David Mpumelelo Booi the side hustler of note

As we continue seeking positivity and opportunities in the tough environment we find ourselves in, I met up with David Mpumelelo (Mpumi) Booi for my eleventh edition of #MindsoftheYouth feature.

Mpumi enjoys turning challenges into opportunities; he doesn’t like comfort zones because nothing ever grows there. He reminds me of one of my favourite books by Ryan Holiday titled, The Obstacle is The Way. Mpumi faced a lot of obstacles at a young age and those impediments showed him the way.

With low economic growth prospects in SA, low business and consumer confidence, technical recession, retrenchments, high unemployment rate, the impact of Covid-19 on South Africa and globally, load shedding, one truly needs a strong mindset like Mpumi to weather the storms and look for opportunities from these adversities. See my conversation with him below.

Tell me about your upbringing and where you come from?

I was born and raised in Thembisa in Gauteng where I am the last born of 4 children. My upbringing was not easy because I lost both of my parents at 9. I was left with my 3 sisters and they tried their level best to raise me and I will forever be grateful to them for adding value in my life. Soccer was the one thing that kept me focused to not worry about my issues at home. I used to live and breathe soccer. I completed my matric at Masiqhakaze Secondary School. Thereafter, I got a scholarship and pursued a career in IT.

To people who don’t know you how would you describe yourself?

I am self-driven and a go-getter. People might not know this, but I am shy.

How did losing your parents at such a young age change your life and outlook and how you view loss?

Losing my parents at age 9 hit me hard. But it was a lesson to me that certain things are beyond your control and you need to accept them in order to focus on the things that are within your control. The pain of loss doesn’t go away; you learn to live with it. Acceptance is the key in dealing with loss. This also taught me the power of utilising the NOW because tomorrow is not guaranteed that you will be there or someone you love will be present.

What do you do for a living?

I am a field technician at Fidelity. I am also the co-founder of Selfie Moments, an outdoor agency that focuses on outdoor activities such as hiking, school camps, adventure camps, sports camps, outdoor education, corporate functions just to name a few.

We are also starting a company to supply ice during events, it’s called Earthly Warmings. More information to follow, watch the space.

What are your plans for this year?

One of the major plans was to buy a car of which I did. I am also planning to semigrate to another province to pursue my dreams.

What’s your philosophy of life?

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right and you reap what you sow.

What are you willing to struggle for?

I am willing to struggle for my businesses and my goals

What did you enjoy doing in school?

Soccer was everything to me. I wanted to become a professional soccer player, but it was not meant to be.

What are you most proud of in your life thus far?

Starting Selfie Moments with my partners, this showed me that it’s possible.

If you were to advise your younger self, what would you say to him?

Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to fail and take risks. Fail fast and fail forward to pursue your dreams.

What’s your quake book?

Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson. It’s a short, light-hearted parable about change. This book was recommended to me when I got retrenched and it taught me the importance of embracing change to find new opportunities.

Do you have any favourite quote?

“The law of attraction is the most powerful law in the universe. You become what you think about most, but you also attract what you think about most.”

Connect with Mpumi on;

Twitter: @Mpumelelo511

Instagram: @booidavid05

Facebook: David Booi

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