THE EXCITEMENT IS PALPABLE AS UFC ANNOUNCER BRUCE BUFFER BELLOWS OUT I N H I S W E L L- R E C O G N I S E D VOICE: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! AND N O W, L- I - V - E F R O M C A L I F O R N -YA A A , COMING UP TO T H E S TA G E : T H E H E AV Y W E I G H T, UNDISPUTED CHAMPION OF MEGA PARTNERING, J … T… F O X X ! ”
24 FASTCOMPANY.CO.Z A SEPTEMBER 2016
Many international speakers have come to our shores with elaborate shows and even more elaborate promises of helping South Africans to become ‘great’. But they have largely failed to live up to their hype—except one. With successful businesses in over 40 countries including the UK, Canada, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Botswana, Singapore and South Africa, JT Foxx has taken global entrepreneurship to another level. Hailed as the world’s number-one wealth coach, he has featured on CNBC Africa, local TV breakfast show Morning Live and even the popular soapie Isidingo; one would be forgiven for assuming Foxx has his roots in South Africa. But he started from humble beginnings in Canada, growing up in a middle-class family and suffering from a speech impediment; by his own admission, he was not very popular at school and became depressed. All these circumstances could have stymied him at a young age, but the strong drive to succeed shaped JT Foxx into the world-renowned serial entrepreneur he is today. He has coached some of the top global entrepreneurs such as three-time Super Bowl Champion Michael Irvin, lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone, and South African business magnate Robert Gumede. Also known as “the millionaire underdog”, Foxx takes a special interest in unicorn companies: potentially successful startup businesses—mostly in the technology, mobile tech and IT sectors—that have high value but an astounding failure rate. Foxx takes on these companies as ‘pet projects’ and helps them become the successful high net-worth brands they should be. To create and maintain wealth, he believes business owners should get the right strategy, the right system, the right information and the right coaching. Foxx has been a regular visitor to South Africa over the past three years and has made a lasting impression on promising entrepreneurs and business icons. His ultimate aim is to create millionaires in this country by coaching clients, helping them strategise, and exposing them to other successful businesspeople who can invest, mentor and collaborate with them through Foxx’s Intelligent Millionaires Network. In his early 30s, Foxx’s drive and passion to make this planet a better place for entrepreneurs, young and old, has inspired and motivated many around the world—as evidenced by his often sold-out Mega Partnering and Mega Marketing events. His personal story has shown that anyone is capable of success. Foxx spoke to Fast Company SA editor Evans Manyonga about business, life and the future. One thing is clear: He strongly believes South Africans have great potential.