Our WCW of the week is Peace Hyde.
Peace Hyde is a TV personality and media entrepreneur; she is the Forbes West Africa Correspondent (Forbes Africa). In addition, she is the founder of Aim Higher Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for the youth, women and communities by educating; inspiring and empowering them to make the change they want to see for a better Africa.
Enjoy this inspiring interview we had with her!
What is the biggest motivation behind your brand?
I know we are in a day and age where a lot of people are fixated on their image; brand or whatever new trend social media tells us to be concerned about. I don’t like to think of myself as a brand, I think I am simply on a journey to identify my purpose and by so doing achieve my fullest potential and this is what I consistently strive for.
How do you define success?
I truly believe we are all on a journey to achieve our individual greatness. Each of us has different milestones on that journey which we choose to measure how successful we are and that success, is different for everyone. For me, I believe the true measure of success is not by how much money you have but by how much impact you have on others around you. How can you empower others to achieve their dream or to be as great as God has destined them to be? It is only by genuinely empowering others to be great that I believe we can also be successful.
What has been your biggest challenge and how have you surmounted it?
I believe on your journey to greatness, there are several challenges that you are going to face. The most important thing is having the right mindset to be able to deal with the difficult times when they arise. One of my biggest challenges I faced was when I almost lost my life on June the 3rd after being caught in the floods that caused havoc in Accra. Over 300 people died and I sustained quite serious injuries, which I never thought I was going to recover from. But here I am today and I am so thankful to God. Sometimes when life knocks us down, it may seem like the end of the road and a lot of us may choose to give in and accept whatever traumatic situation you are facing. I am a testament to the fact that, so long as you have faith and you are willing and determined, you will make it through no matter what life throws at you.
What would you say has been your biggest success?
I do not think I have reached my final destination. I am always learning and I think the most important thing for me is to always work just that bit harder each day to make sure every moment and every opportunity count. I am far from the success story I envision but still so happy with the grace and opportunity God continues to bless me with every single day and I know so long as I am working on his plan for my life, every day will be a success.
Which women do you crush on and why?
I crush on every woman who has successfully broken the mould to achieve their fullest potential. Every woman who said they were more than society’s labels. More than who their husbands are and more than what careers they are doing. Women who continue to inspire others and empower other women to raise the bar and fight tirelessly to achieve their inner greatness.
What are the 3 items you couldn’t do without and why?
My Internet because I have to be always connected. Need to find the coolest places to eat.
My Food because what is a girl without her food.
My Phone because let’s face it, I need to keep me connected.
If you could ask your future self anything what would it be?
Do Nigerians finally accept that Ghana Jollof is better than the Nigerian one? Because there has to be an end to that debate soon and I believe we all know that the winner is Ghana. LOL
What advice would you give your younger self?
Put the cake down. Like really, it’s not that serious and you will struggle all your life to get rid of the weight. Hahaha.
What advice would you give to entrepreneurs?
Never give up. Be innovative. Find your passion. There are so many times on the entrepreneurship journey that you will absolutely want to quit. Things are always going go wrong but the trick is never giving up.
What can you do that sets you apart from others? Remember it is not the best idea that wins but the most innovative one in today’s increasingly global market. Find what makes you different and do whatever it takes to drive the message home to your target audience.
Finally, find your passion and you would have tapped into the fuel you need for life’s journey and that fuel never runs out.