Four tips for growing a startup business fast

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Generally, businesses need to grow fast enough to recover or compensate their investments and become profitable, mostly within a certain timeline. Startup businesses are not exempted from this. In fact, they are the ones that are most vulnerable to lack of growth or slow growth. Startup businesses easily close down and come to an end when there is poor growth.

Rory O’Shea, at one time a visiting professor in innovation and entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management and a faculty member at the Smurfit Graduate School of Business of University College in Dublin, Ireland, says ‘slow growth isn’t an option’ for internet businesses especially.

With these ideas you can grow any kind of startup business fast enough:

Have what to sell
One of the biggest growth problems that startup businesses face is getting initial customers. Many startup business owners usually find it difficult to come up with something to sell and how to sell it. But this is not something that is avoidable.

It is best to face it. Build something you can sell and try selling it to a few people. Listen to feedbacks from the people you are targeting to sell to, some of these feedbacks can be useful for making what you are selling better or finding something else that would sell and learning how best to sell it. This is creating traction (inward pull) for your business to build and grow upon.

Equal priority
All the work needed to get a startup business running are equally important. Almost no aspect of the business is more important than the other. And even if there is, while you give more attention and resources to one the others might fall and the entire business is at the risk of breaking down.

Give the same level of priority to every task at hand. Although if there is a necessary sequence for tasks to be completed you should follow the order, but the priority for other tasks down that sequence should not drop.

Find a cofounder
Help can make work easier and faster. You must have heard about division of labour. It is based on the idea of getting help in work.

Many successful businesses known today had two or more founders. Like Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn. Of course, one person took the lead, but that person relied on the cofounders. The quality of skill and energy of cofounders can transfer to the founder and reinforce every member of the business team to perform better.

Be sure to agree on how much each cofounder would put into the business and what reward will go with it.

Build relationships
People are like the blood in the vein of businesses. It is simple, businesses are run by people and they serve people. On either side of the equation, you find people there. So, building relationships is very important for businesses.

It is not just relationship with anybody, the kind of relationships that will help your business grow are the ones that are relevant to it somehow, either on the running or serving side. Ability to build and manage these kind of relationships can help a business grow faster than the owners ever imagine.

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How to attract a rich woman for marriage

Attracting a rich woman for marriage practically means doing everything that would get a rich woman to show interest in marrying you. You would find out soon that this is is not so much a big deal.

How do you get started with this?

For some men, this just comes naturally. But for others, it might take some fine tuning.

If you are going to need some fine-tuning, some of the things you are going to have to put efforts into are:

Physical grooming
Rich women get more attracted to a well groomed man. You would need to put some effort into your look. Get a nice hair cut. Get your nails manicured. You would need your muscles toned. Go on a strict workout routine. You would need to appear as well maintained. Dress up in designer outfits. Your goal is to improve your look to the point where you can get a rich woman’s head to turn in your direction and have her stunned.

Routine
Looking well maintained alone is not going to be convincing enough. You would need to take it further. Your lifestyle has to reflect some affluence. Let your routine include visits to luxury establishments. Go to fine restaurants and clubs, join a yatch or business club, attend high-profile events. These are often places that a rich woman would love to visit too, and you might be so lucky to stumble into one who would get attracted to you there. You cannot do this just once and expect any result. Before you meet a rich woman and long after you do, this should remain part of your regular schedule. It would make you fit perfectly into the image of yourself that you have already created in her mind.

Knowledge and taste
How you look may not do the trick when you eventually get the attention of a rich woman. But there is one powerful thing that would. Your knowledge and taste for the finer and affluent life would do the final magic at that point. Your ability to start and carry on a conversation about arts, literature and history would be a plus. Your taste for finer and luxurious life would also add some weight to this. A rich woman is most likely knee-deep into the finer and luxurious things of life and having a man who also appreciates such things just gives her a perfect partner for more of that.

