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Stop Making Excuses: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

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GABRIEL MANYERUKE MOTIVATION

Many young people who are born gifted and endowed with immeasurable potential are becoming disorientated during their youth. Young lives are getting lost in a maze of personal indiscipline, purposelessness and bad choice of associates as they are somewhat aimless, doubtful, pessimistic and indecisive in matters of real life. Others fail to pursue their ambitions because they are immaturely and irresponsibly interacting with dangerous drugs. They end up wallowing in abject poverty as victims to detrimental addiction. Others are just stuck in relationships that are not ameliorating their lives. So many are wasted opportunities because some youths do not understand the purpose, they should live to accomplish yet when younger and with more energy is the best time to start a venture and a name for yourself as you build a legacy.

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I discovered mind-blowing psychological facts from one writer unfolding that many are young people who lived, died and buried with dreams that never came to pass, ideas that were never shared, visions that never became a reality, songs that were never sung, books that were never written, plans and purposes that were never fulfilled. Very tragic.

I believe you are destined for great heights and you must not die as a non-achiever or as an unsung hero. It’s high time that you should do an introspection, set aside time to think about who you are and the epic life that you want. Dr Munroe once said that the greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without a purpose. Know your purpose, be challenged and immediately get ahead in life by getting out of your comfort zone and start to do something productive. Peter Drucker wrote, “The very best way to predict the future is to create it.”

You may set goals but your dreams aren’t going to manifest unless you stand up and walk out into the unknown where you might look foolish, encounter awkward situations and challenging circumstances waiting to test your courage. You need a bit of insanity for you to do great things. Believe in that you can. Critical thinking and problem solving are a catalyst to continuous change and innovation.

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Get out of your comfort zone, get stared and don’t make excuses

Get into action and nurture your capabilities. Despite the challenges, be unstoppable. Bruce Lee once said, ‘I fear not a man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.’ This makes it clear that even if you are born talented in something you still need to step up for a habitual practice every day, repeating an action in order for you to be exceptional. Never allow your gift and ability stagnate in you. Be courageous to step out of your comfort zone and embrace the principle of action.

Success and failure are not a matter of chance, but they are both a matter of choice. If you violate success principles the results are predictable, you will hardly achieve your goals. Life runs on principles. Be disciplined and never prevaricate from success principles.

Embrace the principle of starting. Start where you are. Use the available resources that you have. Do what you can in your own small way to make a difference. Steve Jobs and Steve Wosiank did the same with Apple Computer. They started in a garage with an idea but later billions of dollars followed them. In the greatest success story of the age, Bill Gates, one of the world billionaires, out of passion for computers, he created Microsoft Corporation despite being a university drop out. ‘Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.’ – John Maxwell.

Many people say they cannot start because they are not ready, they cannot start because they are scared or they are afraid of making mistakes and some will excuse themselves from starting because they are more concerned about what people will say. These are some of the trivial reasons that has left many young people fixed in the same position yet expecting different results. When they do not see what they desire, they eventually give up. They give up simply because they do not believe in themselves, they lack self-confidence and perseverance. If you lack such intrinsic aspects, you are just like a nice and shining vehicle parked out there without fuel, it cannot go anywhere. If you really want to get ahead in life and if you want to be successful, just start to focus on developing your innate endowments.

The principle of starting has nothing to do with your geographical setting or social background. What matters is your determination to get to where you desire to be and the strategies you have to employ for the sake of enhancing progress. It does not matter, you have all sorts of upbringing challenges, it is what you will do with the little that you have that matters, not the circumstances of your birth.

You do not need to be a genius to start, you do not need an educational qualification for you to start on something of your passion and become successful in it. Many successful people now enjoy prosperous lives but they started without any degree or qualification in anything but theirs was focus on productive activities of their passion. However, if you happen to have good education, it is wise for you to marry your career choice to your purpose. Work with diligence to upgrade your skills so that you create value as you contribute in your organization.

Recognize opportunities to seize and apply your talent or ability to some good purpose. Do not be idle minded. Many people remain stationary waiting for perfect conditions to come so that they can start to act. You will never get of your comfort zone if you keep waiting for rare perfect conditions. Stop blaming and find solutions to the problems you are facing so that you immediately set off to where you want your life to be. A Chinese Proverb says that a journey to a thousand miles begins with just one step.

