11 Secrets to Success I Draw from Mark Zuckerberg

We all dare to be different but at times we fall to the trap of not asking those who have made it how they did it. Through my research about the success stories of young entrepreneurs who are game changers i first had to go through the story of the Social Networker, Mark Zuckerberg, the Co-founder of Facebook and below are some of the success secrets i took and believe every entrepreneur can modify them to reach their destiny.

1) Have A Dream~ According to Napoleon Hill, “Desire is the starting point of all achievements.” What do you want to from life? Where do you want to be in 10 years time? The dream of Mark was to cut all the distance barriers that may hinder communication between individuals by creating a system were people can share and update what they will be doing thereby creating an open and connected world.

2) Think Big ~ Humans limit themselves to only what they can see, Mark’s secret weapon was that he saw beyond the normal scope. Whilst his friends saw Facebook as a college project, he saw it as a worldwide project that would change the way people communicate. Value terms, his friends saw it as a million dollar project but however in the eyes of Mark, it was a billion dollar projects (Billionaire mindset a topic for another day.) Mark turned down $1 billion from Yahoo! in 2006 but however Mark just believed the value of Facebook was more than that offer and thus as an entrepreneur you should not just accept all offers that come on the table, know your value and that of your start-up in a bigger scope thus why in total Mark managed to turn down 11 offers for Facebook.

3) Start Small ~ Instead of waiting for million dollar startup capital from venture capitalists, Mark was able to start The Facebook from his dormitory room with little capital and today he is the youngest billionaire in the world.

4) Believe in Yourself ~ Self belief is a pre-requisite of any successful venture, unless if you believe in yourself you will not be able to fully realize and utilize your potential effectively and efficiently. Never believe that to startup a business you have to trust in someone, lay it all down to yourself because if you don’t do it, who will do it for you. Just as you are in charge of controlling your vision and dream, you have to believe that you will accomplish it all. Mark believed in his potential thus why he had the guts to turn down offers from major companies like Microsoft and Yahoo.

5) Follow your passion ~ Mark from his childhood was a programming enthusiastic and he sticked to it. At the age of 12 he programmed an instant messaging app “zucknet which was used by his dad in his dental practice.” Mark broke lots of rules and eventually dropped out of college as to sustain his dream and that single sacrifice makes him standout as one of the richest college dropouts. Results may not show in your venture a year or two after you have started, only if you are passionate about it, you dream big and in yourself things will change.

6) Be prepared for criticism ~ Mark never accepts criticism to affect him personally. His major wish was that nobody made a film about him while he was still alive but am sorry Mark someone already did come up with one; The Social Network. Criticism is a necessity to attack and pull you down instead be prepared to drop it and step on it to reach greater heights. In the face of many lawsuits against all the updates Mark made to The Facebook, he still keeps going and he never allows such situations determine his next move.

7) Be Diligent ~ No man gets to the top with both hands in his pocket ” Proverbs 12:11 ESV Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” No man has ever become rich in this life even in the bible by folding his hands, you gotta be a hard-worker.

8) Don’t be afraid to compete with the greats ~ Mark wanted Facebook to be the hottest site in the internet and his main competition came from Google, the search engine. However he was not able to take it head-on but with courage he managed to be a risk taker thus he went for the ambitious shot and Google feeling the heat, it once did make some offers to purchase Facebook.

9) Be Focused ~ Mark focused about fulfilling Facebook’s mission i.e. making the world open thus how he managed to withstand Google. As an entrepreneur you have to concentrate your energy, thoughts and capital on one goal so as to maximize results. Diversified efforts yield minimum results. Mark focused on Facebook and it was facebook alone thus he managed to produce the goals.

10) Learn to take risk ~ From Mark we draw a lot of risky missions that he took, by dropping out of college, being able to face and compete with google and starting a big project which was doomed to fail due to lack of capital were some of the many situations that mark was involved in. Unlike many start-up founders, Mark is not regretting of the risks he didn’t take because he was able to withstand most of them.