Circle of friends
Adding rich and affluent people in your circle of friends would increase your chances of coming closer to a rich woman. It would also endorse you as a person of high status and that would make a rich woman regard you more as an equal companion. Whenever an opportunity comes, try to create friendship with rich people. Rich friends also have a potential of introducing you to their rich female friends.

High-profile job
Many rich women are fans of sophisticated and high-profile things. Because of this, a high-profile job is more likely to get her interested in you. With a job at a super successful business, you would also have opportunity of meeting with wealthy female clients and colleagues whom might pick an interest in you. Working hard enough to rise to a higher position at this kind of job would be an advantage. It would increase your chances of interacting with VIP clients and hanging around with very wealthy staff at your workplace.

Place of residence
Your place of residence is another part of the trick. Living in a metropolitan area of your city would get you closer to rich and affluent people. This would no doubt increase your likelihood of crossing the paths of a rich woman. There is a high chance that a rich woman would also see you more as a wealthy person when you live in such an area. Moreso, a rich woman would be more convinced that you belong to a high social class when she finds out that you live in the metropolitan area.

Affection
A proof of wealth is not all that a rich woman would need in a man. Do not make the mistake of falling short of her emotional expectations after fine-tuning yourself in all the aspects mentioned above. You are more likely to get a rich woman to want to stick longer with you and even think of marrying you if you show her strong affections. Let her know you have strong emotions for her and that you care about her well being in all respect. Be there to hold her hand and support her when she is having a hard time. Do not be aggressive in dealing with her. Listen when she has something to say. Cuddle her or kiss her when she gets emotional. This balance is quite important for her and she needs to see that it is real.

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What are the non-negotiables in relationship?

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Very often, conflict arises in relationships and things become unsettled. Sometimes they finally hit the rock and shatter. Many relationships get this way just because partners are unable to reach an agreement.

Whenever people come together, they all come along with their different needs, wants, aims and beliefs. It is hard not to have conflict and disagreement when such differences have to be brought along into a union. The only guaranteed way to make sure such differences never cause conflict and disagreement is negotiation.

Negotiation is a hard thing and so is relationship. In negotiation, each partner is often looking for a win position. For this same reason, it is always hard on both partners.

Dr Ellyn Bader, author, speaker, therapist and co-founder of The Couples Institute in U.S., writes that ‘three most common negotiating mistakes’ that couples make are:

‘1. Failure to prepare before the negotiation with your partner;
2. Caving in too quickly to avoid tension or keep the peace; and
3. Stubbornly pushing too hard for your own solution.’

But even without making any of these mistakes, partners could still have challenges. These challenges would be about issues that may be non-negotiable and this is a much bigger problem. Because such issues cannot be negotiated, partners have to make a compromise and forget about finding a common ground on them. Each partner may just have to give up on getting the other to agree with a common idea or situation.

Results from a study of readers by Ami Angelowicz of The Frisky show that non-negotiables in relationship often include:

Physical affection
Having affections for each other appears not just enough. Many of those surveyed in the study say, hugging, kissing and cuddling cannot be given up.

Honesty
Being honest with each other cannot be replaced. Faithfulness, loyalty and dependability all fall under this category.

Humour
Majority of opinions point that laughing must be part of life. ‘We like to laugh our way through life,’ participants say.

Respect
There is little meaning in trying to build a solid relationship if respect is not the foundation, according to results.

Kids
Kids are a hot item on the list. Participants say they ‘want someone who feels the same way about wanting or not wanting’ to have kids.

Active
A partner who sits around looking at the internet all day is unaccepable for most. Many insist on a partner who is living an active life. Someone who take some time off to go to the gym or take a walk at least.

Religious/political beliefs
It is hard for partners to negotiate religious and political beliefs. Having a partner with similar religious/political belief makes it less difficult. Religious and polical beliefs are not things that partners want to debate.

Financial stability
Finances turn out to be important. Participants say, ‘If you want to get serious with us, learn how to balance your checkbook and then we can talk.’

