Essential Holiday Reading for Entrepreneurs

Updated on 10 December 2018

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The holiday season is approaching and if you have some free time at home, maybe you’ll want to watch some of the following


What to read

1. Top 10 Influential South African Business and Entrepreneurship Books you Need to Read –  From the very personal Vusi by Vusi Thembekwayo to a more practical read, The Heavy Chef Guide to Starting a Business in South Africa, why not catch up one on some of the best local releases from 2018.

2. What you Can Learn from Steve Harvey about Overcoming your Fears and Doubts – The dream has to be bigger than the fear. This is what the American entrepreneur and talk show host Steve Harvey says has helped him conquer his fears and doubts whenever he must tackle a new project. Business man, entertainer, author

3. From Umlazi to Silicon Valley– One Woman’s Inspiring Journey in the Tech Industry – Phumzile Khumalo heads to what is still considered the world’s leading technology hub, Silicon Valley in San Francisco, USA. She says, “I believe it is very important for women in tech to be very clear about where they want to go, and be willing to work towards it.”

4.“Your Competitive Advantage is YOU” – Rapelang Rabana – Ask yourself, what do you have the potential to offer that is so unique and compelling, that is so helpful that no computer can replace you, no one can outsource you. Rabana is a computer scientist, tech entrepreneur, and is now chief digital officer at BCX, a ICT company. She is also the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader for 2017 and was selected as one of Forbes Africa’s ‘30 Under 30’ top African entrepreneurs.

5. 5 Things You Should Know About Connie and Shona Ferguson’s Growing TV and Film Empire – Connie Ferguson and her husband, Shona, are the couple behind the local television empire, Ferguson Films which they launched in 2010.

The couple is responsible for helping to change the face of television production in the country, all because they were tired of having to look for jobs

What to listen to

1. 100% Local Business and Entrepreneurship Podcasts to Help You Up Your Game – “Africa’s opportunity seekers, problem solvers, future shapers, world builders and entrepreneurs”. It’s hosted by the very passionate Mashudu Modau – Livhuwani Nefolovhodwe, more commonly known as Lebo Lion on social media is the marketing brain behind Lessons with Lion a podcast she describes as “a marketing and ideas podcast for African Pioneers”.

2. The Big Small Business Show – aims to give viewers practical and down-to-earth business advice and is tailor-made for entrepreneurs. This programme gives great insight and tips to those who want to grow their ventures, as well as those who wanting to take the step towards entrepreneurship.

The show is hosted by Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp, an internationally well-known business guru.

3. The GaryVee Audio Experience – as a way to develop connections and share information about his entrepreneurial journey.Gary Vaynerchuk on his daily vlog Ask Gary Vee Show last year. The show which focuses on entrepreneurship, marketing and social media trends has featured the likes of public speaker Tony Robbins, health expert Dr Oz and YouTuber Casey Neistat.

4. Small Business MBA – is a practical guide to entrepreneurship, hosted by Raizcorp trainer Yasmeen Alli. Each week she gives us essential advice on a different aspect of your business, and chats to expert guests for their perspectives.


Who to follow

1. SA Entrepreneurs on Twitter you should be Following for your Daily Dose of Motivation. Khanyi Dhlomo, female empowerment, motivation to reach your full potential. John Sanei, tips on how to innovate, humorous motivation, how to embrace disruption.  Lynette Ntuli business advice, business news and updates.

2. Linkedin is Quickly Becoming our Go-to Platform for Inspiration – Here’s why. the platform is establishing itself as the place for (almost) drama-free discussion, even rivaling Twitter in the entrepreneurship inspiration stakes. Wits Business School, VC Clive Butkow, and Tebogo Ditshego.

3. 9 SA Entrepreneurs whose Instagram Accounts are #EntrepreneurshipGoals. South African entrepreneurs show off the lighter (and more fun) side of being your own boss. Including Allegro Dinkwanyane – Founder, Orgella Media, Sylvester Chauke – Founder, DNA Brand Architects, Thato Kgatlhanye – Founder, Rethaka Foundation.


Quotes to inspire

1. If You are Losing in Business or Life You Should Read These Quotes 

“Nineteen people may love your work, but the twentieth one will hate it and will tell you so; you cannot allow that to affect you. That may sound trite, but there is huge risk in letting criticism get you down.” – Carrol Boyes, owner and designer at Carrol Boyes.

“No one is great at everything. We all have our limitations and shortcomings… What unique skills and abilities do you bring to the table? In what areas are you invaluable? You need to find that area where you can offer real value.” – K.O, South African rapper and entrepreneur.

2. Quotes from SA’s Best on their Secrets to Success

“I looked at people as people, not as numbers. When I meet with you, when you come into my business place, I would ask your for your name, if you come again, I will welcome you as Mr So and So,” explained Richard Maponya, a Sowetan business icon and founder of Maponya Group.

3. 9 Powerful Quotes to Help you Become a Well-Connected Entrepreneur

“Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and that’s really powerful.” – Reid Hoffman

4. 12 Big Lessons from some of SA’s most Inspiring Women

“We have been brought up to believe that wanting to be rich is somehow evil, negative, makes you greedy. We need to change that mindset, the reality is that when you start a business it’s to make money and we need to be unapologetic about it. I am not proposing of course that we start to make money by any means and at any cost. You need to be mindful of the environment that you operate in, you need to be mindful of the society that you operate in.” – Polo Leteka, founder of IDF Managers, which launched in 2008 and invests exclusively in women entrepreneurs.

“Stop shrinking yourself to fit places you’ve outgrown” – Lynette Ntuli is founding director and CEO of Innate Investment Solutions, a property, asset and infrastructure development and solutions firm.

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