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Do not despise your humble beginnings – young entrepreneurs urged

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The Chief Executive Officer of Digicast Properties, and Office Bureau, Martin Kwabena Quaidoo Osei has shared what he says are four principles to guide youthful entrepreneurs aiming to go far in their careers.

He says they must not despise their humble beginnings as it serves as their foundation and roots and determines how far they go as entrepreneurs. Again, they should focus on the process and not the results as it is the process that determines the consistency of the results. In addition, they must also seize every opportunity, and be kind to others and to themselves.

Martin Quaidoo Osei, an old student of Mfantsipim School, shared the insights as the Guest Speaker for the 144th Speech and Prize Day of Mfantsipim.

Explaining his submissions, he quoted the Bible in Proverbs 21:31 saying, “The horse is ready for the day of battle but victory belongs to the Lord”, urging his listeners to commit their ways to God so He directs their business path each day.

On the need to focus on the process and not the results, he said it is without doubt that the road will be tortuous, however they should have the strong desire and passion to succeed no matter the obstacles

“The pathway to greatness is often paved with pain and adversity. Be thankful for it. Out of that comes enduring success. The dogs will always bark along the rails but it doesn’t stop the trains. Remember your times and seasons. There’s a time to sow and a time to reap. Never let your sowing season pass you by. It is an essential ingredient in your success.”

“Third, seize every opportunity. Be reminded that the Chinese concept of crises is rendered as dangerous opportunities. The current pandemic has catapulted a whole new generation of youthful entrepreneurs who have used technology to advance solutions in the world of business. Young people of today are firmly taking their destinies into their own hands. This is a great trend that must be encouraged. Identify opportunities in government policies to keep your business afloat.

“Fellow Students, the Fourth Principle is that you should be kind to others and to your own self. Be a branch of a tree. Tree branches provide shade, succour and fruits to mankind. They are also habitat for birds. Provide for people when you excel thus touching the lives of the underprivileged. Note that no one is blessed unto himself alone. Your success should impact the lives of many. This is also an impetus of growth and prosperity.”

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