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There’s Nothing Wrong in Building Someone Else’s Dream – You Can Still Build Yours

Have you read any of those books or articles that say the only path to happiness or success is by working for yourself and being independent?

When I tell people that I am a budding entrepreneur who would love to help someone else achieve their dreams, they often look at me like someone who’s trying to break or violate an entrepreneurial code – the code of working only for yourself to be free and happy.

There are several ways to building a successful career and there’s no wrong

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Does Being a Pro Blogger Makes You an Expert Writer?

JI is both a writer and blogger

There is this misconception online that every blogger or anyone who owns or manages a blog is a writer. There are also persons who claim to be expert writers just because they own or manage a blog.

Writing and blogging are two different skills set. There are great bloggers who do not have good writing skills and there are professional writers who do not have good blogging skills. There are also big blogging platforms that are dominated by guest writers. The owner or managers of such blogging

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Think Deep. Start Small. Be Consistent. Grow Big.

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I remembered some years ago when I first read the book, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, I loved most of the ideas that were shared in the book. Some of the ideas helped shape my early life.

The book also opened up my mind and made me search for more inspiration and success books to read. Ever since then, I have read several inspirational and success books, some of which include:

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
  • The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill
  • The Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
  • Guide to Investing by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Why Ask Why by John Mason
  • Why We Want You to Be Rich by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki

And some other good books…

  • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • The Art and Skill of Successful Negotiation by John Ilich

Reading good books is one of my key secrets to success. The more

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Blogging Has Gone Beyond Just Being a Blogger

There’s more to blogging than just blogging, and there’s more to a blogging career than just being a blogger.

Blogging has gone beyond just setting up a blog or using an existing blogging platform, writing and publishing anything that comes across your mind on it and then, promoting the blog’s contents on social media. Blogging is now serious business. It is now being pursued as a professional career. It is one of the few online money-making and personal branding opportunities

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Are You a Personal Blogger, a Business Blogger or Both?

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Do you blog just for fun, for business or both?

This is a question I have been asked on a few occasions by potential clients, recruiters and hiring managers. They want to know if I blog just for fun, for business or both.

In 2013, when I started JerryIhejirika.com, my original idea was to create a personal blog where I would share my knowledge, experiences, research and observations, and with special focus on project management.

However, the blog has grown to something bigger and I have moved

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How to Change Your Career From a Trader or Merchant to a Project Manager

Image credit: Career-Intelligence

Image credit: Career-Intelligence

Have you ever thought of a career change into project management? More so, have you been involved in trading or merchandising and want to change career or make a move into project management?

There are different career paths you can follow to enter into the world of project management. Some followed the construction path, some followed the telecommunications path, some the financial path, some the education path while some followed the automobile path. In this article, I will be focusing on those

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Quitting My Dad’s Company, Following My Passion and Building a Business Around My Passion

Image credit: Lloyd Kathurima

Image credit: Lloyd Kathurima

Have you ever thought about quitting your day job just to follow your passion? Yes, I have and here’s my story.

In the year 2013, I decided to undergo a career change and it’s summarised below:

  • It was the year I decided to quit my dad’s company. I worked with him for 10 years (2003-2013), moved from being a Sales and Marketing Representative to a Branch Manager – In 2005, I became in charge of the branch at Idumota, Lagos Island.
  • It was the year I was meant to graduate from FUTO (Federal University of Technology Owerri) in Nigeria. I finally graduated in 2014 because of a 7-month academic strike that started in 2013 and at a period when we were meant to write our final semester examinations.
  • It was the year I started JerryIhejirika.com.
  • It was the year that I finally decided to follow my passion – writing, blogging, career development coaching, project management and public speaking – and lay the building blocks to building a successful business around my passion.

Why I Decided to Quit My Dad’s Company

There’s a point in your life when you would decide if you should move on with your current job or change career into something you more passionate about.

I love doing business, I love making money and I love living a good life. However, the major

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How I Combined Schooling Full-time With Managing a Full-time Business in Nigeria

Jerry with his friend, Valentine, at FUTO

Jerry and his friend, Valentine, during their days at FUTO

“Don’t miss out on potentially fantastic roles or jobs by thinking that you need to follow a particular career path. But don’t say ‘yes’ to every opportunity that’s offered to you either. Make sure you have someone you trust, who can help you think through opportunities as they come up.” – Celeste Mellet Brown, Managing Director, Corporate Treasurer

After I published my story of how

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How Combining Business With Schooling Help Shaped My Career

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In Nigeria, the educational system is so rigid and the economic system is so rugged that it is very difficult for most students (in post-secondary education) to combine full-time schooling with part-time business. (It’s easier for those schooling part-time.)

Most parents, having seen the education pattern and economic conditions of the country, won’t support or encourage their children to combine full-time schooling with business. And some students, even when presented with good

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What If I Chose to Follow the OPPOSITE Career Path in Project Management?

There are several career paths that can lead to success.

There are several career paths that can lead to success.

Most professions, such as the medical, legal or engineering profession, have a normal career path. This career path is termed “normal,” not because it is the only right or successful career path to follow, but because it is the most popular career path for practitioners in those professions. Most of the young and aspiring practitioners in those professions are also looking forward to following that same “normal” career path.

In the project management profession, there is

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