Africa's Economic Boom Didn't Trickle Down

Africa's Economic Boom Didn't Trickle Down

After billions of dollars invested into the continent, new studies are showing that there's been no relative progress in terms of prosperity for Africans at large. Read the report here.

Top down funneling of funds didn't work. It may have just been rhetoric to appease the masses.

What we’ve found that is working:

It starts with relationship.

Relationship is everything. We write and talk about this nonstop because it’s so true.

It continues with vision.

If you don’t have a long term vision that has the potential to outlive yourself, then your plan will not survive here.

It then builds by community.

What you build is not for you. A million dollars is not enough. If you’ve sold one business, it’s time to mentor others and show them how to do it. The rising tide doesn’t raise all other boats unless there’s someone there to teach them how to raise up the piers.

The community develops with core values.

If you don’t have a core basis of belief and a culture that builds one another up, then it also won’t last. A growth culture is critical to Africa’s success. Creating ecosystems on the ground that empower young Africans to take a skill and turn it into a viable career is paramount.

The ecosystem then continues with no allowance for ego.

This is part of our core culture too. If you have a massive ego and want to be the Shiz Master who gets all of the credit, we’ll never work with you. We love giving credit to their team and the one who did the heavy lifting. But if your main motivator is credit, it's unhealthy for the team.

We’ve worked with a few egos and at the end of the project, we’re all wishing we hadn’t. It’s the old adage, cliche perhaps, but true when trying to build teams that will change their areas of the world—check your ego at the door.

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