SAP 017 – Vimbainashe Chinhoyi; turning a painful loss into the driver for spreading hope and equipping startups with the tools they need to thrive in business

Nashe is a business and life coach based in London, UK. She is the founder of World Lanterns, an organization that focuses on spreading hope.

She also owns Nashe’s Consultancy. A company that equips startups and SMEs with the tools that they need to thrive in business, everything from business planning to operational effectiveness.

Personal life

“I was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. I left when I was 10 years old and moved to London”

“I am the youngest in my family. I have two older brothers, Rodney and Tafi. I live in Southeast London and I also work 9-5 in the financial district.”

“I strongly believe in staying-grinding.”

Area of expertise

“The public speaking because I speak about my own experiences and my own story. I think it encompasses everything. I am very generous with my experiences and my emotions.”

“I lost my dad, very suddenly, three years ago, to lung cancer. It was such a big shock to me and my family. That pushed me out of my comfort zone, I thought; if I was to die today, what legacy will I leave behind?”

“I would say public speaking is the greatest gift that God has given me because through my voice I am able to help other people find hope.”

Holding down a 9-5 and running 2 businesses, how do you stay on top of things?

“I use the AGILE Methodology. With AGILE you work in segments. A good analogy is that of a cake. You eat a cake in slices. So, I always break my tasks down into smaller tasks in four different parts: backlog, to-do, doing and done. This helps me prioritise effectively.”

The lowest of the low

“It was when we did the community outreach for Grenfell Tower because it was very emotionally taxing for me and my team. It really does take a lot out of you when you see people that, one minute they had something and the next, it’s gone.”

Proudest entrepreneurial moment

“Establishing the ‘She’s Royal’ movement within World Lanterns. It has turned into a sisterhood. Beyond life coaching. I have now found much more than mentees, I have found sisters that I can ‘do life’ with. We support each other.”

What’s got you buzzing right now?

“The year 2017. This year has pushed me to greater heights, speaking engagements, new clients and the book.”

Lion’s Den

What is the best African saying you’ve ever heard?

Natsa kwaunobva, kwaunoenda husiku

“It means ‘be good where you come from because you don’t know where you’re going’.”

“It’s a saying I live by. I always make sure I don’t burn bridges.”

What was holding you back from building your brand?

Low self-esteem – I just never thought I was good enough.

Which is your social media platform of choice and why?

“Facebook. It was here before all of the others. It allowed me to reach people on a global scale, friends I have not spoken to since I left Zimbabwe. And, new friends across the world. I like the fact it doesn’t limit you to one thing, not just photos, you can post paragraphs, write poems and do live videos.”

Share one daily routine that contributes to your success

“Constant conversations with God. I don’t make any decisions without putting them into prayer first.”

Recommend a book for the tribe to check out

Management Theory by G A Cole – I learnt so much about leadership, management and motivation from this book.”

If you had 24 hours to live, what would you do?

“I will tell my mum thank you. And, I will let everyone around me know how much I love and appreciate them.”

Words of wisdom

“Be consistent and keep going. Develop daily habits that will help you. And, have a spirit of excellence in whatever you do”

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