Passion Drives an Entrepreneur
If you have to be successful in this world, you have to follow your passion.In entrepreneurship you don’t necessarily have to be passionate about “what” you’re selling, you can be passionate about just starting a business or being self-employed. I just wanted to be an entrepreneur, I was passionate about succeeding, I wanted to be a successful business owner so the many things I engaged in were just means to this end.
Passion, Risk Taking & Economy
I learnt that a certain type of Motorbikes were cheap in Mozambique. I embarked on a journey on 13th March, 2011 via Chanida Border to Tete town which is about 400Kms into Mozambique. I surely found Motorbikes fetching much less there, I then got one. After some calculations I learnt that I could make a saving if I rode the Motorbike to Chanida Border instead of putting it in a truck or bus. Unfortunately, I did not know how to ride, so I requested one of the shop attendants to teach and ride me to a road leading to Zambia.
I observed him along the way, by the time we got to the road leading to Zambia I had become confident to risky learning and riding all the way back to Zambia. After fuelling and putting some backup petrol in a container, I embarked on a journey back home. Initially I had difficulties mastering gears but after about 50Kms, I had become a better rider and got excited knowing that my determination was paying off. Looking back I think it was just a crazy decision made by a 21 year old because how else can I explain one learning to ride a motorbike in a foreign country, no license, no experience, first time getting in that country with language barrier as they use Portuguese there.
Break down in the Middle of the Jungle.
Alas after covering 204Kms the bike broke in the middle of nowhere, oil leaked out and a certain engine cover had broken. I was really stuck passed 22hours, I had no mechanical idea on bikes for I had just learnt how to ride, no network and no homes or forms of civilization around the area. I pushed the bike on the side of the road and used the helmet as a pillow by the roadside grass with no covering, no food and no means of contacting any human being except hoping for any vehicle to come to my rescue.
As I lay on the grass with my head on the helmet gazing in the dark sky surrounded by jungle horror movie kind of sounds, inwardly I had so much peace because my passion for business was by far outweighing the hardship and worry I was subjected to. When I realized that no vehicle was stopping to my rescue, I decided to start pushing the Motorbike as I walked back to Zambia. Just after midnight a bus stopped by to give me a lift. What surprised me was the hastiness they loaded my bike with, like people who are robbing a bank.
The words the driver said as we started off are still vivid in my mind, he said “Young boy you should always be praising your God for sustaining your life, as you can see there are no habitants in this stretch of over 100Kms because of wild animals.” He continued saying “There are lions, leopards, hyenas, snakes and many other dangerous wild animals, you could have been eaten up without trace.”
Do You Have Passion for Entrepreneurship?
Looking back I think I was just passionate about entrepreneurship to the point of risking my life, and I don’t regret every bit I went through. People that have made a significant difference and mark in this world are people who pursued their passions whole heartedly. Do an introspection today, you have to identify and know your passion otherwise your life will just be an ordinary one. Passion is priceless.