Michael Collins Ajereh better known as Don Jazzy, the Mavin Records boss is unarguably one of the most successful people we have in the music industry. From his early days in Mo Hits Records, the Don as he is fondly called has shown that he has got what it takes to be successful in the music business. I can assure you that his success is not something that came by accident. We have studied the life and success of Don Jazzy and we came up with some useful pointers that would help anyone who wishes to be successful in life. Indeed Don Jazzy is a worthy mentor.

Follow me as I unravel some key elements of Don Jazzy’s success story.

*Discover Your Strength Early:* Do you want to be very successful in your chosen field? Then it is important to know your strengths and weaknesses early. Take an honest self-evaluation and know the things you do well and those you suck at. Don Jazzy discovered he had a talent for music production and artist management. He took the bull by the horn and partnered with Dbanj, well the rest is history. Discover what you are exceptional at very early.

*Have A Keen Eye For Opportunities:* To be successful in life, one has to always be on the lookout for opportunities. The sad truth is, if you aren’t looking, you won’t see them. One of Don Jazzy’s greatest strengths is spotting young talents and grooming them to world class entertainers. We are presented with great opportunities every day, we are most times not in the right wavelength to recognize and grab them.

*Don’t Be Discouraged By Set Backs:* When Don Jazzy and Dbanj split up, leading to the failure of Mo hits records, many thought that was the end of Don Jazzy as far as music was concerned. Of course, we all knew Dbanj as the singer, but the Don is not one to lay down and cry, he quickly picked himself up and made good of a very bad situation. The result today is one of Africa’s biggest music empire

*Be Humble:* Humility is another of Don Jazzy’s biggest tool. When you are humble, people tend to relate more with you, you are likable and seen as a people’s person. Be humble, no matter your position or talent, it will pave way for you. 

*Have Integrity:* If you have been a keen follower of the Nigerian music industry, you will know that artiste/Record label separation usually involves bitter fights and court cases. Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records is a very glaring exception to what has now become an industry norm. Reekado Banks left quietly, Tiwa Savage also did. Don Jazzy respects contracts and stands with integrity even when losing a source of revenue.

There you go guys, success doesn’t come easy. Work these attributes into your day to day life and you will be on your way to greatness.


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