What last?  

Posted by Tolulope Akanni in , ,





I'm still basking in the euphoria of the John C. Maxwell experience, u know the answer

he gave to my question still baffles me each time it comes to mind.

I asked him "what challenge did you go through after writing your first book?"

And in reply he said "The challenge I had after writing my first book was the same

challenge I had before I wrote my first book - the challenge of practising the principle I

teach in my book"

I look at the mistakes of yesterday and I'm happy I made them because I believe that if

I can actually look at a particular action and genuinely admit to myself that it was a

mistake, then it is a pointer to the fact that I can tell myself the truth

This is more like a contination to the piece I wrote on "what last"

before u ask what next, do ask urself that question..."what last?"
why did I experience the things I experienced, what can I bring out of it.

In asking myself that question I said to myself "I might not be a first class degree

holder, but I must live life as a first class graduate"

That's deep even though it makes sense on the surface as well
So every morning I wake up and I ask myself, how can I be the best at what I am

doing? How can I be the best?
The race has started already, my mates are already doing things and I'm not even sure

if we are still mates! It is a terrible thing to be left out, so I have to stay on top of my game!

I discoverd only some days back that I'm not doing what I'm supposed to be doing! No, I'm not
I had 1,000 books to sell...now I have 600 books to sell and there's no strategy on ground on how to sell it!
Did I say strategy? I'm never short of strategies! I meant to say action
I need to do something!
Imagine, my strategies are as simple as
I approach 4 churches..
1. House on the rock
2. Daystar christain centre
3. RCCG City of David
4. Fountain of life
Let me paint the RCCG City of David scenario to u
I walk in to see one of the pastors and I tell him how much God has been blessing me..graduation from Covenant University..a book.. a book launch..a John C. Maxwell feature.....all at age 21 and I'm moved to share my story with his church particularly the youth and that I need just 5mins to talk about my book or if they want to give me an entire youth seminar, I'm down. I just need to tell my story..that's all.
Books will be on the stands after the service.

It is that simple..
Now, uve heard me talk about my book before...do you think I will go to a church on the island with about 1,000 worshippers out of which 500 of the 1,000 regular wealthy worshippers are superwealthy folks and I won't sent sell 200copies of the book?
Do u honestly feel there's a possibility of failure?
If I sell at #1,500 I will be smiling home with 300k

So ask me why I am not doing any of these things..
No cloth to wear?
No perfume to wear?
No books to sell?
No car to convey me to the venue?
No english to speak?
No demeanor to charm?
I don't see any of these things as a problem..so what's up with me???
I can't tell!!!

I need to do something with my life a.s.a.p.
U know, I need people around me....I think! But I shouldn't consider that as an excuse..I'm responsible for my own life!
I have the target of selling 1,000 copies in 40days and even though Aug12 sounds far, it's here already!
I'm not gonna leave my books on the stands of book stores to seat among the crowd, no I won't do that....who knows Tolu Akanni?
It's a first book so I have to hustle on my own!


I need friends to start doing things jare
The launch of A-Z Life lessons has come and gone
John C. Maxwell has come and gone
Creativity fair has come and gone..
wonderful past week!

Now, what next?
Who are we seeing on TV this week?
I'm angry at CU mass comm peeps o...it just occurred to me recently that we keep seeing the same newscasters we've been seeing since primary school days on TV...where are all of those peeps that were dreaming to be newscasters too? Don't they have their degrees now? so where are they? They are waiting to gain experience abi? so they wait another 15yrs b4 they start living the dream...forget jor!

I still have this pending idea I have to implement soonest.
Empowerment seminar!
That thing is free money and what keeps amazing me is that it as fresh and ever-producing like the oil wells on Nigeria.
Any random dude will just wake up and design fliers, tell us Fela Durotoye will be there, Leke Alder is coming, Ibukun Awosika on board, Niyi Adesanya has also confirmed his presence....and all of thoe things they say
Then we all bring out 1k, 2k, 3k....and we all rush down only to hear some random folks teaching principles they dont live!

Now, forget the fact that there's money in it...empowerment seminars, conferences....all those things....they are things I should be doing, they are things CU students should be organising because it comes cheap for us. We have the teaching materials already, we are already used to the rationale behind seminars...we know how it is done, so why are we not doing it?

I grow greeeeeeeeeeeen with envy each time I remember the faces behind Atrium consult - the organisation that brought John C. Maxwell down to Nigeria.
Leadership conference - #25,000 per head
Dinner with John C. Maxwell - #1,000,000 per table (table of 10) i.e. #100,000 per head.

U know what? If all John C. Maxwell requested as pay for him to come down to Nigeria was #5million, all the organisers need to make the event successful is to source #5million.
After paying John C. Maxwell and are sure of his coming, they budget another #1million for publicity - they storm TV stations...fliers, banners, radio jingles and all.
Next they approach Federal Palace hotel and tell them they need one of their halls for a seminar since they are expecting International Leadership speaker and author - John C. Maxwell and that they will lodge him in their hotel for 3 nights and there will be a dinner in their restaurant as well. They secure all of these things without paying Federal Palace Hotel a dime - all Federal Palace will them is 4 d dinner...it will be say #30,000/head and that's all. No charges for the seminar nor the lodging.

Atrium goes back to the drawing board...they sum up d #6million spent so far look at how best they can make maximum profit, consider the class of attendees they are looking at and they say fine...
#25,000/person for the seminar
#100,000/person for the dinner
Tell me if they will smile to the bank or not?
But it doesnt stop there for Atrium Consult...they have made a name.
I mean, THEY BROUGHT JOHN C. MAXWELL DOWN TO NIGERIA WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT!

At this junction, let me tell it plainly now...if I'm not a self-made millionaire by the end of a year from now, please dont ever read me again!!
I'm serious...don't read anything I write again.

In conclusion.
1. Success is cheap
2. Success is only for the brave
3. I'm dying to know ur reaction to all of these...leave a comment

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9 comments

No doubt this is fresh....you got it man... but it aint your best article dude...

BTW...we CU mass comm peeps...we are coming... watch out...

July 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM

we r waitin!!!

July 17, 2010 at 6:41 PM

This kind of determination will take you places. Congratulations on the release of your book and your John Maxwell feature.

Do you follow agent blogs? They usually talk about promoting your book as a first-time writer. There are resources out there that you can tap into. One idea that I know works for first time authors is making a trailer of your novel. An example can be found here: http://www.olugbemisola.com/

July 18, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Congratulations on your book launch and John Maxwell Feature.

Like Jaycee said your determination will take you places.

Would like to feature you on my blog, please let me know if interested.

July 19, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Thanks a lot Jaycee, I just checked out the links.

Lara, Sure...let's talk!

July 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Nice 1 bruv and amen on the self millionaire boi u can surpass d skies

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