Business That Thrives In Your Absence
100 Billionaires every ten years.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the
person doing it.
– Chinese proverb
I started my
first private hospital 27 years ago in Lagos, Nigeria. A peculiar threat I
noticed then with earlier practices and practitioners was the transformation of
such practices into glorified prison cells for the practitioners. I realized
that many owners of hospitals, corner shops, hair salons, guest houses, laundry
outlets and a sundry other small businesses were, in fact, running and perfecting
“self imposed prison sentences.”
I was terrified
that doctors who owned private hospitals could not go on holiday for one month.
They could not leave their wards and theatres. They delegated travels, holidays
and enjoyment to their spouses and children and derived no personal benefit
from the wealth they had created. I found this rather disturbing and dreadful.
I felt then that there must be a way out. A hospital, like a hotel, a private
school, a lawyer's chamber, an eatery, a commercial bank and businesses of any
description, should be independent of the founder; it should be able to outlive
There are dozens
of excuses why doctors must remain inseparably attached to their clinics. Here
is their greatest fear: the doctors they employ soon get used to the patients.
A few of such employee doctors later resign from the practice and move to the
next street to start their own hospitals, thus carting away all the patients
and some staffers, leaving the employer and the remaining staff members
I sat down in my
small consulting room, then in 1987, pondering, and thinking that there should
be a way to remove all the fear, escape all the pains, and accomplish the task
of making the business thrive in my absence. There could, perhaps, be a book or
two that contained the intelligent approach, the right ways, to face all the
fears, until the desired goal is achieved. If I could discover a way, I
thought, it would help liberate owners of chemists, provision stores and many
other small businesses and make them grow bigger, open many branches, generate
wealth, happiness and freedom. It would
“discharge and acquit” my colleagues and friends from their self imposed prison
bars. Consequently, I began the search.
I read book after
book on delegation, supervision and business growth. I attended countless
seminars, bought and listened to dozens of audio cassettes on hiring and
firing, people growth and people empowerment. I applied all the ideas and
recommendations as they arrived until I began to stay away from the hospital
for one day, then one week, one month, one year, five years and now going to
As soon as I
could sneak away for one month, I started another hospital in Lagos, then came
to Ibadan to start two others. I went to the university for a two-year full
time course that led to the award of master’s degree in business
administration. Sometimes, like Anthony Robbins coined; “You will only know how
far you can go by going too far.”
I relocated my
family to London, England and lived there for five years while all my hospitals
thrived well at home in Nigeria. In London, I started and ran a DIY store on
Evelina Road that became independent of me within one year. I returned to
Nigeria to start one of the leading hotel outfits in the city of Ibadan, which
also currently thrives in my absence. I served in the cabinet of the Governor
of Oyo State as the Special Adviser on health, a full time appointment, until I
voluntary resigned after one year to focus on helping other people create
businesses that would thrive in their absence. It is this series of seminars
and workshops that I have been conducting in the last five years with
remarkable success, and dozens of practical, happy testimonies that led to the
writing of this book for the global audience.
This book, from
the start, the introduction, to the very end, is a continuous, exciting story
that illustrates the way to start and run a business in a manner that permits
the starter to progressively free himself from the routine. Each chapter ends
with a list, a check-list, of lessons to be derived. This way, you enjoy the
story without losing the lessons.
How to Create a Business That Thrives in Your Absence is a practical guide to business and people growth. It is not a novel.
You will help yourself, and your business, if you put all the ideas and
recommendation to work. You will apply the knowledge and get the results.
After reading the
entire book, you will come back to it again and again. You will study the
checklist and follow the guidelines. This is the way, the best way, to
accomplish the desired end.
While wishing you
the best of luck in this new mission that promises to revolutionise the way
small businesses get transformed into big ones, let me remind you again that
knowledge-based practice, the type that is advocated in this book, is the
surest way for you to make the most of business opportunities, to maximise your
potential, exploit your God given talents and to become a blessing to yourself,
your family, your nation, and to the world.
God bless you.
Dr. Abib Olamitoye is a purpose driven and self motivated Medical Practioner, Business and Thought Leader. He obtained both his Medical degree as well as his Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tolu Medical Centre, Olodi Apapa, Lagos Nigeria; Ibadan Central Hospital, Ososami Road, Oke Ado, Ibadan Nigeria; Dr Abib Olamitoye is the Author of many inspirational and Motivational books including
- What I Want My Child To Know About Building A Great Life - How To Prepare To Prosper
- What l Want My Child To Know About Money formerly published as "The Greatest and Strangest Money Making Secrets"
- How To Create A Business That Trives In Your Absence
He is also the founder and facilitator of 100/10 Academy, a Human Resource Outfit originally designed to raise 100 Billionaires in ten years, where he teaches Entrepreneurial Skills and Principles in Ibadan and Abeokuta, Nigeria. Dr. Abib Olamitoye is happily married with two children.