Strive Masiyiwa caught my attention while reading the news at lunchtime. I usually spend less time digging out the best recipes for vegan curry. It is new trending Keto-friendly food I am learning about. It is worth and it is in news too:). Keeping my body fit with a healthy routine and my mind fit with meditation. Successful people practice 80% of their time reading and learning about those who have reached dignity and grace. By investing from their passion, work, and by walking straight on their path.
Finding inspirational personalities and write about them for you, to get inspired, is inspiring for me too. If as an entrepreneur you would love to become a news worth reading, you need to dig in stories worth news.
As an entrepreneur, it is worth a shot, to learn how to make money. What could be the worth of bitcoin? What can transform me into a billionaire just overnight? I believe, and I am sure, you will agree, this is a short-term approach. To find a person, who can share his achievements with the world in simple ways, is a bit difficult search. You will find that in a video I have incorporated here down in the blog. Knowing people from around the world keeps us on track and gets some dose of passion.
Moreover, professionals who are successful in a systemized arena, somehow have facilities to support them. They don’t need to deal with teething issues. The reason for them to stumble is the feeble work process. Those who made their way, in difficult cumbersome circumstances, are worth admiring.
I am happy to have Strive Masiyiwa in my blog photo album and it’s worth it as I read his achievements and am sure, when you listen to him, read that he is an amicable achiever. As far as I have read about him.
Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, an international technology group, and one of the pioneers of the mobile telecoms industry in Africa. Companies in the Econet Group include Econet Wireless, Liquid Telecom, Cassava Fintech, Econet Energy, and Vaya Technologies.
Strive, believe in a ‘no corruption’ society, and finding solutions. Which should be the ultimate objective of any entrepreneur. This definitely requires a solution-focused mind and is an in-built feature of people who can self-coach themselves.
As a coach, I always want to emphasize on coaching perspective. As I study successful people, that is what I am gauging in them. They have the ability to self-coach and they have hired many impactful coaches.
If we tackle corruption, no child would sleep hungry, there would be no injustice, every child would be in school. The most powerful force against corruption is one person saying “no.”
— Strive Masiyiwa
Every small step leads towards a goal. A small goal leads to achievement. Tiny achievement should be celebrated as a milestone. In the beginning, definitely, every step seems, slow-mo, brings challenges and hurdles. Once you are through and clear in your way forward, everything starts multiplying in many folds.
Resulting and unveiling in a good fashion where you will feel great. I know for many of us, entrepreneurs, it is about when will the world be recognizing our worth. Leave that to the story written in our journey. Do your work well. Keep pushing and take a leap forward. That is what is in our hands.
Everyone’s story holds 80% of those words which include suffering, negativity, disbelief, and hurdles. But that also includes a lot of courage, determination, great control over emotions, and passion to deal with all that. A calm clear mind brings all the pieces of the puzzles together at the right time and you will not be astonished, as you will have a trail to look back.
Masiyiwa serves on several international boards including Unilever Plc, National Geographic Society, Asia Society, and the Global Advisory boards of Bank of America, the Council on Foreign Relations (in the United States), Bloomberg New Economy Forum, the Prince of Wales Trust for Africa, and Stanford University. He also serves on the U.S. Holocaust Museum Committee on Conscience and the African Union Reform Task Force.
He sits on the UN Global Commission for Adaptation focusing on climate change challenges and was most recently appointed a Special Envoy of the African Union to help coordinate Africa’s private sector efforts to procure medical supplies to fight the spread of COVID-19. He led a similar initiative to fight Ebola in West Africa in 2014-2015.
A former board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he is Chairman Emeritus of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and co-founder of the Generation Africa Agripreneur Prize.
As a philanthropist, Masiyiwa is a member of the Giving Pledge. In 1996 he and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded what is now known as the Higherlife Foundation, which has supported the education of over 350,000 vulnerable and gifted children across Africa, as well as health, disaster relief and preparedness, and rural transformation programs.
Since 2013 Masiyiwa has devoted his time to mentoring the next generation of African entrepreneurs through his Facebook page, which has growing followership of 5.3+ million young people.
An Honorary Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, in 2019 Masiyiwa was awarded the Norman Borlaug World Food Prize Medallion. He has been selected twice, in 2014 and 2017, for Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” In 2020, he was inducted by JA Worldwide into the Global Business Hall of Fame.
He sits on the UN Global Commission for Adaptation focusing on climate change challenges and was most recently appointed a Special Envoy to the African Union for COVID response, to help coordinate Africa private sector efforts to procure medical supplies to fight the spread of COVID-19.
He led a similar initiative to fight Ebola in West Africa in 2014–2015. Strive is the only African member of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience and served on the jury of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
Strive was a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, the Global Business Coalition on Education, and the Micronutrient Initiative. He served as co-chair of Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development.
He also worked with the AU Reform Task Force enabling the African Continental Free-Trade Area. Strive continues to drive continent-wide digital transformation as the only private sector member of the SMART Africa Board.
He has served on two key United Nations Commissions, at the invitation of the Secretary-General: One on Financing Global Education Opportunities, and another on Sustainable Energy for All. Other awards and recognitions include:
1990: Zimbabwean Businessman of the Year Award (youngest ever recipient)
1998: Zimbabwean Manager and Entrepreneur of the Year Award
2002: Times Global Business Influential List
2003: CNN/Time Magazine Poll, 15 Global Influential of the Year
2010: Builder of the Modern Africa Awards
2011: Forbes Magazine, 20 Most Powerful Business People in African Business
2011: Times of London, 25 Leaders of Africa’s Renaissance Award
2014: Fortune Magazine, World’s 50 Greatest Leaders
2015: Forbes Magazine, 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa
2015: UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust
2018: Points of Light Award
2019: Norman E Borlaug World Food Prize Medallion
2019: New African Magazine, 100 Most Influential African
2020: Inducted into the JA Global Business Hall of Fame
An honorary fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, Strive has received honorary doctorates from Morehouse College, Yale University, Nelson Mandela University, and Cardiff University.
Your net-work is your net-worth. Keep growing as an entrepreneur, with success in mind, with dignity in the walk, with grace in conduct. Thank you for reading. I hope you are inspired and would share this with your circle too.