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8 Important Habits Needed For Success In Nigeria: They Are More Important Than Talent

Ossi Samuel



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8 Important Habits Needed For Success In Nigeria: They Are More Important Than Talent

The important habits needed for success are many. However, there are eight of them that I believe are even more important than your raw talents.

Don’t get it wrong, talent is amazing but it does not solve all the problems. You might never really become the best in your field with your talent alone.

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In my university days, I had a friend who was an intellectual genius and knew better than some of my lecturers. He was outstanding. To me, he was a living encyclopedia. But he was not part of the leading lights academically in the class. He had the talent, but he was not using the right habits to enhance those talents. If he had, he would have been unstoppable. Here I mean he would have undoubtedly made first class. I’m not sure he even graduated.

These important habits needed for success can perhaps be best explained using the Christiano Ronaldo template. I’m sure you have heard of him. Even Nigerian artists want to be like him. You can ask Davido, Reekado Banks and PSquare about this guy. His habits and commitment are outstanding. The truth remains that there are better-gifted footballers in the world but he has certain levels of talents with incredible habits. That is why we have him up there with the best the world has ever seen.

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You get it now, right? Talent is just not enough.

If you already got the talent, then you have an advantage over others. Don’t get lazy. In my experience, people with talent don’t always have the right attitude and habit. You can be different and find out the amazing results you can get.

On the other hand, my friends, if you don’t have the talent in any field you want to venture into, don’t worry. You are not in a hopeless situation. You can become very successful in it with the right attitude.

At any high level of success, most people equal out with regard to skill or talent. However, what sets the great successes apart from others are the success habits they practice on a daily basis.

These practices, or habits, are embedded in their work performance and push them to the top where they often surpass those who may even have more skill and talent than them.

Important Habits Needed for Success

  1. Punctuality

Punctuality is key and paramount in the important habits needed for success. If you are going to make it big in your chosen area of expertise or business, you must cultivate the culture of being punctual.

African time is becoming a norm, nay, it has become the norm in Nigeria. People no longer attend their activities as at when due. Dare to be different. In this madness of African or Nigerian time, those that keep to time are always dependable. You can become one dependable man in your field.

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Christiano underlies the importance of punctuality. It is on record that he goes for training one hour before the training starts.

Being on time tells others that you are dependable, diligent, and organized. It shows that you honor your commitments, have a respect for your time and that of others, and you can be trusted.

One attribute common to successful people is that they view their time as their most precious commodity. When you are late to appointments with people who value their time, you would have wasted one of their most valuable assets.

Work on your time. It is a key aspect of the important habits needed for success. Neglect it at your own peril.

  1. Work ethic

I keep using Ronaldo as an example. He is one bastard with the right habits. His work ethic is second to none in the world of football. He starts training before everybody and ends after everyone. Little wonder he is the best in the world. The dude stays in ice for 30minutes after each match.

You see, the pattern of your work ethic is crucial to your success. It is integral to the important habits needed for success.

It doesn’t matter if you are incredibly talented or not. You must work hard to see success. That is why doing the bare minimum and depending upon skill or talent alone is not what will get you to the top.

To be successful you must have a strong work ethic ingrained in your DNA because there is no other way. The integrity of who you are and how you operate must be seen in all aspects of your job. First and foremost you must respect what you do and those whom you work for and with.

The good thing is that when you possess an unwavering commitment to your work ethic, it is this character trait that will foster good relationships with clients, employees, coworkers, and superiors.

  1. Right Effort and Extra Effort

One of the important habits needed for success is effort. You need to work hard. You need to possess the ability and will to put your goal before your needs.

This is where discipline comes in. You must have the right discipline to be able to say no to certain things. It is really not easy to finish your tasks every day but it takes a certain level of commitment to do that.

You cannot find a simpler way. There is no need to. There is no short cut to heaven. According to Ford, “the harder you work, the luckier you get”. Maybe you can settle your mind and enjoy the hard work needed.

