TNBT Editor Joanne Oguntimehin shares her experience of taking part in the TNBT Vision Board Masterclass in London’s O2 Think Big Hub.
The TNBT Vision board masterclass kicked off on 30th June 2016 at the O2 Think Big Hub. Walking in I was immediately drawn in by the sense of purpose in the room. Amongst the gift bags, magazines and refreshments was the buzz of conversation. Not the routine small talk type, but the excited murmurs of connections, interest and common ground being discovered.
The event kicked off with a talk from TNBT Media Founder, Linda Smith, who shared the intimate details of her journey from working daily on excel spreadsheets to pursuing her dream – a dream we were all benefiting from in that moment.
Following this, it was our turn to do some soul searching as we drafted ideas for our vision board on topics such as Business and Career goals, Health and Wellness, Money and Opportunities as well as our ‘bucket list’. This was an important time to think and reflect about what we wanted our future to look like – moving away from the broad statements we had grown accustomed to and laying down specific foundations. After a moment of sharing, us dream makers got down to the cutting and the sticking and began crafting our vision boards. This was a thoroughly enjoyable process that took everyone back to their art collage days.
We were then privileged enough to hear from Chartered Accountant Rashik Vekaria from ICAEW Business and Advice Service who were sponsors of the evening. They dropped some practical gems on how to navigate the business world and seek financial support.
We then heard from the endlessly talented Eric Amoakwu-Boadu who uniquely balances being an Engineer and an amazing Saatchi Artist – a testament to the fact that there are no limits to following your dreams.
You do not need to choose between route A and B. We then heard from a panel featuring Oyin Akiniyi, founder of The Good Hair Club and Amina Habeeb – presenter, blogger and fashion enthusiast. Both women shared their different stories and their views on ‘generation hustle’, as Oyin dubbed it, as well as the real life rewards and challenges of pursuing your dream.
The world has become a very small place because of the internet – Eric
Oyin’s thought provoking question – What time are you dedicating to your passion after you work for someone else?
Amina shared how it is not always necessary to leave your job in pursuit of your dream – if you can do both, do both. Work hard and work smart. Amina revealed her Vision is to fulfil her purpose and ensure she uses all of her God given abilities.
Check out a snippet of the day in this video:
All in all, this event was necessary and left us with a unique type of empowerment that we know will be long lasting and lead to action – those first steps in turning our visions into a reality.
If you would like to be part of our inspiring network don’t miss out on our up and coming events
Dates for your diaries:
Next workshop Create a Winning Business Plan and Perfect Your Pitch – 28th July 2016 Hosted by Patrica Odje Founder of PBelle Comms
Next Making It Big Networking Event – 25th August 2016
Think big, Dream big, Live Big #lVY2016