“A man can never have enough red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." Rudyard Kipling
Let me tell you about three people I have spoken to recently. Richard works in transportation and takes classes at night towards a degree. Yaw has a job with some expats with interests in real estate. Esi freelances while she tried to get a job in any industry that will take her. All three of our characters are under 36, hate their jobs and these are not their real names. Richard and yaw live in Accra. Esi lives in NYC.
Richard is not sure why he is getting a degree.
Esi would like to move back home.
Yaw thinks Ghana is the problem.
They are all looking for a better job and yet starting a business is something in their sights as well but fear is stopping them.
After probing them I found out that Richard knows very little about starting his own business, Esi is hoping for things to get better and Yaw thinks the right connections are all he is lacking at the moment. None of them have written down their goals or decided on a time frame for achieving those goals. They say they have goals but from my perspective, the lack of action and urgency tells me that it’s just good intentions. They answered No to the following questions;
Do you know the top 3 successful people in the field in which you want to start a business?
Have you read any books on these topics?
Do you know the exact amount it would take to start these businesses on a scale and how much revenue to expect?
Do you know how much you spend on credits for your phone every month?(Esi was the only one who knew this)
Have you spent at least an hour thinking and writing down your plans for the rest of the year?(Richard comically replied by saying “thinking is not easy. Lol”)
When I asked what their financial goals were I also realized that they had such low standards. They want enough to live comfortably. When I suggested that they set higher goals so that they can build churches, schools and employ/provide for millions of people, they grew silent.
Africa needs young people who are willing to make their brains sweat as E.W Kenyon puts it. Young people with higher goals than a comfortable job with perks. People who will think of ways to solve problems and actually do something not just write a Facebook post or tweet about it. As you spend time reading the Word of God, your mind will be filled with ideas, concepts, insights and the ability to achieve whatever you set out to do. Africa is going to be changed by people who will listen to God and determine to make an impact. A couple million dollars can get stuff done but global influence can do more.
Horseshoes Tournament at Everest Base Camp. Here are some of the pics taken by Dave Hahn who is still due for Everest Summit.
Melissa Arnot packing for her attempt at a 5th Everest summit. Shot for Outside.
Ketchum, ID (2013)
I shot Melissa for Outside in mid March, a few days before she left for Everest. She was in the news this week for breaking up a fight on the mountain between foreign climbers and a group of Sherpas. She is a total badass, but having talked with her about her relationship with different sherpas, I imagine that she is cringing at the negative and one sided story coming off the mountain. And there is a lot of wisdom in what she wrote about the incident on her blog: ”I am sad for the events of the last week. I am hopeful that the adventure ahead will be one of collaboration, support and rebuilding the relationship of trust between everyone who has chosen to be here.”