Is Entrepreneurship dead?

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“There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened.” – Mary Kay Ash (founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics).

2016 is here, yes! but are we quick to move on ignoring the changes we need to make. Changes that will make 2016 a good run regardless of what obstacles we will face. We all know successful entrepreneurs who have made it, there are biography and hundreds of articles about these people. What turned them into success stories?

An entrepreneur is someone who recognises a need and find new and meaningful ways to meet those needs. The need may be a new product/business or improving an existing product/business. The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute released a 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Index, and growth rates of entrepreneurship in different regions of the world is interesting.

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 So is this good news for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs? Although it shows significant downward trend in some regions. The fact remains the need for innovative products/business can not be overemphasised globally. Therefore the need for more entrepreneurs; The people who can make things happen.

Before becoming an entrepreneur you’ve to weigh the pros and the cons and convince yourself it is the best decision you will ever make. According to entrepreneur magazine, here are 4 questions you should ask yourself before starting a business;

1. Why are you deciding to start the business?

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This is the most important question to answer before you do anything else. Are you looking for a more flexible lifestyle? Is your hope to generate a consistent flow of cash and not report to anyone? Is there a social impact or problem you’re trying to solve? The responses you come up with to these questions will help you narrow down the type of business you should start.

For example, if you want to maximize your flexibility and ability to maintain a social life, then you probably want to avoid the entertainment industry where people work nights and weekends. If you want a simple business that creates consistent cash flow, then you should probably start researching franchises. And if you’re looking to be a millionaire in the next five to 10 years, you probably need to invent the future and be comfortable with the thought of spending the majority of your waking hours for the next decade attempting to accomplish that desire.

2. What capital do you have access to?

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Once you understand why you’re starting your business, you need to have a realistic evaluation of your cash and personal financing situation. The old adage “it takes money to make money” is especially true if you’re starting a new business. Evaluate all of your options carefully. Is it possible to get a small loan of a million dollars from your dad like Donald Trump did? Do you have to take on a loan? Are there assets you own that you can borrow against to get the seed capital that you need to get started? The type of capital and the amount of it that you have access to will dictate what business opportunities are available to you.

3. What do you know how to do?

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Running and building a business requires a wide range of skills. You have to understand how to manage people, make tough decisions with limited information and track your finances. Have an honest conversation with yourself about your capabilities and your shortcomings. Some skills can be developed, while others usually can’t. For instance, if you’re not the strongest manager that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go start your own business, it just means that you need to find someone who might be willing to mentor or advise you until you are able to hire one. With that said, you probably shouldn’t start a clothing line if you don’t know anything about retail.

Related: Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide

4. If this failed, would you regret it?

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For every success story we read about in the entrepreneurial space there are probably 10 other stories of failure that weren’t written about. As a result, it is easy to forget that the odds are stacked against you.

So much of being an entrepreneur is about charting your own journey and deciding that you wouldn’t be content with the prescribed paths that others have lived or traveled. But far too often we get caught up thinking about the destination — if we don’t make our destination, we feel like we failed. Remember that entrepreneurship is just about the journey and not the destination. So be sure to ask yourself, if you started this business and it failed because you didn’t reach your destination would you regret the journey?

Starting a business requires thoughtful reflection. The more time you put up front into evaluating an opportunity, the greater your odds of success will be. The last thing you want to do is second guess yourself. There will be too many others already doing that for you.

Happy 2016, enjoy your entrepreneurship journey.

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2015 in review

It has been a great year studying in Japan, writing and seeing my blog get these many views. To my readers and friends you guys have been awesome. 2016 will be greater as I’m taking steps to write, share and showcase more creative and motivational blog posts.

Happy New Year.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 930 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Diamonds by Nature; my first school project

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“What we do to wildlife today, we do to ourselves”

The making and concepts of my new school project were quite challenging but interesting, it gave me the opportunity to express a very important issue close to my heart. Increasing awareness about wildlife conservation, global warming and the need for us to be responsible for what happens on earth. Therefore the name ‘Diamonds by Nature’; I think animals in the wild are priceless and like diamonds we should use all our resources to ensure they are LOVED, PROTECTED AND SUPPORTED. In this project I did a total branding concept; creating a logo, making designs for T-shirts and sneakers, letterhead, business card, a package for the T-shirts and a bilingual website design.

Diamonds by Nature features T-shirt and custom-made sneakers to increase awareness of endangered animals. The brand is made using a combination of brilliant designs, detailed illustrations and bold statements.

