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Failing Opens the Door to Succeeding Too many efforts with potential game-changing outcomes are short circuited by the fear of failing; people with huge ideas become paralyzed by "what ifs," unable to see past the challenges of today. Dr. Akintoye Akindele and Olakunle Soriyan see "failure" and "failing" as two different realities and mindset. Failure is a destination, a windowless prison that does not exist unless you accept that it does. However, failing is a journey, a launchpad into new knowledge and new beginnings and the key to successful innovation and entrepreneurship. In A Love Affair with Failure, the authors aim to help emerging entrepreneurs be prepared for the inevitable challenges ahead and urge them to be resilient in pursuing their dreams, embracing the idea of failing not only as a prerequisite for achieving success, but also a victory in itself because it signifies having had the courage to take action. Drawing lessons from their own personal journey and from other sources ranging from Ancient Greece to today's best-known businesses and leaders while also revealing the incredible potential of Africa as a catalyst for entrepreneurial support and achievement, A Love Affair with Failure paints a compelling picture of a region uniquely positioned to become a global powerhouse in entrepreneurship.
About the Author
Dr. Akintoye Akindele is a hope merchant, a stargazer, a grace servant and a permanent student of life. He is the Chairman/CEO of Platform Capital Group, a growth markets focused sector agnostic investment firm deploying patient, value accretive capital alongside international and local value investors to create and champion businesses with the potential for regional or global scale. Dr. Akindele is an investor, best-selling author, and philanthropist committed to enhancing Africa's role in the global economy. His pressing focus is to directly empower one million entrepreneurs across the African continent by 2030. He believes entrepreneurs are the hope and promise of the socioeconomic transformation the continent deserves; and that only as everyday problems of contemporary life are confronted by innovation will Africa unleash its full potential to birth a Cockaigne that will be the pride of the entire human race. He is therefore single-mindedly focused on ideas that can not only scale globally, but those that can also unlock possibilities and development in cities on the continent, and those authored in digital and technological formats especially. Dr. Akindele sits on the board of several companies across the world and is a frequent speaker at conferences on various topics. His sessions usually are to simplify transformation and development for change makers everywhere, particularly those working within his area of greatest passion, which is the socioeconomic transformation and future greatness of the African continent. Akintoye Akindele is also the CEO of Duport Midstream Company Limited; Chairman/CEO of Atlantic International Refineries & Petrochemicals Limited; Co-Chairman of Liquidity Club; and Director of Koniku Inc, USA, amongst others. He is also a Lecturer and Faculty member of the University of Lagos Business School; and Founder of Synergy Capital Managers. He is a CFA Charterholder and earned a doctorate in Business Administration (Finance) from the International School of Management in Paris. Dr. Akindele lives in Lagos, Nigeria.