A young man who has moved to Johannesburg to start up a computer business has been prospecting in light industrial areas for a month now with only one sale. He was running a computer business of his own in KwaZulu-Natal in a small town but now is starting up from scratch.
He’s done cold calling, knocking on doors of every business he could find in the first industrial area that he tackled. From these efforts of prospecting over several days he made one sale. He has now moved on to another light industrial area and will be prospecting there for the next few days and perhaps weeks. The young computer entrepreneur has chosen these light industrial areas because they are not too far away from where he has set up residence. Thinking ahead, he doesn’t want to be too far away from his potential customers because of the sky-high fuel costs. Continue reading “When things seem hopeless, keep prospecting”
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I recently went through some notes I had clipped together in an A4 folder, looking back at the origins of Idea Accelerator. These notes went back many years. They were filled with plans, goals and new business ideas.
You’re not supposed to have regrets but I couldn’t help noticing the things I didn’t action soon enough. The ideas that took sometimes years to get off the ground.
What had gone wrong? Why couldn’t I see my own shortcomings and have done something about them? What was the one single obstacle that had held me back?
I came across a story this week about a man who has come up with a way to make a diesel-like fuel from waste plastic and old tyres. William Graham is testing his fuel in a diesel powered vehicle. His fuel costs 40% less than regular diesel.
William, who believes “nothing is impossible”, also came up with a desalination system for producing fresh drinking water. His technology is used in plants around the world.
Moctar Dembele from Burkina Faso and Gerard Niyondiko from Burundi have created a malaria-repellent soap using local herbs. They won the $25,000 Global Social Venture Competition.
These are people who believe in their ideas and work on them until they become reality.