The most successful businessman of the continent, Aliko Dangote is the owner of the Dangote Group and the richest man in Africa. His net worth as at 2018 is 13.8 billion USD according to Forbes Magazine.
Dangote was born into a very wealthy family and developed the interest in business at an early stage of his life. He bought candies and sold them for profits even at primary school.
Today, Aliko Dangote is the founder of many successful companies including Dangote Cement, a cement factory that produces 44 million metric tons yearly which is well patronised in his home country Nigeria, and other African countries, including Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Senegal, Togo, Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and South Africa.
He also owns stakes in publicly traded flour, salt and sugar manufacturing companies; and he has investments in a large oil refinery and a fertilizer production company.
From working for his uncle to taking a loan to start his business, and leaping from importation business to manufacturing, it’s obvious that Dangote is a goal-oriented person who needs to be emulated.
Here are 12 quotes from the successful businessman that’ll inspire you.
“If you don’t have ambition, you shouldn’t be alive.”
“Every morning when I wake up, I make up my mind to solve as many problems, before retiring home.”
“In whatever you do, strive to be the best at it.”
“To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big.”
“You could easily tell that hard work and perseverance go hand in hand with patience. We often hear people say patience is worth it, yet we don’t practice it. I did and look how well it worked out for me.”
“Manufacture, don’t just trade. There is money in manufacturing even though it is capital intensive. To achieve a big breakthrough, I had to start manufacturing the same product I was trading on; which is commodities.”
“In the journey to success, tenacity of purpose is supreme.”
“Don’t kill the competition. Competition is healthy for businesses. It keeps you the entrepreneur on your toes.”
“Passion is what drives me forward. Passion is what makes me go to bed at 2am and wake up at 6am.”
“When you have made it in life, you must give back to those who made you.”
“Endeavor to work as hard as possible to attain a new aim with each day that comes by. Don’t go to bed until you have achieved something productive.”
“I enjoy myself a lot but I derive more joy in working. I believe in hard work and one of my business success secrets is hard work. It’s hard to see a youth that will go to bed by 2am and wake up by 5am. I don’t rest until I achieve something.”