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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Interesting article by Jason Njoku about not giving up (must read)

Jason Njoku is the founder of iROKO which is worth millions of dollars today. Here he writes about how in 2010 he had less than N10,000 in his account and how not giving up on his dreams changed his life. He shares his story and encourages others to keep fighting. Read below...
"My wife persuaded forced me to do a little spring cleaning this weekend. As I was going through my things rubbish, I came across this old account statement for an iROKO Partners Ltd bank account in London. If you look at the date its 13 July 2010. The statement is for June 2010. That’s right. £60.25 paid in. £60.00 (my feeding money) paid out. And an ending balance of £0.25. That’s right folks. I literally had £0.25 in my account that's $0.42 or N63. Continue...
Needless to say life has improved somewhat, but as I go about trying to frame this statement, it definitely reminds me of how far in such a short time one’s life can improve. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic, but improve life can. It also should serve to demonstrate to anyone, anywhere right now toiling away in obscurity on a little project or something no one gives a flying f*** about that as long as you believe in yourself and your project then success (whatever that may mean to you) is or may be just around the corner. All you have to do is find the inner strength to stay in the game.

At this point I had toiled for 6 long years. Fast forward another 4 years and everything has changed. But then I didn’t know that. It was only pain.

Founders. Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever give up. On yourself. You may migrate from project to project and you will never know which one is ‘the one’. But one day, someday. Your stars will align.

97 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't give up on your dreams. Nice piece. Everyone has a story to tell.









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Anonymous said...

Awwww! So 9ce of him! tosyno0074ril@yahoo.com

#Trend said...

Slow down buddy uh. Jopeyemi@gmail.com

Aiteobhor leonard said...

Thank you sir, just the right motivation i needed.....and God bless you Linda

Anonymous said...

Sorry to deviate but Linda.. Thanks for the much better structure u have in place... I so disliked the former one

#King said...

Very true..well said sir..u have made it..linda ur story too is a testimony..life aint easy but with hardwork impossible is nothing..s/o to evri1 hustling to make it in lyf..soon ur story will change....................................#KingOfKings

Anonymous said...

I will say a big AMEN to that. My comment is just that prospective entrepreneurs should never give up on their dreams.

Naija Blog Queen Olofofo said...

I am sure someone somewhere today,will be very uplifted by this little story.We all need someone to say to us once in a while,don't worry its gonna be alright.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the advice. bukoladewole@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Thank you Jason Njoku I really needed this...

Debbie Chelsea said...

I ♡ dis

Unknown said...

dude was hardworking tho! while living here in the UK. kudos bro! nuff respect! and more blessing...

Anonymous said...

Thanks sure needed those words of encouragement..

lotanna said...

I'm not a fan of all these type of post. I think I enjoy gossips more. Or maybe a pic of a girl with big hips

Anonymous said...

I hate to sound like a party pooper, but we need to stop this habit of defining a success story by how much money we now have after suffering or going through a lot. It makes many people see money as an end instead of just another tool to use for the kingdom of God.

Success story is hearing that statement on that day "Weldone, good and faithful servant.". There are many people who will be great in the age to come and for eternity who never had a lot going for them financially or even materially in this age.

What you do with your money or whatever it is God gave you, to advance His Kingdom is what makes you a success story -not the money itself.

Chris Okafor said...

Thanks, Jason. Sometimes it's hard to continue on a project when all you encounter is gridlock. I sit back sometimes and consider the other option, backing down, but this article is an encouragement that 'giving up' is not an option. God help us all.

Unknown said...

True talk.........nyc one

Kehinde said...

Inspirational piece. Thanks for the encouragement.

Anonymous said...

Thank God 4 d turn around...waiting 4 my own too... God bless Nigeria...

Eya Ayambem said...

Wow!

Eya Ayambem said...

wow!

Anonymous said...

Well said. thank you!

PRETTY GIRL said...

WOW! Very inspirational and short write up..Thanks for sharing your story sir, it' s a quick reminder that hardwork and perseverance sure pays#Teamnevergivinguponmyself

MOVIES WITH ASK said...

