30/01/2018

Betty Irabor recounts how Mai Atafo left his high-paying job to come work in Genevieve magazine as an editor

Betty Irabor recounts how Mai Atafo left his high-paying job to come work in Genevieve magazine as an editor Betty Irabor has told of how fashion designer Mai Atafo left his high-paying job to come ask her for a job as a fashion editor with Genevieve magazine in pursuit of his passion.
The founder of Genevieve magazine said she was shocked at the time and told him they couldn't pay him because of how experienced he was, but he insisted he would stay and willingly accepted what they had to offer. She further revealed that he humbled himself and ran errands when need be.

She shared this to advise others to be intentional in all they are doing and go after what they want.
Read what she wrote below.:
This is how to be INTENTIONAL.
Ohimai Atafo @maiatafo left a 7 figure paying job as Brand Manager of Guinness Stout to chase a fiery, burning passion in Fashion In 2010. When he called me that year to say he wanted to freelance as Genevieve fashion editor, I told him we couldn’t afford to pay him. He said it wasn’t about the money .. “I realised that if I didn't make a move to follow my heart and make a living out of my passion I probably wouldn't have another chance. This was because if i got a promotion at work I most probably wouldn't be able to push on with both careers and one would definitely suffer. I also figured that after over 8 years in marketing if the fashion dream failed I could always get a job in brand management with my experience”. He explained. So Mai came on board as the Fabulous Fashion Editor of Genevieve on a monthly allowance of N250k. Some of his fashion ideas were too crazy for us but hey we probably needed some crazy in our fashion editorials. We hit some and missed some. And that was ok too. At Genevieve, he was just another regular member of the GTEAM and not the boss guy from the corporate world although he was cruising into the office in a Merc Jeep! He ate “mama put”with his team and ran errands when called to do so. By the time Mai left two years later, he was well on his way to becoming who he set out to be in 2010. He knew what his end game was and he didn’t leave anything to chance, he worked towards it and knows that even now he is still work in progress. So how intentional are you in the attainment of your goals?? Still standing by the poolside and testing the waters with your big toe or still Praying without actions or Waiting for the mountain to come to you and Blaming everyone for your lack of drive? Won’t or can’t take a risk?? Ok, here’s the thing; Nothing moves until you move! How badly do you want IT? Then what are you waiting for. Go on, stir things up..you have wasted enough time already!
#Bestrategicwithyourplans#Go bold! #Shewhodares wins#dontjustsetgoalsscorethem
Betty Irabor recounts how Mai Atafo left his high-paying job to come work in Genevieve magazine as an editor

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