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What I learnt from meeting a Billionaire:

 

Simon Tefula meets Aliko Dangote

 

Simon Tefula meets Aliko Dangote

I recently met one of the richest people in world, Aliko Dangote, some say he’s the richest Black person on the planet. When I asked him what words of wisdom he had for young people such as myself, he said ‘…just be patient and continue to work hard…young people today want to have overnight success but it takes time…” This made me reflect upon the fact we live in a world where most people want instant results. We are the click generation, we swipe for love, opt for surgery in order to lose weight instead of hitting the treadmill. Very fewl are willing to wait for anything. Jezz Bezos Founder of Amazon once said it takes about 10 years to become an overnight success. It took Dangote 30 years to get to amass his level of wealth.

 

Learning to be patient is something that I’ve had to learn along my startup journey because things never happen quite as you plan, it can and has been frustrating however I’m committed to moving my startup ideas forward. Regardless of the setbacks I’m committed to making progress even if it means by just 1 centimetre every single every day. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day so if things do not go according to plan always remember that ‘Slow motion is better no motion.’

Focus on building followers

Following, followers, Followed:

Vitaly’s audition on Britain’s got talent is pretty much exactly how things tend to pan out in the entrepreneurship world. When you have an idea that you’re trying to execute, you’ll always get ‘experts & consultants’ standing in your way, looking sceptical and doubtful, giving you that look that says ‘so you think you’ve got what it takes, so you think you’re the best thing since sliced bread, we’ve seen it all before…’ However as an entrepreneur, you just have to focus on impressing and capturing the imagination and attention of your target audience. That’s all that matters. Because once you’ve been able to acquire a massive following, once you’ve got the traction/momentum, then all the experts will come on board. The majority of investors will make you offers. Having traction and a growing following is the difference between success and failure. How many times have we seen or heard of startup companies backed by experts and well funded however they end up failing because they cannot gain that initial traction. Moral of the story is ignore the naysayers and focus on building a following. I’m currently in the process of building traction/following. Look out for a post on my experiences of building a following.

The road to success is always under construction

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Success means different things to different people. In the context of this post, I will refer to success in the context of career and personal development.

Agile Development:

In software development there’s a concept known as the ‘Agile Development Cycle.’ (See diagram above). This is normally used in the process of developing a new piece of software, a mobile app or website. Those involved in this process usually follow these steps. The first part of it is to plan extensively, then to design a prototype, build the prototype, test the prototype, review and then launch the prototype to the general target audience. This process is great because it focuses on constantly making small incremental modifications/improvements that take into consideration analysis and learnings from previous steps. For as long as the product i.e. website, mobile app or software is openly available to users/customers, the agile methodology/process never ceases. It’s on going. It’s constant. This is the reason we all constantly receive notifications prompting us to update our apps/software to the latest ‘improved’ versions.

Life lessons

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This model provides a great methodology applicable to individual/personal development. You constantly have to plan for what you need to achieve out of your life, this could include goals in terms of career, health, financial, education, relationships etc. What is required is designing a strategy, building a way, testing, reviewing and eventually launching yourself into it. Say for example you are interested in pursuing a specific career path as a Lawyer or Doctor. You have to plan extensively before you embark on such a path. You have to plan which college/university you will attend. Then when you get to university, you’ve got to design or choose the specific optional subjects or a major in your chosen area of study. This process goes on until you become a qualified professional. However even while you’re qualified and in a ‘stable career,’ in order to maintain your qualified professional status and climb up the ‘career ladder’ you need to plan, design, build, test, review and launch for the role or office that you aspire to hold. This means that there’s a constant need to train & develop yourself while in the job in order to keep up with the latest practices in that specific field of work. Hence the reason why The road to success is always under construction.’ Every decision you make requires you to go through this agile development process. The time spent on each specific step will vary depending on a number of different factors that you deem important to your own pursuits. Moral of the story is to get into the habit of planing, designing, building, testing, reviewing and launching. That’s how one is able to constantly reinvent themselves time and time again. No one can afford to remain static or dormant. As one of the greatest scientists – Charles Darwin once said, “…it’s not the strongest that survive the longest, but those that can adapt to change’

If you need any help designing or developing a web or mobile product using the agile mobile development method then please feel free to get in touch here or check us out over at Refined Creatives to see what we can do for you. You might also be interest in some of our Entrepreneur Training Workshops that we run for those with ideas that they wish to turn into a business.