Not one to let his circumstances define his future. Mfundo Shozi’s story is a testimony to the fact that we can overcome any challenges we go through in life. Born in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, this 26-year-old young man has overcome many tragedies in his young life.
Mfundo became an orphan at the age of 12 having lost his father at the tender age of eight and his mother at the age of 12. After the loss of his parents he stayed with his grandmother, uncle and cousins. Mfundo says that his grandmother and Uncle played a huge role in his life after his parents passed away. He recalls how his grandmother gave him the same unconditional love he received from his mother. However, when he was 16 years old his grandmother passed away.
In that same year Mfundo failed grade 9 in high school. His uncle and aunties then played a huge role in his life as they made him realise the importance of education. He became very close to his uncle. Mfundo says his uncle was his hero, he was a father to him and he was someone he knew he could always count on. Just when he was starting to get used to having someone play a father figure role in his life, his uncle was shot when he was 18 years old. When asked how losing his uncle made him feel? He said losing his uncle to this day is one of the most heart-breaking things he has ever experienced especially because of how he died.
Even though Mfundo faced so many challenges he managed to matriculate in 2010 from Queensburgh High school. When asked how he managed to cope with all the challenges that he faced earlier on in his life. He said playing soccer helped him heal. He started playing soccer from the age of eight and his dream was to become a professional soccer player and play for Kaizer Chiefs and our national team Bafana Bafana. However, at the age of 19 he lost this dream as he was accidentally knocked over by his uncle’s wife in their drive way. Mfundo saw his right leg come off and being put into a black plastic bag. It took him 6 months to recover from the accident and during that time he had four operations. He says what helped him heal during this time was having a positive attitude and focusing on not the pain he was going through but where he wanted to be.
Mfundo says he started thinking about how he could use his pain in a positive way. He says whenever he does his talks he always says to people, in life when something happens to you, you have two choices, you either allow it to make you better or you let it make you bitter. Mfundo hold a Degree in Public Relations and he graduated for his PR Diploma with 11 out of 17 distinctions. He started his first company UvoLwethu Communications with only R1135.50 when he was only 20 years old still doing his first year at the Durban University of Technology. When asked why he decided to start his own company he said it’s because he wants to leave his own legacy, create job opportunities for young people in the country and inspire them. He says he feels he has a responsibility to inspire young people to not make excuses and allow their lives to be defined by their circumstances.
Mfundo is an award winning international speaker and entrepreneur who has managed to really turn his challenges into opportunities. He has spoken for the world’s number 1 Wealth and Business coach JT Foxx. Where he shared the stage with Billionaires, Patrice Motsepe, Jenna Clifford, Hugh Hilton as well as Ndaba Mandela. He spoke in front of 1800 people where he was also named the number 1 speaker for the conference. Amongst his accolades is winning a No Limits Award at the First Annual Great Impact Awards and a Black Umbrellas Ambassador award which his company UvoLwethu Communications was awarded by Black Umbrellas. He has also recently launched his book Dream Catcher which was published under his speaking and coaching company Mfundo Shozi Global.
He says he wrote his book to inspire people to overcome their obstacles and achieve their dreams. In the book he shares his story and give various strategies and advice which people can implement in their lives to for them to achieve their dreams. His book is available online and people can also request it from their nearest bookstores. Mfundo says he wants people to be inspired his story so they can realise their full potential. When we asked him what’s the best advice he can give to people for them to achieve their dreams. He said when you have a dream you must firstly believe in your ability to achieve it, build the vision and focus on why you want to do it and not the how. You must be prepared for all the challenges and setbacks, you must have a crazy work ethic and be prepared do whatever it takes and apply the 3 P’s which are Persistence, Patience and Perseverance.
The most important thing is to surround yourself with the right people and get a mentor or coach. Mfundo says having a mentors and coaches has really transformed him, he says he owes a lot of his accomplishments so far to Scelo Mzimela who became his first business mentor when he was starting out. Over the past year I owe a lot of my accomplishments to JT Foxx who believed in me when many didn’t, and I will forever be grateful to him and his organization for the massive role they have played in my development both as a person and in business.
Lastly, we asked Mfundo what he values the most in his life and he said it must be his family because without them he wouldn’t be who he is today. He said his family helped him through the toughest of times and everyday his number one motivation is to make them proud because without them he wouldn’t be who he is today.