Openness
Popular opinion among participants suggests that openness cannot be negotiated. They say, ‘We like our people open, not closed.’ Being open to new experiences, open to change and open to life is not something they can forgo.

Ambition
Many participants ‘like their potential mate to have a little fire’ when it comes to chasing dreams. A partner is either ambitious or forget it.

These are just a few non-negotiables in relationship. To keep a relationship going, it is important to identify and separate things that are negotiable from those that are not. It is best not to try to negotiate those that are not with your partner.

Bader advises that, ‘Do your best to separate interest and concerns from values. You can negotiate your interests but not your core values or integrity.’ She says it does not work, for example, to say ‘I’ll give up my spiritual beliefs for you.’

Talking to Glamour about kids as a non-negotiable in a relationship, life coach and relationship expert Marni Battista says, ‘Remember, this is not an issue that you should hope resolves itself once he or she discovers how amazing you are.’ She warns that, ‘No matter how amazing the chemistry or how great she is on paper, having kids is not something you want to discuss after you start to discuss a wedding date.’

About finances, Battista says, ‘Money is the number one cause of divorce in modern times, so getting it out of the way early will help make it less sticky in the future.’

In an article about non-negotiables in relationship in The Huffington Post, Heather Gray argues that ‘needs’ are things that each partner ‘requires in order to feel functional, secure and happy’ within the relationship, and ‘wants’ are ‘things we’d like to have but that can be up for debate or open for compromise’. She adds that, ‘Our needs are inarguable and telling someone they shouldn’t need something is disrespectful and pointless.’

So, the bottomline, while you can negotiate your partner’s wants in a relationship, you must be ready to compromise for his or her needs.

Facebook’s journey from Free Basics to Express Wifi

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Facebook’s initiative to improve internet connectivity around the world, known as ‘Internet.org’, is making a new break into underserved communities around the world with the launch of Express Wifi, a new service that provides ‘fast, affordable and reliable’ paid internet service to communities that have had less access to internet service.

Express Wifi was tested and launched in India earlier this month. Facebook is set to officially launch the service in Nigeria this week too. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday to further Facebook’s business and relationships in the country, according to news report.

For Zuckerberg, connectivity is a human right.’ And that is supposed to justify Facebook’s journey to connect the world. But there are other rights which concern humans that stand in the way of Facebook’s initiative.

From Free Basics to Express Wifi
One of Facebook’s first step to make internet service available to underserved communities under the Internet.org initiative is the ‘Free Basics’ service. The service makes it possible for people to access selected websites without internet data charges, which means people get to use internet service for free.

Even though this charitable initiative would help make internet service available to people in communities where there is less access to it and fire up community development in those locations, some people felt it broke the ‘net neutrality’ principle and should be stopped.

One sure thing is that the ‘zero rating’ practice of letting users to use certain internet applications without data charges has become a popular way to win over customers, but it violates net neutrality. ‘Net neutrality’ is a principle that requires internet service providers and governments to treat all data on the internet the same, without discriminating or charging differently based on user, content, site, platform, application, type of hardware or mode of communication.

Another problem that Free Basics had earlier when it released was that Facebook was responsible for selecting the websites that would be available to users on the platform. Analysts feared that with this arrangement, if Facebook was available free, then ‘no hope for a competing social network to grow’ as it consumes internet data. Because of this, in May 2015, Facebook made the platform open to developers, allowing them to add websites that met the criteria of the platform.

The controversy around how Free Basics violated net neutrality finally led to the service getting banned by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in February 2016, after launching in the country in February 2015. This single act threatened Facebook’s reach to people in the country with the second highest population in the world and it meant so much.

But Zuckerberg was not going to give up on the initiative to make better internet connection available to the world. After Free Basics was banned in India, he said in a statement that, ‘I want to personally communicate that we are committed to keep working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world.’ And added that, ‘Internet.org has many initiatives, and we will keep working until everyone has access to the internet.’

