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Ngozi Adebiyi: Bye Felicia

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Monica, Diana & Folake have recently become the names in lyrics of popular Nigerian songs.

Dirty Diana, Annie, Elizabeth and Billy Jean were made popular by the legendary Michael Jackson. So many songs have lyrics with names which are usually more than just a name, but would be the subject of another write-up.

So, on a recent trip I heard one of the ladies say “Bye Felicia!” to a guy. Felicia? Is that his name?

Well, we learn everyday!
Apparently “Bye Felicia” is a phrase used to bid someone farewell in a not so nice way. In a naija “okay-come-and-be-going” type of way. In short, a dismissive farewell.

Bye Felicia originated from the popular 1995 movie titled “Friday” made popular by Ice Cube & Chris Tucker.

In relation to work and life, when is it okay to have a “Bye Felicia” moment in your career or business? There are times in life when the most appropriate phrase and circumstantial action is “Bye Felicia!” And it’s okay for it to be the way to go, the path to walk and the road to travel on. One just needs to recognize it and respond accordingly.

How prepared are you for the ‘Bye Felicia’ moments as an entrepreneur? This is the time to develop a thick skin and grit. Entrepreneurs need to be immuned to Bye Felicia as they marketing and offer their goods and services. As they are asked to send proposal upon proposal or show up at meetings that get rescheduled for the umpteenth time. The advice is to recognize this as the Bye Felicia moments in business and be assured that grit and determination tip the scale in favour of dismissive farewells in the long haul – so long as what you offer is of value to the receiver – delay isn’t denial.

Sometimes there are career moments when we find ourselves on the receiving end of Bye Felicia! At work this may disguise as redundancy, forced leave or pay cuts. It may even be a suspension arising from an investigation that unfortunately impacts both guilty and innocent and everyone is asked to resign.
What do you then do when you have a Bye Felicia career moment?

First, you must make a plan today no matter how pedestrian or simple it is to figure out what option you may have if you have a Bye Felicia moment and are out of work tomorrow.

You must save and not hope and pray or wing it as we go. No excuses – it’s a habit. If you can’t save something from the “little” you have now, you won’t be able to save something from the “millions” when it starts rolling in.
You must be developing on your job everyday in other to dust up your CV and find another job. There are jobs for the qualified. The question is are you doing all it takes to remain qualified?

Be adequately prepared to avoid Bye Felicia career and entrepreneurial moments!

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Ngozi Adebiyi is the Lead Consultant at OutsideIn HR & Career/Leadership Coach @ OutsideInCoach. Our focus is practical interventions that address the challenges of businesses today. We specialise in HR Business Partnering & Leadership Development with the goal of revolutionising HR in Nigeria & consciously unleashing inner greatness! [email protected]

10 Comments

  1. Nammy

    May 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Learnt something new today, the “bye Felicia” that is

  2. Ajala & Foodie

    May 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    @ Author, you know “bye Felicia” is kinda like an insult. Felicia in the movie Friday was “special”. So when people say “bye Felicia”, they are saying “bye dummy”or something similar. A former coworker of mine and myself used to joke around,Myself or her would tell the other “Bye Felicia”, the other will always respond “Hello Radio”. This is in reference to Radio played by Cuba Gooding Jr. in the movie Radio who also was a special needs individual. So bye Felicia is not just say “hit the road jack” like “come and be going”. It has a more negative connotation.

    • Xoxo

      May 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Have you actually watched “Friday”? Felicia was NOT ‘special’. She came to borrow Smokey’s car and he was upset about that.
      Before she had to chance to ask Craig for something too, he hit her with the “bye felicia”. It was a “don’t even try it with me” statement.

    • Ngozi

      May 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Yes….it was clearly stated in the article….Its main purpose and highlight was to draw an analogy…
      .”In relation to work and life, when is it okay to have a “Bye Felicia” moment in your career or business? There are times in life when the most appropriate phrase and circumstantial action is “Bye Felicia!” And it’s okay for it to be the way to go, the path to walk and the road to travel on. One just needs to recognize it and respond accordingly…..”

    • Ngozi

      May 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      [email protected] & Foodie..yes it does have a negative connotation which was highlighted in the article and also provided a naija parlance to it in the form of “come and be going”…

      Hopefully the message is clear…
      **How prepared are you for the ‘Bye Felicia’ moments as an entrepreneur?
      **In relation to work and life, when is it okay to have a “Bye Felicia” moment in your career or business?
      **Sometimes there are career moments when we find ourselves on the receiving end of Bye Felicia! At work this may disguise as redundancy, forced leave or pay cuts. It may even be a suspension arising from an investigation that unfortunately impacts both guilty and innocent and everyone is asked to resign.What do you then do when you have a Bye Felicia career moment?

  3. Teju TJ

    May 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Sometimes you just have to up and leave. I was in a horrible work situation and I really just left without another job on deck.

    • Ozyy

      May 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Story of my life right now. Everyone thinks im mad…but i feel good and is doing everything to be relevant in my career….Hi to greater things by GOD’s grace

    • Ngozi

      May 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      @Teju – …Sometimes one needs to make that call….wish you all the best.

    • Tosin

      May 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      story of my life, story of my life, story of my life. aint got time to waste time

  4. Dayo Akinbode

    May 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    “Bye Felicia” is derogatory but does not depict the end of the world. Tell me “Bye Felicia” and I will dust up myself and say “Hello goodness””

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