Ordinary daily experiences by an ordinary couple: Discover extraordinary lessons that will last you a lifetime
Short Biography : Marina Kotzé
Marina has been qualified as an occupational therapist for nearly fifteen years, working in a variety of clinical settings. She is currently working full-time as an occupational therapist in the specialized field of adult psychiatry for many years. Marina lived and worked abroad for three years, and during that period visited 22 countries. She also has a background in direct sales in a variety of settings. She has always loved literature and has become increasingly motivated to try her hand at writing as well. From this desire, she wrote her first eBook, 99 Lessons Learned From Man’s Best Friend, as she loves dogs and animals in general a lot.
Short Biography : Louis Kotzé
Louis is a qualified journalist and editor with over ten years’ experience in the field in editing, journalism and translation. He has been to Japan three times and has also worked in Tokyo as a journalist intern for six months. He always loved languages and writing, and rekindled this passion when he wrote his first eBook, 99 Lessons Learned from Living in Japan, last year. He is extremely privileged and thrilled to have started an online business with his wife, Marina, and to have begun their journey as authors and online marketers.
Give us a brief background of what you do.
Marina: I have been qualified as an occupational therapist for nearly fifteen years and am currently working fulltime as an occupational therapist in the specialized field of adult psychiatry for many years. I have always loved literature and have become increasingly motivated to try my hand at writing as well. From this desire, I wrote my first eBook, 99 Lessons Learned From Man’s Best Friend, as I love dogs and animals, in general, a lot. Since then, my husband and I launched our first website and henceforth started our first online business, which we are extremely excited about!
Louis: I am a qualified journalist and editor with over ten years’ experience in the field of editing, journalism, and translation. I have always loved languages and writing and rekindled this passion of mine when I wrote my first eBook, 99 Lessons Learned from Living in Japan, last year. I am extremely privileged and thrilled to have started an online business with my wife, Marina, and to have begun our journey as authors and online marketers.
What made you seek entrepreneurial endeavors rather than a traditional one?
Louis: I have always been taught to strive to be the best at what I do, and I have always worked hard to make the most of my talents. However, I also always knew that I wanted to do more with my life and make a bigger difference in the world. Ever since I met the woman of my dreams, Marina, (and married her!) I began to make small changes in my life to eventually reach our dreams. One of these changes was to write an eBook and create a website so that we can provide people with a product that inspires them and makes them smile! Now, we are on the verge of making this a reality.
Marina: I was brought up by my Dad to always work towards self-efficiency and to be self-employed. He said that even though you might work for a boss at some point, one should always remember that you are, in fact, actually working for yourself. Thus, he instilled in me the value of working by giving your utmost in whatever you do, as you are the only one who has to go to bed every night and has to answer to yourself, “Did I give my utmost today?”. In addition to this background, I have always had the desire to be financially free and independent, because if you have money, you have options. And unfortunately, earning a salary every month and working for a boss limits you in terms of having options available to live a certain lifestyle. Being a successful entrepreneur opens the ceiling on your earning potential – and then, the sky is the limit. My husband and I are on a journey to make permanent career changes, for the purpose of not exchanging time for money. In the end, we are aiming towards time, money, location and energy freedom. This is our WHY.
How do you overcome rejection?
Marina: In previous direct sales experience, I was taught that for every “no” I was given, it was one “no” closer to my next “yes”. I also learned that no matter what you do in life, rejection is inevitable. So, I accepted it as a given and didn’t allow it to deter my focus and my vision. I also learned that when I receive a “no” from a client, it means that he didn’t get enough information to say “yes”. I would then proceed with providing the necessary information to the client, in order to assist him in making a better-informed decision. Rejection is simply something I take in stride!
Louis: As a journalist just starting out, a lot of my work went through a process of rigorous changes and rewriting. I had to learn that I needed to become focused and that I had to be very careful about what I write and how I write. I am no longer afraid of rejection and know that if one way does not work, you just have to try harder, or sometimes, just something a little different.
How important for you is work/life balance?
Marina: As an occupational therapist, I am fully aware, from a scientific point of view, of the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance – even for busy entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur, one doesn’t necessarily have fixed work hours, but would rather work until certain tasks are completed. However, it is of crucial importance to make sure that one allows for breaks, healthy mealtimes, moderate exercise at least three times a week, some social contact, enough sleep, and some fun activity at least once a week. One can quickly become burned out, a condition that is perfectly preventable. That is why it is of crucial importance to establish a healthy daily routine right from the start of your entrepreneurial journey, and pay attention to your self-care. It is also extremely important to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships with like-minded people, as part of your support structure. These principles contribute towards a healthy work/life balance and at the end prevents dysfunction in any given area of your life.
Louis: During my job as a journalist, I came to see how crazy life can become if you only go after stories and you let your job take over. I realised that in life, these days more than ever since people are way more rushed than before, you have to have a good work/life balance where you can still do your job the best you can, but you have fun too, while staying in shape, eating right and taking care of your body.
3 top business influencers that you follow and why?
JT Foxx, because at a very young age, he obtained business success while at the same time, he had to overcome many personal obstacles. He did not keep his success to himself, though, but shares his knowledge and expertise with thousands of people worldwide.
Donald Trump (the businessman), because he is a billionaire and he was able to build up his empire from scratch every time he lost everything.
Sir Richard Branson, because he is a billionaire and an awesome person, who loves to think outside of the box.
How do you stay motivated and what keeps you going?
As a married couple, we have a vision and blueprint for our lives that we strive towards daily. We know there are many obstacles as new entrepreneurs, but we support and encourage one another on a daily basis and keep reminding ourselves and one another of our vision. We also invest in educational books and training programs in order to keep the momentum going. We love the JT Foxx 365, Wealth Workout and JT Foxx Marketing programs!
What is your favourite quote and explain why?
“If it is meant to be, it is up to me”, as heard from JT Foxx.
By this age in life, we have learned that the ball is our court, so to speak, and that we have the power to make choices in our lives and about the direction for our lives. If you were born into poverty, that was not your fault, but if you die broke, then it is 100% your fault. So, we have a role to play and we need to take responsibility for our own success.
3 top business books you have read?
- Millionaire Underdog, by JT Foxx
- The Ordinary Millionaire, by Wouter Snyman
- Little Wins – The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler, by Paul Lindley
- Millionaire Underdog, by JT Foxx
- Rich Dad, Poor Day, by Robert Kiyosaki
- The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino