This is my 3rd publication in the series of highlights of my just ended year. Started in 2016 with my 34 highlights and 2017 with my 35 highlights reflective of my current age. The latest in the series will be the 36 highlights of my year 2018 and I hope it inspires you to continue to be hopeful, not to give up on yourself or your dreams and also to be inspired to be more and to do more.
2018 has indeed been an extreme bitter sweet experience with exciting highs and depressing lows. It has been a year that held so much anticipation and enthusiasm for the accomplishment of great things following the success of the previous year but ended in a perplexing state. It has been the year that gave me my greatest joy and a reason to focus on building my legacy; my first child and only son Ekow Mensah Jnr. This sweet experience has truly changed everything; my perspective of life, work, money, relationships and legacy.
As high as that was, 2018 also gave me some very depressing lows, notable amongst them being, losing my contract and sponsorships with Premium Bank for Helpstation and Ghana Startup Awards respectively due to the challenging situation faced in an effort to meet the minimum capital requirement of Bank of Ghana. This, coupled with other economic and business challenges necessitated the downsizing of my companies by 15 employees leaving only a handful to handle our extensive portfolio of initiatives and services. This automatically resulted in the shelving and postponing of some projects namely Ghana Startups Awards, Ghana Startup Club 100, WomanRising Honours, Face of GirlEmpowered, Emerging Speakers Conference and several others.
Indeed, it took everything in me to survive 2018 but I thank God that I am still strong, hopeful and determined to make 2019 my best year in business ever. With an acute focus on increasing my income, retaining profits, expanding my investments, reducing liabilities and deepening relevant relationships, I am certain that 2019 will truly be rewarding.
As reluctant as I feel in enumerating my 36 highlights in 2018 due to a sense of comparatively low accomplishment, I still will attempt to list those activities I am most proud of. So here we go:
As eventful as 2018 has been, it has equally been very challenging economically mainly due to the rapid economic transformation policies and programs being implemented by the current government. Regardless, we left no stone unturned in ensuring we make the year as productive as possible. My experiences in 2018 gave me very tangible and life changing lessons which I am definitely entering 2019 with to ensure it becomes my best year so far.
If 2018 was not your year, do not waste any more emotions on being worried or troubled with your results. Focus on the year ahead and make every minute, hour, day, week and month count in 2019. Do not focus on the hype, the thrill and excitement of starting new things or the recognition of awards but let all your attention be on the result. In business, your focus should ultimately and consistently be on the sales and revenue beyond anything else. In life, your focus should be on connecting with family, building life long and productive relationships and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
I do not know what 2019 holds, but I am overly optimistic that it will be my best year ever. Hope that is your conviction and optimism too. See you in 2019 and have a happy new year.
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