According to Forbes Magazine Kirubi's business empire is worth much more than US $300 million (Ksh24.9 Billion). What is interesting is that the business-mogul started small. Over the years, he has no doubt seen his star grow brighter by the day.
(1) Keep up with the latest business trends
Today’s world is evolving at a fast pace. Some of the business ideas that are working today may not necessarily work tomorrow. For this reason, you must strive to keep up with emerging trends.
According to Dr. Kirubi “One of the most important lessons I have come to learn…is that you can’t do today’s job using yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.” If you don’t keep up with the latest events and trends, you can easily miss lucrative opportunities and might be caught unawares.
(2) Manage your work, manage your life
Figure out how you can achieve all your goals while still spending quality time with the people who matter the most to you. First you need to figure out what your ideal day would look like. To give you some inspiration, here is a simple plan that I often use:
|Chris having a nice time|
7am to 8 am: Take breakfast, read my emails
8am to 9am: Check my blog's performance on Google Analytics
9am to 3pm: Write articles, participate in online Forums
3pm to 5pm: Check how much money I have made through my affiliate marketing efforts on this blog (Click Here for an Example of this)
5pm to 8pm: Time for my lovely wife and family
8pm to 10pm: Browse the internet for trending topics
Chris Kirubi has been quoted saying “I arise every morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy it…but because I want to make a difference in society, I choose to focus on the frightful things.”
(3) Understand your idea
According to Dr. Kirubi, if you understand your idea, then you can confidently express it so others can grasp it. However, if you can’t do this, it means you really don’t understand it, and therefore can’t invest in a venture you don’t understand.
In a nutshell, you must always do enough research to understand the idea that you want to execute before you even invest in it. Most importantly, your business idea should always be aligned with your passion.
(4) Taking risks
Speaking to 14 graduates, from Kenya and Uganda, who were being recruited to join one of the leading local companies, Dr. Chris Kirubi paraphrased Brian Tracy’s quote saying “It is better to make a decision than no decision at all.”
Kirubi always emphasizes on making firm and sober decisions, some which involve making daring move, with aim of succeeding in business. Taking risks will enrich your life and make your career more rewarding.
(5) Diversify your business interests
By extending your portfolio of business you can ensure a regular flow of income from January through to December.
In other words, if you own a blog like Top 10 in Africa you can earn through affiliate marketing and at the same time pursue your ideal business ideas.
This can super-charge your growth prospects and perhaps even make your business bigger than you’ve ever imagined.
Over the years, Dr. Chris has been able to diversify his business interests. He runs multiple businesses in real-estate, consumer and insurance industries. He is also a force to reckon with in the media industry – he owns Capital FM, one of Kenya’s biggest radio stations.
To sum it up, there are dozens of lessons we can all learn from this astute businessman. In fact, it is not practically possible to jot down all the good things we can emulate from Chris Kirubi.
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