become what we think about. If you want to increase your productivity, you must equally tell yourself you want to improve and you must begin to imagine what it will be like to be that person you want to be.

Actions are a reflection of our thoughts. After you must have thought about things, the next step is to take action steps based on what you want to achieve.  

It is a continuous process of self development and personal improvement. This is the law of growth, which leads me to the next point to increasing your productivity.

2) Focus on your Outcomes and Results- Ask yourself, “What results am I getting?” “Am I getting the the required outcomes from my work with my clients?” 

You should check yourself to see the level of productivity you are at the moment and ask yourself if you are growing.


The law of growth is the law of nature. To be more productive you must outperform your previous results. 

Are you making progress? If not you need to make adjustments. If you get negative result in your work everyday, it is an indication that you need to change something.

In learning any professional skill, you don’t become an expert in one day. It is a gradual process of growth. 

Day by day you become better at what you do. 

I remember reading in Anthony Robins' book, Awake The Giant Within, he wrote about the CANI principle. It is a personal development tool.  It means Constant And Never-ending Improvement. Anthony Robins explained that day by day you must make moves to improve on yourself.

 A simple 1% change in improvement in your professional activities can bring about great increase in productivity. And you need to take notice of the changes you are experiencing. 

This principle can also be used on your products and other areas of your personal life.

It is all about observation. Know the result you are getting. Know your outcome. If you know where you are standing you will know where you are going.

The next and concluding step you need to make to increase productivity is what is usually called the Law of Karma.

3) The Law of Cause and Effect- Whatever you sow is what you reap. If you put in a bad job you will get a bad result.

They say practice makes perfect. But imperfect practice makes imperfect results.

If you make the wrong moves in your game you will get bad results. 

So you must tell yourself that “I must give my best shot”.

The law of cause and effect is the law of life. If you sow bad seeds you will reap bad fruits. 

To increase your productivity you must put in improved efforts. You can’t slack in your efforts and expect better results. You must give your clients and customers the best and they will reward you with good.

There is this story about a construction contractor who was told by his company to do his last job before he retired. He was asked to use every available resources to build that house. 

This contractor built the house but he did not put his whole mind to it. He did not put his best effort into the construction. He even used inferior products to build the house. 

At the end of the day when he was done with the job, the owner of the company told this contractor that this last house he built before he retires is his retirement gift. 

Assuming this contractor knew that this house is to be gifted to him he would have done his best job using the best resources available.

It is about knowing that every action you take has a resultant effect on your productivity.

If you are doing a project, put in mind the sustainability approach. Ask yourself if what you are doing today will be relevant to benefit the next generation to come. 

Whatever you are producing think about the future generations that will benefit from what you did today. 

Ask yourself what your future self will think about your current activities. Will you be proud of your today's effort?

Come to think of it, the great leaders of the past we are celebrating today gave in their best that is why our generation today still celebrates their works today. 

We can become like Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Margret Thatcher, Mahatma Gandhi, and so many other great men. 

It is what you do today that matters.

Monday

YOUR ONE CHANCE TO CREATE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

September 25, 2017 0




SMILE 

In the Paid Professional Blog today we will talk about the value of your SMILE.

Do you carry your smile with you everywhere you go? If you do, great. If you don’t, you are missing out on something valuable.

Do you greet everyone you meet with this free gift on the face? If you don’t you need to start now. You want to know why? 

A man with a smile on his face is seen to be more competent than a man with a frown on his face. 

An easy way to create a first impression is by the quality of the smile you put on your face.

 In Dale Carnegie's book "How to Win Friends and Influence People", in the section on 6 ways to make people like you, the author mentioned 'SMILE'. He said it is the best way of creating a good first impression.

Scientifically, it takes more muscles to frown and less muscles to put a smile on the face. Why do you think babies look happy and carefree about everything? 

Why do you think a baby’s face is so irresistible? Babies don't need to do anything, they only cry when hungry or in discomfort.

I met a man I used to know a while back with his seven year old daughter a few days ago. The last time I saw him, his daughter was still a little baby. She is now a little grown. What struck me was the way this young girl smiled. 

I’m not sure she knew who I was or anything like that but the way she smiled made me think she was more excited to see me than I was to see them. For sure I felt elated and out of the ordinary I felt happier that I met them. 

Do you wonder what such power a little smile can do to a person.  Who benefits more from a smile? Is it the giver or the receiver? You can answer this question at the comment section at the end of this post.

What I know is that when I see a smile, I always felt better no matter what my current mood is. And really, when I give a smile, I know I feel at ease.

