Happy Monday with Adwoa

Sometimes in life, we reach a place that is a vital turning point in our story. A leader of a student fellowship I was a member of during undergrad, called these moments “prophetic junctions”. He described them as times in our lives that provide us with a vital chance to pursue something new or to get to a new stage. But, at the same time, they can be moments that determine whether we spend perpetuity where we currently are or not.

The thing about these moments is that, they have a way of sneaking up on us. Our inability to recognize these critical instances can unsympathetically set us back in life. They could be things that seem insignificant to us now. Then, in some cases, we look back regretfully and we realize we missed out on an opportunity that could have changed everything. I’m sure, like me, you don’t want this to be your story, so let’s take a moment and talk about “prophetic junctions”.

Everyone, for whatever the reason, has a dream of what they would like their life to look like one day. Some of us, have even gone farther to come up with a practical plan as to how to achieve this life they dream of. But, before you can get from where you are to that place that you want to be, there are series of events that occur in the middle. For example, you go and get a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering. Whilst in school, clubs will be formed, events will occur in and out of campus, you’ll make friends with that quiet Chemistry student who’s a bit of a book worm.

Those events: that club you joined to learn programming, that chemistry student you stayed up all-night studying with, accumulate to bring you a result.

Let’s say on an off-chance, that you start doing national service after school and all those hours you spent in that programming club gets you noticed by your boss. He offers to hire you when service is over and give you a good paying job. What if you had never gone and learned that programming? When you got to that moment where your boss needed some last-minute help setting something up in the office computer, you would not have been able to be of any help.

So, that sounds like a really random scenario right? Guess again.

The things you do today that you thought weren’t significant, are the verge of being the fuel for the things that happen tomorrow, and trust me, they will be significant.

What things then, should we do today?

Well, do the things that you love doing. If you’re into jewelry, take a random jewelry class and learn how to make it yourself. Pursue the things that you desire. If you like a girl, tell her your piece and hope that she reciprocates the love. Let’s not be timid anymore. Let’s not let being unsure stop us. Let’s go out there and let’s do and let’s be and let’s pursue. Here’s to succeeding in those prophetic junctions and happy Monday from a girl born on Monday.


Happy Monday with Adwoa

There comes a time when you get to a certain level in a thing that used to come easy to you and it’s no longer as easy as it used to be. At that point, what motivates you to keep on going? If the answer is nothing, you either never advance to the next level, as you sink into mediocrity, or you give the thing up all together and lose something that was once dear to you.

Let’s say for example, as a kid you always used to excel in school. Your parents always used to brag about you being first in class. But, when you got to a higher level, your performance changed and you no longer topped your class in every instance.

The issue was not that you suddenly became dumber. The issue was that, as you advanced in school, you advanced in difficulty and instead of applying more effort and resolve into learning what you were being taught, you applied the same effort you did before, expecting the same results. Sometimes, as we succeed, we have to work harder.

It’s so easy to advice another person to work harder isn’t it? It’s a whole different story when you’re the person forced to work harder. The best way to push yourself to work harder, is to find the right motivation.

That was what I was struggling with a few hours ago as I rifled through endless YouTube videos, trying to find a tutorial to walk me through some accounting I needed to do in order to complete my assignment in finance. Calculating and interpreting financial statements isn’t really something I’ve struggled with before. But, I found myself wanting to quit and watch an old movie instead. I could hear myself asking why it was taking so long to do the assignment and I felt like throwing in the towel. But, as I sat down staring at the excel spreadsheet, I envisioned my goals. Then, it occurred to me that it wasn’t about to get any easier. The only way to get to the next point, was to push through this one.

Working at the entry-level is also a lot like this. Before you can reach the glamorous position you might want to get into, you must first do hours of grunt work, and do them diligently. You must prove to superiors that you’re worth betting on. When they finally bet on you, your workload may change but it most likely isn’t getting any lighter. Before you can be a super cool investment banker for example, you have to spend a couple of years working spreadsheets for your superiors.

So, it’s important to know what work is entailed in the goals you’re aiming for. For me, that might mean I cannot avoid accounting if I truly have interest in finance.

Search your interests and goals and see the parts you must put up with. Find something to motivate you. If it’s truly what you want, do not give up easily but work harder towards it. (I’m rooting for you too.)

