Watch this recent interview of the author of Lisa Magazine.Hi Polola, it’s so nice to have you here with us.
Thank you for having me!
Q. So tell us, how did the idea for your business spring up?
I had just completed NYSC in 2012 and I was job hunting, then I got talking with one of my mentors. I studied Architecture by the way and I wanted a master’s degree in interior design outside Nigeria, but did not have the funds. I had thought I could get a well paid job that could fund the masters, you know. But then my mentor said to me, “instead of waiting on a monthly salary that may never add up, I could start creating value to those around me”. Here we are!
Q. The entrepreneurial life isn’t so easy. What was the driving force to you becoming an entrepreneur?
IMPACT. I want to give the world something I will be remembered for.
Q. There is no resumption and closing hours for an entrepreneur. On an average, how many hours a day do you work?
10 to 12 hours, but that does not mean 9am to 5pm. I stop working when I am done. So if that means 2am, so be it.
Q. Start from when you wake up. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Wake up. Say my prayers. Grab my to-do list. Start making phone calls. Hit the road if I have to (for project deliveries, site visits, client meetings e.t.c). At the end of the day, when I’m going through my list, I feel fulfilled crossing out the things I was able to achieve during the day.
Q. Staying motivated can be difficult as an entrepreneur. What keeps you grounded?
I tell myself everyday, that the best is yet to come.
Q. Every entrepreneur has a fear they try to overcome. Since you started your business, how have you managed your fears and doubts?
I read a lot about success stories and tell myself these people do not have two heads. I remind myself that I can also make it, if I do not give up.
Q. We are sure success means different things to different business owners. What’s your definition of success?
For me, success is what you attract as a result of who you become. So the goal is to find out who you are meant to be and become that person.
Q. Being an entrepreneur must have its own perks. What is your favorite part of being an entrepreneur?
The FREEDOM. I like my freedom.
Q. A great man once said “A mentor is someone who allows you see the hope inside yourself.” Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Mrs. Ibukun AWOSIKA, The Chairman of First Bank Nigeria Plc