God bless you Jason for this message. it was short but inspring. again, God bless you

Anonymous said...

Amen!

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Quite inspiring. Each new day provides a new opportunity. It takes hard work to establish coincidence with the opportunities.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Anonymous said...

Amen!!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Interesting article indeed!

Anonymous said...

VERY VERY VERY encouraging...I just need this to push ahead the more...thank you

CHERRY said...

Nice one!

Anonymous said...

thank you sir. am encouraged

Femiluv said...

Very motivating!

Unknown said...

True talk. ... thnks for d encouragement

Anonymous said...

Wow !

Anonymous said...

I will be there! By HIS Grace!

Unknown said...

Quite inspirational!
I cannot agree less, believe in yourself and your dreams and put God first...surely one will get there someday, though it may tarry and be rough.
Congrats Njoku!

Anonymous said...

very encouraging and inspiring....

Anonymous said...

WORD!! Thank God for this post cos that's my balance now. I will continue to grind and pray...so help me God.
...Ezinwa...

Waves of the Moment.....It takes you...to make a difference! said...

Thanks. You dont know what this means to me.

Dr. Ada said...

Just the kind of story I need... Tanx 4 sharing.

ary said...

Truly a rags to riches story! Linda almost quite like yours! Hope is a really priceless

Anonymous said...

First of all "lol"..guess what?. I don't understand anything here.

Bonita Bislam said...

Yes o.Never give up on what you really know you should do.The "man of the hour" spent many days and nights getting there.

Anonymous said...

NICE ONE FROM NJOKU

Anonymous said...

Nice one....that was good enough inspiration brother.....K.A

Anonymous said...

Thank you your write up it has encouraged me today,some day Jason I will introduce myself to you again,first time we had our issues, respect to you and your projects and future deals ,hope to see you soon ,some day or some months I have a great idea I will like to sell to you ,Respect my Bro!!!

Opelicious Morgann said...

Thanks for the encouragement cuz this country is getting more hopeless by the day. Lots of talented people wasting away in one way or the other.

I write novels and screen plays plus poetry and songs....but the platform to get out there is restricting. I did some copywriting tests in advertising agencies yet was not called due to the man-know-man syndrome. Yet there's nobody who is not impressed with my works. God dey.

Alozie Paschal Okwara said...

I hear linda saying, "yes, it happened to me too".

Anonymous said...

Encouragin words...


MC BIGGY

Unknown said...

I'm encouraged. Thanks a lot for this piece.

Anonymous said...

Amen

Anonymous said...

Whtever dats meant to be will definitely be. Pretex4luv@yahoo.com

FUNMINISTA said...

What is he saying?I dont understand o

MY TURN said...

Yes o!The stars must align at some point

Amarachukwu. said...

What will be will be.

Unknown said...

Cus you a dumbstard!! Go bac to learn ur ABC perfectly nd come bak nd read it

Anonymous said...

Ok ooo... nkemdirimeverista111@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Ope, I know you personally and have seen some of your works. It's not the man-know-man syndrome that is affecting you, after all, you have tried it yourself! You are just not as good as you think you are. Brush up your so called writing skills instead of trying to use your looks to sell your books!!

Cutest Babe said...

Giving up is never an option for me.....thanks Mr Jason for this piece

aikejiuba@yahoo.co.uk

Alicia says... said...

This guy still lost in a major way by marrying and knocking up a Nollywood hoe because of body shape. Smh men

Unknown said...

Very inspiring

Unknown said...

Well said.... never ever ever ever give up.. run, walk, crawl if you may but never ever sit on your bums... keep moving.. Don't Stop. Stay the course.. Heads Up.

Olubukola Ozone said...

"I am determined to neva give up" in Kanu's voice

Anonymous said...

The state of education is so poor in Nigeria. There are people commenting that they don't understand what he's saying. It's written in plain English. What is difficult to understand here?

Bonny said...

Wow, this is quite encouraging.

Anonymous said...

thanks bro, you never know, you must have touch or save some ruining soul with this.

BETTER IS BETTER said...

