Is the greatest opportunity in your life right in front of you?

By Strive Masiyiwa


The Lion and the Ranger (Part 5)

Is the greatest opportunity in your life right in front of you?


There is a story told about a village near a game park which suffered from problems of elephants eating their maize (corn) crop. Every year they complained bitterly to have the elephants removed.


Then one year an unusual tourist came to their village. This man was interested in collecting beetles, but not just any kind of beetle. This particular species laid its eggs in elephant droppings and was extremely rare.


It was so rare that he was willing to pay the villagers a lot of money if they could help collect samples for him and ship dead beetles to him.

The villagers were totally astonished at how much money they could make. One dead beetle was worth more than an entire harvest of maize.

If you are an entrepreneur, this story will change your entire mindset. In fact you are going to be a millionaire if you grasp its lesson.

The greatest opportunity of your life is in front of you; others call it a problem!

What entrepreneurial lessons did you glean from this story?

Why don't you write a one liner: # My entrepreneurial lesson today is...

(The more original the better but if you have to copy what someone else says, it's ok too. Better a fast follower!) I will "like" some of them.

To be continued. . .

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Strive masiyiwa

This week I went to Chicago to participate in the launch of President Obama’s foundation. It was an amazing two day event, and I met lots of young African leaders, including entrepreneurs. There were also a lot of philanthropists from around the world: My friend Aliko Dangote was also there. We discussed our various initiatives to help young African entrepreneurs. We also agreed that we will soon do a joint Town Hall discussion which will be broadcast live. We just need to agree on the dates when we are both available but it will be very soon!

Nov. 4, 2017, 3:22 p.m. Reply

Mentor, may i use this opportunity to say that i just secured the copyright to an Household app that i am developing for reporting and responding to Hydrocarbon/Oil spillages, emergencies and crimes in the world, the app transmits maps, reports pictures and videos, etc, and has geofencing and tracking features, she would be customized to states and provinces across Africa first, before other parts of the world, i am looking at inviting You to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, during the launch ,in early 2018, and this is to solve the problems of oil spillages in the Niger Delta, etc

Nov. 4, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Strive masiyiwa

Well done! I have seen the problem you are trying to address, and I salute you. Sometime next year, I will definitely try and come to Port Harcourt. Hopefully my staff will remind me to visit you, even if I cannot come for the opening.

Nov. 4, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Strive masiyiwa

Who knows what problem the inventor of Coca-Cola was trying to solve in 1886? Do you know what sales were the first year? And now?

Nov. 4, 2017, 3:27 p.m. Reply
Sharon takim

The original maker, Pemberton, was looking for a substitute for morphine, which he had become addicted to. It sold about 25 bottles in it's first year, but about 1.8 billion bottles are sold daily worldwide

Nov. 4, 2017, 3:28 p.m.
Strive masiyiwa

Business venture of the week! It is happening now... drones airdropping medical supplies to African villages. In Rwanda (where an ambulance can take four hours to deliver blood to a distant area) a drone can get there in 15-45 minutes. (Health employees can send text messages to place the orders). Imagine the possibilities. Well done, Zipline!

Nov. 4, 2017, 3:55 p.m. Reply
Dtive masiyiwa

Afterthought 3. Do you know one problem that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wanted to solve as a teenager? He wanted a computer of his own, at home...

Nov. 4, 2017, 3:57 p.m. Reply
Brighton chireka

Yes we are surrounded by problems and we waste time complaining about them instead of finding solutions and make business. Thank you once again for this free teaching ! We are learning !

Nov. 4, 2017, 3:58 p.m.
Strive masiyiwa

For some time now I've been writing about driverless cars... Now how about commuting to work in a flying taxi drone, that you hail with an App? The world's first public test of this electric "Volocopter" just took place in Dubai in September!

Nov. 4, 2017, 4 p.m. Reply

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