Day: December 2, 2019

Easy Ways To “Stay Hungry” and Always Be Motivated and Inspired

“Stay hungry” is a great motto, a great way of living your life. To stay hungry means to remain determined, motivated, and competitive to achieve all your dreams, goals, and ambitions.

It also means never to be fully satisfied with less than you know you can potentially achieve. But the question is: how does one stay hungry all the time?

For some of us, it merely comes naturally in the form of curiosity to know more, be more, and do more. But for the rest of us, it comes with a dose of conscious effort. Having the willpower in order to be proactive and overcome challenges can come in handy as well.

While staying hungry is a great way to live your life, and leads you to prosperity in more ways than you can count, you have to remember that life isn’t a competition. It’s merely a journey.

Therefore, you are allowed to rest, to take some time off, and take a well-deserved break and enjoy the beauty of this world from other points of view.

Remember, to stay hungry is a fantastic lifestyle, but it has to be completed and perfected by other amazing aspects of life.

But today we’re talking about how one accomplishes this state of constant hunger for knowing more, doing more, and being more; where one finds the right motivation, inspiration, and drive to hop on this exciting way to live your life.

Find Your Inner Motivation

When you think about the concept of staying hungry, you should know that motivation is its foundation. Motivation is that one thing that has the power to push you forward even in the darkest of times.

There are two types of motivation: internal and external. Your inner motivation is the only thing that can only fuel this hunger. Your internal motivation is actually your drive.

The internal motivation can’t be fulfilled by external factors. It is a feeling, it is a state of being, and it is a way of life. But mostly, intrinsic motivation is the reason why you’re doing something to fulfill your inner world.

Therefore, prosperity, knowledge or wisdom are aspects that can fulfill your inner world to find your internal motivation. But, most importantly, this also helps you find numerous external factors to help you feel whole.

Once you find your inner motivation, all your actions will head towards reaching your goals and desires, so staying hungry will come almost naturally.

Consume Motivational Materials

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Life would be too easy if all we needed to do was find our inner motivation to achieve all our goals. In reality, life is complicated, and sometimes it can bring us down like nothing and no one else can.

Therefore, you have to surround yourself with materials that resonate with your purpose to stay hungry. You have to consume motivational and inspiring articles daily to make sure you are staying connected to your world.

When you surround your universe with information that serves you not only as knowledge but also as reasons to push yourself further and be a better version of yourself, you feel more responsible for enacting your goals.

But it’s not always positive vibes for us. Sometimes the worst of life happens. It brings you down and makes you feel like the world is a mean place and that your struggling for nothing. During those trying times, it is important to remember that there is hope — always. If you set a good example, you can make a real change and help make the world a better place.

See Also: 7 Inspiring Movies to Watch When You Are Low on Motivation

Surround Yourself with Hungry People

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You probably heard the phrases “you are what you eat” and “you are what you do,” but today, we’re going to focus on “you are who you surround yourself with.”

Honestly, these three sayings couldn’t have been more accurate. Jim Rohn once said that we are “the average of the five people we surround ourselves with”.

Therefore, take a closer look at your family and friends, and at what they’re manifesting in this world. If they don’t march your goals, you have to look for new company.

To stay hungry requires surrounding yourself with people who have the same goals and aspirations as you do; people who can inspire you to stay on track no matter how hard it gets sometimes. We all need to surround ourselves with people who understand us.

For instance, assignment writers that seek to be the best out of the best surround themselves with people who have the same aspirations as they do; usually, people who have already achieved the goals they’re aiming towards.

Understand and Demolish Your Demotivating Habits and Beliefs

Last but not least, you have to deal with all your demotivating habits and beliefs. To truly set in the hunger state, you have to demolish all your beliefs and habits that pull you out from that path.

Of course, you will have to be aware of them and understand the reason behind your actions and beliefs. And this isn’t as easy as it sounds.

