To Big to Think and Act Small.

Nonso Okpala
2 min readOct 23, 2023

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I learned something recently from a 28-year-old, “too big to think and act small.”

In 2008, I was 30 years old. I founded a company with a group of guys with an initial capital of N2.5m. Today, that company is well-established, mature, and expanding. It has gradually gained prominence in the Nigerian economy, and more is to come.

Today, I am nearly 45 years old. I am financially more secure than I was at 30 and way more accomplished.

With all of this under my belt, I would assume it would be easier to do what I did years ago: start a business. The last two years have taught me a lesson, with three attempts yielding no alpha results.

It wasn’t until I had a conversation with a 28-year-old that I discovered what the problem was: I was “too big to think and act small” as required to make a startup successful.

Don’t feel sorry for me; I’m still in the game, just a different one. First and foremost, I am uniquely positioned to venture assist exceptional talents such as the 28-year-old. Second, I am better positioned to invest in two categories of. organizations: underperforming and undervalued companies.

Goodbye, startups; It was fantastic while it lasted.

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Nonso Okpala

A visionary and serial investor. Managing Director/CEO of VFD Group Ltd and Father-In-Chief.