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Many peo­ple be­come en­trepreneurs be­cause they want to take charge of their fi­nan­cial fu­ture and en­joy the free­dom en­trepreneur­ship can pro­vide. Sibu­siso Ma­gag­ula is one of the great­est young en­trepreneurs in South Africa who have made it big in the in­dus­try. His pas­sion for his busi­ness caught our at­ten­tion and we are glad to have con­tacted him for a lit­tle in­ter­view.

What is your main weapon to mak­ing sure that you achieve your dream/goal es­pe­cially in the suc­ces­sion of your busi­ness?

“I’m very pas­sion­ate on what I’m do­ing, and that in­flu­ences my com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and fo­cus to what I’m do­ing. I’m not only do­ing what I do to put bread on the ta­ble, but I’m leav­ing my dream, I’m ful­fill­ing my Vi­sion, and I’m com­mit­ted to my pas­sions. Suc­cess just comes by de­fault.”

If you could give an ad­vice to the 18 year old you, what would you say? Take your­self back to those days.

“When I was 18, I dreamt busi­ness, I lived my life in small busi­ness ven­tures, I as­so­ci­ated my­self with busi­ness men, and ev­ery­one saw the drive in me. To an 18 year old that’s ready to make choices of Life paths, they should fol­low what they’re pas­sion­ate about, so they can ded­i­cate their all into it, ded­i­cate their lives into it, so they won’t even rate suc­cess by what their peers see as suc­cess, but just a step for­ward to­wards an even big­ger vi­sion they’d pos­sess in their heart. Be it in a work­place, busi­ness or any other form of ca­reer path.”

Tell us about steal­ing your pre­cious time.

“Con­sid­er­ing all in­volve­ments I’m in to­day, Time is of great essence in my life, it’s to­tally ded­i­cated to my vi­sions and dreams, I my­self have to steal that time to fo­cus on me or any other things. I have to steal that time to ded­i­cate to my fam­ily, friends, ac­quain­tances, or any other so­cial in­volve­ments. My pas­sions oc­cupy only 24 hours of my day, to be man­aged, ful­filled, and lived upon. The rest of my time, is stolen time”

Quot­ing from a Face­book post you posted on the 23rdof Jan­uary this year, “My life did not give me what I wanted, and it gave me what I worked for”. This is a very short pow­er­ful say­ing and I be­lieve that it gave strength to many out there. Do you do men­tor­ship?

“I do have var­i­ous men­tor­ing cam­paigns that I run, men­tor­ship pro­grams that are al­ready in place even through the Mag­gzz Foun­da­tion that helps small on estab­lish­ment of small busi­nesses. From busi­ness iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments, fund­ing, un­til the suc­cess­ful run­ning of the busi­ness. We ren­der work­shops which are merely ques­tions and an­swers for new busi­ness as­so­ciates who lay down their strug­gles, chal­lenges and ob­sta­cles

on busi­ness and we find so­lu­tions, guid­ance and the next steps to the suc­ces­sions thereof”.

What is the big­gest mis­take that most young peo­ple do when run­ning their own busi­nesses?

“En­trepreneur­ship is a life­style and not a tem­po­rary mea­sure. I’ve seen young peo­ple mak­ing huge mis­takes of run­ning busi­ness as a bread win­ning mech­a­nism, thus lim­it­ing growth, up-skilling, and re­sult­ing busi­ness col­laps­ing. When one ven­tures into busi­ness they ought to be crazy about this pas­sion

You've got to be CRAZY to be an en­tre­pre­neur!

1. You've got to be­lieve you'll make money month end, which of­ten you don't;

2. You've got to be­lieve that you'll com­pete with big com­pa­nies, which of­ten you can't;

3. You've got to be­lieve you can reach all your cus­tomers, which of­ten you won't;

4. You got to be­lieve you'll do all that cheaply, cost ef­fec­tively and with profit, which of­ten in the early days you prob­a­bly won't do.

If you don't be­lieve those four things you'll never suc­ceed as an en­tre­pre­neur!”

If you were to use a movie ti­tle to de­scribe Maggz Hold­ings, what would it be?

“Shewwwwww, I don’t watch movies much, but in in­vent­ing my own it’d have to be a ti­tle that de­ter­mines the be­gin­ning to cur­rent, since Mag­gzz Hold­ings was started from noth­ing con­sid­er­ing where it is to­day. “The Gen­e­sis of Omega”. The be­gin­ning of com­ple­tion.”

“YOU'VE GOT TO BE CRAZY TO BE AN EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR!”

What does be­ing obe­di­ent to the call of a dream mean to you?

“One would need to un­der­stand and be­lieve in a dream to be obe­di­ent to, be­cause that obe­di­ence will af­fect your life­style, your cir­cles In friends, fam­ily, and at times re­la­tion­ships. It’s a sub­mis­sion of your all to the dream”.

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