Rain Water Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting and its impact on the environment

Rain water collection point

In my quest to improve people’s livelihood, I have adopted a deliberate approach of sharing information with my readers on how small acts of everyday life impacts the environment we live in and the benefits derived there in by individuals. The environment is important to each one of us and it is important that we take care of it by employing survival methods that are beneficial to all.

We should all know that the manner in which you take care of it today determines what becomes of it and the overall integrity for future generations.

My point for this write up is on rain water harvesting. When you collect rainwater, you have a direct positive impact on the environment that is visible to all to see. Rainwater is in most cases a free commodity and its collection obviously reduces water use from the utility companies. This has great benefit to individuals as it enables them to channel the money that would have been spent on paying the water bills to other pressing issues like electricity bills or even food. The utility company will also have a reduced servicing cost that reduces the number of its workforce and ultimately a reduction the wage bill/salaries.

Rainwater harvesting affects the environment positively in numerous of ways.

Expensive Dam

Rainwater harvesting is an alternative and cheaper water supply as compared to the normal surface water based supplies from reservoirs like dams or lakes or groundwater based supplies from open wells and bore holes.

Soil Erosion

Rainwater harvesting helps to reduce soil erosion through managing storm water runoff, flooding, and poor water quality in our lakes and streams by channeling to designated water collection points.

Water utility company

Collectively, rainwater has had a major impact on water supply and can be shown to be able to reduce water utility company water demand enough that need for establishing large new public water sourcing projects become unnecessary and less viable.

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Paved surfaces cause rain water run off.

n urban settings, up to 90% of rain water runs off because of all the man made hard surfaces like roads, parking lots, paved yards and roofs. This is a very retrogressive trend that needs to be discouraged by the local authorities, instead people should be educated on the counter effects of such action and then made to know the benefits of reducing hard surfaces.

Irrigation using harvested rain water

Keeping the world green has a direct impact on the water cycle, ecosystems, and our ability to maintain balance with our surroundings. It is should therefore be everyone’s responsibility to play a positive role in keeping the world green. We all have heard or even experiencing the change in weather patterns, this should be wakeup call that we shouldn’t destroy the environment by employing good practices as we go about our daily activities. History is full of examples where deforestation and urbanization have totally changed the climates of large landmasses from the deserts or rain forests to even rivers and other natural resources that you can think of. If people could constantly engage in rainwater harvesting, the collected water and the eventual system created will do more than just beautiful environment, it helps maintain the water cycle which is cardinal for the continued water supply to communities.

Borehole drilling

Using open well water may be better than using city water supply for things like irrigation but it very directly depletes ground water supply. Taking water out of our lakes, reservoirs, and rivers also affects ground water. On the other hand, irrigating with rainwater helps replenish groundwater supplies hence the more reason we should engage in rainwater harvesting.

Water utility companies require a lot of chemicals for water treatment and pumping resulting high costs and high percentage use of energy. Rainwater systems reduce these costs and energy usage.

Weir making in progress

Rain water harvesting does not need a lot of resources in form of machinery or any other cost as may be related to such an activity, low income people from rural areas can easily undertake such a project using the very low cost equipment like hand hoes and shovels, ox driven ploughs or they could make weirs using local materials like sand to erect weirs that act as dam walls across a stream or anywhere where it is possible to tap water run offs.

How to overcome your fears and get your personal success.

Trying to fight the fear of failure is always a challenge for everyone.

The comforting fact is that all fears are learned, there is no single person that is born with fears. Fears therefore can be overcome. This can only be possible by practicing self-discipline repeatedly with regard to fear until it is got rid of.

When a person is filled with fear, it causes them to avoid taking risks of any kind and to reject any form of opportunity when available. In simple terms, they are afraid of failure hence they won’t take any chance that comes their way.

