Thursday, 13 March 2014

5 Business Ideas From Lupita Nyong’o To Kenyans

After a whirlwind of awards, Lupita Nyong’o has risen from the level of a typical Kenyan girl to global status. But while everyone is talking about her beauty and glamour, what business ideas can Kenyans (yes, you and me) borrow from her accomplishments this far?

I have noted down 5 life lessons that we can all borrow from Lupita, feel free to add yours in the comments box. 

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Business Ideas and Lessons Kenyans Can Learn From Lupita Nyong’o

Business Ideas For Kenyans Lesson 1: Start small

Lupita Nyong’o started small. In fact, 10 years ago no one could have thought that she had the potential to unleash her acting magic and win the world’s attention one day.  

 Lupita started by first going for TRAINING. She took her first classes in 2005 in a Ugandan film production house called Maisha Lab.  After 2 grueling years she landed a role in a serious film in a local AIDS drama show called Shuga.

After that she enrolled for further TRAINING at Yale School of drama where she would take an extra 5 years to land the 12 years a Slave role.

Business lesson learnt – Start small, keep learning, seek training and above all BE PATIENT.

Lesson 2: You don’t need to study science to make it in life

Yes, science is important but that does not mean that you cannot make it in life if you’re not a scientist. Lupita studied arts and look where she is today!

In modern-day competitive world, we should all strive to follow our passion. So, if you’re afraid that you cannot pursue your business idea in Kenya just because you’re not a graduate, know that there thousands of people who have made it in life even without being scientists, lawyers, engineers or accountants.

All you need to do is to identify your potential and then pursue it. Like I know of people who make money online yet they aren’t computer scientists. I know of successful affiliate marketers who aren’t graduates.

Business lesson learnt – Follow your passion always. If you’re a musician, make singing your business. If you’re a writer like me, make writing your cup of coffee!

Lesson 3: Patience is key

Success does not come by overnight. You need to be very patient, consistent and resilient. If you follow Lupita’s story very well, you’ll notice that she had to wait for more than 10 years to reach her peak point.

That is the same thing with business ventures.  You need to first build yourself in preparation for your big break. I remember, a few months ago when I started recommending Payoneer Cards to my audience who wanted to withdraw money from PayPal in Kenya.

Well, the first few weeks weren’t easy. I would write tones of articles and yet no one seemed to sign-up through my affiliate links. But someone advised me to be patient – and patient I became. 2 months down the line, and my affiliate business is peaking at an admirable pace. 

Business lesson learnt: If Lupita Nyong’o had to wait for 10 years to reach her current status, who are you not to wait for 1 year or two?

Lesson 4: Bravery, Bravery, Bravery

Business Ideas For KenyansLupita reminded us all to be brave. From self-hate to the shame of slavery, Lupita is not afraid to share her life stories with the world.

So far, she is leading by example by opening up about her own life challenges. At one luncheon she said “I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty. Black beauty. Dark beauty.

My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome. But today, a flower has started blooming inside me.” She continued to talk about her struggles as well as the feeling of being teased that she wasn’t beautiful.

Most importantly, she confessed that she has since learnt to overcome her critics and is now ready to face the world.

Business lesson learnt: Critics will always be there and you need to be brave to ward off their attempts to pull you down.

Lesson 5: Be your own person

Don’t bask in the glory of your family’s achievements. Instead, work hard to carve your own niche. Of course, we all know that Lupita is the daughter of Anyang’ Nyong’o who is a political heavy weight here in Kenya.

However, Lupita has managed to grow beyond the stellar achievements of her family members. In short, it doesn’t matter where you come from. May be you were brought up in some dusty village in Homabay.

Or maybe your Dad/mum is a prominent person. All that does not count much when it comes to pursuing your career. Just humble yourself up, be ready to learn and most importantly be persistent in everything you do.

Business lesson learnt:  It is not enough to think BIG, you need to think BIGGEST!

Of course, this is by no means an exhaustive list of the lessons that we can learn from Lupita. Kindly join our Facebook Page and share your thoughts with our community.

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