Pause: The buffalo hunter returns…

__Timing is the wisdom of the hunt.

Knowing what to do, and how to do it, is extremely important. And yet there is one more thing: when to do it! Throughout my business career, I have always had to deal with three things: What must I do? How must I do it? When is the right time?

If you are smart, the questions “What must I do?” and “How must I do it?” really should come quite easily. You must be methodical and analytical. You must act in an intelligent way, taking into consideration your education, skills, research, advise from others and so on.

What about “When must I do it?” That will take all your smarts. And one more thing: With timing, you cannot rush, and you cannot procrastinate either!

__Young people are likely to rush and make a mess, and older people are likely to procrastinate in the paralysis caused by often obsolete experience!

Wisdom resides neither in the rush of youth, nor in the experience of the aged.

There are times you are going to be called upon to be patient, and there are times you are going to be called upon to wait. The other day (the sage) Bishop TD Jakes told us in Chicago that the Wright Brothers knew what to do to get the first airplane airborne, and they knew how to do it, but several times they had to wait “until the wind was right”!

When you have worked out exactly what you must do, and how you must do it, then focus on timing. Ask yourself “if the wind is right”?

#Product#People, and #Process can build a big business, but #Timing will decide whether you take off successfully or not.


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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

15 thoughts on “Pause: The buffalo hunter returns…

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.
    There are times when I see something interesting and I just know that this is going to be a great business opportunity, and I run with it, as though my life depended on it, not sleeping or stopping until it is done. And then again there are times that I decide to sit and wait, sometimes for months, or even years

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 2.
    I had a vision to connect every single African country by fibre as far back as 2000. I discussed it with a small number of my senior executives like Luc Tanoh, Marco Signorini and Nic Rudnick. We code-named the project: “African Crossing.” We never talked about it again beyond that small circle, but we got digging away.

    Last year, Luc Tanoh, who is from Ivory Coast, called me with excitement and awe in his voice: “When I heard we have now crossed into Egypt, I remembered our plan to create African Crossing. It’s amazing how you stuck with that vision.”

    We have now crossed from Cape Town to Cairo, and we are busy on the links from Sudan to Nigeria, and DRC to Cameroon.

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Thabang writes,

    Timing is one of the most critical and fundamental aspects of business. For example YouTube would not be the success it is today back in the 90s. Even Airbnb had its sceptics before the 2008 recession. As I mature in my entrepreneurial journey l have learned to be patient and urgent at the same time. Don’t make hasty or desperate decisions. Believe in the process and if you are doing things right ultimately the right TIME will come along.

    My reply,
    This wisdom will take you far!

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Breaking News!
    “Regina Pacis School Onitsha becomes the world Champion
    It is my delight to say hearty congratulation to our daughters/ students and teachers of Regina Pacis Secondary School, Onitsha. They won the World Technovation Challenge Competition in the USA yesterday. Having earlier won at the National level, they proceeded to the International level which brought together students from different parts of the world.
    These wonderful daughters of our land have really made us proud. They are now world champions and are now attracting a worldwide attention in the world’s greatest technological hub. They swept over 2000 competing applications to get to the finals in San Francisco, USA. They won the Challenge with a mobile application called the FD-Detector which they developed to help tackle the Challenge of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria and beyond. They also applied the robotics and coding insights in solving existential problem of fake drugs.
    I believe that this is a sign of many good things to come if we jointly join hands in teaching our children in a sound and conducive environment, where honesty, integrity and formation of good character is the watch word. No sacfrice is too much in educating our Children because they are the future of tomorrow
    To God the Most merciful father be all Glory,Honour and Adoration forever and ever. Amen”

    My reply,
    Next week I will dedicate a full post to your amazing achievement.
    I would like to pay a visit to your school in the next few months.
    I want every young African to know about you!

    • Emeke

      Hello Mr Strive,I am Emeke from Nigeria.At this point,I am so proud of my people.News like this is one motivating factor that has made me to have a rethink about what I can do for young secondary school students in my community that can’t afford to pay for ICT trainings(Barring all challenges though).I believe Africa is about to take her rightful place among the commity of nations as regards technology.
      I have decided to hold a free training for young students that are passionate about technology,just to encourage them and give them the needed and right background,going forward.Although we couldnt do much last year because of the challenges difficulties we faced,we hope we will get it right this time.The training is slated for December. I intend using the services of Professionals in ICT.
      We must do all we can to build our community.
      Thank you Mr.Strive.

  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Di Hoza writes,

    Boss I guess launching Kwese Iflix, it is one of those times you had have to sit and wait

    My reply,
    Excellent observation!
    I deliberately held back until the eve of the World Cup tournament,even though it had been under development for more than 2 years.
    The result simple:
    In that one month of the World Cup millions of people downloaded the App, and it is well on its way to being the biggest TV platform [by subscriber numbers] in Africa!
    Timing, timing!

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Cape To Dakar:
    This fibre connection will run from Cape to Zimbabwe, Zambia, DRC, Angola, Congo B, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal.
    The toughest part is the link crossing from Lubumbashi to Kinshasa. It is now in place.
    I want to see this link completed before the end of 2020.

    Port Sudan to Douala
    This will run from Sudan to Chad, then turn south to Douala in Cameroon.
    The toughest part is from Sudan to N’djamena. I will attend a Commissioning Ceremony in N’djamena and Khartoum next month!
    I have a desire to visit Douala, and hold a town hall meeting there to mark its completion, before the end of this year!

    #When this network is completed, it will create a million new jobs in Africa, within 10 years. This will be done by entrepreneurs on this platform, who understand the “season and the times”.

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Prince writes,

    I just knew deep within me that you were going to share the story of the exploits of these young girls.This you have done.Africa is proud of them.They deserve all the accolades.Your visit to their school will serve as a moral booster to them and their teachers. Thank you sir.

    My reply,
    What I’m going to do using the achievement of these young girls will blow your mind!
    This is the potential of the #AfricanGirlChild!

    I’m going to showcase them to the whole world.
    Remember we on this platform have declared war on misogyny [hatred, contempt, harassment, persecution, and demeaning of women].

  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    A friend of mine who is a renowned banker in his country was attending the funeral of a close relative who had raised him up as a child.
    A young man who saw him, and realized who he was, went up to him and immediately saw it as an opportunity to pitch for a small loan that he needed desperately for his entrepreneurial venture.
    Now if you were that young man, what would you have done?
    Keep your comments brief.

  9. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Guet writes,

    I was going through the list with the hope of seeing South Sudan. But it seems like African Countries would get connected and South Sudan will be in total isolation.

    My reply,
    “Cry the beloved country”!
    We are all praying that the most recent peace accord will hold and the country will return to the needs of its people rather than the needs of its leaders.
    Connecting South Sudan to the One Africa Broadband Network, is really quite simple because we are already in the neighboring countries. We can easily connect from Uganda all the way to Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. It does not cost the country anything. We pay for everything.
    The problem is that we need to ensure the security of those people who will build the network, as well as those who will look after it.

  10. Stephen Kamugasa

    In respect to your recent post, ‘Timing is the wisdom of the hunt,’ I agree with pretty much what you say. However, I would add ‘luck’ to the equation. For you can put every stitch of canvass on when the wind blows, but you cannot make the wind blow. A little luck can therefore be decisive. But, luck on its own is of no use whatsoever – without the qualities you mention.


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