My two days at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship were amazing. No, scratch that, my two days in Montego Bay were amazing.
It’s one thing to spend an hour or two talking to a fellow entrepreneur, but spending 2 full days in a room with 19 other high-spirited, ambitious, self-motivated people is surreal. It’s easy to forget that there are other people out there working hard to make Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world a better place.
I don’t think we were chosen only for our businesses; our personalities were a great deciding factor for the Branson Team Members. The room could barely contain the energy that was inside it. Some were more vocal than others, some had a lot to say while others seemed to prefer observing. We all have our strengths and we all have our weaknesses, but we also all have the ability to help each other grow.
British-based Jamaican Entrepreneur and “Dragon Slayer” Levi Roots spoke to us on day one. The speech resonated with me ( and I imagine everyone else) because He’s a black successful entrepreneur that everyone in the room could relate to. I also appreciated his candor. He left us with this quote from Shakespeare:
There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
I’m looking forward to fulfilling 12 weeks with the 19 other entrepreneurs of the Branson Centre. Like life, business and everything else I expect ups and downs. But I also expect great experiences and lifelong friendships.