Here’s to discovery and happy Monday from a girl born on Monday.

Why Should We Hire You? – An Interview Question

“Why should you hire me? I guess that is a rhetoric right? I mean didn’t you see my CV? And what about my performance? I remember you were nodding throughout. The CEO even gave me an applause, why do you still go ahead to ask me such question?”

My friend, relax, sit down, be humble, and answer the question.

So in my last write-up on interview questions, it was requested I write one on how to answer such a question, that is, “why should we hire you?” A feat, I will attempt to answer.

Mind you there is no one answer that will satisfy this question wherever, or whenever it ask. The answer is dependent on the industry that one is entering and also, based on the line of questioning that one has been exposed to during the interview.

So usually, this question is about one of the last questions that is asked during an interview session.

Most interview experts argue that, this question is not about what you can do for the company, rather, for you to demonstrate your knowledge on what you could benefit from the company and what you the ‘little’ you will contribute. In effect, you must demonstrate what symbiotic relationship you will be offering the company, should they hire you.

Suzy Welch, bestselling management author and CNBC contributor, puts it this way: “Talk about the company, its people, product and processes.”

So there you go on how to answer such a question: it must be an answer that hammers on a SYMBIOTIC relationship! Don’t be so ‘altruistic’ with your answer.

Think of it this way: no matter how badly you need a job, you will not want to be hired in a company that will only let you work, work, work and work without adding any value to you. You will also want something in return…or?

Let’s take an example. Hypothetic job position is Product Engineer in an engineering company.

wy u.jpgInterviewer: Why should we hire you?

Candidate A: I have proven track record and will bring onboard more than relevant skills and experience and I believe I am cut well cut out for this job.

Candidate B: Your value for employee empowerment through continuous learning and your customer-centered approach makes you the difference in the industry. I also believe your culture of innovation in products and processes makes you unique. Furthermore, the position calls for someone who can bring onboard marketing and operations and have a well-designed and simulated product delivered faster, by as much as 3 working days.

The second answer proves that the candidate has been paying attention to the details of the company and not only did he state what he will be getting from the company, but specifically provided what the company will gain from him.

Part of the reasons, your answer must be ‘symbiotic’ and not solely about you is because, you do not know what the other candidates are bringing on board and, more importantly, you will also not want to be offering a generic response like all the rest – be different

In summary, your answer will mean nothing, if it does not liaise with why it is right for the skills you possess, your values and your career path – just merge it!

You can leave a feedback and also other interview questions you may want me to write on during the next piece.

Glad to have you reading.

My name is Kotey.

Good day.


Happy Monday with Adwoa

There is one issue in life that, no matter what you do, you’ll find yourself thinking about when you reach a certain age, and that is the issue of what comes next.

You complete high school and you decide to go get a bachelor’s degree in one field or the other with the perception that the degree will be the springboard, possibly, to the rest of your life. Maybe, you pursue a certain field because you believe that jobs in the field pay well, or maybe, you go into a field because an elderly advisor has convinced you that it is your path. You breeze through those years thinking after school, you will never be like those other people who don’t know where they’re going or what they want, no. But, then graduation comes around and you realize you were never truly sure what you wanted to do or if you even did the right degree. Now the question pushes against your forehead even harder.

You’ve gotten your bachelors, what now?

I was this person. I thought I knew what I was destined to become and exactly the field that I would finish school and go into. But, things didn’t happen that way. In fact, they happened completely differently. I left my family and my home on a whim and I traveled to a foreign land where I knew no one to get another degree, thinking after that, I would be well equipped to just go ahead and “be successful”. But, as I was in the program, doing the degree, I realized I had an interest in something else. One thing led to another and lo and behold I found myself here.

Where is here?

Second masters, living in a new place and only just beginning to discover myself. There is the key. There is no magic formula (unfortunately) and there is no right way to go. You can only choose to be fully satisfied with the place you are now and willing to move on to the next chapter when it comes. And if you aren’t, all it requires is to be bold enough to do something else. Let’s be patient and live in this moment together and let’s be bold enough to truly pursue our dreams together. For I am now convinced, that this is the way to discover the direction you go that will truly bring you satisfaction.

Happy Monday from a girl born on Monday.

