This 15 minute long CNBC video which arrived in my inbox this morning caught my attention because Scott Cundhill the founder of Majestic3 a South African big data company combines his love of kung fu with being an entrepreneur.http://www.cnbcafrica.com/video/?ytid=-QY2VcNqO6Q
His story is inspiring because like all entrepreneurs he has had salty cracks days (you know those days when the only food in the cupboard is left over dry crackers) driving a jalopy and being ripped off by unscrupulous businesses. I really like Scott’s emphasis on the power of the soft in kung fu and business alike, the importance of relationships as opposed to hard-selling. If you don’t have time to watch the interview Scott speaks about how he marries kung fu philosophy with his business venture which started as a website developer in the days when nobody wanted a website and has now morphed into big data and communications. He cautions that entrepreneurs should be willing to accept that the company they started might change into something completely different, you should “be like water” a philosophy he draws from the late great kung fu master Bruce Lee. The exact quote from Bruce Lee is : “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” The original quote comes from Lao Tzu, the sixth century B.C. philosopher (or ‘Old Sage’ — born Li Erh) who founded the philosophy of Taoism. Goes to show as we embrace the new, we always stand on the shoulders of the ancients who came before us. For more info on Scott’s business go to Majestic3.com.