Moving on after setbacks is critical for entrepreneurs, says NWU alumna
A major shortcoming for many entrepreneurs is failure to continue after an unsuccessful business venture. This is according to Mickey Maliti-Ntshwe, a Mahikeng-based, Zambian-born entrepreneur and owner of the exclusive Starz N’ Angels kiddies hair salon and Hands RU furnisher manufacturers.
Mickey, who is also an alumna of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng, was the guest speaker at the Steve Biko Residence cocktail evening hosted by the NWU’s Alumni Office and supported by the office of the deputy vice-chancellor, Prof Marilyn Setlalentoa.
This event formed part of the university’s strategy to further strengthen relations with its alumni.
Mickey addressed NWU students on the need to “engineer their mind sets” to become employers instead of banking on securing permanent employment after graduation.
Reflecting on her own failures, she appealed to graduates to follow their passion even while occupying a job. “No idea is too stupid. No idea is too small for you to consider doing. If your idea is not too crazy, then change it because there’s a repetition of ideas. The question is: how do you differentiate yourself from the rest?” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the deputy vice-chancellor, Christopher Motabogi, communication manager on the campus, echoed Mickey’s views and encouraged students to ready themselves for the world of work.
Attending the cocktail event are from left are Tshepiso Sebeela, Mahikeng alumni practitioner, Mickey Ntshwe, guest speaker, Dr Musa Saurombe, NWU postdoctoral fellow, Izette Schouwstra, section head: NWU Alumni Relations and Tseleng Mofokeng, Steve Biko House Committee chairperson.