Name: Sean Emmanuel Nota
Organization: Black Diamonds
– 2nd Place Start Weekend
– Top 7 Demo Africa
– 1st Place Patral Speaking Competition
– Ranked Number 1 Public Speaker TRNC by HotShot Magazine
– Black Diamonds has interviewed the Jewels of Zimbabwe that are dominating within various industries.
The day everything almost fell apart:
The journey of life is full of surprises. This is the gift of life: That nothing is certain. It’s this ambiguity that gives us hope regardless of the present facts. It’s the same uncertainty that propels us to take contingency plans through mapping scenarios based on probability and pure guesswork. It was this process that we under took in the founding of Chiedza Delivery. Very simple and straightforward business that had a very high likelihood of success. The idea was framed in a restaurant and the air was saturated with optimism and hope with the steps necessary being were clear. Without hesitation we took the step and in no time, all had been done on our end. What remained was for people to do their part as per promise. That didn’t happen.
We lost all our capital, and the assets we had purchased but above all we lost the fire that had pushed us to such great lengths our friendship as partners. I spent days in depression and sleepless nights. Asking myself of things that could have been done better and yes obviously with the gift of hindsight everything looked avoidable. All had been lost. This was a reminder that as much as we plan, have the capital, have the connection and have the hunger it’s not enough nor is it a guarantee. With all your ducks in a row you can still fail. Yes no level of motivation and positive talk can shield you from failure and the pain attached to it. However entrepreneurship isn’t measured in successes and losses. It’s measured in *survival*. Are you able to continue regardless of the fall and the humiliation? Can you still press on when all the hype and fire has been extinguished?
This is what matters the most. This is what separates opportunities and true entrepreneurs. The ability to face defeat again and again without give up. To continue structuring and restructuring when no hope is in sight.
The story of Chiedza Delivery isn’t over and it never be over until we have victory. Your story of defeat isn’t over either.