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November 20, 2017

Goals are important for our business and personal growth as they provide a clear understanding of what we are striving for. In fact, having goals give meaning to your daily tasks. Goals give you direction and clarify reasoning behind the decisions you make daily. This said, why is it that entrepreneurs and people in general do not achieve the goals they set out to achieve each year?

In my experience as a business coach and mentor, entrepreneurs fail to achieve the goals they set for themselves because they take on more goals than they can handle; as a result they become too overwhelmed. 

The Pareto Principle, named after its founder, the Italian Economist Vilfredo Pareto supposes that if you have a list of ten items to accomplish, two (2) of those items will turn out to be worth more than the other eight (8) items put together. What is interesting is that most people procrastinate on the 20% of items that are most valuable and important, “the vital few” and get consumed with the least im...

November 7, 2017

Lack of electricity in Africa remains one of the biggest barriers to the region’s development. Moreover, high electricity costs continue to impact socio-economic development of most African countries. With constant load shedding, insufficient power supply and never ending price increases for electricity in South Africa particularly, more and more people are considering to move their businesses and/or homes partially or permanently off the utility grid or decreasing their dependency on utility power. This means opportunities for entrepreneurs to provide alternative energy solutions. 

Only 18% of households in Rwanda are connected to the grid according to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda. So, without access to reliable electricity and affordable power, entrepreneurship efforts are dampened as businesses cannot grow, neither can new jobs be created or critical services provided. While improved governance is critical in the advancement of the energy sector; significant technol...

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