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Paper Mosaic Artist – Amanda Mafanatsho

Educational webinar on Friday 17th September 2021

Leadership 2020 invite RADIO enthusiasts and lovers of the medium to join us for an educational webinar on Friday 17th September 2021 at 10h00

We are privileged to have radio heavyweight Ernest Pillay join us for a discussion on staying power and careers in radio.

Ernest has worked at the highest level for three decades, his journey includes being a consistent on air personality as well as operating at senior radio management level, handling the business for multiple stations at one time. Ernest is currently on air at SAFM on Saturdays and Sundays between 1 – 4 pm. 

We look forward to connecting with you at the I Was Born To Speak On Radio Webinar

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Paper Mosaic Artist – Amanda Mafanatsho

Paper Mosaic Artist – Amanda Mafanatsho

My name is Amanda Mafanatsho known as Mandy_J_Arts on Instagram i am 30 years of age. I was born and raised in Durban KwaZulu-Natal i grew up in a township called Amatikwe (Inanda).

 

I am a morden and contemporary Artist my interest in Art began when i was young. I’ve had my fare share of struggles in life wich inspired me to do the kind of Art that i do (Paper Mosaic). Inspiration behind the work that i do comes from being able to see the beauty even in the darkness. 

 

I’m a spontaneous artist so i express my feelings in my work by putting focus in patten, colour and perspective, thats my way of story telling.

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PURPOSE, PASSION, PURSUIT OF SUCCESS

PURPOSE, PASSION, PURSUIT OF SUCCESS

What is success and how do you work towards it? Meet Sheila Afari,  a dynamic entrepreneur with a passion for Africa and showcasing its brands and talent.

Over the past 12 years, Sheila Afari has been working in the events, fashion, lifestyle, technology and entertainment space; having created a niche market for herself with her self- named company, the Sheila Afari Group, servicing clients from territories such as New York, Los Angeles, London, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Sheila Afari has built a name for herself for the communications work she has done building the brands of some of Africa’s biggest personalities with her PR company, Sheila Afari Public Relations.

Sheila Afari is well on her way to establishing one of the leading PR & Music Services agencies in Africa. She would like her companies to play a part in the shifting of mind-sets that African brands are inferior to international ones and help grow African brands to become household names across the continent and globe.

Sheila Afari aims to advocate entrepreneurship in South Africa and Africa at large. She strongly believes entrepreneurship is THE solution Africa desperately needs to combat unemployment.

When Sheila Afari is not working you will find her blogging, writing, reading, doing yoga or entertaining guests. 

Tony Friday From HOMEGROWN Radio caught up with Sheila at a HOMEGROWN Radio BOOTCAMP – listen to it here….

