Inspired: Adele Dejak Clothing and Interiors

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Adele Dejak is one of my favourite entrepreneurs because the woman is constantly innovating. Whether it's perfecting or incorporating new craftsmanship techniques; creating new fashion accessory collections; branching out into clothing and interiors; collaborating with all manner of artists, designers, photographers and; the list goes on and on and on. 

Her vision, energy and determination are extremely inspiring. 

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5 Reasons To Have a Business Partner: Entrepreneurs Need People, Part I

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One of the best decisions I’ve made in my entrepreneurial journey is having a business partner. We’ve laughed and we’ve argued. We’ve been charged with excitement and been on top of the world, and we’ve also had our fair share of set-backs and disappointments. The consistent thing over the past 3 years is our appreciation for the fact that we’ve gone through all these things together. When one has been discouraged, the other has dragged them from the doldrums and kept the vision and motivation alive. As business expert Mike Southon mentioned at a talk he gave at our London office space, one of the most important things an entrepreneur can do is find a foil.

Here are my top 5 reasons why:

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Interview with My Father (My Hero!), Entrepreneur and Author, Paul Kitololo

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My father, Paul Kitololo, has been an entrepreneur for all of my life. At the height of a successful career in the corporate world, he gave up the regular paycheck, the company car and, in many people’s opinion – his sanity – in order to start his own tour company. Over the next 3 decades, Private Safaris grew to be one of the most prestigious tour companies in Kenya and East Africa. I remember spending my Saturday mornings at his office as a child, busying myself on his secretaries typewriter (creating my ‘zine). I am still in awe at how my father successfully run the company while also: participating in or chairing several associations and boards; managing the Kenya Special Olympics team; writing a novel, Shortcut to Hell (published in 1983); making it to every single one of my parent-teacher evenings, as well as sports days and plays and; generally being so involved in my life.

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Nominate Your Favourite Entrepreneur

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Today marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week and Entrepreneurship Month on Afri-love continues. A reader, Tolu, recently got in touch sharing that his brother had started a publishing company (Akasha Publishing) and written his first book. A lot of the discoveries I make and the content I post here, is thanks to readers writing in to share something or someone that they think will be of interest to me and others. Tolu inspired a thought (thanks Tolu!) – what if were to ask you all to nominate your favourite entrepreneurs? So, here we go:

 

Nominate your favourite entrepreneur

  • Shortlisted entries will be featured in a blog post at the end of November.
  • There will then be a public vote (online), and the winner will be featured in a dedicated interview post, before the end of the year.
  • You can nominate yourself!

 

Criteria

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Why I Choose to Be an Entrepreneur

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The things I love most about being my own boss:

 

1. I come and go as I please

Meaning, I have a flexible schedule where I can fit things in my week days that I would otherwise have to relegate to super-early in the morning, the end of the day or the weekend. Whether that's running an important errand; getting in some exercise or; meeting somebody who just happens to be in town for only the day!

In the end, the work has to be done and, being that I'm full aware of my business financial obligations, I'm not lacking incentive to ensure the work is done. However, I love having the freedom to choose when, where and how I do it.

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Showcasing, Encouraging and Supporting Creative Entrepreneurship

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I observe that the term "entrepreneur" is nowadays appreciated for the wide-encompassing tile that it is. There are so many types of entrepreneurship.
To name a few:

 

Intrapreneurship

Behaving like an entrepreneur in your role as an employee of an organisation.

 

Necessity entrepreneurship

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November is Entrepreneurship Month on Afri-love

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Before the productivity vacuum that is December (for all good reasons of course – celebration, family, rest, reflection etc.), this seems like the perfect time to devote to complacency-shaking, butt-kicking inspiration and knowledge, with regards to entrepreneurship.

When I use the term "entrepreneurship", I refer to all entrepreneurial people – whether they are employed by somebody else, cultivating a side hustle or running their fully-fledged own thing. So, if you're reading this blog, I'm pretty sure that includes you.

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7 Common Excuses that Prevent Our Success (Demolished with Help from Jim Rohn)

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At a friend’s recommendation, I recently read Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle by Jim Rohn and it was so timely in so many ways:

  • It offered the very affirmation that I needed in order to make the tough decisions that will propel me forward in terms of my well-being, my business and my life as a whole
  • It reminded me of the importance of lessons previously learned but forgotten (or foolishly ignored)
  • It inspired me to make these few remaining months of the year count like never before!

The things that had prevented me from reaching this point of confidence and conviction: excuses, that don’t really stand up in the light of day. For that reason, this post is for me – as a very public reminder for the times when I find myself falling short in terms of the respect, graft and love that I owe myself. It is also for any of you who can relate to the situation of your activity and/or results not matching up with your ambition. Here’s some of that good old tough love, seasoned with some of my favourite quotes from Jim Rohn’s book. In no particular order …

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Labour/May Day Special: Posts for those who’ll be resting and posts for those who’ll be building

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For many of you around the world, today – labour day or May Day – is a holiday. Free time for you to spend relaxing, with yourself or with family and friends, and for some of you, extra time to spend working on building that idea you've been nurturing and perhaps even executing. 

Whether you're taking a break from your labour or indeed hustling to transform its shape, here's some inspiration for you via popular posts from the Afri-love archives.

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New month, New Quarter, New Things

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A new month and new quarter, relatively early in the year, feels like an opportunity to hit refresh and give your 'new year resolve' another go. Perhaps now you have a more developed idea of what you want to achieve in 2013 and a more realistic idea of how you're going to make it all happen.

That's how I'm feeling today. Especially after 2 great meetings – one with my business partner on our strategic direction for the rest of the year and, one with a new friend about a collaboration we're working on – I'm energised and excited about executing! 

You may also have noticed that the blog is looking marginally different. I've spent some time over this long weekend making some changes. So, what's new on Afri-love?

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