Express Wifi must be one of those initiatives that Zuckerberg had in mind. In India, where Free Basics is now banned, this is like a comeback for the Internet.org initiative. Since Express Wifi is a paid internet service that is separate from Free Basics, it is less likely to have any problems in India. The concept of the Express Wifi service is free of all the issues of net neutrality that threatens Free Basics everywhere in the world, so it is a more suitable initiative for making internet connectivity available to the world.

Free Basics still runs in other countries and Nigeria too. In Nigeria Express Wifi service is going to support Free Basics. Facebook has partnered with one local internet service provider (ISP) in Nigeria already, according to report. It is expected to partner with more local ISPs and entrepreneurs to deliver Express Wifi service in the country. ‘Users within the Express Wifi coverage area will be able to browse the sites’ on Facebook’s Free Basics platform for ‘free’, according to report.

The working poor: A poverty-stricken working class less talked about

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For many Nigerians, the local labour market is nothing but a hell on earth, especially for a growing group that is on employment but still live below the poverty level. This group is described as the ‘working poor’. Of course, that is because they still live below the poverty level despite the fact that they work.

In the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2015, unemployment increased from 9.90% to 10.40%, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). In that same period, the number of unemployed persons went up by 518,000 summing up to 8 million and population of employed persons increased by 1 million totalling up to 76.95 million. In the first quarter (Q1) of 2016, an unemployment rate of 12.1% was recorded. At this time, labour force (those within the working age population who are willing, able and actively looking for work) increased to 78.4 million from 76.9 million at the previous quarter (Q4, 2015). This means about 68.9 million people are employed, while 9.4 million are unemployed.

The rest of the national employment data only shows underemployment (those employed only part-time, less than 20 hours per week). So, the national employment statistics would only show us those who are employed, underemployed or unemployed.

But there are others whom we should be worrying about that the statistical model in use by NBS has left out. The working poor.

The working poor
In 2015, Nigeria’s overall population estimate was 182.2 million. Of which, at least 100 million people live below the poverty level which is estimated less than a $1 a day.

Out of about 182.2 million Nigerians, 68.9 million were employed as at the first quarter of 2016. But over half of the population live in poverty (less than a $1 a day).

If we assume that about 68.9 million people are employed at any time and that they are also members of households with at least 1 or 2 other people, then, the reverse should be case, over half of the population should be living above poverty level. But that is far from true for Nigeria at the moment.

All the statistics above just prove that the 68.9 million people who are employed barely earn enough to provide for a household.

In reality, most of these people hardly earn enough to provide for their own needs. They can hardly afford housing costs, especially those in urban areas and cities. It is also now very common to see workers go for housing in suburbs of the cities where they work. After dealing with housing, most households have little income left for any other thing and they may have to choose between spending on food or other basic needs like healthcare and education.

The problems so far
Low earnings and underemployment are the main creators of the ‘working poor’.

To a great extent, low earnings depend on economic conditions which in turn depend on government action and policy. It is hard to say that the government has done well about the economic conditions of the country. For example, while the government is claiming that it is creating more jobs, ‘informal sector job creation’ has outpaced ‘formal sector job creation’. Low earnings have also been the driving force of most industrial actions taken by labour unions in the history of the nation. So, this has been around for so long.

And according to recent NBS employment statistics, underemployment is on an unusual increase. NBS data revealed that ‘informal sector job creation’ is ‘outpacing formal sector job creation’ and ‘forcing people to settle for less preferred underemployment’. In the first quarter of 2016, underemployment increased to 19.1% from 18.7% at the previous quarter.

Saving the working poor
Except in extreme cases where employers just pay workers low, low earnings are mostly associated with poor economic conditions, low qualification, low level of experience and poor bargaining skill.

Although, government is largely responsible for the economic conditions of the country, but citizens can help to improve the economic conditions by creating sustainable jobs and managing resources well.

