Friends & Friction: Will you make the leap to greatness?

Siya Kolisi and Aphiwe Dyantyi. Picture: Supplied/ Getty Images
Siya Kolisi and Aphiwe Dyantyi. Picture: Supplied/ Getty Images

Siya Kolisi and the rest of the Springbok world-beating team have proven once and for all that the top spot in the world is not the preserve of First World countries.

In his world-acclaimed book called Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don’t, author, consultant and lecturer Jim Collins says people should ask themselves three questions: What are you deeply passionate about? What can you be the best at in the world? What drives your economic engine?

Siya has axiomatically proven to us and the world that every businessperson, no matter how humble his or her beginnings may have been, has the potential to be a world-beater.

In any group of people, there will be doubters who revel in the snobbery of failure. Don’t ignore them; they are like weeds on the ground, incredibly irritating but with a role to play. They provide the necessary resistance for flight.

When mistakes and misfortunes rain on your parade and doubters abound, celebrating their warped wisdom, only your passion for what you do will carry you through.

Read: ‘SA enabled Siya Kolisi to realise his dream’ – Ramaphosa

There will be times when your mind wanders, distracted by mounting debt; your body will fail, crumbling under the stress caused by deriding friends and celebrating enemies.

There will also be times when you ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing, but again at the crack of dawn you will find yourself breaking through the frost chasing your dream.

Let us never be fooled by the consultants who tell us there can be success without hard work. And may we always remember that scars say much more than tattoos.

Doubt is human, and sometimes you will have lots of it. It is the barrier that one must scale to make that leap. Those who fail to do so may be good, but will never be great.

You overcome doubt by trusting yourself, by knowing that your hard work will pay off when you are in the darkest alley, just as pay cheques arrive when employees are down and out. An equally important ingredient in overcoming doubt is respecting yourself by not lying to yourself. It is in holding yourself accountable and not blaming others for your failures, and understanding that success never comes on a platter.

Just as the wind, water and the sun will damage even the strongest buildings, tough times will erode an entrepreneur’s confidence. Buildings need maintenance, and so do passion and confidence. You have to learn new tricks in your business and update yourself with all the new developments.

The question of what you can be best at in the world refers to your talents. If you focus at what you are great at, you are more likely to succeed. The environment in which you nurture and exploit that talent is as vital as the soil, water and climate are to the seed.

If it is not conducive, move to a different place. If you want to be an avocado farmer but live in Johannesburg, then you should be prepared to move to a hot and humid climate where avocados can grow, and with the relevant infrastructure to correctly handle your produce from farm to fork.

In business you’ve got to fall in love with making money, that is the only way of keeping the score. When businesses have money, they are able to pay for all their community social investments. They’re able to fund bursaries, environmental projects and other societal needs.

When you have cultivated your love for making money, it becomes easier to not lose it and to save it.

To be the best in the world, you must believe that you are the best. Everything else is just execution.

Muzi Khuzwayo is the founder of Ignitive, an advertising agency


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