3 Lessons to learn from Entrepreneurs

First off, I am not an entrepreneur. I don’t know if I can be one. I have these really great ideas sometimes, but I also have a problem with execution so I feed them to my many entrepreneur friends.

I have realised that with them, there’s a trend. I see a pattern in the way they think, make decisions and act, and I have come to learn a lot from what I like to call their “entrepreneurial culture”.

So, here are three interesting things I have learnt from entrepreneurial culture and friends.

#1: Don’t say “Impossible”

Don’t even think it. Seriously, these guys only see possibility. WHETHER a problem can be solved is not a question for them, because it always can. In fact, when something comes up, the real question is HOW it can be solved.

This is a very interesting approach to life and work, this possiblity thinking. No, I’m not about to get into all that hype about The Laws of Thought and Attraction.

This doesn’t mean that stuff won’t be hard. In fact, for emphasis, sometimes things WILL be really HARD. But what if we didn’t label as ‘impossible’ everything that was difficult for us in our lives and work?

If you can think it, you can do it!

Just thinking that something is possible already increases your chances at succeeding at it!

#2: Relationships, Relationships!

It’s all about relationships for them. An entrepreneur walks into a room of people and instead seeing human beings, they see potential clients, customers, partners, investors, volunteers, spouses 😏 etc. It’s as though these labels are tatooed on foreheads. They are always meeting new people, networking, creating and sustaining relationships.

This is as important for everyone. People add value to us. We’re either teaching them or learning from them and either way, value added! Plus, there’ll be somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody who can help you with that job, opportunity, partner or client you’re looking for.

Twitter thinks so too.

This is not about strengthening ties with your family and friends. By all means do. But when you go somewhere and meet people, create relationships! Forget about being introverted or shy.

TIP: Just count to five, walk up to someone, introduce yourself and ask about them too. How hard can it be?


#3: “Like entrepreneur, like business”

This one is about behaviour, character, habits. 

If an entrepreneur is always late for everything, it spills over into their team and eventually the business. They’ll hardly meet deadlines, always deliver late to clients, hardly achieve their goals on time. Worst case scenario, the business will be behind on debts and close down.

Yep, it’s that serious. And true.

The good thing is, this stuff is vice versa. Good habits, good output.

So, it’s important to introspect and deal with bad habits that could sabotage our relationships, work, and our lives in general. I won’t start naming a list of bad habits, but you know, tardiness is something a lot of us fight with. 

Just check, and deal with them appropriately. Get help from friends or even professionals if you need to. 

In essence, 3 things you should remember;

  • Possibility thinking
  • Relationships
  • Habits!

Cheers!

Bugs on Table mats

I’ve always believed that the reason why they make table mats with pictures of fresh fruit and delicious dishes is to whet your appetite or at least put you in ‘food mood'(my favorite mood) and trick your mind to believe that the food served on the mat is the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten.

So  imagine what happens when I stroll into this nice restaurant with a friend and the waiter places this shiny table mats before us after taking our orders…

…and there’s a bug on it!

OH. MY. GOD.

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yup, there it is. bottom left, sitting cozy on the apple

I could not stop myself, I just had to take a picture.

Not that I lost my appetite or anything, but this picture just gave me a culture shock.  Apparently, there are some people on this same planet who find bugs appetizing.

All the while we were eating, I kept glancing at my new table-mat-bug-friend and then i thought: “stupid me, it’s just a picture! Not like it was going to become real and bite or something..”

I realize now that everything can’t always be as we imagine it is supposed to be, or as we grew up knowing it should be. It’s the beauty of life; it would be boring otherwise.

Look how a thing as small as a bug on a table mat changed my life! 🙂

Its Coffee Tasting Day!

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Its May 4 and its also coffee tasting day in Cameroon!

Souvenirs of the special beverage day

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L-R  Zita and myself

 

Yup, that’s me. hmmmm…  nothing like a good cup of coffee with friends to begin a school day….

“but you don’t have to wait till May 4th to drink coffee..” they said when they served me my cup at the stand and then gave a litany of reasons why coffee is the best thing I should injest. The most interesting was that about caffeine increasing smartness; the word they used was ‘intelligence’. Well,I don’t know, so they say.

But thank God anyway for May 4th. And for coffee.