My Definition Of Success | I don’t consider myself successful. I believe I am succeeding. Success is a process, and it’s something you are always working towards achieving – as long as you are moving forward. I don’t believe there is an ultimate place/peak where you achieve success, because I don’t buy the concept of there being a single point of success, such as finally owning an expensive car, or luxury house in a wealthy suburb, or having R1 million in your savings account. These things are all temporary.
My Highlights | Convincing my wife to go on a date with me. The day I met her, I knew I was going to marry her. The problem was that she didn’t have the same point of view. I went home that same night and wrote down our wedding list. It took me 3 months to convince her to finally go on a date with me.
The Difference Between Good And Great | Without sounding clichéd, people who are great at what they do are in love with what they do daily. They are immersed in every aspect of their industry, are professional and deeply committed, and have a deep sense of self-pride – “I do the best that I can”. They never do half a job because they care. Those are the people I resonate with.
A Key Talent | I am able to operate in the grey – in the unknown and deep fog of the entrepreneurial journey – and I’m very comfortable there. You are only able to operate in the grey when you know yourself, trust yourself, and believe that there is always a way out of a problem, and that you have the ability to find this way given the right time and desire.
Lessons I Have Learnt | The most important lesson I have learnt is that becoming successful is paradoxical in nature. You have to be in the present, but you also have to think about the future. You have to think about the big picture, while also thinking about the details. There is no fool-proof recipe or magic formula to become successful. The decisions you make one day will be different to the next, because they all depend on the people you come into contact with and the situations you find yourself in. Success is about your commitment to an outcome.
Performing At My Peak | I don’t always perform at my peak. I have good days and bad days, just like everyone else. My performance is related to my attitude, and every morning I perform a mental ritual that keeps me self-motivated and focused.
My Future Dreams And Ambitions | I want to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, for designing an incubation model that has the ability to reverse the 96% failure rate amongst entrepreneurs, which will have a massive impact on communities, crime, and society as a whole.
The Best Advice I’ve Received | If you see an opportunity or stumble over one, aggressively go after it because it won’t be long before your competition will also go after it, and the opportunity will disappear.
I Am Inspired By | Joy Moloi inspires me. She’s an entrepreneur from Alexandra township, who despite her personal circumstances was able to avoid a “victim” mindset, and take control of her life by building a significant business in a male-dominated industry – without any knowledge of the plumbing industry. When she inherited her parents’ plumbing business, she had to let go of who she was (a travel agent) and become someone else. She took it upon herself to learn everything there is to know about plumbing, in order to run a successful plumbing business. The first thing she did when she made money from Moloi Plumbers was to privately educate her brother and sister, and put her brother through university. Joy represents the non-glamorous, unseen, unnoticed substrate of the entrepreneurial economy.