Sunday, 19 January 2014

Take your dream from local to global - Komla Dumor

Many knew him because he creatively told the world about the African story, a story that many are afraid to speak about, the way Africa is on an upward journey.

He made me be proud of the stories as broadcast on BBC Focus on Africa.

On the eve of ushering in 2014, he wanted all to be inspired

Believe In Yourself In 2014“A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.”- Alexandre DumasHappy 2014 my friends! I wish you good health and success! Komla
Others say:

Komla had real presence. Physically, you couldn't miss him. If you were blind, you would hear his booming voice. If you were deaf, his handshake left you in no doubt. He riffed on everything. What he loved on his last work trip, needing to go to Ghana to relax, the latest quips from his three beloved children. How is Chiko, he'd ask, and the little one. Bros, he would say. His smile. His smile. A warm warm guy. - Nkem 

What inspired him? My friend ObedSimiyu says, “Fear not, leap into journalism boldly”
Journalism is not just the meaning of the word but a lot more than that. It is a definition of who you are, what you stand for, whom you stand for, why you stand for it/them, how you stand for them/it, where and when you stand for it/them.
Komla says one need to look at self to look for inspiration and go for it.

On life lessons he says:
  •        Before you go global you need to start local. Be small and grow big and achieve great things.
  •       What standards do you set for yourself? There is one standard and that is a global standard. If you set the bar low for yourself you will achieve things that are low and if you set the bar high, you will achieve great things. Therefore, set a standard that you want to achieve, set a high standard and cross that bar.
  •     You need to have a target, a plan and a clear and defined time frame to achieve your goals.
Being local and thinking global means starting your goals from where you are based but on a broader scale.

For the future, he said, whatever happens I will be prepared for it and certainly I hope you are there to share the journey.
  •         Consistency: there are days in which people may not be there to notice what you are doing but you must be consistent and operate 100 per cent in whatever opportunity you have been given when it comes to achieving your dream.