The things practical people do!

    By Strive Masiyiwa

    “Don’t dream of winning, train for it” [Mo Farah]

    The things practical people do!

    The Richest Man in Babylon advised his mentees to “increase your earning capacity”. This is like me always encouraging you to #SkillUp!

    Now here is a mistake made by many people who work in companies: they expect the company to train them. A good company will always train you to do the job for which they hired you. They don’t necessarily train you for everything you need to make you a great success.

    If you want to develop your skills fully, YOU must take charge yourself, otherwise you will not realize your full potential, whether as an employee or an entrepreneur.

    It reminds me of a friend of mine who worked for a big company where he was CEO, and very happy in his job.

    One day I bumped into him on the street with a pile of books under his arm. “I’m on leave,” he said before adding, “I use my leave days every year as a STUDY LEAVE to focus on a knowledge area where I’m deficient”.

    I was totally taken aback, and my respect for him went through the roof.

    These are some of the secrets of highly successful people that you may not get to know!

    You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a whole degree studying full-time. Do the groundwork you need to do with what is possible… “right in your hands” [which is a LOT!] Don’t delay.

    A few years ago, I was in Nairobi speaking at a townhall when a young Kenyan guy told me this story: He had read an article about the avocado industry in Latin America. Immediately, he thought it was something he wanted to do.

    For the next few years, he followed everything, reading every day. Soon he had built friends in the industry. Before long, he had found a way to import a particular type of plant which is highly productive. It required months of applications to the government authorities.

    He has now begun to grow and expand this business.

    This young entrepreneur identified the opportunity, did his homework, educated himself, took the initiative to develop a professional network in his new industry, and went through the #Processes required to start his business.

    He was not looking for any investment; he just wanted to share his story.

    What is your own #Entrepreneurial Story? What about your own #SkillUp story?

    Let’s talk.

    Image credit: Joe Pompliano/#TheFemaleInfluencer. This is Allyson Felix, the most decorated woman in Olympic track, who has won 11 medals [since 2004 when she was only 18]. And this is her little two year old daughter born in 2018, who inspired her entrepreneurial journey. This photo was taken a few months before the 2020 Olympics when all these athletes had to keep their eyes on the prize not knowing if they’d get to compete at all.…/allyson-felix-ends-her…

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