The Chairman of McDan Group of Companies, Daniel McKorley has challenged students of the University of Development Studies (UDS) not to stop engaging people on what they don’t know, trying something new, and discovering their potentials to grow.
According to him, humility is a key that leads people to success, hence as students, they must learn to be humble and engage people who have made it in life to guide them through the right path to success.
Daniel McKorley was addressing the students at the third edition of the #McDanYouthConnect series in Tamale under the theme “Impacting Youth Development with Entrepreneurship.”
When students asked him how he manage all his businesses and how he stays fully aware of everything happening in them, he commended them for the questions and indicated that “I’m hands-on about everything so it wasn’t wrong to assume that I know everything. I don’t know everything.
He explained that regardless of one’s background and experience, it’s simply not possible to know everything there is about their business or even their speciality.
“…And by thinking you know everything and acting on that feeling, you’re likely to make more mistakes than you otherwise might. And the reason you don’t know everything isn’t that you’re not smart or don’t have enough experience. It’s because the world and the realities of business are simply more complicated and rapidly shifting than anybody can keep up with,” he said.
He noted that, businesses hire smart people with the right attitude to work with and that even the most senior people at some of the largest companies employ consultants and advisors externally as well as relying on and listening to their staff.
He advised them not to worry in deferring to people who are smarter and/or more knowledgeable than they are.
He also bemoaned the attitude of the youth nowadays, stressing that the youth of today are becoming bitter, very impatient, very angry, very radical and very indiscipline.
These attitudes, McDan noted, need to be looked at and addressed, saying that “We are going to change the mindset of the youth of this country. Ghana is for us; the future is for us. We must empower the youth for them also to empower others. All this can be done through attitude. Attitude contribute 70% of your wealth. 25% is skills and 7% is knowledge.”