By Dr Muleya Mwami Choongo
In an effort to actualize my dream of scaling our agro-processing business, I found myself driving our company truck through the beautiful towns of monze and mazabuka. Details of these visits will come later in a separate announcement/post.
I can confidently say I now understand what truck drivers mean when they say, “Driving a manual truck will break a few spirits within you.” It somehow enhances your pitch on resilience and focus.
Just a week ago we made a loss in an agri-project we thought we had prepared adequately for. This project was to give us over K200,000 in monthly top-line. For some this is nothing for a loss, but to others it’s more than enough to burry their enterprise for good. It’s no shock that you see me pushing files to this extent just to ensure we keep moving forward.
Friends, business is not easy. The past week I had to go through some serious business introspection with my team, amidst my already busy ward schedule, just to reboot because giving up is not just an option for me.
Giving up sometimes means sending a pupil somewhere out of school because the father or mother who is employed by the business is nolonger in employment. Giving up sometimes means relegating your business to an extent you may not later find the spirits to rebuild it, hence giving up on the ultimate dream of contributing to Zambia’s development. These are among the many reasons I stay motivated to grind through adversity.
If you’re facing a loss in your business, you’re not alone. Come we comfort each other 😅… But above all, never give up comrade. Pick up the pieces and the many lessons from your loss, reorganize and restrategise. The learning never stops. Keep growing by enhancing your level of determination, dedication and discipline.
Like Vivian Greene puts it, “Life is not about waiting for the storms, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” Napoleon hill also puts it this way, “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Find that strength to struggle through adversity that you may build a great deal of experience to see your way to the top.
Kalemba August 21, 2023