We had the good fortune of connecting with Ehi Ade-Mabo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ehi, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have won some, lost some and most importantly learnt a whole lot! I have always been one for taking calculated risks but as i mature in business and deepen my roots, i am now introspective. I ask myself always: ” is this decision fear based or faith based”? A fear based decision is one that i take without any solid foundation or backing, its usually inspired by all the wrong reasons; wanting to change others perspective of you, wanting to prove yourself for the wrong reasons, wanting validation, wanting to do something because someone i consider important is doing it….these are all the wrong reasons for taking business risks. Risk assessment is important as an entrepreneurs, assessing a risk wholistically allows you to make a decision not just on the value of the future rewards or opportunity cost but also on the growth levels….will this risk stretch me in the right dimension and direction? what is the best case scenario? whats the worst case scenario? If nothing else mattered, how will my decision towards this risk be impacted? who are all the stakeholders on this risk? what programs and internal beliefs are driving this decision? With all my losses and “failures”, i now view risks as a part of my life as an entrepreneur and visionary…you cannot be too careful about it. You must take risks to build big results.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own several businesses but my most recent venture is being the founder of Houston Mobile Massages, Calgary Mobile Massages, Edmonton Mobile Massages and a host of several ventures. I created these outlets because i was simply looking for a way to serve clients without having to worry about the extra overhead cost that came with this endeavour. I pivoted from the lessons from owning a brick n mortal spa to still being able to serve clients but without the extra cost! I am most proud of how little i knew about this industry coming in to it but still able to create a viable opportunity for a ton of people in my business. I learned to make quick decisions and pivot fast when something is not working. Overcoming the challenges of running the operations, leading the marketing of my business led me to bringing the massage and relaxation to the clients in their homes led by a team of therapists so i only worry about the relaxation of the client and not maintaining a physical building. I want the world to know that the future belongs to the man who is not afraid to try and fail, the future belongs to the person who isnt shy to fail.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of the most exciting things to do in houston for me is hopping around food trucks and trying out various tacos and street food on washington avenue in the heights!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This time around i will do things a little differently. I will dedicate this shoutout to ME. I have been in the trenches, explored new territories and industries and every single day was an encounter with my thoughts, my beliefs and my internal dialogue. On most days i thought i had reached my threashhold but every single day, i kept pushing through. i pushed past my limiting beliefs, my failures, my losses, my difficulties.. It was a battle of the mind and i still do not know how i came out on the other side but relentless, resilient, stubborn me refused to stop going. Every single time, i told myself i am here to not lose but to win and that little mindset shift was all the hinge i needed to swing the big doors open, a sheer refusal to quit