There are many other fears hinder us from achieving our potential such as,

  • Fear the loss of love or
  • Fear the loss of jobs and financial security.
  • Fear embarrassment or ridicule by friends.
  • Fear rejection and criticism of any kind.
  • Fear the loss of respect or esteem of others.
  • Fear the loose of friends and close relations

These are some of the fears that hold us back throughout life.

I have outlined some tips that will help you overcome your fears and get back on the path to your success:

Fear hinders action

The ultimate reaction in a fearful situation is giving up, a person is hopeless and ends up saying that I can’t.

This fear is responsible for most failures and it stops us from taking action. It is experienced physically, or by way of feeling the emptiness in the stomach. That sharp awful feeling is so strong that we are unable to take any action.

The physical manifestations of these negative habit pattern are experienced from time to time and we may at times take them lightly as being normal which shouldn’t be the case.

Fear shuts down the brain

Whenever a person is in the state of fear, they feel like they have been caught in a snare with no way of escaping. This fear paralyzes action. It often shuts down the brain and causes the individual to be helpless.

Fear is a terrible emotion that undermines our happiness and can hold us back throughout our lives. It takes away our self-confidence and enslave us perpetually.

Envision yourself in the state of courage

By visualizing yourself being courageous, confident and competent with something that you are usually fearful, your visual image will eventually be accepted by your subconscious mind as instructions for your positive performance.

Your self-image, the way you see yourself and think about yourself, will eventually tilled towards a positive outlook, this is so because you are feeding your mind with these positive mental pictures of yourself performing at your best.

Use the law of reversibility

The Law of Reversibility says that “If you feel a certain way, you will act in a manner consistent with the same feeling.”

But if you act in a manner consistent with that feeling, even if you don’t feel it, the Law of Reversibility will create the feeling that is consistent with your actions.

This is one of the greatest breakthroughs in success psychology. You develop the courage you desire by disciplining yourself repeatedly to do things that you fear until that fear eventually disappears and believe me you, it shall disappear. Consistence is the key issue in this whole process.

Do not delay to confront your fears

Once you decide to confront your fears and act in spite of your fears, you have the key to happiness and success, it is just provided you don’t back out or get distracted.

One of the best exercises you can practice is to identify a person or situation in your life of which you are afraid and resolve to deal with that fear situation immediately.

Do not allow it to make you unhappy for another minute. Resolve to confront the situation or person and put the fear behind you, after all you now know and have a free mind whether the outcome was positive or negative.

Move toward the fear

The moment you identify a fear and discipline yourself to move towards it, it grows smaller and more manageable. You are in total control and are able to handle it with confidence.

What is more interesting is that, as your fears grow smaller, your confidence grows.  Soon, your fears lose their control over you and congratulations, you are a champ over your fears.

In contrast, when you back away from a fear-inducing situation or person, your fear grows larger and larger and in no time it will be enormous. The thought of it will leave you trembling.

Soon it dominates your thinking and feeling, preoccupies you during the day, and often keeps you awake at night. It can have damaging effects on your general health wellbeing due to stress and anxiety.

Deal with the fear directly

The only way to deal with a fear is to face it head-on without hesitation.

The natural tendency of many people is to deny that they have a problem caused by fear of some kind. They would rather pretend that everything thing is okay. The reason in most times is that they are afraid of confronting it. In turn, it becomes a major source of stress, unhappiness, and unnecessary worry.

Be willing to deal with the situation or person directly. This will give you ample time to focus on other important matters without worrying about things that may even be irrelevant.

As Shakespeare said, “Take arms against a sea of troubles, and in so doing, end them.” This is so true and compliments the law of reversibility.

When you force yourself to face any fear-inducing situation in your life, your self-esteem goes up, your self-respect increases, and your sense of personal pride grows.

You eventually reach the point in life where you are not afraid of anything. That is the beginning of your happiness. You will be able to overcome any obstacle that may come your way. You will also be leading a health life as there will be less stress and unnecessary worries.

