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5 Lessons of Leadership from the Weekend StartUp School with Paul C. Brunson

Hi, my name is Timi Komonibo and I am the founder of a fashion philanthropy startup called “Style Lottery.” Our mission is to “Restyle, Reuse, and Reward” with fashion.

I rehearsed my introduction in the mirror at least 20 times before I headed off to the Weekend Startup School. I knew that this weekend would be a game changer for me and my startup, Style Lottery. I would be rubbing elbows with creative thinkers and entrepreneurs who would help me overcome imposter’s syndrome and realize my potential for greatness.

There were so many great words of wisdom at the weekend that I couldn’t capture all in one post, so please make sure you check the #WeStartUp hashtag for all the tweets from the weekend. I boiled down my experience into 5 key lessons for starting up. Enjoy:

1. Do what you do and do it well

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Do you have a topic you could talk about tirelessly? Do you know how to use engaging storytelling to bring an issue or a product to life? All of our guest speakers had their individual niche areas and they had learned to convert their experiences into areas of expertise. Not sure where to start? Ask your friends and family what good things you’re best known for. From there you can pick an area of interest to learn more about. Remember to “be world class at all things” and develop a standard of excellence for yourself.

2. Plan Ambitiously

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When you plan for next business idea or event, plan thinking what’s the BEST that could happen? There’s something empowering that happens when we speak good things into existence. I’m not suggesting that you be unrealistic or irresponsible, I’m talking about entrepreneurial confidence. I once looked over a friend’s resume and saw that she wasn’t framing her experiences as well as she could. For example, she used passive voice which implied that she was just going along with the requirements of the job. She didn’t mention that she had driven sales and poineered a new team in the department. Often times, we sell ourselves short by how plainly we describe our ventures. Next time someone asks you about your business, challenge yourself to describe it as colorfully as you can.

3. Build a team that is for you and with you 

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One of the guest speakers, Tionna Smalls asks us to think about 10 people who would promote our businesses without being asked. Immediately, the names and faces of a few close friends and family came to mind. These are the people who invite their friends to my upcoming events; the ones who make email introductions to people they think would be good potential partners. You can’t pay to have people like this in your life, you can only recognize them and support them like they support you. People who are with you are along with you in the journey of your business– from the time before you figure out how to generate revenue to when you can afford a salaried team. There are people who are bring up your name and business ideas in their social circles when you’re not even around— these people are for you. As entrepreneurs, we must be vigilant against toxicity that threatens to compromise our company culture. Although it may be difficult at times, it’s important to cut out negative relationships, connections, and ties that may be detrimental to our businesses or your physique as an entrepreneur. Not everyone that approaches you is worthy of being involved in your idea. Toe the line of being a networker and a protector of your business idea. On the rare occasion when you find individuals who are with you and  for you, you must nurture that relationship and never let them go.

4. Invest in yourself

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A lot of entrepreneurs get so nervous about potentially disappointing investors that they let that fear paralyze them into inaction. In the start-up world, failure in some form is inevitable. That’s why experts recommend that you fail fast and early in the game. In the infancy stage of your business, explore and take calculated risks. Learn from the giants and success stories around you. I always appreciate how transparent entrepreneurs are. Cake Love owner, Warren Brown, will tell you himself that the concept for cake in a jar was not made in a day. It took a lot of research, as well as trial, and error. We have much to learn from the people who have gone before us and there are plenty of resources that share those lessons regularly. A few of my favorites are Inc. and Fast Company. Make sure you attend conferences and workshops that feed your mind and develop you. Remember to weigh the price tag with the benefit you’ll receive from the event.

5. Begin with no end in mind

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What would you do if you could not fail? Our business ideas are often finite and limited by our inability to predict the future. What if our business models became about forming precedents and leaving legacies? As we look into how we conduct business in our community, let’s start looking at long-established community organizations and studying their best practices. How about we aim to be game changers and industry interrupters! In fact, how about #WeStartUp together!

If you’re interested in jumpstarting your business, I highly recommend you attending the next Weekend Startup School on June 13th & 14th, 2015.

Here is the lovely March 2015 #WeStartUp group:

Photo cred: #WeStartUp team

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“So Lonely”— An Original Song Written by Uche Aguh & Performed by Timi Komo

Who can tell where love begins or ends or even where it’s going? A love story can change in an instant. Watch as this couple journey through this tricky thing we call love.

So Lonely on Vimeo.

Song written by Uche Aguh and sung by Timi Komonibo. Video directed by Toni Akindele.

Photoshoot with Freedom54

I had the pleasure of modeling some African design tshirts this past weekend. I never rarely wear tshirts these days, but I made an exception for this design. It was very comfy and is a unisex shirt. The one I’m wearing is a size extra small.




Here’s my blogger spotlight:cA little bit about the company:

FREEDOM54 is an American brand inspired by the universal appeal of the African Aesthetic. We create original designs by fusing traditional African art customs with modern typography and urban fashion.

Drawing its name from the 54 independent nations forming the African continent, FREEDOM54’s clothing covers a spectrum as vast as Africa itself, with designs as diverse as its many peoples. We strive to stay true to our concept of using the strong standard of beauty in the African Aesthetic to create distinctive designs which promote both the value of individualism and the virtue of tradition in today’s society.