The Website Home Page

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The T-shirt Designs

 

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The Letterhead

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The sneaker

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Lookbook design

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Business Card

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The Art of Realism by Cj Hendry 2; the 50/50 challenge

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“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”- Michelangelo

What will be my words to Cj Hendry when I meet her; “I want to sketch like you”. She is an amazing artist with amazing works to back it up. I had to write another post about her incredibly detailed art because she makes art that reflects our daily life style. She is not only talented but extremely creative.

Her recent series of sketches for an exhibition in Melbourne was titled 50 foods in 50 days. Cj Hendry drew 50 different foods in 50 days; the challenge was to draw them on Hermes. I followed her works and I learnt a lot about shades and light. 50/50 everyone;

Day 1: Coral trout on Hermes

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Day 2: Popcorn on Hermes

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Day 3: Macarons on Hermes

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Day 4: Mushrooms on Hermes

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Day 5: Rib Eye on Hermes

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Day 6: Chili on Hermes

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Day 7: Liquorice Allsorts on Hermes

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Day 8: Oysters on Hermes

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Day 9: Pineapple on Hermes

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Day 10: Fortune Cookies on Hermes

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Day 11: M&M’s on Hermes

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Day 12: Fried egg on Hermes

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Day 13: Ribs on Hermes

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Day 14: Bagel on Hermes

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Day 15: Lollypop on Hermes

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Day 16: Mud crab on Hermes

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Day 17: Waffles on Hermes

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Day 18: Coconut on Hermes

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Day 19: Coffee beans on Hermes

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Day 20: Carrots on Hermes

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Day 21: McDonald’s fries on Hermes

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Day 22: Avodaco on Hermes

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Day 23: Cheerios on Hermes

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Day 24: Spring Onions on Hermes

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Day 25: Turkey Drumstick on Hermes

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Day 26: Pepperoni Pizza on Hermes

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Day 27: Wallnuts on Hermes

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Day 28: Octopus on Hermes

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Day 29: Croissant on Hermes

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Day 30: Bananas on Hermes

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Day 31: Grapefruit on Hermes

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Day 32: Cherries on Hermes

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Day 33: Quail Eggs on Hermes

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Day 34: Sardines on Hermes

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Day 35: Blackberries on Hermes

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Day 36: Block of Chocolate on Hermes

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Day 37: Doritos on Hermes

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Day 38: Jam Biscuits on Hermes

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Day 39: Kiwi fruit on Hermes

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Day 40: Camembert cheese on Hermes

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Day 41: Pear on Hermes

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Day 42: Baguette on Hermes

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Day 43: Tomatoes on Hermes

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Day 44: Pretzel on Hermes

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Day 45: Doughnuts on Hermes

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Day 46: Whiting on Hermes

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Day 47: Dragonfruit on Hermes

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Day 48: Oreos on Hermes

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Day 49: Asparagus on Hermes

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Day 50: Cocaine on Hermes

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Post by Enogueva Nomase Kingsley

The Art of Realism by Cj Hendry

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“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.”-Salvador Dali

Cj Hendry has made her mark by producing large-scale realistic drawings. Her medium of expression is the black ink on paper. Using black and white space, precision and lots of patients to produce the most outstanding art I have come across. An Australian and Architecture University drop out; she is not allowing it stop her from blessing us with her gift. She explains ; “The main reason I am so obsessed with expansive white backgrounds and highly detailed objects was through my early years of studying architecture. I was completely obsessed with the large plans with perfect lines, and this is where I was introduced to the black UniPin pens. I was not very good on the computer so I drew all my plans for all the assignments and drew detailed renderings of the buildings. The lecturers were not happy with me because I wasn’t using CAD and Revit and said I better learn, so I dropped out.”

Her first sale was a drawing of a pair of R.M. Williams boots to a Sydney art collector for $10,000. Her work was then spotted by The Cool Hunter, who organised Hendry’s first art exhibition and most recently ’50 foods in 50 days’ on Hermes dinner plates in Melbourne .

Hendry now sells her large-scale pieces of luxury handbags and shoes for up to $50,000. Here are some examples of her work and they are good art.

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Flying in colors: Narita International Airport Terminal 3

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“Colors can change our lives” – Enogueva Nomase KIngsley

Japan is the host for the 2020 Summer Olympics which will be held in the country capital Tokyo. Preparations are on going towards making this event a splash of colors and creativity for all who will be visiting and participating. Terminal 3 at Narita International Airport is designed to look like an indoor running track; creative right?. Color-coded blue and red circuit winds the entire terminal making it easy for visitors to find their gates and provide ‘the Japanese-style experience’. Japan based creative agency PARTY designed the tracks, Nikken was in charge of construction and Muji for interior and furniture.

