As His New CD Hits Stores Worldwide Rising Motivational Speaker DAYO OLOMU Reveals The Secrets of Success
Interview by Mike Effiong Photos: Bukola Grace
When you run into Dayo Olomu, you cannot but be amazed at his warmth and bubbly nature. The one-time Manager of Fuji Lord K1 The Ultimate has always been upbeat but these days, Dayo will add an inspirational quote or two to his greeting.
He is eager to tell you about his new found love affair with motivational speaking. Dayo’s complete career makeover makes quite an interesting reading.
Today, he is a peak performance coach and personal development trainer who is passionate about helping ordinary people and businesses achieve extra-ordinary results.
Already acknowledge as one of UK’s Top Motivational Speakers. Dayo has now joined over 100 of the World's greatest speakers and trainers like Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Patricia Fripp, Dr Dennis Waitley, Maria Wieder Connie Podesta to mention just a few as a faculty member of the Success University. His audio programme 'You Got The Power' was distributed to over 180 countries around the globe.
Since the CD was launched on 29 Feb 2008 its powerful message continues to impact lives positively both at local and international levels; and now with the help of Success University, this inspirational product has emerged on the global platform.
OVATION is happy to share Dayo Olomu’s success story because we were the first to break his journey into personal development industry when he launched his website: www.dayoolomu.com on 6 March 2004. This interview was conducted after a speaking engagement at Comfort Hotel, Harrow-on-the- Hill.
How do you feel with the standing ovation before and after your talk? Today is one of the happiest days of my as a motivational speaker. When I spoke at Harrow 3 months ago I was giving a standing ovation after my talk, to be giving a standing ovation before and after my talk is a humbling expressing and I feel appreciated and valued. I have been booked to come back again on 20 January 2009
What is Success University all about? Success University is an extremely powerful tool that enables you not only to learn about techniques, strategies, methods and principles that when applied, will skyrocket your success in every area of your life, but also Success University enables you to earn extra income. If you have not heard of Success University and would like further details, log onto www.teamturbosu.com and to become a member of Success University, and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available register via: www.dayo.successuniversity.com
Can you tell us briefly what your audio programme "You Got The Power" is about? It is a sensational, powerful and inspirational audio CD where you'll learn how to overcome adversity and how to tap into your greatest potential and reach goals you never imagined possible. This is definitely one not to be missed. The CD is available online at www.adonaibook.com, or via email, email@example.com.
In your CD, “You Got The Power!” you talk about the power of visualization. In your own life; can you expand on the power of that concept? Visualisation is your ability to create an imagination of the outcome of your thought process. You do it everyday anyway. When you get up in the morning you think about what you are going to wear before you get dressed. That is visualization. The process of visualisation is really quite simple. If one of your objectives is to own a Ferrari car, then close your eye and see yourself driving exactly the same type and colour of jaguar you want. Make the images as clear and bright as possible. This goes for any goal you set – whether it’s in the area of work, play, family, personal finances, relationship or community. Write down each of your goals and objectives, visualise them every day. Each morning when you awake and each night before you go to bed, read through the list of goals, pausing after each one to close your eyes and re-create the visual image of that accomplish goal in your mind. Continue through the list until you have visualised each goal as complete and fulfilled. Before I give a talk I see myself on stage giving a powerful lecture, my best speech ever.
Let’s talk on the brother of visualization, which is affirmation. Do you use affirmations in your life? And what’s the proper way to move forward with it? I often say that before you go out in the morning you must say something positive to yourself. Some people call it Affirmations, but I call it the Power of Self-talk. It is basically your ability to create an imagination of the outcome of your thought process or a statement that describes a goal in its already completed form.
This is what I say to myself every morning and at the end of each day, “I am is the World’s leading motivational speaker, inspirational writer, peak performance coach, personal development trainer and author who address more than 1,000,000 people each year. God is my infinite supply and money now comes to me in increasing quantities through multiple sources on a continuous basis. I am grateful to God for all He has done for me – a good home, good friends, good health above all I am making this world a better place through what I do. I am wealthy and prosperous in every areas of my life. My needs are met and my storehouses overflow with abundance. Life is good. I am enjoying every bit of it. Thank you Lord.” I was introduced to this concept by one of my teachers, Zig Ziglar, an American guru in self-development and what this self-talk does for me is it that it enables me to be positive, stay focused and keeps me motivated every day.
According to the law of expression, whatever is expressed is impressed. Whatever you say to yourself or others is impressed deeply into your subconscious mind and is likely to become a permanent part of your personality. So say positive words to your self every day and experience the difference! They might be as simple as, I am good at what I do. I am happy. I feel good. I am confident. I am enthusiastic. I am positive and upbeat, I am patient. I am kind. I am well liked. I am strong. I am sophisticated. I am highly respected and desired.
