Inspired by Rapelang Rabana

Rapelang Rabana is the founder of Rekindle Learning. Tech Entrepreneur. Thought Leader and Speaker on digital technologies, skills and innovation. Young Global Leader of World Economic.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
I am most grateful for my parents and the relationship I have with them. I am able to make the bold decisions and take the risks I take because I know that they can provide me with a strong anchor.

What inspires you to continue living a life you love each day?
I love the process of creating things and making them a reality. So, what inspires me most is the extraordinary privilege of seeing something you have worked on manifested into reality, after it all started with just a thought. It always makes me smile, that all we had the beginning of our first company was a thought – and how incredibly powerful human thought, the imagination and discipline can be, when backed by persistence.

When do you stop calculating risk and rewards, and just do it?
I rely on my instincts to make major decisions – so I don’t have an objective answer to that. I have learnt that even if I am not right, it is important to trust myself and if I do, my decisions will get better and better. It’s almost like exercising a muscle – the more you work with your instincts, the better they get.

What type of people inspire you and make you come alive?
I am inspired by people that are not afraid to follow their unique and authentic life path, regardless of how daunting or challenging it may be. I can pick it up quite easily when someone’s behaviour, actions, ambitions and hopes resonate with who they trully are.

What lessons has your work life taught you?
That business, entrepreneurship, is not some intellectual or mental exercise – it takes everything of you to make it work – it is a life exercise. The more congruent the business is to who you are as an individual and what you value, the deeper your capacity to preserve and outlast.

If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
If I had to teach something, I might do a course on personal mastery.

Your Passion and Purpose shine through. Sum up what they ultimately mean to you?
I would struggle to get up every morning and do something for sake of it or for money. Staying balanced and being at peace with myself is about making sure I am doing what I believe I should be be doing with my life at particular point in time. I have found that working against myself (doing stuff I don’t believe in or care about) is the fastest way to burn out and discontent.

What is the one piece of advice you can give to people trying to transform their dream into a reality?
The best advice is start with what little you have, from wherever you are, just as you are. The biggest mistake is to believe you need to wait for some other external event to occur before you can begin working on your dream. People wait for the time they have more money or get funding, or have enough experience, or enough confidence, or a partner. The key is just to start.

Please quote one of your favorite movie lines?
What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere. This is from the movie, Inception. 

Please finish this sentence: Entrepreneurship is... A belief that something should be done a particular way, and that you are the person to make it that way.

What is your favourite:

Restaurant: Overture

Book: A New Earth by Eckart Tolle

Wine: Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Country: Too hard to say.


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