In the eyes of

Every person has potential to achieve any goal they set upon themselves, of course coupled with corresponding consistency and self-discipline. I once had an experience with my inner-self as I travelled back from visiting my daughter in a far of town.

A ride on the bus

White bus traveling on the asphalt road in a rural landscape at sunset

I sat by the window side with a view of feeding my eyes on the green landscapes that come with the rains. We traversed the country side as the bus moved gracefully on the highway which was not so busy day of the weekend. The scenery was awesome and when I looked through the window, my attention was shifted to something even more beautiful and I was wondering what that could be.

The large windscreen

Just above the large driver’s seat windscreen, I noticed a differently designed glass and when I looked through it, I realised that it was the one responsible for making the outside landscape appear unique, it took me a few minutes to figure out what was going on. Indeed the landscape view had a whole different appearance viewing it through the window. This event got me thinking about the bigger picture about life.

Often times we spend too much energy on trying to figure out the best and perfect way to lead a meaningful life. We engage into unnecessary competition with other people and more often disappointments are the resultant effects that we get. We also look too far and yet the solutions could be right where we are. We end up being sad for not accomplishing imaginary lifestyle when we have a choice to enjoy life in the eyes of the surrounding environment.

The Outside world

There I was, on the seat on the bus, surrounded by total strangers, was enjoying beautiful landscape scenery from two different views. I discovered a new view whilst enjoying the ordinary view that I had already planned for before the start of my journey. A positive mind-set ushered me into another horizon that could only be witnessed by myself alone through the eye-mind coordination.

Several lessons are learned from this whole scenario and that different people may apply them by simplifying and appreciating whatever situation we find ourselves into. Life is meant to be enjoyed and only little things have a great impact on the creation of memories to be cherished today and the near future.

The real joy

Every successful idea is borne in the mind then the mind eye sees it, like in the experience I had whilst I travelled, you too can adapt and train your mind to see things from different viewpoints.

17 Business ideas for college students

Starting a business in college can be a great way to make a living and pay for your way through school or even help your parents pay for your siblings’ school fees. It only takes a positive mind-set to get started. There are hundreds of opportunities available for anyone willing to try out and believe you me, people are in need of any service that will improve their daily livelihood.

The great thing about business ideas for college students is that campuses can be the perfect place to validate a product or service offering too.

We are going to go over 17 business ideas. There is also both a range of small and large scale business ideas.

  1. Hostel cleaning services

Some people in college and university really are too busy catching up with school assignments and note taking that they do not have time spare to clean their rooms. Some students were used to having maids or parents do the cleaning for them and now that they are at university, they may not want to clean their dorms by themselves. Leaving the perfect opportunity for you to charge them a fee to clean up the room. You do not need to look down on cleaning another student’s room, your focus should be at the money realized after offering this service after all you can grow out of this business and set up a cleaning company in the future.

This is an easy business to do as you can simply market the business by going door to door in hostels. Start-up costs are also very low since you would only need cleaning supplies. After a while, and if you have a consistent clientele base, you could look into hiring other students to help you out. The great thing about this idea is that it could be started from almost any college or university, and has the opportunity for expansion.

2.On-campus delivery service/Courier

There exists need for local delivery services on college premises which would be capable of delivering goods, packages, and food to students and members of staff around the school. A professor may need a suit from the school dry cleaner delivered to the lecture hall. Or a group of students may need a bunch of food delivered to their hostel from the cafeteria. Saving them time so they can study.

This also has low start-up costs for a college students as you would only need a motorbike or even a bicycle, a strong bag or trunk for transporting things. This business idea could easily be expanded across other schools if you want is to grow beyond making few Dollars from within your own college.

3. Online courses for college lectures

If you are a type of student that has a strong interest and specialty in a set of college courses, you could create an online and easy to follow set of PDF or video courses that others could watch and learn from. Sometimes students need to hear the course information in different ways than what the class lecturer presents to them, to fully understand the material.

