Business woman, Unathi Nkayi, who is to release her memoir in November shares with us how you can also make a success of yourself.
The star needs no introduction in Africa’s entertainment space. You currently see her on the popular music show, Idols and probably go to her live shows. While doing her brave, true and strong tour, she managed to co-author her first memoir, which will be released in November 2019. She certainly does not show any sign of slowing down. Her memoir, titled I Keep Learning will be released on November 6. It’s one I certainly cannot wait to read.
In 2018, we had a chat with Unathi this is what she said about success and how you can reach it too:
How can young people create career opportunities for themselves?
I have never waited for people to give me opportunities or to open doors for me. I do things on my own. My tour is fully funded because if I relied on sponsors or brands to fund me I’d still be waiting. My advice, especially to the younger generations is use social media to your advantage. When it comes to your career aspirations, think laterally instead of wanting to hand in your CV to potential employers. Things have evolved. Do your homework and find ways to stand out so people can see value in you. There’s no specific formula because people reach their goals in different ways and at different times. Just don’t give up and don’t be scared of failure.
Speaking of which, what is your relationship with failure?
I welcome failure. I failed grade eight and had to repeat my first year at varsity. I remember in high school asking my dad to go to a different school and he said something profound; that when you start running, you will never stop. So make sure you are running towards something and not away from it, especially failure. Failure teaches us and helps us evolve into better versions of ourselves. There are invaluable lessons hidden in failure.
How do you define success and do you feel you have reached it?
Success for me is holistic. You can’t enjoy success if you are alone, nor can you enjoy money when you are unhealthy. You can’t be creative when you are tired. I think people define success according to each phase in their lives. I am turning 40 this year and am excited about that. I am happy with what I have done so far, but I know I have much to achieve as well.
What are your success tips to people?
Take it easy and trust yourself. You have to invest in yourself and in your dreams. You also have to put yourself first and be unapologetic about it. Lastly, if your dreams don’t scare you, dream bigger and giving up is unacceptable.
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