It is not every day that you find a successful businessman who takes it upon himself to teach beginners the way to success. That is why Strive Masiyiwa, the Zimbabwean entrepreneur, is different.
Strive founded Econet Wireless, the telecoms company that brought the first ever NBA basketball game to African soil. Forbes Magazine named him number 41 on last year’s Africa rich list, the BBC described him as an ‘avid champion of entrepreneurship’, and Newaccra Magazine named him as the ‘business leader young entrepreneurs should be following on Facebook in 2015′. This mogul has turned his personal Facebook page into a free business classroom.
Here are 10 quotes from Strive Masiyiwa;
1. Whether you’re a farmer, builder or engineer, the opportunities are equal: Just add a little innovation.
2. You might earn a lot of money working as a professional. You might even be a very successful businessman or woman, but if you do not know how to invest, the money will just pass through you like a fast moving stream of water.
3. What I learnt in university 30 years ago, is now grade school stuff to me. It is not that what you learnt in a grade school is not true, but quite often it is not “sufficient” or “present truth”.
4. I never want to hang around with people, with no sense of time. I’m always saying to myself, how can I do this more efficiently, so that I can get more done? because, I cannot spend today, tomorrow!
5. When hiring, make the pool in which you look, as big as possible: you must be willing to embrace diversity. Don’t focus on hiring relatives, and clansmen. Don’t exclude women and people of other races and religions.
6. Only a fool hears that someone in their business community has failed, and laughs. When you hear that businesses are failing in your community, it should be a source of great distress for you.
7. Let me ask you a personal question: If your company were a soccer team, where would you be; in the starting eleven, or on the bench?” A player does not beg anyone for a job!
8. With 60% of our population under the age of 30 years old; creating skilled jobs for our young people, is the greatest challenge facing Africa. Period”
9. We have to value our entrepreneurs, as real partners of development. We cannot choose to treat them as criminals. We must acknowledge their contributions, and celebrate them.
10. Oh, how I wish all God’s people were entrepreneurs!
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