Be careful not to indulge in plagiarism by copying the courses you just took in class, otherwise you could end up in legal trouble with the college management. Your courses should be different from how the regular material is taught in class. Your fellow students could pay a simple fee for each course or a package deal if say you produced multiple courses.

4. Language tutoring services

If you are at a college or university where there are foreign students that wish to learn a local language, you can start a translation service and charge them a fee.

This type of business can be started at no cost at all as you only need the knowledge and door to door advertising of your service to your potential clients.  

Again, this idea can grow into a large company if you hired other students to expand your workforce.

5. Research paper writing

If you love to write and have a strength in writing research papers, this business idea for college could be perfect for you. You could even setup a website where other students from different universities around the country could send in their research paper requests, along with deposits for work they want to be done.

This you could write from the comfort of your hostel room and charge a fee depending on the amount of work. Many of these students will pay big money for a great finished product as it means they get a good grade when they really needed it.

6. Virtual assistant

The virtual assistant is a great business model for college students as you can operate this business from your hostel room or house. As a virtual assistant, you would help other businesses and professionals with their online needs. This may be converting datasets in excel, transcribing audio, or simple data entry. This will depend mostly on the type skill you possess and you ought to be registered online as a freelancer using hundreds of platforms like Fiverr, Upwork and many others.

7. Notes Digitization service

If you are student that can type fast, you could offer a note digitization service to other students, teachers, or university staff. This service could be charged on a per-word basis for you to type up handwritten notes into word documents, excel sheets, or even PowerPoints.

If you like dealing with people in person and don’t have access to reliable internet connectivity, you could still run this business completely offline. There would be a human interaction component, as you would always need to pick up hand written notes in hard copy form, the from the comfort of your hostel room, you would be typing and delivering notes to the owners at a reasonable fee.

8. Laundry

Another straightforward and obvious business idea for students is offering laundry services to fellow students that are unable to do so by themselves. The market for such a business is ripe and is easy to set up. You only need laundry supplies that are available in all supermarkets and local grocer shops.

Doing this on an actual schedule can make it super-efficient. Sign up students on a specific route for a particular day of the week, then make the rounds according to your schedule. This business can grow into a big laundry service company even after you have left college.

9. Grocery Delivery

Just like laundry, this is a simple business a student like you can easily start. College students need food and toiletries. Supermarkets can be located some good distance from the college and some students are overwhelmed with class work that they fail to spare time to do their own grocery shopping. You could offer to run shopping errands and charge a fee per delivery.

10. Student Newsletter

The news industry in every country in the world is competitive. In Zambia we have a good number of leading newspaper firms, there is also countless number of online publications to choose from every day.

Why is this not so also at your college or your university? It would be good move to start a student news platform that would focus matters to do with student matters and other happenings within the confinements of the college. The news can range from academic matters, entertainment, business and even school politics. A friend of mine created a student news website which did phenomenally well. Add in advertising and partnerships, and you will get a real business opportunity.

11. Blog

If you are good with writing and with the right time and effort, you can start a blog by choosing any niche which can become profitable. If you are passionate about a specific topic that you would want to be covering. To make this into a reality, you have to buy a domain for as little as $13 per year though prices vary site to site. Try to set up your blog using WordPress site, bluehost, awardspace, Godaddy and several others out there and get writing. Aim for 500+ words per article and share it on your social media. When you have real traffic going through the blog, add Google Adsense to drive traffic to your site that would be converted into revenue

 12. CV/Resume writer

A curriculum Vitae is a very important document but time and again many people especially job seekers get unsettled at the thought of preparing a professional CV. Other generally don’t like talking about themselves. It’s one of those things that is a lot easier to do for somebody else than for yourself. If you’re great at writing and punchy in your tone, you can build a business with CV/Résumé writing. If you do this for a client and they get a job, grab a testimonial from them and list who they were, where they now work and their testimony on your website. Before you know it, requests will be pouring in.

