“King Olulu, so far so great. Every piece you’ve shared here has been so captivating. But with this your new series, I’m curious about something, you’re sharing trade secrets FOC (i.e. free of charge) when, according to you, “you never blow.”
May I ask why?
This was a question that a reader of this series asked me.
My first job after NYSC in 2005 was at an Accounting Firm – NGK and Associates. My boss was a wise, critical thinking, problem-solving and beautiful woman. My job revolved around setting up accounting software for SMEs, as well as, collating, inputting, and interpreting data from the software. Though, I knew about computers, but getting a hang of the software took a while. There was a particular day I submitted a report to her and she cast an exasperated look at me and exclaimed, “how I wish I can pour all what I know (about this business) into you.”
Later at home and long into the night, my mind came going over the statement. And the questions on my mind was, “why would my oga want me to know as much as she knows? Why does she want me to be as good as she is?”
I thought ogas are supposed to be the only one to know it all. But in my short stay at the firm, she was always willing to teach and share knowledge so we (her staff) could get better.
This formed my opinion of the definition of a good boss. A good boss wants you to know what he/ she knows. So you can get better and do better.
Thus, for me, the aim is not to be the best or take credit for doing it all. Nah, the aim is to help develop a vibrant and profitable spoken word poetry industry. Once the industry is vibrant and profitable, there will be enough wealth to go round everyone.
So if the poets and poetry event organizers know more, they will do more. This makes my burden lighter.
Besides, even if I share all I know, I still read, watch, learn and try new things daily. Hence, my perspective changes with each new information. This ensures I still stay relevant in one capacity or the other.
Also, once the industry turn profitable, you will have new entrants running in to cash in. Many will find it hard to displace those there already, so some will seek for leverage via knowledge, information and contacts. I will be waiting for them. I will be affordable but not cheap.
Written by Olumide Holloway (King Olulu)
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