I hope by now you have read my first letter, and taken the time to reflect on it. I am what people will call a gullible man; what anyone tells me is good enough. I don't bother to check if what I know or what I have been told is complete and correct. You can just call me a lazy person when it comes to gathering information before deciding on what to do.
This culture of mine changed when I graduated from the university many years ago, and I was eager to face the world and conquer it head on.
I first tried my hands at getting a job as an administrator of a supermarket. Things were quick and easy those days, so it did not take me long to get one. And after working for several years, I believed I was finally living the dream.
The money was good, the people were good, and the supermarket was doing well.
One day a friend of mine came to the supermarket and told me that what I was earning was little compared to what I could earn if I decided to go into business for myself as a cylinder manufacturer. He said it was what he was already doing, but he wanted to expand and he needed a business partner.
He said the business was divided into 3 different sections. I should take the first and he would take the second and the third. As I produced, he would take my products to make his own; thus, he would pay me for my portion of the manufacturing and I would always be in business.
It sounded so nice. Within moments, I began to imagine all the money I would make. I trusted him completely.
He said the business was capital intensive, so I would need some money to buy the equipment. When he told me how much I needed, I saw it was obvious I needed more money.
I decided to ask friends and family to help me with the funding. They were quite shocked at what I was planning to do.
When I approached my uncle for money, he looked up at me and asked these questions:
Dear Child, that lesson made me realize that whatever I wanted to do, I had to gather information in every area as possible. Thus, I needed
Dear Child, please make sure you don't jump to conclusions about anything.
Take the time to get as much information as possible and ensure that information is complete and correct. Thus, If not for this culture rule, I might have quit my job and gone into a business I knew nothing about. I would have been relying only on what my friend told me and not taking the time to find out about it myself.
Please learn from me, don't make the mistake I almost did. Apply this culture rule everywhere. I know it means you have to do some digging of your own but it is worth it in the end, I promise you.
In my next letter, I will tell you how I got the next letter for the Culture Matrix.
Remember, Culture is everything.
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This story is a series of letters written by Segun Cadmus, Manager, HiZen-3 Ltd, a company created to be the Ultimate guide in Culture Management at work and life. Please visit us at http://www.hizenworld.com for more information about what we do.
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