Kwesi is a painter. He does a clean job and he is efficient. He is good at what he does therefore he gets referrals, not so often but it keeps him alive. One day Kwesi gets introduced to do a job at aunty Christine’s. Aunty Christine’s nephew Alhassan is around Kwesi’s age; he however graduated from the polytechnic studying building technology, he just finished a job fixing some church member’s roof and was free at home. Alhassan mentions if kwesi needs some help since he also has some experience in painting and he wasn’t doing anything. Kwesi didn’t need any help and could totally do the job by himself to earn the entire fee. But Kwesi invited Alhassan to join so they can finish the job faster and in the end share the money, he promised to give Alhassan 20%. Just before they finished the job, Alhassan is asked to fix a neighbour’s leaking roof and due to the leakage the whole wall needed to be repainted. Alhassan asked Kwesi to join him. Before they realised, the jobs never stopped, Kwesi and Alhassan later on became business partners. In 2017 they set up an office for their construction consortium located at Airport West and they now have more than enough equipments to look for any partnership but they never stop to share with partners. This is one of the best real life GHANA business stories I have ever heard since arriving here. The 20 percent of a 1000 GHANA cedis job Kwesi shared 15 years turned him into a big local construction company and the sharing his concept has powered a 15 years continuous business.
Share to win. Crazy and stupid it sounds, it actually took me a long while, as long as like recently, this last year and half to truly start thinking like this. I have known this and been made aware of this since, however, just like other lessons, it took me sweat and blood to really learn.
I was once this young kid who was a little lucky, got some opportunity, made some small stash and thought I did it all alone. I was only fortunate and I was wrong. I was not able to see that it was not because I was the best in what I do or the smartest among. I arrived there and alive because of the efforts of many people. People pushed me ther and many others mercy kept made me go that far. In the earlier stage when I made 100 I enjoyed the 100. Later on, I prayed I could enjoy maximum 70 out of it, now, I only take 20 out of it. I have this 80/20 rule, but it is not about doing 20 percent of the job to get 80 percent of the revenue, but rather how I use the 100 I make. My thinking is that 10 percent has to return to however, wherever you made 100, 30percent reinvesting into the method or the means that brought you the 100, 20 percent to share with the others who tried same efforts but couldn’t get the 100 (your competitors), 20 investing into other ways or means to make another 100. And this is called sustainability.