Think­ing and act­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle -

words let us be do­ers. Think then act on it with the zeal of some­one who isn’t go­ing to fail.

Of stupid and mo­ronic kings Twice upon a time, there were two kings who ruled two pros­per­ous sep­a­rate coun­tries and had the same chal­lenge. One day, he went on a trip to some dis­tant area of his coun­try. When he came back to his place, he com­plained that his feet were very painful, be­cause it was the first time that he had gone on such a long trip, and the road that he went through was very rough and stony. He then or­dered his peo­ple to cover ev­ery road in the en­tire coun­try with leather.

Surely, this would need thou­sands of cow skins, and would cost a huge amount of money. Then one of his wise ser­vants dared him­self to ask the king, “Why do you have to spend an un­nec­es­sary amount of money? Why don’t you just cut a lit­tle piece of leather to cover your feet?”

The king was sur­prised, but later agreed to his sug­ges­tion, to make a shoe for him­self.

The moral of the story is to make a bet­ter place to live one has to bet­ter change them­selves, and not the world. Knowl­edge is not mo­nop­o­lis­tic by virtue of po­si­tions at times con­sult widely for so­lu­tions. As long as we con­tinue to think that Zim­babwe has un­lim­ited re­sources that we use any­how mind­less of con­se­quences we will be shocked that even if we were to re­ceive $100 bil­lion from some where it will mag­i­cally dis­ap­pear with­out hav­ing achieved any­thing mean­ing­ful at all. It will just be a con­duit to a bot­tom­less pit just wait­ing to swal­low any­thing that comes again.

There is also a cul­ture of jeal­ous, which has af­fected our way of do­ing busi­ness and at times it boils down to in­di­vid­ual traits. Surely how do you ex­plain to wish bad for other play­ers/in­di­vid­u­als to bet­ter your chances of com­pet­ing in the busi­ness arena. Many fo­cus on the com­pe­ti­tion in­stead of im­prov­ing their own win­ning com­pe­ten­cies. No won­der com­pa­nies are fair­ing badly both lo­cally and abroad. I can imag­ine such ten­den­cies be­ing ex­hib­ited at work or per­sonal lev­els. This an­tiop­po­nent tac­tics would not work if we are to move a notch up the busi­ness lad­der. We do not seem to be pa­tri­otic when it mat­ters the most re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal in­cli­na­tion. We might dif­fer in po­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies but we are Zim­bab­weans and we have to con­verge on eco­nom­ics. As the in­fa­mous Bill Clin­ton once said: “It’s not pol­i­tics, it’s eco­nom­ics stupid”. It’s not about you it’s about us.

The abil­ity to at­tract funds is also based on per­cep­tion on the fun­ders on the re­spec­tive coun­try. The above self-cre­ated lim­i­ta­tions have also dis­counted the abil­ity to court

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