It’s Monday! for some persons, after the shouts and excitement of ‘’thank God It’s Friday, their next exclamation is Oh God it’s Monday. Whether you like it or not, it’s business as usual and Monday is here again.
You have to work! A popular saying goes ‘no food for a lazy man’ and as Jules Renard has succinctly put:
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. If you have decided that this week should be a smashing one in your business, work places and other various fields, then the following attributes should be learned from Aliko Dangote, one of the richest black men in the world.
Proper planning before executing a project will save you the headache of regretting over a failure. It helps to avoid the risks of having huge loses. For you to succeed in any business or project you aim to begin or execute, then there is a need to plan properly. Remember when you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail. Planning is indeed everything. Dangote started planning for his refinery way before he started the construction.
Be knowledgeable about what you are investing on
Another lesson to learn is to invest into what you have knowledge on. Dangote, whom a lot of people look up to when it comes to business and investment, did not venture into what he did not know about. He started investing in cement, sugar and other household goods as learned from his grandfather. He got his aspirations from there.
“When you’re raised by an entrepreneurial parent or grandparent, you pick that aspiration It makes you be much more aggressive- to think anything is possible.” This he said in 2015 during an interview with Forbes.
Be ready to step higher:
Another lesson to learn from Dangote is the fact that he was not satisfied with where he was. After mastering the first phase, he moved higher. He moved from importing to manufacturing. Do not be complacent. There are rooms enough to go higher, be more creative and innovative.
One of the qualities of Aliko Dangote is his expertise in recognising opportunities when he sees them. He has traded in different commodities including; rice, sugar, Vegetable oil etc. After some years, he moved into transportation, buying of trucks and importing goods. He made the most of these opportunities. From being an importer to becoming a manufacturer.
At every stage of his small business he was always looking for an opportunity to grow and he has the ability to predict the trend before the business world becomes aware of it.
Start small and dream big
You must have heard this over and over again. It is always good to start small and dream big. However, you will only be a dreamer who will keep dreaming if you don’t start small. Until, someone with the same dream comes to make that dream a reality, yet you are still engrossed in your dreams
‘’I built a conglomerate and emerged the richest black man in the world in 2008. But it didn’t happen overnight. It took me 30years to get to where I am today. Youths of today aspire to be like me but they want to achieve it overnight. It’s not going to work. To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme’’- Aliko Dangote