Perseverance, positive thinking, self-confidence and passion, have been identified as prerequisites for success in entrepreneurship.
Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Adedayo Adeneye, stated this while teaching students of African Church Grammar School, Ita-Eko, Abeokuta, as part of a programme, tagged “EXCO in Class”, an initiative of Junior Achievement in collaboration with Ogun State Government
The Commissioner said the idea was to activate the students thinking process on entrepreneurial skills, now that their minds and brains are still agile, nothing that they are not too young to start a business or help their parents improve on their businesses.
“To become an entrepreneur, you have to be involved in risk, you must have passion for whatever business you want to do, think outside the box and you must not go into business, purposely because of money”, he said.
Speaking on the process of starting a business, Adeneye said it became necessary to be an informed entrepreneur, get the right product, know the specific competitive advantage of the product, right customers, do an ethics and social responsibility plan, so as to achieve success.
According to him, “It behoves on us to continue to guide the young ones in the right direction, which informed the decision of the organisers to come up with the programme, and I believe that at the end of the six sessions, which will last for three weeks, many of the students would have developed a business idea, that will be impactful to their parents, host communities and the nation at large”.