So yesterday I went to Pretoria to secure a speaker who just about brings me to tears every time I think of how he’s built his business.
I’ve known about Mr Augus for years but yesterday was the first time we were meeting.
My friend Mercy has been working for him, almost, since the beginning of his company. So I know first-hand the journey they’ve traveled to get to where his business is now.
When Mr Augus started his business he was a cab driver. Well it was hardly a business then, it was merely him making a living. Back then he’d park his car outside places like the Holiday Inn in Pretoria waiting for clients – today though he has over thirty employees in a business that spans from transport to hospitality.
I remember visiting my friend at their offices when their business was still just starting out – in our meeting yesterday Mr Augus reminded me of how he and Mercy shared a small table in a tiny office – “You don’t even have to tell me Mr Augus,” I told him – “I was there – I remember that office.”
But long gone is that tiny office – Mr Augus’ business now runs from a stunning property in an upmarket suburb in Pretoria.
And how’d he do it?
“Focus. Persevere. And never give up.” He told me.
Mr Augus has had doors shut in his face many times – throughout our meeting he kept telling me: “It wasn’t easy.”
Well let me tell you he’s a very busy man – but he saw me at short notice and has agreed to speak to budding entrepreneurs who’ll be attending a breakfast I’m hosting on the morning of, Saturday, May 19.
If you’re on the verge of starting something great and don’t know where or how to go about it please do join us to hear this wonderful business man speak.
Or if you have started something and would love a gentle push forward on your journey – or if you’ve been trying and you’re exhausted and on the verge of giving up – please come and join us. You will be inspired. And this will spur you on.
Mr Augus is a wonderful, warm and unassuming gentle soul. Meeting him you’d never know the extent of his success.
At the breakfast you’ll be welcome to interact with him
Some of the questions I’m dying to ask him include:
– How did he get the funding to grow his business (even without an elaborate business plan)?
– How did he secure huge clients like Telkom?
– How did he negotiate deals everyone told him he would NEVER secure?
“When people come to you, Mr Augus, and ask you to share with them how you made it- then you know you’ve truly arrived.”
These were my words to him as we ended our very brief meeting.
Over the years I’ve just heard tid-bits about Mr Augus from my friend Mercy. I look forward to hearing more of his story at our breakfast.
Your dream is with pursuing. And you are worth living it.
If you’d like to join us for this breakfast please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Venue: West Rand (JHB)
Date: May 19
Cost: R350pp (Includes breakfast)