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Opinions Thu, 17 Oct 2013

A Day Spent At Ecamp Africa Conference

Part One.





Another inspirational and lots of resolutions day was spent at University of


Ghana when the CEOs talk organised their first edition of this


conference Ecamp Africa attended by young aspiring entrepreneurs and


leaders. Speakers were Jeremiah Buabeng, John Armah, Fred Mawuli


Deegbe,Godwin Martey , Samuel Tinagyei, Marian Yabe, Barbara Swatt,


Benard


Kevin Live, S.K Osei and hosted by Chris Orlando. Enjoy the piece and be


inspired.


Commencing with introductions by participants, it became


clear we all came to be inspired by these young speakers to start our


own business startups and network as well.


First to speak was the 25


year old CEO of Jeremiah Buabeng and Associates, who has also being the


brain child of the Accra Youth Summit, Jeremiah Buabeng. Beginning he


asked few questions on the strategic plans that we have but not much

people confessed having it. He further went on to ask how many have


written theirs which is a sign of a step ahead of knowing your plan.


But if you write your plan down but end up throwing it away you are just


as the person that hasn't written it down. Speaking on the theme:


POSSESSING THE FUTURE, THE POWER OF STRATEGIC THINKING AND PLANNING. He


made strategic examples of Kofi Annan who in 1980 when he took at job at


the UN wrote a letter to her mum about becoming the Secretary General,


16 years down the line he made it to become the first black Secretary


General. Another example laid down is Ishmael Yamson who in a job


interview was asked where he wants to be 5 years to come answered that


in 20 years he wants to become the Chairman of the company, Unilever.


Within 20 years in the company he became the first black chairman of


Unilever Ghana. This was because they made a dream for their future and


made it happen. So applied to the speaker himself when in High School


his teachers and friends mocked his dreams at age 17 when he disclosed


to them that he wants to become a motivational speaker, few years down


the line he has had over 300 speaking engagements and 40 radio/tv

interview. Was it by chance? No it was their strategic planning and


thinking. Success is a matter of choice, strategic planning and


implementation. Which implies that no planning no possessing. The key to


possessing the future is to plan it. Strategic Thinking and Planning is


the process of discovering your vision or desired future and deducing


the process and strategies for achieving that desired future. He then


talked on 5 reasons why people don't plan their life.


First is WRONG


BELIEFS which describes when people are held back by their false


religious beliefs. Some people just conclude in their life based onto


the mentality that they are either destined to fail or succeed so they


just live to see what comes their way.


Secondly is WEAK DESIRE which


is one that explains why people don't have the passion for success. It


is just like nothing drives them. You need to drive your desire with


determinations. Third is WAILIM ATTITUDE. This is the always


complaining. The world would pity you for your failure but will never

pay for for your excuses. The fourth is WAITING SPIRIT. is when people


are waiting for help or a perfect condition. This most applies to young


people who wants to wait for the right time but if you wait you won't


succeed in life. So you need to plan. Last is the WANDERING SPIRIT which


is where people are not clear about what they want in life. Truly this


has confirmed that people who do not plan in life either have these


things as their excuses but as he said the world would pity your failure


but will never pay you for you for your excuses. His next topic was to


describe the kinds of people we have i the world. THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE


AND NATIONS. This was quite blur at first but after listening to him


into details which i would share with you i knew the kind of person i am


and the nation i belong to.


First is the BLIND, This are people who


do not have vision or direction for their lives, they follow the crowd.


They are people who don't have goals or ambitions in life. Another kind


of peoples and nations is the WEAK; This are people who have goals,


vision, destination but they board a wrong bus. They are unable to

discipline themselves to pursue their dreams. They also have vision


without fruition and dreams without results. If you can't make your


goals work in life then you are weak. The last kind of people are the


STRONG. This are people who have a clear vision for their lives, have an


effective strategy, have enormous discipline and deliberate choices.


Making examples of strong people he made revenue to Arnold


Schwarzennegar the Hollywood star who took a bold step to greatness


despite all the difficulties he has to go through from his country,


Austria to America. Discover your vision for the future. Next is the


THREE FOUNDATIONS OF SUCCESS. Still by Jeremiah Buabeng.


to be continued.


Thank You.


Akpah Prince


akpahprince@ymail.com


akpahprince.wordpress.com

Columnist: Akpah, Prince