A few years ago, Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa had a stroke and lost her memory. She had to learn how to read books again, a hobby she has loved from childhood.

Years later, she made history for her appointment as the first female (and first black female) to be appointed at Naspers as CEO: South Africa. Take a page from Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa’s book of success through a few of her quotes on success.

Here are 30 success quotes from Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa

  • “We cannot keep pointing fingers. We need to start looking at our individual contributions.”
  • “You have a purpose that is unique to you. Fulfil your purpose.”
  • “There is always so much more you can achieve.”
  • “Sometimes, we find ourselves in places that appear comfortable to everyone, except us.”
  • “Your dream will appear too big in some people’s eyes.”
  • “It takes courage to achieve a big dream.”
  • “Don’t ever wait for other people to respond on your behalf.”
  • “Don’t wait for things to be done for you.”
  • “When you start something, it shouldn’t just be about profitability or money. It should also be about making a difference in society.”
  • “Focus on what you want to achieve and don’t allow anything to stand in the way.”
“Focus on what you want to achieve and don't allow anything to stand in the way.” - Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa
“Focus on what you want to achieve and don’t allow anything to stand in the way.” – Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa
  • “Never assume that somebody is not important because of where they are today. You don’t know where they are going to be tomorrow.”
  • “Place importance on the relationships around you.”
  • “It takes faith and will power to make change a possibility.”
  • “Don’t allow the things around you to limit what you can achieve.”
  • “Never answer to a name that does not represent who you are.”
  • “Being a mother is a privilege. Never underestimate it. There are many of us who cannot be mothers.”
  • “Fighting every single battle won’t get you anywhere.”
  • “Choose the battles that you’re going to fight and how you’re going to fight them.”
  • “Start your business by understanding the industry that you are in and the industry’s enablers.”
  • “To be successful in business, you can know how to raise capital.”
  • “It’s not about what is physically available. It’s about what you can make possible.”
  • “Whatever happens in life, it all comes down to how you respond.”
“Whatever happens in life, it all comes down to how you respond." - Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa
“Whatever happens in life, it all comes down to how you respond.” – Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa
  •  “If a dream is alive in you, you can give it life.”
  • “Never allow anything physical to limit you.”
  •  “Don’t allow the things around you to limit you.”
  • “Sometimes, having a lot of education — or a lot of anything, can stand in your way because it can make you think that you’re too big for ‘little opportunities’.”
  • “I had the courage to go for the opportunities that appeared too little for me and through that, I was able to make my big jumps.”
  • “Believe in yourself, and go for what you’re supposed to achieve.”
  • “A few years ago, I had a stroke and I lost all my memory. Everything I learned before the stroke helped me to continue and to grow again. I had to learn how to read again.”
  •  “I love reading; I loved it as a young child and I love it an adult.”

About Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa

Prior to joining Naspers (as CEO, South Africa), Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa was the Executive Chairperson at Sigma Capital. She also served as the CEO of Shanduka Group for about ten years, helping to build the company’s net value assets to about R8 Billion. Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa has also worked at the Development Bank of South Africa as well as Fieldstone (at the Washington Headquarters in USA), where she rose to the ranks to become Vice President. Her long list of accomplishments has earned her several accolades over the years.

30 Success Quotes from Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa
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In addition to being a successful business woman in South Africa, Phuti also serves on the board of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and several other boards. Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University in the United States of America (USA) and an MBA from De Montfort University in the United Kingdom (UK).

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