Redefining Opportunity

When seeking a job, a position, a career, an industry, a market, a place to live, it is common to seek what is already attractive and has high associative value. We tend to seek situations that are already appealing rather than those that are unappealing, unattractive, wasted and hopeless. On the face of it, this makes sense but on closer look, it does not, because: We are prevented from the fulfillment and deep satisfaction that comes from being agents of...

Clean your space!

A fundamental quality of a Cleaner is the ability to see beauty when ugliness stares you in the face and the willingness and readiness to get your hands dirty in order to uncover the beauty that is presently unseen. In some contexts, this is called faith, hope, love. The idea of seeing the beauty on the other side of ugliness applies not just to floors and physical spaces but also to non-physical spaces and intangible things. We are multi-dimensional beings...

The absurdity and the value of stigma

Although becoming a cleaner was intentional, I struggled with stigma and shame at the onset. I internalized the stigma of being the one who cleaned up after others. As a result, I often preferred to display my “better” credentials than the fact that I am a Nigerian immigrant in Canada who cleans homes and offices. Which MBA grad and Banker in his “right senses” chooses to be associated with broom and mop when he could easily be an Investment Banker, a...

Thinking outside the stigma box

When you know you are in a box, you can step out of it and you can come in and out at will. But there is a catch-22 because it is hard to know you are in a box until you step out of it by doing something you wouldn’t normally do or connecting with those outside your team, company, industry, class, rank, religion, worldview, political party and every other barrier. We need boxes, because they serve as containers, protectors...

Coming Clean with Creativity

Creativity is that seemingly elusive and desirable quality associated with the ability to think and act outside the box and bring into existence something new and beneficial. The new thing could be a product, a service, a solution, a work of art or a way of being. We do not necessarily need a survey to tell us we need creativity given the challenges and constraints we are confronted with today. It is obvious we need the ability to adapt, to...