How your mouth can help you start a business


If you want to start a business or even make a change in your life, first of all look within.

Listen to yourself, what are you saying to yourself, what are you telling others about yourself, if it is not in line with who you become, change it.

When you start talking about who you want to become, things will just start working out for you in that direction. When I wanted to start making t-shirts, I did not know a thing about making t-shirts, but I just started telling everybody that cared to listen that I was starting a t-shirt business. I started meeting people who showed me the way and the resources I needed started falling into place.

Do not look at your present situation, and describe yourself with that image. Look at where you are going and turn the image you see into text.

If you keep saying, “The chances of building a successful business in Nigeria is slim, I am not so sure if I start a business, it will be successful”. I assure you, if you eventually start a business, you will fail because you have already prepared your mind for failure, and all the Nigerian factors will rise up to make sure you do.

If you say, “I will never have the time to start a business”, indeed you will never have the time to start or run a business.

Our words are really powerful, way beyond we can imagine. I know you’ve heard this before, but I tell you from my personal experiences, it is really true.

Don’t wait till you become confident or sure of what you are saying so that people don’t make fun of you. Confidence is overrated. If you wait until you are confident, you will never start or change anything in your life. I understand you may still be dealing with self doubt or fear, just keep saying the right words, and you will be fine.

Take a minute right now to think about what words you say and change those words that limit you.

Done it?

If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

Wear a hot red lipgloss and start great things with your sexy lips. Lol…well, the lipstick part does not apply to guys.

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  • phatymah

    Reply Reply March 20, 2013

    This write up really inspired me. I just wore my pink lipstick now and looked into the mirror to tell myself so many positive things. Today! I made a decision and I will use this set up plan to achieve my goal. Thank you for this and God bless.

    • Stephanie Obi

      Reply Reply March 21, 2013

      omg!!! You just made me so happy. Lol @ pink lipstick…That’s the spirit.

  • J'odie

    Reply Reply March 20, 2013

    I’m sure people are reading (like I am) and you are adding beauty to people’s lives with your blog. Thank you so much.

    In response to the article, let me start now “I am one of Africa’s most powerful women ever” – watch me now 😉

    • Stephanie Obi

      Reply Reply March 21, 2013

      Yes you are J”odie!!! Yes you are

  • Atunwa Tope

    Reply Reply March 20, 2013

    That was a nice piece of encouragement! It is now a trend in our country that people tends to loose focus when going into any line of business!having a successful business is havin a good mindset, persevering and lots of hardwork(on oneself especially) to make people accept U, then accept your products!!

    • Stephanie Obi

      Reply Reply March 21, 2013

      Yup! Spot on!!

  • Moji

    Reply Reply March 21, 2013

    I am inspired! your words are true…. funny, I had this conversation last week with my sister…. well spoken and all the best with your business venture!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Stephanie Obi

      Reply Reply March 21, 2013

      Thank you Moji

  • Aghogho Akporido

    Reply Reply March 24, 2013

    Wow! A wonderful piece I must say. Very inspiring and true. We all need to be reminded of the potential within us. Keep on with the good work.

  • adenike

    Reply Reply March 26, 2013

    Great piece ST. The title made me wonder what you’ve written this time. Lol..Keep up this good work of encouraging and empowering people to earn more and live a more fulfilling life. Well done!

    • Stephanie Obi

      Reply Reply March 27, 2013

      Thank you dear *shining teeth*

  • OmogeNaija

    Reply Reply April 11, 2013

    Nice one Stephanie, I’m planning on starting a business this year and I have been quite ‘secretive’ about it, I’ll start telling people from tonight, I’m starting the business of making female handbags and footwear

    • Stephanie Obi

      Reply Reply May 26, 2013


  • mosunmola

    Reply Reply February 26, 2014

    It feels like this was specifically written for me. Have always kept my business ideas to mysel for the reasons you mentioned in ur write-up. Am so inspired right now. Thanks steph

  • Babatunde Rahmon Agbaje

    Reply Reply October 1, 2014

    I’m sure some other guys would be reading this blog too. But really its not just a woman thing here, as it applies to every Tom, Dock and Harry who is passionate about their endeavour and wants to make success out of their ventures. It encourages so much that it takes me out of the back seat and focus more on the direction which I envisage and on the long run, with such piece as this, I know success is certain. May your kind never ends, and May you continue to grow and be a source of inspiration to our generation

  • Doyin

    Reply Reply November 27, 2014

    sooooo inspired, thank God I was able to summon the courage to mail you today, I always think that people won’t appreciate what I do or say, but with what I just read ; am going to be one of the greatest business tycoon!!!! lol. God bless you Stephanie.

  • Stephanie Obi

    Reply Reply March 21, 2013

    Thank you YNaija

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