Good story. Good lesson. Let the hustlers get inspired.

FUNMINISTA said...

@olubukola luro monkey.u r very stupid.your entire household is a dumbbastard.

Miss Oluwaseun said...

Hmmmmm, ok

APPLE said...

Thank God but continue to be humble.

Fashion and Style Police said...

I am so inspired. Keeping the dream alive. Check out http://fashionandstylepolice.com/ for everything fashion.

DOBY DOBY said...

Yea determination leads to success

Steveosky 4 Real. said...

If you know her personally, why come here to give this piece ?? Am so sure she would have appreciated that in private!! My thoughts...

lynda Godwin said...

Very very uplifting. thanks for sharing it. You have made my day. Bless u.

Boladale said...

This piece touched me, I pray I will share the story one day with you Linda, meanwhile let go and start it.

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Anonymous said...

@opelicious....why want to work for an agency as a copywriter?

Go to amazon.com buy the following books.....


Ogilvy on advertising......cashvertising by drew eric whiteman I think his name is

go to www.thegaryhalbertletter.com and read everything on that site.

If you spend one week readin and do not see ideas to make millions without needing agencies....then you need a change of career.

I say this because I write and make millions monthly. I dont work for nobody. And I am 29.

I say this to encourage and motivate you. Not to brag.

You will Thank me for it later

SIGGGOS said...

Motivated and inspired...

Anonymous said...

im inspired. hardwork pays.
#PICCANTO#

Anonymous said...

im inspired. hardwork pays.
#PICCANTO#

Unknown said...

THANKS
i wont give up...



BORN TO SHINE!!!

Rabeshi George said...

Nice piece...Lovely article. I was really touched by this inspirational message.God bless!

Anonymous said...

You head dey there

Anonymous said...

You head dey there

Ogamazi said...

Dusting up my proposal and docs to start again. I actually somehow gave up after few trials

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Anon 9:00am, But money is a starting point to start achieving that for the Glory of God. How do you encourage people now with something that is yet to happen in the age to come? This is one form of encouragement and uplifting and hope for some downtrodden/despairing peeps out there, especially those with financial troubles/problems right now. I would'nt knock it quite like that. It is true money isn't everything but does help.This is just one story and example of how determination and perseverance helped financially for this guy, you don't know his private life or how he's using his wealth to glorify God. This is just a story to inspire and encourage just like the story in the bible of the sick man in john chapter 5, who had been sick for 38yrs as he couldn't get into the pool of Bethesda to receive healing whenever it was stirred, because the first person in would be healed. He had no one to help him into the pool and others were always faster than him in getting in there. He never gave up and went home because he wasn't quick enough like others, he never threw his hands up in defeat but instead he persevered and still hung around the pool, hopeful, until one day Jesus saw him there, had mercy on him and healed him without even having to get into the pool. There was no "well done, good and faithful servant" in this story either, but it still encourages and inspires Christians and even people in general to keep at what they're doing, be hopeful and never give up. .... Just Saying

talk talk said...

Ope- I think u might wanna consider the criticism and work on it. its never too late to write a new chapter and start afresh.
I used to feel entitled too, but I am learning that I no not what I think I know. I humble myself daily in this and I am becoming a better person. Now ppl look for me, I don't have to worry about man-know-man.
its tough for a pretty lady who wont spread her legs, but knowing ur onions helps a lot.

Anonymous said...

Money, achievemnt is equally a measure of success while we are still on earth. Don't undermine this words on encouragement please.

Anonymous said...

Amazing advice

Anonymous said...

Linda, kindly share your story. We all love to hear.

Lordson said...

Inspiring is the word for this great piece from Jason.

Perseverance always yields the desired results. This is the message I try to preach on my blog...Never ever ever ever give up on your dreams.

Anonymous said...

U "cannot agree less" means u disagree.

Anonymous said...

LOL, we-re ni e

Funmy Kemmy said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing. I am not giving up on MYSELF.

Michael said...

Soul lifting piece from Njoku himself, i love it. With tenacity against all odds, one's dream will surely come true.
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