 13. Be a freelance photographer.

During holidays and weekends, you can work as a photographer. There is demand for different niches of photographs out there. You can be selling your photos on platforms like Shutterstock, Istock actually there are several of them on the internet you just have to surf to find what suits your interest

Build your online portfolio and personal brand so people can see and identify your work from that of the rest. You can also take pictures during special events in school then sell with corresponding charges. Or sell pictures to websites which buy pictures of different objects.

14. Sell Videos Online

It is now pretty much easier for people to produce amateur videos and as a college student, you can consider producing and selling educative or entertaining videos. YouTube and other video publishing sites online and some of the internet platforms you can leverage on to sell your videos. If you can produce videos to teach people how to do stuffs for themselves, and put them online, you will be amazed at the rate people will be placing demand from all over the world for the videos. You will be able to make money through advertisement placed on your YouTube channel.

15. Become a Translator

As a college student, if you can speak and write two or more languages whether foreign or local languages, then you can comfortably list your services online as a translator. There are many authors of books and producers of films that wouldn’t mind translating their books to local dialects or other foreign languages once they can get someone to do it for them at an affordable fee. You can visit elance.com, freelancer.com, oDesk.com and other freelance sites to source for translating jobs.

16. Ghost Writing Job

If you are creative writer, then you can start your own online business as a ghost writer. There are countless number of people out there who are overdue to author at least one book, but they can’t due to their very busy schedule. All you need to do is to collect their thoughts together and help them write a book.

You can indeed write a book on their behalf. Although your name might not appear in the book, but you are sure of being rewarded adequately for your services. It could be a pay off or on percentage based on the number of copies of the book sold within a period of time. All the same it is a good way of making cool cash from the connection you can make with people online who knows you might even become an established author yourself.

17. Editing and Proof Reading Business

Editing and proof reading is yet another easy to start business in the education industry that a college student can start during holidays; it requires little or no start – up capital to launch this type of business. The nature of this type of business makes it easier to work from home and for clients who are thousands of kilometers away from your college or town or even country. This is quite a daunting task so if you are that person that would wish to offer such a service, you are good go for some cash. Start proofreading your friend’s assignments for something cheap like K20 for 1000 words

If you are a good editor and you have eyes for details, then you should consider visiting freelancer.com, elance.com, oDesk.com for an enrollment and become a member. From such platforms, you can get enough editing and proof reading jobs that you can handle.

Do it smartly and in no time more requests will be pouring in. All you need is your personal laptop.

Countering Deforestation

Introduction

Deforestation is a pertinent issue that has great negative impact on the natural environment of the world. Many lands have been wiped clear of their natural vegetation. From the simple science that we learned in primary school, good vegetation plays a cardinal role in the availability of good rains.

It is therefore, imperative for communities to understand that there is need to end or slow down the rate at which these forests are being wiped out.

It is worth noting that most of the poor rural dwellers’ survival revolves round the forests. They use firewood as an affordable energy source, they clear land for cultivation, this in itself is not bad except they need to be educated on how best to carry out these activities.

Importance of gaining knowledge on deforestation

They say knowledge is power, and the essence for this article is to let readers understand the role forests play in the natural environment.

People ought to understand that forests exist for the sole purpose of supporting human, animal and marine life for continued existence.

However human activities have continued to destroy these natural habitats for animals and marine life. There are so many reported human animal conflicts as modern day developments are taking up space meant for animals by bringing down forests.

It is my belief that when adequate information in made available to people, the forests shall be preserved by way of integrating development while maintaining the forests.

Time for the information to reach the audience

Everyone should be participating in ensuring as many people are aware of the happening in their environment. Developers and farmers especially, must be in the forefront in sensitizing masses on the importance of looking after the forests. Environmentalists should have an upper hand in packaging right information as they are experts in these matters. The time to act is now, let us all play a part in preserving the forests in order to secure a future for generations to come after we are all long gone.