We would have less people or nobody in the ‘working poor’ category if workers entered the labour market with higher qualification, higher level of experience and stronger bargaining skill.

It is difficult to acquire any level of experience without entering the labour market. And without any level of experience, the opportunity to bargain for higher earnings is reduced. In such cases, people will often have to make some sacrifice and work for one or two years taking lower pay than they should get. But many of those who newly enter the labour market do not always know where to put a stop to that and start to bargain for higher pay, after gathering some years of experience. Most of them will still not bargain for higher earnings, or they lack the skill to do so.

If government and citizens put collective effort on job creation, underemployment can stop too. Enough jobs could be available to keep those within the working population fully employed and as a result they might earn higher enough for them to scale the poverty level.

Is there ever a perfect time to start entrepreneurship?

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Starting entrepreneurship, starting a new business, is not easy. It is never going to be. Nothing in life is easy, especially new things.

Finding space for the new, while the old is still in place can be overwhelming. Getting people to easily agree with it and open their arms to warmly welcome it is a challenge, first of all. Then building it in reality and making it work under existing conditions is a tough task on its own.

A great part of the world generally believes that to go into entrepreneurship and start a new business, certain level of experience, money and time are required. And, in reality, these things – experience, money and time – are not always readily available to many people at the early stage of life in the quantity required. Many times, they are never available in that quantity for the rest of life.

So, going by what majority of the world believes, you may never find the right time to start.

As Rebecca Liebman, cofounder of fintech startup LearnLux, writes, ‘If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life.’

Why wait for the rest of your life?

As far as I know, there are no laws regarding age, wealth or status that say who can start a business or not. But age, wealth and status may limit how further you can go alone with some aspects of your business. And where such restrictions may exist there are ways out, ways to remedy things and still go ahead regardless. Legal ways (not illegal ones), like entering partnership with someone of age, someone with wealth, etc. So there is really nothing stopping you.

Entrepreneurs like Liebman did not wait, even though the people around her gave her the same advices too. And she did not have all that was required either.

‘Early on in starting my company, people advised me that I should have more experience, more time and more money. I didn’t.

‘When I started my company, LearnLux, I had no money, no time, no experience, had never worked in finance, and to top it off was entering one of the oldest, most conservative, male-dominated industries as a young woman. I had never been so compelled to do anything in my life,’ she explains.

She adds that, ‘When I started my company, I wasn’t old enough to be in a bar. I was in college….’

Well, that may not shock you enough as something else Liebman revealed.

She points out that, ‘The company a couple floors down from our office raised $50 million dollars, had two hundred employees and still shut down.’

Shocking, right?

These scenarios from Liebman’s experience only help to lay things bare and make us see what is truly important and what is not, when it is right to start off your business and when it is not.

So, is there ever a perfect time to start your entrepreneurship journey?

I leave the answer to Liebman:

‘There will never be a perfect time.’

Get started now.

Why relationship never works (1/2)

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No Reason.

Are you surprised to hear that?

Well, August 2013, I had my first girlfriend and I must confess, I still do not know why I asked her out. I hope she has truly forgiven me.

Well, maybe it was because I knew she wanted me to ask her. I mean, she had given me the green light. She spent all summer holiday with me, invited me to come see her mom, kept in touch even when we were out of sight and the one that got me thinking, she telling me boldly, ‘I am waiting for you’.

Maybe I felt I had to reward her for being there, thinking that if I do not, I would be a terrible heartbreaker even before starting a relationship. Or maybe I felt, perhaps it was time to stop being single, time to get someone in my life, someone available, and she was available. Honestly, whatever be the reason that I thought I had, the truth remains that I never really had a reason.

You see, most problems faced in a relationship boil down to one simple truth: we really do not have a reason why we are in it, not to mention why we think or say we like someone or love someone.

