On 31st December, 2016, I started a tradition of writing about my highlights of the just ended year limiting it to the number of my age, so my first article was on the 34 highlights of my year 2016. This saw the listing of 34 things I together with my team successfully accomplished in 2016 that I was most proud of. This year, the tradition continues. This time, the number increases from 34 to 35 since I was 35 years old in 2017. So below is the 35 highlights of my year 2017. Hope it inspires you to be more and to do more in 2018. You have what it takes to achieve way more than you think you have achieved now and in 2018 I hope you will accomplish more than you did in 2017.
How do I describe 2017? It has been the year that I have experienced extreme emotions made up of excruciating pain and exceeding joy, heartbreaking betrayal and admirable loyalty, evidence of enemies and showcase of friendship, shocking rejections and overwhelming support. 2017 has indeed been an eventful year. For those that read my 34 highlights last year and could not believe how much we accomplished in 2016, I am very excited to announce to you that we did way more in 2017 which makes 2016 look like a child’s play. Unfortunately, it is only 35 of those achievements I can itemize in this article but will ensure it captures the very essential juices that will both excite and empower you to do more in 2018.
As usual, I did not do all these without the support, prayers and investments of time, skills and resources of some amazing individuals who I call my earthly angels. I will not be able to mention them all here so forgive me if I skip your name but remember that without you, we could not have accomplished all we did in 2017. Notable amongst my earthly angels are my ever comforting wife AJ Mensah, my ever supportive family, my able and ever ready team members, my one and only mentor Kwasi Tumi, my die hard supporters Makafui and Mr. Ofori, my donor Josephine, my supportive Premium Bank and British Council colleagues and several others that made my year 2017 a truly fulfilling and successful year. I say a big thank you and God bless you all for having my back and supporting my vision and exploits. Let’s do way more in 2018, shall we!
So here we go, 35 Highlights of my year 2017…
Indeed 2017 has been an eventful year. A year that saw the execution of a lot of the initiatives that were only ideas in my head some years ago such as a solo speaking conference, a business pageant and a public speaking competition which came off successfully. It is a year that also saw me winning several awards for my achievements in Entrepreneurship Development in Ghana.
In 2018, I will certainly build on my achievements in 2017 but ensure that at all cost I will focus more attention on my personal brand building efforts, completing my pending books, supporting entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs to grow sustainably, building a formidable and well equipped team and breaking new territories in other African countries.
I am truly grateful to God for an amazing 2017 and look forward to 2018 with hope, optimism and an unwavering passion to igniting dreams, impacting lives and restoring hope to many around the world.
My biggest lesson for 2017 is to live light by getting rid of everything and everyone that stresses you, your business and your dreams. You are the most important person in the world and when you have less things to worry about, you are able to focus on things that truly matter.
Remember that it is not how many things you do that matter but how well you do them. Don’t relent in the pursuit of your dreams and the focus on living a lasting legacy. Someday soon, if you don’t give up, you will certainly succeed. I wish you the very best in 2018.