It might look as though it is too late to act, the answer is no, we can not let past mistakes hamper any effort to act good today. We only need to learn from these mistakes and come up with solutions that provides a win-win situation. It is an undeniable fact that technology is advancing every day, which has made is possible for any imaginable activity to be undertaken, hence natural lands have been the target.

Some better methods to counter deforestation

  • Producing charcoal briquettes to use in household cooking and heating. This simple technology does not necessarily use grown trees, but instead there are various types of vegetation used such as; husks,
    leaves, grass, left over vegetables, wood shavings and others. This entails that many trees will be saved from being cut down resulting in preserved forests for the benefit of future generations.
  • Using organic manure in crop cultivation as this is good for the soil as compared to chemical fertilizers that destroy soils in the long run. Furthermore, organically produced food is good for the human consumption
    that lessens diseases that may crop up due to long term accumulation of chemical residues.
  • Total avoidance of bush burning, this also contributes to soil erosion and the eventual gully formations and poor vegetation growth as most fertile top soil would have been washed away, instead the dried up leaves could apply for charcoal briquettes making like indicated in the first bullet above.
  • Embracing conservation kind of farming that makes use of the scarce resources which promotes high yields. The system uses less chemical fertilizers, crops can survive longer periods of dry spells in an event that there is
    not enough rain fall.
  • Tree replanting should also be taught to people so as impart the knowledge of continuous planting trees and
    preserving forests. Infertile fields can be used as space for replanting activities.
  • Deliberate programs should be promoted in order to create a resource base that can be accessed by anyone at all times. The resource center would provide well researched information that show proven evidence that indeed forests have been destroyed over time and are still being destroyed if nothing tangible is done to stop the vice. This is possible also by driving the point that there is still hope and  a way to remedy this state of affairs is within reach.

What are the benefits of reforestation

  • Forests support human, animal and marine life. The cycle then enhances the co existence of various humans and creatures of the wild. Needless to say every creatures plays an important role the Eco system hence the reason as to why we should all take an active role in ensuring that a balance is reached.
  • Development will be shared among the dwellers of these places that would be earmarked for reforestation by provision of jobs which in turn will have a multiplier effect.
  • Local soils and rainfall partens would be improved and in turn families will be able to cultivate their land with increased yields to support their families selling surplus to urban folks for that extra income needed to meet other financial obligations.
  • Local authorities will widen their revenue base as a result of increased reforestation activities through levies and in turn local social amenities will be improved.

Conclusion

Reforestation is not a program for selected individuals, it calls for concerted efforts from all spheres of society since its adverse effects cuts across all persons. It is better to start investing in this program now rather than later if the goal of reforestation is to be achieved.

We owe the future generations a service to leave them an environment in which both economic activities and conservation shall continue to thrive. Like stated above this must be a win-win situation if all decide to take part in any form whether directly or indirectly.

One of the easiest way to contribute positively in this process, is never to cut trees indiscriminately in the name of development.

My personal fears

MY PERSONAL FEARS ARE MY GREATEST ENEMY.

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I have always felt I have potential to achieve great things in life, but that monster inside of me has always kept discouraging me. I tried to do some introspection to really find the answer to my inability to initiate something and let it grow into the dreams I usually relish within my inner self.

It has taken so many years for me to draw a conclusion, meanwhile during the many years of inner wars, I have tried
this and that and everything has died out despite having all the possible signs of succeeding.

What do I do wrong? Yes what do I do wrong that I end up killing those beautiful ideas, I see myself in a
distant future as an accomplished CEO, the only hindrance there is, is me.

The scenario.

I once came up with an idea of making charcoal from old used newspapers. By the way I am one person who reads a lot I read anything I come across, this habit dates back to the time I was a little girl, I used to enjoy the
errands of going to the market for the simple reason of having access to that newspaper cutting used as a wrapper for the bought merchandise. I grew up and the love for reading has never left me. As a result of this habit, of course as a grown up person, I ended up with a collection of newspapers piled up in sacks.

