Transform SA Digital Issue 29 - Magazine - Page 23
ashin Govender realised the power of being connected online
quaite early in his life. Having begun his journey with World Ventures
at a tender age of 8, today Sashin is a global citizen who consistently
shares his wisdom, knowledge and story with millions of people around
“Your brain is not your biggest asset –
it is your mindset. Having a positive
mindset sets you up for success and
helps you reset your paradigm.”
Transform SA spoke to him to learn what strategies he used to build his
How did the age of digital influence help bolster your brand as an
It has radically changed my life. It has personally developed me in ways I
could not even fathom. Sadly, a lot of people are crippled by basing their
financial future on formal education alone and they struggle to diversify
and have a plan B. Education is paramount but self-education on online
platforms is key and allows for innovation. Today, people can start a business
from as cheap as opening a website and using social media as marketing
platforms. Digital business has drastically changed my perception around
business – people would rather have a million followers on social media
than have a million rand in the bank because social media following has
now become bankable, it’s all about how you monetise your social media
reach and following. I have over 20 businesses that are run online which
are click in orders.
What does having an entrepreneurial mindset mean?
It means that you close the gap where there is an opportunity. I have this
equation P + S = O – Problem plus Solution equals Opportunity. It is imperative
that we formulate a business around that. Having an entrepreneurial mindset
means understanding that nothing is quick and easy because if it is, it is not
lucrative or sustainable. Having delayed gratification is key as it will prepare
you for rejection, opinions and challenges. This mindset can be applied by
anyone whether employed or self-employed as it gives you the literacy
to run a business which is now a very sought after bankable commodity.
What is The Millionaire Student and how do you envision it becoming
a life philosophy for the Youth?
It is a brand that teaches individuals that to become a millionaire, you
need to be a student in order to maintain and sustain the status. It is about
learning because when you look at the word ‘learn’ – if you learn enough
and remove the letter ‘l’ you start earning from your learning. It is about
constant self-learning and personally developing yourself. So through virtual
mentorships, my live events, online courses and social media, I teach the
philosophy of being a learner who is self-empowered to become a millionaire.
As a life coach, what is the one philosophy that is applicable to all
aspects of your life?
My one philosophy is understanding that 80% of life is psychological and
20% is mechanics. It is understanding that your brain is not your biggest
asset- it is your mindset. Having a positive mindset sets you up for success
and helps you reset your paradigm.
What does it mean to be a global citizen and what are your thoughts
around transforming not only South Africa but the world at large?
A global citizen is an individual who understands the world and creates
equality through fusing the different dynamics of first world and third world
– as a global citizen I needed to develop the mindset of a person living in
a first world country while facing the challenges and opportunities that a
third world country brought and developing the work ethic of an individual
in a third world country. My contribution to the project of transformation
is to transform the mindset of people in developing countries so they too
can aspire to be like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Akon.
What change would you like to see this decade and how do you plan
on contributing to that?
I’d like to see more entrepreneurs emerge especially through the decrease
and drop in the economy and the recession we’re experiencing right now.
This comes with people taking ownership of their mind so they can think
out of the box. My job is help with this realisation and encourage people
to come out from their confines which limit their potential.
What do you feel are your social responsibilities as a change maker,
pioneer and someone with the ability to exact influential change?
Recently, I have started doing free events where I hired an arena and covered
the costs so as to empower, mentor, train, coach and align people for free. I
would give them value and teach them the basics so they can double, triple
and even quadruple the basics through action and execution.
Do you think the growing phenomenon of globalisation can help
propel South Africa forward?
I definitely do. The world is bigger than us and we need to start thinking
beyond our borders. We need to start thinking globally, executing globally
and create global brands – this not only increases investment but it will also
give our country more credibility.
With the rise of youth unemployment in SA, what factors do the
youth have to consider to empower themselves and contribute to
the economic landscape of the country?
The youth needs to realise that the job market is highly saturated and as such,
being a graduate is not a guarantee of employment hence diversification
is important. The country looks to us to fend for ourselves and even create
for our long and younger counterparts.
Volume 25 • 2020