Closely related to what we have discussed so far is goal-setting, Can you tell us how to achieve goal? To achieve your goal write it on a small sheet of paper and break it into manageable parts. I write my goal on a small sheet of paper and put it in my wallet. I encourage you to do the same. I look at it twice daily. Successful people have their eyes focused on a goal and that provides energy. The point is this: energy increases and multiplies when you set a desired goal and resolve to work towards such goal. I use this same principle of writing it on paper and breaking it down when I set a goal last year to run the London Marathon. I started by running the 10 kilometre, after that I participated in the Fleet Half Marathon before I completed the Flora London Marathon with a smile on my face. Have a plan of action on how you will achieve it. Prioritise your time around you goal, visualise it as already achieve and use the power of affirmation. Believe in yourself and above all commit it into the hands of God.
Most speakers always say that you should think Big while you say start small, why? Dream Big and start small. The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built a brick at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. However, completing a journey of a thousand miles requires only that you keep walking!
You do a lot of sales training what one or two little point’s can you give our readers right now about selling? I love selling. I started selling at a bus garage at age 10. Selling has some aspects to it in the 21st Century. You’ve got to prospect, present, persuade and close. I think closing is one of the most challenging aspects. I often say in my seminars, change your language and use the language of the 21st century. Imagine someone is interested in buying from you and you close by saying something like, ‘can you sign the contract please?’ That person can change his/her mind there and then because that word is like signing his/her life away. Instead I will say ‘can you okay the paperwork please’. That sounds great. At the end of the day, you want them to buy again and move from being a customer to a client and recommend another person who will move from being a customer to a client.
You often talk about the people we hang out with, how important is it? Recently, I was cleaning up my office. I came across a copy of an article that referred to some research by Dr David McClelland of Harvard University who spent twenty five years researching success and achievement and his conclusion was this: your reference group, the people with whom you associate with on a regular basis, largely determines your success or failure in life. His conclusion was that the people you associate with on a daily basis would determine 90% of everything that happens to you in life. You begin to think; walk, act, dress and talk like them, and you share the opinions of people you are around with most of the time. So associating with like-minded people is vital to making successful changes. It is important that you select your associations with care.
Did you have to attend a special school or study public speaking in a school? No, I did not attend any school. I joined Toastmasters International, the world's premier self-improvement organisation, dedicated to improving leadership skills, self-confidence and communication through public speaking in 2003 and in 2005 became the founding president of my local one in Croydon. I have delivered more than 30 evaluated speeches and now I am an Advance Communicator Silver. I also bagged the Competent Leader Award as president
Fear is a big issue for a lot of people. How can one conquer fear? Fear is the very natural and normal response to the challenges we face in life. Fear tells us that there is something we must be cautious about. It puts us on alert and tells us there is something we must be prepared for. We face so many fears in life: fear of change, fear of the unknown and fear of rejection, amongst others. But the single greatest obstacle to success in adult life is fear of failure. One of the best ways to conquer fear is to face it. If we face fears and worries we ‘step up’, but when we run away from it we ‘step off’ from the race of life. Action cures fear. You have to feel the fear and do it anyway. To conquer the fear of poverty I went into multiple disciplines to have multiple streams of income and to conquer fear of public speaking I joined Toastmasters. The things we want most are often the things we most fear to approach. Still often we have to feel the fear and do it anyway
Can you tell us 3 things that you have done that you never belief then that you can do it? Becoming a keynote and motivational speaker in 2004, writing a best seller in 2005, leading my local toastmaster club to win the distinguished president award in 2006, running the London Marathon in 2007, starting a TV talk show in 2007 and producing an audio CD “ You Got the Power” which was sent to more than 180 countries in 2008. I was able do these things with a strong desire to succeed backed with action, self belief and my faith
Dayo you enjoy walking on fire, mountain climbing and running the marathon, you seem to love challenge? Yes I do. I think the writer and mountain climber James Ullman summed it all up when he said something like, ‘Challenge is the core and mainspring of all human action. If there’s an ocean, we cross it. If there’s a disease, we cure it. If there’s a wrong, we right it. If there’s a record, we break it. And if there’s a mountain, we climb it.
You often talk about three ways to grow a business, would you like to share it with us? The first is to increase the numbers of buyers or clients. The second way is to increase the size of the transaction and finally you increase the frequency of purchase.
I know that you are passionate about relationship. It is often said that all the good seem to be taken. Is it true? They are everywhere. They are everywhere. They are in the neighborhood that you live, in the churches and mosques that you worship in. They shop in the supermarkets that you shop in; they attend the schools/universities that you attend; they exercise in the gyms that you go to and you may even know some of them. Ok. Statistics also say that the economy is bad, unemployment is high etc. Yet there are lots of jobs being advertised in the papers every day and there are people becoming millionaires. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that these so calleOmega ReplicaCheap Omega ReplicaCheap Omega Replical available men looking for wonderful girls right now. However your focus is only on the bad and/or unavailable ones. STOP talking about, looking at and meditating on the lack of good men. START looking for, expecting great guys to show up and they will.
