“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand”. – Vince Lombardi
“Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other”. – Abraham Lincoln
This week on Whoot Africa’s Best Advice series, we share words of wisdom, thoughts of hope and a little bit of encouragement to keep you focused on your success journey.
Here are some CEO’s and inspirational personalities sharing with us this week… Stay inspired, dream big and work towards winning.
Ehime Eigbe, CEO of Sweet Kiwi
‘Keep at it’ from Mrs Tara Durotoye of House of Tara. As you know, doing business in Nigeria is very trying but those words always encouraged me to keep on even when I wanted to run away and go back to living the simple life.
Raphael Afeador , Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Supermart.ng
I have a lot of good advice I have received, I struggle to choose only one. One that comes to mind to share is:
With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences”
Heshan de Silva, CEO of De Silva Group
Dr Chris Kirubi told me to make sure I am known for the quality of my work, and the integrity of my character. Never will I sacrifice my integrity for profits. As crazy as it may sound, there is more to life than the bottom line. Net impact over net worth is my aim any day.
Ujuaku Akukwe,Co-Founder of CleanDigital Production, CEO, Inspiredthots and TEDxJabi Licensee
I have received lots of advice or words of wisdom like I love to call them, but the one that has really made a huge difference in my life as a person is from a friend Segun Adesegha. I use to bother a lot about what people think about me. 6 years ago, he called me and said, “Ujuaku, don’t ever bother yourself about pleasing everyone, work with your conscience and leave the rest, not everybody will support you” As simple as it may sound, it ignited something in me. Today, I stopped living my life on the basis of public opinion. I stopped thriving to please everyone; I search my conscience, make the best decision and move on. Some term it arrogance, I call it confidence!
On business, same friend Segun said to me, “you are hard-working and intelligent; add passion and determination to it and success will come knocking.” Today,I am passionate about my business and I have this rugged determination that it could take only God to stop me. This has helped me in pursuing my career goals. I believe with passion and determination one can break any barrier because it spurs you on even when odds are against you. You don’t rest because you have a cause to fulfil. I tell young people, find what you are passionate about, stay focused on it, be yourself, invest in quality relationship and success will come knocking.
Christian Ngan, CEO of Madlyn Cazalis
The best advice I have ever received came from my parents and particularly my mother, who always encouraged me to keep praying and to be grateful to God in all circumstances. It taught me gratitude and humility. I believe in God and I am amazed by all the things He gives me daily and I feel blessed. It is my faith that gives me my confidence and the determination to achieve and pursue all my projects. At every stage of the evolution of Madlyn Cazalis, I thank God for all that he did for me.”
Ikenna Azuike, CEO and Founder of What’s up Africa
Nigerian bank finance exec, Pascal Dozie said: “Don’t’ come back to Nigeria to make money, come back to add value”. That had a big impact on me.
If you missed the previous parts of the best advice series, please click here .