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Nandi Marubelela

Nandi Marubelela

HEALTHCARE PLANNING STRATEGIST Interview | Women in Leadership • Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you climb the ladder to your current role? I am one of three siblings and a mother to a 15 year old soccer star aspiring to be a cardiothoracic surgeon and a 12 year old fashion designer and aspiring entrepreneur daughter. I was born and raised in a small town of Kokstad in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa. I hold a qualification in business communications and advertising, majoring in marketing, economics, advertising and communications and started my career in the advertising industry then later as communications consultant at one of the leading business schools in South Africa, The Gordon Institute of Business Science. The healthcare bug bit when I joined Mediclinic, one of South Africa’s largest private hospital groups as a marking manager in the Tshwane region. Part of the excitement of my job at Mediclinic was turning around some of their non-performing hospitals in the region. This involved changing the patient and doctor mix profiles, building referral relations, establishing business relations between the hospitals and government hospitals. I also supported Mediclinic in improving their Public Private Partnerships strategies with Government and developed business growth strategies for the hospitals. I have developed working strategies on how to increase access to healthcare as well as business development within the healthcare sector in South Africa and the bigger African continent including Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. My successes include facilitating the purchase of over five private hospitals ranging from day hospitals to acute hospitals, as well as having contributed at the World Economic Forum paper published by WHO on “The Future of Healthcare in Africa” in 2019. I have also enjoyed driving entrepreneurship workshops for the Pretoria Sunnyside community as well expanding that platform into a virtual forum attended by young and old entrepreneurs from Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Western Cape, Gauteng, Namibia and Botswana. • What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership? Being in a male led and dominated industry, what I have noted is that the is still a high dominance of males and women have not gained a strong enough voice in the boardroom. We as females are still fighting for a seat at a table that is dominated by the male patriarchy at times. We need not keep quiet and continue the fight against corporate male privilege and create a more diverse and inclusive corporate platform across all sectors. In short, now is the time to brake more barriers and be louder, and not be shy to take the spotlight. • What woman inspires you and why? I am inspired by women who regardless of their humble beginnings and obstacles in their careers, they beat all odds to attain success while uplifting and empowering other women. These women include Zanele Mbeki, Dr Rebecca Malope, Oprah Winfrey, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dr Donna Y. Ford, Thabiso Moyo. My late mother Thandi Marubelela has to be on that list too, with a small teachers salary she has created over 15 professionals whom she single handedly put through school. • What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you? I think remarkable work has already been done by women in generations before us, the likes of Mme Lilliam Ngoyi, Mme Winnie Mandela, Mme Maya Angelou. Our generation has taken a step forward in ensuring that we start moving away from the male shadow and start being bold and heard. We have seen in this generation women start and lead the Black Lives Matter movement, the Me Too movement against gender based violence. I think the coming generations have the challenge of steering the direction of the globe as country leaders, policy makers, economy drivers, without losing their calm sober-minded strong voices. • What are your success habits? – Understanding that it all starts with a vision – Understanding that in order for your vision to turn into goals it needs commitment, putting in a minimum of two hours a day towards this vision. – Understanding that no does not mean failure, it just means try again – Understanding that if it cannot be measured, it cannot be done – Research, Research, Research • How do you handle diversity and doubt? Communication is key (communicate to be understood and not just heard) There should always be clarity of what people are accountable for and everyone being treated equally across all levels in the work scale. (rights come with responsibilities) An appreciation of different cultures and backgrounds, allows for a broader team thinking, creating more sustainable solutions. Respect, tolerance and compassion should be at the core of a well-oiled working team. Maintaining respect of people, their time and resources has also been an asset. When in doubt, ask, research, request clarity, my motto is “we learn every day”. It is up to us to show (not tell) that we are proactive in embracing all kinds of people who will bring value to the business and that it’s healthy and beneficial to learn from one another. • If you could start all over again, what would you do differently? I would have gained more confidence at a much earlier stage of my career. I would have worried less and enjoyed the journey more. • What is the best advice you can give to youth who are forging a path in the corporate world? It all starts with a vision, then a plan and focus on action delivery. Don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s all part of a training process for a better you. Invest time on things and people that inspire you to be better. • What Does LB Holdings do? LB HOLDINGS founded by professionals in the business development, engineering, technology, healthcare property development, provides a value chain of service predominantly in the healthcare environment through: – Healthcare Development – Feasibility and Market Study research development – Health Information Technology Management – Engineering and Project Management – Healthcare Operations Management – Facilities Management & Equipment Suppl
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THE BIG DECISION