Stop procrastinating. Be committed. The simple secret of getting ahead lies in the principle of starting. You do not have to be great to start, but you have to start in order to become great. The expert in everything was once a beginner. Follow your passion, make mistakes, learn from the mistakes and do corrections as you strive for excellence. Action is a real measure of intelligence. Start boldly punctuated by a leap of faith. Excuses can be as many as they are varied but entertaining them is to invite mediocrity.

You cannot change your life through making excuses. Successful people always find a way to make things happen. In an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special which should be your passion. You change your life by challenging yourself, by confronting your background and unwanted situations. People who are reluctant to do something are always looking for excuses. Great people who never hide behind excuses scored history and made it to greatness. Successful people challenge themselves and they boldly do things that many ordinary people do not even do thinking that it is hard.

It is during the hardest of times when one should not make an excuse but to make a bold decision, getting out of the comfort zone and start to work with a determination. Greatness comes not when things go always smooth for you but greatness comes when you are tested through the hard way. Most history makers and successful people were forged and galvanized in the most grueling crucibles. Therefore, avoid making excuses, focus on where you want to go not on the impediments that stand in your path. Commit yourself to taking responsibility, start and pursue great things.

Let go excuses, stop blaming and take ownership of where you are right now. You have the agency to change things irrespective of prevailing circumstances. Take advantage of opportunities or one day when you are older you will want to go back and grab some missed chances and time will not allow you. Never live to regret the opportunities you did not seize, dreams and talents you shelved. Be inspired. GABRIEL MANYERUKE IS A CERTIFIED EDUCATOR, INSPIRATIONAL WRITER AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER. Contact details 0774122288.

Be your own hero!! You do not need to be a genius to start, you do not need an educational qualification for you to start on something of your passion and become successful in it.

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SUCCESS STORIES

“I started doing poultry 5 years ago after I had been retrenched from work”–Vimbai

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By: Vimbai Tanyanyiwa

Most times people make so many mistakes along the way which are always overlooked as non-existent just because people end up seeing the finished product never the journey. I started doing poultry 5 years ago after I had been retrenched from work and I had to push myself to find an alternative source of income that was going to keep me alive. Most people look at poultry rearing as something just so easy yet not considering a lot of factors that need to be adhered to for you to produce the best quality of chickens when the time is due.

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It’s so easy for people to just say in 6 weeks (dzinenge dzaita) they will be up for harvest – but what of the mistakes and endurance that you make as you start; the casualties you endure the first awful winters before you know how to withstand the cold so as not to have a lot of the chickens dying? Chickens just like anything dear; require a lot of care and attention as they grow. But one of my first mistakes, when I started, was never accepted that as much as it is about money- passion has to drive you so you create the determination to succeed in the intended project.


I lost a lot of chickens within batches due to negligence & mismanagement & overzealous behaviour of putting my trust in employees & not being hands-on committed to the project, which I feel is not my mistake alone. Every project requires a person who monitors whoever employed so you don’t suffer losses. In looking for workers do most ever consider if the one being employed has the necessary skill or knowledge pertaining to that project or we just employ? Well, my mistake was just employing & sadly daily I would be told one or two have died, coming from a person with no remorse who felt it was ok for chickens to just die yet you trying to generate income from that & a livelihood.


Until I had to self introspect and understand that no person will put in as much concern and care into the project except you the owner who is pumping money into it so it survives. I then pushed myself to be hands-on until I noticed that it was very possible to have over 90% survival rate, not the bigger losses I was suffering before. During terrible winters it proved that the lamps were not adequate on their own but I had to come up with another technique to warm up the chickens since most were dying from the cold. That’s when I learnt from a Good Samaritan about the use of charcoal & mbaura in foul runs to help ease the crisis. But it had to be strategic since too much heat too would then kill them as well so it had to be proportional.

