Some of you already know that I organized an event recently called- Live Your Passion in Aba City, Abia State on Saturday October 17.
This year, I made a decision to start living on the path of my passion instead of just talking about it. The event went really smooth, I learnt so much and from the feedback we’ve gotten so far, lives were definitely transformed through this event and people have already started working towards the paths they truly love.
Live Your Passion is an event with one main goal: to inspire young people to pursue their creative, entrepreneurial and career aspirations, no matter how big their dreams are and despite their circumstances. I strongly believe that by bringing together amazing speakers, both those with years of experience and young transformers living their passion, together we will help and support millions of people towards turning their passions into profitable businesses and activate their purpose on earth.
Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen.– Corin Nemec
You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.– Diana Ross
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.– Lee Iacocca
The above quotes reveal my recent thought patterns and life. For a long time, I talked about how I needed to make an impact in the world and yet I did absolutely nothing about it.
This year, I decided to start making things happen, make mistakes, learn, learn some more, network more and just START working on my dreams. I started my online platform (laizaking.com) in July 2015 and instead of waiting for a long time (maybe 6 months or more) to start creating events, as expected, I decided to start immediately.
The best way to start is to start right? When we chase after our greatness, we gain clarity, attract the right people and inspire others to achieve their dreams too. I’ve always wanted to create life transforming and inspirational events and it’s amazing that the LIVE YOUR PASSION Event is finally happening on October 17th, 2015. I decided to go back to my roots first and start this event from the town where I grew up- Aba, Abia State Nigeria.
The last two weeks of September were really mind changing for me. I travelled to Lagos for a program organized by She Leads Africa (SLA), a social enterprise that is committed to supporting female entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.
I was part of their She Hive Lagos Pre-Accelerator program and also took part in other programs for the whole week of the event. I got the opportunity of meeting like minds, listening and learning from amazing entrepreneurs and investors and generally just opened up my mind to embrace the goodness in the entire environment and experience.
We had several classes and panel sessions including lectures on:
-Website design for start-ups
-Perfecting Your Pitch (with Andrea Barrica from 500 Startups)
-Maximizing the GTBank MarketHub
-Data and Analytic in Your Start-up with Co-Founders of Seedstars
-How to Run the World with Top Employees (with Chika Uwazie, founder of Talentbase)
-Getting Your Message to Your Customers (with Etisalat)
-Thinking Long Term About Your Money (with PAL Pensions)
-Investor Readiness Day (Where we got to pitch our businesses to investors and other entrepreneurs)
-And many more amazing open and closed mentorship sessions.
Overall, I had a great experience learning and networking with women who are transforming their worlds in different industries. There’s literally no limit to what we can all achieve. Our greatest limit is in our minds and only you can stop yourself from achieving your goals.
I decided to share 10 key lessons I learned from my SLA experience. Of course there are still more lessons, but I had to narrow them down. If any of these lessons resonate with you, please share your experience. Also, if you attended the event and you read this, let’s get talking about your personal experience. I will be sharing some more specific lessons I learned throughout the month of October, including some highlights from the Spirit-Life Conference organized by House on the Rock church. I had an eventFULL end of September.