What’s your reason for getting up in the morning? Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help. Originating from a country with one of the world’s oldest populations, the idea is becoming popular outside of Japan as a way to live longer and better.Read More
“Not the strongest species survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most adaptable.” ~ Darwin.
Based on Darwin’s words, it seems that the species that survive over time are neither the strongest nor the most intelligent, but those which have the greatest capacity to adapt to change.Read More
Entrepreneurs face many challenges in today’s ultra-competitive business world; fortunately, contemporary times have also blessed entrepreneurs with more resources for tackling those problems than ever before. The following lists the challenges faced by entrepreneurs today, defines why each problem exists, and offers solutions so you can operate an efficient and successful business:Read More
3 Principles Every Entrepreneur Needs to know
By Sam Boghigian
When it comes to being an entrepreneur, there is often no “roadmap” or “blueprint” to get you exactly where you want to go, especially if you are just starting out. When I first began my entrepreneurial journey, I remember always trying to figure out what the “perfect” move was. I kept looking for the one thing that would make me massively successful right away. Instead, I learned that there is rarely one move that gets you where you want to be all at once. Most of the time, it’s a series of smaller steps that add up to your ultimate goal over time.Read More
Five short years ago, personal financial management training for employees was not even on the menu of most human resource professionals. Over time however, it has become clear that providing financial management skills to employees is not only beneficial for them, but also for the employer’s bottom line. It is also gradually being recognized that at a time when expensive employee benefits are being cut, financial education is a low cost, high impact benefit.Read More
What do participants on the Personal Financial Leadership Program say about their experience?
What are the benefits of participating in the Personal Financial Leadership Program?
This is what they said….
“Thank you, no one has ever broken down the reality of Personal Finances for me like this. I have learned a lot.”Read More
South Africa’s small business failure rate of almost 80% within the first three years means the average entrepreneur’s chance of starting a business, growing it and creating much-needed jobs is painfully slim. The trend is similar across most of Southern Africa.
I have spent the last three years focusing on the question of why small businesses fail and why certain entrepreneurs are more successful than others. There seems to be little or no research in Africa dealing with the actual entrepreneur, and why some succeed and others fail. Most of the research deals with the environment and the actual business.
What should be done to strengthen MSMEs?
We should strengthen MSMEs by strengthening the core… the actual entrepreneur. Having spoken to dozens of entrepreneurs, I have discovered that those who become successful share similar personal characteristics. Thus, it seems likely that about 40% of the success of small scale businesses depends on the actual entrepreneur.
What can we learn from this?
We should initiate a new approach to entrepreneurship development which involves the personal development of the actual entrepreneur, with the objective of transferring the skills required to succeed in business. Cash flow training is important, but so is entrepreneurship focused personal development, personal initiative programmes, and other personal skills.
Please contact Agnes on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information of our Personal Development Programme for entrepreneurs.
A recent study by consulting firm PwC found that 53% of full-time employed adults in the US are stressed about their finances, far ahead of their jobs (17%), personal relationships (15%) and health (14%).Read More
Household indebtedness in South Africa is currently at crisis levels. At least three-quarters of South African households admit to being under significant financial pressure. Only 23% of South Africans have any money left at the end of the month – with the other 77% left flat broke at the end of the month, with no hope of saving any money. Read More