Principles of Success

Principles of Success

The bible teaches us that every one of us is a unique individual, an absolute original. For the greatness in you to emerge, you have to become yourself, first. You will never achieve this by impersonating someone else on Twitter or Facebook, no matter how great you think they are.

I started in business when I was 25 years old, with only $75, pooled between myself and a friend. We went around the suburbs fixing broken lights, and gates. We invested every cent, into doing bigger and bigger projects. For me, nothing has really changed in terms of those basic principles: you start with what you have, you do what you can, you invest what you get, so that you can do bigger and bigger things.

My favourite business book is the bible. If you study the bible with a view to extracting principles on how to set up, and manage a business effectively, you will be absolutely amazed; it has everything.

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.

24 Replies to “Principles of Success”

  1. Thank you sir I you are my number one mentor and I am going to read all your ever posted blogs….I am a Joshualite and I am going to be the richest man in the world…God bless



  3. Michael Amushelelo writes:

    “My mother was a trader, just like the mothers of many of you; that is because they did not have opportunities, to be electricians, builders, and mechanics. Otherwise, they would have been electrical contractors, builders, and auto dealers. When you go into business, arm yourself with a skill, so that you are not just trading goods.” Mr Masiyiwa, said Africa, needs more than entrepreneurs, ” we want entrepreneurs, who have a vision to build enterprises, because it gives us greater capacity to harness, more jobs and more wealth for our nations.”

    My Reply

    You will go far, very far…run with this vision, and do not stop, until you get there

  4. Tichaona Kudakwashe Mugano writes:

    fellow countryman brother how did you make it just the notes the way the how part please tell me the secret this is my number 0613877678 am in pretoria email or my i meet you just for an hour or less
    T K Tichaona Kudakwashe Mugano

    My Reply:

    The Facebook posts, I have been making, are meant to encourage you. Over the next few months, I shall hopefully impart to you something. The key thing is to read them carefully, and prayerfully. The word “selah”, which is found in the bible, means “pause and think about it.” To succeed you must be willing to change the way you see things:
    “Be ye transformed through the renewing of your mind”. Selah

  5. Tapiwa Timba writes:

    Mr Masiyiwa u are man guided by the lord may he bless u for ever and also please can u give me advïce on how to suceed in life

    My Reply:

    Every morning, when I get up, I set aside 2 hours for studying God’s word, and for prayer. This is what has helped me to transform the way I think, and it has given me the faith. ” seek ye FIRST, the kingdom of God, and its righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you”. First means, first… Then success shall be added… It has worked for me. Your question was from very deep yearning, in your heart. Selah

  6. ‎Juma Puluma‎ writes:

    The fruits of i.b.d.c(indegenous buisness development center)

    My Reply:

    No my brother, the fruits of studying the word of God, every day, and taking instruction on life, from it. Be blessed.

  7. Thanks Sir,
    Your words are inspirational and necessary for my generation as a lot of us are made to believe that success is only taught within the four walls of the University only to graduate and be employed by the uneducated for peanuts.
    I am not against education, but I look forward to the time when the youth will be at the forefront of entrepreneurial development in the African continent.
    Thanks again
    Adeyemo O Stephen

  8. i had a dream when and i asked you so many questions on how i can start a business and you answered every question. after then i decided to search on the internet about you sir. im surprised that all the answers i got in a dream are all here.

  9. Thank you sir for your words of instruction. These words are worth more than money. Merry Christmas. Christ has made us the reason for the season

  10. I left my work and venture into business. I used the money from work to start up something but now am in a worse situation than when I was working. I had a good plan for my business and everything was done professionally I don’t know what went wrong with my business which I eventually ended me doing everything. at last I lost all the properties. now I want to start again. what measures should I put in place to avoid recurrence of the previous mischief.

  11. To:Dr. Phil. S. Masiiwa
    I am so grateful father. Africa needs to hear your message very loud that you can be against corruption and be successful.

    You are my mentor Dr. I wish I could sat down with you discussing business and social entrepreneurship. That is my wish.
    My name is Collen Simango.

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