Child spotted on the beach at Kokrobite in Accra. Photo credits by Paa Kwesi Inkumsah
Every where in the world, beaches have being a great point of escape for a great holiday to relax, de stress and be in tune with nature.
For me, some of the most amazing experiences have been on the beach. Spending time there and getting up early with my camera to walk a few stretch of sea sand with the coolness of the water massaging my feet and caressing them gently as if knowing what I need is just so refreshing. Capturing the early morning sun rise and again the sun set is an amazing and breath taking experience.
While I have had the best moments of my life on the beach, they have being clean and without the thought of the inhabitants putting filth into the ocean because they respect her. Its very shocking and difficult for people I know outside of Ghana to comprehend that some of the beaches in Ghana are dirty, with a few clean ones. They can’t understand it because it still doesn’t make sense even to me. But I have a perspective of it, same reason why the city center is dirty, the lack of maintenance of our parks and the very poor culture of maintenance generally.
Sitting at the Koral Resort in grand Bassam in Ivory Coast is always full of fond memories, because the most amazing experience I had was having breakfast at the beach and enjoying the view of a clean beach. I enjoy having breakfast in a few favorite places in Ghana, key to which is Big Milly’s backyard, awesome place, great people, nice vibe but still work in progress regarding the coast line. It doesn’t matter how many times you cleaned the coast, every other day, it appears that it found it self with many more trash.
If nature every day teaches man the fundamental lessons of cleanliness by rejecting the filth that we put in our water bodies, I wonder when humanity can understand this principle.
Yes, quite ridiculous that people empty trash in the sea and openly defecate there. While I have struggled many years understanding this, I realized that it was attitudinal. How else can I explain this. So first of all, we must deal with cleaning up the mindset and our beaches will be clean. This doesn’t only refer to the beaches but the surroundings. So frankly, the issue of sanitation is not solely the responsibility of the government. 50% of the effort must come from its citizens and I think that Ghanaians can do a much better job maintaining the coast line.
Ghana is a great country, its people very friendly and accommodating but have attitude that stink just as the stench we create. Let’s clean up the mess and maintain some sanctity.
While browsing social media, I chanced by a few people I am connected to and their connection with religion and their perception about failure. The dynamics I find was very interesting as the conclusion presented a standpoint as though failure is a bad thing and so people pray to God to avoid failure. Well, I think that the awesome things we see around the world is because there has being many attempts that were tried to ensure that the solution was found. The learning curves for me also presented an opportunity to get the best solution. While I won’t play God or pretend to know His mind, I am inclined to think that He knows the best for humanity, reason He allows us to go through myriads of experiences only to make us better.
In the past, many had not seen the power of failure. Let me try and define failure from what I know it to be now from my own personal circumstances.
Failure is a combination of experiences gathered from many opportunities to try and achieve a set objective that has being delayed. Now permit me to explain what I mean by this definition.
When we fail, it means that we understood differently and applied a method that isn’t the best to solve a particular challenge.
The old definition of failure is: A negative, fatal and final result indicating an inability to perform and a lack of success, a falling short because of ineptness,deficiency, or negligence, or bad, bad things that should be avoided, mourned and punished.
Now please permit me to give you the new definition of failure:
A short term unexpected result that reflects a challenge in progress and that provides a stepping stone to success, an opportunity for learning and development or an opportunity for creative change and innovation.
Success Old Definition:
A revered shrine of achievement. An all positive final result indicating: Superior ability that requires no further learning or change, performance that is devoid of flaws, weakness, or failure, or a good thing that should be sought, celebrated and honored above all else.
A way of living founded on benefiting from all life has to offer that is: A long term sequence of life improving results, an outcome of short term setbacks and failures and a process of continual development ,learning and fulfillment in life.
My perception is simply one of a mindset, now for me, this new paradigm of thinking because of the many failures in my life, actually redefined how I respond to certain things key to which is when asked the question, how are you? my response? I am constantly embracing the goodness of each day and welcoming its many lessons to make me better and not bitter so that I can spread my light to all of humanity.
I realize that life is full of good, bad and ugly and each of these experiences are there to refine us and make us the best form of ourselves an opportunity to help us succeed in perfecting and sharping our weak ends. So in my general observation, success and failure are very necessary to live a fulfilled, enriching and exciting life. Its important to learn from every learning curve and see the good in any situation.
Have a new definition based on your life experiences!!
Venturing into a new market to start a business, can either be daunting or less stressful. The bureaucracy in Ghana can be very nerve racking, but nothing that can’t be managed. Usually, people get into the excitement of something new and loose track of the necessary. Spending time in three key areas Visioning, Positioning and Cushioning is key when emerging into a new market.
Its important to come into any new territory with an open mind, be prepared to learn new experiences, don’t expect that things would work the very first time because chances are that, it would be a learning curve.
Every one coming to Ghana to do business must prepare for it, set aside some savings to explore the environment, learn the culture, observe the people, eat the food, engage with the natives more and learn the business processes. Don’t come to Ghana on your high horse and be mindful of what you say when it comes to comparing countries.
People feel very offended if you say stuff like “In our country, we don’t do this or that” you will have to be mindful of the culture and language because certain utterances may come as very disrespectful. Ghanaians are very nice and affable people, very quite and calm, but don’t take that for granted because they can put you in a very awkward position if you take them for fools.
I have realized that the attitude across most places in Africa is similar or same. Time can be a factor so pay attention when you schedule a meeting. if your meeting is for 9am, call the cab driver the day before and again, first thing when you wake up to be sure they are there at 7am giving you enough travel time. When you eventually arrive at your business address, don’t be disappointed if the meeting doesn’t start on schedule.
Have something to do with your time while there because its likely the meeting would be at least 20 minutes late. Having something to do, won’t make you feel you wasted the time. However, make sure the meeting ends when it was scheduled for, this way, people have the first impression of your person and are mindful of the time when there is another opportunity to meet. Be creative about this process.
Funerals are a bit deal in Ghana, so if you are invited to one, honor the invitation. It shows that you care, are empathetic and have other peoples interest at heart. During these engagements, you would find a lot of connections and be able to also do a lot of networking.
Many people have returned back to their home countries and have being very frustrated partly because they did not embrace the return mentally and also psychologically. Its important to measure your expectations while on this journey. Remember that there are different processes and ways by which different countries do things, these factors you must consider and learn to adapt.
With time, you would find a possible way to adjust, but you must be flexible enough to know that things would not always work in your favor.