THE BIG DECISION

THE FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS   UNDERSTANDING YOUR VISION: It is important to always make yourself valuable, that way people will have a lot of reliance on your service. You need to respond to a gap in the market, some people refer to is as “Answering a need in the market”. This “need” then translates into a “Value”. The value needs to be so strong that people should be willing to pay for your worth. When people think of you what comes to mind? Is it positive thoughts of “Only she/he can assist” or is it negative, even worse is it indifferent? With a Vision, challenges become hurdles, you need to actually embrace challenges as that is what will grow your vision. Your vision should move beyond just to work and pay bills. Your vision should be driven by passion, even if you did not get paid you would still have the drive to push this vision. Your vision will dictate the company you keep, it will choose your priorities. You will choose to invest majority of your time on things that will develop this vision. Your weekly and daily to do lists should be in line with your vision A vision simplifies your life, it defines what you do (no time wasted). Without a vision you waste time chasing time, projects money, you tend to lack focus. A vision with a Goal map creates the ever-needed confidence, start a vision board, this will guide your progress and remind you daily of the goal you are aiming for. Vision helps you identify yourself; it becomes your source of motivation. A vision should be clear and simple, on other words, it needs to be an elevator pitch. (If you met your long-awaited prospective investor in a lift/elevator from ground floor to the third floor, how would you sell your business in 2 minutes?) Vision VS Business Plan (What?) (what, who, where, when, how) What are the 5 W and an H we spoke about under Developing a Business plan above? You need to have Clarity over Certainty: WHAT is critical and non-negotiable, it is closely glued to WHY is it critical, even if the WHERE, WHEN, WHO changes. The WHAT and WHY is what will guide your Vision. UNDERSTANDING YOUR GOALS THAT DRIVE YOUR VISION: Get clear about it. Dreams are too vague. That’s why they often sound impossible. Instead, be specific. Break the big dream down into goals. (write your goals down) Break it down into smaller steps. Now that you have the ‘what’ and ‘how’, turn it into a process where you’ll be able to see progress. Calculate. Everything can be turned into numbers. Numbers of potential clients, Numbers of how much are they possibly prepared to spend on your vision, Numbers of what the creation of the vision will cost as well as what the potential income after expenses is. Be ruthless with your goals. Do it Daily (You have 24 hours in a day – you sleep for 8 hours – work for 8 hours – and you waste 8 hours). Use at least 2 hours of the last waisted 8 hours to build your vision. It not only brings contentment, but also gets you closer and closer to your goals. Find like-minded people. The people you communicate with daily can have a huge influence on your way of thinking. So choose wisely who your spend time with. Have a vision. Getting familiar with details about the lifestyle you want to lead (Have a vision board) KEY PRINCIPLES THAT DRIVE YOUR VISION AS AN ENTREPRENEUR: • Self-Motivation – You will get many No’s in this journey, your vision has to keep driving you….you will eventually get the Yes which will be your reference point. • Understand What You Offer – You need to know your market better than anyone else, you need to know what makes your product better. • Take Risks – Understand that you will win some and lose some, risks are only to help us carve our offering to be better. • Know How to Network – Business is all about the quality of service and relationships. • Basic Money Management Skills and Knowledge – What you make is for the business. Pay your debtors, pay your employees & service providers first. • Flexibility – Be willing to adapt to market changes or vision direction (Be adaptable) align your product to technology advancements. • Passion – This is what should sustain you in the good and in the bad moments. By: Nandi Marubelela A Fellow Entrepreneur
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DEVELOPING A BUSINESS PLAN

