Mome Mohlangu | South Africa | Persistency

https://www.mrsmomewellness.co.za Doing 9 to 5 for 5 days in a week takes up all of one's energy. All my life I have never believed in going to work. Growing up in my neighbourhood, whenever I saw people taking taxis to work that seemed depressing to me. I have never dreamt of having a 9 to 5 job nor had 9 to 5 office job. Ever since I was young, I always tried my best to turn everything into business, just to avoid having to get up to work everyday. Someone who hates 9 to 5 might be thinking that, is this basically what I will be doing with my life? Not to get dramatic, but the 9 to 5 routine sets life in a never ending cycle that feels like a trap or a prison (this is my own personal opinion). I used to sell jewelry in high school and in University I sold clothes. Therefore, I cultivated that habit and mindset. I always looked to find the need in the market, for example was fashion. My mom had a job, meaning she always sold something. She’s 70 and she’s still selling Avon hence she never asks me or my sister for anything. She always had enough income. After I became a stylist, I decided to start my styling company, I always want to grow bigger in everything I do. I realized entrepreneurship requires patience, understanding and product knowledge – knowing what you are selling. I did styling for TV commercials, TV shows, music videos for a living for years and my first music video styling paid me R1500 after a full day on set for an MXO video shoot (South African artist). It was not about the money back then but the future of my company was my priority. I then got into style videos for artists like Kwesta, Slikour, Reason, Shugasmaxx, Tolassmo.


The books am currently reading Secrets of successful selling by Hugh Clarke The power of a praying parent by Stormie Omartian Towards a Deeper Meditation Edgar Cayce and John van Auken Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your entrepreneurial pursuits?

How did you handle it? I try to ignore negativity and focus on what I do best and what I want to accomplish. I am a very persistent lady when it comes to business. When I started this business my family and friends didn't believe in me or understood my vision. Strategically, before my launch I had to try out my products amongst my family and friends – that kicked started my sales afterward. What advice would you give to an upcoming entrepreneur locally and internationally? I think the key thing is to first distinguish between a career and a job. We have limited time and even more limited energy. Focus on what you are good at and work hard. Explore other opportunities if something is not working. The idea for you is to keep going and be relentless.