How They Blew It: The art of money

More often when entrepreneurs succeed, they tend to develop expensive habits which they never had before they were successful. Suddenly they have a penchant for expensive art collection, collection of expensive cars, collectors items, play expensive sport like polo and hunting. It is not the hobby or the expensive nature of the hobby that is…

How They Blew It: Being in denial

In many ways, the characteristics required to become an entrepreneur can end up pushing people over the edge. In the beginning, entrepreneurship can be a very lonely journey and in such instances entrepreneurs have to take themselves very seriously and give themselves an air of credibility. They become very good actors. It is a fine…

How They Blew It: All that glitters is not gold

The rise and fall of many entrepreneurs is all too common a story we have heard and seen repeatedly. Too many instant millioneers often called “new-money” entrepreneurs get to be the limelight. They hog newspaper headlines, they are seen at the A-List of top parties and events. The drive expensive cars, wear expensive designer clothes,…

How They Blew It: Not sticking to the knitting

Successful entrepreneurs have the vision to build great and sustainable businesses. When they start their businesses, they are focused. The difference between those who continue to be successful remain focused on what they are good at. Those who lose it are those who lose focus and venture into industries they know nothing about. Bill Gates…

How They Blew It: King Kong Ego

"Hard work, success, wealth, investments, fast cars, country houses, private jets, yachts, pretty wives. Debt, mounting worries, fear, court proceedings, death threats, bankruptcy, prison, suicide, solitary confinement. It is a very fine line. To succeed in business entrepreneurs require courage, they need to be able to take risks, they need a vision, and they must…

It’s Your Turn

They told you to get your CV in order, to punch your access card at the entrance, to fit in, and to follow instructions. They told you to swallow your pride, not to follow your dream. They promised you a nice salary and prizes and possibly riches if you would just suck it up and be…

The Writer Files: Abishai Moagi

The Writer Files is an online interview I conduct with various writers about their books and their writing styles. It is a form of getting to know the writer, his writing style and to tell his/her story. The Writer Files will be featured on my blog (rochemamabolo.wordpress.com) occasionally featuring various writers. The answers to the…

Change the people who matter

Marketing is about change, changing people's actions, perceptions or the conversation. Successful change is almost always specific, not general. You don't have a chance to make mass change, but you can make focused change. The masses don't ignite and bring change. Change comes for the innovators and early adopters, not the masses.  The masses simply…

Quiet Confidence: Don’t put others down

We live in a world that assumes that in order for me to win, someone else must lose. Certain people misguidedly think that power comes from putting others down. People who put others down are doing it because of something lacking within themselves, not because of something lacking in the other person. Jim Collins in…

Quiet Confidence: Duck the spotlight so it shines on others

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”― Nelson Mandela Truly confident people don't need the public glory and limelight to feel good about themselves, they know…

Quiet Confidence: Listen more than speak

Most people don't listen enough. They hear but they don't listen. Most people tend to treat conversation like a competitive sport, in which the person who says the most, makes the cleverest point, persuades others of an opinion, or even speaks the longest and loudest is the winner. Most people find themselves interrupting, speechifying, insisting,…