If we can be honest, ‘He makes me smile’ or ‘She makes me happy’ is really not good reason enough to make you want to spend the rest of your life with that person. What if the person losses the ability to make you smile, what happens next? Okay, if you are thinking how and why you cannot be with someone that makes you smile all the time, then I guess comedians and stage actors should have a continent full of different partners for themselves. Even comedians and stage actors who are married know that it takes more than just having a funny bone to be with someone.

Let us be honest, some of us are with someone simply because we feel aroused by their presence. Weird right?

I know a few in this category. Those who for some weird reasons just feel they have to be with someone because they feel sexually attracted to that person. Some are with someone because ‘she is the most beautiful thing on earth’ or ‘he is good looking’ or for some weird reasons that I cannot even begin to imagine, and I am left wondering if they really sat down to consider the very important thing of all, which is ‘How can this person complete me?’.

Nothing. Nothing at all.

Nobody was born complete and that is the truth. Nobody was made perfect, that is why there is always someone for someone. The first and most basic question to ask yourself is ‘What do I need?’, before ‘Who do I need?’.

But how can we ask and answer this question correctly when we do not even know who we are.

In another post, I will write more about this.

Single, not lonely

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I remember sitting by the window that afternoon as I watched the rain pelt incessantly against the cold glass. The time was just 2:02pm, if I could recall correctly, but the dark clouds made the day seem like night and I felt a little bit frustrated because all the plans that I made were ruined.

I heard the door of the cafeteria open. Turning around, i saw three friends, all ladies, hurriedly hurled their drenched bodies into the shop. Wrapping their hands around their bodies, they tried in vain to stop themselves from shivering as they looked around for a space to sit. Curiosity had the better part of me as my gaze was fixed on them. In a little while they were seated and soon began talking.

I know it is grossly wrong to eavesdrop on people’s conversation, but the subject on which they talked about was quite amusing.

Now, one of the ladies was on about the way her life has been ever since her ex-boyfriend broke up with her, how she felt so lonely and half empty, how she wished everything would just go back to the way they were, and all I could think was ‘Damn, that’s so sad’.

Her two friends, sitting on opposite sides of the table, tried consoling her, assuring her that there is always life after a terrible break up. But underneath their consoling voices, one could easily tell that they do not even believe half of what they preached and I kept thinking within me, ‘How on earth do they hope to convince someone of something they don’t even believe’.

As their conversation faded into the background, I could not help but think about the millions of people who might be in a similar situation, thinking that without the company of someone intimate, life probably had no meaning.

At this time, I had to ask myself, is being single a disease?

Let us face it, people are in a relationship for different reasons. For some, they believe it is time to have someone. For others, it may be something else. Whatever be the reason, if you observe closely, you will notice that the underlying reason is that nobody wants to be lonely and this is where almost everyone gets it wrong.

But there is a clear difference between being single and being lonely.

In whatever way you may want to understand it, being single does not mean that you do not have anybody around you or that your life is on hold because someone decided to step on the brakes. No. Being single does not mean that there is a void in your life waiting for someone to come fill it, or that your life is meaningless without someone in the picture. Rather, it is your decision to not get actively involved emotionally with someone while you divert your energy to something fulfilling. Remember, it is your decision. You are single by decision, not by circumstance.

So staying single is not a sin, the only sin is when you allow yourself to slip into loneliness. Just like being single, loneliness is also your decision. Only that this time, you allow yourself to be eaten up by the deadly parasite called self pity.

Here, you allow your self to believe that you are worth nothing unless someone comes along to give you a meaning. You believe your life is half empty because someone decided to walk away from you and feel like your world has been taken away from you. Then you let yourself sink into depression, wearing a gloomy face and sometimes starving yourself of food. For heaven sake, that is madness.

Why would you think that being in such condition is the only way you can feel better or feel useful?

I used to wonder why people think that this is an option when finding a solution to their heart break. The truth is that, people who slip into loneliness are those who have nothing useful to offer or to do with their lives. I do not think that if you are focused on achieving a goal, you would allow yourself to get distracted by minor setbacks, even though they are a little discomforting and disappointing.

