Berlinda Mkanganwi from Zimbabwe

December 16, 2011 had been a red-letter day on all our calendars since our arrival, marking the end of a journey officially launched in January 2011. I would like to share with you some insight on how this journey unfolded for us this year. Being an entrepreneurial leader requires three things: courage to try something new and push boundaries; resourcefulness in finding solutions; and stamina to do what needs doing.

Often leaders must go the extra mile for the defenseless and voiceless who cannot thank or repay. Henry Ford once said a business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. We learnt how seriously ESMT takes this during a business simulation. Working in teams, our goal was to run fishing businesses in a specific catchment area. We invested, traded, planned, and
outsmarted each other. At the end, we made much money, but there were no fish left in the sea.

When I was young, my mother told me something that I believe explains why many of us came on this journey. She told me that I was born with my fists clenched because I was holding all the gifts that God had given me, and that my life’s job is to open my hands. There are two lessons in this: first, that each of us has unique gifts that come as seed to be nurtured. Second, that
just as an apple tree bears apples not for itself but for others, these gifts are given to us, but do not belong to us; they are meant for others.”

Excerpt from Belinda Mkanganwi´s graduation speech 2011

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