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Get the lessons learned, tips, strategies and actionable insights that will help you thrive as a first-generation Canadian immigrant. Enjoy the Canadian Narrative of an immigrant's life.

Get the lessons learned, tips, strategies and actionable insights that will help you thrive as a first-generation Canadian immigrant. Enjoy the Canadian Narrative of an immigrant's life.




Get the lessons learned, tips, strategies and actionable insights that will help you thrive as a first-generation Canadian immigrant. Enjoy the Canadian Narrative of an immigrant's life.






ILP-0117: Guard Your Heart With All Diligence

Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life. It has been established that there is a strong relationship between our brain and the strength of our immune system. When we are sad and unhappy, our immune system becomes more susceptible to infection and vice versa. Therefore, we need to protect our minds. In this episode, I shared four tips on how we can do that successfully. Enjoy it and share with others. Join the Immigrant Life community here:...


ILP-0116: EMS - Perception And The Psychology Of Free

EMS - Perception And The Psychology Of Free It is often said that perception is reality. While there is a strong sense of truth in that statement, it is also arguable. Regardless, our perception and response to the concept of FREE are very related. The intersection dictates a lot in our business reality. In this episode Jess and I discussed the following: ~Our perception and the concept of FREE ~The importance of using FREE as a tool in business ~Why humans are generally attracted to...


ILP-0115: Reach Out

Ask for help. Not because you are weak, but because you want to remain strong. ~ Les Brown In today's episode, I ask that you reach out to others for two broad reasons - to check up on your loved ones regularly especially during this difficult time and also to ask for help when you need it. I know that in our North American culture, asking for help might not be as comfortable as you would like but it is worth it. You are worth it. In this episode, I gave suggestions on how to actually ask...


ILP-0014: Look In

LOOK IN! You'll be surprised that the answer to that nagging question on your mind lies within you. Not outside. This seems so basic but it is critical especially in times of chaos. Enjoy this episode. Join the Immigrant Life community here:


ILP-0113: EMS - The Questions We Ask Ourselves

The questions we ask ourselves are a reflection of our belief about life and this directly impacts the results we get in life! Jess and I discussed this and many more in this episode. I have enjoyed all the episodes in the entrepreneurial mindset series but I really had a great time recording this one. When you listen to this episode, you will discover the following: 1. Why you only get the answers to the questions you ask 2. The relationship between the questions we ask and people's...


ILP-0112: Look Up!

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths." Proverbs 3: 5-6 We are at that point in life that it has become evident that the arm of flesh has failed us and will continue to fail. In this episode, I call on you to look up to a higher power or more appropriately as I like to say, to look up to God for strength, for wisdom and direction through all the troubles and ongoing chaos. Start with...


ILP-0111: Don't Worry, Be Happy

At times like this, we all need a reminder to stay positive and look on the brighter side of life. That is what I hope to achieve with this episode. I hope this helps to acknowledge your feelings and give you a reason to smile or at least look forward to tomorrow. Don't worry, be happy. Enjoy! Join the Immigrant Life community here:


ILP-0110: March 28 Online Event - The Speakers And Their Topics

In today's episode, I talked very briefly about the speakers of the March 28 online event as well as their topics and why you definitely do not want to miss any of the sessions! Enjoy! Speakers: 1. Dapo Bankole 2. Ehi Ade-Mabo 3. John Pagulayan 4. Jess Huffman 5. Hiroko Nakao 6. Krispin Ontong 7. Dollie Freeman 8. Robert McKenzie 9. Norman Poon, CPHR, SHRM-SCP Topics: 1. Thrive in Chaos 2. Experts Roundtable - How To Thrive In The Chaos Caused By COVID-19 3. How To CREATE An...


ILP-0109: March 28 Online Event - FAQ

March 28 FREE Online Event: Thrive Even When Life Feels Chaotic And Uncertain Get your free ticket here: In this episode, I answered some frequently asked questions from the community regarding the upcoming online event. Please listen to it for answers. FAQ 1. What is Immigrant Life? 2. Is this event for immigrants only? 3. Is this really a completely online event? 4. What type of things are the speakers going...


ILP-0108: EMS - Covid-19 - How To Use Your Mind To Pivot Your Business

Everything changes and your business is one of them. At this time, you may need to pivot your business into something else to serve the available needs in the community. How do you do that? It all starts in the mind. Check out the following tips: 1. Take a deep breath. Acknowledge the pain but do not panic because if you do, you will drown. 2. Start by working for the things you can control and create a schedule around them. 3. Don't worry about everything, do just the NEXT right...


