Having an arsenal of advice that you can turn to for inspiration, wisdom, or simply to know that you’re not in this alone, can be a game changer for business owners. Not every day is the same, and some days are harder than others.

We’ve put together a list of TEDx Talks from those that have failed and got back up, those that have learned valuable things along the way, those who know what it takes to build  business success, and those who believe Africa is a hot spot for local businesses to thrive alongside local economies.

 

Magatte Wade,brand creator on why it’s hard to start a business in Africa and how to change that

 

Many African countries are poor for a simple reason, says entrepreneur Magatte Wade: governments have created far too many obstacles to starting and running a business. In this passionate talk, Wade breaks down the challenges of doing business on the continent and offers some solutions of her own — while calling on leaders to do their part, too.

 

Leticia Gasca, author and entrepreneur on not failing fast, but failing mindfully

 

We celebrate bold entrepreneurs whose ingenuity led them to success, but what happens to those who fail? Far too often, they bury their stories out of shame or humiliation — and miss out on a valuable opportunity for growth, says author and entrepreneur Leticia Gasca. In this thoughtful talk, Gasca calls for business owners to open up about their failures and makes the case for replacing the idea of “failing fast” with a new mantra: fail mindfully.

 

 

Martin Reeves, Strategist on how to build a business that lasts 100 years

 

If you want to build a business that lasts, there may be no better place to look for inspiration than your own immune system. Join strategist Martin Reeves as he shares startling statistics about shrinking corporate life spans and explains how executives can apply six principles from living organisms to build resilient businesses that flourish in the face of change.

 

 

Knut Haanaes, Strategist on two reasons companies fail – and how to avoid them

 

Is it possible to run a company and reinvent it at the same time? For business strategist Knut Haanaes, the ability to innovate after becoming successful is the mark of a great organization. He shares insights on how to strike a balance between perfecting what we already know and exploring totally new ideas — and lays out how to avoid two major strategy traps.

 

 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Economist on Want to help Africa? Do business here

 

We know the negative images of Africa — famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there’s another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.

 

 

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