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Entrepreneurship Mindset: Entrepreneurship Series Part 3



Entrepreneurs mindset

From my entrepreneurship series part 2, I shared about the entrepreneurs’ way of thinking and touched on four perspectives namely, structure thinking, bricolage, effectuation and cognitive adaptability. All these perspectives give us an understanding of how entrepreneurs engage in their thinking process. How and why they do what they do as entrepreneurs?

This article is going to unpack entrepreneurship as a mindset.


Ask any renowned entrepreneur how they started their journey and you will hear some say they become restless at some point in their minds that they decided to explode into action. It all starts in the mind.

Lasting entrepreneurship emanates from the need to change things for the better. The difference between what you are and what you should be is a decision so you’re a decision away from your desired person. Once we start talking of decisions, we’re already into the mindset territory.

“At its core, is a mindset – a way of thinking and acting. It is about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value. Fundamentally, entrepreneurship is about … the ability to recognize [and] methodically analyze [an] opportunity and, ultimately, to capture [its] value.” – 

Bruce Bachenheimer, clinical professor of management and executive director of the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University 

I picked up five dimensions of an entrepreneurship mindset in Professor Bachenheimer’s sentiments that I will explore.

  • Way of thinking.

Entrepreneurship is indeed a way of thinking. It’s a philosophy. It’s dogma. I have seen how flawlessly some personal development business, leadership and business coaches predict solutions to some challenges of the day. It proves the fact that it is indeed their way of thinking. They think about solutions.

Buddha once said,

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become,”


Think solutions, you create them. Think entrepreneurship, you will become one. The more you ponder on an idea, the sooner you will take action within that context.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve,”

Napoleon Hill.

Did you know that our mind shaves the capacity and capability to conceive? The mind conceives ideas and strategies so once an idea, dream or vision is conceived in the mind and you believe in your heart regarding it, you will certainly achieve it.

  • Way of life

Great entrepreneurs are driven by passion and not the rewards that come out of it. Indeed there are rewards at the end of all that necessary serendipity. You don’t need a supervisor concerning what you are passionate about. It’s your way of life.

  • Seizing opportunities

The ability to utilize opportunities as and when they show up is one major characteristic of entrepreneurs. They have eyes that neither see north, west, and south or east – they only see opportunities.

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work so most people don’t recognize them. In the words of Ann Landers, entrepreneurs possess the mental disposition to unmask and utilize them. This ability sets entrepreneurs apart.

  • New ways of solving problems

The major distinction between real entrepreneurs and the masses is that they have a unique way of tackling challenges. It is this uniqueness that makes them stand out from the crowd.

Entrepreneurship involves coming up with either a new product or service for the existing market/ new market/bringing in a unique way of packaging existing products/services for the same or different market.

What makes an entrepreneur stand out among others is the ability to come up with a new way of solving current and future challenges. The sharper the solution, the more outstanding an entrepreneur becomes.

Innovation is a virtue in entrepreneurs that gives birth to the uniqueness that they display in their execution. I happen to be in a group of national coaches. There is quite a number but each appeals to the same market in a different way. That’s innovation. You can be in the same retail, manufacturing, mining or logistics business, to mention a few. It is how you differentiate your products or services that give you that competing for edge in the marketplace.

  • Create Value

The mind of an entrepreneur is set on creating value. It is when customers get that satisfaction either through your products or services that they would want to continuously deal with you hence the more you work on improving the welfare of the other person, the more value you will create for yourself.

At first, it is not about getting loads of money coming in your direction. It’s about making sure that your customers or clients smile all the way to their domicile delighted. They will act as broadcasters for whatever products or services you offer, thus creating a pool of followers.

This kind of thinking calls for well-established mental muscles to untangle the value that lies at the center of things. If you see people at the top enjoying life, it would seem as if they started from there. A leadership expert, Noah Mangwarara, once said, the only thing that starts from the top is a grave. Everything else starts from the bottom and slowly goes up, action by action.

