To be the best, you have to learn from the best. You have to join a flock, and then you have to flap your wings and head in the same direction as the flock you have joined. You have to keep pace. You have to allow yourself to be mentored. You have to allow yourself to be coached. You have to allow yourself to be challenged. Then once you get your wings, help others get their wings. You have to allow yourself to mentor others. You have to allow yourself to relearn things from a new perspective that comes from coaching and mentoring. You have to understand it is a two-way street.”
Successful business man and father of Namibian comedy, Lazarus Jacobs, has done just that. Not only has he found his wings and contributed to the growth of business in the country he also makes time to pass on the knowledge and tools he has to his fellow countrymen through his mentorship programme. Find out what career advice he lives by. It may work for you too.
Being a serial entrepreneur I have never been one for careerism as I believe in doing things in the most unconventional ways. The world is moving at a fast pace and the fact that we have access to information literally on our fingertips makes things easier and yet complicated at the same time. Take ICT for example, the industry is moving so fast that when people study the subject at school, whatever they have learnt in the first year becomes almost irrelevant in the third year. So whatever it is that you are learning or choosing as a career in this century be sure that you remain relevant. Since not all of us can be entrepreneurs or want to be entrepreneurs, and you choose to have a career, here are my tips:
- Think out of the box. Don’t just think about Namibia as a place to do a career. See it merely as a geographical location. Once again, this day and age, the world is your oyster. Think bigger than Namibia.
- Start with what you know or what you genuinely have an interest in. Don’t look at what others are doing or what they might be telling you
- Have a long-term vision for the career you choose, because after all, you might have to be doing it for the rest of your life.
- Educate yourself as much as you can about your career choice.
- Choose a mentor. Shadow and talk to those who are practicing the same career that you want to venture into.
Finally, don’t choose a career to make money. Choose a career to make a difference in your life and those around you.
Need more? Lazarus Jacobs currently has a CD out:
“Mind Your Own Purpose- how to unleash your true potential”
Get yourself a copy now.
You can also catch him on radio: