Monday, September 1, 2014

The "GET CRAZY" Series: Meet Kola Olaosebikan


Welcome to September and the second interview in the “GET CRAZY” series, loves!
"GET CRAZY" is the new monthly interview series on the blog that will spotlight professionals in various fields (blogging, personal coaching, public speaking, entertainment, etc) that have been successful at growing in their personal and professional lives due to their firm choice to stand in their faith and work diligently. 
With so much self-doubt and fear of public disapproval, many of us young folks get stuck in shame-holes about our faith and/or are afraid to dream big plus WORK for a greater future. I believe it has always taken courage (the ability to act in faith with fear present) for people to achieve great feats - more specifically, the courage to be 'Crazy'. 
 
The courage to be different. The courage to dream of visions for a future you can't physically see yet. The courage to live a life of faith in all areas (personal, professional, social, etc) knowing there will be opposition and mockery from folks around the corner. The courage to build a legacy, daily, that honors God and will serve people for generations to come. The courage to decide to be a positive impact on the world even when you feel like you're nowhere near good enough.

And I’m happy to share with you some of the people that embody this very courage in their lives in the hopes that they can inspire us all to “get crazy” ourselves. (If you haven't already, check out the First Interview.) Today, we'll be meeting the lovely Ms. Kola Olaosebikan. 

 

 Kola Olaosebikan is a young Nigerian Speaker and Blogger. Kola blogs at Beta Motivation where she connects with young folks that are passionate about making a difference in the world. Kola's blog helps support orphan care projects in various countries and she speaks at events geared towards young people (generally the under 30 crowd) that want to live to make a difference (she offers a course via her site called "How to Make a Blog that Makes a Difference).

Kola is a passionate orphan advocate and an ambassador for the Global Orphan Project. Earlier this year she visited an orphanage in India and brought awareness to the child orphans in the area through her blog and YouTube channel.

I was introduced to Kola through her YouTube videos (funny enough, I believe I was on another channel and one of her videos came up as a "suggested" one to watch - can anyone say divine intervention?) After watching every video she had, I subscribed to her blog and became a true supporter of her work and her message. She is truly one of the people that keeps me motivated to continue exercising my courage muscle (ak.a. "crazy") to live out my God-given purpose.

When compiling a list of people I wanted for the interview series, Kola definitely came to mind. And when I reached out to her about being a guest, she was gracious enough to say yes.

So, without further ado, here is my interview with Kola Olaosebikan! Enjoy and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

1. How has getting "crazy" in faith helped you in your life as a Speaker?

The life of a Speaker is glamorous on the outside but deathly difficult on the inside. Getting crazy in faith has helped me to take it all in stride and focus on the ultimate purpose for anything I do - glorifying God. Without this faith, I don’t think I would be able to persevere through the times where I wasn’t sure what the next right steps were or when I felt like I was constantly investing in others when nobody seemed to be investing in me.
 
2. What motivates you to hold on to your faith when you're feeling
doubtful and afraid in your career?

   
Nothing. Haha Nothing can motivate me to hold on to faith when I’m feeling doubtful or afraid. Over the years, I’ve learned to tell myself “you can rest, but you can’t quit”. So when things get hairy, I know it’s time to take a breather and pray. Resting is tough for me because I’m a workaholic. In fact, I’m supposed to be resting right now as I answer these questions. So, if you’re a workaholic like me and you find it difficult to rest, audiobooks and podcasts might help keep your mind occupied while your body relaxes. I have a list of some of my favorite books here (www.betamotivation.com/good-books-to-read/ ) and two of my favorite podcasts are 99% invisible and Jillian Michaels.

3. Procrastination is considered somewhat of a modern-day epidemic. (it
has been my Achilles heel many times!) What's one distraction that gets in
the way of your productivity and how do you work past it?


Organizing things. One time, I made this video where I introduced myself as a Virgo (http://wp.me/p4zs3i-1EY). In response, somebody emailed me an essay about how Christians should never use any astrology-related words. I have no idea whether that’s true (or if I even care). All I know is, I fit quite nicely into the typical description of a Virgo and this means that I love to organize things. I’ll organize the pantry, organize my schedule, organize my inbox, organize the TV remote controls.
I’ll organize anything if it means putting off something important. It’s bad. Thank God for technology. Now, I have two apps that have truly made a massive difference for me. The first is Zoho CRM and the second is 30/30. Between these two apps, I have all the accountability and motivation I need to focus on the most important things. In case anybody is curious, I’ve shared a little bit about how I use them here (http://www.betamotivation.com/selfie/)
4. Most successful people say that developing positive habits changed
their lives dramatically. What are some of your daily spiritual habits?


Hmmnn...I don’t know how I feel about sharing my spiritual habits. haha I guess one that’s become a priority for me lately is spending time becoming beautiful on the inside. I feel like it’s so easy to put on makeup and look nice or apply a filter to a picture and get 40 likes yet be an ugly, horrible person on the inside. I don’t want to get carried away with outward appearances and forget that the most important thing is my heart. Some of the things that go into this are to start my day by thinking about all the positive wonderful things that I’m expecting that day, I also make an intentional effort to extend grace and assume the best about other people. I started doing this partly because of something I wrote on my blog that showed me that I had a real opportunity to grow my heart and make it more beautiful. 

 
 

5. I absolutely LOVE quotes. If your life's motto could only be summed up
in one quote, what would it be?


YOLO! I know, I know. Fun fact, “because you only live once” was actually the tagline for my blog when it first started but I changed it when the phrase made it into mainstream high school lingo a few years ago. It made my stomach lurch to think that a client might come to my site and the first thing they saw was something that reminded them of high school kids doing dumb stuff. Now, the tag line for my blog (and life) is “live to make a difference” but in my head, it’s still YOLO haha.