Don’t forget that entrepreneurship at its core is a mindset – a way of thinking and acting. Be phenomenal.


14 Ways To Earn Passive Income In 2021



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By: Claire Makoni

Earn Songwriting Royalties

If you love to write music, you can create passive income by recording your songs and then publishing them through a variety of channels. You earn royalties anytime your music is played on streaming services like Apple Music, or Spotify, or played on the radio. You can even license your music for TV, movies, and videos without the backing of a major record label.


Purchase Music Royalties

Perhaps your talent isn’t to write music. That’s ok, you can still get into the music royalty game by purchasing the rights to song catalogues owned by other artists. Royalty Exchange is an online auction that allows you to bid on existing music catalogues. These are songs that are already earning regular, passive income for their current owners. When you purchase music royalties, you’re buying the future cash flow, which is purely passive income.

Photo Licensing

Photographers can build passive income by selling stock photos online. You’ll need to produce lots of content to earn a decent amount of money, but it can be a nice supplement to other, more labor-intensive work, like wedding or family photography. One benefit to stock photo licensing is that you can sell the same pictures to many different buyers. There is no shortage of stock photo websites where you can sell your work. Dreamstime and Snapwire are just two of the more popular stock photo sites out there.

Record an Audiobook

One of the best ways for content creators to increase their income is by releasing their content in as many formats as possible. For example, if you’ve written a paperback book or even an ebook, you’ll want to consider recording an audiobook version. There is no shortage of people who prefer listening to books instead of reading them. You can record the audio yourself, or pay someone else to do it for you. Once your audiobook is ready to go, it can be available for purchase online for years, making it the ideal passive income source.


Buy and Sell Domain Names

Buying and selling domain names is a bit like trading on the stock market. The goal is to buy low and sell high, but there can be some risk involved. There are people who earn good money buying domain names that they believe will increase in value over time, with the hopes of selling at a profit.

Start a Blog

Over time, it’s possible to create multiple passive income streams with a blog, through affiliate marketing, or display advertising, for example. But building a blog from scratch is anything but passive. You’ll need to be consistent in creating new content, and spend time promoting your blog. One of the best things about blogging is the low barrier of entry. If you have a computer and a wifi connection, you can get started for as little as a few dollars per month.

Start a Podcast

It seems everyone has a podcast these days, and while many people do it out of pure enjoyment, there’s a lot of money that can be made. As you build a reliable following, you can begin selling advertising via sponsorships to brands that wish to get in front of your audience. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of work involved in finding guests and conducting interviews, but the opportunity to build a passive income stream is there.

Start a YouTube Channel

If you can consistently create videos that people want to watch, you can build an audience on Youtube. This is important because, with an audience, you can begin to make money, by joining the YouTube Partner Program. Most of your earnings will come from ads, which are aired within your video content, however, there are more ways to make money. YouTube can also drive traffic to your website and social media channels, making passive income opportunities endless.

Sell Digital Products/Downloadables

Thousands of people earn passive income by creating digital products that people can download and use. From spreadsheets to productivity tools, calendars, and checklists, the possibilities are endless. Once you’ve created your winning product, you can make it available for download on your own website, or through a third-party platform.

Develop an Online Course

If you have expertise in a specific area, rest assured there’s someone out there willing to pay you for your knowledge. You can create an ebook on the topic, or develop an online course, and then sell it on your own website, or on an online learning marketplace like Udemy. No skill is too small to share with others. You could sell a course on creating a killer resume, starting a podcast, or how to travel hack a trip to Europe. With online courses, most of the hard work happens early on, when you’re creating the content. From there, with an effective marketing strategy, you’ll have yourself a nice, passive income stream.

Run Website Display Ads

If you have your own website, you can sign up to have ads displayed within the content on your site. The most well-known ad service is Google Adsense. Adsense displays ads that are relevant to your site content and that match your visitor’s preferences. When guests engage with an ad, you make money. Also, the higher your site traffic, the higher your income.

