My thoughts for 2019
– Focus on capacity building: As Alvin Toffler puts it; The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. Strive to become a better version of yourself, set self-development goals, use audiobooks (e.g audible) and podcasts to accelerate your learning. Read at least one book per month. Learn a new skill or sharpen an existing one – utilize the free online materials available on the internet to grow (e.g our free training website – https://metamorphoseafrica.org/training/).
– Increase your number of meaningful associations: expand your network, get a mentor, end any unhealthy relationship. As Isaac Newton puts it; If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Having a solid network of friends, advisors, role models and mentors can be a quick way of gaining insights about life without needing to learn everything yourself.
– Be patient, have a long-term perspective to success: As Monty Hall puts it; Actually, I am an overnight success but it took me 20 years. Instant gratification is one of the biggest problems amongst the youths of Africa, the get rich quick syndrome. A lot of people don’t want to put in the work anymore because they see a lot of illegal instant successes all around them. There are still a lot of honest, hardworking, skillful people that are succeeding every day but they all had to put in the work. It pays to carve out a big plan, build capacity to achieve it and then execute it.
Ikenna Uzoh (Founder, MetamorphoseAfrica)