Recently I sat down with a long-time friend Tendai Dumbutshena. Tendai has worked in the fields of journalism, marketing and administration in many parts of the world. We discussed the observations and experiences we have both encountered in life so far, especially in relation to doing business in various markets and industries.
Here are the 11 life lessons we have learnt:
- There are no coincidences.
- Never take anything for granted.
- Be wary of late invitations.
- A crucial ingredient of any relationship is respect.
- An organisation’s critical decisions are taken outside formal structures by a few. What is known as “the kitchen cabinet” in politics.
- The stability of the family unit is the biggest determinant of societal stability.
- The more the developed a country is, the higher prevalence of nuclear families. The less developed a country is the higher prevalence of extended families.
- Central to the capitalist economic system is the ownership and sanctity of private property. It’s a system that transcends racial and national boundaries.
- People do not value what they have not worked for. Chisichako masimba mashoma (Shona translation).
- A good name and reputation is more valuable than all the riches in the world.
- Love alone cannot sustain a marriage. It needs to be financially viable to be sustainable. Statistics show that financial difficulties are the number one cause of divorce.
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Author: Dr James Makamba