Founder and President of Ashesi University, Patrick Awuah Jr. has shared that young ones can be successful in life when they envision their accomplishment, cultivate the quality of trustworthiness, and look out for mentors who can direct their path.
In an interview with Rev.Erskine on the Y Leaderboard Series segment of the Myd Morning show, he said: “In whatever project you are going to do, envision what you are trying to accomplish. Playing that vision in your mind is very important. That will train your mind to look for the hurdles and challenges and overcome them”.
He furthered that to also be successful, one needed to cultivate the qualities of trustworthiness by displaying good work ethics and behaviour.
“Progress moves at the speed of trust. I read this somewhere a few years ago and it is very true. Who are the people that trust you enough so they will invest their funds with you? That trust comes from the behaviour that you have displayed”, he stated.
He exemplified his point by relating an experience he had when he was starting Ashesi.
“When I was starting Ashesi, I went to some of my colleagues at Microsoft including former managers. I asked them to donate to a foundation that I set up. Some of the people that donated, gave not because they were sure that it will be successful. They gave because they trusted me. One of my managers was interviewed by someone in the US media and they had asked him, ‘Why did you donate to this project?’ and he said, ‘well I wasn’t sure that it was going to work but I trusted Patrick, I know Patrick and I knew that it was going to work or he was going to die trying’. He was basically betting that I will not give up”, he said.
He added that young ones must look out for mentors who can guide them in their journey to success.
Patrick Awuah Jr. holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College; an MBA from UC Berkley ‘s Haas School of Business; and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College, Babson College and the University of Waterloo.
By: Alberta Dorcas N D Armah