At FREEDOM54, we long for the world to be as free and spirited as our designs.

Special thanks to Kai- photographer and CEO of Freedom-54 designs. Click on the picture above to visit their website.

Christmas Wishlist: Canon G12 Camera

This Christmas, I’m saving up for a dslr camera. In the coming new year, I want to record more memories and outfits with clearer resolution.

I’m dabbling into legit photography for the first time, so I’m not looking to go broke over a new camera. Also the word “new” is relative. I don’t mind a used camera, as long as it is in good working condition.

I read up of what digital cameras are most compatible for the fashion blogger lifestyle.

Here are a few articles:

5 Fantastic Digital Cameras For Fashion Bloggers

Going the DSLR Route: Blogger’s Share Their Favorite Digital Cameras

In shopping for a new camera, these are considerations:

  • I want a camera that will give me crisp images
  • Size Matters. Ideally, I’d like a small/mediumish camera that I can tuck into my bag.
  • It doesn’t need to be the newest model of the camera
  • The camera must have good video capability
  • I’ll be buying a remote and tripod 

With all that said, I’m not exactly sure of which camera to get, but I’m partial to the Canon dslr cameras. I know they’re not small but I’d had Canon cameras before and I like their quality. I’m open to cheaper options that still offer me great pictures.

I’ve had my eye on the Canon G12 (and honestly, the entire Canon G series). It delivers dslr quality without the bulk.


I’ve been reading reviews and I’m still unsure of which camera would best suit me. I’m a little out of my element, so I could use some advice.

Bloggers out there, what cameras do you all use?

Help, I’m Left-brained With an ENFP Personality Type!

For the longest time, I have thought I was right brained because I hated math and loved crafting. It turns out that, instinctively, I am left-brained:

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At first, I was pretty bummed that I wasn’t more right brained. But then I realized that I’m only 13% more left-brained than I am right-brained! Oh man…what a left-brained thing to say. But it makes sense. I’m a little meticulous about my creativity; I never really haphazardly create things. I always have some type of plan. However, at the same time, I am very curious and imaginative.

Because I’m a gluten for punishment curious about myself, I decided to dig a little deeper and find out more about myself. I started by retaking the Briggs personality test. It had been a while, so I had forgotten my results. Here’s a snapshot of my new results:

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My personality type is ENFP. This test rang so true for me and explained the way I’m wired. Obviously, I only posted the positive things. I can’t give away all my secrets now, can I? As a left-brained person with an ENFP personality, I bet I’d make one heck of a creative problem solver!

I recommend that everyone take this quick test, or a similar one to find out their personality type. You’ll learn a lot about yourself. It’s always great to know yourself, so you know who you’re dealing with and what to expect.

What Is A Creative, Anyway?

This past weekend, I attended the “One Day Immersion In TV, Cable, and Digital Entertainment” event in New York City. I got to hear from different professionals in the TV and digital entertainment industry, all with diverse jobs, experiences, and paths to their current jobs. The one thing that they all had in common was that they all referred to themselves as “Creatives.”

A Creative. There was that word again. I have been simultaneously enchanted and a  perplexed by it since I heard Brian Keenan talk about his experience as a Global Creative Initiatives Manager at Ketchum. Prior to meeting him when he came to speak at Syracuse University, I had never been privy to “life as a Creative.” Although I didn’t know anything about being a Creative, much of what he was describing fit the skill set I thought would go unused in my career. I am a dreamer, someone who stares off into space as my mind conjures up ideas to fill up my idea journals. My frustration has always been that I didn’t have the technical skills to bring my ideas  to life. I am an idea-girl, and if I was understanding correctly, that made me a potential Creative.

I went home and did some research. I found a pretty intense flow chart (look at it!) about the traditional requirements for becoming a Creative. While the information is depressing…I mean, helpful to know, it is interesting that the past few Creatives that I have met came into the industry through alternate routes. A few of them got in through freelancing that turned into a full-time offer, one started out by interning, a couple applied with no prior experience and the company took a chance on them. I  listened to their stories and came out feeling challenged and inspired. I may not have all the experiences in the flow chart, but I have a creative mind and I am a problem-solver. My life experiences have given me a unique perspective that will help me in this industry. 

In my research, I found that Creatives have the following things in common:

  • storytelling
  • open-minded
  • people skills
  • personable character
  • creativity
  • good presentation

Source: Creative Bloq

From what I can tell, there is no exact recipe for success as a Creative. I am determined to learn all that I can from the Creatives around me (and the ones who are a world away). I am even more driven to sharpen my skills and dip my toes into Creative waters.

Glad to know what I have to look forward to…Still excited


P.s. I feel like the term “Creative Juices” is actually referring to some type of pheromone that Creatives release when they walk into a room. I swear, they’re all somehow drawn to each other. On a few occasions, I’ve been mistaken for a member of the Creative species. I’m pretty sure it’s because of my glasses and my hair. Perhaps, one day, I can convince them (and myself) that I am one of them. Until then, I will continue to read and follow blogs, I’ll keep filling up pages of my idea journal, and I’ll embrace every Creative opportunity that comes my way.