You’ll have to take some time to spend with yourself — to pay attention to your instincts and to manifest something that doesn’t resonate with your purpose. Every time you notice something, try to understand why you’re doing it and replace your behavior with one that matches your hunger.

The same way goes with your beliefs. Take some time to observe your thoughts, and whenever you notice something that will step you down, understand it and replace it with something proactive.

This process is a long-term one that should start as soon as possible. It will end as soon as you truly understand yourself and when you’re in full control of your thoughts, emotions, and actions.

Conclusion

Once you find your inner motivation, which is the passion that’s always burning inside of you, everything will seem easy. It’s because it gives you the right drive and the desire to make things work.

Maybe there are some other easier ways to achieve it, but I believe in the aforementioned ways to be a very efficient. The ones discussed above work in very complex yet effectual ways, ensuring that you won’t just stay hungry for a limited period but for as long as you want to.

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Australia rolls out world-first AI camera system to catch drivers on their phones

Australia rolls out world-first AI camera system to catch drivers on their phones

One Australian state government has become the first in the world to implement a statewide camera program to automatically detect drivers using their cell phones.

The program began its rollout in the state of New South Wales on December 1 following a six-month trial earlier this year, which the government claims caught over 100,000 drivers. Similar technology has been tested in England and Saudi Arabia, but the NSW program marks the first time it has been implemented on a wide scale.

There won’t be any signs signalling the cameras’ presence, either. “We have to unfortunately use the element of surprise to get people to think ‘well, I could get caught at any time’,” said NSW Roads Minister Andrew Constance. “I want behaviour to change and I want it changed immediately.” Read more…

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Australia rolls out world-first AI camera system to catch drivers on their phones

Australia rolls out world-first AI camera system to catch drivers on their phones

One Australian state government has become the first in the world to implement a statewide camera program to automatically detect drivers using their cell phones.

The program began its rollout in the state of New South Wales on December 1 following a six-month trial earlier this year, which the government claims caught over 100,000 drivers. Similar technology has been tested in England and Saudi Arabia, but the NSW program marks the first time it has been implemented on a wide scale.

There won’t be any signs signalling the cameras’ presence, either. “We have to unfortunately use the element of surprise to get people to think ‘well, I could get caught at any time’,” said NSW Roads Minister Andrew Constance. “I want behaviour to change and I want it changed immediately.” Read more…

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Africa Roundup: Nigerian fintech gets $360M, mints unicorn, draws Chinese VC

November 2019 could mark when Nigeria (arguably) became Africa’s unofficial capital for fintech investment and digital finance startups.

The month saw $360 million invested in Nigerian focused payment ventures. That is equivalent to roughly one-third of all the startup VC raised for the entire continent in 2018, according to Partech stats.

A notable trend-within-the-trend is that more than half — or $170 million — of the funding to Nigerian fintech ventures in November came from Chinese investors. This marks a pivot in China’s engagement with Africa to tech. We’ll get to that.

Before the big Chinese backed rounds, one of Nigeria’s earliest fintech companies, Interswitch, confirmed its $1 billion valuation after Visa took a minority stake in the company. Interswitch would not disclose the amount to TechCrunch, but Sky News reporting pegged it at $200 million for 20%.

Founded in 2002 by Mitchell Elegbe, Interswitch pioneered the infrastructure to digitize Nigeria’s then predominantly paper-ledger and cash-based economy.

The company now provides much of the tech-wiring for Nigeria’s online banking system that serves Africa’s largest economy and population. Interswitch offers a number of personal and business finance products, including its Verve payment cards and Quickteller payment app.

The financial services firm has expanded its physical presence to Uganda, Gambia and Kenya . The Nigerian company also sells its products in 23 African countries and launched a partnership in August for Verve cardholders to make payments on Discover’s global network.

Visa and Interswitch touted the equity investment as a strategic collaboration between the two companies, without a lot of detail on what that will mean.

One point TechCrunch did lock down is Interswitch’s (long-awaited) and imminent IPO. A source close to the matter said the company will list on a major exchange by mid-2020.

