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TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK 8 – PASSIONCETAMOL

a4 Happy New Year prosper!!  I feel thoroughly blessed and privileged to be able to say these words to you….HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I was MIA last Friday (new-year day- who wouldn’t be with all that cooking and food… lol ) but I apologize, plus I’m here now and FIRED-UP!

All things are new now,  and what better time to begin the main purpose of this blog! Even I didn’t see it coming this soon…but you know how the Spirit just leads. So I want to ask that if you know any makeup artist or skilled professional or aspiring, please share this link with them and invite them to follow this blog – be an early new-year blessing.

I’m on a journey of business, Makeup and beauty services is my vehicle and Success is my destination. In the course of this ride, I have made mistakes, bad decisions, learnt lessons, achieved milestones, and I keep learning.

One of my personal principles in life is EMULATE, NOT HATE. I’m on a success rampage and a part of what I’m doing to become successful is studying people who have gone ahead especially in my field.

So the practice for me is, when I see people who have gotten ahead of me I stalk study them very objectively. Call me cray cray, but you’d be even more  amazed at how I have personal courses I’ve developed for myself, bearing the names of successful makeup and beauty entrepreneurs and I love the local better because they remind me that success is attainable no matter the state of the economy of Nigeria. I mean stuff like TARA DUROTOYE 101, 102 . BIMPE ONAKOYA 101 . KUNBI FASHAKIN 101, 102. DANESSA MYRICKS 101 . BEAUTYCOOK 101, 102. JIDE OF ST OLA 101 . Let me stop mentioning before I make a public show of my shameless self.I mean I’ve never seen a successful person who doesn’t have role models and mentors. NEVER! I just let you in only on a handful of mine, and it might seem like they all do the same thing , but they are all for different purposes(in my head) . Some of them I study their business pattern and beliefs, some their skill and craft, some a total package. I hope that no matter what skill you’re a pro at, what I’m saying here is totally relatable so that it can make some sense to you.


 

I have been ” hugely” privileged to be tutored by one of the most amazing business coaches ever-STEPHANIE OBI and that was my game changer. Every  10mins i’ve had with her is a session! Ha!!! Kai, you won’t understand. Lol.

In studying these people and many more, I probably learn better than how I’d have learnt if I had to sit in a class tutored by them. I have observed a pattern, some things they all have in common.

passion

A successful Makeup Artist (or service entrepreneur) is PASSIONATE about Her craft. All successful people are! As simple as this sounds, you’d be amazed at how complex it is for people to determine if they’re passionate about something and for that reason let me break it down further; I knew makeup was my passion when I didn’t break a sweat to do it for free. When I discovered that makeup was therapeutic (medicine)for me then I knew I had found what I had been looking for!  I recall situations when I was sick or in severe pain as a result of an ailment (dismennoroeah comes to mind) and I’d feel so weak and useless but then I would have to show up for a makeup booking or to teach makeup and the pain would literally disappear for the entire duration of the work and then return with a bang afterwards. Can you relate with this? I realized then that passion is an analgestic! The thing numbs pain and isn’t that exactly what pain-medicine like paracetamol does? haha..sounds more like PASSIONCETAMOL to me.

I’d love to hear from you, what are you passionate about? I really want to know and how you discovered it.(It doesn’t have to be just one thing dear). Makeup is only one of mine and I intend to explore all the others this year. Would you be gracious enough to send this post with somebody by just copying and sharing the link. Thank you.

Have a Prosperous week Prosper, that’s what you are!

 

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TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK Part 6- How he took it.

Hey you Prosper! I’m happy to be alive today and share that life with awesome folks like you. How was your week? Mine was busy and filled with God’s favour.
 So straight to it from last week into some more personal stuff like i promised. How did The Husband take my decision to face Makeup as a business? I can’t begin this without mentioning the kind of person that dude is. Simply put, he likes Book! As in, He’s such an intellectual and a junkie for formal and informal education.
 Before we tied the knot, this my up-and-coming guy had already begun to save for an MBA for me or something of the sort that was going to cost over one million naira. He was willing to invest in me . When he told me about it, I was like…what the??? To say the least,He was shocked and disappointed at the same time at my lack of excitement at his revelation, afterall, he was going to be responsible for the fees. I surely seemed like a ‘serious-minded girl’ , so what serious-minded-21stcentury-ambituous girl wouldn’t be excited at such thoughtfulness? Me- Shalom!

In my head, I was like dude give me that money, Amma start up my beauty business and multiply it in no time. You’d be even prouder brother!  But I did not say any of that, i had that monologue just in my head. Instead of speaking it all up, I cowardly recoiled into a newly fabricated imaginary shell because I was afraid of being a disappointment to this awesome scholarly bobo God had gifted me with my makeup-artist ambition (I mean I didn’t know how lucrative the business could be, I didn’t know how much a good makeup artist could earn, I just loved the idea of expressing my artistic and creative inclination and being paid for it. ) Obviously He had thought too scholarly of me. Scholar dude thought he had found a fellow scholar and he would help me achieve more “schorlastical” milestones and we would have pretty scholar children and live scholarly ever after.(OK shoot me if I use that word one more time)


Basically I had to admit it, I was ashamed to admit to my boyfriend (at the time) that his ambitious girlfriend’s only ambition (at the time) was to become a makeup artist. I didn’t think it was such a hard thing to say but it was . I knew he has very lofty expectations of me and I didn’t want that to change yet, It would be scam to hide anything that sensitive from him till after we got married.
I wasn’t proud of my ambition because it didn’t look as promising as having an MBA  looked. I was wrong. I wasn’t supposed to feel that way!  Why did I? Summary is I hadn’t done my homework. If I had, I’d have been tall and proud.

 So back to the story, I told him. Yes, before we got married. He knew of my interest in makeup but was surprised that I was so keen on it that I considered it for business. He wasn’t disappointed (at least he didn’t express that…lol) But he criticised my idea, I would have been surprised if he didn’t. But he made it obvious he did so because he needed to be sure of what I wanted-basically. This made me go back to my drawing board and do some research (A wise man wants to know that his companion isn’t perpetually confused ladies, have a plan)

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We made a pact that if I was going to do anything, I had to be excellent at it and we were going to begin by finding the best school to have a good start. He promised to support me.  I didn’t need a prophet to tell me I had winner, a quality man. But beyond that, I had learnt something, for anyone to buy your idea, first buy it yourself with full payment. And so my journey as a makeup artist began!
 Be prosperous Prosper, it’s in your DNA.