WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU A STRONGER ENTREPRENEUR?
We live in a world where we are constantly told that nothing is easy and that when life takes us through tough and challenging moments, we should never discourage because at the end of the tunnel, there is always light.
But what we are not always told is the length of that tunnel. We are also not told that not everybody has the resources to go through that tunnel. Some break down right at the beginning of hardship, others at the middle because they fail to see the end. But the majority breaks down just almost at the finishing line because instead of fixing their eyes on the end result, they rather waste their time and energy reviewing the journey and wondering if the journey is worth the hassle.
Hold on my friend, you are almost there...don’t give up yet. In my personal and professional lives, I have almost given up on many aspects but somehow, thanks to the supportive people around me, I am still hanging on. The straw that broke the camel’s back last time was when one of my production staff disappointed again and disappeared for a weekend in Kampala, at the eve of our printing deadline. A colleague and i had to drive around town all night searching for an emergency replacement as I cried, yelled, blamed myself for trusting again, (don’t be surprised...entrepreneurs cry when their emotions are tested)...I knew I could never get over this disappointment.
But after going through that hard experience, I learnt to do things differently. Rather than breaking down, I have grown stronger. I have learnt that in such challenging moments, your attitude toward circumstances and things outside your control are indicative of your ability to build a thriving business. If you have a negative or defeatist disposition, a “can’t do”, “that’s life”, “we are in Africa” attitudes or excuses, then you are right, you will not make it till the end of the tunnel.
Entrepreneurship requires a lot of determination and passion. And talking about passion, we are so excited to bring you this first issue of 2013. With new people joining our team with great ideas, we are extremely optimistic about this New Year.
You can check for instance on our new section targeted at the youth and the dynamic website with interesting articles every week. We are also happy to feature RwandAir as our first cover story of 2013...10 years of a dream come true. We feel extremely proud of their achievements and wish their team and passenger greater a milestone.
For now, sit, relax and enjoy the reading.