Tunde Ojo is a lawyer managing his own firm, GMSL Legal Services, for the past 11 years. He handles a variety of legal matters, including public and environmental matters, employment, immigration, contracts, commercial, family law, as well as mixed civil and criminal matters. He has previously worked as a freelance clerk before starting his own firm, GMSL Legal Services.
Before becoming a Lawyer, Tunde studied Environmental Biotechnology at King’s College London and worked in environmental consulting. His environmental consulting work ultimately inspired him to get into the legal profession to make a larger impact after he participated in a research initiative as a visiting scholar at the Ben-Gurion university of the Negev in Israel. This gave him valuable experience in legal research and in identifying and analyzing legislation designed to address climate change. To prepare for the legal profession, he then went on to study at the University of Westminster in London, Bristol Law School at the University of the West of England, and at the University of Cambridge.
Tunde has also served as a lecturer and visiting lecturer for several colleges in the UK, areas of law and science. He is the author of several published articles. His most recent articles discuss environmental law and regulation of contaminated land and anaerobic degradation of pollutants in soil.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I try to work as hard as possible to be productive. I keep busy and stay much focused on my work. I talk to clients and sometimes I drive to see my clients. Consult with clients on different issues, draft and or make applications, in preparation for proceedings.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Putting ideas into practice helps me to bring ideas to life. Talking to clients and colleagues helps me to come up with new ideas. I also do a lot of reading and studying to keep up to date on legal issues. I have a lot of legal issues to stay current on because I work in a lot of different areas for my clients. I do more work in the areas of immigration and employment.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I really enjoy the interactions with my clients and I always find it interesting to help them with finding solutions to their legal problems.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I work hard to have good communication and good relationships with my clients. They become like family members to me. That has always helped me in my business, to treat my client’s honourably and rightly. It motivates me to work harder for them when we have good relationships.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would advise my younger self to work hard and focus on the things that you want. If you work hard, you will get what you want and be a success. I am happy that I entered the legal profession, and it is still the choice I would make again. It is a very dynamic and stimulating profession with lots of challenges and opportunities for novel approaches at tackling issues and or problems
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Sometimes I have to work hard to convince clients there is no need and or not to compromise on ethical and or legal issues, when it is not necessary and or unwarranted to do so. Also, that they should not follow the multitude and or do things because others are doing it. Sometimes it is the best way to get a solution for them, based on ethical standard.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I always work hard to communicate well and have a good relationship with my clients and colleagues. I always try to give my best to my clients and to be as helpful to them as I possibly can.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
My relationship with my clients is what keeps my business growing. My clients often recommend others to come to me for help as well. The respect, honour and humane approach at dealing with clients have substantially helped and contributed in many ways to growing the business..
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I have definitely had challenges with finances and on occasions but I was always able to overcome them by continuing to work hard. My philosophy in life as well, is that there is no problem without its own solution.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
It is to take practical steps at whatever idea and or interest you have and always remember that failure is not a momentoir but only a moment. There is always no sin in trying………….
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I have spent money recently to acquire knowledge, on professional books because there is no end to acquiring knowledge…….the more we study…..the less we realize we know and that has been a good investment for me.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
I often use social media to help me find clients. Of course, email is used a lot too and web presence.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I read a lot of political books. I enjoy reading political memoirs, like Obama. I recommend his book, Dreams From my Father.
What is your favorite quote?
“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.”
• Take care of your clients and your business will grow.
• Always have a hard-working spirit.
• Always aim for excellence…….Your best should never be good enough……!!!!!
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