In this episode Cem and Wayne interview Blessing Maregere, a multi-award winning young entrepreneur, author & inspirational speaker. He started his first business, a cleaning company, at the age of 16, which turned over £10k a month, employed 6 cleaning staff and he did it all in just 3 months. He shares with us how he did it and why having a positive mindset was key to his success.
What you’ll hear
02:40 Blessing Maregere Introduction
05:45 Did school set you up for a career in entrepreneurship?
07:00 What can schools do to promote entrepreneurship?
10:00 “Following my granddad around his business helped me to learn a lot.”
10:50 “Find someone who’s been through the journey you want to take and ask them to mentor you.”
12:20 What advice would you give to a young person who wants to drop out of the educational route?
14:40 “If you believe in yourself, other people are going to believe in you.”
17:20 “Reading success stories can be really inspiring, especially hearing about people overcoming failures.”
18:20 What common fears do you see in young people when it comes to entrepreneurship?
20:00 How do you avoid familial pressures and negative people around you?
21:00 What if someone doesn’t know their passion?
22:40 How do you deal with mornings when you’re not feeling motivated?
25:50 What were the first steps to starting your cleaning business?
28:00 “You can sell your service without actually having a business, it’s about testing your market and securing your customers first.”
30:00 Should entrepreneurs have idols?
32:20 “If you’re in a 9-5 job, you become an entrepreneur from 5-9.”
34:00 “Volunteering developed my confidence and taught me to believe in myself.”
37:00 What are the three first steps for anyone interested in entrepreneurship?
1) Find your passion.
2) Get yourself a mentor.
Powerful Nonsense Questions:
What’s the most powerful piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
38:30 “Success is about the mindset.”
What’s the biggest load of nonsense you’ve ever heard?
38:50 “You can’t be young and successful.”
41:00 Episode Wrap Up
Find out More About Blessing:
Let Your Passion Be Your Alarm Clock – Blessing Maregere at TEDxYouth@Croydon
Volunteering at vinspired.com
Supporting Social Entrepreneurs unltd.org.uk
Funding For Social Enterprise: O2 Think Big
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