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1.Planning-You have already planned to fail when you don’t plan at all. Planning is what gives clarity of direction. There are many roads that leads to the market. And I’m not talking about the modern market which has few gates that leads to it but a traditional market where everywhere leads to it.If you don’t plan your entry point into it which could be based on how near what you want to buy is , you’ll end up wandering in the whole market. Even what you have to buy must have been planned before going there. It can be confusing not knowing what to buy and yet knowing that you went to the market to buy something. Planning gives order ,direction and measurement to what must be done. When your journey is planned you have already made half of the journey and the rest is a smooth right .Don’t only plan , do a good and thorough planning. Plan your time, your resources and your nife ( nife is life in a typical Nigerian warri woman’s tongue).
2. Discipline– I have an adage that I value much it reads ” the race is against yourself to be what you ought to be” . We must be saved from ourselves to really make significant impact .The sport stars you see today had to be very disciplined at a point in their lives to be where they are now.They have had to subject their bodies to strenuous exercises, obey rules and their coaches. Discipline comes with self denial to a large extent. You make profit in business and you start jumping around town spending it, the business will soon crash if there is no discipline in reinvesting your profit into it. Must be disciplined in paying your bills to avoid government interferences.Discipline is the backbone of any venture in life.Be serious about your moves. Be serious about your business so that your team,stakeholders and your customers will be serious in their dealings with you.
3. Sacrifice– A hen physically loses weight while sitting on her eggs resulting from decreased feeding. Success in business cost what it cost. You’ll pay for your business growth and progress .What is sacrifice? It is going beyond what is required of you. There are parties you’ll ignore. Clothes you’ll refuse to buy all because you want to reach your goals. A farmer who plants some corn seeds only sacrifice in order to reap a large harvest of corn. Sacrifice is one of the hardest but fastest way to reach your goals.
4. Taking Risk – You probably have read “it is a risk not to be risky ” .If you are not taking risk then you are very risky you should be avoided. Risk are decisions taken in which the outcome can be favorable or unfortunate. When a risk is successful it can be a major milestone. You are advised to take risk but it’s not every risk that is what taking .Take measurable risk. Don’t take risk that you can’t afford.If the battle is bigger than the spoil of battle you had better drop the battle.
5.Patience – If you are not patient you can’t make anything. There are people who can’t be patient to watch a business succeed in 4 years time but are willing to work a job for 44 years. Every good thing takes time. Taking short cuts to get a hit in business will only cut the business short . You need patience to reap your sacrifices. You need patience to persevere . A hen sits on her eggs for 21 days ,patiently waiting and even if they don’t hatch she will still lay eggs again.
6. Sensitivity and Discernment– Not all business offers are worth your consideration. Be smart enough to pick the real and drop the counterfeit. I can tell a dubious business or moves from afar. Sensitivity and discernment looks somewhat similar. Sensitivity is to detect and perceive while discernment is to recognize what is what after much deep thinking.
7. Purpose– Purpose is what determines how you plan and which direction to go. That one purpose is broken down into objectives or missions and goals, that’s why there are many department within an organization. All are gearing towards one purpose .Help your team to maintain focus at all time. Without purpose people aimlessly do things. They don’t know what to expect from their engagements .Define your business purpose and let your team understand it.It will help you as the team leader to pass down quality directions as needed. Purpose is what determines how you plan, the kind of risk you’ll take and the kind of directions to give.Purpose is what empowers you to be disciplined.
Welcome ABC friend,
Today we want to share an inspiring story of a 65 years old man with you, a man, who as at the time his mates were planning how to start living on government, he had a better plan.
Many people die living on pension.
It is tough for the old people who have no financial support of any kind. Some have been neglected by their children. Many can no longer be employed. Some don’t have any means of livelihood, not even pension.
I feel sorry seeing some old people around a premises trying to get their pension out.
It is a cold world.
Well, if you are old and it seems you are tired of trying again, let this story inspire you to be who you were meant to be again.
Colonel Sanders was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken ( KFC). His whole life before founding KFC made him look like an epitome of failure.
At age 5 his Father died of fever . Sanders’ mother obtained work in a tomato cannery ,and he was required to look after and cook for his siblings .
By age seven , he was skilled with bread and vegetables, and improving with meat. The children foraged for food while their mother was away for days at a time for work.
When he was 10 , he began to work as a farmhand for local farmers.
In 1902, Sanders’ mother remarried. Sanders had a bad relationship with his stepfather.
In 1903, he dropped out of school and went to live and work on a nearby farm. At age 13 , he left home by himself.
At age 17 he had already lost four jobs.
He got married at 18 to Josephine King and they had a son who died from infected tonsils and two daughters. He then found work as a fireman on the Illinois Central Railroad
He then moved with his family to Tennessee. Sanders lost his job at Illinois after brawling with a colleague.
Sanders moved again to work for the Rock Island Railroad while Josephine and the children went to live with her parents.
After a while, Sanders began to practice law in Little Rock, which he did for three years, earning enough in fees for his family to move in with him. His legal career ended after a courtroom showdown with his own client.
He joined the army and wasted out there.
A lot of failure, you will say, but Sanders would not give up yet.
He became an insurance sales man and failed again. He was fired for insubordination.
He moved to Louisville and got a sales job with Mutual Benefit Life of New Jersey.
In 1920,Sanders established a ferry boat on the Ohio River between Jeffersonville and Louisville. He canvassed for funding , becoming a minority shareholder himself, and was appointed secretary of the company . The ferry was an instant success.
Sanders cashed in his ferry boat company shares for $22,000 and used the money to establish a company manufacturing acetylene lamps. The business failed after Delco introduced an electric lamp that they sold on credit.
