Author Archives: Roche Mamabolo

About Roche Mamabolo

Entrepreneur, Author, Dad. Passionate about Innovation and Creativity, Books, Poetry, Traveling, Theatre, Art, Music.

StartUp Tip #62: Avoid the shortcut culture

Looking at the map, the road for the shortcut appeared just fine, a straight shot to the next town. It could save us about an hour of traveling time. So we got off the “long” path and took the alternative … Continue reading

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StartUp Tip #61: Don’t drink your own kool-aid

Startups, entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity are hot again. I have friends and family members asking what is the next wave, where is the money, if they can “get in on some deals.” Every town is launching an incubator (or 3) and … Continue reading

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StartUp Tip #60: Thrilling is fine, mattering is more important

  Let your startup be more than just a thrilling exciting moment, let it do work that matters. Doing work that matters is more than exciting or thrilling. Thrilling and exciting are temporary. Mattering is permanent. Let your startup do … Continue reading

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StartUp Tip #59: Productise your services

Selling time is a hard life. Doctors, lawyers, consultants sell time. You have to be there to get paid, if you are not there to render your service, no invoice is charged. You make a comfortable living. You may be … Continue reading

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StartUp Tip #58: Scars don’t make us failures

Maanda Tshifularo said something very profound at the recent Takalani Foundation Fundraising Galla Dinner organized by Rendani Mamphiswana and his team. I paraphrase what he said: “Don’t take failure personally, and also don’t take success personally. When you take success … Continue reading

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StartUp Tip #57: Understanding poverty

Starting your business is doing work that matters. Doing work that matters entails going beyond the call of duty to empowering and uplifting people. Doing work that matters entails understanding poverty. Poverty is not just real life but without money. Not … Continue reading

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StartUp Tip #56: It’s okay to hold on, to hold on tight

Samson can no longer count on himself. His eyes are gone, his body is bruised, his strength is abated, his confidence is wrecked, his mind is perplexed, his heart is broken, his peace is destroyed. There are no friends with … Continue reading

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StartUp Tip #55: It’s okay to quit, sometimes

It is okay to quit, sometimes. In fact, it is okay to quit often. You should quit if you are on a dead-end path. You should quit if you are facing a cliff. You should quit if the project you … Continue reading

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How To Quit Your Job & Start A Business [One Day Course]

Course: Starting a business can be an exciting, soul-fulfilling endeavor providing entrepreneurs the means to center their lives around their dreams, talents and passions. But quitting a steady job to pursue a risky venture can be daunting. LORA Centre for … Continue reading

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StartUp Tip #54: Obsess about your customers…

… not your competitors. You can be customer-focused or competitor-focused or internal-focused. Often entrepreneurs are inward looking, they obsess about themselves, how they look, their brands, and cosmetics. Spending more time obsessing about yourself means less time listening to others. … Continue reading

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