This weekend (July 15-16th, 2017) I had the pleasure of attending the She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto boot camp. It was such a humbling experience being in a room filled with inspiring women (fondly called #MotherlandGurus) who came to connect, learn from one another and find out ways they can make an impact in their societies.
Some of the amazing speakers whom I had the pleasure of learning from include:
- Njeri Rionge, one of Forbes Africa’s Most Successful Women & founder of Wanachi Online
- Patricia Bebia Mawa, President, Editorial Director & TV Host at Silvertrust Media & Planet Africa Group
- Dr. Olutoyin Oyelade, Founding Partner at InVcap & President of CASA Foundation
In this article, I will share what I learned from Mrs. Patricia Bebia Mawa’s talk. She shared 5 Ps from her upcoming book The 10 Ps: The 10 Powerful Secrets of Successful People (which I cannot wait to get my hands on!). Most of these are direct quotes from her speech at the event:
“Preparation is the down payment for success”
You need to prepare yourself for whatever it is you want to achieve. As people say, success is when opportunity meets preparation. You can prepare by obtaining further education, having goals and well-thought out plans, building your network etc. It is important to remember that for whatever goal you have,
You don’t need to have all that you require, you just need to have all that it takes
“The people that effect change in the world are not the ones with the credentials but the ones with passion”
Patricia spoke about the fact that passion will drive you to keep going even when things get tough. She mentioned that she only hires people who are passionate about the role. How can you become passionate about something? For many people, they are innately passionate about some things, however, it is something that can be developed by taking action (reading, talking to people about it, working in the field etc.) However, it is important to keep inspiring yourself and surrounding yourself with people who are passionate about what they do.
“You have the power to change anything but you have to believe that you can”
Although being positive will not allow you to achieve anything you are not adequately prepared for – coupled with preparation and passion – positivity will definitely help you achieve some of your goals.
You must find something that gives you hope which you need to keep going when times get hard. For many people, this could be through spirituality (belief in God), for others it could be having a strong “why” or remembering your purpose. Whatever the case may be, always stay positive!
“Always remember that it is 11:59 pm when you’re about to give up; just wait till midnight, breakthroughs happen at midnight”
All those people that you admire, and all the women that are mentioned above? They all face(d) challenges. Patricia told us about the challenges she faced bringing her TV station on the air. She kept writing different proposals and sending demos to the network even after being rejected several times until she got the deal!
To succeed at anything, you will face a lot of challenges, but it is up to you to keep reinventing yourself. When you face challenges in your business or career, rather than giving up on your dream, find out what isn’t working and improve on it.
The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is not the lack of desire to succeed, but rather how much people are willing to endure to achieve their goal.
It is important to remember that sometimes things get hardest just before you succeed.
“There are no self-made people”
Everyone got some help to get to where they are. Everyone needed help to succeed, no matter how strong, successful or inspiring you think the person is.
This reminded me of the famous Isaac Newton quote:
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants
It is important to get a mentor. This can be done finding people who are doing what you would like to do. It is important to remember that your mentor does not have to “look like you” (that is, be of the same race, or professional background). It doesn’t matter who your mentor is, as long as the person is willing to help. You would be surprised by just how many people are willing to help you achieve your goals.
In addition, it is important to surround yourself with positive people. Remember, that on your journey to greatness there would be people who are stuck with the person you used to be. Their judgment about the person you used to be, would make them think that you cannot possibly achieve anything great, as a result, they would try to discourage you from aiming too high. Be sure to leave those people where they belong – in your past (along with the old you).
The biggest lesson I learned from Mrs. Patricia Bebia Mawa and also Mrs. Njeri Rionge was the importance of having faith in God. Having faith in God not only makes you hopeful, but it also keeps you going when you run into roadblocks (which you undoubtedly will on the road to greatness).
I hope this article inspired you to keep pursuing your dreams! Stay tuned for Part 2, in which I will I share more lessons learned from the other phenomenal women I had a pleasure of meeting and connecting with.
What inspires you to achieve your dreams?