Patience – Don’t we all need it!

As the sun shone with its consistent intensity, his bald head’s temperature increased appreciably as sweat trickled down to lubricate and release heat by convection on that same head. His handkerchief, soaked from the intermittent application on his bright glowing middle head, seem not to offer better drying of that naturally excavated portion – but isn’t that a good thing?

It is Monday, and Kwaku already has had enough of the week. He laid exhausted in fatigue with his oversized suit making him seem to carry some big ‘post’ than he has got – but he is by no means a small man from where he hails, his home, a father of seven children with enough problems.

He indeed looked beaten as he rested his back against the office chair, but this could only be noticed if you look deep into his soul. For his smile, his coveted signature, has covered this inner pain.

But his day was just about appreciating the brightness of the sun, when came in his boss, ranting and furiously blaming him for a task he has supposedly not completed. The insults where enough to put him on centre stage as all eyes thronged at him.

“…Why are you so irresponsible Kwaku!” said his boss. “I have given you a simple task to speak to our investors and for a fortnight you still haven’t gotten me an update. I also asked that you provide our clients with the new engagement policy and I do not know what you have done with it. You are clearly incompetent and lazy! I wonder how you have come this far in life!”

And that was what made Kwaku lose it. Yhup, he lost it! Not his senses, but his temper to not being cool.


To the chagrin of all poking eyes, Kwaku’s response made their mouths all drop with ‘wow’ when he was done speaking to his boss.

Kwaku’s reply was simple. First, he paused to think of his reaction. Then he smiled to himself as always. He later applied the opposite of his boss’s temper, and replied him with the best of coolness imaginable.

He began, remorsefully, “Sir, I am very sorry for my gross incompetence and lazy attitude. I am still learning to be better each day as I try to meet expectations each day. A fortnight ago when you asked that I speak to our investors and request for more funds, I did so and sent you an email on the amount that we managed to secure. Also with our clients, I was able to send them the policy update as well on that very day as I did that of the investors. I also sent an email once it was done to you. Not only did I send an email, but I also provided a printed document on your desk for your notice. I apologise that you haven’t seen all these.”

Kwaku’s boss was numbed and words stacked in his throat. But all were surprised with the impressed with the cool with which Kwaku responded after which he smiled as he sat back in his desk.

The point is, people go through enough problems each day and may have all the reasons on earth to reply us in the worst of actions. However, it is nice to be nice, isn’t it?

My name is Kotey and sometimes, some patience will explain everything.

Good day.


The Same Coin

A story is told of a baker who once was the best in his entire town. The smell of his bread, could travel far along the nooks and crannies of paths trekked by travellers. It was believed, at the time, that, the smell of his bread could satisfy any hunger and bring satisfaction. It was for this reason, that many a person stood outside their front yard to only inhale sweet-smelling air of baked flour ‘stoked’ with yeast.

But one day, the man from whom this baker bought his flour for dough came to town. He had heard of this magical bread but had not a clue it was his long and faithful customer who did such worked the magic.

But to his chagrin, the cost for a pound of flour did not match up with that of the bread. One must buy more bread at more cost to attain at a pound.

On his return, he decided that for the same cost of bread, he will measure the same weight of flour for this baker. However, the baker, having trusted his supplier for long, bothered not to check for the weight of flour he had been supplied with.

After a few days, he realised that his stock of flour had incredulously ran out. He had not the explanation so decided to travel, again, with his donkey to his supplier who was three towns away. After raising all the legitimate points to make him have a good case, his supplier replied, “I give to you the same cost of bread as you would a buyer. Why must you complain bitterly, as though I have cheated you, when all I did, was to measure yours against mine?”

The point of this piece is simple: If you are to be paid in the same coin of how you treat other people and their possessions, how would you feel? However, have in mind that, feeling good because of an act is subjective, but acting right irrespective of the feeling is actually the best ‘feeling’.

My name is Kotey.

Good morning.

Still I Rise

Today, I share a poem from on e of my favourite poetess, Maya Angelou,  that talks about rising from various predicament that people go through. It admonishes us to rise no matter how hopeless the situation we find ourselves.

May she continue to rest in peace.

Enjoy, as you keep on rising, with hope that never gets dampened.

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.