On the 11th of August, 2021, I was invited to IBSU to speak to a group of young people about my journey as a young woman entrepreneur.
To be in a room full of young people was my avenue to motivate them to fulfil their purpose on this earth. The next generation is here. Our time is now. And there’s no better time than now to start a business. I spoke about the challenges I face each day, the many times I wanted to give up but still kept going, the little wins, the support, the reason why I started, and some tips on social media and marketing to boost your business/brand. It was amazing to learn that there were several people in the room who already have a business and wanted to learn how to expand to reach more people. And there were also people who were thinking of starting a business but didn’t know where to start. The Q&A session was very interactive and I was so happy to mentor these young people into the right direction. Learning never stops. Each one, teach one.
I left three messages behind: 1. “Start with what is in your hand and your heart.” - Just start. Don’t think about the negatives. If you fail, at least you tried. I started many small ventures but they failed one after the other. When I ventured into baking, it took off really well and so I stuck to it.
2. “When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it. (Theodore Roosevelt) - When someone asked if I could do a Blackforest cake, I said “Yes I can.” And then I did trial and error recipes until I found the right one.
3. “You are your own competition.” - Be better than you were 3 months ago, better than a week ago, better than yesterday. Perfect your craft. Perfect your skill. Research. Learn. Try and try again. Do your best to compete against your flaws, mistakes and do better.
With that being said, THANK YOU: - to the team at IBSU (Joy Baiai & Dr Thirumal) for formally inviting me and for putting this session together. - to my family for their never-ending support and love. - to everyone who shared the initial post and encouraged me with their kind words, you are all appreciated. - to NBC TV (Constance and her team) for coming today and interviewing me after the session for their Women’s Program (it was two birds and one stone!) - to my sister Eva and Armstrong for helping me out on the day - taking photos and videos - and to everyone who attended the session. It was a full room and I was so nervous! But you all made me comfortable and I had an amazing time.
Thank you everyone!