Change, I've been its friend and its victim, one lesson it taught me, has been in understanding the power of the mind to control the controllables.
“You have to behave like an Olympic champion before you have a gold medal around your neck.” - Bob Bowman
How do you control the controllables? You figure out that life has controllable and non-controllable aspects to it. Contrary to popular belief, you can't control everything about your situation. You barely have control over your own body. Why waste your energy, effort and resources in worrying or getting angry about uncontrollable factors such as technology, inferior equipment or the experience of others. So how do you control the controllables? Psychology, teaches us that our beliefs, influence our thoughts, which in-turn motivate our actions.
[Beliefs + Thoughts (Feelings) = Actions]
My first attempts at blogging were horrifying. But looking back, at all the critical and sometimes harsh (Okay, mostly harsh) feedback helped me develop a writing style. But Mwape, it can’t be that easy? One day you were a letter pusher and in a short time, stringing words together? In all honesty it wasn't, but the journey to it becoming something I get pleasure and income from was worth it. The best writing advice I ever received was “Write one page, everyday”. If you can write at least one page every day for three hundred sixty five nights, you'll have a manuscript. So I convinced myself [Belief] that If I wrote one page a day[Action], my blogging would get better. And each day I wrote I felt good[thought], knowing I was getting better.
The legendary swimming coach Bob Bowman defined an Olympic champion as someone who can deal with any event that comes their way. “You have to behave like an Olympic champion before you have a gold medal around your neck.” Bowman's protégé Michael Phelps was racing in the final of the 200 meters butterfly, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. It would bring him his eighth gold medal. Moments after he dived into the pool, Phelps goggles began to leak rendering him blind. At this moment he accepted he could only control his reaction and adapted his stroke pattern to win the race in record time.
Without realizing it, most of us hold our breath when faced with issues we think cant cope with. When you hold your breath, you create pressure and the feeling of nerves. Next time you find yourself being choked by any situation, try taking a deep breath and calming down. Oxygen is energy. It helps your muscles relax and clears your mind.
By refusing to focus on anything beyond your control, you'll bring all your energy to bear on what is within your control. There's no point in worrying about things you can't control.
How do you handle the curve-balls life kicks into your net? Let me know in the comments below!
Does the self-made man really exist? Or are they another narrative fed to us in this of the age of spin. The idea of social position depending on hard work and initiative is not a new concept. There is prevailing idea that the class a person is born into would influence the type of education their children would get, the neighborhood they live in, the types of services they had access to, and their opportunities and expectations for social advancement.
Entrepreneurship has been idolized in newspapers, books, interviews, speeches and literature, bestowing a messiah complex to the successful that “made it on their own”. The myth of the self-made man is still promoted by business-people despite decreasing social mobility and growing inequity. Yet no one ever takes the time to share how some if not all of the following people played a role; family, friends, associates, advisors, enemies, mentors, coaches, authors and the list keeps going. Just look at the impact Andrew Sardanis left on the Zambian economy over 50 years earlier:
When Andrew Sardanis took over Indeco in 1964, he expanded the role of the small organization he found. He initiated studies for various projects and boosted loans to Zambian's to more than 50% of all loans granted. The experience gained by young Zambian's whom Sardanis recruited to Indeco at the time contributed to the nucleus of Zambian entrepreneurs.
This myth of a self-made man has created a reality in which there is neither responsibility nor the need to take care of one another, including those most vulnerable among us. It’s each man for himself and God for us all.
We need to recognize that we live in a dynamic and uncertain world. We should acknowledge all workers multiple talents. There is no correlation between hard work and economic success. And really big money doesn't come from working, it comes from owning assets.
STHRZ13 – Talent and Skill Development For Zambian Youth, Episode 13.
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How do you get from Zero to Zale? From idea to actual progress? The Zambian Start-up school of thought will tell you to :
Another school of thought will tell you that money is the least of your problems at this stage. There are 3 things you need to focus on ;
Without Capital, especially in combination with innovation, As a country we loose our competitive advantage. The High cost of credit is a result of monetary policies, combined with short tenure loaned funds and the lack of capacity for SMEs to ensure their bank-ability especially in the banks eye's.
Currently ,across Africa, private capital is on the march, turning the continent into a huge emerging market. Our continent is populated by numerous SME's, which as a result of the weakness of essential economic structures such as taxation, inclusive financial systems and low literacy levels affects our wealth. Our only option lies on investing heavily in job creation strategies and education systems that create skilled workers.
STHRZ09 – Investment Opportunities In Zambia's Economy, Episode 09
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PEOPLE AND COMPANIES WE MENTIONED IN THE SHOW
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Mwape is the host, co-creator and editorial director of the Startup Hour Radio Show. A co-production of Power FM Zambia and Startup Junction that takes listeners on a journey through the world of Zambian entrepreneurship.