A Day Spent At Ecamp Africa Conference
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,
Kevin Live, S.K Osei and hosted by Chris Orlando. Enjoy the piece and be
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.