Yesterday I took a leap of faith, quite literally. It's week two of working independently again after 20 months of working within an organisation, albeit a small one. I told myself it was OK to take my first week easy and treat it like a week's holiday. I even left the country, yet I found myself unable to switch off.
I was incredibly fortunate to be one of three entrepreneurs invited to join the inaugural Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Detroit. After an extraordinary four days of business mentoring, partying at 38,000ft , and exploring the city I returned home feeling blessed, inspired and wondering where my canapés and film crew were.
It is an exciting and important time to be delivering this project. Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, thanks to expansion in sectors such as telecommunications and a booming film industry. And yet, despite this, a significant gender gap in economic activity persists.
The Burnout Queens love Love; big Love, small Love, puppy Love! Of course we are talking about Love today! In past years we've 'done' Love (with a capital L), we've definitely talked about self-love and yes we have even explored the steamy kind, but love of work, loving what you do, is not necessarily the dot that gets connected to hearts and flowers.
Confidence is crucial for entrepreneurial success, and having a mentor who can offer encouragement along the way can make a huge difference. But mentoring also helps women develop hard skills that are vital to business growth. Knowing how to write a robust business plan, balance a budget or implement a marketing strategy are competencies that are often out of reach for women living in developing communities... Ultimately, the real success stories are the women entrepreneurs themselves. Onty says that working with Cherie enabled her business to break even for the first time. Business growth aside, she's also determined to use her success to help other young women in her community - proof that empowering women generates lasting impacts.
Have you always wanted to do something meaningful? Are you longing to lead a life that will really make you feel truly fulfilled? Want to build your business, or make a real change in the world? Do you know deep inside what you really wish for, and yet sense that something is holding you back? Here are seven lessons I've learned from the first year of being a solo entrepreneur.
I've just finished watching the second and final episode of BBC's Girls Can Code and I have to admit I found it fascinating - although not for the reasons I'd expected. From the title I'd assumed this would be a look at 'coding' whereas in fact it was more about inspiring women to consider careers in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship. Something I wholeheartedly support.
Many of us can hold on to the pain and shame that can be associated with failure which derails us from pushing on. Giving yourself a timeline to accept the situation and make peace with the way things turned out is the first step to adjusting to your new reality, coping with adversity is a skill which is acquired, not one we're born with.