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I had gotten to a point where I feared buying any batches in Winter for most wouldn’t survive but after that, I wasn’t scared to endure the winters as I had now learned how to fight the winter mania.
Not buying any batches in Winter meant no income & no income meant problems & stresses of accumulating bills which would, in turn, get to be difficult to settle. Another one of the many mistakes I had to make along the journey was accumulating debts & failing to pay them having to then ruin relationships I had with friends & family when I failed to honour up. Debts in any way always come up when we are in tight situations & we wish to solve them urgently but always end up creating more problems when we fail to pay them.


So I have learnt along the way to at least be content with what is there & work with what’s available.
Or forever be one to never really see the profits as every little money you get ends up being channeled to clear the debts. I am not really well organized in this area yet but I am striving to. Pressure from societal expectations and always wanting to live in the fast lane is never good for business. At times you need to make peace with the fact that; we were all given different lives & opportunities & we run different races. It’s not your duty to then try to always be in competition with friends & colleagues & family even when your budget doesn’t warrant you to.


Running a business demands discipline & control that puts you on the right path otherwise you run the risk of tarnishing your brand if one day you wake up being named & shamed for providing poor service to your clients

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SUCCESS STORIES

Dr. Vere’s Coat of Many Colours

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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.

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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.

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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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DIGITAL MARKETING

Facebook Pages To Follow For Inspirational Messages In 2021

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In this digital era, information sharing is now being done everyone. Information is being shared on almost any subject n be it politics, business, science among many other topics.  This includes information on motivation. Almost everyone is now a motivational speaker. Some of these people provide vague information. In times like this, if you are looking for uplifting and inspiring information, it is better to get that information from people who have experienced life, someone who has passed the test of times.  A great man once said that even someone who is still starting out in life is writing about how to make it in life. You just wonder what he or she will be talking about considering that they are still trying to make it. Therefore it’s not everything you get from social media that is credible.

As a writer, I am always studying and learning through research, I have had to follow some pages from Zimbabwe. These pages have always been consistent in publishing update to date information on entrepreneurship, business and motivation.  If you an entrepreneur or someone who is looking for some uplifting content, you need to check out these pages

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STARTUPBIZ

Startupbiz

It is the blog page for a research firm based in Harare, STARTUPBIZ. They are passionate about entrepreneurship. The information published on the website has helped many in making business decisions especially for startups that are growing their businesses. They post links to their written articles on business ideas, business tips, business news, personal finance, entrepreneur interviews, and profiles. In addition to that they have also a Whats App platform where they share the same content on daily content. I for one, I started following them in 2017 and ever since, I have never regretted following them. Their works on business and entrepreneurship have stood the test of time and also the information relevant to what’s happening around us

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MAGAZINE

This is online magazine with some hard copies of its publication around. They are a startup media firm that publishes diversified content on business such as leadership, business opportunities, business models, statutory requirements, supply chain manages as well as investment and finance. Their special focus is on SMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs. they have published 2 editions so far but they are promising to be a go-to source on the content they are publishing, surely they are the first of their kind on the Zimbabwean media landscape. Daily, they share links to their site on articles that help you make a better decision in your start-up business. If you are an entrepreneur and you have not yet followed them on Facebook, do so now and thank me later.

MOTIMAGZ MAGAZINE

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It is an online magazine owned and published by a young man named Tinashe Bonde who is the founder of Africa Pride Motivation. I started following this magazine last year around June.  There is one thing I have noted about them as a writer who is trying to make it; they have inspired to become a better writer by what they share and post on their Facebook page. They post motivation quotes and links to their website. Whatever you are looking for be it motivation, business tips, testimonies on the ones who have made it already, you will find the content. If you are addicted to success and you haven’t followed and liked their Facebook page, you are missing out a lot.

GEORGE BILLIONARE MUNENGWA

George billionaire munengwa

He is an award winning Zimbabwean businessman with a strong marketing background. Before founding ProAir, George Munengwa started off as a marketer at another air conditioning services provider in Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2012, he then established  ProAir in June 2012 with the goal to “Make the weather behave 365 days of the year indoors” at the same time bringing heating & cooling air conditioning solutions to the citizens of Zimbabwe at an affordable price. Munengwa also seats on Spidex Media board and is the organizing secretary for 2Brigade Mash East chapter E11

Today ProAir has become one of the most sought after air conditioning companies in the country and has won several awards including:

  • Zimbabwe Leadership Awards: Zimbabwe Top Leadership Excellence Air Conditioning Company of the Year 2015
  • Zimbabwe Business Awards: Top Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Company of the Year 2015
  • Megafest Business Awards: Most Consistent Organisation of the Year 2017 Winner

On his Facebook page, he regularly posts motivational quotes, insights on business, marketing and habits that should be developed by an entrepreneur. If you an aspiring entrepreneur, this is a must follow Facebook page. You will learn a lot from the tried and tested practitioners in the business world.

