Saturday, 23 December 2017

PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOAL SETTING AND NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

WHAT IS YOUR NAME AND YOUR ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION
My name is Irene Ndidi Ugbah.

I graduated from Abia state university uturu from geography and planning with a second class upper division with a CGPA of 4.24 thus narrowly missing first class.

I am a recipient of Goldman Sach (an American Investment Bank) scholarship which enabled me to attend pan Atlantic university, (former Lagos biz school) where i got a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. I also have certificates in education, teaching and learning


TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE.
Immediately after my NYSC i worked briefly in a government parastatal. I resigned and went on to be an entrepreneur. I have been an entrepreneur for 13 years and still counting. Immediately i left my government work i set up an event management company and a fastfood restaurant. However, i sold it off and started a school.it is interesting to note that the event and restaurant business i sold off is still doing great with the new owner.


HOW DID YOU GET INTO EDUCATION?
I got into education by design and default. I will explain. My hubby & I had it in our plan to own schools. Infact it was written down. However the time/year we intended to start was different. That is where the default comes in. We moved into own place in an area was just coming up. People who completed their houses were moving from other parts of Abuja. The available schools were far from us. So we prayed before we wrote the business plan infact i was just fresh from business school. The rest they say is history


HOW IMPORTANT IS SELF-DEVELOPMENT?
I am big on self-development. I started a series on facebook recently because of time i haven’t done a part 2.

The title of the series is, what they didn’t teach us in school.

If you look at what we learned in school essential life skills were not there.

Life skills such as time management, effective communication, goal setting, team spirit/work etc. That is why we must take self also known as personal development seriously.

I believe that personal development is more important than professional development. We have people who know their profession so well but lack self-confidence or good attitude. It becomes difficult for such a person to be successful.

I usually say give me a staff with good attitude but lacks the technical knowledge of job. I know with a good attitude he or she will learn on the job. To this end i organise or facilitate trainings and workshop on personal developments.

WHAT LED YOU TO CONCEIVE THIS GOAL ORIENTED BOOK?
I noticed that the years i wrote my goals down and constantly reviewed them i achieved more results as opposed to the years i didn’t. It is a personal tool i have used.

When i speak with people and they complain about not achieving their goals, i decided to write this workbook. It is not for lack of what to do being the proprietress of Crestville Academy is already enough work.

HOW HELPFUL DO YOU THINK THIS BOOK WILL BE?
I believe the book will be helpful for the following reasons; it contains principles of goal setting. Sometimes people do not know the difference between goals and new year resolutions. It also covers the 11 essential areas of your life you should set goals on. It also has 52 track sheets for the 52 weeks of the year. The tracker will instill discipline on the users.

WHAT ARE THE FACTORS FOR SUCCESS?
The first factor for success is know your WHY.

What you do and how you do it is not as important as the WHY.

As soon as you get your why, other ingredients for success are - passion, continuous learning and improvements, hard work, delayed gratification and above all faith in God.

HOW ARE PEOPLE AREACTING TO THIS BOOK AND WHAT IS THE ACCEPTANCE LIKE?

I am truly grateful to God that the acceptance for a first book and a new author is humbling. Am being booked to conduct seminars and workshop on goal setting.

Yes a young lady met me a day after she reluctantly bought the book. She said she is happy that this is the first time she is setting goals. Another friend bought for her teen daughters as soon as she saw the content.

WHERE CAN WE BUY THIS BOOK?
The book can be purchased @ Gleekin school store, suite F14B ABM plaza opp utako market, Abuja. or call 09084989101.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
By God's grace my plan for the future is in the 3 thematic areas I focus on; education -our school Crestville Academy came 5th in FCT in 2017 National Mathematics Competition. We intend to do better but beyond that i will ensure that our pupils are not only sound critical thinkers but entrepreneurial minded even from primary school.

My second area is on self/personal development programmes. I intend to develop more self-help tools and books. Do more public speaking and advocacy on it.

The last area is on gender issues-i am advocate on girl child education, women empowerment. I intend to advocates more on them. Other plans are private and family plan.



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