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ep15: “Thembi Bheka is a Self- Made Millionaire who Landed in Montreal, Canada in 2001 with only $5 in her pocket, money she got from a stranger during her flight to Montreal.”

An episode of The Nadvigators Podcast with Bassey Simon | Inspiring Stories of recent Immigrants - The Modern American Explorers share their American Journey & Experiences to inspire you to find your own path to Success and living the American Dream!

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e15: “Thembi Bheka is a self-made millionaire who Landed in Montreal, Canada in 2001 with only $5 in her pocket, money she got from a stranger during her flight to Montreal.”

Part 1 – This is the fascinating story of how a Zimbabwen girl found herself in Canada in 2001 with only $5 in her pocket. Thembi Bheka shares her nadvigating journey with Bassey Simon. 

In this episode, I bring you the first part of Thembi Bheka inspiring story.
 
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Thembi Bheka left Zimbabwe with five dollars in her pocket, money she got from a stranger during her flight to Montreal, Canada. When she was five months pregnant, she learned she was one of three wives and decided that wasn’t the life for her. She moved to Canada as a political refugee where she started a new life without her 10-month-old daughter. Even in a thin coat and freezing weather, she felt a hope in Canada she had never experienced in Zimbabwe. She also learned about lettuce when she ate salad for the first time.  

She shares that life in Zimbabwe was hard, but she was fortunate enough to be able to (mostly) make ends meet. However, leaving her marriage put her on a different path. She credits her rebellious spirit for enabling her to walk away from a destructive situation, regardless of what anyone else had to say. 

There were other factors motivating her to leave Zimbabwe, though. Youth in her neighborhood, who supported oppositional political parties, started disappearing from her neighborhood, political unrest and a desire to go to Paris (she realizes she was a little bit naive) helped her make the decision to leave. She shares the need to invest in an education, which means more than going to school. Life experiences can be our best education.

The most comical moment of her journey was when, on her arrival in Canada, naivety led her to believe that she could work for 100 hours to buy 10 cars and ship them back to help her mother in Zimbabwe, because she thought the advertised price of $199 at the auto dealerships was the final price of the car.

Thembi encourages other immigrants to embrace a purpose that keeps us focused, such as empowering our family or helping the poor back home. “We should have a bigger purpose in us than just making money. A bigger purpose will keep driving you.”

[highlight color=”orange”]So, What’s your Nadvigating Story? Are you ready to share it with the World? I will like to tell it. Send an email to guest@nadcast.com, or click on the VoiceNotes button to get started.[/highlight]

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[highlight color=”green”]“We should have a bigger purpose in us than just making money. A bigger purpose will keep driving you.” – @thembi.bheka[/highlight]

Thembi’s Tips:

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  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Find a mentor in whatever you do
  • Get a real world eduation – read books and listen to podcast
  • Do your own research (Trust your mentors, but understand, no one person knows everything.)
  • One reliable place to get great information is on the resources section of nadcast.com/resources

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Bassey Simon

Bassey Simon is a full-time Digital Strategist, Business Owner, Creator, and Host of The Nadvigators Podcast - Nadvigating the American Dream with Bassey Simon. As a Nadvigator himself, he started his own nadvigating journey as a Janitor in a suburban Maryland furniture store where he was told that he could not have a furniture sales job because "he did not have work experience in the USA." After only two weeks of working there, he became a sales associate, and within the next two weeks become the top sales associate in the company, and remained there for the next 3 months until he left to pursue his passion in Information Technology with various technology companies including Microsoft sales office in Washington DC. and Verizon Communication, where he worked for nine years. In addition, since 2008, Bassey has started and run several successful businesses with interest in facility management, oil and gas procurement solutions, international procurement agency, and currently owns Basim Digital Lab. a full-service Technology Services company specializing in Low-Cost but highly effective Doctors Office Patient Check in System, Event Management & Events Live Streaming Service, Reputation Marketing, Social Selling implementation, Video Ads & Display Ads optimization, and cold traffic and re-targeting solutions for SMEs using proprietary 10x re-targeting strategies.
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