DEVELOPING A BUSINESS PLAN

THE FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS UNDERSTANDING YOUR VISION: In our last blog we touched on how you convert your dream into a vision, some of the topics we touched on included the following: A Vision with a Goal map creates the ever-needed confidence, start a vision board, this will guide your progress and remind you daily of the goal you are aiming for. A Vision helps you identify yourself; it becomes your source of motivation. A vision should be clear and simple, on other words, it needs to be an elevator pitch. (If you met your long-awaited prospective investor in a lift/elevator from ground floor to the third floor, how would you sell your business in 2 minutes?) Vision VS Business Plan (What?) (what, who, where, when, how) You need to have Clarity over Certainty: WHAT is critical and non-negotiable, it is closely glued to WHY is it critical, even if the WHERE, WHEN, WHO changes. The WHAT and WHY is what will guide your Vision. In this Blog our focus will be on creating a Business Plan TO BE ABLE TO DEVELOP A BUSINESS PLAN YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE BELOW:
  1. Describe the product or service to be offered
  2. Describe in full the product or services offered by the business, the innovative features of these products and services, and the competitive edge they afford the business over rivals in the market.
  3. Describe the location, premises and, where applicable, production facilities.
  4. Describe production processes and capacity, identifying any existing constraints and possible problem areas.
  5. Include a detailed analysis of the process of installing and commissioning any new technologies and production processes.
  6. Details of suppliers and sub-contractors, and any contractual arrangements governing the supply of key inputs. Elaborate on the business’s strengths, past problems and weaknesses, and critical success factors.
You need this document for the investor to gain a thorough understanding of your business, your business goals and objectives, your existing or proposed business, and your financing requirements (including the business loan amount). Specific attention should be given to four key areas: the business itself, the management of the business (the business owners involved), the market in which the business operates, the financial management, and planning – the risks and rewards associated with the total investment in the business. Although we are providing a guide to writing a business plan, business circumstances vary considerably and you will need to tailor your business plan depending on the type of business you intend operating in — e.g. technology, manufacturing, service, or retail. But, the basics remain the same. A BUSINESS PLAN SHOULD HAVE:
  1. A cover or title page
  2. Executive summary
  3. Business overview 3.1. Business profile 3.2. The product or service
  4. Management 4.1. The business owners 4.2 The management structure 4.3. Franchise information (where applicable)
  5. The Market 5.1. Industry analysis 5.2. Market analysis
  6. Sales and marketing strategy
  7. Financial statements and projections
  8. Legal and regulatory environment
  9. SWOT analysis and risk/reward assessment
  10. Appendices and supporting documentation
THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The executive summary is the most vital part of the business plan — it has to sell your strategy for success to the investor. (Elevator Pitch) The summary is an overview of the entire plan and must contain the highlights of the business plan and summaries of each section. Therefore, although it is at the beginning of the document, it is usually written last to capture the essence of the plan. The summary stands alone and should not refer to other parts of your document. BUSINESS OVERVIEW: (BUSINESS PROFILE) Write a business profile, including the following: Information on the background and history of the business; Indicate the business form (proprietorship, close corporation, company); Is it a new business, take over, expansion, franchise? The mission, and the company’s long and short term objectives in terms of business growth and development, as well possible exit strategies (for example: buy out investors, etc.). COMPANY MANAGEMENT: THE BUSINESS OWNERS Include a description of the skills and experience of the business owner(s) covering the key areas of technology and product development, production, sales, marketing, finance and administration; Describe the position and the specific functions and responsibilities of each business owner and/ or manager; Attach a detailed curriculum vitae of each business owner; Indicate the financial contribution of each business owner to the business, and the current shareholding structure. COMPANY MANAGEMENT: THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF THE BUSINESS Show company ownership structure, business units, and subsidiaries where applicable; Attach an organisation chart showing the functions and responsibilities of directors, key management, and staff; Formulate remuneration, incentives, share options, and conditions of employment of key management and directors. Analysis of any deficiencies in management and how these positions are to be filled; Comment on current and future employment levels, labour relations, and union membership; Include details of systems to be implemented: information technology, accounting, administration, management information, and stock control systems; Include details of auditors, attorneys, bankers, and professional advisers. MARKET ANALYSIS: INDUSTRY ANALYSIS Summarise the industry in which you will compete. Find most of the facts from government statistics and trade organisations. Describe the existing market and its potential for growth; Include a detailed analysis of the size and maturity of the market, trends and seasonality exhibited by the market, and the business’ current and expected market share together with an analysis of the time, resources, and actions required to achieve this desired market share; List existing and potential customers, supported by letters of intent, orders on hand, contracts, where applicable. Include a detailed analysis of competitors, the price and quality of their products, service and delivery, and their expected reaction to your activities. Highlight and discuss your competitive advantage. Discuss topics such as:
  1. Current trends and developments in the industry;
  2. Large and important players in the industry;
  3. How the industry is segmented;
  4. Problems the industry might be experiencing;
  5. National or global events influencing the industry;
  6. National and global growth forecasts;
  7. How legislation affects the industry (for example, how the law limiting smoking in a restaurant affects the industry).
SALES AND MARKETING STRATEGY: Elaborate on current and planned sales and marketing strategies Elaborate on planned promotional activities (E.G. Advertising, exhibitions, promotions, public relations etc.) Include a detailed motivation and substantiation of sales projections (in monitory and physical terms) with comprehensive lead times for sales and break even point (include milestones) Elaborate on your pricing strategy and how it compares to your competitors If it’s a franchise include full franchise marketing strategy from franchisor. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND PROJECTIONS: Include only a summary of the financial statements and projections in the body of the business plan — attach a detailed analysis as an appendix. Include operating budgets, cash flow projections, income statements and pro- forma balance sheets for at least three years (recommended: five years). Provide monthly projected figures for the first and second year, quarterly figures for years three and four and annual projections thereafter. Include only a summary of the financial statements and projections in the body of the business plan — attach a detailed analysis as an appendix. Include operating budgets, cash flow projections, income statements and pro- forma balance sheets for at least three years (recommended: five years). Provide monthly projected figures for the first and second year, quarterly figures for years three and four and annual projections thereafter. Ensure that your financial projections agree with any other statements in the business plan, formulate and motivate your capital requirements. (Be realistic) LEGAL & REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT: Details of any licences, copyrights, trademarks and patents registered (or in the process of being registered); Details of any legislation and regulations governing the industry, product and production processes. Proof of compliance with tax and labour legislation (VAT, PAYE, RSC, UIF, COIDA, Employment Equity Act, Skills Development Act, etc.) where applicable; Details of duties and tariffs to which inputs or products are subject if the business is a regular importer or exporter. SWOT ANALYSIS & REWARD/RISK ASSESSMENT: Discuss definite and possible strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; Give an honest assessment of the risks faced by the business, business owner(s), and investors in relation to the potential for growth, profitability, and capital appreciation; Discuss strategies that can be implemented to address the risk factors highlighted. APPENDICES & SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: The following supporting documentation, should be included where applicable:
  1. Newspaper clippings, promotional literature, product brochures, market research, trade and industry publications;
  2. Partnership, association or shareholders’ agreements;
  3. Offers to purchase, purchase and sale agreements;
  4. Contracts, orders, letters of intent;
  5. Memoranda of understanding, lease, franchise, agency, or distribution agreements;
  6. Documentation relating to licences, copyrights, trademarks and patents;
  7. Quotations or pro-forma invoices for capital items to be purchased;
  8. Detailed personal balance sheets of the business owner(s);
  9. Copies of identity documents and marriage certificates of the business owner(s);
  10. Schedules of life assurance and endowment policies of the business owner(s);
  11. Copies of company or close corporation certificates and registration documents;
  12. Drawings, work-flow charts, plans, factory layouts, maps, etc.;
  13. A list of persons who can provide references regarding creditworthiness, product and service quality, and the skills, abilities and integrity of the business owner(s).
By: Nandi Marubelela A Fellow Entrepreneur
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SOMETIMES BLESSINGS ARE DRENCHED IN RISKS

