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I learned the right ways to do and not to do whatever I have failed in- Adesoji Adegbulu, Founder MMO.NG

 
Brief Introduction
I am Adesoji Adegbulu, a Christian (Jesus Freak but not an extremist) and a graduate of Agricultural & Environmental Engineering (BSc) and Water Resources Engineering (MSc). While studying, I also delved into IT and business entrepreneurship. Now, I do more of business/social entrepreneurship and water resources engineering where I add values, develop things, explore ideas, solve problems, open doors of opportunities, join hands and inspire excellence. These I do for the success of people, the environment, businesses and nations. I also run online businesses. I have two main blogs - www.adesojiadegbulu.com and www.mmo.ng where I express what I do and help people get the solutions they need.
Tells us how you came about your online business/blogging? And for how long have you been in it?
I love reading and writing. Blogging for me was an opportunity to learn a lot more online and share what I learn for many people to have access too. In short, I started blogging in 2007 (6 years after being on the internet) by publishing all my articles I have once written in different books. I was passionately doing this. (I still do these passionately). As I was doing this, opportunities started looking for me. I used the opportunities and I realize I can also teach people about the opportunities and how to make the best of them. That's how I came about my online business. And after so many research and trials, in 2010, I started makemoneyonlineng.com (now www.mmo.ng) to teach Nigerians and the world the best ways to make money online, build successful online businesses and create wealth legitimately.

What is the name of your brand?
I had difficulty choosing a brand name. I first started with 9jacorp Inc. The aim was to bring together an army (corp) of Nigerians (9ja) using their talents and skills to improve the image of Nigerians online and thereby creating a niche for themselves where they can dominate and make the best out of it by making a difference and making money online to. The target was first Nigerians and then the rest of Africa and then the world. But I tell you, it was pretty difficult. Running an internet based business and studying engineering was pretty challenging. Also, making people form the army was also difficult. I guess that was because many Nigerians were new to the internet then and few could connect successfully (cheaply) to the internet. But, I didn't give up. After few years, because of my love for Nigeria, I personally hated the word "9ja". And also because I have developed into a Maven, 9jacorp Inc was changed to Mavens Network. The aim is still the same but with more focus on online business coaching, internet entrepreneurship (blogging, marketing, social media etc) and social entrepreneurship.
How do you generate your ideas?
I generate most of my ideas by observing things, reading, listening to people and getting involved in things. All of these comes down to thinking. The ideas come and then I think through them thoroughly. I implement the ones I can and share the ones I can't with people I know who can implement them.
Apart from being a blogger/social media expert what else do you do?
I play. I network. I read. I coach. I do so many other things as time permits because I am a multipotentialite.
How many hours do you work a day on average?
I love learning. I love work. Averagely, I work 16 hours a day.
What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?
My greatest fear is that I don't want to reach the end of my life and realize that I never lived life to the fullest. I manage the fear by living my best in every moment of the day (as much as I can)
What do you really care about (Passion)
People. I care a lot about people. People are my driving force.
 How do you define success?
I have a personal definition of success. I came up with this several years ago. In summary, my definition of success is fulfilling the purpose for a thing. For example, me answering this interview is a success. People reading this interview is a success. Why? Because your purpose for conducting this interview is for me to answer them so people can read and learn from it.
What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
I'm sorry, I can't remember my failures. You know, one day of success wipes out the memory of several days of failure. But I know, surely that I have learned from such failure. I learned the right ways to do and not to do whatever I have failed in. Maybe, when I take the time to look backward through records, I'll see them glaring at me but as at now, my face is forward.
What/who are/have been your influence?
I'm not easily influenced but because of my love for people and learning, I get exposed to different kinds of influence. People, places, things influence me but actions that result from those influences are dependent on what I personally choose to do.
Tell us about a time when things didn't go the way you wanted and how you came out?
Okay, for privacy's sake, I won't reveal the full story. Basically, things don't always go the way we want them to go. I have had very challenging times but I came out based on God's grace and my standing on/for the truth.
How has being an entrepreneur affected your life?
Naturally, I am an introvert. Being an entrepreneur has turned my life into an ambivert.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
1. Love for people.
2. Knack for good results (solutions) and the process for getting the good results.
3. Ability to network and work easily with anyone.
What advice would you give to college students who want to become entrepreneurs?
I get this question a lot. A lot of college students or graduates ask me what they need to do to become entrepreneurs. I most times reply them with the question "Why do you want to be an entrepreneur?" Their response to my question determines the kind of advice I give. So, if you are interested in entrepreneurship and reading this, my advice is, first make a list of the top 25 reasons why you want to be an entrepreneur and send them to me via http://adesojiadegbulu.com/contact/ and I will respond to you with further advice on what you should really do.

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