British rapper and author Akala talks first career attempts, lessons learned, dealing with criticism and the discipline required to do what he loves and be in a position to give something back.
BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer/poet and historian, label owner and social entrepreneur; there doesn’t seem to be too much Akala can’t do. Nonetheless his success hasn’t come without trials, tribulations and a lot of hard work.
Akala reflects on how lessons he learned from not making the grade in his early career attempts, first as a professional footballer at West Ham United and then a restaurateur empowered him with the skills needed to succeed further down the line.
Success comes with its challenges. Akala talks on learning to deal with criticism, building the discipline required to do what he loves and leveraging being in a position to give something back.
1:17 – Akala’s first career attempt as a professional footballer for West Ham United.
4:01 – The inspiration behind setting up Akala’s first restaurant.
7:20 – Akala’s attitude and mind-set that makes him start a new venture.
8:35 – Akala’s ideology for differentiating the good from the best.
10:50 – Advice on how to take criticism and turn it into something positive.
11:50 – The habit of keeping a diary and the benefits it reaps for Akala.
15:23 – Akala’s family background and how it has shaped him as a person.
17:42 – The importance of expectations and how to fulfil them.
21:14 – Akala’s influence as a person his fans look up to and the vitality of appreciation.
22:48 – How to make a positive impact on the lives of people.
24:32 – How to be the best version of yourself.
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