If I could not resist the power of the smiling little girl who was not expecting anything from me but who was just being her natural self, I wonder what it will be like in my business. 

In my profession, I get to meet people all the time. Some people come to you with problems they need you to solve. Though you need to put a straight face to pay attention to them, but you also need to give them a smile of reassurance here and there that things will be fine.

If you really care to know how powerful a smile is, do a smile challenge. 

When you go out today, smile more. Smile to total strangers and notice the effect. 

If you need to rehearse your smile do it. Go in front of a mirror and give yourself a smile. Literarily force a smile on your face. Try to crack the mirror with your smile.

I’m sure when you are done with this exercise you will feel better about yourself. I’ll call it the Million Dollar smile challenge. 

Smile to everone you meet as if you just won a million dollars. 

As a professional in your field, in your day to day dealings with people put that smile on your face. It adds more value to the quality of your relationship with people. 

In fact it adds value to your competence. It gives the impression that you are confident and you are comfortable doing your work.

Do you know that people notice your smile when you talk on the phone? Surprised? Give it a try. Your smile shows in your voice even when you talk on the phone. 

For a lady, a smile is the best makeup she can wear on her face. It doesn’t matter if you have a makeup on or not, a beautiful lady is known by the expression she carries on her face.

A charming smile is the best attraction factor a man notices in a lady. 

In business, a smiling face is the best attractor factor for new customers. I heard of a Chinese proverb that  says “A man without a smiling face, must not open a shop”. I think this is the best ancient secret to increased sales in a business. 

A smile signals quality and assurance of reliability. 

Your smile is a tool, it can make ways for you. In carrying out your professional duties, use your smile as mirror to show people. People will feel better about you because you made them feel good about themselves.

Your smile tells people you like them and you value their person when you see them.

There is this colleague of mine from another law office that comes to visit our office, his smile comes into the room first before I see him. This is because I notice myself smiling even before he turns to my direction. Automatically, I just find myself smiling. He is always excited when he comes in and he pours the same excitement on all of us.

I once heard someone say, fake the smile if possible to make it happen. Though I appreciate giving or receiving a genuine quality smile, because when I see a fake smile I kind of know. I feel a smile should come from within you. Anyway, whether fake or genuine, give it anyway. Just fake it to make it.

To help you give a genuine smile, try thinking of a child’s face, or remember a beautiful experience. Just think of something that genuinely makes you happy. You will bring up a smile instantly. You can tweak your brain to help you bring out a genuine smile immediately.

For those who understand how the mind works, our thoughts are always reflected by our bodies. What the mind thinks about the body reflects. We become what we think about. If we think happy thoughts we become happy. 

Remember, a smile fosters good relationships. I remember taking a selfie with my significant other and she says “Kenny smile”, “I want to see your smile”, “don’t you know you look sweet with your smile?” “Smile for me please”. 

I’m sure you know guys always want to look macho and want to do the James Bond look, but we mustn't look too sassy all the time.

Give a smile please and don’t think about your teeth all the time. Some people will say “I don’t have good set of teeth.” Come on, babies don’t have teeth at all and when they smile the impression still lasts on us.

You might not know how much your smile is worth until you give it. Just give it a try. When you smile people always smile back. Except the recipient is really having a bad day. But give it anyway. You can hold your smile afterwords. The first smile is enough for the person having a bad day. Who knows maybe the person just lost a contract, or lost a love one, or whatever it could be. 

The fact is we can’t rule out having bad days but your smile could be that ray of light someone is looking for that day.

Give your one million dollar smile today. A smile you can’t resist is not only found in babies, it’s in you too. It cost nothing to give a smile. Just give it.


Friday

ARE YOU DOING YOUR PROFESSIONAL WORK ALONE?

September 15, 2017 0


 Many times in life you feel as if you are alone and it causes you to struggle to make ends meet. You struggle with yourselves. You tend to forget that no one is an island. You all need each other. You are all made to be a blessing to others and others equally are a source of blessing to you when you reach out to them. In the journey of fulfilling your professional task, you need other professionals because you cannot do your professional work alone.

You need others to succeed as much as they need you. Top businessmen know this, which is why they value the essence of networking and teamwork. A business's greatest asset

Tuesday

THE BEST ADVICE I RECEIVED WHILE PURSUING MY PROFESSIONAL GOALS

September 12, 2017 0

It is commonly said there is no place like home. It is a place of security, comfort, relaxation, and pleasure. And then it is equally commonly said that we should learn to leave our comfort zone. It is all good advice but a point in time you must do one or the other.