ENTREPRENEURSZW

Entrepreneurszw is a group of female consultants who work together for the empowerment of women and girls ages 8-40. They offer training, funding, and networking opportunities in addition to promoting a savings and investment culture in women and girls.

The Key areas they focus on are

  • Entrepreneurial Training
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Investments
  • Associate
  • Personal Development

In addition they have a magazine that encourages women to venture into entrepreneurship. They discovered that entrepreneurship has been dominated by men, fewer women are into entrepreneurship. This has been attributed to lack of information. Hence on their Facebook page they post inspiring and uplifting messages encouraging women to start businesses. They also celebrate women who are already into entrepreneurship. This is a must follow Facebook page especially for young women. However there is no harm if men follow the page too; there is a lot to learn.

DR FAITH NYAMUKAPA

Dr Faith Nyamukapa is a dedicated Christian, young multi- award-winning female entrepreneur, a goal-oriented businesswoman who runs KinderCare Zimbabwe and Transplex Investments, and a Philanthropist. She is also a qualified accountant by profession. Her passion is to work with children, developing strategies for Organisations, and empowering women who run preschool businesses in Zimbabwe.

Executive Appointments

Trustee for Econet Wireless Group Pension Fund Board-Employee representative from February (2012- July 2015)

Trustee for Education Support Systems Trust (ESST) Zimbabwe – March 2016 to date

It is a Trust that helps to advance education in Zimbabwe and information documentation of all communities in Zimbabwe for use by NGOs.

Awards

1. 2nd Runner Up Women in Accounting & Investment Sector 2016 – Megafest Business Awards

Megafest is a passionate advocate of women in business, celebrating their achievements, now in its 8th year, the Women’s Awards are about more than simply recognising and rewarding the courage, leadership and creativity of Zimbabwe’s most brilliant business women-they play a critical role in raising the profile of women in business.

2. Executive Director of the Year Award- Women’s Heritage Society World Organisation – Award ceremony in November 2016

3. Organisation of the Year Award- KinderCare Zimbabwe Women’s Heritage Society World Organisation (Early Childhood Development Category). Award ceremony in November 2016

4. Brand of the Year Award – KinderCare Zimbabwe. Women’s Heritage Society World Organisation. Award ceremony in November 2016

5. Top Female Academic Philanthropist of the Year Award- Philanthropy Institute of Zimbabwe. November 2016.

6. Early Childhood Development Philanthropist of the Year Award – Philanthropy Institute of Zimbabwe. Award ceremony in November 2016

7. Pan African Humanitarian Award on Enterprise and Community Development 2016 –Anantara The Palm, Dubai

Honorary Non-Academic awards- 2016

1. Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from the International Institute of Philanthropy (IIP) 13 July 2016

2. Honorary Doctorate in Business Leadership, DBL –International Women’s University-Mauritius ( 2016)

3. Honorary Master’s Degree in Business Leadership ,MBL- International Women’s University-Mauritius ( 2016)

You can tell from the above that she is a go to person for inspiration. Indeed she is a role model to many. Why not follow her on her Facebook page where she shares her experiences in the corporate world. She regularly posts update content on what’s happening around in the business and corporate world. One of the great scientists, Sir Isaac Newton once said, “In order to see to further, I stand on the shoulders of the giants’’. What he meant is that you need someone who has been there to show you the direction to be there too. I personally believe she is one of the giants in the business world.  There is a lot to learn if you follow her especially if you are looking forward to being in the business world.

By Rodreck Matsveru (Sir Rody)

Tutor/ Exam Coach / Writer / Columnist

0775701788

rodreck16@gmail.com

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