“Don’t ever let someone tell you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” Before even telling where this quote comes from, you would have guessed it! Right? Yes, it is from one of the most inspiring films of all-time; it is from The Pursuit Of Happyness. The film has inspired many and so did Nelisiwe Masango. Her childhood dream was to become a neurosurgeon. But after watching the film, and seeing a countless number of people getting defrauded through various pyramid schemes, she decided to change her track.
Masango dropped out of the university in 2011 before completing her B. Com degree in Entrepreneurial Management due to financial constraints. She then began exploring the world of investing by equipping herself with the knowledge on Forex trading, equity markets, and derivatives. She even taught herself how to trade by trading on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). In 2013, she started Bear Run Investments. Having started the business on her own, she learned a lot and has now grown the business to a level that returns sufficient profit.
Later on, she even extended her business by establishing two new ones: Gentle Hands Agency and FeFine; each with specific missions. Gentle Hands Agency is her recruitment agency while FeFine (Females with Finances) is aimed at encouraging women to learn more about the financial industry, and also to attain financial stability regardless of her age.
Though she is in her 20s, Masango has achieved much more than just the fame of being a female business tycoon. In 2016, she was selected by the Santam Insurance to become their entrepreneur ambassador. She also participated in a six-month series to promote entrepreneurship. In 2017, she was awarded the 2017 African Growth Innovation & Leadership Award by Frost and Sullivan alongside Mr. Adrian Gore, who is the Founder and CEO of Discovery. She has also been featured in eNCA, CNBC Africa and several other radio stations within South Africa.
Despite owning three businesses, and being a celebrity millionaire, Masango has decided to continue with her studies and complete the B. Com degree she once left mid-way. Her example is one that proves age is just a number which has nothing to do with being successful.