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Morland Writing Scholarship 2022 For African Writers

The Miles Morland Foundation invites applications from African Writers, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book. The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

Scholar’s Undertaking:

At the end of each month scholars must send the Foundation 10,000 new words that they will have written over the course of the month. Scholars are also asked to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from the book they write during the period of their Scholarship. This includes revenues as a result of film rights, serialisations or other ancillary revenues arising from the book written during the Scholarship period. These funds will be used to support other promising writers. The 20% return obligation should be considered a debt of honour rather than a legally binding obligation.

Qualifications:

To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that has been published and offered for sale, you must send clear evidence that the piece you upload as part of your application has been both published AND offered for sale. This will be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit. It is not the purpose of the Scholarships to support academic or scientific research, or works of special interest such as religious or political writings. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

Scholarship Award

Important Dates:

Applications  will be received between 1st July 2022 and 18th September 2022. Applications submitted outside that period will not be looked at.

Apply here.

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Motivation TTM Professionals

VIDEO: FIX YOU FIRST

You are only useful to others when you are functioning at optimum capacity.

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Heroes Unaware

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Are You A Hero Unaware?

Watch And Learn How To Move From Where You Are To Where You Should Be

Heroes Unaware: The Enemy Within

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Tips For Young Job Seekers

Adesegun Damazio

I’d like to share a few tips with young job-seekers out there.

I know you’re doing your best to get a job somewhere, anywhere, and I do hope that you find a placement soon.

In the meantime, you might want to consider these few ideas just in case they’re new to you:

  • Open a LinkedIn account. I’ve seen people put up posts on Facebook and Twitter requesting for job opportunities but can tell you for a fact that you’re more than likely to get an offer or valuable referrals from LinkedIn than any other social media platform. There are statistics to back this up but I won’t bore you with that. Just Google it yourself and see.
  • Garnish your LinkedIn profile with professional English language construction and not shorthand or elementary English. See it as a marketing profile which anybody can be drawn to at first glance.
  • Send connection requests to people in your preferred field of work. And most importantly, target your requests at HR personnel – managers, directors and officers. These professionals have been shown to spend more time perusing LinkedIn than any other kind, though it’s advisable you send requests to other organizational top shots as well in other to boost your chances.
  • Once your request has been accepted by a good number of highly-positioned individuals, put up a post stating your job request and if possible, attach a PROFESSIONAL picture of yourself. It’s like adding salt to taste. In the post, enumerate your qualifications, skill sets and preferred field (FMCG, NGO, Retail etc.) It’s important you make a concise post, otherwise, your connections might just scroll away from the epistle. The more likes, comments and shares you get on the post, the wider the reach. It’s how LinkedIn woks.
  • At this point, people will start viewing your profile. Ensure you view the profile of people who have viewed yours. All of them. Note the highly-positioned individuals who are in your preferred field and send them punchy messages stating your willingness to work for them. No long messages, just appreciate the time they took to view your profile and tailor your short message along professional lines.
  • Watch what happens from there.
LinkedIn: Connect To Opportunity

I’m not saying this is the ice-breaker but trust me, it’s worked for a lot of people and I felt it won’t hurt to share this strategy with my friends.

Please, be mindful of what you post on LinkedIn too. It’s not a platform for subs, derogatory comments and slay mama/papa pictures. Keep it professional and build a good image for yourself.

On the side, continue to send your industry-specific CVs to the recruiters you come across on MyJobMag and HotNigerianJobs.

I hope you get lucky someway and somehow. But LinkedIn really works – in Nigeria. BIG TIME!

Cheers! 🙏🏽

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BE FEARLESS BUT NOT FOOLISH

Dr Strive Masiyiwa

Dare to tackle challenges even one tiny step at a time.

A psychologist once took a very advanced tablet computer and gave it to a small group of young girls (under the age of 9) living in a refugee camp, and not yet in school. After one week, she found that they all knew how to switch it on, and had found their way to use some of its Apps.

The same experiment, performed with older people over the age of 20, yielded almost nothing!

The psychologist also found that the adults had a lot to complain about concerning a device they had not even learned to switch on.

What was the difference?

Fear!

The older you get, the more fearful you get to experiment, and try out new things, including new ways to solve old problems.

Every day there are many things you can do to ensure you don’t fall into this trap…

Think about it!

Some of you have heard me say it before: “Big Problems are usually solved by people with the humility to make small starts.”