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Brand Identity 101

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“Branding is not just a product, it’s also a way of life, an idea, branding is actually leadership.” – Onyi Anyado

We live in a world where self representation is very important; how people see you is as important as how you showcase yourself. It is very important to be honest in the image you present in all areas of your life. A wise man once said people will only remember you for your actions (images) and not what you say you are.

Branding Identity 101 article shares some basic principles needed when branding a company, personality or things that are important to us in the context of image. A brand should be unique, distinctive, appropriate, simple and also a leader. To be effective we must follow these basic principles in brand identity.

A brand must be simple

A brand should be  easily recognizable; an effective brand  feature something unexpected or unique without being overdrawn. The simplicity in its designs should make it easy to remember.

A brand must be memorable

The simplicity and the memorability of a brand go side by side. Different aspects of the brands like color, shape, character and size determines in a large part what the brand is about.

A brand must be versatile

A brand should be applicable to a variety of mediums and classes.

A brand must outlast its self

A brand should remain relevant in 10, 20 and 50+ years. It shouldn’t be a easy wash-out.

A brand must be appropriate

Self appropriate, public appropriate and every other thing that comes in-between. The overall purpose of the brand should be well positioned for it’s intended audience, market and community.

The third eye: creativity

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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ― Maya Angelou

Ideas rule the world and it can sometimes be challenging to come up with fresh ideas. I have had moments were it was difficult to come up with fresh ideas for a design or had writer’s block when writing an article. Designing requires me to be 100% prepared to come up with new ideas. My blog requires same amount writing inspiring and meaningful articles. I had to find new ways to stay creative and avoid writer’s block.

Pay attention to your surroundings.

We are products of our environment that also applies to how we think or how ideas are formed in our heads. I discovered paying attention to details and what influences my thought process when engaged in an activity very useful. When designing a logo the more information I wanted or waited for the less I got done but when I eliminated the less important and worked with what was most important the better results I got. We sometimes want to load our articles with information that we forget the simpler it is the easier for our readers. Be very observant of changes in your environment.

Quiet time.

Have a place where you can observe some quiet time to reflect. Time free of phone calls, work and distraction from people around. My favorite quiet times are in the mornings by 5:00 am. Most people are asleep at this time, so it gives time to reflect and also plan your day. The brain is also free from the cluster of days before. I find this time best to look at creative images, watch a video related to creating and read.

Read everyday.

Reading is to the soul what food is to the body. I say this because how much you read affects your perspective of life which is the ultimate reason we create. I find reading books gives me resources I would never get from observing things in my immediate environment. Books brings the world closer to us.

Be willing to give your services free.

Do you want to create more? Freely are we given and freely we should give when our assistance is needed. If we put monetary value to everything we do, we may not get the opportunities to do more. The more we create the better we get at what we do.

Have fun.

Blessed are those who have fun creating for they shall always get satisfaction from it. This applies to all other areas of our professional lives.

Hide your resources.

Enogueva Nomase Kingsley

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My all time great Martin Luther King quotes

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“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Spring is Here

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“What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” ― Kobayashi Issa

Spring is a transitional season and different cultures have attached new meanings to what it is. Individually spring can be symbolic of fresh start, starting new relationships, and the birth of new ideas. Japan is no different as the season is symbolic for cherry blossoms ‘さくら’.

The first time I heard this song it pulled a cord and changed my perspective to what spring is, so I changed my notes, raised my pitch and made my blog sing. さくら song by 森山直太朗.

ぼくらはきっと待ってる
君とまた会える日々を
桜並木のみちの上で
手を振り叫ぶよ

どんなに苦しい時も
君は笑っているから
くじけそうになりかけても
頑張れる気がしたよ
かすみゆく景色の中に
あの日の歌が聞こえる

さくら さくら 今咲きほこる
刹那に散るゆくさだめと知って
さらば友よ 旅立ちのとき
変わらないその想いを 今

今なら言えるだろうか
偽りのない言葉
輝ける君の未来を
願うほんとの言葉
移りゆく街はまるで
僕らをせかすように

さくら さくら ただ舞い落ちる
いつか生まれ変わる時を信じ
泣くな友よ 今 惜別のとき
飾らないあの笑顔で さあ

さくら さくら いざ舞い上がれ
永遠(とわ)にさんざめく光を浴びて
さらば友よ またこの場所で会おう
さくら舞い散るみちの
さくら舞い散るみちの上で

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