How to define your Career

Appraising this on a foundational level will for some, bring them smack amidst being middle aged with nostalgia of the dilemma as to what directions they chose to take their lives professionally, for some, a melancholy of how they were whisked into a world of getting by with a reasonable package, and for others an honest-to-God “I had always wanted to do this and I did, I am so fulfilled”. Sadly, the latter is often the exception rather than the case. Most people look back regretfully at having done one thing or the other, or made a decision rather than another. Often times, it’s not the choosing of a career in itself that makes the difference but the reality that necessity is laid upon you to understand and define purpose in every sphere of your life.

To this aim, I choose to work with defining Career as

“progress or advancement through life”

Or

“rapidly moving ahead”

Both definitions demonstrate awareness as to an action that you’re going to have to take every step of the way as opposed to restricting it to one’s profession, which is independent of one’s thought input after making a choice. Thus creating an intrinsic notion that once that choice has been made, the deal is done. This is ambiguous.

I like to think of it as

…“an evolution of thought”

Yes, indeed I appreciate career as

…“an expedition towards a lifelong goal”…

Sure enough, we have a destination with many existent tributaries, how and when we get there however is entirely up to us. In our nation, the ideal always seems to be lacking in options. Expectations exist and you are simply projected to follow through. Go to college and study as you’re told, more often than not without a single thought as to why you’re reading what you’re reading other than the means to a livelihood; it’s not enough to study medicine because your father is a doctor or an engineering course because you think you want a piece of the oil company’s revenue. Honestly, if a niche must be carved, if a road must be paved, one must realize that that’s just not good enough.

True progress cannot be defined nor measured in one’s truly

confused state though one may be successful, a delineation must be made, thought must prevail, ideas must be borne, decisions made; all of which simply make for the voyage, the continuous progressive journey to a purposeful existence.

Let’s consider two 24 year old Nigerians in varied locations, shall we? One in Houston, Texas and the other in Lagos Nigeria: While the Texas bred, given the same opportunity for public higher education from 18 will have a first degree, probably working on a masters with her own apartment and a car along with a savings of sorts; In other words, for her, life will have begun. As opposed to the Lagos bred who will at this time be about  frustrated of the school system due to strikes, still be living in her father’s home with no sense of personal responsibility and almost no direction. If we make an honest appraisal of our economic situation, it simply does not give us any fair competitive advantage over our peers in other nations of the world. Do we then conclude we are destined to be despaired, or do we strive to create our own opportunities and re-write the stories from the way they are presented before us, at least from where I’m sitting? I’d take the latter, and I’d like that you do to, because unfair it may seem, the deed is however already done can not be un-done unless it is first rejected by you. Hence, you must decide that you will not accept nor tolerate mediocrity, you will not be merely be placid, and take everything brought your way but that you understand that you have to choose to either receive or reject what’s dished your way.

Taking the bull by the horns, choosing to chart your course, braving the natural winds of normalcy and expectation, going all out against all odds because and only because you recognize that your dreams are bigger than you, and nothing else will make for satisfaction!!!

…This for me defines a truly entrepreneurial spirit…

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Leading Edge – Young Nigerians and Start up businesses

As a fresh out of school or unemployed graduate, there arises a need to be more than tenacious in your desire for new horizons, new challenges, and new courses to chart. It should be a time of great thought, a time to birth ideas and to in a sense truly discover oneself, this is miles away from the reality we see, and the helplessness we experience in Nigerian youths as a result of our nation’s seeming inability to provide ready jobs. Alas, it does not occur to them that no nation’s government can unilaterally provide for all its nations graduates, therein lies the effort of the private sector in entrepreneurs which account for a minimum of 50% of our nation’s graduate positions, and of course inherent in that process is the high level of competitiveness to recruit the absorbable absolute best academically, and to a large extent a bias which must exist to make room for one’s own. They are the business owners in any case, so dare we say they not leave room for their families and friends in a nation where the available entry level and generally junior positions are fast dwindling?

