A couple of years ago when I resigned from my 8 to 4-day job to be an entrepreneur, as part of the entrepreneurial I experienced serious difficulties, challenges and setback. I was basically stagnant; my growth was not consistent and I was not impressed after one year+ as an entrepreneur. I decided to carry out a research from my friends around, Facebook friends in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda who were succeeding as entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, consultants and so on. And I actually noticed that they were doing things that I was not doing. Today in this article I will be sharing with you the 7 things I got from these guys.
1. Think BIG, Start Small
I noticed all the great guys I talked with, had big dreams, had a big picture they keep seeing which act as one of their biggest motivation. But they are smart enough to start small with what they have instead of waiting for the millions to come before they take actions. It was from there I developed my business slogan ” Think BIG, Start small, Learn fast and Grow Fast”
My counsel to you is stop waiting for the right time, right money, right resources, right people, right age and just start small
Out of all the successful young Africans I talked with, all of them mentioned that putting Gog first place in their lives is one of the most important decisions. They consistently build their relationship with God. When I noticed this, I made this quote which guides me today ” God is the Chairman of my life, Jesus Christ the CEO, the Holy Spirit the strategic technical adviser, the Holy Bible my policy manual and my pastor my principal”
My counsel to you, put God first place in your life, have a relationship with Him (GOD)
3. Creative Thinking
All these guys I talked with are amazing creative thinkers. They don’t have narrow minds, very dynamic, look at things from different angles, analyze situations with dynamic mindsets. Have quiet thinking times. As a creative thinker, you bring new perspective to innovation, problem solving and manage change
4. Unlearn & Relearn
You will agree with me that the African education system (especially my nation Cameroon) needs immediate overhaul. Too much theory, too many topics and subjects that are no longer valid in this century. Therefore, you need to unlearn what you learned that is not working and relearn what is currently working. These successful Africans attend conferences, capacity building seminars to relearn those key things that are not thought in conventional schools. You are unlearning and relearning as you are reading this article. Congratulations!!
5. Have mentors
One of the most important things that these guys talked about or shared with me was that one of the most important decisions they made was to get a mentor. In mentorship, what your mentor took 10 years to get, he will show you how to get it in 5 years or less. Your mentor gives you direction and options. My counsel, get a mentor today and if you have build the relationship.
They shared that they have the daily habit of holding themselves accountable. At the end of each day they ask themselves ” How did my day go, what good have I done today?”
When you hold yourself accountable, it helps you work on the right things, at the right time, with the right people.
Successful young Africans are proactive, take initiative and are consistently action oriented. They are determined to always take actions that will take them to the next level. Remember hope is hopeless without action.
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About the Author
Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach, Public Speaker and a dynamic, prolific and strategic Entrepreneurship/Business Management Trainer/consultant and a personal efficiency strategist. He is focused, question asker, answer seeker, problem solver and purposeful young African. He is the Founder/CEO of The Center for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa – The Pan African Professional Center. He is the Head of Njorku Career Centers, Country Director Consultant for C-Life, COO of Most Influential Young Cameroonians Initiative, Founder of WIKAJOBS, YALI RLC Fellow and Consultant with several community base organizations, NGOs and SMEs across Africa. He has been nominated and has worn several local and international awards. He is the author of How to Confront The Limits (Living a More Impactul Life) – 2015, Living a Life of Divine Purpose – 2016, The Principal Things for African Young People – 2017, and Guide to Manifesting Purpose -2017. He has authored so many personal development articles that have been published on several blogs and online platforms across Africa reaching thousands of audience weekly. He has lectured Business Management courses in two private universities in Cameroon for 5 years (2012-2016), He is A World at School Global Youth Ambassador and has been featured on numerous publications across the world regarding his contributions to mother Africa.