Pause: A day of inspiration

Pause: A day of inspiration

Yale University Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters 

I was really both humbled and inspired by this experience of being awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Yale University last week and wanted to share it with all of you here on this platform.

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.

11 Replies to “Pause: A day of inspiration”

  1. Afterthought 2.

    University commencement (graduation) exercises are filled with great joy and pride for graduates, family and educators alike. Those interested in taking a look at the full 318th Commencement video and even hear a few speeches (about 2+ hours in total!) can go to:

    Use Wifi because it’s a lot of data! Such events can generally be a bit long but might inspire some of you to walk down that very same aisle one day…

  2. #Pause:
    This is YOUR recognition!

    During the Commencement events, I got a chance to speak to many people, some of whom had been involved in recommending this recognition:
    Again and again, they spoke about this unique platform for mentoring young Entrepreneurs!

    I got this award because of YOU guys!
    So give yourself a #ShoutOut!
    We did it together!

    Thank you.

    I will not be able to answer each one of your comments, but you know I love you so much!

  3. #The passing of an old warrior and a long time friend:

    Dumiso Dabengwa, a selfless African liberator!


    I don’t want to say more at this time. This was a truly great friend to me for more than 30 years…

    Here is something from the New York Times for those who did not know of this Great African:
    [those guys don’t just write a half page editorial on just anybody!]

    My condolences to his wife, and family.

  4. #BREAKING NEWS: The Launch of Generation Africa

    An exciting and important opportunity for a growing sector of young African entrepreneurs will be launching today (Thursday 30 May) in Johannesburg. I will tell you a lot more after the official launch but young Agripreneurs! Your time is now.

    Seating is very very limited and I know this is last minute, but the organizers said they would be able to make a couple of seats available to a few of you here who might be in Joburg near Sandton this afternoon from 12 – 2 pm. More soon!

  5. Nmasinachi Mary Iwundu writes,

    Watching this video brings a rare kind of joy into my heart in the midst of my heart broken day.

    Despite this is a great award of honour, yet you stood in absolute humility to receive it.
    You remind me a lot about my late daddy.
    Even though he is no more, you two share a lot of things in common (like being a philanthropist, entrepreneurs, God fearing, humility, peace loving and wisdom as well).
    Therefore today henceforth, I will not only take you as my mentor alone but also as a father.
    I hope you would be glad to have me as your daughter too?

    Congratulations daddy, we are so proud of you.

    Your humility is gold.

    My reply,
    It is my honor for you to call me your father.
    Here is your lesson for today, since you said it was tough:

    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” … “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill.

    “If you are going through hell, keep going…”

  6. Sly Ngoni Mutyavaviri writes,

    Yes as a beneficiary of Capernaum Trust and as a Pharmacist impacting the country and the world l believe yours is not a case of theory only. Its a case of tangible results. Without your philanthropy work some orphans like us wouldn’t have made it in life. Congratulations Dr you deserve. #historymakers.

    My reply,
    Capernaum Trust is the original name of the Higher Life Foundation.
    In the last 25 years we have paid school fees for over 250,000 young people.
    You are one of these young people that we helped.
    I hope that you and others will find at least one person [who is not related to you] to send to school. If each person that we helped did the same, there would be no orphan who does not go to school.

    “freely you have been given, freely you must also give..”.

  7. Costa writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa I have a good friend whom you sponsored who is now a professor at a university here in South Africa. May God bless you, I am sure there are many success stories out there, you may need a good documentary on that, following the most significant story (MSS) approach.

    My reply,
    Many years ago, when Hon Gordon Brown was Prime Minister of Britain, he and his wife invited my wife and me to #10 Downing Street for dinner in recognition of our work in educating orphans. During the dinner he introduced a young man from Bulawayo Zimbabwe, who had gone on to study at Oxford University, having been living on the streets. Interestingly, I had actually never heard of this guy, but he told the people there that we had assisted him!

    I have never met 99,99% of the people we assisted. I just pray for them every day hoping the Lord can use them to change their world. And that they will show kindness to others.

    Later when Hon Gordon Brown left office and became UN Commissioner for Education, he invited me to join the board, alongside people like Aliko Dangote and Jack Ma. We are working on global education initiatives, and to think it all began simply because my wife and I wanted to help the children of a few employees that had lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.
    Who knows, per adventure the Lord wants to use you to do something great, but wants you to pass a small test with how you deal with a challenge you will find today.

  8. #What did you “see” at the Trade Show?

    One of my staff went to a trade show in South Africa when our business was very small.
    When he got back, I asked him to brief me over lunch. As he spoke and shared brochures, I asked him about one company which he could not even remember:
    “They had a small kiosk. Small French company. Never heard of them,” and he continued.
    After he left I called the company.
    “Yah, we were there, but not much came out of it for us..”
    “Can I come and see you?”
    “Even tomorrow. I always keep a visa.”
    “Ok, come.”

    I rushed there, by myself. When I left I had a deal that generated millions for me over a number of years!

    Train yourself to “see” and “hear” as an @Entrepreneur!
    That is all. There is no secret to it. Many people walk around Trade Fairs and shows as “consumers” or even looking to be entertained!

    Before you go, ask yourself: “What am I looking for that can help my business?”

    I do that even when I open a newspaper or website. It is a compulsive passion!

    Last night I slept very late after stumbling on an App from Indonesia!
    “O Wow!” I shouted.

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