6. Most successful people also say that mentors have been instrumental in
the achievement of their goals. Who is one spiritual mentor you have, and
how has he/she been an inspiration & assistance in your personal and
professional growth?
  

This is one area where I haven’t had much luck. In fact, I’m actively looking for a mentor so anybody who wants to adopt me, I promise to make it worth your while.

7. Name two of your favorite books that have helped shape your positive
mindset/life?

 
The Bible (I’m obligated to say that one right?) and The Biography of Alexander the Great. I am so grateful for the Bible because it’s basically my lifeline. I know I can rely on what it says. And I absolutely adore the bio of Alexander the Great because a lot of people can talk good game about success and discipline but how many have actually lived it out? That book completely redefined my idea of success and discipline. I couldn’t put it down. I wrote about it here a while back and I think I also shared where people can get it for free (http://wp.me/p4zs3i-GN) 

8. No matter how strong we are, we are all human and we all get our
feelings hurt at times. How do you handle criticism and opposition from
people in your personal life and in your career?

It depends. I have some people in my life that are impossible to please. I ignore those people even when I know they’re right. Their words literally enter through one ear and escape through the other. Then I have some people that are experts at tough love. I value those people dearly and I take time to reflect on their feedback. If there is truth in it, I make changes. If I disagree, I stick with my stubborn ways.

 Ill give you an example. I went through a phase where I was making videos every single week. I had made a commitment to myself that a new blog post had to go up every week and for some reason, I decided every blog post had to be a video. Somebody I love very dearly called me out on this one night when I was anxious about not having a video ready for the week. After listening to what he had to say, I realized that I didn’t need to do a video every week. In fact, I’m a way better writer than a video maker/editor. I incorporated his advice into my overall business strategy and it has made a world of difference for me. Now, the story doesn’t end there. The same person asked me why I felt the need to have a set schedule for when I do my writing. He said it would be better to wait and write only when I felt inspired. I disagreed and have stuck with my stubborn ways. If all else fails, I drop to my knees and pray.
 


9. Describe a moment in your career you regret when you didn't choose to
put your faith first.

   
I hope this doesn’t sound like a cop out but I can truly say that I have no regrets in my career choices. I’ve always managed to have just enough crazy to do the things I want to do and go to the places I want to go. It’s always scary, always uncertain, and sometimes I cry but at the end of the day, it feels really good to know that I have no regrets career-wise.

10. Please finish the sentence. I am at peace when_________


I’m sleeping. Haha If somebody took a picture of my brain, I’d bet it would have a 6 pack. I never stop thinking, processing, gathering information. I’m slowly learning to be at peace with myself and the world and to stop trying to fix things. But it’s going to be a process so I take all the peace I can get when I’m fast asleep.
 
Now it's time for the fun stuff!

Your most favorite word? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

 
Your least favorite word? Groin. I don’t know why but the sound of the word is just weird to me. Groin. Eek!


If you were alone in your room on a Saturday night, what song would you be
jamming to?
Anything Iyanya! Your waist your waist all I want is your waist!

If you get to choose one last meal to eat before you die, what would you
pick?
Indomie noodles (chicken flavor) with cayenne pepper, buffalo wild wings (with the mango sauce), watermelon, and water (no ice)

If you could only watch one film for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chai! What kind of punishment is that? haha Anything Tyler Perry.



One city you're determined to visit in your lifetime? Rome.

Coffee or Tea? Green tea. All day, everyday.

Phone calls or texts? Texts. I don't know why people bother calling me sometimes.
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Thank you Kola for being my second guest! (FYI, after watching Mary Poppins as a kid, I practiced saying "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" for hours. I was so happy when I finally got it:)

If you are as inspired as I am by Kola and would like to keep up with her, check out her website

You can also follow Kola on Twitter at @BetaMotivation or on Facebook

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8 comments:

  1. Very lovely interview. Ms Olaosebikan is one very determined and intelligent lady. Just got to know of her blog and work last week, and I was blown away. Well done Ladies. Adaeze, keep up the good work. Nice blog!

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    1. Thanks, Precious!! I'm happy you've gotten acquainted with Kola's blog/work - she's truly an inspiration. And thank you for your kind comment about the blog...I hope you continue reading & sharing your thoughts on the weekly posts :)

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  2. Aw I love this series. Great interview! I stumbled across Kola's videos first too before discovering her blog x

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    1. Thank you, Tomi love!! I'm really enjoying the series too :))

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  3. Hello Ada, this is my very first time visiting your blog and I am so happy I did so. You write in such a good way.
    This interview is amazing (how can so much wisdom be in just one person? I adore her) and I've learnt so much, really inspiring. I've learnt how I can improve as a person and how to give myself fully to my cause (because you know, I try to motivate my fellow young ones through my blog, but I need to do a lot f work on me and it's not always easy to figure it out).

    Thank you so much for sharing your conversation with Kola with us.

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    1. Dalu, Benjamina!!! I am so happy you decided to visit the blog (I hope you keep coming back:) Thank you for the compliment on the writing - I've found that the more I make writing a habit, the more I improve.

      I love that you took away some great wisdom nuggets from Kola! And I love that you also have an interest in motivating others like yourself. What I will say is that while, like you said, you might need to do a lot of work on "you" (who doesn't?) and it won't always be easy, keep your reason for maintaining your blog on your mind DAILY and remember the importance and positive impact your posts can have on others as great motivation to keep you going (especially in those times you just feel like calling it quits! lol)

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  4. Adaeze love your blog and what you do, truly inspiration. Enjoyed this interview Kola has a very uplifting and fun spirit, my kinda girl! X

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    1. Thank you, love!! I really appreciate that! And I'm glad you connected with Kola's spirit - she's my kinda girl too :)

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