  1. Stay Positive

A lot has been written on the place of mindset in success. You can never succeed if you don’t think you can succeed.

It is from the above premise that we place a positive mental attitude as a part of the important habits needed for success. It important you work on it. Trash out negativity and pessimism from your dictionary. Stay positive at all costs.

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The interpretation you give to an occurrence is what makes it a problem. When challenges come, you have to see them as stepping stones to your success.

  1. Keep Your Energy Up

A healthy man is the only man who can work. This is why keeping your energy up is key to the important habits needed for success. This is the biggest commitment to your success. Your physical body has to be nourished the way you nourish your mind to stay positive.

You have to watch what you eat and what you drink. If you are not healthy physically, you will not be at your best emotionally and you can’t function well. There is no way to function at peak performance levels on fried food, lack of sleep, caffeine, and nicotine. You will burn bright but you will fizzle fast.

Take care of your health. Eat clean, get enough rest, drink a lot of water, and get a good workout in sometime during each day, ideally in the morning before the workday starts. When your energy is very good, so is your ability to work effectively and maintain a positive mood.

  1. Be Passionate

Passion keeps you going. Whatever you have a passion for works out eventually with time. Once again, Passion keeps you going. If you must beat your chest and say that you now possess the requisite important habits needed for success, you must as a matter of fact have the passion.

Passion gives you confidence and it is contagious. It makes your team members more confident. It leads to greater success. It is a great motivating factor. Be passionate about what you do.

  1. Be Coachable

I remember going for an interview for a hotel ICT job interview and the manager asked me if I was teachable. It sounded funny because I felt anybody would say yes. It, however, taught me something on deeper reflection. Everybody needs to learn no matter how good you are.

If you must possess the important habits needed for success, then you must be able to submit and let other people teach you. The importance of a coach to your success cannot be overemphasized. You have got to be receptive to feedback.

By trusting your superiors and mentors to be truthful in their guidance, you will always eliminate horrible feelings of discouragement or rejection.

  1. Being prepared

Nothing brings you success more than proper preparation. There is this ancient saying that “proper preparation prevents poor performance.”

People you serve with either services or products deserve the best. You have to prepare very and give your all. Remember that when preparation meets opportunity, success becomes inevitable.

These important habits needed for success that we have discussed are going to make you a better entrepreneur or a better employee in any field you chose to work in. follow them and make them part of you and you will always be ahead of your competitors.




Ossi Samuel is a mafian thinker, an avid reader and writer, and political analyst. Am a humanitarian and fun loving person. I love Tech by the way and will always have your time if you have any ideas. I can be reached on Facebook


How To Grow Your Side Hustle Into A Big Business In Nigeria




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Did you know that a lot of big businesses in Nigeria today began as side-hustles? With the advent of the internet, it is now possible to have both a side hustle that could bring you a lot of money and a full-time job at the same time.

So, what is a side hustle? A side hustle is basically a business you do part-time while retaining your full-time job. Sometimes, a side hustles has the potential of becoming a full-time business.

Having a side hustle, apart from giving you an opportunity to make extra money for yourself, can also be a good way to spend your leisure. However, turning a side hustle into a big business in Nigeria is not devoid of several challenges. So, I decided to dedicate a section of this discussion to address some of these challenges and the way forward.

Converting A Side Hustle To A Full, Big Business In Nigeria: Challenges and The Way Out

In Nigeria, our educational system teaches mostly theory and almost nothing about money or entrepreneurship. So, you’d have to educate yourself on what the education system failed to cover. Besides the faulty education system in the country, there is this misconception in the society that one always needs to have huge capital before starting a business. Well, that is not true most of the time.

Another fad that is widely circulated is that Nigerian banks do not grant loans to businesses that are just starting out. Well, you have to understand that money is attracted to fresh, new ideas and most Nigerian banks are open to helping such ideas to grow. However, in the absence of external aid, you can generate capital for your business from your savings; get a loan from family, friends, your religious circles and well-wishers. Interestingly, today you can easily save money with Sumobank and use it to finance your business startup.

