Be Bold!

Nana Amponsah
Posted January 22, 2020 from Ghana

In the past 5 years of running Guzakuza, I've learnt a lot through our many failures. (I've lost count of the number of times we've failed) Key amongst them which i dreaded most was the boldness to say enough! Throughout these years, I've learnt that, It is OK to change or tweak your plan/business model if it's not working. (Absolutely fine). You just need that boldness to do it. There's nothing frustrating than spending all your resources (money, time, skills,energy etc) on something that isn't/can't /won't work. It doesn't only discourage you as the leader, but your team and other stakeholders too. If you've been following our permaculture farm (the model i love the most and believe in), you probably know that, we failed. We had failed at every stair of the ladder. We had challenges with human resources. There aren't many people with practical working knowledge, but again they all claimed to be experts. (big titles, nothing to show) We employed Permaculture specialists and designers (Awesome CVs, poor delivery). Unfortunately, my team also knew nothing next to permaculture implementation. We're all in the same soup. We also had huge challenge with our land. A sloppy, hilly, stony, sandy (use all the adjectives) land . (This would have worked regardless if we had a REAL expert) The amount of money and time we've "pumped" into our Dopal project would have given us a 5 bedroom flat in an expensive region  (exaggerating ) At a point, my team and i learnt (You tube, articles, courses), but it's implementation wasn't awesome. it didn't work. We tried all we could. Last year, we were bold to move away from permaculture (we will come back to it because we believe in it) to a similar model which is much easier with same impact. We think about healthy foods and the environment, (climate, soil etc) Though it hasn't been smooth, it's been better. Sometimes, all one needs is the boldness to say ENOUGH! Try a new thing, hang on to your low hanging fruits and relax, BUT by all means, Keep moving. It will surely payoff. #Guzakuzaat5 #Sharingthefailures #Gratefulforthefailures

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Hello, dear Nana,

It's so nice to be reading a new post from you! Wow, your "Be bold" message came as one expensive lesson from permaculture. That must really be frustrating to hire specialists (awesome CVs, poor delivery) but wasn't able to help much. I love your resilience, dear sister.

You may look like you're starting from scratch, but this time you're starting with experience. I'm glad you were bold to say enough, and I'm happy you are so generous to share this lesson with us. Thank you for the inspiration!

Lisbeth
Jan 23
Jan 23

Hi Nana,
It's called BB- Be Bold haha. Yeah sometimes we got to scratch from start. Good to hear you are adapting this time. We all got to be flexible.

And it's true, all that glitters is not gold they say. My very best wishes to you.

Warm regards
:-)

Anita Shrestha
Jan 24
Jan 24

Dear be bold bold

Jill Langhus
Jan 24
Jan 24

Hi Nana,

How are you? Thanks for sharing your vulnerable, and very honest update, dear. Yes, I have problems grappling with the concept that failure is a big part of the entrepreneurial process. I've had to shift my idea several times and am still trying to figure it out. But at least you didn't give up. Perhaps you could get some volunteer, mentors and researchers to look into it before you have another go? I'm looking forward to hearing more about your healthy foods concept, though, and what you're creating now. Good luck!

lizzymark
Jan 24
Jan 24

Hi dear Nana,its courageous of you to say enough and keep trying until you get it right. When we don't fail we don't know another or a better way to do what we do and become better. So its okay you fails but you have learnt and now you are becoming a pro and you will not toe the same part of failure again now you are a mentor to others that will cone after you. Am happy for you dear,thanks for shearing

Edith Ijeh
Jan 26
Jan 26

Failure teaches insight and strength. Awww am so proud of the person you are becoming. So bold and I will need some of the boldness

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Nana,
Hope you are well. No matter what happens to us we have to keep moving. We all need to be bold.

TataWirba
Jan 30
Jan 30

Hi Nana
Thank you for sharing this. As a leader you have to be bold enough. Women voice have to be heard out by all.
Thank you once more for the great inspiration.
Love and Blessings
Tata

Dr Jackie
Feb 10
Feb 10

Yassss Sister Nana......."Try a new thing, hang on to your low hanging fruits and relax, BUT by all means, Keep moving. It will surely payoff"........that's it!!!!!!!!!! Your story resembles the stories of trail blazers.....! I know you will succeed big time and we all will be here to celebrate with you!
Cheers
Jackie

Metiege Noel Eve
Feb 11
Feb 11

My brothe r.success is not the ability to always pass but the ability to rise up again and even stronger after a fall we should always be able to move on and make a change in our situa
y ion good or bad. Our focus should always be on the finishing end