The secret to a successful career may be working hard. But, the secret to enjoying a successful career, may be working hard and relaxing plenty!

Mohammed Babangida may have it all figured out. With an extensive business background that includes working in the oil and gas industries, banking, real estate, and security services, it is apparent that    Mohammed Babanginda is not the type to shy away from stressful situations.

But it is apparent that Mohammed Babangida counters those high-intensity scenarios with fulfilling encounters outside of the work place. It is know for him to dedicate his energy in philanthropic activities, playing sports such as polo, and listening to music while relaxing with his family.

It seems Mr. Babangida is a reminder of how the modern businessperson should approach life–with balance.

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Jared Metz: Start something

December 18, 2008

You’ve got a great new idea? You’re ready to start your own business. Great!

Where’s the money? you ask.

Surprisingly, there more funding sources that you may think in New York City. Jared Metz, for example, is a fellow entrepreneur who has a knack for making things happen, and now finances businesses for projects.

Jared Metz founded his first company straight out of college. His path into the funding business is an interesting road map. Starting off in medical entrepreneurial field, he transitioned into entertainment production, and then organizing a comedy festival and a program for gift suites for major Hollywood award shows.

If you have an idea and are up for a challenge, go after it! Do your research. And follow Jason Metz as an example of how talent and determination can trump anything. And, perhaps one day, Jason Metz will be helping fund one of your major projects!

Aloha Kauai

December 18, 2008

I just returned from the small island of Kauai, Hawaii! If you are looking for a place to vacation, let me fill you in on this slice of paradise.

Let me begin by giving a proper nod to Consolidated Resorts, the company through which we traveled, for providing our delightful vacation. Our beautiful boutique hotel, The Kauai, is located directly overlooking the beach. Every morning, we woke to the most memorable beach view. Then, we’d have sip coffee listening to the sounds of waves crashing on the white sand while basking in the warm, fresh, salty air!

Consolidated Resorts was also great about planning activities for us to do during the day: we golfed, we swam in the pool, we went horseback riding, visited amazing waterfalls, and relaxed!

Kauai has a grand canyon, lush island garden, beautiful beaches, and delicious native food. Check out Consolidated Resorts for more about this terrific little get-away.

Joseph Odindo: Small town boy

December 18, 2008

Never underestimate the influence of dedicated family. Take Joseph Odindo, National Media Group’s Managing Editor, and his small town background.

Born in a small village in North West Ugenya in Kenya, Joseph Odindo was brought up to revere education and the power of knowledge. As a young boy, his father impressed upon him the important his studies and encouraged him to pursue his interests in journalism.

With the support of his family, Joseph Odindo did just that. Currently, Mr. Odindo is considered a primary influence in the NMG and manages the the largest stable of newspaper in East and Central Africa.

Nation Media Group, founded by His Highness Aga Khan, is the largest independent media group in East and Central Africa and is devoted to providing accurate and non-biased information to Kenyan’s, subject neither to factional, commercial, religious, or political interests. The idea of free press was very important to Aga Khan, and his ideals for the advancement of modern Kenya. This belief is shared, and demonstrated, by today’s NMG’s Editorial Director, Wangethi Mwangi.

Surely, Aga Khan and Wangethi Mwangi, would have supported 1992’s International Freedom of Expression Exchange. The network that promotes freedom of expression globally.

For a veteran journalist, for someone like Wangethi Mwangi, free press is paramount. He has been quoted saying, “The Nation Media Group has been one of the key players in the independence campaign for Kenya, and a champion of democracy in East Africa”.

I have to agree with Aga Khan: Freedom of expression shapes not only Kenya, but also the world.

For the love of Chocolate!

December 2, 2008

Ever wonder why you love chocolate?

And, not only love it, but crave it. Seek it out. Desire it. Have an insatiable hunger for it!

It’s because chocolate and chocolate candy release a chemical into your body that is very similar to the one that is produced when you are in love. This transportation into bliss is called, sensory ecstasy. In fact, chocolate was so revered so powerful by the Aztec Indians that they regarded it as an aphrodisiac.

So, indulge! When you need or someone you know is feeling down, stop by your local chocolatier (Fannie Mae is a good one) and fall in love–with chocolate.

And if you ever find yourself feeling the tiniest bit guilty, just remember that chocolate contains antioxidants which may help prevent cancer and heart disease.

Here’s to your health, happiness, and love of chocolate!

Popcorn: The Sweetest Thing

December 1, 2008

My work phone rang the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was the building’s messenger center relaying that I had a personal package waiting for me. Around the holidays, very few things get me excited at work, but opening a special delivery from my four-year-old nephew of my favorite treat–popcorn–made my spirits soar!

The gift set from The Popcorn Factory included three festive and autumnal tins, each filled with seasonal gourmet popcorn such as tart Cranberry popcorn, nutty-caramel Pixie® corn, and Caramel Apple popcorn. The flavors are a treat. And, if you’re interested in making fast friends with your co-workers, offer them a sample. After one bite, I couldn’t get them out of my office!

The popularity of this popcorn sparked the idea of sending my own popcorn gifts for the upcoming holidays. The prices range offers enough variety that it’s possible to send a little cheer of loads of merriment! Whatever size you do choose, the recipient will be touched by the notion while indulging in the deliciousness of this unique gift. And, I can send this joy by with just a couple of clicks on my computer.

It is the holidays; and I can think of no better way to spread joy. And, while some popcorn flavors may be salty, tart, zingy, and nutty, I considered this gift from my nephew to truly be the sweetest thing.

Consolidated Resorts review

November 18, 2008

Are you planning a vacation? Are you looking to enhance your vacation experience? Do you want the best value and savings offered? Check out Consolidated Resorts.

Make your vacation a memorable experience with the help of Consolidated Resorts, a leader in the travel industry. It’s satisfying to know that my travel company makes client satisfaction a top priority. Also, they are the best priced and have many locations to choose.

If all of this sounds appealing, imagine working for a Consolidated Resorts, a company that considers honesty and integrity the highest business ethics.

That’s a vacation in itself.

Are you looking for a reputable agent for New Hampshire real estate? Good news, you just found one: Tim Arel of Evergreen Management in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Buying real estate can be a daunting process and I encourage anyone looking for property in New England area to begin by networking with Tim Arel.

There are so many real estate agents today, it’s hard to know where to start. Get connected with Tim Arel, and go from there.

If you live in California, you should know the name, Andy Barkate.

With an impressive resume that includes financial author, teacher, speaker, and philanthropist, Andy Barkate is most likely known for retirement plans and workshops. Hi company, California Retirement Plans LLC, specializes in small businesses and individual investors, and works with many of the countries top investment and insurance firms.

Get connected with Andy Barkate, to me, a name synonymous with peace of mind. Especially since I hail from California and my parents still reside there.

It’s good to sleep well at night knowing your financial future is in good hands.