As regards saving, a good book which can assist you is, “The Millionaire Next Door”. It is a classical book which teaches savings and how to survive below the income level.

Finally, there is this challenge of over-dependence on salaries or regular income without due consideration of how to grow that income. It is the mistake of one working for money instead of making it work for him or her.

These are all unique challenges any Nigerian must overcome when trying to diversify income by turning a side hustle into a big business in Nigeria.

5 ways you can overcome these challenges are:

  1. Educate yourself on finance and how to multiply money.
  2. Make your money to work for you
  3. Create an emergency fund.
  4. Start and grow a business.
  5. Collaborate with business partners.
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A lady working to turn her side hustle into a big business

Want to turn your side hustle into a full-time business? Read the 5 important tips below.

  • Design a Solid Plan

You cannot simply abandon your full-time job for your side hustle when you have no solid plan in place. You need a plan that outlines how your business will operate once it is fully functional.

Your plan should incorporate your business’ vision and mission statements, your business values, and the goals which you have in mind to achieve in your proposed business. Outline what your business would accomplish within the first 90 days of setting it up.

  • Make Everything You Can Automatic (i.e., Automate the Operations)

Today, you can find an app on the internet for handling any aspect of your business. Automating as many things as possible would give you free time to handle other tasks that could bring you much money since you have a limited time at your disposal daily.

So, from the set-go, acquire the necessary tools which would help you to automate your side hustle into a full-time business. You can use Buffer or Hootsuite, for example, to automate your social media posting and Canned Responses from Gmail to send out recurring mails.

  • Create More Leads 

Creating more leads for your business is the quickest way to grow your business and generate a favorable cash flow system for yourself and your business. So, invest a good amount of your time and energy in publicizing your business to get more leads (i.e., contacts – phone numbers and emails) who would sooner or later become paying customers. One way to do this is to create and distribute a lot of quality contents which will attract potential customers to your business.

One way you can do this (i.e., create content) is to start a blog and use it to reach your potential customers. This would give you the opportunity to build a customized email list for your business which you can use to push out (i.e. publicize) your new products, offers, and services.

  • Take Advantage of Freelancers.

Freelancers can help you to have an incredible amount of free time by helping you perform some heavy lifting in the business. Delegate some tasks and outsource them to freelancers and have a budget ready for their payment every month.

You can give them tasks like developing your blog content and managing your social media platforms while you handle the critical aspects of your business.

  • Create and Follow Your Schedule Religiously.

You must have a schedule with which you run the day-to-day activities of your business. This would really help your business to grow rapidly. You do not want to put too little or too much time into your business. So, create a schedule that would point out your working hours, what you do each time and the expected results.

It is not enough to have a schedule. You must endeavor to follow it to the letter to achieve success at the end of the day.


Everything is possible in life with hard work and determination. Anybody can begin from anywhere, even the lowest bottom and climb to the top.

In life, one essential asset you always spend but can never recover is time. So, time management is very important if you want to grow your business and you can do this with automation software. Besides doing things faster and precisely, automation helps to cut down on the time which could be wasted handling recurring tasks.

Are you involved in any side hustle or thinking of starting one soon? Let me know in the comments’ section of this blog. Thank you for the audience.



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7 Stupid Mistakes Young Nigerians Make That Is Destroying Our Generation

Gudtalent Chrisent



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There has never been a more woke generation like this current one and the behavioral trend is only getting worse that if nothing is done about it, i wonder what the next generation will look like.

This is African and what works in this part of the world is different from what works in the western world.

Today, I’m sharing with you the 7 mistakes young people in Nigeria are making that won’t result to anything good by Mildred Kingsley Okonkwo.

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In her video, she mentioned 7 dilapidating mistakes a lot of young Nigerians are making and it will shock you to see that you’re guilty of one or two if now all of them.

Kindly watch the Video below and do share.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

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Business Growth In Nigeria: 10 People Who Will Destroy Your Business

Gudtalent Chrisent



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