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We all want a successful life. We believe working hard is one of the ways to get there. I want to investigate the other ways other than hard work; i.e. the attitudes to carry, the rules of engagement to adopt, the urge that drives people to be unreasonable.
A good friend of mine was in town for business
The Anxious Entrepreneur: Anxiety defeats creativity and creativity defeats anxiety
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Entrepreneurship is a nerve wrecking business, especially when things are not going according to one’s wish/plan/luck/desire/need/desperation (almost all the time). It gets us anxious and sometimes depressed.
Entrepreneurs, rightfully so, are always focused on achieving certain goals. We are pursuing opportunities we have thought of. We have a picture of how those goals will be achieved. A picture of how many units of our products we will sell. The funny thing is we
Open letter to minister of Small Business Development: The other things frustrating entrepreneurship growth in South Africa
Good day minister Zulu. First congratulations on your appointment on the new department.
This article has been in the writing even before it became known that the Department of Small Business Development would be. I’ve been chasing perfection with it, but I guess like entrepreneurship is about operating in ever ideal-less situations – it will never be perfect.
I hope there are many entrepreneurship activists like myself who are publicly raising their suggestions for SMME growth in South African, to the department. I believe more ideas, especially from different people give depth to solutions.
Below I list a few things which I believe frustrate entrepreneurship growth and acceleration, in South Africa. I have also included some ideas on how entrepreneurship can be fast tracked to strengthen and enlarge South African owned economic activity – which in the popular sense is economic prosperity for all.
And in no way am I implying solutions vest majorly on government.
As South Africa’s GDP is the largest in Africa (actually now it is second to Nigeria), but with more unemployment than some countries with a lesser GDP and more people, who then is enjoying a bigger chunk of the GDP?
Through analyzing our exports versus imports, we can tell that foreign investors are enjoying our GDP through mostly: consumables (phones, clothing, cosmetic, soft products) and other innovations.
If the import gap (through work of course) is lessened a bit to the favour of local goods, this is simple better life most South Africans.
More focus needed on products’ based businesses over administrative ones
The growth of a country’s banks depends on the growth in the amount of monies they handle. For more money to be handled, the GDP has to grow. Or a case of more people, who didn’t have money before, now does. Or they managed to attract internationals to bank with them.
A banking industry’s growth is
I can’t recall how many times but I did propose to buy coffee to people I wanted mentorship from.
A mentor is someone more prominent than me, right? How the hell do I suppose I will attract Brian Joffe to meet me all because I offered to buy him coffee.
He can afford way more than his own coffee and can only drink so much. I am sure he has coffee invites from Zimbabwe to Zanzibar.
Had inviting people out for coffee been that intriguing, I would have invited Azania many times. How I wish.
A mentor is important in that they can save you from making stupid mistakes and lo