Finding content on the internet from authoritative people is difficult. Those that we’d love to hear from either haven’t caught on to the internet or just don’t have the time. However, there is one person who delightfully takes his time to chronicle his experiences and share with us tips on how to perfect the art of entrepreneurship.
Strive Masiyiwa, Zimbabwe’s greatest telecoms entrepreneur thus far, takes his time and effort to share entrepreneurship tips on his Facebook page (he may do it elsewhere as well, I wouldn’t know). He’s shared a lot of stuff there to the effect that he’s made a number of key announcements, as well as updates that show how he/Econet are thinking.
Early March 2017 however, he decided to take finger to keypad (is that the correct replacement for ‘pen to paper’?) and send out a ‘Game Changer’ tip of how to be a better entrepreneur.
The opening few paragraphs were what stood out for me:
There is a story told in the legend of modern business about a young man who liked reading books. He would order books by mail order, but being a very avid reader he found that it took too long for the books to arrive. So what did he do? He sat down and designed a new way to get books delivered in the shortest time possible.
His process for ordering and delivering books has turned him into one of the richest people in the world. That young man is Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and he’s now worth over $50bn. – Strive Masiyiwa facebook Page
Now I’m the type of person who quickly shuts down when I hear/read BS. Being one who likes to follow the genesis of successful people and their businesses, I’ve had a read of Amazon and how it started. Strive sets out to paint a picture of a guy, Jeff Bezos, who was frustrated with a problem of getting books through ‘mail order’ and opted to find a solution, with that solution now making him a billionaire.
This version of facts (#AlternativeFacts?) can’t seem to be collaborated on the internet, even in videos that Jeff himself has come on stage and spoken.
I don’t know, Strive is the kind of guy who can get a one on one with Jeff Bezos and get it from the horse’s mouth.
For those who’ll rush to call me a hater, I’ve posted the version that we all know, before we saw Strive’s…
If anyone can find Strive’s version of the founding of Amazon please do indulge us in the comments. I’ll be too happy to learn it.
Strive Masiyiwa (born 1961) is an entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of global telecommunications group, Econet Wireless International. In 2002, Masiyiwa was named to the Time Magazine List of Most Influential People, and in March 2014, he was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. He is one of Africa’s most influential figures, and a champion for the power of technology to improve people's lives. Read More