There are a lot of people who see a Big Problem, but they have no capacity to find a place to start solving it, which usually requires them to make even baby steps, which they often fear to do.

When I see a Big Problem, I enjoy seeing how to start solving it one step at a time.

Chipping away, day after day…

It can be months, but usually some years, and suddenly I’m there: Big Problem solved!

Image credit:  Yaron Schmid in the Serengeti, @yswildlifephotography @natgeoyourshot

Next time someone tells you about a Big Problem ask them, “How do YOU propose to contribute to solve it?”

And watch how surprised they get!

Somehow we all want others to solve problems we see, and that is why nothing ever happens.

Next month, for example, school holidays start and also our Christian brothers and sisters typically gather in big religious services across Africa…

What I want to say to each of you is this, if you are thinking about traveling and getting together with family: Be careful. Be part of the solution…

These are still dangerous times! Do not let your guard down. If we want to end this pandemic once and for all, YOU have to do your own part, #MaskUp, and keep socially distanced. Last year’s Christmas holidays started a whole new second wave, far more devastating than the first one. This can’t happen again.

Do not take unnecessary risks with your life or anyone else’s!

If you jump out of a plane without a parachute, you will pay the price. If we all jump selfishly into living a “normal” life without taking prudent health precautions… I do not even want to think about how a Third Wave will hurt our people and our economies.

Be fearless, but not foolish.

#MaskUp

#KeepASafeDistance

#EverythingTurnsOnThis

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Businesses You Can Start With 200 Thousand Naira

If you are thinking of starting a (new) business, you should look at this document for ideas… Even if you have more than 200 thousand Naira.

Businesses You Can Start With 200k

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TTM Professionals

Practical Steps To Getting A Promotion

My sister shared these tweets with me. I think they are useful as 2021 gradually comes to an end. Please share your thoughts.

I’m not sure about the “ALL” bit. However, there are valuable insights in there.
Add Value
Document Your Achievements And Let Stakeholders Know About Your Achievements
Louie Bacaj’s Career Trajectory
Recruit Allies BEFORE The Next Promotion Cycle
People In Charge Care About What ELSE You Can Do For Them In Future
Managing An Acquisition/Merger As An Employee
There should be a career objective
If you are ready to launch out on your own, Tentmakers Online Reloaded is waiting to support you as you grow.

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Experience alone is not enough

Dr Strive Masiyiwa

In a few weeks, I will be 56 years (young). I have been working for more than 33 years (old). By all measures, you might say I’m experienced. But what does this mean in the age of constant change, in which I must change my career (the way I do my job) every five years? Either I change the way I do my job, or my job changes, or it might disappear altogether!

Experience is important but it is not enough.

In fact, when you get to my age or older and all you can talk about is your experience, it’s nothing more than vanity!

What’s one definition of experience? “The process of getting knowledge or skill from doing, seeing or feeling things.”

“I don’t read any books,” the veteran began proudly. “Really, I could write most of those books myself because I know it all. I have been doing this job for 30 years.”

__This guy needs to retire quickly because he will destroy the organization!

You can be old and young at the same time… You cannot afford to think old!

Experience is important, but it is not enough.

Experience Is Important But It Is Not Enough

You must complement it with a constant desire and hunger to learn new things and change your career, again and again and again.

Have you ever noticed how hard it is for a team to win back to back World Cup soccer titles?

When you have a winning team, you don’t want to make changes, but that’s when change must be uppermost in your mind.

Much of our older executive corps in Africa really battle with change, and wear their experience as a right of entitlement. This needs to change. Management and leadership roles are not immune to change.

Experience is important but it is not enough.

Probably the best engineer I ever worked with was a South African guy called Les Cullen. He was already in his 60s when I first hired him, and he worked for me well into his 70s. In every way, Les was like a 26-year old!

His curiosity was insatiable. It always seemed that every day he was trying out a new idea or reading about a new idea.

So this is not an age thing. It’s about a mindset. I have known 30-year old who, only 10 years out of college, cannot absorb a new idea! I have known 80-year olds who embrace new ideas and change their careers with extraordinary energy and gusto.

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus (70+) wrote something interesting. (He’s a social entrepreneur that pioneered the ideas of microcredit and microfinance). He said his greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people.

“Mindsets play strange tricks on us,” he wrote. “We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see…”

Now don’t let the idea of change panic you. Get your mindset around the idea that in this rapidly changing world, we’ll ALL need to be prepared to change our career, again and again and again.

I saw a quote recently that made me smile: “A year from now you will wish you had started today!”

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