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7 Reasons Many Young Nigerians Don’t Start Their Own Businesses

by Valentine Ogbamebor

THEY ARE AFRAID OF FAILING:

However everyone who becomes great in life fails first., you won’t be the first or last. Let me advice you, if you want to make any sort of impact in life, fall in love with failing, because failing shows that you are growing. And the faster you fail, the better.

THEY LISTEN TO THE OPINION OF OTHERS WHO HAVE NEVER STARTED A BUSINESS:

You can never rise above who you allow influence you and your decisions. Listen to your inner voice they says “You can make it” Don’t allow someone who hasn’t done anything tell you that you can’t do something, he is just not experienced enough to tell you what a great idea look like. Remember, you never know what you can do until you try.

THEY THINK THAT THEIR IDEA IS NOT PERFECT:

There is no such thing as a perfect idea. Even Microsoft has never sold a perfect product, that’s why they keep bringing out new versions letting us know that the previous version we bought was not perfect. Don’t despise your small ideas, launch out with what you have and mighty forces will come to your aid.

THEY ARE WAITING FOR A SAFE SECURE GOVERNMENT JOB:

We are all supposed to be creators of jobs and not consumers of jobs. Just imagine if Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had focused on finishing school and getting a “safe and secure job” there would be no iPad or even Microsoft windows. Stop waiting and start creating. The government may not create enough jobs, but they will not steal your creativity.

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THEY HAVE NOT TAKEN FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR LIVES:

Its amusing to see that most young Nigerians between the age of 24-35 still live off their parents’ assistance. Micheal Dell started Dell Corp. when he was 19 years old. Bill Gates co-founded Micro-soft when he was 19 years old. What are you waiting for before taking full control of your life?.

 THEY BELIEVE THE ECONOMY IS BAD:

This should have been the first, I guess, but I’m deliberately writing it now and also will leave it short and simple “the world has its problem, Nigeria has its problems, but it’s the only world that we have and the only NIGERIA that we have”. It is still in this bad economy that Dangote, Adenuga, Tony Elumelu are making impact, stop complaining about the economy and you will start seeing opportunities.

THEY HATE TO WORK:

Let’s face it, what would make a young and vibrant Nigerian decide to look for a civil servant job where he will spend most of his 35 years plus in the office reading newspaper, gossiping, and asking for a higher pay for sitting in the office.

The government may not create jobs but they have not stolen our creativity.

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