Updated: Oct 4, 2019
In May 2019, I had the remarkable pleasure of meeting brothers Mordecai (27) and Michael (26), and their business partner and friend Moses (29). Mordecai is husband to beautiful Nompumelelo and dad to a 7 year old daughter, while Moses and his pretty wife, Mahlatsi, have two children, a boy and a girl. Michael who is engaged to beautiful Cherise had a desire to pursue an architectural career, when he was not accepted at university to follow his career goals, in spite of his excellent matric results, he joined hands with his brother, Mordecai, whose only dream was to make money - lots of it, and Moses joined them as well.
These three big idealists were in the same high school together before they ventured into business. They have been in business for many years, started up so many companies and losing so much money in the process, that it is amazing that the hunger they have for success and business has not died out after all the many hiccups they have encountered along the way. They have had to start over many times but have kept at it. You cannot curl up in a foetal position and give up if things don’t seem to work out. Fear will scare you into forgetting about your dream. But vision, drive, and stubbornness will keep you pushing again and again. Things will not always work out how we expect them to, but they always work out nevertheless.
These three guys had to start afresh when they fell into the logistics field. It was in the logistics arena where they felt that they wanted to grow so they started Iqiniso Business Solutions, a company that provides logistics solutions and training for up and coming entrepreneurs. Their persistence and determination left me in awe. Their character is truly to be commended. They believe in running their business with honesty and integrity and they have so much gratitude and are thankful for the doors that were shut in their faces, for had the doors not shut, they would not have worked this hard to grow like they did.
I was left starry-eyed and bushy-tailed when we parted. For about an hour or two after our meeting, I was still so speechless, I couldn’t get them out of my mind, they had hugely impacted my life and I knew I was not going to be the same after that meeting, there was just no way I was going to remain the same. I had learned a valuable lesson that Tracy Turnblad’s father taught her in the movie “Hairspray”, that you have to think big to be big. These three were a living example of people who think big. Their thinking process is so elevated it is no wonder they have such tenacity in business.
I learned from Mordecai, Michael and Moses that passion only will not sustain your business, but optimism, honesty, tenacity and hard work are all required for a successful business. Success is not an overnight thing. It takes work, long hours of planning, trying again when doors are shut, realizing that there might be another entrance.
Let me tell you, failure should not be the end of your dream, if anything it should light up more fire in you to want to succeed. I am reminded of a story of Walt Disney who, I read, dropped out of school to join the army but was rejected because he was underage, then joined the Red Cross and became an ambulance driver. He was later fired by a newspaper for not being creative enough. He came across animation as an interesting field of work, learnt animation by reading books and experimenting with a borrowed camera, soon he opened his animation business. According to an article by The Entrepreneur.com dated 31 August 2015, his Mickey Mouse cartoons were rejected because they were deemed to be “too scary for women.” To add salt to an already bleeding wound, “The Three Little Pigs” was also turned down because it only had four characters. Giving up was not a choice for him, his desire to succeed was too big.
I must add that his business started during the great depression, which was the longest and the most severe economic slump ever experienced by North America, Europe and the industrialized Western world which began in 1929 and lasted until around 1939. He wanted to bring joy and happiness to a depressed world.
You have so much potential to be anything you want to be. Potential is dormant ability, power that has not been used, untapped strength, hidden talent, all you can be, all you can do, all you can accomplish, all you can achieve, but have not yet done. Don’t allow disappointments and failure to dictate the ending of your dream. Work hard on your dreams. Keep trying. If you fail, try again. You will finally fall into something that will finally work, like Mordecai, Michael and Moses who fell into the logistics arena from construction, and Walt Disney who just happened to come across animation as an interesting field of work and ultimately owned it. You too will make it and you will own your field.
Thought: Genesis 1:28 – “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” NKJV