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Advice to new starters? Be positive. When one has a positive attitude, positive results come...

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: September 16, 2021 | Updated: 17th September 2021

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

His favourite smell is a new car; he gets angry when friends, family members or colleagues are dishonest with him for whatever reason; his favourite place in Dorset is Bournemouth beach and a traditional Nigerian vegetable soup called ‘egusi soup’ is his favourite food.

Efe Ohwofasa, entrepreneur, professional speaker, business coach and consultant and CEO, Focus Guru, occupies the 20 Questions’ hot seat.

Question: Who would you like to share a car with?

Answer: My wife, Hellen Ohwofasa.

Q: Do you have a favourite film?

A: One of my favourite films is Greenleaf 2.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Keeping my clients clear and focused on their goals and direction so that there are fewer distractions and that achieving their goals, increasing sales and profits becomes effortless.

Q: And the worst…?

A: When dealing with clients who don’t commit to DOING the work to grow their business or improving the quality of their lives.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: My mother, Mrs Clara Ejairu Ohwofasa.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: A new car.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: I love the Bournemouth beach, where I like going for a run, walk and meditate when I want to get away from our kids.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Choose your career wisely because the most important step to achieving career success is choosing your occupation. Choose a career that you enjoy. Not only does an enjoyable career make your entire life more enjoyable as well, but it also makes you more likely to succeed since people always tend to do better at the things which they enjoy. Take 100% responsibility and ownership of everything you do – both your triumphs and your failures. You need to take ownership of your failures, accept responsibility for them without letting them drag you down, and learn everything that you can from the mistakes you make. It’s important to keep a positive attitude too. When one has a positive attitude, positive results will come.

Q: What is your favourite season?

A: Summer.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: One of them (not limited to) is when friends, family members or colleagues are dishonest with me for whatever reason.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Don Williams.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A:  – Being positive – Thinking positive, speaking, and using positive words, and taking positive action.

– Taking ownership and responsibility – Acting and following through. Don’t blame others. Be respectful of finding solutions for customers and colleagues.

– Demonstrating respect – Respect for things like an individual’s time, property, moods, emotions, opinions, preferences, choices, cultural background. And, of course, very importantly, self-respect.

– Determination – Determined to offer solutions to customers. Doing whatever it takes to deliver a great service experience for the custome.r

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: My traditional Nigerian vegetable soup called ‘egusi soup’ that I eat with pounded yam. LOL.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Plate of melon.

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: Having the opportunity to be living my life purpose where I get to be training, coaching, and mentoring professionals and entrepreneurs as an expert, certified business and executive coach and an award-winning motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Being blessed with the opportunity to be raising our three children (11 years, 9 years, and 4 years old) in Bournemouth

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: I would introduce a platform and create resource centres where young people will be genuinely trained, coached, mentored on life and leadership skills to help enhance the quality of their lives and eventually become key people of influence, making a positive difference in our communities.

Q: What are your biggest frustrations?

A: Whenever I feel “I am not good enough” yet, when I set myself some lofty big goals.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Wherever I found interesting anytime I am on holiday.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: To build and grow my charity organisation, Destiny Resource Foundation (DRF), in four African countries, with my three points agenda and vision; zero hunger, no poverty, and good quality education. These are the things I suffered growing up as a teenager in Nigeria. I grew up in poverty and hunger, hawking groceries on the streets at the age of 11 to 21 to pay for my secondary school education, provide food for my siblings and support our family.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: That I gave my children the best they could ever get from their dad- supporting them to live and achieve their life purpose. To be the best husband I could ever be to my wife. To take at least 10 million children living in poverty in Nigeria and other African countries and provide the opportunity for them to live a happy, successful life.

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