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Young business aspirant wants to give back

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey

MANDEVILLE, Manchester:

The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, once said, "If you just work on stuff that you like and you're passionate about, you don't have to have a master plan with how things will play out."

Several successful entrepreneurs today are enjoying the fruits of their labour because they threw caution to the wind and worked assiduously on their passions to ensure they gradual climb up the ladder of success.

Twenty-two-year-old Sasha-Gay Johnson has made many downfalls throughout her life, but is poised to regain control by establishing her own business.

"I first learnt about entrepreneurship in high school. I now want to become a successful entrepreneur and open a cosmetic, clothes and shoes store, and also a restaurant. To do this, I will first have to get a job so that I can save money to start my businesses. I am motivated to become an entrepreneur because I have seen some of my family members who are entrepreneurs and reaping success," said Johnson.

Mainly motivated by her mother and other relatives in business, Johnson says she is further motivated by her new mentors from the Common-wealth Youth Council-funded programme, REAP.

"REAP is a very good and well-thought-out programme. I admire the speakers of the project as they have all motivated me to become successful. The activity that stands out the most for me in the project is the 'vision board' activity. Putting my goals, dreams and aspirations on paper has really opened my eyes to the things I want to achieve. They seem more realistic and appear as if they have come alive," said Johnson.

Having witnessed many of her counterparts become despondent with no zeal or the necessary resources to pursue their passion, the aspiring business owner says she wants to give back.

"I want to give back and help others as the REAP project has given to me. I want to say to them, stay strong and remain focused on yourself, keep going and keep your head up, you are a lot stronger than you realise. Don't allow anything that has happened to you in life to keep you down, have high self-esteem, ignore negativity, and put God first and remain humble through it all."