The Lion and the Ranger (Part 5)

__Is the greatest opportunity in your life right in front of you?

There is a story told about a village near a game park which suffered from problems of elephants eating their maize (corn) crop. Every year they complained bitterly to have the elephants removed.

Then one year an unusual tourist came to their village. This man was interested in collecting beetles, but not just any kind of beetle. This particular species laid its eggs in elephant droppings and was extremely rare.

__It was so rare that he was willing to pay the villagers a lot of money if they could help collect samples for him and ship dead beetles to him.

The villagers were totally astonished at how much money they could make. One dead beetle was worth more than an entire harvest of maize.

If you are an entrepreneur, this story will change your entire mindset. In fact you are going to be a millionaire if you grasp its lesson.

The greatest opportunity of your life is in front of you; others call it a problem!

What entrepreneurial lessons did you glean from this story?

Why don’t you write a one liner: # My entrepreneurial lesson today is…

(The more original the better but if you have to copy what someone else says, it’s ok too. Better a fast follower!) I will “like” some of them.

To be continued. . .


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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.

14 thoughts on “The Lion and the Ranger (Part 5)

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    This week I went to Chicago to participate in the launch of President Obama’s foundation.
    It was an amazing two day event, and I met lots of young African leaders, including entrepreneurs.

    There were also a lot of philanthropists from around the world:
    My friend Aliko Dangote was also there. We discussed our various initiatives to help young African entrepreneurs. We also agreed that we will soon do a joint Town Hall discussion which will be broadcast live.
    We just need to agree on the dates when we are both available but it will be very soon!

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    A young man who had just been to Kigali Rwanda was astounded by how clean the city is:
    “I have never seen such a clean city in Africa, like Kigali. Back home in my country we have rubbish everywhere.”
    Having listened to him, I said:
    “I agree with you that Kigali is very beautiful and clean. It’s amazing what they have done.”
    Then I added:
    “And about your own city back in your country, I think you have a fantastic opportunity [for yourself] as an entrepreneur. Go for it before someone else takes it!”

    Waste Management is one of the biggest industries in the world. Some of the biggest companies in this multi billion dollar industry are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, London, Paris. Can you name some?

    There is a “more excellent way”, which is to start cleaning your city or town, even for nothing!
    I know a guy who organized cleaning for just his street, and soon others followed his example.

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Gwun writes,

    Mentor, may i use this opportunity to say that i just secured the copyright to an Household app that i am developing for reporting and responding to Hydrocarbon/Oil spillages, emergencies and crimes in the world, the app transmits maps, reports pictures and videos, etc, and has geofencing and tracking features, she would be customized to states and provinces across Africa first, before other parts of the world, i am looking at inviting You to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, during the launch ,in early 2018, and this is to solve the problems of oil spillages in the Niger Delta, etc

    My reply,
    Well done!
    I have seen the problem you are trying to address, and I salute you.
    Sometime next year, I will definitely try and come to Port Harcourt. Hopefully my staff will remind me to visit you, even if I cannot come for the opening.

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Mat writes,

    Man of his words but you also promised us 4× Fox and religious channels.welcome Kwese family channel.Liberia viewers welcome to the home of innovative n technology.

    My reply,
    That is true Mat, we were supposed to launch the 4xFox Channels this week. Unfortunately there was a technical hitch in France where we are supposed to pick up their signal. I’m told they are working on it, and it should be done before the end of next week.
    The three religious channels are now up.
    Other channels that have also be concluded for launch and are in test include: E!, HITS, NHK.
    National broadcasters are also being deployed this month.

  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Whether it is driverless cars, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Drones; or indeed any other development, this is what is important for you:
    # Think and ACT as an entrepreneur!
    I showed you exactly what I did in a similar situation on the dawn of mobile phones, which was a new development in my own generation!
    #Move now! Don’t wait to see what others do first, because the ones who move first are the ones who will get the greatest benefit!

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Think and Act like an entrepreneur!

    Remember what I did when I learnt that an African guy in Zaire (DRC) was working on mobile phones?
    #I acted:
    I went to see it, then I went home to do the same!
    Do you think I was the first person to know about it?
    Certainly not!
    I acted! That is the difference between me and all those others…nothing happens if you don’t act!

    None of this means anything to you, if you are not prepared to ACT!
    Don’t start thinking about all the obstacles you might encounter. Entrepreneurs don’t do that!
    Do you know the words to this song?
    “God will show me the way, where there seems to be no way….”. You have no idea how often I would sing it!
    #Your turn.

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    When our business was very small, we could not afford to send more than 1 person to industry trade shows. It is very, very important to attend your industry’s trade shows.
    In those days there was no Internet. I sent one guy with the instruction to bring a brochure from every stand he visited. I did not go.
    After reading the brochures, one caught my attention. I called them, and they agreed to see me. I was on the plane that same day. 24 hrs later I was back with a signed contract. We made a tonne of money with that innovation!
    The company which was from France, had a stand at the Expo which took place in SA. Thousands of people attended. One guy who did not attend, “SAW” and “ACTED”.

    #Think and ACT…like an entrepreneur!

  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    BREAKING NEWS: Kwesé Inc Africa Entrepreneur town halls schedule for next week
    I promised to do more town halls, and bring special guests. Next week will be an exciting one, with three town halls lined up and featuring some of Africa’s most amazing entrepreneurs!

    # Abuja, Nigeria Town Hall
    (Finalists for the $100,000 #GoGettaz competition will be announced here, so make sure you tune in to find out!)
    Sunday 12 November, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm (Nigeria time)
    NAF Convention Centre (also on Facebook Live)
    Special Guest: Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors
    Register NOW:

    # Accra, Ghana Town Hall (part of Bloomberg conference)
    Monday 13 November, 10:40 am to 12:40 pm (Ghana time – ONLY on Facebook Live)
    Special Guest: Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media

    # Dakar, Senegal Town Hall
    Tuesday, 14 November, 4:00pm to 6:00pm (Senegal time)
    King Fahd Hotel (also on Facebook Live)
    Special Guests:
    Dikembe Mutombo, Former NBA All-Star and Founder of Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
    Amadou Fall, Managing Director for NBA Africa
    Register NOW:


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