ILP-0107: Spacious Solidarity

Spacious Solidarity is reframing for the new buzz word, "Social distancing". I'll like to give credit to Prof. Catherine Etmanski and Rae Abileah for bringing this beautiful mental work of Zahava Griss to my attention. It is what led me to dedicate an entire episode to this. I thought to emphasize the essence of social distancing in an episode because it is beginning to get to people. Staying home without an end date can be more disturbing than even the virus. So why do we need to exercise...


ILP-0106: Stop Stockpiling Retail Items!

In this episode, I shared three stories – One. A completely drunk guy in a London train sang very beautiful and moving Christian worship songs despite his state of mind. Two. A popular very religious Christian brother that everyone knows so well falls ill was taken to the hospital and in an attempt to poke him and get him ready for drips, he shouts "Shopona (Sopona) o!". In Yoruba land, that is the god of smallpox. Yet this is a firebrand well-respected brother in a local church who does not...


ILP-0105: EMS - Reprogramming Your Mind For Business Success

In order to succeed as a business owner, you need to (re)program your mind for success. The challenge comes with our default programming which flows from our families, friends, communities and the likes. It's so subtle, we hardly notice they are there as well as their limiting impacts. There are a lot of ways to get ourselves reprogrammed for success but a few things stand out from today's discussion with Jess Huffman: 1. Change the questions you ask yourself at any point in time. 2....


ILP-0104: Working Remotely: 5 Key Things To Consider

Working Remotely: 5 Key Things To Consider 1. Your employer (if you work for others) policy must support this or at least your employer/manager needs to approve it. 2. Your type of work needs to support working remotely e.g. you cannot be a car mechanic or a surgeon and dream of working from home. It just does not work. 3. Do you have appropriate hardware and software tools that support remote work? It goes without saying that at a minimum, you need a suitable laptop, reliable and...


ILP-0103: Do You Need A Doctor's Note In Order To Take A Sick Leave?

Do you need a doctor's note in order to take sick leave? Let's find out. Before I answer that question, let's lay a few facts on the table. 1. Subject to applicable government labor/health laws, any organization can make any policy as it deems fit. 2. Provincial laws differ in their approach to this question or policy so you need to be familiar with yours. 3. You need to be familiar with your employment contract. Any concerns with asking for a medical note for missed time from work or...


ILP-0102: How To Treat A-Players

“A Players are self-motivated, work for passion, and find purpose in the process itself.” - Rick Crossland Who is an A-player? My parents raised myself and siblings up focused on two cardinal points - character and competence. The character first - then competence. Those two things are the cardinal points for being successful in life and becoming responsible citizens in the community. For me, if you have those two, you are an A-player. You are a person of integrity (who you are when no one...


ILP-0101: The Dangers Of Autocorrect

A lot of truths have been communicated in the name of autocorrect and a lot more havoc will be wrecked because of the same but no matter what happens, you are responsible for what you say. ~ Dapo Bankole Autocorrect is one of the modern-day automation functionalities meant to make our life easier and make us more efficient. However, we've all become victims of the very things we created to serve us. The bottom line; you are responsible for what you say via any medium - email, SMS, social...


ILP-0100: Entrepreneurial Mindset Series - What's This All About?

Entrepreneurship is attractive. Everyone dreams of living in the Maldives while money just flows into our bank accountS without us doing nothing. Well, how real that thought is will be discussed another day. But at least we know a lot of us immigrants dream of having our own businesses. We dream of that day when we will finally be "FREE" - have no more care about nothing but our own business. And truth be told, we try. We play it safe and start a side hustle. Some jump off from the...


ILP-0099: Can I Tell My Interviewer That I Don't Know The Answer To A Question?

I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there. ~ Richard P. Feynman Can I tell my interviewer that I don't know the answer to a question? Yes, you can. And you should. Here's why. You can find my reasoning and true-life stories in the full episode. Episode duration: 21:35 Join the Immigrant Life community here:


ILP0098: When Does Creating A Targeted Resume Become A Lie?

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something.”—Randy Pausch It's okay to use flattery words to describe what you did, what you do or your achievements. It's also okay to sprinkle or embed keywords and keyword ideas that you lifted from the job description. That is expected and that is the standard if you want to gain entry to most Canadian establishments. Because certain roles have way...