TODAY ON OWN YOUR OWN - APPOSITE AMBITION

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Posted on 29, September 2016 15:11:46 in the category START-UP
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TODAY ON OWN YOUR OWN - APPOSITE AMBITION


Though we are all human, we differ and are unique in our ways.

I believe our individual capacities, abilities and character is a function of exposure, upbringing and experience.

Depending on the circumstances of our birth, our environment and how we were raised, our strengths, energies, abilities, tenacity, endurance, perseverance, intelligence and speed of delivery vary.

For example a 6 or 7 year old boy who as a result of his family values and social status is exposed to hawking products in traffic in a city like Lagos has a higher tendency of being streetwise, more aggressive and dogged than another child, same age not exposed to such.

An orphan who makes up his mind to train himself through school; working during the holidays and in between semesters will be different in his ability and approach to managing himself, his life, finances and programme from another not exposed to such an experience.

A lot of people you meet and interact with daily today are the way they are on the account of their upbringing, exposure and experience through life.

You see, as an individual the way you are today; your views, abilities, passion, aggression, judgements and believes is largely a function of your experience and upbringing.

It's mostly about what you've been through and what you're still going through. An incidence or situation not experienced can hardly influence you. It may not affect your thinking, reasoning, judgements and submissions. You can hardly learn from something you didn't experience. Experience may not be the best teacher but it's a very good teacher.

No matter what you think you know; a practical experience can never be compared to head knowledge. Theory is not practical.

As simple as it appears to ride a bicycle, it's a different experience when you mount one and you don't know how to ride. Swimming is not just a matter of jumping into a pool and stroking, you learn how to swim by experience.

Your growth in ability, strength, character, competence and speed of delivery can hardly be divorced from your depth in experience.

It's really exciting to start and grow your business early and in good time.  It's a great ambition and quite rewarding too. Becoming an entrepreneur in your early thirties and a CEO of a growing business in your late thirties is an enviable feat. It's wonderful.

But it's one thing to achieve such a feat, it's another thing to have acquired the necessary experience to sustain and grow that business. I'm not talking about head knowledge or theory that comes easily through an MBA class or training. I'm talking about an immersion into real, practical business situations and the ability to surmount serious management and commercial obstacles.

You see, business management is not pure science; it is dynamic and can vary as frequently as possible. You may require 2 or 3 different approaches to tackling a similar problem depending on the time and surrounding factors. It's not a one size fits all scenario. You need real, deep, experience for an unquestionable performance.

An appropriate business ambition is such that appreciates speed yet doesn't despise experience. As much as you want to grow that business pretty fast, you also want to stay at each level and immerse deeply into what it feels to manage that level of business effectively.

I am an advocate of growth based on ability, capacity and maturity not time frame. No matter how long you've been at a level, if you don't outgrow that level in ability, capacity and output you've not earned your next stage even if you've been there for five years.

Until you're ready for more challenges, you're not ready for your next level, and you are not ready for more responsibilities if you're not absolutely on top of your current level. That's the gospel truth.

A common inordinate scheme rampant among young entrepreneurs today is unwarranted movement from one type of business to another. These are business exploiters who jump from industry to another with the sole aim of targeting a higher level of revenue, and because as a nation we lack strict requirement for entry into different professions and trade, it's easy for most to just move and change business types without being professionals at it.

Isn't it ridiculous that a young entrepreneur starting out within a year is already looking for opportunities in other sectors and business types?   Apparently the motive is far from meeting needs, growing a business or adding real value? It's probably driven by just money making - it is selfish and inordinate.

Some get lucky and in four years a small business owner may become very rich through jumping from one business type to another? Please tell, what kind of experience or sustainable value can such a business person add to any sector or the nation?

Even with double MBAs, the market and business environment vary from country to country, from region to region! It's beyond the ability to speak good English, make fantastic presentations and interpret data. This is more about strength of character, maturity and emotional intelligence. How can such an unstable one handle pressure in a depressed economy? How can such a one handle economic crisis? How can such a one handle tension, politics and the balancing of interests peculiar to business adventures?

How can such a one be effective at business delivery, capacity development, knowledge transfer and the society at large without breaking down under pressure in a depressed economy?

How can such a one remain calm, cool and collected in the face of severe scarcity, economic policy modifications, and remodeling?

Growing fast in business is not a piece of cake; it's not a walk in the park, its hard work and complete immersion into a business life.

Wearing expensive suits, designer shoes, lovely ties, powerful watches, nice cars and looking very successful is a good ambition, but you must have what it takes to earn all that in your commercial abilities and capacities.

My dear friend, you need to know your business, know your trade, learn, learn, learn, don't be superficial with delivery, tasks and responsibilities; immerse yourself, deal with the nitty-gritty, gather all the experience, you will need it someday, stop jumping from one type of business to another place because of money, if you move fast but empty in your business journey you'll likely wreck your business. Take it easy, calm down, gather experience, and earn each level. You can't give what you don't have. Entrepreneurship without enough and relevant experience is an aberration. Learn what you need to get what you want. All Entrepreneurs are equal, but some are more equal than others.

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MOSES ABIOYE    22, February 2017 19:05:25

You are on point, I can't agree less.

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