SOMETIMES BLESSINGS ARE DRENCHED IN RISKS

There’s a saying that goes”No risk no reward” I beg to differ. Even if you decide not to take risks life will reward you for that decision.

What Is A Risk?

Most Engish dictionaries associate risk with “trouble, danger, threat, hazard, harm, obstacle”. And when we see the above-mentioned synonyms the subconscious part of our brains starts to build all sorts of mechanisms to fight against this suggestion. Because that part of the brain is also designed to protect us from anything that could cause harm to our wellbeing. What we also need to remember is that this part of our brain automatically associates anything foreign with “risk”. So just because there’s scientific data to prove that there’s a chance that this could be dangerous it instantly rejects it. Take flying ✈️ for instance. There is a very good chance that the aircraft might crash go up in flames. But because we live in a modern society where this mode of transportation is essential to our lives we still board on flights and arrive safely at our destinations.

Why Take Risks?

Growing up I used to think that taking risks was not a good thing. I always tried to stick to the script and to do exactly as I was told. From an early age, I was given two things to prioritize my education and religion. My life essentially revolved around those two things. I hardly participated in any extra murals activities and neither did I have enough time to catch up with my friends. I wasn’t prohibited from doing such things but because I didn’t want to fail at fulfilling my obligations to the church and my academics I decided that anything that wasn’t in line with the above-mentioned priorities was a RISK that I had to avoid by all any means necessary.

But here’s what I’ve come to realize.

Quitting your job to start a new business is risky. Investing your money is risky. Getting married is risky. Having children is risky. Everything is risky. What you should worry about is not the risk involved. But the consequence of not taking that risk. You need to develop a hunter’s mentality where you see risks as an opportunity to thrive and not an opportunity to hide behind excuses. Like I said in the beginning, even if you decide not to take risks life will reward you for that decision. Some circumstances are beyond one’s control. Things such as systematic racism, classism, etc. Which may hinder your success. But the question I’m posing you to is big is your HUNGER? Is it big enough to keep you in the game until your next win or is it big enough to keep you in the game until you break world records?

History is replete with men and women from all walks of life who chose risk over comfort at a very young age and they went on to live their lives to the fullest. Do these phenomenal individuals possess special talents? Or is their hunger for success unquenchable? Too many of us reach a point where the attainment of a fraction of our goals is enough to put us to sleep and eventually out of the game. If you think that all of these are risky then wait until you see what’s on the other side of not taking such risks. If you are not willing to put yourself on the line, to venture into the unknown then your reward will be equal to that decision.