I had read and kept the papers, I never wanted to throw them away and felt they could still be useful. How? Your guess is as good as mine, maybe I could take them to the market for trader in need of wrapping papers as smaller amount would be ideal, I thought to my self, there were enough supplies I can boast. What then? I throw them away? No ways, I told and convinced myself that there could be some other possible way to re-use these old
newspapers.

The Brilliant Idea

Then a rather weird idea of making charcoal out of the old newspaper hit my mind. I was so excited about this breakthrough; I didn’t care how the process would be either simple or complicated, the most important thing was that I had finally found the use for my old newspapers. I am a genius am I not……

Some research I did on the possibilities of making charcoal out of newspapers were positive, and there I was, it was possible and there were different ways of doing it. It was discovered that there were other materials apart from newspapers that could be used to make charcoal without cutting down tree as it were and common among many
people.

The discovery was so enriching as it opened my single file focus on newspapers, I learnt that the following items were options for charcoal making. Rice husks, wood shavings, saw dust, maize husks, ordinary leaves, grass and the charcoal dust.

I set out to try to put into practice my new discovery, i did a demo on the newspapers and I got some really amazing results. This was done with my bare hands and I know there was a better way of doing it especially if it had to be done on a large scale. In no time I discovered there were actually simple to complex machinery that could be used in making charcoal pellets from the above named seemingly waste materials.

The moment the issue of sourcing for a machine crept in, the excitement dwindled and as usual the fantasy that was birthed with great excitement just went mute and the next stop was a trash bin, the bin that contained many ideas that were lacking action by the idea initiator and that is myself to be precise. What do you think caused the once so brilliant idea seem impossible? Refer to the topic of this write up.

It is what I have described in the above practical example that hinders most of us from achieving that which was once an exciting idea. We give up so easily and let our inner fears take the best of us. We focus mostly on the “what if it fails” without giving chance to “what if it succeeds” kind of thoughts.

I call this negative thought a DREAM KILLER. Apart from the dream killer, we also have a tendency of worrying about other people’s reaction to our innovations. We consult people that have no ambitions of their own, what advice can one get from such individuals if not the usual negative vibe.

Why the inaction is wrong

The above incident happened somewhere in a small town I was residing in the year 2013, I know some of you that
are reading this may try to defend me by saying that maybe I didn’t have the money needed to get that particular machinery from China, yes you maybe right, but is that reason enough to let go of such a brilliant idea
completely? The answer is a big NO.

Charcoal making really was making all the economic sense and I was seeing my branded charcoal pellets products on the market, on the shelves of leading supermarkets, local stalls, kiosks and ordinary market place. This in turn was going to create employment to some local youths, whilst doing away with the ordinary way of producing ordinary charcoal by cutting trees that leads to depleted forests.

Conclusion

My target is that person that is fond of putting off ideas to stop it now and make a move. It might not be a clear idea, I can assure you that the future will take care of the polishing but getting started is crucial. I also will not promise you that it would be rosy, it gets bumpy but it is always worthwhile. This one is a real life experience I thought of sharing it with anyone that may still be procrastinating on what they want to do. The world’s population is so huge that any niche has its own audience.

7 Things I learned from my former boss

He never told me that I was good

When I started out in my career just after I acquired my college certificate, I was super excited and motivated to succeed. But my new boss signaled that I needed to slow down and focus on the job that was right in front of me. It dawned on me that I was in a wrong place, while it is important to keep your head down and work hard, it is also important to dream big and keep your future aspirations live at all times. I convinced myself that I would not let my boss put me in some kind of a box.

The zeal to want to succeed helped me to keep that motivation and stay inspired. I knew I was good nut his management style was never to show it to me although I knew that he appreciated having me around. This is what kept me motivated as I put in my best at all times. He never entertained excuses for failure to perform, which meant that I had to figure out the best way to deliver of course whilst maintaining high professionalism.   .

