Watch: What you Need to Hear for a Productive and Profitable 2019

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Dr Judy Dlamini is chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, the the first black female in the position at the institution. (Image: I Am An Entrepreneur)

entrepreneur advice judy dlamini

Dr Judy Dlamini Nxasana is chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, the the first black female in the position at the institution. She is also chairperson of Mbekani Investments. (Image: I Am An Entrepreneur)

So you have taken time to reflect on your successes and failures from last year, have set your goals for 2019 and even began implementing self-care into your daily routine.

You are on the right path but it’s only the start – below is even more advice for a productive and successful 2019.

1. Write down your goals

“If you don’t have it written down, your chances of it happening is reduced drastically because it’s a principle of success. You have to have everything you want, written.”

Steve Harvey, the American entrepreneur, author and talk show host, advised on his YouTube channel that you should put your dreams on a vision board and work hard to achieve it.

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2. Take care of your health and body

“You can make as much money as you want, work as hard as you want, you can acquire and accumulate as many assets as you want, but if you don’t have the physical body, and the way with all to enjoy it, then what’s the point?”

Vusi Thembekwayo, a global keynote speaker, venture capitalist and CEO of MyGrowthFund SA, said he has come to realise that health is the ultimate form of wealth.

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Take care of your people

“As a leader of people, you have to be a great listener, you have to be a great motivator, you have to be good at praising and looking for the best in people. People are no different to flowers, if you water flowers, they flourish, if you praise people they flourish.”

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said to Big Think that the most important thing about running a company is to remember a company is simply a group of people.

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Always find a way to learn something

“You need to know who you are, invest in yourself, empower yourself. I believe leadership starts with you.”

Dr Judy Dlamini Nxasana, chairperson of Mbekani Investments, said on I Am An Entrepreneur SA that education is fundamental and stressed the need to continually be educating yourself.

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Put in the work

“A lot of people have dreams but don’t work hard, a lot of people work hard but don’t have dreams.”

Jack Ma, Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman, advised on CNBC Africa that entrepreneurs can win by putting in the hard work towards their dreams.

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Enjoy what you’re doing

“Whether you have a job, whether you have a company, whatever you do in your life, you always need to remember that there is no rewind button on this thing, this is it, once we live it, it’s done.

“So, enjoy every minute of it and don’t look back and regret anything.”

Farah C Fortune, founder of African Star Communications, said on Mentor Feed that years ago her mom advised her to stop chasing money and rather chase her passion.

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Melissa Javan
Melissa Javan
Melissa Javan is a writer with nine years' experience in the media industry. She enjoys blogging and taking part in Twitter chats. You can find her on Twitter @melissa_nel.