What are your core values, belief, purpose, and mission? My core belief is that you ‘within you lay the power to change your life because we are all endowed with the seeds of greatness.’ My core values which underpin everything I do revolved round 5Fs. Faith, Family, Fitness, and Fairness & Friendship. My motto is if you want to obtain something you’ve never had in your life, you most be ready to do things you’ve never done before in your life. My purpose and passion is to help ordinary people and businesses achieve extra ordinary result and become who they desire to be both personally and professionally. My mission is to inspire and empower people and organisations to higher levels of achievement and peak performance. My long term goal is to have one of my products in 100 countries by 2012 which I have already achieved.
What is your vision for the future? My vision for the future is to become a global brand in the personal development industry, to raise the level of human potential around the world, to have one of my products in 100 countries by 2012 and to impact 1 billion people’s lives in a positive way by 2020. I intend to achieve this through my speaking, seminar, writing, training, mentoring, coaching, and through my radio & television programmes. By the time I am 55 I want to be able to say that I have reach 1 billion people by providing products and services, information, tips, tools and strategies through speaking, seminar, writing, training, mentoring, coaching, television and later radio programmes How would you define success and what does success means to you? Success is a journey and not a destination. It is a progressive realisation of a worth goal. Success is not only about material acquisition. To me, life is made up of eight vital areas: spiritual health, family, career financial, self-development, personal needs and contribution to the society. In other words, to achieve success is not just to be financially wealthy, but also to become wealthy in the seven other areas. According to time management expert, Donald E. Wetmore, author of Beat the clock and Organize Your Life, “we will not necessarily spend time every day in each area or equal amounts of time in each area. But, if in the long run, we spend a sufficient quantity and quality of time in each area, our lives will be in balance. If we neglect any one area, never mind two or three, we will eventually sabotage our success. Much like a table; if one leg is longer than the rest, it will make the entire table wobbly. If we don’t take time for health, our family life and social life are hurt. If our financial area is out of balance, we will not be able to focus adequately on our professional goals, and so on.” To me, being successful is not only achieving my goals, but also helping others to win as well. I want my name to appear in people’s testimonial. I want them to say something like, ‘I was at a certain place in my life and I listened to this person, he impacted my life positively and cures me of possibility blindness’. You can imagine how that makes me feel. I receive letters and emails daily from people whose lives I have impacted in a positive way with my television programme through my seminars, speaking engagements, my writing which has been published numerous publication around the world, through coaching, the people I mentor and those who have attended my trainings. I even received emails on Facebook. Through these platforms I am able to reach about 1 million people a year. Imagine what will happen in ten years. The testimonies I received from people bring so much joy to my heart. It’s more important to be part of the society in which you live and contribute something worthwhile to its success. To me, that is true success. I believe that successful living is not just about having lots of money but it is also about living a life of purpose that add value to the society. And I believe with my book, my audio CD and running the London Marathon not just once but twice I have added value to the human race in my own little way.
What would you say is the key to your success? It is strategic thinking and planning backed with a strong desire for success, determination, dedication, discipline, persistence, perseverance, hard work, focus, personal growth and prayer - I call it tunnel vision with God's help! My childhood instilled in me grit, desire, determinations, drive, dedication and the discipline to succeed against all odds.
Tell us about your family? I am happily married to a goddess who is my high school love and we are blessed with wonderful children. I love my wife dearly. She energises me. I think it is part of her genetic code. Research has proven that those who are happy at home are more productive and less stressful at work. I discover that developing a better relationship with your spouse can help you develop a better life and business. I love my family dearly, because at the end of the day, they are the reason why I live. My oldest child is 21 and my youngest is 4
What is your ultimate ambition? My ultimate ambition is for all areas of my life to blossom like the well tendered by the side of the river.
Tell us about your most embarrassing moment? When I was beaten up by somebody who thought I was Wale Olomu (my late brother), and who once wrote something considered as a negative story on him. How would you like to be remembered? When I get to the end of my life, I want to know that my life counted for something, that long after I have left this world, somehow my impact lived on. I want to know that I have done all that I could to make this world a better place, by positively enhancing the lives of those around me and helping thousands, if not millions, to become who they desire to be and achieved what they thought was impossible. I want to know that I gave everything my best shot. I want it to be on record that I maximised my potential and stretched myself to the limit. Most importantly I want to know that I serve God and that I am a good husband and father. I believe that successful living is not just about having lots of money but it is also about living a life of purpose that add value to the society. And I believe with my book, my audio CD and running the London Marathon not just once but twice I have added value to the human race in my own little way.