Everything started as a dream. Growing up somewhere in a town called Kuntenase, my place of birth, opulent living was for the wealthy amongst us. People like my kind had to work very hard with their parents to make ends meet. I remember there were days my mom had to carry a big basket of freshly harvested garden eggs home, with me on her back and my elder sister by her side. Walking was the available means of transportation from the farm to our place of residence. I and my other three siblings together with our parents had to share a single room at the time. My dad had to add farming to his daily job in order to supplement the salary he earned as a fire officer. I owe all my knowledge about farming to him. Shout outs to you dad.
At age ten, I was inspired by my dad to prepare eleven beds for the transplanting of cabbage. I still remember that day like it was today. The kind of joy it gave my dad. With his two sources of income, he was able to give me and my three siblings a fair taste of formal education. Watching his dream of becoming a medical doctor go down the drain due to the absence of a supporter, daddy decided to sacrifice all that he’s got to give his kids the support they need to live their dreams. Only a true hero does that.
Somewhere in basic school, I started manifesting the same dream my dad had (i.e. the dream of becoming a medical doctor). At the time, I believed that becoming a medical doctor was the only way to instill financial security and freedom in my family. I did the best I could to get good grades, though I wasn’t an ‘A’ student.
From basic school, I excellently made my way to one of the best high schools in Ashanti Region, Opoku Ware School, aka. “The School”. Due to my desire to become a medical doctor in the mere future, I studied General Science. In the beginning, life at high school was really tough for me; I barely made good grades. It got better after some time.
After winding up my three-year journey at “The School”, I applied for tuition at the university. I placed Human Biology (Medicine) as the first choice of program I wanted to read at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), a very renowned and honorable institution in West Africa. Fortunately for me, I wasn’t granted admission to read my first choice of program. Matter of fact, none of the other three choices I applied for was accepted. My grades from high school wasn’t good enough to meet the admission requirements of KNUST. At that point, my life was a mess. I felt like a failure every morning I rose from bed. All my friends had made to the university with exception of me. What a terrible feeling it was.
At the point where all hope was lost, my dad came to my rescue. He managed to pull a few strings to get me admitted at KNUST to read a Bachelor’s degree program in Biological Sciences (Biology). This was indeed a turning point for me. When I made it to the university, studying Human Biology was still on my mind, so I made a couple of research on how to do so even as a biology student. Becoming a medical doctor was in my DNA. In my 2nd year at the university, I ended up starting a small wrist watch retail business. Along the way, a colleague of mine approached me with a better opportunity to make some good extra cash on the side. A shift of mindset started occurring. I became money driven more than ever.
The new opportunity helped me appreciate entrepreneurship. I explored further and that boosted my love for the process. I realized that, entrepreneurship was the key to fulfilling my purpose of instilling financial security and freedom in my family.
Possessing an entrepreneurial mindset has equipped me with peculiar and essential skills like effective communication, turning contacts into connections, presenting influential ideas, closing deals and maintaining long-term relationships. I’ve majored in all these skills owing to just a shift of mindset; from a job mindset to an entrepreneurial mindset. Entrepreneurship is without any doubt, my true love and true passion.
I’m now on a mission to make a great impact in the lives of as many people I can reach with the entrepreneurial ideas I possess at the moment, those I’m working tirelessly on and the others I’ll meet in the future.
I’ve discovered my purpose in life, and that is to help you find a way to instill financial security and freedom in your family. Also, I intend to deliver services around the six basic necessities of life. Namely proper healthcare, gilt-edged food, first-class shelter, authentic clothing, specialized education and keen security.
You’re a significant part of this great journey and I’m really excited and grateful to embark on this journey of fulfilling purposes with you. Your support is honorably appreciated.
It’s your gentleman, Jesse Darko-Kono.
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