Every game has its rules, and also a language!

Every game has its rules, and also a language!

Many years ago I decided that it could help my business if I took up the game of golf. So, I asked a friend to take me to his club. When I joined the club I quickly learnt that there were many, many rules covering not only how you play the sport, but also how you dress and how you “talk” to other golfers.

When you were at the club, it was like you were in a whole world apart. They could easily tell that you were a beginner, not just by the way you played, but also by the way you talked and the words that you used.

If you think about it, this is the way it is for every game, whether it is football or tennis…

There are rules, that you must master, and a language that you must learn if you are to be accepted by the other players of that game! So it is with the “money” game…. Now I have shared with you a secret!

If you want to join this club, also remember that the easiest way to join a club is if you are invited by one of the established members. Before you shout that that is unfair and demand that the rules should be changed, don’t forget, only the club members and the players are allowed to change the rules. This has nothing to do with joining some silly secret societies; it is simply about knowing how you secure support for what you want to do…

The nation of China realised this simple fact and joined the club, and now they are changing the rules and also the language…

In the Money Game, there is a way of talking that will have bankers and investors interested in what you want to do, and there is a way to talk which makes them shun and run away from you, and it has nothing to do with where you come from.

I am an established member of this club, and it took me over 25 years to acquire my membership. What I have done by writing these posts is throw open an invitation to the young entrepreneurs of Africa. Each post that I make contains the rules and the language of this game…. It’s up to you to learn them and to go out and play!

Author:Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.

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