Mindset, Passion & Motivation - Q&A Session with Warwick Enterprise

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Recently, I was asked to host a webinar as a special guest for the Warwick Enterprise (University of Warwick) 2020 Online Summer Programme. This was a 10-week online programme to connect and engage with budding entrepreneurs through a range of online interactive sessions and activities. Every week had a new theme and I was fortunate enough to be a special guest in week one discussing all things ‘Mindset Passion and Motivation’. I shared my story but we did end on a Q&A session and I thought I’ll share some of the questions that were asked and my answers to them in this article. Hopefully, it can be of value to you.

What would you say out of these 3 things: (mindset, passion & motivation) that has driven you the most to be successful to date?

Mindset. Most definitely the mindset. Change your mindset, change your life. What I mean by this is that before I set out to achieve what success looked like to me I had to change my mindset into believing I can achieve it. This all started with building a high belief system. Believing was not just a statement to me but visualising what I wanted, confirming to myself I have already achieved it then aligning my reality. It took practice and I’m still practising as we speak but my belief system has highly improved. Therefore, some of the things I achieve may seem crazy or surprising to most but to me, it was expected as I previously imagined it and turned my thoughts to reality through belief. In short, once you change your mindset, remove any limitations (probably set by yourself) and operate on a higher belief system you’ll drive yourself to success much quicker.

Some may say but in life, we must be realistic, fair enough. But I’ll rather be optimistic than pessimistic. It’s all about perspective. Is the glass of water half empty or half full?

How do you multitask to ensure success in various aspects of your life?

Plan and sacrifice. Multi-tasking for me is considered ‘the norm’. I believe everyone multi-tasks to some extent but they just haven’t realised. But there are winners and losers in multi-tasking, which I’ve experienced first hand. What distinguishes the winners from losers is those who plan and are aware they have to sacrifice something to ensure success in their tasks. For example, I would like to be successful in my academics, career, business, health, family relationships and social life. Therefore, I plan my day accordingly towards how I can make progress in each area whether that be revision, training course, team phone calls, exercising, staying in the living room and texting friends. To fit in all these areas I have to sacrifice some hours on sleep, watching TV or even responding to my text messages. In short, I create a plan to make progress in every task I take on.

Also, I would rather make my own plans then get pulled into other peoples. The latter is a quick way to lose in multi-tasking as you’re advancing someone else’s plan and not yours.

What have you learnt by working with other entrepreneurs?

Everyone has a different dish. What I mean by that is everyone has a different taste and way of doing things. I try to explain this using my table analogy. If I just worked by myself all the time, I would bring the same dish to the table that is what I like and I’m comfortable with. Now if I work with different people, they are likely to bring a different dish to the table, as they have different tastes, bright ideas and prepare things differently. Would you rather sit at a table with one dish or an intercontinental buffet? I know what table I would choose.

That is the benefit of working with other entrepreneurs, they bring flavour to the table. You can learn a lot from their working styles, habits and knowledge. Not only that, but you can also spot where you were lacking some ingredients to create the most appealing table, that being your business or project. In short, you're most likely to get a full house of customers or your chosen audience when working with others to create a mouth-watering table.

What would you encourage other students to think about in relation to building their network?

I would encourage them to set a long-life goal then build their network around it. Be intentional. Networking for me is intentional otherwise it will be socialising, I class them in two different brackets. For example, my life-long goal is to be financially free. Therefore, I would like to be surrounded by individuals who can aid me in this goal or have similar ones themselves where I can be of assistance. Then I set out to find these people through the right channels whether that be my university, financial workshops, Linkedin or online group chats. Once I reach out and initially ‘network’ we just happen to start socialising and become good friends as after all we have common interests. The term 'network' is equivalent to providing value, which is up to you to decide how you could do that. However, below are some practical steps to take to increase your network whilst in quarantine.

1. Join online webinars, meetings or calls – connect with those of interest

2. Search to join group chats of interest or opt to start one

3. Intentionally message people (numbers don’t lie)

If you are intentional with all three steps and provide value in the first conversation, you won’t be far off from an amazing network.

How do you always remain motivated even when you don’t feel like it?

I don’t. I don’t believe anyone is motivated 24/7 if you find someone that is, please let me know. The reason I say this is because motivation is a feeling which passes away. I’m not always feeling motivated to complete something I know will benefit me because sometimes the feeling simply ceases to exist. However, I stay committed. Commitment is an attitude that beats motivation. One of my favourite motivational speakers, Inky Johnson, explains commitment as “staying true to the thing you said you would do long after the mood you had said it in has left”. What he means by this is, once we are motivated and excited, we say and plan many things we ought to do. But when it doesn’t feel good anymore we ‘can’t be asked’. Commitment is having that discipline to complete things we already committed to, regardless of the mood were in. In short, I try to stay committed.

Having gained a full scholarship to University and a place on the Credit Suisse ‘Steps to Success’ programme. Can you tell us how you spotted the opportunity, the process and what you think made you successful?

I was told about the Steps programme by my friend (hence why your network is important), who shared a similar interest in investment banking. We both attended an insight evening put on by Credit Suisse, where we learnt a great deal about the programme and scholarship. After this, I imagined myself in a tailored made suit in Canary Wharf standing outside Credit Suisse. This was enough to believe I will be successful in securing a place on the programme and then I aligned my reality. I done my research on the company, filled out the application with shameless self-promotion and stayed authentic throughout the process. Unfortunately, there are no secret success formulae. Essentially, I believed and made it happen. Although I won’t steal the glory from God, I prayed about it and was blessed accordingly.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and seeing my view on some topics. Do let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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