Andile Khumalo shares his wisdom on Life Management, Success, Faliure and Education

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> My favourite book is The Richest man in Babylon.
> Reading is more of a habit and once you get into it, it becomes a relaxation, it literally takes my mind off some of my stresses at work and I focus in on the story or the content.
> I like the real world too much so I tend to read a lot of business books and a lot of autobiographies and I also try to read a lot of History. It’s amazing how much we don’t know about the world and even the things we profess to know about .
> I’ve read most of Richard Branson’s books, I really like him because he is a human being, he has never professed to be anything other. He is just Richard Branson...and he’s also built his business on a brand promise. I have a lot of respect for people who have consistency in what they do, that is built on the brand promise that Virgin will fight for the consumer by trying to make life simpler and cheaper for the consumer and he’s done amazing things as a result of that.
> God gave us all the ability to yap so we can talk about what we wanna do, but there are very few people that pride themselves on having done it, even if they lost time; money; friends, but at least they did it.
> I was lucky to be in a family where everybody was a teacher but nobody wanted me to be a teacher.... I always had the freedom to dream so when I latched on to something I liked I was in an environment where I was encouraged to pursue it.
> It wasn’t easy for me to find a passion I think I worked at it when there was a spark of something I liked, I pursued it.
> People don’t invest in themselves that’s the biggest challenge and it’s free! You don’t have to pay anybody for that kind of stuff you just gotta be in the circles that consume the right kind of things or stop consuming the wrong things.
> For us entrepreneurs, businesses aren’t just businesses. They are a way of life, an extension of who we are, whether I’m selling oranges or I’m running a PR agency. What I am doing is an extension of myself because I as an entrepreneur can choose what I want to do.
> Opportunity that’s all I think about. All I ever think about is opportunity.
> I think the meaning of life is happiness, and for me happiness is passion. I try to make everything in my life be something that I am passionate about. If you can find for yourself something which makes you get up in the morning to pursue and it doesn’t make you feel tired or feel like you have had enough and want to stop. If you’re still doing it are you are still happy then I think you’re having a good life...
> I want to be diabolically successful but in that pursuit of my success I understand that I take along so many other people’s success and if I don’t succeed, then other people don’t succeed.


> There’s value in people who can do things. I have a lot of respect for people who have done things even if they fail because soon enough they’ll do something else just because of the hit rate, whereas if you never do anything your hit rate is non-existent.
> One of the biggest mistakes that we do as families and societies is that we stereotype of our kids and we, we sometimes even live our lives through them.
> When it’s your time to provide that guidance whether or not your parents gave it to you, try and give your children guidance and let them choose their passion and try and support them in their passions.
> Being positive is a habit you have to build, you have to work on yourself, you gotta get yourself trained, which means you gotta hang out with the people who are positive influences on your life, not negative influences in your life, you’ve gotta do positive things, you’ve gotta take in positive things.
> If you’re positive you just attract positivity and the contrary is true, if you are negative and you associate yourself with negative things, you will attract negativity.
> The most important thing about finding your passion, it’s about finding something you feel at ease with, where there’s an attraction, then pursue it. It might just be an idea and you may eventually never do the idea but that journey may have taught you something about yourself...
> I think there is definitely a pattern that you can see amongst the greatest entrepreneurs and I think we should all aspire to it. It is ethics. if you’re a dishonest person nobody and I mean nobody will deal with you on a sustainable basis. It will eventually end and that’s not how businesses are built, that’s not how great businesses are built. Great businesses are built on longevity and sustainability.
> The one thing that is consistent, amongst very good entrepreneurs is the ability for their word to be their bond.
> If I had an opportunity to meet God and God gave me the opportunity to ask him one question I would ask Him why is it that you made life such that we have to make all the most important decisions when we’re least prepared.
> To the 18 year old Andile I would have said follow your passion and the money will come, that’s what I would’ve said.
> Failing at things is good. Failure is good. It means you’re trying.

Know How

> I’ve had to become an esteemed project manager because it’s a small team there’s only three of us and there’s so much that’s going on.
> Wednesday nights are off nights. I sleep early and I go to sleep at eight o’clock just to be ready for Thursday and Friday.
> One of the key reason most South African’s don't suceed is that we don’t have an enabling environment and the one key thing for me in that enabling environment is education.
> I think if all South African’s especially those who’ve escaped the poverty web and who are free, really free, if we could invest some of our time, energy and money into helping just one other person get out of that cycle of poverty I think this country would be a better place.

Interesting to Know

> Most of the people I work with complain that my emails come at one and two o’clock in the morning.
> The book is called White Power, and the story was looking at South Africa from like 1652 right all the way to 1994, but not a book about the struggle, more like a book on South African History and hitting all the key characters and what they did and why they did it and I learned so many things about my country I knew nothing about.
> I can’t stand bad spelling. I drive everybody up the wall. I can’t stand bad grammar and poor spelling. I am obsessed with it, to the extent that I stop myself sometimes when I speak and I go, “No that doesn’t sound right”, and I say the sentence again. Somebody else would kinda brush over it, but I can’t.


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