Five Key Mentality Shifts For Turbulent Periods  

Can you briefly reflect on how far you’ve gone in your quest for a better life this year?

How is life treating you? What is it throwing at you? 

Are things going as planned? If yes, congratulations. 

Maintain the winning strategy or increase your productivity if necessary. 

Remember, there’s always room for improvement. 

Now, listen! 

Don’t give up if life is not smiling at you. 

I know it’s hard to keep trying when there is nothing to show for your hard work.

But don’t be discouraged, things will turn out fine at the end of it all — trust me.

Wait, you think it’s getting too late to achieve your financial goals?

Oh, you think you’re running out of time to reach the year’s milestone?

Don’t panic, I am sure things will turn around for your good if you do the right thing at the right time.

Why am I so confident about that? Well, I’m speaking from experience. 

I was once in a situation when everything was off around me.

Nothing was working — absolutely nothing. 

Poor dieting, no admission, no good clothes, and life felt empty. 

I was running out of time and options. Holding back tears, I asked myself – will I always be broke and stuck?

But thankfully, my story didn’t end there, I kept on pushing until the story changed 

Here I am telling my story. 

Let me walk you through the five key mentality shifts that helped me survive the turbulent period. They will be of great help…

Five key mentality shift

1. I Didn’t Surrender to Fear

Constant setbacks made me feel like a hopeless failure. 

Luckily, I heard this quote: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” 

This renewed my hope as I continue to give my best. Stopping wasn’t an option. 

I pictured how proud my parents would feel to see me succeed in life. 

2. Tried Different Options 

I knew I needed a strategy that works effectively but I just couldn’t discover what it was earlier.

I engaged in different money-making activities — sold foolscap sheets to my classmates and started a small-scale recharge card business.

I also engaged in a small-scale noodles business together with my cousin whom I cherish so much. 

(Shout-out to Emmy, I love you my brother) 

At the same time, I was writing articles for blogs for petty cash.

Luckily for me, I got an idea and help from someone I love and appreciate a lot (Tega Enai of fab-innovation) and that was it.

I now have some well-paying clients from Upwork and other freelancing platforms. 

In my new book — Broke Student’s Bible, I revealed how I made my first $100 on Upwork.

The first 30 downloads are FREE; therefore, don’t dull yourself. 

Though I still haven’t gotten the desired result, I can confidently tell you Ibukun Italoye is on the right track.

Confidently play the long game of self-discovery instead of chasing overnight success.

Experiment until you unlock your gifts, then go all in. You only need that one thing or skill to thrive.

This is another key mentality shift you shouldn’t neglect in your quest for success. 

3. Believed in God and Myself 

If you have followed Vibrant Youth Life and my LinkedIn profile for some time, you will notice I don’t underestimate the power of God.

I always advise people to hold on to their faith. 

As a Christian who believes in Christ Jesus the Son of God, I kept my trust in God when the going was tough.

Going through trying times can be overwhelming, but there is this joy and comfort you will derive in God.

I and Emmy would crack jokes and laugh despite everything going on in our lives. 

4. Working Hard

My role model, Tega Enai, always “Faith without work is nothing”

The Bible also affirms that too. My pastor, Ben Musa, also shares the same opinion. 

He keeps telling us to “be diligent and hard-working in whatever we do”

These are two important people I respect and follow their advice. 

Therefore, I put in lots of work even when the income doesn’t justify my efforts.

Luckily, things got better and I believe more are still coming.

You should do the same thing. It’s simple, just watch (work) and pray (faith). 

5. Humility

I was (and still am) the most humble guy on earth. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’m sure I am down to earth. 

I respect my elders and never look down on the younger ones. Rudeness is one of the mistakes you should avoid in your 20s

Similarly, I accepted my mistakes and also learned from them to develop as a person or professional.

Hence, I always urge people to admit their faults and move on. No one is perfect but you can learn to be 70% error-free.


I hope my story inspires you to hang on when things seem hopeless. 

Tune out the clouds of fear and develop the required mindset to succeed. 

Remember someone has experienced the hardship you’re going through and they came out victorious.

You too can do this if you learn the lessons in every setback.  

Don’t forget people are counting on you to succeed. 

Meanwhile, try to be happy during this critical period of your life. You will be fine at the end of it all. 

What is one mindset shift that could change your situation? I’d love to hear from you. 

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