The biggest secrets for turning your small business into a big business ."When you get knocked down, get back up."

By Strive Masiyawa


Sometimes in life, you get knocked down by something you do not expect, despite all your advance planning and hard work. It can be heartbreaking. In London last week at the IAAF World Championships, a virus knocked several athletes out of their events. Some had trained for years and even decades for that big day, then didn't even get a chance to compete and lose... they had to watch from the sidelines, even worse!

A few athletes came back to win glorious Gold Medals after years of injuries. Others were expected to get the Gold in historic races but didn't, maybe getting "only" a Silver or Bronze... And then there's what happened in the last race of the great running legend Usain Bolt... who just literally got knocked to the ground by a hamstring cramp as I was starting to think about this next post.

Life when things like this happen can be heart-wrenching.

The choice of what you do next is what ultimately determines your destiny -- whether in business, in sport, or wherever you are or do in life.

Sometimes it's entirely out of your control, like an illness or injury, drought or earthquake, or even a war. Other times, it's you and you alone who made a wrong judgment call.

The late writer Maya Angelou once said something like this: "You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated."

# Never let yourself be defeated.

If you want the "thrill of victory" as the old saying goes from the Wide World of Sports, you have to be prepared to bounce back from the agony of defeat, time and again.

If you choose to turn your small business into a big business, one thing I can guarantee is that things will not always turn out like you planned, and things will definitely go wrong from time to time. You may lose for a short while or even for a long while, but...

# Never let yourself be defeated.

The main difference between most of the greatest characters in history and everyone else? The choices they made after they got knocked down.

Notice I keep saying the word "choose." Getting back up is a choice. "Course correcting" when you need to, is a choice. Giving up is a choice. Innovating is a choice. Remembering that your business must have a life separate from you, like we talked about a few weeks ago, that is a choice, too...

What do YOU think are main differences between a business destined to stay small and one that eventually grows huge? I can tell you one: Mindset.

__If you get knocked down, you must choose to get back up:

# Re-do your homework.
# Seek advice from credible and trusted people, and don't just listen to what you want to hear. 
# Reflect and re-analyze.
# Extract the valuable lessons learned.
# Dust yourself off, if you haven't already!
# Then move forward, onward and upward, this time with more wisdom and experience.

This is how you will transform your small business into an institution.

To be continued. . .



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Strive masiyiwa

Afterthought: If you watched the IAAF World Championships from London, like I did, you would have noticed that the broadcasters were focused entirely on the British Athletes, even when they were not the best. I have no problem with that, personally, because we can also do the same. Kwese Sports' mandate is to "cover global sport from an African perspective". We actually send our own teams to these big tournaments to follow the progress of Africans at those tournaments. It is expensive but we have to do it! Let us support each other....

Nov. 3, 2017, 1:55 p.m. Reply
Hampton chivasa

British broadcasting tends to do this a lot. I guess it's a form of being proud to be British a nd being represented. We also should embrace our identity and champion our athletes. Good move and mandate from Kwese Sports. As Chinua Achebe pointed out in Things Fall Apart... The lizard that jumped from the high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if noone else did." .... Don't wait for recognition from others for the good things you do....always honor yourself for doing good. Strive Masiyiwa

Nov. 3, 2017, 1:56 p.m.
Prince pedro biobele

That is the way up. When you get encouragement even when your effort seems not to have yielded much...knowing that you got eyes on you, that will spur you not to relent but put in more effort for a better performance tomorrow. This will enable us to keep track on the performance of African athletes. Welldone Sir

Nov. 3, 2017, 1:57 p.m.
Clarence mherekumombe

Support is of utmost importance and we tend to neglect it as if it's nothing. And as Africans we need to embrace this culture look at the Jewish community. I long to see us as creatives taking a stance and tell the Africa story from our own perspective.

Nov. 3, 2017, 1:58 p.m.
Strive masiyiwa

Afterthought: # Go Team Africa: Whenever I watch a major tournament of any kind, I look for TeamAfrica: I'm always looking for the African participants for me to support. I look for participants from my own country, and I look for participants from Africa. the way that is what other countries do!

Nov. 3, 2017, 2:11 p.m. Reply
Ibeji mekz emeka

That's the spirit of a father whose prayers and hope is to see his children, relatives succeed and or be part of whatever is good and celebrated. God knows how to balance things hence, He made u an African.

Nov. 3, 2017, 2:12 p.m.
Strive masiyiwa

Banabasi writes, Okello, I am into construction industry but since I am in Zimbabwe, I am far but through the help of Internet we can be partners. You can draw plans for the clients who will approach us without plans. My email address My reply, This is one of the best comments I have ever seen! Why? Because above all, I want you to use this platform to reach out to each other, not only in Africa, but across the world. If you study the comments, you will find truly amazing people from all over the world. And believe me there are many more. # Please also let me know when you either succeed with a partnership, or even secure a job through this platform.

Nov. 3, 2017, 2:14 p.m. Reply
Sunday wisdom

Sir dis post have change me, am wisdom tank u sir for the post, am into electrical engineering services, wish we can chat privately

Nov. 3, 2017, 2:16 p.m.
Strive masiyiwa

Afterthought 1. A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18:14

Nov. 3, 2017, 2:16 p.m. Reply
Michael olatona adekunle

Those born from above, are above all things! Including the temporary challenge of life and situation. Thank you sir for the inspiration. We need that more than the monetary gain directly from you i.e. teaching us how to catch the fish, not how to eat fish in life. We will go and keep catching our opportunities.

Nov. 3, 2017, 2:18 p.m.

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