For the near to medium-term, Interswitch could stand as Africa’s sole tech-unicorn, as e-commerce venture Jumia’s volatile share-price and declining market-cap — since an April IPO — have dropped the company’s valuation below $1 billion.

Circling back to China, November was the month that signaled Chinese actors are all in on African tech.

In two separate rounds, Chinese investors put $220 million into OPay and PalmPay — two fledgling startups with plans to scale in Nigeria and the broader continent.

PalmPay, a consumer oriented payments product, went live last month with a $40 million seed-round (one of the largest in Africa in 2019) led by Africa’s biggest mobile-phone seller — China’s Transsion.

The startup was upfront about its ambitions, stating its goals to become “Africa’s largest financial services platform,” in a company release.

To that end, PalmPay conveniently entered a strategic partnership with its lead investor. The startup’s payment app will come pre-installed on Transsion’s mobile device brands, such as Tecno, in Africa — for an estimated reach of 20 million phones.

PalmPay also launched in Ghana in November and its UK and Africa based CEO, Greg Reeve, confirmed plans to expand to additional African countries in 2020.

OPay’s $120 million Series B was announced several days after the PalmPay news and came only months after the mobile-based fintech venture raised $50 million.

Founded by Chinese owned consumer internet company Opera — and backed by 9 Chinese investors — OPay is the payment utility for a suite of Opera developed internet based commercial products in Nigeria. These include ride-hail apps ORide and OCar and food delivery service OFood.

With its latest Series A, OPay announced it would expand in Kenya, South Africa, and Ghana.

Though it wasn’t fintech, Chinese investors also backed a (reported) $30 million Series B for East African trucking logistics company Lori Systems in November.

With OPay, PalmPay, and Lori Systems, startups in Africa have raised a combined $240 million from 15 Chinese investors in a span of months.

There are a number of things to note and watch out for here, as TechCrunch reporting has illuminated (and will continue to do in follow-on coverage).

These moves mark a next chapter in China’s engagement in Africa and could raise some new issues. Hereto, the country’s interaction with Africa’s tech ecosystem has been relatively light compared to China’s deal-making on infrastructure and commodities.

There continues to be plenty of debate (and critique) of China’s role in Africa. This new digital-phase will certainly add a fresh component to all that. One thing to track will be data-privacy and national-security concerns that may emerge around Chinese actors investing heavily in African mobile consumer platforms.

We’ve seen lines (allegedly) blur on these matters between Chinese state and private-sector actors with companies such as Huawei.

As OPera and PalmPay expand, they may need to do some reassuring of African regulators as countries (such as Kenya) establish more formal consumer protection protocols for digital platforms.

One more thing to follow on OPay’s funding and planned expansion is the extent to which it puts Opera (and its entire suite of consumer internet products) in competition with multiple actors in Africa’s startup ecosystem. Opera’s Africa ventures could go head to head with Uber, Jumia, and M-Pesa — the mobile money-product that put Kenya out front on digital finance in Africa before Nigeria.

Shifting back to American engagement in African tech, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey was on the continent in November. No sooner than he’d finished his first trip, Dorsey announced plans to move to Africa in 2020, for 3 to 6 months, saying on Twitter “Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!).”

We still don’t know much about what this last trip — or his future foray — mean in terms of concrete partnerships, investment, or market moves in Africa from Dorsey and his companies.

He visited Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia and met with leaders at Nigeria’s CcHub (Bosun Tijani), Ethiopia’s Ice Addis (Markos Lemming), and did some meetings with fintech founders in Lagos (Paga’s Tayo Oviosu).

I know most of the organizations and people Dorsey talked to pretty well and nothing has shaken out yet in terms of partnership or investment news from his recent trip.

On what could come out of Dorsey’s 2020 move to Africa, per his tweet and news highlighted in this roundup, a good bet would be it will have something to with fintech and Square.

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