11) Stick to the process ~ Facebook was not built in one day nor was it in a month. Mark did not come out as a billionaire overnight but he worked all this out over a long period of time and still today he is still on it “F.O.C.U.S – Follow One Course Until Successful” – Robert Kiyosaki

The success of Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t extra ordinary, it has nothing to do with luck. Its all about passion, focus, being a risk taker whilst sticking to the process and chasing your dream. Your too can become a billionaire one day but for today you can ask yourself these simple questions:

  • Whats your dream?
  • Whats required to start that dream of yours?
  • Are you passionate about it?
  • Whats the processes involved?
  • Go Get It!!!

Are these problems inherent in us individuals or nah?

akp1Growing up i always asked myself why does it seem like all the people that i meet always look the same, do the same things and query about the same items, but, i then realised that we do not easily accept and adopt to change. Below are the 10 myths that i found to be pulling away the rise of African youths to greater heights.

1) We don’t believe in ourselves- We look down upon our abilities and we always believe that someone from the first world countries should lead us in everything

2) We fear to experiment- we got some very great ideas but our minds are corrupted with poor mindsets which just makes us query about having a shortage of resources. Unless we take pride in what we have and we become innovative around it for example we got the land, why can’t we be the leading continent in Agricultural inventions and experiments.

3) We are not original- We fake most of our things, we always good at adopting other people’s technologies, cultures, dress etc and try to force it into our own system. We got to define who we are through the way we do things.

4) We are fast to blame others for our failures but  we don’t come up with solutions to solve the problem that easy- thus a follower mindset not adaptive to creative thinking.

5) We wait and depend on others to do things for us.

6) We believe leaderships in all forms is for the grown ups and more experienced.

7) We believe education is all that an individual requires to make it in life.

8) We don’t easily share our personal stories

9) We mainly focus on the now not the future.

10) We focus more on things that don’t really matter.


The 4 Attributes of Goal-Oriented People

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My Road to Freedom

Did you know that people who live a goal-oriented life do things in a different manner? Unlike ‘normal’ people, they are truly passionate about what they are doing and they will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals because they want them bad. They want them so bad that they can’t sleep at night until they achieve them.

Imagine that you are a teenage boy or a girl. You have met your first love and you want him or her so bad. If your mom or dad told you that you can’t leave the house, what would you do if you really wanted to see your sweetheart? Would you sneak out at night? Would you climb out the window and slip away? You would do whatever it takes, right?

That’s exactly the way goal-oriented people do things!

Whether you identify or agree with this example or not, it remains…

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Marula Jelly

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The Slowvelder

As promised here is the recipe for Marula Jelly that I made this weekend.

Marula jelly is routinely served with any type of venison, but can be used with all types of meat.  It is delicious with cheese and biscuits or just on a slice of toast for breakfast.  It has a subtle flavour slightly reminiscent of honey.

  • Collect your marula fruit, wash them and cut or pierce the skins. Place in a large pot and cover the fruit with water and boil for 15-20 minutes.  Tip: It’s good to include some green fruit as they contain more pectin.

  • Strain the contents of the pot through a cloth (muslin or cheesecloth are good but I guess any type of clean cloth would do) and retain the water/juice

At this stage the juice looks just like fresh orange juice.

  • Wash out your pot, measure your juice and pour it back…

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Tehn Diamond: Like An Open Diary Interview with True African Woman Magazine

The past year or two, Hip hop in Zim just hasn’t been the same with Tehn having declared who the new king of the roost is. Why he took his sweet time coming we just wonder, because clearly he was born for this. Happy and Grown up Kid are amongst our personal favourites and we know the numbers still make you go crazy as wellJ. So we caught up with the brother last week and this is what he had to say:
TAW: FIRST THINGS FIRST, WHO IS TEHN DIAMOND?
            I’m just a young Zimbabwean with a dream and the courage to chase it.TALK ABOUT HUMILITY, WE COULD COME UP WITH A WHOLE LOTTA WORDS TO DESCRIBE HIM!!!
TAW: WHAT AND WHO IS FEW KINGS?
            It’s a hip hop group made up of myself, JBrown and Take Fizzo.

