Michael Dapaah is an English comedian, actor and rapper. He worked with Vodaphone but left to start a career in acting/comedy. Michael then started a Youtube series called SWIL (Somewhere in London). In SWIL, Michael created four fictional personas. These four personas as described by Michael Dapaah are elements of real people he has met in his life.
There’s Dr. Oforo a counselor by day and Uber driver by night, Patrick is a community support officer , MC Quakez is a poetrapper (poet and rapper) and the internet sensation that has won our hearts, Big Shaq!
Michael may be a comedian but his career has been a success and we are still watching him grow.
Here are three business lessons we have learned from Michael Dapaah’s rising career.
HAVE A VISION
According to Michael Dapaah, his vision board is a thing of faith cause he sees himself as a man of faith. He has achieved most of what is on his vision board because he set goals and he believed he could achieve it. So if you do not have a vision board and you want to be successful, it looks like you need to get one.
You have to remain focused and avoid distractions but to do this, you need to be strategic. It’s not enough to come up with an idea and not have a plan for it. Include other people with diverse areas of expertise on your team. Be informed and ready at all times. As Michael said in one of his interviews, “It’s something that we’ve been preparing for, for a while. But obviously you don’t force it coming in the way that it comes. It’s like climate change, bruv! You’ve got to adjust. What else can you do? When the rain comes you’ve got to put on your rain coat bro. When the sun is out, take it off!”
HARD WORK PAYS
People may treat you like an overnight celebrity but they don’t know how hard you have worked in the corner and the things you had to put in place to get to that point. You have to be able to overcome hurdles and barriers and at the same time let people know that ‘MANS NOT HOT’ as long as you have achieve your goals and ambitions.
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