Get to know me better on my birthday!
Happy Birthday to me! What a roller-coaster of a life I have had, but if there is one thing, I have learnt is that no matter the fall, I will always find myself rocketing higher than ever before. I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, which is both settling and terrifying. The roller coaster is going, and there is no jumping off at this point.
In honour of my 47th chapter in life, I thought it’s time for you to get to know me a bit better. Here are 16 Q&As all about me and my life as a female Entrepreneur.
1) How do you generate a new idea or concept for the business?
I start by looking at research and getting a good understanding of current trends and potential future trends. I also look at the specific industry and sector of the service/product is in and find out if it is exceling or declining. I then create an overview of competitors/potential competitors. Looking at the profitability side of the business is key and also designing a unique selling point, one that will be different from the competitor
2) what other ways do you want to try and expand your business?
I want to be more global. I want to be available in Africa and more specifically I’m going to be doing a lot in West Africa. I also want to reach out to the Middle East, as a matter of fact, I have plans that have already kicked off there at the moment! I am extremely passionate about becoming global and reaching out to all continents.
3) What’s an important lesson you use in your day-to-day life?
“I’ve learned that in life, you have to not dwell on the past. I’m always someone who’s quite prayerful. I always have a daily routine of praying”
4) Have you ever wanted to give up? And if so, what kept you going?
“I’ve wanted to give up so many times, so many times. I think what’s kept me going is the fact that I always look back to say, well, you’ve already started this. I remind myself as to why I started just how far I’ve come. So, it’s up to me to just keep going. It’s always been the mindset of whatever you’re doing could just come to fruition. We might be 99% away from it. Just hold on and don’t give up”
5) What is a motto that has kept you going?
“There isn’t really any specific motto, to be honest, it’s just been about perseverance, resilience, and knowing your purpose in life. We’re all here for a purpose. I believe I’m here to make a difference to society, by supporting a lot of women in business, by being out there and by being that go to person. It’s not always about money, I give lots of free advice and free information and I love it”
6) Who is your favourite Dragon?
“My favourite dragon is definitely Peter Jones. I love his tenacity, his style and what he does. He’s unique, different and never gives up. He gives every business a chance and really tries to make them work.
7) What is your go to self-care action?
“Socialising with friends, working out, going for spas and getting massages. I love a relaxation break.
8) Are you more of a morning person or evening person?
“I’m actually both I don’t really have that feeling of “I hate mornings, I’ll be better in the evening” OR “it’s the evening, I can’t do anything”. I’m more of a mindset person, and so I’m quite flexible and versatile.
9) What is your favourite genre of music?
“It has to be R&B, Afro-beats and Reggae. That’s my favourite genre of music and old school Motown music from the 70s and 80s”
10) What book you would recommend anyone reading?
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and also Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill”
11) If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would that be?
“I wouldn’t change anything. To be honest, I think everything that has been put on the table for me has been fine, the good, the bad, the challenging and the rewards”
12) What were you doing at the age of 21?
“I had just had my son, who is now 26 and just gotten married! We were still exploring life”
13) What is your favourite part of your job?
“My favourite part of my job is meeting so many different people, speaking to them and hearing people’s successes and challenges of what they’ve done in their business. When they share with me their visions and seek advice, I love being able to give them the solutions and send them into the right direction”
14) Is there a quote that motivates you?
“Yes, definitely. It’s Michael Jordan ‘would rather die try and then not trying at all’”
15) What is one of your most embarrassing moments?
“One of my most embarrassing moments is one time I went on business trip and had a meeting. At the time I wasn’t used to wearing eye contacts and during my presentation one of them fell out! I couldn’t see properly. It was really embarrassing because I was trying to look at the screen but, I couldn’t see what was on the screen. And I was really trying to memorise what was written down. Six months later I got laser eye surgery and never looked back!”
16) What do you want to achieve in your new chapter 47?
“Chapter 47 is about good health, being able to just do what I’m doing now and expand that to others. This new chapter is about being grateful for having another year in my life. I think COVID-19 has been a life changing experience for everyone. A lot of people have lost loved ones, including myself, a lot of people that are lost with what’s going on in the world, so much heart ache, so much pain. So, I think for me, it’s just about being able to help people through this from a personal perspective. And also think from a business perspective just to support people’s vision and mission. Encouraging them and letting them know that they can do it. I want to let people know generally that they can do whatever they put their mind to. But at the end of the day, it’s up to them to make it happen”
I’m off to eat some cake and celebrate!
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