TAW: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH ‘TEHN DIAMOND’
            My given name is Tendai. When I first started, my stage name was Diamond and my friends started calling me Tendai Diamond and then when I decided to go professional, Tehn Diamond was born. EISH! HOW MANY OF YOU COULD SPICE UP YOUR NAMES LIKE THAT!!?
TAW: APPARENTLY YOU ARE ALSO KNOWN AS HAPPY SMURF. WHY?
            I don’t know, I just started calling myself Happy Smurf. A lot of my stuff is online, so for my online persona I decided on Happy Smurf. HE COULDN’T HAVE DECIDED ON A MORE APT NAME – DUDE IS ALWAYS SMILING! WE FIGURE HE KNOWS HIS SMILE’S GOT MAGIC ON THE LADIES!!!
TAW: HOW DID YOUR MUSIC CAREER START?
             It was end of 2008 when I came back from Australia having dropped out of studying finance. So I had no degree, but a mixtape. A friend of mine who had a club in Singapore invited me there and I was there for 10 months. I had a ball, with my face on the billboards and everything and they loved my music. TALK ABOUT HAVING THE REAL DEAL!
TAW: SO HOW DOES ONE GO FROM A FINANCE STUDENT TO A HIP HOP ARTIST?
            I’ve always loved music. Finance wasn’t my thing. I’ll probably finish the degree though, just for my mom, coz I always say it’s her degree, so I’ll finish it and hand her the certificate. NCOOOOH ISN’T THAT SO SHWEET? IF ALL SONS WERE LIKE TEHN!
TAW: SO HOW DID YOUR FAMILY TAKE IT?
             They are still taking it. (HE LAUGHS) LOL, NAUGHTY NAUGHTY.
TAW: WE REMEMBER YOU PERFORMED AT ONE OF THIS YEAR’S BBA’S EVICTION SHOWS. HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE?
            It was incredible, I was so nervous. It was like a flash, one minute I’m on stage, the next I’m off and then there’s all this hype. I barely savoured the moment.TOO BAD EY, WE REMEMBER IT LIKE YESTERDAY, AND YOU WOULD NEVER GUESS HE WAS NERVOUS, DUDE WAS ON FIRE!!!
TAW: COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE BB HOUSE AS A HOUSEMATE?
            Never ever!!! No! I can’t be on camera 24hrs!  I KNOW A LOTTA LADIES WHO’D LOVE TO SEE HIM 24HRS ON AND OFF CAMERA kkk!!!
TAW: SO WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO BESIDES RAP, SING AND WRITE SONGS?
            I’m an entreprenure, I got my own hustles. Right now trying to be a mushroom farmer. THAT PIC JUST ISN’T COMING – TEHN IN THE FIELD? LOL, NOO!!!
TAW: WE’VE NOTICED YOU OFTEN HAVE INTERESTING FASHION ON-STAGE. CARE TO COMMENT?
            My stage fashion has been evolving for a number of years. It was at BBA that I decided I wanted people, especially the kids to see Africa when I’m rappin and not a cap and chains – but the true Africa. J AND TRUE AFRICAN WOMAN TOTALLY APPRECIATES!!!
TAW: AND YOU’VE JUST RELEASED A NEW ALBUM WITH FEW KINGS – THE FEELING AINT FAIR. TELL US ABOUT THAT.
            It’s like an open diary about my experiences with my brothers Brizzy and Take Fizzo. And it’s titled so because it depends on whom you are and you could be like eish! Tozvidawo, it aint fair. LOL
TAW: SO WHO IS THAT SPECIAL WOMAN IN TEHN’S LIFE?
            A number actually. (AND HE PUTS ON A SINISTER SMILE) my mom and my three sisters (FELOW GOT JOKES) and of course my girlfriend. She keeps me centred, stable and focused. NCOOOOH WE COULDN’T BE JELOUS EVEN IF WE WANTED TO!!!
TAW: RANDOM QUESTION, IF YOU COULD DATE ANY AFRICAN ARTIST, WHO WOULD IT BE?
            Does it have to be an artist? (WHOA HE ACTUALLY HAS A CRUSH!!!? NO IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE AN ARTIST.)  Boitumelo!!! She’s my African celebrity crush! KKK OH OH TEHN’S GIRLFY BETTER WATCH OUT HERE LOL.

Introduction

Am basically a proud zimbo who got much love for this great nation trying to express how i feel within the different spheres of social, entertainment, sporting and other issues btw I aint dat political lol.

It takes great minds and amble time to build a nation but poor minds can easily make everything worse off with a blink of an eye