Desmond Dumisani Dube
Birthday: 25 July
Education: Bsc Honors in Operations Research and Statistics
What is your vision of a world that that works for everyone?
We all inherit a beginning therefore we all start life off at different points. A world that works for everyone is one that rewards individuals’ commensurately with effort applied by that individual, a world that rewards one for choosing to be either a leader or follower. A world in which our inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men thus complementing each other in every facet of life, and that we must exert ourselves in order to give in the same measure as we have received and we still receiving. My political ideal is that of democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. It is an irony of fate that most of our leaders have been the recipient of excessive admiration and respect from their followers through no fault, and no merit, of their own. The cause of this may well be the desire, unattainable for many, to understand the one or two ideas to which they have with their feeble powers attained through ceaseless struggle. I am quite aware that it is necessary for the success of any complex undertaking that one man should do the thinking and directing and in general bear the responsibility. But the led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their leader.
What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
In my opinion, the present symptoms of pressing problems is the lack of passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility. The accumulated resentment of the war period has not yet died down, and many influential men persist in the irreconcilable attitude into which they allowed themselves to be driven by the pressure of circumstances. The ultimate goal, which is the restoration of normal and fruitful co-operation between learned societies and nations, is, however, not yet attained, because of greed and the urge to gain control over others. Money only appeals to selfishness and always tempts its owners irresistibly to abuse it, thus saying it is irrational that three percent of the world is in control of the greater part of all the wealth.
How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
It is now time for people to be taught how to own the pond where the fish is and not how to fish from the pond. The incumbents of this world need to connect with each other, and not take people for granted. Weak leaders get so caught up in the vision of where they’re going that they forget whom they’re trying to lead. Instead, leaders would be wise when they realize that connecting to people and developing them are the surest ways to gain influence. Results happen through relationships. Nations need to further their search for common ground, for this will bring the realization that differences ought to complement rather than clash. Regardless of the diverse personalities found in this world we need to be authentic when we speak and align our words with action. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace” – Jimi Hendrix.
By the time you read this it will probably have been outdated as I am on a constant self improvement drive. I am a dynamic, out of the box thinker and am unpredictably creative. The last thing you would expect to find from me might be the first thing you will get. Notwithstanding that I am a 22 year old vibrant young man; who attended both his junior and High school in Bulawayo. I inculcated a keen interest in leadership from an early age which was evidenced by the number of leadership positions I held in both junior and High school, and I am a holder of the Million leader mandate certificate, a program initiated by Dr John C Maxwell and also a member of Junior Chamber International. As an avid and highly energetic man my hobbies include reading widely, playing chess, and body building and keeping abreast with new ICT and motoring innovations. My all time favorite book is The twenty-one Irrefutable laws of leadership by Dr John C Maxwell, and other books that I have read include Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly effective People, As a man Thinketh by James Allen, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, these are just but a few of the books I have studied. In terms of networks with individuals I have acquaintances in Botswana, South Africa, Dubai and Netherlands. Currently am studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research and Applied Statistics at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe, and I aim to further my Operations Research skill and understanding to culminate in Msc and PhD level by the age of 35. Vision wise I want ‘to build an active and prominent business empire’ in Operations Research and Project Management Consultancy. On a broader perspective my desire is to start a nonprofit making organization/ Non Governmental Organization responsible for engaging in PRO-active projects such as PRO-People Having Plenty, PRO-peace campaigns, PRO-healthy Living ( without focusing on ANTI campaigns’ e.g. ANTI-poverty, ANTI-war, and ANTI-AIDS campaigns). I am a firm believer in a world that will ultimately unite for the betterment of every individual, I have faith in us, the leaders of the coming generation (the window of hope), the generation that will produce honest and responsible leaders; “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves’’-Ray Croc. To suffice, I always give thanks to my God, parents, brothers and sisters who are supportive of my vision and offer me the requisite mental tutorage.