Home' Wealthwise Magazine : Issue 13 Contents time. That value was me taking their
company’s brand to the highest point
of the African continent. This is how
we should see ourselves, as people
who add value for others, as employ-
ees and/or as entrepreneurs.
Q: What do you do to keep your-
self motivated, inspired, and
focused in your business?
KK Diaz: The biggest thing that keeps
me focused, inspired, and motivated is
my purpose – which is to help eradi-
cate extreme poverty and hunger. I
will do everything in my power to help
make sure people never go to sleep
hungry. I pursue this through helping
entrepreneurs establish sustainable
businesses. When these businesses
truly flourish, we can start to create
truly sustainable jobs in this country
and throughout the rest of Africa.
It is my belief that when people are
well fed they start looking at how they
can better their lives as well as the
lives of those around them. But on an
empty stomach it is easy to think of
committing crime and taking advan-
tage of others in order to feed your-
self. With purpose you are inspired
from within because it gives you a
reason to live, a reason to get up every
morning. For me it is bigger than
money, and bigger than me. It is what
keeps me going, both in business
and in general.
Q: How do you cope with pres-
sure? Can you further explain the
concept of process killing pressure
from the book?
KK Diaz: Imagine two people needing
to complete the same task. One has a
process for the task but the other
does not. Who do you think is experi-
encing more pressure during the task?
When you have a repeatable way of
doing something, a process, you actu-
ally stop thinking about that task
when you are doing it. This creates
space in your mind, and you are then
able to either relax in the comfort of
knowing what you are doing or, better
yet tap into additional resources,
thereby reducing the pressure of
dealing with the task at hand.
At Rekopane Dot Biz we help entre-
preneurs and business people to
implement business processes and
systems so they can reduce pressure,
and be able do more with less.
This principle also applies in general.
Once you have a process for studying
or learning, you reduce the pressure
by knowing how well you will possibly
do during the exam, as you would have
seen it work before. And when you
have seen what you can achieve when
doing it in a particular way (your
process),you generally stress less, i.e.
less pressure because you can almost
anticipate the outcome. Having a
process leads to reduced stress.
Q: How do you view success, fail-
ure and wealth?
KK Diaz: Failure – just because you
have failed does not make you a fail-
ure. Failing is recognizing something
did not work and then attempting the
same task or challenge again, prefer-
ably using a different and better
method of approach as well as apply-
ing what you have learned from the
previous attempt. I see failure to be
when somebody gives up completely.
Success is the accomplishment of a
pre-set goal. In other words, I decided
to achieve x by this date. If I do accom-
plish it, I have succeeded. Wealth I
would define as having more money
(or the equivalent thereof, i.e. prop-
erty, assets, etc.) than you will ever
need or be able to spend.
Q: What advice would you give to
thousands of young South Africans
to empower them to go beyond
hopelessness and poverty, and build
KK Diaz: No more excuses, that is my
advice. When you come up with
excuses, you belittle yourself. Your
background, your financial status,
your lack of experience, none of these
will ever be a good enough reason for
anyone not to be successful. My climb
to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
was to prove this point. I had no
money for it, I had no experience in
mountain climbing, and I clearly do
not have a rosy background; but I did
not let any of those things get in my
way of successfully reaching the
summit.Find your purpose, and live to
fulfill it. Let your purpose guide you
through life. It is only when you have
found it that you will ever be truly
KK Diaz is an entrepreneur, business
coach, author, and public speaker.
Visit www.kkdiaz.com for more info.
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