Affiliate Marketing

If you have your own blog or website, one of the best ways to make passive income is through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing involves promoting someone else’s product or service, and earning a commission whenever a sale is generated directly from your recommendation. The most well-known affiliate program may be the one run by online retail giant Amazon, but there are thousands of other companies with programs of their own. Affiliate income takes time to build, but if you’re successful, it can be one of the best ways to make passive income.


Dropshipping is a form of e-commerce where the seller doesn’t hold the product, instead, it’s shipped to the customer directly from the supplier. The seller’s job is to find products to buy at a wholesale price, and then sell them at the retail price, by advertising them through an e-commerce store, like Shopify. When orders are placed, they go directly to the supplier who ships the product to the customer. The seller profits from the spread between the retail and wholesale price. Dropshipping has become very competitive, but if you can find a product that people want, and sell it at a profit, there’s lots of passive income to be made.

Learn to Outsource

If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you have a tendency to want to control all aspects of your business. After all, no one else understands it as you do, nor is anyone else as invested as you are. But the problem with doing everything yourself is that the money you make becomes anything but passive.

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Dr. Vere’s Coat of Many Colours



By Gilbert Sikanyika

Doctor Kudzanai Vere belongs to the group of African young Turks determined to conquer the world and leave permanent foot-steps on the sands of life.


I have known Dr. Vere through social interactions over the years and I have come to know him as a pragmatic, hard-working, and purpose-driven person. He sets high goals and when he attains those goals, he sets even higher goals. He places a high premium on his aspirations. He challenges himself to challenge challenges in his life. He does not take “no” for an answer…He knocks, knocks, and keeps knocking until doors of opportunities fling open before him. He is tenacious and aggressive in his daily operations. He does not wait for opportunities; instead, he creates opportunities for himself. He is a workaholic if ever there was one.

He was compelled to stop school in form 4 due to family financial constraints but that could not deter him from pursuing his dreams. He started working as a Receiving and Costing Clerk at Redstar in Nyanga in Zimbabwe and he rose through the ranks to become Branch Manager within a spell of three years. He was arguably the youngest Branch Manager heading a Blue Chips Company when he was only 22 years old.

Doctor Vere has “A coat of many colours.” He is an entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker of international repute. He enjoys developing people in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Personal Development, Practical Business Management, Organizational Development, Financial Literacy, and Leadership Development.


Just what makes him tick

He gets inspiration from motivating himself and others. His life gets better when he impacts lives in Business related issues. He was born in a family of 10 in a remote area of Zimbabwe in Nyanga. He went to Maereka primary school, Nyatate school, and Mapako High School. He has also attended: Zimbabwe Open University, British College Of Professional Management, Coppetstone University among others. He has:

  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Diploma In Accounting In Business Management
  • Bcom Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountancy
    -Master of Arts in Leadeship and Management
    -Registered Public Accounting
    -Certified Forensic
    -Doctorate in Phylosophy in Entrepreneurship among others.

Dr. Vere is also a notable and versatile writer whose books such as Becoming A Person Of Impact and Exceed Beyond The Ordinary have blessed multitudes of people. It seems he is a “Jack of all trades and master of everything.”

His books have impacted the hordes of people from all walks of life because of the nuggets of life they carry. His presence is being felt almost everywhere and so far so good. Although he never completed formal education, he is a self-made man who has managed to school himself and has acquired a string of diplomas and degrees and was recently conferred with a Doctorial degree in recognition of his teachings and passion for entrepreneurship.

“The whole of my adult life I have been learning business at times passively and at other times actively. I have vast years of business management, ” he said. His ultimate goal in life is to become an oasis of inspiration in Business circles. He is married to a lovely lady Fortune who is the Managing Director of the family business empire. Doctor Vere is also blessed with a wife and five children.

Gilbert Sikanyika is a Writing Prophet based in Zambia

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Developers/ Programmers (Graduate Trainees) Wanted X 3 : YPPZ



Young People’s Program Zimbabwe Youth Association (YPPZ) is recruiting graduate trainees from the following disciplines:

  • Information Technology & Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Sciences

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