Experts in the medical field, stock broking, and information technology have advised youths to be focused, resilient and hardworking in order to achieve success in life.They spoke at the 15th edition of the ‘Story Worth Telling’ talks held in Lagos on Sunday.
The entrepreneurs were lead by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, RMB Nigeria Stockbrokers, Abiola Adekoya.
She said, “I started off as a banker with the Standard Trust Bank as a member of the marketing team; but later I was laid off, not because I did not meet the target set for me. I surpassed the targets but I was asked to go. I had to roll up my sleeves and move on. Today, I head a stock broking firm.
“It happened because I was determined to succeed no matter the odds. To succeed one must have a plan, focus on the plan, one must be resilient and be hardworking.”
On his own part, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Webber Engineering Limited, Opeyemi Babalola, said he was a graduate of Mechanical Engineering but due to his height advantage, he embraced basket ball along the line.
He said, “As I was playing the game of basketball, I had it mind to fill the vacuum I noticed in the basketball game in terms of equipment.
“As an engineer, I started acquiring the machines for the fabrication of the equipment. Now, I supply such equipment to some African countries and orders are still coming. Being from a humble background, I had to be determined to succeed and it paid off.”
A computer graduate of Babcock University, Shola Akinlade, who is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Paystack, said he resigned from a well-paid job after six months to pursue his dream.
He said that through the e-payment platform, Paystack, he developed with others, had over 40,000 customers and doing a business worth N45bn.
A medical doctor, Omodele Alakija, stressed the importance of marrying a complementary spouse, regular exercise and good eating habit, in order to stay healthy to either “become an entrepreneur and or be able to look after your business.”
The founder, SWORTE talks, Dr Femi Ogunsanya, said she founded the platform in 2016 to bring youths together and make them listen to life stories of focus, hard work, resilience and success.