New Year Reflection 2018

New Year Reflection 2018

__Looking back and forward.

I first started this Facebook platform in 2013, around the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 march to Washington DC, where he addressed Americans gathered in huge numbers in a peaceful march to demand racial equality. Speaking at the commemoration event of that historic day, President Obama called for courage and respect for the dignity of all citizens “of every race and every region, every faith and every station.”


As a trustee of Dr King’s alma mater, Morehouse College, that was a proud moment for me. Later that year I wrote a post which some of you will remember:

“When I am looking at a society, this is what I look at:

1. The dignity of a society is measured in how it treats the disabled.
2. The courage of a society is measured in how equally women are treated in that society.
3. The fairness of a society is measured by how minorities, and those who are different, feel they are treated.
4. The vision of a society is how it raises its children.
5. The love in a society is how it responds to a neighbour in need.
6. The prosperity of a society is measured by how it responds to the poor in its midst, and beyond.
7. The strength of a society is measured by how well it accepts and embraces change.
8. The respect in a society is shown in how it responds to the lessons shared by older generations.
9. The wisdom of a society is measured by its fear of God.”

That was a few years ago… What am I missing?

Another reflection I shared a while ago from a sermon: “Walking in love is one of the hallmarks of spiritual maturity. It must be seen in your language, in your daily walk, in the way you respect others; it means you have encountered God in your life.”

Dignity, courage, fairness, vision, love, prosperity, strength, respect, wisdom… What more can I wish for each of you in your life and entrepreneurial journeys?

You may know that on the brink of New Year 2018, Facebook this week has started a global “I am #HopefulFor ___ ” conversation with all its readers throughout the world. While I generally don’t like to use the word “hopeful,” let me share this to start the conversation here today:

I am #HopefulFor greater respect to be shown in this world, in every way — amongst people, between nations, for the earth and for rule of law!

And I’m not just #Hopeful. We can DO this, and we must.

Whatever our race, region, faith, or station in life… each day, we can find the courage and strength at the very least to BE a light to someone, somewhere, in some way.

What are you #HopefulFor in 2018? I “hope” this is the same thing you are #WorkingToward!

Happy New Year.



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.

8 Replies to “New Year Reflection 2018”

  1. Afterthought:
    It is important to post a comment on #Hopefulfor.

    It is not a waste of time but an expression of your commitment to your own determination. It also inspires us, your partners. You do realize we are partners,right?
    We are partners in taking Africa forward, because none of us can do it alone.

  2. #Im hopeful to create more jobs!

    When I look at the picture of the young people from Kwese in the banner picture, I see #JobsCreated!
    We created more than 600 jobs in South Africa, and over 10,000 in the rest of the Continent just in Kwese TV!

    I’m hopeful that governments will begin to see the members of this platform as Africa’s real job creators!

  3. Afterthought:
    When we launched Kwese Tv, one of our main competitors tried to prevent us from using local installers by getting them to sign exclusive contracts so they could not work for anyone else. They did the same with their sales dealers.
    We could have gone to court to stop such predatory anti-competitive behavior.

    Instead we decided to recruit and train our own e-dealers and installers across Africa.
    We have to date trained over 10,000!

    Zimbabwe and Nigeria have more than half between them.

    Each one is an entrepreneur, and they are driving our business model hard.

    The Prophet Isaiah said “no weapon (or strategum) forged against you shall prosper”.

    You can get round any obstacle, if you set your mind to it.

    Happy new year!

  4. Simbarashe writes,

    Choose What You Fight…

    I once met a very successful business woman and I asked her to share her secret with me.

    She smiled and said to me..
    I started succeeding when I started leaving small fights for small fighters.
    I stopped fighting those who gossiped about me…
    I stopped fighting over unnecessary issues with my spouse…
    I stopped fighting for attention…
    I stopped fighting to meet up with public expectation…
    I left such fights for those who have nothing else to fight…

    “And I started fighting for my vision, my dreams, my ideas and my destiny. Then I started winning big”.

    That was the day I gave up on small fights.
    Some fights are not worth your time.

    Fight to make your visions and dreams come alive!
    Fight the good fight of faith!
    Fight for your destiny not for your ego!

    Entrepreneurs shouldn’t have time for unnecessary fights!
    Visionaries don’t cluster their mind with nonsense bickering!

    Always ask, what is this fight adding to my destiny, my goal, my progress?

    Choose what you want.

    My reply,
    This business woman was very wise. We would all gain wisdom from applying her teaching to you.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Something spiritual:

    I spent the last three days fasting and praying, and this is the Word that came into my spirit for 2018:

    Genesis 18:14
    “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?
    At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

    “It is a Set Time in the Year Of The Lord’s Favor”:

    This is the Year Of The Favor Of Our God.
    Whatever it is you have been praying for [for so long] will be birthed this year.
    If you will believe you have stepped into the Year Of The [unmerited] Favor Of the Lord, now walk ye in it.

    There is a laughter in the Heavens:
    A laughter at your enemies, and detractors.
    A laughter with you in your joy:
    Yeah it is as the laughter of joy of Abraham and Sarah when Isaac was born; such will be your joy!

    Happy New Year!

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