This time I want to talk about inspirations. Especially inspirations for entrepreneurs. I am an entrepreneur, in fact, since I came to the working environment; I have always been in an entrepreneurial role if not an entrepreneur myself.
We need inspirations! Why do I say that? Because being an entrepreneur means you are doing something new, you are creating a business, a business probably nobody has ever done or ever succeeded (that is the whole point of doing that, starting a new business or upgraded business model). We need inspirations to spark, to ignite, to get creative, to innovate, to brainstorm new ideas, to solve problems. We need to use alternative thinking in order to break through. Entrepreneurship is a fresh point of view, a finer insight of existing business environment.
Several things give me inspirations.
No.1 Inspiring people:
Lucky enough, in my life so far, I have met a lot of inspiring people, they are my good friends, my mentors. It reminds me of John Legend’s song “all of me”, where he said“you are my downfall, you are my muse”. The people who inspire me are not always more successful as I am, a part of them inspires me and I might also inspire them. I see their success, I also see their mistakes, but how they face and fix their mistakes is the inspiring part. My best friend V, who now resides in Miami in the states, is an airport designer/engineer. She is in a totally different industry, she is not an entrepreneur, she is in fact not even commercial. However, she still inspires me every time we interact. Her constantly updated views of the world events, her passion for hobbies in life, her compassion to inequality, all those inspires me and makes an impact on my decision making in my business life! She refreshes my business-focused mind, reminds me who I was when we were young dump and broke, emphasise on what I should not and never even think of compromising. Inspiring people doesn’t have to be only your role models. They can be right about one thing but wrong on everything else. But that one thing you learn from him or her is still inspiring.
No.2 Avoide routines, do something irrelevant:
As I am writing this edition now, I am en-route from Accra to Johannesbourg to do some kite surfing with a few old finance friends I have not seen for 2 years. (If you must know, funny enough somebody just boarded the same cabin and looked all excited at me goes “That is you, I have been reading you! Omg you are so young in person!”. And trust me, if I would disclose his name, you would proud of me such a high profile person also reads my column. He is, by all standards, a celebrity in business and 100 level above mine. For a moment, I felt like Beyonce at the Grammy’s) I like to keep certain routines, routines make me principal. However, from time to time, I also intentionally avoid my routines and do something totally irrelevant to my work or my lifestyle so that I am “out of the box” and I can “think out of the box”. For example, I normally drive to a certain coffee shop by a certain route to take my coffee at around 9:30am. Last week Thursday, I decided to change the route and go for a further coffee shop at 10:00am. On the same day, I started to think we should to shuffle our EHS/QC teams so that they spot each other team’s oversight. I also paint. I am not the greatest Picasso. But using colours make my brain alive and activate some idle parts. Art has no rules and is not a logical practice. Most of my activities require diligent logics and following standards, and too much of that reduces my flexibility to adjust to unexpected sudden events. Therefore, involving myself in an opposite practice gives me time off from walking inside the “waffle” and expanding my thoughts alongside the “spaghetti”.
There are so many other ways I get myself inspired. What is yours? I would love to hear yours. Feel free to drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org