EP 006 / 18.11.2020
THE REBELLIOUS NATURE
In this week's episode of Mission Makers, we’re joined by the Mauritian entrepreneur, Javed Vayid. With many successful ventures and venues under his belt, we discover how Javed got his start in business and his appetite for taking risks. Javid also goes on to discuss his political ambitions and shares with us his vision for the future of the island nation.
If you have ever been lucky enough to have travelled to the beautiful island of Mauritius, chances are that you will have at some point spent time at one of Javed’s numerous entertainment venues, and if his digital imprint is anything to go by, you will have left happy and inspired. After all it was from a 5* VIP trip to Ibiza that was fully funded by Circoc for his relationship to the brand where he first discovered the joys of electronic music. It’s hard not to fall in love with electronic music in Ibiza, the free-spiritedness and utopian vibe of the island is what inspired Javed to bring the Balearic feeling to Mauritius as soon as he touched back down on African soil.
As we go on to find out during the course of the episode, this passion for entertainment came to Javed rather late in life, which is surprising to hear given how well he has taken to it since, “I had no idea about my future career plan when I was younger,” he says before going on to add that, “contrary to my friends I did not have a defined path.” Sometimes you can get trapped in defining your path too young and you get the sense that the freedom he was encouraged to explore in his early years is what made him the man that he is today.
As well as running several successful businesses, Javed also finds the time to speak at local schools and is very passionate about passing on wisdom to the next generation, despite him not being the biggest fan of mainstream education, “anything that has to do with rules, still today makes me uncomfortable,” he says.
Incidentally Javed counts a rebellious spirit as perhaps the most important attribute for any aspiring entrepreneur, “I can’t see anybody succeeding as an entrepreneur without breaking the rules,” he explains. A little later he adds that, “If your colleagues don’t think you are crazy from time to time that’s also an issue because that means you have started to think like everyone else.” Not that he needs to worry about that too much. Such is his passion and drive for doing things differently that Javed could never be mistaken for anyone else.
The full conversation with Javid can be found on the video below and on the Mission Makers podcast on Spotify and Apple.
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