 

– NOMSA CHAUKE

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I Was Born To Speak On Radio Training Programme Glimpse

I Was Born To Speak On Radio Training Programme Glimpse

To give you a glimpse of what goes on at Leadership 2020’s I Was Born To Speak On Radio Training Programme, the monthly webinar session is a great place to learn and dip your toes on the water. Here we learn from radio producer at Metro FM, Chuma Kave, 947’s @Ayanda MVP who works 6 days a week doing what she loves, and Nthabeleng Matele, host of the 4am club on Metro FM. Students learn about the radio business, in particular, producing content, delivering commercial hit radio, and getting noticed as a new comer. We are developing the future Queens & Kings of the airwaves. www.leadership2020.co.za

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HOMEGROWN Unplugged – COMEDY

HOMEGROWN Unplugged – COMEDY

Name: Nkululeko Phiri

Age: 29

Resides: In Ivory Park (Midrand)

Works as: Presenter at Alex Fm

 

Nkululeko lives his life as his name suggests – Free to live his passion through radio and comedy.

 

Being on radio for 9 years and comedian for 6 years, Nkululeko has shown a unique love for radio as he currently hosts an afternoon drive time show on Alex Fm. 2013 saw Nkululeko win the presenter of the year accolade in the Tembisa Community Awards. Followed by another in 2016, awarded by Tembisa Fm.

 

“My biggest achievement is hosting the afternoon drive show this year. This show gives me enough space for growth, it’s challenging while giving me the direction I need for my life in radio”.

 

The other most inspiring time of my life was being featured at the BIG BANGER COMEDY TOUR in 2018, it open my mind and made me approach comedy differently. I have performed on different platforms and I still I want to do more for myself

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BLOWING UP HINDRANCES AS YOU START UP

BLOWING UP HINDRANCES AS YOU START UP

I am Makhosazana Msibi, 28 years of age, born and bred in Carolina, Mpumalanga. I am a BA Psychology Graduate and I also hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Management. I am the Founder and CEO of Zamandlondlo Holdings, I am also the Founder and Chairperson of an NPO called YMCGO in Carolina-Mpumalanga, hence I am a mentor to many. I am currently promoting myself as an MC & an Event Planner and a Public Speaker. I am a Philanthropist at heart, currently I serve as a Music Researcher Volunteer on Rise FM, Mpumalanga. I am an Executive Secretary at my URCSA Congregation, Carolina. I am a former manager to DJ Soniq. I refer to myself as a Radio Guru, I have been invited for live radio interviews on Ligwalagwala FM, Rise FM and VOC FM and I look forward to achieving my dream in the radio or media industry. I have blogged for Leadership 2020, with an article titled “ones journey to success”.

Reality check at its core, blowing up as an entrepreneur or business man or rather woman can be devastating. One of the most devastating supreme involves having no capital to start your business, which can be a game changer. You can have this brilliant idea that could start off small but later on turn into millions or even billions and trillions for that matter. As one of our very own inspirational people “DJ Sbu” always says in his motivations “always grind and keep on hustling”. The big question here is how do you keep on grinding and hustling hard when you cannot even start up or register your business? it even worse when you are unemployed. The biggest setback for many people is getting capital to start the business and to sustain it for long-term endeavour. Reality within the entrepreneurial space is that it never easy making it to the top, even if you have a wonderful business idea, it is reality at its most ladies and gentlemen.

Earlier on I spoke about having a brilliant business idea and having no capital to start up your business and maintain it, hence the focus for today lies beneath the hindrances that exist in the process of blowing up as your start your business. It even worse when you know deep down in your heart that you want to own a business one day but find yourself not able to pin point your passion in the sphere. Our very own Vusi Thembekwayo always gives advice on starting with a purpose and passion, because if you do so you will never give up and you will never fail. Reality of the matter is that it ok to not figure out what your business sphere is, it normal but when you do seek entrepreneurial advice from those who have been there and those that are booming from success. It also ok not to have capital to start up or sustain your business, we all start there as infant entrepreneurs, business man or woman, it a learning curve and humbling moments we can reflect on years to come.

As we journey through in our businesses we need to bear in mind that not all doors that we knock to will respond positively to our requests. Hence there is also a saying that says “not all doors that are closed are locked”. No matter how much the going gets tougher, always stay in your lane, believe and always remind yourself why you started the business from the first place, by doing that you will have achieved hustler. In the words of Sibusiso Leope (DJ Sbu) keep on hustling hustler and always grind. One day it will all work out, never mind the hindrances you had to sacrum in the process or still are, you have and had to because it all part of the journey, the process and hustle as many would say. Always remember that regardless of the hindrances we may come across in life, dreams are worth achieving hustler, remain unshaken, determined and always passionate about your hustle.

– Makhosazana Msibi

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