Ah John what are you saying? I just finished my service (NYSC) and I am really flat broke and you are telling me to forget about looking for a job? That’s the lamentation of one of my friends last February after he passed out.
Yes I have to start on that note to help you understand this piece very well. I always advice anybody that cares to listen that it is better to suffer building your own business than working in an organization that pays you very well. It always pays at last.
Though you are paid heavily in your place of work but how long will you be helping another person build his business? And at the end of the day, you are sacked or retired with peanuts while the owner of the company enjoys with his family what you labored for.
Immediately after my Nysc, I hurriedly went to see my good friend that is in a good position in a bank, to ask him to help me get a job. He did not allow me to finish what I am saying before he opened up to me…. “I HATE THIS JOB JOHN; I have been in this banking job for 19 good years with nothing to show for it.
All my school mates that embraced entrepreneurship when we graduated from university are billionaires now why? Because they have succeeded in building their own businesses while I am here wasting my time’’
That’s the confession of my good friend in the banking industry in Nigeria where many young graduates dream of getting job someday. I admire that job before I met this good friend for advice and getting a job for me. Am I still looking for job now?
Not at all…. What I am looking for now is bigger contracts and speaking engagements to grow my businesses. My friend said he will be setting up his company this year, according to him, it is better to start late than never. Please I am not saying that getting a job is bad… NO! But starting your own business as soon as possible is much better.
After that advice from my banker friend, I went back to my ‘’future drawing board’’ to draw how I want my future to look like… do you want to see some of the things I have drawn about my future? Read some of them
“John Greatman Oyedu HAVE….
- A TEVEVISION STATION( WILL COMPETE WITH CNN)
- 3 RADIO STATIONS
- 100 FUNCTIONING HOTELS
- 2 INTERNATIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS
- A UNIVERSITY… “JOHN GREATMAN’S UNIVERSITY”
- 500 FUNCTIONING FILLING STATIONS IN NIGERIA
- JOHN GREATMAN’S ESTATE WITH OVER 2000 BUILDINGS
- SUCCESSJET RESOURCES GROUP: AN ICT AND TRAINING COMPANY
- SAVE OUR YOUTHS(AN NGO FOR THE YOUTHS)
- 4 MONEY MAKING WEBSITES
- JOHN OYEDU FOUNDATION (YES… WE WILL GIVE BACK TO THE SOCIETY)
Ah John, are you sure you will achieve all these in your lifetime? Oh yes, I will, even much more because God is with me all the way. If Jesus Christ tarries, I will achieve these in less than 25years from now.
You see, I have a tall dream that’s why I am unemployable. If I work in a company, will I be able to achieve all these I listed?
No way, what I will receive after serving 30years in a company is a peanut or disgusting gratuity and I will be receiving a peanut pension till I die in poverty.
That is not what I want in life… I want to be the head (the Chairman) and not the tale.
I have been asked by many people that since they did not have capital, how they would start their own businesses.
My answer is that you should start with what you have and one of the things you have is your brain…. THINK!
See how I started. In my 300 level in the university, I found out that there are no jobs in Nigeria and i started by learning a skill.
I looked around and found out that every business in this world needs a website and I quickly went for website designing training.
Since I graduated… I have been designing websites for companies and businesses for fat pay and today… here are my skills
- A website designer and developer
- A freelance writer online and offline
- A public speaker
- Internet marketing consultant and social media manager
I also import goods from china, usa and uk from my bedroom in Lagos without going to these countries.
All these four businesses are skill related. Since I don’t have capital, I need to raise huge capital from those four services I render.
The mini importation capital was raised through my services and my company SUCCESSJET RESOURCES GROUP is growing and very soon, we will start investing in huge projects like setting up radio stations and building our first secondary school.
If you can read in between the lines, you will find out that I have given you the master key of starting your own business successfully. That is how all the big names you hear about in Nigeria started.
When you know what you want out of life, tell God about your plans and beg HIM to approve it… then nobody or witches in your village can stop you because God is involved(the the greatest power in heaven and on earth). You will excel above your equals. Before I end this piece, here are the steps in short format…
- Decide to start your own business
- Draw your future plan…what you want out of life
- Tell God about it and beg HIM to approve it
- If you don’t have capital, start with skill related businesses or services
- When you raise money. Invest in other bigger projects
- As your business is growing, remember to give God his percentage and the society that gave you first.
AND…… I WILL SEE YOU AT THE BILLIONAIRES CLUB SOONEST!
To your success
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