It is a labour of love, and if you don’t have that love, you will not likely make it far. The second thing is discipline. If you are your own boss, you must acquire the discipline to remain focused in the face of many distractions around and the challenges you must overcome. You must keep your eyes on the big picture, knowing fully well that cutting corners will hurt you later. Perseverance is the third thing. In addition to passion and discipline, you must have the staying power to persevere to the end otherwise your effort becomes an abandoned project. You need these three things in abundance in a very daunting environment like ours. I will say that we do business in spite of the existence of so many challenges, and with virtually no concrete support to ensure success.

The interview was conducted by Daniela Böhm.