With friends bragging about their successes and peer pressure hovering over them, most students neglect or put the first steps toward achieving their dreams on hold: the most common reason is fear of being judged or looked down upon.
Ziglar told us, "You don't have to be great, but you have to be great."But for Kutulo Paris Mabonia of the village of Mankunga Mosoro, the story demands a change.
At just 22, in addition to studying for a bachelor's degree in molecular and life sciences at the University of Limpopo, he has raised more than 200 layers and broilers on his parents' backyard chicken farm.
You could be forgiven for thinking he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.But like many "rags to riches" stories, Maponya's is no different.In 2017, he started selling snacks, candy and cookies from his campus room, but he already had the ending in mind.
“The idea was triggered by reading Financial and Motivational books. At first, I was unsure about the type of business to pursue. Seeing my father practising farming at home, I then fell in love with it. As a result, I decided to use the room for selling purposes.
“I used the profits generated from that business and the bursary allowance to start this poultry farm,” Maponya told us in an exclusive interview.
It could be argued that pressure from the student public and a lack of funding may have prevented him from seeing the bigger picture.However, his indomitable nature ensured that he saw the situation as a launching pad to his dream echelon.
"God helps those who help themselves," Maponya said."“When I started, I told myself that help will find me on the way. I haven’t received any external financial backing thus far, but I believe that it is on the way. I always encourage peers who are interested in business to start where they are with whatever they have and grow from there,” he adds.
As the number of youth unemployment in the country continues to spike up, it is interesting, however, that there are some young people who like Maponya who effortlessly try to curb further out of control, rather than just waiting for the government to do so.
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