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Different realities

We all love doing what we do best. We need to share our stories so that others may appreciate the effort we are making in order to bring about change. Positive change is what makes society move forward and as agents of change we seek to build the society we desire in every way we can. It is interesting to see how overwhelmingly different or similar other societies can be. It is always true that it is only an outsider that sees the most possibilities that can be played on board game. So is it true for how we appreciate the society out of our own.

I share my stories wherever I go and listen to others as well. It is good to see that we always strive to bring positive change and encourage each other to keep going even in the most adverse conditions. We all face different challenges and it is up to us to keep going challenging all the ods in a bid to make the change we so desire. There are always going to be hurdles, but we must not relent our efforts for other people look up to us to create the opportunities they can use to make the society a better place

If you don’t do it now, it will be too late to do it tomorrow. If you think you are too young to do it now, you will be too old to start it tomorrow. – Akah Larry

On my first visit to Europe in Germany, I was amazed by how advanced the country is. The organisation, infrastructure, communication, everything seems to be in order. As I get from the news, this country literally controls most of the European budget and actually has budget surpluses each year. This was something I had never believed could actually exist, seeing from Africa which is the total opposite of what I found there. I had actually only seen these things in movies or TV shows but to experience it first hand was a whole different experience. Then we can begin to wonder if at all there are still challenges faced in such a society. It could be more difficult to solve a problem that doesn’t actually exist or or exists but whose variables depended on things that were beyond current human capacity.

Being in such an environment, I feel there is hope for a society to actually attain such level of development and this encourages me to keep moving. If others have done it, then we can. All it takes is a will. To stay motivated, one needs a mentor who from time to time, puts up the big picture to remind us of what we seek to achieve and what our convictions are.

to effect change, you need a strong vision, conviction and courage. – Larry Akah

I will be sharing more from my trips as I tour the world to learn and experience different realities. Stay tuned on my blog to read about exciting experiences.

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Entrepreneurs should tell the full stories or not tell it at all.

It’s common ground today for people to get up the stage and recount their journey to their current status (whether success or steadily growing towards success) during a speech or motivational talk. It has also become common place for most of them to share stories about their humble beginnings and it looks like all of them almost always have a humble beginning. It now looks like if you didn’t have a ‘humble beginning’ but was able to make it (succeed), then your own story wouldn’t be fun to hear or inspire on stage. Such motivational talks hide a part of the story i think is as important as the part mostly recounted. Let’s look at a few of them (most popular stories in motivational talks) and identify that part which if told could have as much impact as what was only told.

Dropping out of school?

This one is most common with tech entrepreneurs who after they succeed will tell you how they didn’t make it while at school or had to drop out to actually make it. You may know of a few with whom this is common, Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates. Now the other part is, when recounting these stories most of these guys will not tell you exactly or explicitly what initiated their dropout or why they were unable to finish while still going about their business and this part of the story that is untold, i feel is very important as well. This could be a guide to indicate at which points or stage in school one could consider such an option to have a chance of making it with one’s idea.

Rejected for a job n times?

Another story is about how they were rejected for jobs at given companies for a number of times (n). These people will tell you how they were rejected n times but never really seek to find out why, hence they can’t tell you if you were not fit at that time to join or what exactly went wrong. Sometimes i think the real stories behind that could be one of nonchalant behavior or general incompetence at the time. People are rejected jobs for a wide array of reasons depending on the company’s hiring needs and requirements so identifying some of these could be a good way of preparing people as they go through that path. Such speeches need to be accompanied with a few reasons as to why the rejection.  As an example we find Jan Koum and Brian Acton, former employees at Yahoo and founders of whatsapp applied to Facebook and failed for reasons you may not get to hear from them on stage, but then facebook bought over their company for $19 billion.

Fired from a company you started?

Another phenomenon is the one of being fired from a company you started. This was most common in the silicon valley with tech entrepreneurs of the 20th century for example Steve Jobs at Apple. True they may have been fired at one point, but again the reasons as to such a decision need to be made clear. if at the time such decisions were necessary, then it should not cloud the reason for the entrepreneur to make known during their speeches. It is important to learn from ones’ mistakes so that one may reconsider current or future actions in the enterprise. So just saying that ‘i was fired from my company’ isn’t enough talk and should be justified on the circumstances  in which such decisions were made. It even turned out that years after Job’s firing from Apple, that was the wrong choice for the company to make.  However, during speeches of this nature, it is important to make know the circumstances that led to such decisions.

There are a lot more of such speeches i could analyse but that would be a very long article than this blog could possibly contain. The general point is that successful entrepreneurs should recount the full stories (both sides of the story) when they are called up  on stage for motivational or experience talks. The audience should aslo inquire about the parts of the stories untold from the presenters. This would go a long way to contribute in the minds of the audience.