Parody Speech: Nelson Mandela on Entrepreneurship

[Read with Nelson Mandela voice. This is a parody speech of Nelson Mandela giving encouragement to entrepreneurs. It never took place]

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In 1952, Oliver Tambo and I decided to become entrepreneurs. We started South Africa’s first black-owned law firm – Mandela & Tambo – right during apartheid.

In the beginning things were hard, I only had 2 suits. So, don’t laugh at the young entrepreneur you see at conferences wearing the same suit over and over again.

Here is some little advice. Buy a black suit if it will be the only one for a long time. Any other colour will give you off – that you wear the same suit all the time.

In our days it wasn’t like today where lawyers enjoy big Mandela money at places such as Taboo or Eyadini.

During apartheid, injustice for the black man was rife. The calling to liberate our people was bigger than our entrepreneurship-slash-business endeavours.

So, I decided, we decided, to wear bigger boots and turn our entrepreneurial wit against another unknown – that is the active struggle against apartheid.

And that is what our generation sacrificed.

So, this democracy offers you the opportunity to do what apartheid took from us.

Here is what young entrepreneurs can take from the sacrifice to rebel against apartheid:

  • Being an activist against apartheid was like being an entrepreneur. It was going for the unknown. We didn’t know if we would defeat apartheid in our lifetime, but we believed we should rebel against it right then.

Entrepreneurs do not know whether the ideas they are pursuing will produce profits, but they go on pushing, because they believe, like we believed that we shall defeat apartheid.

  • We didn’t wait for the perfect circumstances to be activists. In fact the more things got harder, we got harder. It is how Umkhonto we Sizwe armed wing emerged. We didn’t wait to have a budget for banners before we spoke at rallies.

We did our best and worked hard on our speeches so that they would be effective.

Just like entrepreneurs don’t wait until they have perfect situations or funds – but use what they have.

  • No cause can be achieved without discipline, commitment, organisation, and forming relationships.

Although it is hard, you have to keep realigning yourself with these four factors I just mentioned. We formed relationships with different nations, individuals, and organisations.

  • We maneuvered the whole country and world to achieve our course for freedom. Entrepreneurs should not be afraid to go where enabling opportunities are.

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So, dear entrepreneur, you are an activist for the wellness of your people. Create those businesses and distribute prosperity among your people.


(A Poem for The Broke) Mundane Loafers, the Face Cringes to Squeeze Tears Out

Wearing my loafers, scarf down to the knees. All black. Obviously feeling good – obviously looking good. I just finished a good and progressive meeting. 4 PM on a groovy Saturday – restaurants are filled with girls on fleek. Hello girls, can I come join you? But there is only money to get home; therefore it’s the only way I can head.

Get this book for free. ‘The Entrepreneur’s Emotional Toolbox’ by David Chislett

My good friend (and unofficial mentor), David Chislett, has penned a very helpful book.

A few years ago when he was in South Africa to visit his family, we met up. And he gave me some great advice I still carry today. The advice was, if you have actively been executing ideas for years, YOU NEED A BREAK AT SOME POINT. Or you will break and burn.

The title of the book is The Entrepreneur’s Emotional Toolbox.’

And guess WHAT? He is availing it as a free download. Click here to go and download it.

“Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur, or just thinking about going out on your own, this small book is jam packed with tips and tricks and useful strategies to keep you sane and healthy while making a success of your business idea.

This is not a business advice handbook or pocket MBA. It is designed to help anyone who works for themselves or owns their own business, deal with the very real emotional and psychological challenges that come with being a self-starter in a business world dominated by huge corporates.”

Portrait by Andrew Chislett

At some point, he had reached that pinnacle where he had been executing ideas nonstop, for over ten years. And myself I was approaching that point. He gave me a lot of other tips. They came in handy as I was writing The Anxious Entrepreneur (book).

I’ve known David since 2009 while I was working at Meerkat Media and starting my entrepreneurship journey. He was a freelancer and entrepreneur with many years of experience. I’ve learned a lot from him and everyone in that office since then.

David is, as he says, a writer, trainer and speaker who operates at the intersection of entrepreneurship, creativity and communications.”

Find out more about David Chislett here.

He has written four other books including ‘1, 2, 1, 2: The Step By Step Guide To The SA Music Industry,’ which also is available as a free download (How amazing is that? Tell your music business friends to download it here for free).

