4 weeks, 27 CEO’s, Inspiring personalities and a series of inspiring lessons to live by. The best advice series feels like a limitless voucher to shop at my favourite bookstore, and all year round too. Reaching out to people and having them respond back in time for my next post hasn’t been easy, but I am truly inspired by these words of wisdom and I hope in Whoot Africa’s little way, we are helping to keep you inspired every other week.
Don’t stop believing!!! No great venture has ever been accomplished without smart hard-work, resilience and determination.
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Toke Makinwa, Media Personality and Entrepreneur
The best advice I ever received, came in very early in my life and might I add when I needed it the most.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% your reaction to that situation. We all have a story, not one person walking the surface of the earth has it easy, and we are blessed with choices too. You think you have it bad? Wait till you hear what the next person is going through. I have learnt to appreciate my story, love my life and be mindful of my outlook to life in every situation.
To get ahead, you have to stop stressing the small stuff, people will disappoint you, love will hurt you, business will go through stages, you won’t always get it right the first time around, but the key is to have a positive attitude even when it hurts.
Find something to be thankful for, trust me, there is a lot and always look at your glass as half full not half empty.
Tomi Davies, CEO of TechnoVision
The best advice I ever received was from a lecturer of mine by the name of Professor Lionel Howard who said to me “Anyone technology expert without business acumen will never make the Board room and that’s where money is really made in commercial enterprise”
It was because of this, I felt it necessary to study business after my computing, something that stands me in good stead till today.
Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede of Yetunde Global Consulting LLC (YGC) and Young Global Economic/Business Leaders to watch in 2013
The best advice that I could ever receive was from my mother: She told me to:
Never sit back, always step out and shine
Always believe in myself.
Have confidence in everything that I do.
To take care of myself, both physically and mentally
Never underestimate the day, always dress appropriately.
Just because you’re a wife and a mother doesn’t mean you should sit back.
Always look presentable.
Never undervalue yourself or your work.
Know what you want.
What is meant for you will happen. God will continue to guide you.
My mother has said these words to me over and over throughout the course of my life and it has resonated into my soul. I have been blessed to have many mentors, but my mother WAS and still IS the greatest mentor I have. She has taught me what it is to be graceful under pressure, to be smart when it comes to business dealing and to never apologize for being who I am.
Elizabeth Idem Ido of MMABON Custom Clothiers
Best Advice from life’s experiences: Follow your heart and instincts, and give a 110% in EVERYTHING that you do. The benefits are more personal and fulfilling and will break open doors.
Funmi Ogunja, Media personality and Fashion Blogger (Funmiogunja.com)
The best advice I have ever received was from an upcoming Rapper S.O.P, during an interview I held with him for T.V, I asked S.O.P what advice he would give to aspiring musicians who aim to be in his seat someday. His response to this question not only inspired me but has stuck with me till today as the best advice I’ve received.
“Love your talent, believe in your talent and invest in your talent”. S.O.P went on to explain, you have to love what you do in order for others to love and respect what you do, you also have to believe in yourself, confidence is very persuading and lastly to invest in yourself both financially and with time, professionalism will take you far.
I could really relate to the 3 points S.O.P touched on, as I felt this was the structure I have been practicing, hearing him say it was reassuring and motivating.
Nero Ogheneovo, CEO of T- Shirt Factory Nigeria
Well the best advice or should I say one of the best advice I ever received was from Robert Kiyosaki – “Rich Dad Poor Dad.” Many years ago, I read his first book where he advised that people who want to build a business need to concentrate on “BUYING ASSETS”. I can’t remember the exact phrase that he used, but those words stuck with me “buy Assets” and this has been the primary thing I have done in my business, I constantly buy assets that will enable the business produce better quality and serve clients better. And this has helped me build a strong brand that rarely outsources any part of the production process.
I am glad he gave that advice and I took it, it has helped.
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