Being single does not mean you are alone or empty, it is you deciding to create space to achieve something better. I choose to be single, I am not single by circumstance.

Another trend that encourages Twitter verified accounts

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Twitter is the social media site that pioneered account verification. It mainly launched this function to ascertain the authenticity of user accounts that are likely to be subject to parody and fake user accounts that try to trick other users into believing they are real ones.

Verified Twitter accounts have a blue badge with a white check mark inside and it is positioned right next to the username.

When Twitter launched the account verification functionality in 2009, only user accounts that are highly of public interest were verifiable and accounts were verified on requests. But a few years down the road, Twitter put an end to verifying accounts on user request and started doing it behind the scene based on in-house discretion. There were rumours that the former verification process was put to an end because of increasing numbers of new and ‘non-worthy (spam, parody, etc.) accounts’ requesting verification.

User accounts that are highly of public interest include those of ‘public figures and organisations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business and other key areas of interest, according to Bryan Clark, a reporter at The Next Web.

But apart from the need to determine the authenticity of user accounts, there is another trend among users for verifying accounts.

Many users attribute verified accounts to affluence. For these category of users, verified accounts show high social status and class, it is not just about confirming the authenticity of accounts. It is very likely that this is because Twitter had mostly been verifying user accounts of high public interest, like those of celebrities and top government officials.

Twitter recently changed its policy on verified accounts. The new policy makes verified accounts less a symbol of high social status and class.

‘We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification,’ Twitter’s vice president of user services Tina Bhatnagar.

If you are going to like to verify your Twitter account too, visit Twitter’s help centre.

Four sacred secrets of entrepreneurship success

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Growing up as a child, I intuitively picked up creative talents. I would draw my favorite cartoon and comic characters. Aladin and his flying carpet with his little monkey friend, the entire Power Rangers line up, the cunning Bugs Bunny and so on. Later, I started to write poetry too.

How easily I started doing all these without any intensive structured learning, like those at schools of art and literature, somehow made me to start to think that every kind of work in life is so easy to get into.

I expected it to be easy getting into entrepreneurship.

Unfortunately, entrepreneurship was quite more challenging. Especially with the level and speed of development of the 21st century. The 2nd millennium.

Entrepreneurship is not an easy thing.

But here are some sacred secrets that I found out are necessary for success. [I say sacred because I find something divine in their nature]:

Focus
An entrepreneur would need to be constantly conscious of the business and continuously work toward the business vision. There is need to remain in business from idea to development. There must not be weariness, tiredness or retreat. No giving up, no going back.

Focus is the quality of keeping to the course of business without interruption.

Continuous learning
Newbies and longtimers must be ready to learn on an on-going basis. Every input to business would have a result and changes in life would tell on business too. An entrepreneur must be able to keep up with results of inputs to business and effects of changes in life, and understand how they affect business.

This requires an active search for knowledge about the business you are into and life in the environment where the business is operating.

Improvement
Results of inputs to business and effects of changes in life would bring new situations and challenges to business. An entrepreneur must be able to manage inputs to business to get better results and adjust designs of business to adapt to those changes.

It is improvement that brings growth after successive operations of business. Every aspect of business has to improve for growth to happen. Work, performance and income have to improve.

Intelligence
Intelligence is the skill that an entrepreneur would require to make suitable decisions for the business under any given condition of business and life.

Intelligent entrepreneurs are able to understand results of inputs to business and effects of changes in life well enough to match them from time to time to decisions that would lead to the success of their business.

Intelligence could help an entrepreneur find new ways of thinking and doing business, especially when results that inputs generate are not favourable enough or effects that changes cause are too unpleasant.

Focus, continuous learning, improvement and intelligence are concepts that are important in nearly every aspect of our daily life too. They are almost applicable in every thing we do that they should be classified as divine and sacred.

*This post was originally published on AhmedHassan.com.ng