Why do some people fail. Why do some people dream big dreams and make them real, while others just go through life without accomplishing anything significant?
I have always been fascinated by Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede the former CEO of ACCESS BANK, i google him to read stories and interviews about him regularly because his accomplishments are awe-inspiring.
I had to write this article because of the November issue of FORBES AFRICA ,a business magazine , that he made the front cover of. I read the article seriously over a cup of coffee and came out with the following success principles and quote from him i hope it serves and inspires you to do great things in your own neck of the woods.
- IT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU THAT MATTERS, IT IS YOUR INTERPRETATION OF IT THAT COUNTS: In 1971 as a secondary school student going home for the holidays, he was stranded at the Kaduna airport when he was was denied access into the plane. Stuck in the tarmac he cried and vowed lets hear it from him ”It would never happen to me again and i will never be left in the tarmac again” That means that he will never come second in anything in his life and that formed his philosophy about life and enterprise. How do your interpret the negative events in your life and business?
- BE NUMBER ONE: He said that when he started working, he always asked himself ‘HOW WOULD A TOP MORGAN STANLEY OR BARCLAYS BANK STAFF DO THIS WORK” He always bench marked himself with the global. best of the best in his industry. Who are you referencing in your performance or output.
- SPEED: At age 32 he was an executive director in GT BANK and at age 34 he led a team to buy ACCESS BANK wow! You are not too young or too old to make your dreams come true.
- READING: It was his love for books that ignited his passion and idea to buy a bank. He read a book called buyout by Rick Rickertsen. What are you currently reading
- BIG DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS: When they acquired Access Bank they were number 60 in the ranking of banks in Nigeria, well today they are among the top three or four banks in Nigeria , with a shareholders fund of N430 billion Naira ($1.4 billion) employing millions of Africans. DREAM BIG, START SMALL, DO IT NOW, DO IT AFRAID.