Tony Elumelu, the chairman of Heirs Holdings, claimed that discipline, hard work, and sacrifice, rather than coming from a wealthy family, were what propelled him on his incredible journey to becoming one of the nation’s leading businessmen.
Elumelu established himself as a respected authority in business by sharing his life experiences and the guiding principles that have moulded his trajectory in a Sunday Facebook post.
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Elumelu conveyed, “I didn’t become the Chairman of UBA Group and Transcorp Group because I had wealthy parents or attended the best schools, or because I was the most intelligent in my state or country. Your circumstances today must not define your future.”
He further expounded on the pivotal role of hard work, discipline, and sacrifice in achieving success.
Elumelu stressed, “Embrace hard work, discipline, and sacrifice: I realized growing up that the way to get to the top is to go the extra mile. Have the discipline to say no to things that don’t serve you, and sacrifice now for future rewards. If you work hard and are disciplined, you will get what you desire in life.”
Moreover, Elumelu offered advice on maintaining one’s authenticity in the face of external influences. Drawing from his own experiences, he advised against compromising one’s values to fit societal norms.
“Be yourself – There are so many distractions and influences in the world we live in. Over time, people start to doubt their identity and act in a manner that is alien to them. Don’t go against your values because you want to be perceived as ‘sociable’. Anyone who doesn’t accept you the way you are should leave.”