I was fresh from High School having done a few terms of being a relief teacher at some Rural Government Schools. Most of my High school mates had gone off to University, which I couldn’t afford because of my financial situation.
I needed money. The easiest way to get it was to use whatever skills I had. I could teach, I had done it before. I invited a group of friends, approached a local primary school and negotiated to use infants classrooms since they finished at 12 noon. I printed fliers and posters advertising for Ordinary Level Lessons.
They told us we were operating illegally since we had no certification.
The events that followed surprised me. In a month, we enrolled 200 students. Our school had attracted everyone who was seeking to resit their O’ level exams in the area including grown-ups who couldn’t attend conventional school. I became an employer of 6 teachers.
After a single term, The Ministry of Education Officials knocked on our door. They told us we were operating illegally since we had no certification. However, because we were meeting a great need they said, they would help us formalise our private college. They gave us textbooks through a UNICEF programme that was running then.
Things were happening so fast. I had set out to make a few coins helping individuals pass their exams, I was on the verge of founding my own Formal Private College.
Our first group of students went on to write exams that year. We had an 80% pass rate! Later I closed the school when I secured a formal Job.
Many people, like me, have given up dreams that would make them so successful for comfort that would see them die yearning for more.
1. Sometimes, You do not need money to start a money-making business.
Many people seeking to make money ignore their own skill sets, in search of complex business ideas. An entrepreneur looks first at what he/she has and sets out to meet a need.
2. Lucky is for the prepared.
If I hadn’t started this school, UNICEF through the Ministry of Education wouldn’t have given us textbooks. Lucky is when opportunity meets preparedness.
3. The best thing you can do is: Start.
Many projects die before they are even born. Perfection is a killer disease. Business plans and budgets are good but the reality is often a different game altogether. Start your project, learn and adjust your sails as the boat floats on. Read about The Lean Start-Up
4. Big Organisations are still People.
If you have a dream, there will be companies, organisations and people you will need. Fear of rejection may stop you from reaching out. Do not be afraid, in every company or organisation, decisions are made by humans, and, humans can ethically be persuaded.
5. Employment is a dream slayer.
Employment is comfortable. You do not worry about capital, human resources, company bills and industry policies. Many people like me, have given up dreams that would make them successful for comfort that would see them die yearning for more. Hold on to your dream.