After cofounding a company, Lesego Mokae wanted to break the barriers limiting women entrepreneurs from entering the mining sector, a field where opportunities are few and far between. Mokae believes everything is possible, and she teaches this when she mentors and coaches rural youth. There’s a saying, “Ngwana o sa lleng o swela tharing”, which means “If you don’t speak out, you won’t get assistance”. She says: “Asking for help does not mean you are weak, it reminds us that we don’t know everything and learning from others is part of growth.” Mokae has trained dozens of women who’ve started their own businesses. She’s created more than 50 job opportunities and still finds time to invest in her community through volunteering. She has also learned the power of delegation, which not only empowers her, but also those working alongside her “in a manner that gives them room to grow both personally and professionally”.
In life, avoid comfort zones, you won’t learn or grow much there.