I was young and timid

When I joined this particular company, I was in my early twenties and knew literally nothing about this industry. Most of the employees I found were senior in age to me and they were also more experienced than I was.

Little did I know that my then boss had in one of the staff meetings, challenged his staff that he would get a new staff that knew nothing about that particular industry, according to him, this was meant to improve efficiency and counter what he termed as moonlighting at the place of work. True to his word, I was that employee, I was a bet though I didn’t know for a long time, and it didn’t matter whatsoever. My boss knew everything about the company and was really good at his game though he was very elusive in his management style. He would make me feel worthless at times but still maintained that I was in charge of my tasks.

Being a novice that I was, helped me to acclimatize quickly and in no time I was on top things, thanks to the indirect support he provided me with. In short, I was made manager at an early age.

Network always

I cannot claim to have had both the skills and knowledge to run this organization, but I relied much on the people I found and they proved to be a great recourse. I played simple just by seeking their input in any situation that would arise, I would also seek their approval before a final decision would be reached. It is cardinal to know that when you are working, it’s important to get to know your co-workers, as well as meet other peers outside of your company. I started observing the type of people he was associating with and I discovered that most of them where successful business executives. Networking opens up many opportunities and I got myself a mentor and made connections as much as possible. Because of him, I learned how important it was to network.

You can never be too prepared

I have always been a to-do list maker, but my boss taught me how important it was to be prepared for every part of my job. I just needed to be ready for at all times. From meetings to reports and everything in between, I learned what it meant to be ever prepared and how it could really help you stand out among the crowd. From then on, I made sure to go above and beyond with everything I did at work, and I think it helped me grow and succeed in my career. My boss never entertained excuses from any of his employee and this virtual inculcated a sense of responsibility in me for I had to learn to take blame even when I was not at fault.

Follow your heart

During my tenure at this company, I developed a thick skin all thanks to my boss who was as mean as most of the bosses around. He made it a point to manipulate worker’s enumerations over any slight error, if an employee took ill and stayed away from work, they would never get their salary in full. This meant that each day counted and the payroll was only prepared on the second day of the preceding month. I kept a staff register with markings for the whole month and it was on this basis that a payroll was prepared. Now, I have always been on the innovative side of things, so working for someone who had a more technical eye was a great experience. It was a great job and team, and I learned a lot, but it wasn’t the right fit for me. Ultimately, I started preparing to move out and follow my heart by joining another company that was more into my passion. My heart wasn’t in my current job at the time, but it was in this new company. I gave my one day notice, and my boss really didn’t expect me to leave as I was a very dedicated and loyal employee. Though our parting was rather bumpy, I realised my boss appreciated my contribution to the company. He made me realize how important it really is to what is expected of you.

Don’t be afraid to give your boss feedback

When you are working under your boss, their primary role is to manage subordinates, and help you learn and grow. However, it is also important to make suggestions to your boss. My boss would deliberately suggest things that never made sense just to test if I would not question his decisions, luckily for me, I had come to understand his way of doing things, so this scenario was easy for me to handle. I would without fear propose a better way of doing things and he would gladly accept and signal a go ahead. That feeling of getting approval from your boss is awesome if not a greater motivator. Don’t be afraid to give your boss feedback. A good manager will take it and apply it, it would also help in building your self-confidence as an employee.

Try to be creative by trying out things you have never done before

He is geared to study something new everyday

I worked in a service provision industry that was highly competitive as there were many similar businesses entering the market. My boss had a knack for quality and class, this made our company stand out from the rest. He never entertained complacency as a result I was made to make use of my creativity in order to improve on the content, services had to be delivered in uniquely and cost effective way while maintain high quality. Only a little creativity was needed to achieve this.  My manager had a lot of great experience and I was looking forward to learning a lot of him. However, so much of what I was doing was stuff I had never done before. I was nervous and out of my comfort zone. He reminded me constantly that it was okay to try out new things and that it was important to continue trying my best.

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