In her new book, Rising from the Ashes, successful serial entrepreneur and now author, Miyanda Katiwa, brilliantly draws life changing lessons from her experiences in life and business. She shares her moments of struggle, brokenness and hopelessness, and gives some invaluable lessons that will help any other woman entrepreneur to overcome their own challenges. Once broke, jobless and stateless, plus going through at the same time the heart wrenching experience of a painful divorce, Miyanda emerged as a successful entrepreneur and business consultant in her own right, building a strong human resource consultancy firm in Zambia. Today she is a serial entrepreneur, launching another highly successful agribusiness Pamushana Farm, specializing in growing seedlings for food production.
Cleverly and appropriately titled, Rising from the Ashes, this book reveals highly personal, life defining moments in Miyanda’s journey including losing irreplaceable items in a house fire and losing her mother to cancer. She takes readers through the mistakes she made and the valuable lessons she learned, in the hope that her hindsight on all these experiences can offer important foresight to others. Riveting and emotional, this book both provokes and inspires, it stimulates empathy and steels your backbone. You will read it once and then read it again as you gain important perspective that will help you to lift yourself from the ashes during those difficult moments in life and business.
The power to drastically alter the direction of your life is in your hands. You have the tools, so use them.
I have experienced many challenging situations in my life where all the odds were totally against me.
The mantra I live by is this: the only person that I ever compete with is myself. Every day my goal is to be better than I was the previous day, week, month or year.
Regardless of how high the mountain is, believe me that there is always a way around it. Go back and ask yourself, why you want something and how much you want it.
About the author
Miyanda Katiwa, or MiyandaK as she loves to be known, is a successful and savvy serial entrepreneur with business interests that cut across the consultancy, farming, property management, health and beauty, and network marketing sectors. She has built a highly recognisable and successful brand in the human resource development field with her company ProSoft Human Resource Solutions, and has received multiple accolades in her business career, including one of her businesses being named as the Best Human Resource Development Company in Zambia. Miyanda is also a certified image consultant, a recognised network marketer, and a business coach. She is a well sought after public speaker and has spoken at many events, both local and international. Miyanda sits on a number of boards cutting across the banking sector, insurance secdtor, and non-profit sectors. She is married and has four children and now lives in Lusaka, Zambia.
Why LoA loves it….
There are people in life you meet who are real fighters, those who refuse to give up no matter how hard the journey or what obstacles are thrown in their way. Miyanda Katiwa is one such person. She has had to battle through so many of life’s challenges, ones that would make others simply give up, but those are not words in her vocabulary. She has a level of determination and self belief that have carried her through the toughest of times, and today she is an inspirational example of what can be achieved in business and in life when you really want to make something happen. Her success is a beacon of light for others who may be experiencing similar challenges to follow. --- Melanie Hawken, founder and editor-in-chief of Lionesses of Africa