Below is heartfelt text by a young entrepreneur I believe much in, Mpumi Mtinso, founder of Book a Bicycle operating out in Soweto Vilakazi Street – visiting places such as The Hector Pieterson Museum, Soweto Brewery and Nelson Mandela’s house. To add a pun you shouldn’t excuse, literary if you bring books to them, you will get a discount on a bicycle ride. But I like his creative sarcasm more.
Here is the text:
“A couple weeks before this picture was taken, I was lost and desperate. Every entrepreneur hits a phase in life where they want to give up their dream and give in to a 9-5. So I applied for a job at a ‘creative mag’ and got called in for an interview. Awesome! Didn’t tell any of my family or friends, just my nigga Thulane of Book of Swag because I needed directions, hahaha.
At the interview I was asked where do I see myself in 5 years. My response was, ‘if not at a higher position at this magazine, I see myself, FRONT ROW SEAT MEDIA & BOOK A BICYCLE taking over the world.’ After my this response, one of the ladies interviewing me was impressed and ready to hire a Guluva and the other lady kept saying but your 5 year plan means you going to leave us. Which in my head she was implying that I won’t be getting any promotion in the next coming 5 years. The following day the ladies call me to tell me
I didn’t get the job. Cool. After the call I came back to my senses.
Applied my all to BOOK A BICYCLE and I scored myself a live in studio interview at 5FM.I spoke about BOOK A BICYCLE and other things.
The next week, I’m jamming to 5FM and I hear the same ladies that rejected me at their mag, getting interviewed on the same show as me.
Point of this story is, rejection don’t mean you useless or not worthy. Rejection should open yours eyes to other opportunities. Or like me bring you back to your senses.
O.M.G can’t believe you read this whole story Hahaha.
Go out there and conquer.
The war isn’t over, but lil victories shall be celebrated.”