What options do the un-absorbable remaining then have? To say the greater jobless percentage are the not too bright “left overs” is a great misdemeanor. Yes, academic excellence generally does make a way for you especially haven read a technical professional course but that’s about all it does, give you a first chance in! That’s great, but it’s not enough! You have to have dreams and ideas, greatly thinking outside or worse without a box, before you can truly harness all it is you can be.

An Entrepreneur's Mind

Thought, the birth of ideas

Professional status is usually categorized as a career orientation or entrepreneurship, I like to think whichever you choose there will always be a need to possess quite an overlap of both character attributes to truly succeed. For this reason, it is imperative that we all take on self development as a practical way of life and hone our hobbies to the development of character which guarantees us sustenance in our chosen professional status.

I take a stand on entrepreneurial development, necessary traits of which I will be sharing, and you as an individual on a career path can actively learn from, most importantly with focus on performance and time management as it affects your specific industry

Leading Edge works through your personalities and or ideas attempting to first understand you, so as to be able  deliver to you,  the perfect business plan in response to your deep business desires and targets, thereby enabling you to carve a  business niche that is in sync with who you are. We understand that a business can seem like a burden when too far-fetched from your likes and interests, and base our strategy on the concept that you are more likely to succeed in a business which you totally enjoy.

Our services include birthing and honing business ideas, writing business plans, conducting market surveys, risk analysis, devising marketing strategies, managing projects from initiation to conclusion, and providing support services in the early operational phase of your business.

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Sink or Swim


The best laid plans, the brightest “light-bulb” ideas, the well thought of strategies, the most harmonized visions, and even the soundest objectives. All of these remain absolutely latent if they remain in your head! In a matter of clarity, they mean absolutely nothing!!

It’s not going to count for anything if you knew the answer and said nothing, in fact if you know and do nothing you’re worse than the completely ignorant. “I heard that in life the best thing to do is the right thing, the next best is the wrong thing, and the worst is to do nothing”… It’s really that simple!

To whom am I writing? You know yourselves, but yes, I am talking to us: The Nigerian youths, we who are ambitious for an unclear dream, have an almost undeserving desire to be wealthy, who say our Government has failed us, there are no jobs and you absolutely have to know someone to get in somewhere regardless of how insignificant the job is, have to pay inexpensive and unimaginable prices for opportunities that should be our birth rights… Yes we who complain all too clearly about what we don’t have but truly don’t know nor understand what we want beyond the material. We who yet are unwilling ourselves to do something.

A quick question I bet never crossed your minds, what are you supposed to do after all? It’s their responsibility to sort you out. Well, pardon my arrogance, but I will ask all the same because it’s a question as legitimate and as timely as they come; what have you done for yourself?  How have you helped in your smallest social unit, your family? What is your impact in your country? Yes, our nation owes us a whole lot, but we equally are duty bound to it and owe it much!

Think for a second… A country with rich resources, but someone has to harness them. In other words, the country won’t fix itself, a country is  a place divided by boundaries, a nation is what is developed by a people! Truth be told, our country can’t do anything for us by itself, other than re-create what we have done for it!!! If you see it this way you will understand that there’s a world of things truly within your control

Following this attempt to overcome social and governmental entrapment within our minds. I reckon we will each get to a point where we have to make a decision as to what we are going to do with and for ourselves, where we go beyond expectations and look within, where we go beyond wishful thinking and even thoughts of hope, a place where we have got to act. Many clichés, take the bull by the horn, drops of water make an ocean, a journey of a thousand miles beginning with one step and so on. Whether you choose to slowly live by those and allow them to unfold, or you decide to take action with exactly what it is you’ve got in your hands, the choice as always remains yours, and the consequences thereafter equally yours to live with…

So, my intellectual, hoping-for-a-better-tomorrow-and-waiting-for-the-government-to-miraculously-turn-a-new-leaf-and-make-a-quick-fix-ambitious-Nigerian-youths… Are you going to Sink or Swim?