Not many people are lucky to have business mentors, but, it shouldn’t be a problem for anyone who has passion to drive his business ideas. This is the assertion of Ujomu Lucky Ikechukwu, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Luckybay Homes Nigeria Limited and LuckyBay Estate and Properties Limited.
Speaking recently in Lagos, the property guru encouraged aspiring entrepreneurs to always follow their dream and to pump in their passion and energy, even where there is nobody around them that could offer them the benefit of mentorship.
Citing himself as an example, he said: “If you ask me who my mentor is in real estate, I will tell you the honest answer that there was none. My discipline is education, that is where I have my NCE, and I joined the real estate business as a greenhorn back in 2009, but my passion for the real estate business carried me this far.”
Clarifying his statement, the Luckybay boss said: “I am not saying mentorship is not important, it is, indeed, very important, but not everyone will have the benefit of direct mentorship; however, you can help yourself by picking a business role model that you can study vicariously.”
He added further: “ If you ask me that which renowned businessman in the world would I love to meet and pick his brain, I will mention Roman Abramovich because he is different from others as a philanthropist with a large heart and because of his extraordinary rise to fame and fortune from a poor background.”
Ujomu further offered some nuggets of wisdom for aspiring and beginner real estate entrepreneurs: “Do not make the mistake of buying land from the wrong source, it is a big risk that can wreck your business; and secondly, be patient, do not be in a rush.”