I am Ijeoma Obiajunwa-Ajiamah, Fellow – YALI RLC 2016, a multi award-winning Social Entrepreneur, Nominee, - UN Women Empower Women Global Champion for Change 2016, Public Speaker, Event facilitator and Consultant specializing in Social Entrepreneurship.
My interests range from entrepreneurship to innovation. I am also interested in education, causes, and volunteering. I invite you to support my charity https://about.me/ijeomaobiajunwa-ajiamah
What fuels Ijeoma Ngozi Obiajunwa-Ajiamah?
What is your greatest influence? Failure is my greatest influence because it impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you fail by default. J.K. Rowling, the Author said.
It seems that failure tends to be more public than success. Or at least that’s what we perceive it to be. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the simple truth is – no great success was ever achieved without failure. It may be one epic failure. Or a series of failures – such as 10,000 attempts to create a light bulb or Dyson’s 5,126 attempts to invent a bag-less vacuum cleaner. But, whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams. Permit me to share this collection of inspiring quotes by great men with you to inspire, encourage, empower and motivate some great men out of a box society has fit them in, to suit their whims and caprices:
1. "Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be" - John Wooden
2. "Everything you want is on the other side of fear." - Jack Canfield
3. “Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.” - Coco Chanel
4. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” - Robert F. Kennedy
5. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” - Janet Fitch
6. “If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.” - Ken Robinson
7. “Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” - Gena Showalter
8. “If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” - Richard Yates
9. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” - Denis Waitley
10. “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” - Ellen DeGeneres
11. “It's failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” - Ellen DeGeneres
12. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” - Chris Bradford
13. “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas A. Edison
14. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill
15. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” - Paulo Coelho
16. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” - Lance Armstrong
17. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill
18. “I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.” - Neal Shusterman
19. “We are all failures - at least the best of us are.” - J.M. Barrie
20. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” - Henry Ford
21. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” - C.S. Lewis
22. “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” - Robert T. Kiyosaki
23. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” - Napoleon Hill
24. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” - Johnny Cash
25. “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” - Zig Ziglar
26. “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I've met people who don't want to try for fear of failing.” - J.K. Rowling
27. “No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” - Chris Hardwick
28. “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” - Eloise Ristad
29. “With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.” - Criss Jami
30. "What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" - John Green
Who are your top three models?
These great women who were passionate about reaching out and helping others in their communities even when they needed help themselves below are my lifetime models:
1. Michelle Obama, the 44th First Lady and wife to President Barack Hussein Obama, lawyer, Chicago City administrator and community outreach worker who focused her attention on issues such as the support of military families, helping working women balance career and family and encouraging national service. During the first year of the Obama presidency, Michelle and her husband volunteered at homeless shelters and soup kitchens in the Washington D.C. area. Michelle also has made appearances at public schools, stressing the importance of education and volunteer work.
2. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and living saint Mother Theresa who lived a life of sacrifice, love and kindness, encouraging individuals and corporate to commit to social responsibility and do their bit for the world is my next model. Lessons I have learnt from her personal commitment and social responsibility have not only built my awareness in volunteering, it has also sharpened my commitment in uplifting society, developed my ability to persevere through criticisms and deepened my faith.
3. The Influential U. N Ambassador Alysia Sylberg, one of the World's Most Inspiring Women who is ever conscious about supporting women in their entrepreneurship skills and committed to her causes in uplifting the woman, is my drive and role model.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
What is the African's woman challenge? The African woman's critics blame her for lack of education to handle issues at hand, means to eradicate poverty stating she fantasizes poverty, transparency and mismanagement of funds when given a leadership opportunity to make change. Enduring all the criticism and persevering by doing, the actions of the African woman speaks louder. I think if she has adequate access to finance, training and capacity building programs to upgrade her skills, she will be empowered enough to handle the tasks, for it is said: "My people perish for lack of knowledge"
What do you do to relax yourself?
When I am hit by the depressing waves of the era or stressful moments words can't explain, I walk bare feet. After which, I switch off my phones and read an inspiring and empowering book boost my urge to stay on track and not be distracted.
What is your ICE vision?
Inspiration - Success stories of nobodies who are trying to help other nobodies to become somebodies.
Empowerment - My empowerment vision is to train and impact the lives of at least 300 women and youth with information and resources that will be at my disposal by virtue of attending Coady International Institute Canada in October 2017so they can be the eyes, strength and inspiration for the next generation.