The place we want to be is in the present. That moment in time when you are aware of reality and you need to make a decision. More importantly than being in a place is being in the present, that is there is no better time than now.

A lot of you have programmed your mind to the expectation that your success is tied to a certain place or location. Two people can be in the same location and one gets

Wednesday

THE INEVITABLE DILEMMA OF AN UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL

August 30, 2017 0

Life is full of its ups and downs. That's what makes life interesting.

In the Paid Professional blog today we will talk about a situation that faces many today. It is that stage of development when you are striving for perfection in your career. This inevitable dilemma faced by many always shows up and it is your power of choice that sees you through it.

Do you know what happens at that moment when you feel like giving up when you feel confused and don't know what to do? That moment in your professional career where it seems to be so confusing and you don't know if growth is taking place.

It is a common trend in every person who is learning a new skill or taking up a new professional career or is trying to advance in life. At that moment in your career, it seems as if you are on a plateau. You are at a crossroads of decision making. But you need not give up. It is a period of great change. That period of negative vibe is called

24 SKILLS YOU SHOULD EXHIBIT IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER THIS YEAR

August 23, 2017 0

Below is a combination of skills relevant today in your professional career. They are 24 skills needed to stand you out in your professional work place.
 These 24 skills also represent 24 hours of the day in which you can apply these skills to be productive.

Monday

WHAT YOUR PROFESSION IS AS A BUSINESS

August 21, 2017 0

At what point do you separate your professional work from your business?

There is no such point.

Your profession is your business.

It is common when hear a person asked this question, "what do you do?" and his reply will be "I'm into business", the next question people ask is, "what do you sell?"

The common thought is that a business man is into selling things. Professionals also sell. But what they sell is different.

As a professional, you are a business man. Your time, services, and skills rendered are your products.

The essence of a business is to make profits. Gone are the days when people work to earn salary alone. It is not enough.

 In this age of specialisation, every worker is a professional in the business. Especially now that there is so much knowledge overload in this information age. 

Knowledge is only a click away and anybody can learn to do things by downloading the 'how to' material from the internet.

When you mention business, what comes to the mind of a person is having products to sell. People always think business is all about buying and selling goods.

 Some of you don’t do buying and selling. What you do have is the service you render. You have skills which you use to render service.

It is a statement of truth when it is said that we all live by selling something.

Selling is not all about peddling products. You also sell your self. You are the product. 

The value you place on your self is what people pay for. And of course, you have to be good at what you do.

The service business, as well as the product business, is a buying and selling activity. A service rendered is more or less selling of your time.

If I spend 30 minutes of my time rendering a service, I have sold 30 minutes of my time. Why do you think they say time is money?

In advanced countries, you are paid for the amount of time you put into your work. Your time is your product.

What do you do in your spare time? 

You invest your time in developing yourself. You read a book, you attend a seminar, you acquire certificates, you listen to and watch educative videos, etc. 

No knowledge is wasted. Every knowledge should have marketable value.

A professional footballer spends his time training for the next competition. Why? Because he must be very skilful to profit from his skills. You know how much footballers are paid these days right?

Your spare time is meant for training and preparation. It does not mean you should not have time for fun and rest. All rest time is for recovery of energy and growth.

What I am trying to say here is that everyone is in business, and you profit from what you do with your services.

What is your profession?

 If you are a doctor you are in the business of treating the sick. 

If you are a lawyer you are in the business of litigation and legal practice. 

If you are an engineer, your business is building and construction. 

Musicians and comedians are in the business of entertainment.

The point is your profession is your business and you must do it to maximize profit. 

There is a business in every profession. You only need to think like a business man and carry out your profession as a business.

 If you know that you are in business, you will do your profession with a sense of quality service delivery and efficient performance.

For professionals who are doing pro bono or humanitarian service, you should put the same dedication as if you are rendering a million dollar service.

Carry out your profession like a business you don't joke with because you have invested so much time for your self.

Once again, you are the product.

Thanks for reading.

Comment below. Share what you think.

Thursday

WHY WE NEED MORE PROFESSIONALS IN LEADERSHIP

August 10, 2017 2
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Leaders are people who are disciplined. Leaders are people who have the ability to lead them-self before they can lead others. That is why leaders have a high level of self-control, willpower, and mastery. The path to professionalism is a path to leadership. You hardly find a professional who is not a leader in his field.

Leaders are needed everyday. This is because they are the ones responsible for promoting the wheel of change. They stimulate change and progress.

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