Download The Entrepreneur’s Emotional Toolbox.’ You definitely gain a lot from it.

5 Must-Know Entrepreneurship Tips from the ADHD Boss

The following is a contribution from Stefan Taylor, who is a writer and online entrepreneur with ADHD. Stefan blogs at ADHD Boss, which is a website that helps people live a healthier and more productive life with ADHD and anxiety.

South Africa and America

The Science of Cooling Down Your Mental Engine: Gaining Control Over Anxiety and Increasing Creativity/Productivity

Sometimes I literally can feel my mind is overworked – like a car overheating – and frustration and desperation are taking control of my mental engine.

What if like the engine in a car we could turn our mind on and off to cool it down? Or like a computer we can refresh and clear our mental RAM?

Maybe Nonke to Condemners and Ragists Upset Over This Image: Political Correctness Achieves Nothing


I first posted this as a Facebook book status. It inspired a series of posts (to come) I will call ‘Soft Economic Absurdist Series.’

I see a lot of people condemning this sort of behavior coloured by this picture. The general sentiment come-rage

The Song ‘Oe Batla Kae / Ko M’kokotlong’ – Its Scientific Effect and 3 Ingredients of Hits

Memeza, memeza. Tholukuthi Hey!

I am at a club in Pretoria sitting next to the VIP section. Then a lady

23/09/2017 – #SelfPublishMe workshop + dialogue on self-publishing books in South Africa #SBIncubator

Here is an event I am facilitating for on the 23rd of September 2017.

Entrepreneurs’ Immediate Anxiety Cheat Sheet

(Find JPEG image of this cheat sheet at the bottom of the post)

“I am feeling deeply overwhelmed, a headache is knocking, and I am getting flushes of anxiety. I know I should do the following below but I try to reason that I have important things to get done…”

Where to Get Help for Anxiety, Depression and Suicide

Since publishing ‘The Anxious Entrepreneur’, I’ve been making interesting contacts with people.

I am not a professional anxiety, depression and suicide expert.

If you believe you suffer from anxiety, depression and are having suicidal thoughts, I humbly request that you get help from a trained professional. These are serious conditions you need to attend urgently.

So below follows places to find such help:


The organisations below have support groups and/or programmes in various parts of the country. Find out if they do not have support closer to your area.

South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)

  • Help line: (011) 262-6396 (8am – 8pm, seven days a week)
  • Suicide crisis line: 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393 (8am – 8pm, seven days a week)

LifeLine Southern Africa
This is a 24 hour emotional crisis intervention service. It’s free and confidential.

  • National counselling line: 0861-322-322
    Counsellors help callers with challenges such as trauma and suicide.
  • Website:


In each country, there are organisations and support groups that assist people experiencing these conditions. Search and approach them for help. And the prominent ones are mostly free.

If you are in a crisis, I suggest you contact a depression, suicide or emergency helpline in your country.

In any case, here are some online resources you can use (some are free, some are free for the first session and others charge throughout):

7 Cups

Free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists & counsellors.



Assists with depression, sadness and burned out.


Therapy Tribe

Helps people find great mental health resources like therapists, support groups, wellness tools, as well as an overall sense of community.

Offers a combination of a professional therapist directory as well as self-help wellness resources – all free of charge to the community in need.


Better Help

Convenient, affordable, private online counselling – anytime and anywhere.


Another Source of Depression

I have always been entrepreneurial. On two separate occasions as a kid I had vegetable gardens. On each, my grandmother, and later her daughter (my mother), gave away almost all my produce and thus succeeded in liquidating my intended businesses. I guess my mother got it from her mother – my grandmother gave it to her daughter.

Among the other things I aspired to be was Jean Claude Van Damme. I didn’t want to be Chuck Norris because he had bushy chest hair. I am 30 today, with medium chest hair. It is even turning white.

How my story should be is: he grew up poor, went to university; he then ventured into business, struggled for a bit of time and then became very successful. “He

[My] 7 Top Articles Helpful to Entrepreneurs in Admitting and Dealing With Anxiety and Depression

From all levels of start-up to big success in entrepreneurship, there exists a dark cloud often not talked about. It is anxiety and depression.

At worst, I’ve read stories of very successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs committing suicide.

Entrepreneurship can be gruesome.