Grit and mindset change

Dr Nico de Klerk, CEO of StreetBiz Foundation, during the Long Walk Project on 30 October 2018 in Barrydale, Western Cape, South Africa:

“In Barrydale they have a great project running, called “Net vir Pret” (“Just for Fun”) and I was invited to meet the Board, including a lady from Oxford, England present. The meeting ended with three Board members, Donna, Judy from the UK & Peter, contributing to the StreetBiz mission in a short video.”

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Make it personal …

In this video, we heard more about the importance of grit (determination) if you want to be a successful entrepreneur. Life as an entrepreneur is hard and filled with challenges, and if you don’t have grit, you won’t get very far.

According to this TED talk video, by Angela Lee Duckworth, grit is “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals”. Listen to the following video and about how good looks, education, IQ … none of these are the best predictors of success. The best way to predict if someone will be successful is to see if they have GRIT.

Ask yourself … do I have grit?

Write down four examples of grit over the past year. How did you persevere despite challenges? How did you find the passion to keep going when things were against you?

  • Or do you expect someone always to come to your rescue?
  • Do you think you’ll get by easily because of your talent, your good looks, your IQ?
  • Do you feel that the world owes you something because of your circumstances?

If you do, you are doomed to fail.

Change this today.

Find that one thing that makes you feel alive – that one thing that you can commit to for the long term. Work hard, and keep your eye on the goal. Show true grit – then you know you’ll succeed.

… and there’s more:

Complete the Grit Scale checklist here to see what Angela’s talking about.


Get our Barrydale friends to Cape Town!

YOU can make a difference!

This video is a challenge to help this group get to Cape Town to celebrate the end of the Long Walk Project on 24 November 2018.


To support our Barrydale friends with funds or transport to Cape Town on 24 November or overnight accommodation in Cape Town … contact Dr Nico directly – at Contact Number: +27 82 566 1484 Email Address:

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The Long Walk Project, StreetBiz Foundation, 30 October 2018, Dr Nico de Klerk: “A group of young & unemployed teenagers met me about 12 km outside Barrydale to walk with into town. We celebrated the StreetBiz 2000km mark (already posted when it happened).” #LongWalkProject #StreetBizFoundation

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Make it personal …

This one is a direct challenge – to you! Let’s get this great group of young guys to Cape Town so that they can walk the last bit of the Long Walk Project with Dr Nico into Cape Town on 24 November 2018!

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Nearly there!

As you know, Dr Nico de Klerk is walking across South Africa from Pretoria to Cape Town in just less than four months. Have a look at the video below where he is celebrating reaching the 2 000 kilometers walked mark (that’s 1 242 miles!) with a group of youngster who are not in school and not employed … exactly the people he’s trying to reach. They’re just outside of Barrydale in the Western Cape in South Africa at this point.

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Make it personal …

Do you celebrate your victories? So often we forget to do this in the midst of hard times as an entrepreneur.

So … grab a piece of paper or open your note app on your device … and write down no less than TEN times when you were proud of something you did the past MONTH.

It doesn’t have to be big things … it can be simply keeping your cool in a difficult discussion, or deciding to skip coffee so that you can work on your business plan … anything and everything is fine.

As long as you remember to celebrate it!

#resilience = #entrepreneur