#UnbreakableS2 - Top 6
Billy Siziba, one of the incredible #UnbreakableS2 finalists, is the founder of Bullyz Health and Fitness. We chatted to the driven finalist about his entrepreneurial journey and what inspires him to keep going.
Q: Having experienced being bulled when you were younger, what inspired you to transform such a negative experience to something so positive and empowering?
A: Getting into fitness was really a means to defend myself at the time. I grew up around quite a bit of violence - my dad used to drink a lot and I wasn’t the most athletic guy either at school. For me, getting into working out was just a way to get to a point where I wouldn’t be intimidated by the people around me.
Q: Over and above your physicality, you also have an incredible level of confidence and mental strength. How did you cultivate those traits?
A: Mainly because of my mom. My dad was quite a violent guy and she endured it all. She was always positive and she instilled an outlook of not letting difficult times get me down. I don’t talk about that often, but that’s a big part of why I work as hard as I do.
Q: At which point were you inspired to share your knowledge with others to help empower them too and realised you could also turn it into a viable business?
A: I studied for about three years before I saw an opportunity to turn it into a business. I was quite good at design, so I started designing my own graphics and t-shirts, people began inquiring about where I got those clothes and that’s when I decided to start designing and selling clothes, and I was able to build capital to invest that into my business.
Q: What inspired you to enter CAN DO!’s #UnbreakableS2 competition?
A: Last year, I was doing my final year and it was hectic doing that and running our first store. I realised I was going to need way more capital and exposure for my business. I made a promise to myself that after I finish studying and had more time, I was going to find an opportunity to expose my business more and really make waves. I saw the ad on YouTube and knew immediately that this was my chance.
Learn more about Billy's inspirational journey by checking out the below vid and you can vote him to win R 100 000 in business resources by visiting http://bit.ly/2JXxCKE