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Mr Stephen Asiedu, Founder of Cleverlines Limited

Certificates are good; but acquire entrepreneurial skills •Founder of Cleverlines to students

FOUNDER OF Cleverlines Limited, a printing and publishing company, Mr Stephen Asiedu, has charged students of the Koforidua Technical University to make the most out of their education by gaining practical experiences that will become useful to them when they graduate.

According to him, students only focus on acquiring certificates and getting better grades rather than acquiring skills that will help in solving societal problems.

“You are not here only to acquire a certificate. You are here for your mind to be trained to think, to analyze and to solve problems,” he added.

Mr Asiedu, who was speaking to TESCON executives in the Eastern Region at the Koforidua Technical University on the theme ‘Re-energizing, retooling and repositioning TESCON for victory 2020 and beyond’, told the students that being successful in life is not solely dependent on the number of certificates one has, but the ability to work hard and grab any opportunity that comes their way.

Telling stories of global icons like Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and Larry Page and SergeyBrin who founded Google, the young entrepreneur and former banker  said all these people made it without certificates but by being smart and taking opportunities.

“The world’s richest people do not really have the certificates we boast about. It’s not about how many certificates you have or the schools you have been to. Facebook was founded by  Zuckerberg who dropped out of school,” he reiterated.

Mr Asiedu was, however, quick to add that he did not mean school certificates are not important and therefore students should drop out of school because others did and succeeded but explained that acquiring practical skills and knowledge that would be beneficial to oneself and the society is also of great importance.

He said one key way to succeed as an entrepreneur is to always have a plan and not just any plan but a plan that is always solving societal problems.

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