In primary school, I was taught to how to draw stick pictures and put emotions on them. If you know how to do this then you have all the knowledge required to draw your life.
Television advertisements, make use or take advantage of our ability to think of colorful possibilities. Whenever we see soap advertisement where the model has amazingly soft skin we are tempted to want such kind of a skin and if the way to it is using that particular soap, then we get it.
Every living thing has been created with full ability to survive all kinds of situations. For that reason, we have sweat for hot, goose pimples for cold. Whenever you feel hot, you either take off your coat, fan yourself, get a cold drink. The same goes to drawing our lives. The left side of your brain talks you out of any edgy situation. The right side however is the creative side with which comes all the amazing possibilities. This side makes you happy, this is because, dopamine,serotonin , oxytocin and endorphins are released when you have positive imaginations.These hormones push you to act upon your imagination too.
So let’s get to it
Since we will be drawing, get a paper and pen or pencil. Draw a picture of yourself right now. Add details like your relationships, body and work status. I am going to use macho as an example. Macho is a college graduate; however macho wants to take full advantage of his gifts. macho is in a relationship with Ashley. he is a clerk at a local factory. the salary he gets isnt enough.He does more work than he earns. In one phrase he isn’t where he wants to be. Let us try to put that on paper.
A desired new reality
let us create the best life scenario for macho. He has amazing connections; he has made us of his gifts. not a must as a source of income but also making others’ lives better. He is bursting with joy, he is happy and most of all he loves his life. This is the best I could come up with.
Like every starting point and destination, macho needs a road. now imagining that you are macho, close your eyes and picture the bold steps that macho will have to do to get to his desired new reality. I came up with these
Putting them together
Your left hand side of the brain will try to talk you out of this. Because of this, you have to draw the most compelling picture. this will convince you.
Just like that you can draw your own. Set it as your wallpaper or stick it on your wall, put it in your planner every day before you set out, look at it and act on it. sooner or later you are going to realize that you are closer to your desired new reality than ever.
HERE IS THE EASIEST WAY TO PLAN AND UNDERSTAND YOUR BUSINESS
Business model canvas!! Sounds like nuclear physics doesn’t it?
A business model canvas is a tool used by businesses to project what their business is all about briefly.
In contrast to business plan, a business model canvas is so brief .
At the end of this article, there is a template attached, feel free to use it after you have read this article .
Now remember the way you create a business model canvas is very systematic . We have numbered this template to make it a ride on a steep slope.
1. Customer Segments
( WHO ARE YOU TARGETING) Think of your business, very few ( if there are at all) businesses target everyone. Describe your customer. Who are they? What do they want? What do they like?
How old are they?
( WHAT IS YOUR PRODUCT OFFERING THEM)
Say you are a coffee shop. Coffee is coffee. If I sell mine packed in an ordinary cup and yours is in a instagram worthy cup. We know why millenials would buy from you.
The Unique value is not always tangible.
Sometimes it is a cause. If part of your profit goes to charity, people may use it for that sake.
Now that you know who you are trying to sell to and what is special about your product .How are you going to get to them ?
Instagram? A physical shop? An event?
Depending on what they do, find out the different ways they can access your product.
To gain a customer is one thing . To keep a customer is a whole different entity. There are shops you go to buy something and the way a seller accomodates you, focuses on making sure you leave satisfied and not just selling you a product gets you hooked. These are the shops people go back to and tell all their friends about.
5. Revenue sources
What are your customers going to pay for? These are the different services or goods you can offer. Say you sell clothes , you could also charge for styling advice or makeover. How can your premises generate you money as well? Can your office be rented fr a day or a week or more?
Exhaust the different ways you can access money and find out ways that match your cause. For example safe space doubles as a women platform and a women co working space .
These are the things you need to do . If you are running a website, you need things like hosting, writing, photography etc.. . Include everything you have to do for your business to run and
Determine what you need to get the activities done. Funds? Space? Time? People?
Patnering is the new discount. You do not need to have everything. But you can out source what you have and use it to negotiate.
Patnerships helps cut cost and share audience .
9. Cost structure
Now that you know what you will need to run the business, areas you can find partners in , list the things you will incur cost in.
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Holiday time ,
A time we have been looking forward to since school started! Blink and share this post if you can relate!
I am a big pro-balance , i believe in late nights, early mornings and coffee but i also believe it is essential to lay back in the Bahamas and have someone bring you a Cool Mojito . So what do you do when you have a month or two of rest. Read On.
A bit Clichè right? But how many of us actually rest at least half of the time during the holiday?
While it is sometimes inevitable to reply that email, Attend that client, making time to take care of you, catch up on your favourite tv show or just sitting and breathing helps clear your brain and make you even more productive.
2. Learn a skill.
What a time to be Alive! Your next skill is literaly a few taps away. This skill can be a hobby you have been looking to get better at like sewing, singing, piano , cooking or something intergral in your career like history taking for new clinical rotation students or something you have wanted to do on the side( you have been talking about how you do not have time, and now Its here! ).
One of the founders of Afyatoon , an animation start-up that provides health education actually learnt how to animate during his summer holiday.
There are some things that are not taught in school and you are probably struggling with such as speaking in public , budgeting , dressing well, healthy living & more. Take time to train yourself on that.
3. Work on your side hustle
Balancing between studies and work is a challenge. Sometimes they are all demanding our time and energy. The holiday time therefore is a great time to focus on this thing , give it a mega push and this push will even save you the hustle when school starts.
4. Learn, explore and grow.
It is really eye-opening to learn a new thing or get to understand a certain topic . This can be a great time to do that. There is vast majority of knowledge and information on blogs, social media and in the actual world for you to learn .
Be curious, google , check out some you tube videos . But most of Enjoy your holiday .
What are you doing this holiday?
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