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Passive Investing: What You Don't Know, What You Need to Know and What You Thought You Knew But Don't.

In the few years I've been an entrepreneur I've been each of the three at some point: 

1. Recipient of a passive investment 
2. Channel for a passive investment 
3. Passive investor 

And interestingly enough, currently, all three. 

Having had a chance to be all three I've seen a knowledge-vacuum that exists when it comes to 'beginner passive investing and investors'. The largest driver of this shortfall has to be misconceptions of what passive investing truly is, and it is in this blog post that I wish to address these misconceptions by giving guiding principles that can turn any beginner into a professional. 

These principles are scalable and my own. They've worked for me and hope they can work for you. 

1. Objectives matter. If you really want to understand the value of investing study WHY people invest...and "to make money" isn't sufficient enough. By 'why', I'm referring to the reason that person chose that particular investment option. S…

Odyssey of Life: You're a Leader? This is Why Your Love Life Matters

Before anything else, the title focuses on an entrepreneurial perspective which I'll give at the end. But this post is for anyone in a relationship with another human being; be it in the capacity of a boyfriend or girlfriend, spouse, parent or child, mentor or mentee, employer or employee, or even as a friend. Ever wondered what is going on in someone else's head? Through this post try my best to give you a solution.

Secondly this is an unofficial book review of one of the greatest books on human relations I've read in my very short life: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The book is written on a character trait that I believe is just as essential to relationships as love is; EMPATHY. In this post I'm going to be talking about the power of empathy, why it is as important as love, why you cannot expect to have meaningful relationships without empathy and why as an entrepreneur empathy is as crucial as being able to read and understand financial statements when it …

Odyssey of Life: Why I'd Choose Insomnia over a Million US Dollars

So firstly if you're here for the first time, good luck! Yes? Yes. You're going to need it by the way. Happy new year, this is the only time once a year you actually have people show up for voluntary meetings and people actually do the stuff they say they are going to do, resolutions and all, great time of the year really! I know I'm a whole month late but better late than never. Today I've decided to type like I'd talk (hope that makes sense). I am tired but I feel a new post is long overdue, so I'll be scripting this as I would say it, it's easier.

Now I know it feels a bit 'oxy-moronish' to say I am tired and go ahead and say I would rather be a an insomniac than a millionaire. Well in all honesty, this is my blog, recommended to help reduce the amount of 'quality talk-time' I tend to have with myself, so you are just going to have to deal with it really. But trust me, today's post changed my outlook on life, and time, substantially in…

Who Am I - Mistaken Identity

This post is long overdue and as my first post of 2014, I've decided to get a bit personal. We can thank a late night Skype call meeting, my addiction to work and my natural 'giddyup-ness' for this post.

Who am I? A question only one person has the true capacity to answer and one question, whose answer defines our very existence. I'm not a poet and as you can see from my informal and rather shabby sentence structure I'm not a writer but I will try to channel these non-existent personas for this 'piece' (see what I did there...no? Oh well).

WHO AM I Ask not what was and is,  but what can become; What defines does not redeem, And what redeems is non-existent to some;
For we search craveses and creses for purpose, Purpose undefined; Defined is our 'purpose' but our understanding: unrefined.
- Ephraim Rwamwenge

This particular post is about defining standards; as individuals living in society and as companies operating within a global environment. And just a btbud…

Relationships and Business: The Bitter-Sweet Love Affair (A Founder's Issue)

Dedicated to:Founders

Okay firstly I am going to admit, this is me partly venting my frustrations with my love life (or lack thereof). 

Secondly, my lack of a definable love life has taught me a valuable lesson about emotional intelligence (EQ) and how mastering it is key to winning in every aspect of life, especially business.

Now in relation to the venting, I'm pretty young so it's understandable why I'm single but the lack of a companion especially when I live in an environment where the pros of relationships are glorified as the "ultimate experience" can be a challenge. But in all honesty I'm not completely single, as I tell everyone who dares to ask, I'm in the VIP section of the friendzone. For those that don't know what that is, it's the friendzone but with HOPE (I know right), and by hope I mean she has shown an interest in taking things beyond the friendship, so it's not all that bad. But now the biggest issue as a collective (her and I)…

Conservatism: Friend or Foe?

Good tidings from this African brother. I have been really busy of late but saw it fit to share my insight on something and try spark feedback from you guys. I want to know your views on the arguments surrounding the conservative approach to life that seems to be heightened in this age considering the rapid change in culture due to the increased cultural interactions brought about by globalisation and increased and improved intercontinental communication. 
This passed week, I witnessed the conservative approach to life first hand. Mid last year, I pulled out of formal college to pursue my love of business on one condition from my parents: that I continue through an online study program CIMA has. That was perfectly fine with me, reason being is I know the importance of knowledge and the role it plays on one's level of maturity and open-mindedness. Now to most people the idea of self reliance is not very familiar, most people live their lives depending on a system; either policies se…

Beginner's Luck (The True African Story)

Happy New Year dear reader, the year that was 2012 has passed. So much has happened this passed year both in my personal life and on a global and CONTINENTAL stage. The reason I put the word "continental" in CAPS is cause today I'm going to be talking about a popular trend that was amongst writers in the year that just passed; Africa.
We all know the statistics relating to Africa; the demographic, the number of countries (although 85% don't know the exact figure) and tit bits in relation to its history (mainly cause of the selectiveness of historian writers). But do we really know Africa, who she is, what she does, what she plans on doing, the potential that lies in her bosom of undeveloped land and under-utilised resources? I'm not that much of a historian, but as a Young Entrepreneur who plans on expanding across Africa, I saw it fit to study her history in order to know her future. Africa's been coined the 'undiscovered gem' in the business word and…