I grew up in a home where money was always tight. I used to wash the school bus on weekends so that my sister and I could travel the 110 km round trip to and from school daily. Not one to focus on the negatives in life, I remember that during one of my school assignments, I had to choose a topic to write about. I wrote, “When I am a millionaire, I will get my PA to write this for me.” Although a prophetic response, needless to say, I failed that assignment. Through pure tenacity, a bit of cheekiness, and developing a deep relationship with my mentor, I made over R40 million from selling shares in a business just before my 22nd birthday.
Being an entrepreneur boils down to being in a tight spot with no other option but to come up with a plan to provide for yourself and your loved ones. I believe that's why Zimbabwe has so many entrepreneurs, in comparison to South Africa where many don't see it as a matter of life and death, even though the small to medium sector is crucial for the economy. Sadly, even the most talented entrepreneurs in Southern Africa don't always get the right opportunities, and that's one of the biggest challenges they face.
In many working environments, the younger generation often have a wealth of innovative ideas that have the potential to revolutionise their workplaces. However, such ideas are frequently rejected by more conservative senior staff or business owners who prefer to maintain the status quo. In contrast, I hold a firm belief in the value of working with young employees, and I am particularly appreciative of their innovative thinking. I actively encourage them to challenge established norms and paradigms. For me, it's all about embracing the potential for positive change that can result from fresh perspectives and bold ideas, which will undoubtedly grow a business.
I am unquestionably a family man, and I take immense joy in providing my children with a lifestyle that is vastly different from the one I grew up with. Creating precious memories with my loved ones is the ultimate priority, no matter how hectic my schedule may be. In fact, spending quality time with my family is something that I consider non-negotiable. I firmly believe that finding the right balance between work and play is critical, and that making memories should be a top priority for everyone. After all, as the saying goes, no one ever wished they had spent more time at the office on their deathbed.
I also take genuine pleasure in helping those in need, which is why I’ve been involved in projects in Zimbabwe such as building roads, developing water and electricity infrastructure, building clinics and schools, providing school busses, and giving women with the dignity of female-specific healthcare products. In my view, changing your focus from receiving to giving can lead to a significant improvement in your life. While I don’t often like to talk about my charitable activities, I am passionate about changing the lives of others.
I believe that fear and self-judgment can hold people back from success. I encourage people to persevere through setbacks and not let others interfere with their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. I emphasise the importance of enjoying the journey, being a good human being, and making a positive impact on the world. I believe that success is not just about achieving personal goals, but also about helping others and leaving a lasting legacy.
For me, the true measure of success is the positive impact I can make on the lives of others, and I encourage everyone to strive for the same.