Sanders moved to Kentucky to work as a salesman for the Michelin Tire Company. He lost his job in 1924 when the company closed their manufacturing plant. In 1924, by chance, he met the general manager of Standard Oil of Kentucky who asked him to run a service station in Nicholasville. In 1930, the station closed as a result of the Great Depression .
He became a cook and dishwasher in a small cafe. He later ran cafeterias for the government at an ordinance works in Tennessee, followed by a job as assistant cafeteria manager in Oak Ridge , Tennessee.
At age 65 he retired.
On the 1st day of retirement he received a cheque from the government for $105. He felt that the government was saying he couldn’t provide for himself. He decided to commit suicide.
It wasn’t worth living anymore; he had failed so much.
He sat under a tree writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life. He realized there was so much more that he hadn’t done. There was one thing he could do better than anyone he knew.
And that was how to cook.
So he borrowed $87 against his cheque and bought and fried up some chicken using his recipe, and went door to door to sell them to his neighbours in Kentucky.
At age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC empire was a billionaire .
KFC was one of the first fast food chains to expand internationally, opening outlets in Canada and later in England , Mexico and Jamaica.
By the time of Sanders death at 90 , there were an estimated 6,000 KFC outlets in 48 countries worldwide , with $2billion of sales annually.
Sanders remains the official face of KFC and appears on its logo.
Inspired by this story?
It is never too late to be what you ought to have become.
Get to work.
Dream tthat dream.
You’re not too old yet.
Start that business!
Hi fellow Africans, I welcome you to this edition of Africa Business Genius (ABG) Interview.
This is the medium we use to showcase Africans businesses and entrepreneurs who are doing well in the business world.
Today, I’m glad to introduce to you the CEO of the House of Henri Limited, a leading fashion company in Africa, Mrs. Henrietta Agboola.
You’re welcome Mrs. Henrietta.
Thank you. It’s a pleasure to talk to our African audience.
To start with, who is Henrietta Agboola and what is House of Henri Ltd all about?
I am the CEO and Creative Director at House of Henri Ltd. And I am also the Head of Faculty at Fashion and Art Academy. House of Henri is a company that is into the business of fashion and related ventures. The business units under House of Henri essentially comprise a Couture arm, a Ready-to-wear arm, and a Training and Capacity Building unit. 2gedaforever is our couture bridal arm. TooshmeHenri is our online fashion retail unit. Fashion and Art Academy is our training unit, which is complimented by Easylearncollege.com, a platform that offers the convenience of online training. I have won a number of awards including Nigeria Best Fashion Designer in 2005 and African Bridal Practitioners Association’s Creative Designer of the Year 2006, amongst others. I am the author of Garment Sewing Made Easy (Basic Course) and Jewelry Craft & Bead Stringing Made Easy. I am working on the sequels that should hopefully be published before the end of the year. I am happily married and am mother to 3 awesome children.
Thank you. We’re aware you’ve been on this journey since about 25 years, how smooth has it been?
It has not been a tea party at all. The Fashion business is not for lazy people. It is very demanding and sometimes challenging. But with hard work and God on our side, we are beginning to reap the harvest of years of sowing into diligence and honing our skills.
Hmmm. One major goal of your organization is to train the interested Africans to build a career or start a business in fashion industries, how far have you gone with this vision?
Since the inception of our training arm, now called Fashion and Art Academy 12 years ago, we have trained thousands of people. But we keep getting requests to open more training centers nationwide, which is an arduous task. But with the recent launch of www.easylearncollege.com, we are now able to provide self-paced training to people, where they want it and when they want it.
We’re aware that your collections have been exhibited and sold in many countries of the world which US, UK, Italy etc. are some of them, any secret behind this achievement?
As I mentioned earlier, hard work and diligence pays. Skillfulness in your trade will also earn you people’s confidence and recognition. That said, the most important secret is the God factor.
I read the testimony of one of your students who confessed of moving ahead fast in the fashion business because of the quality skills she acquired in your fashion school (Fashion $ Art Academy). Since when have you become a “fashion teacher”?
I have been into training since my university days, but formally for 12 years now.
We’re aware of your various awards as Best Fashion Designer of the year, Creative Designer of the year, Official Fashion Designer for the re-branding of the Lux Beauty Soap, which of these awards makes you proud the most and why?
Every award comes with its own joy because it is another evidence that people recognize the excellence of your work. However, the Best Fashion Designer of the Year award represented a turning point in my career.
Lastly, what will you advise many Africans who are reading this interview and will love to acquire skills as fashion designer?
I will tell them to come to Fashion and Art Academy or register for our online classes at easylearncolege.com if you truly want to acquire professional skills. However, they must note that the fashion business is for hardworking people. If you are not ready to work long hours and keep vigils to meet customer’s orders, you had better consider another profession. The good news is that fashion will always be because people will forever have need to wear clothes. The opportunities to explore to make money are many. You also need to be able to pay attention to detail. Finally, I would counsel you be yourself, be original, don’t be a photocopy.
Please, can we have your Academy’s address and phone number to contact you?
You can get full information about the academy at www.fashionandartacademy.com and www.easylearncollege.com. Mails can be sent to email@example.com
Oh Mrs. Henrietta, we appreciate you for your time on this interview. Everyone here at the ABC extends their appreciation.
Dear fellow Africans, above was a short interview we had with Henrietta Agboola, the CEO of House of Henri Ltd. If you think you have passion for fashion, we strongly recommend her company for your training.
Contact Mrs. Henrietta on +234(0)8023290830 or +234(0)8036904382