Today at It’s My Footprint (IMFP) we continue with Part 2 of our interview with Mr Wilbert R. Mutoko (WM) the, ‘Financial Doctor’, a best-selling author. He is a renowned Personal Finance & Leadership Expert, and university lecturer for Entrepreneurship & Business Leadership.
(IMFP) I understand you have written a number of books. Let’s go into some of the work you have done.
(WM) I have authored three books: the first book is the best-selling ‘15 Secrets for Personal Financial Success – A Simple Step-by-Step Plan for Financial Freedom.’ (2012).
The second one is ‘16 Mistakes Singles Make Vol. 1 – A Guide to Successful Dating and Courtship that leads to Blissful Marriage’ (2014) and the third book is ‘What you have is Enough – How to become wildly successful in Finance and Business starting from where you are now.’(December 2015)
(IMFP) They say ‘iron sharpen iron.’ Did you have any remarkable mentors or advisors who boosted you to where you are today, what you believe in and what you are committed to in your work and life? Share with our followers about it.
(WM) I am forever grateful for my aunt’s advice and motivation – Mavis Mutoko-Gororo (MHSRIP). What my father Mark Mutoko (MHSRIP), and mother Irene Mutoko contributed to my life causes me to desire to help more people achieve their best in life. I am glad that today I am called father by many scholars, youths and adults alike because I am contributing into their human development.
Spiritually I have mainly been moulded by teachings and lives of Prof Ezekiel Guti (ZAOGA) and Dr David Oyedepo (Winners Chapel).
(IMFP) Wilbert, what skills do you consider crucial for success for an upcoming scholar and writer?
(WM) Research skills, listening skills, thinking and creativity.
(IMFP) When you think of the future of the kind of work you’ve talked about here, what gives you a sense of hope for your future?
(WM) What excites me most is when I get testimonies of changed lives through my preaching, coaching, mentorship, writings, books or training. That gives me maximum satisfaction. The fulfilment I get from changed lives through my works is more than money. I love changing lives.
(IMFP) We hear you talk lots about Botswana and South Africa. When shall we expect the impact of your works in Zimbabwe?
(WM) I have lots in Zimbabwe between 1995 and 2002 in terms of preaching and mentoring young people. Of late I have donated my books to SOS Harare and University of Zimbabwe. The project is expected to continue with me and Coach Princess donating more books to many centres.
In 2016 we also hope to launch my third book in Harare to benefit my people.
(IMFP) What is the worst experience you have gone through and what lessons have you drawn from it?
(WM) When I fell ill during A-Level. I learnt that God reigns, without God; there is no success to talk about. He gives and takes life. Without him I am nothing. For this reason, whatever I do; I remind myself that my success is for his glory. Therefore, I must never think that I am better than others.
(IMFP) How do you define success?
(WM) I define success as continuous progress in your pursuits. Success is being able to continuously deliver excellent results in your line of duty. Success is not having a lot of money; although having a lot of money can help you to become more successful. Success is being able to positively affect more and more lives with what you have.
(IMFP) If you could spend time with someone who has attained the kind of success you are looking to reach, what questions would you ask them?
(WM) I would ask the following questions;
- How did you become who you are?
- What excites you most about what you do?
- What disappoints you most about what you do?
- What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who desires to become as successful as you are?
(IMFP) What social cause(s) do you support/advocate for?
(WM) Donating to orphans, widows and less privileged. Spreading the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
(IMFP) What economic cause(s) do you support/advocate for?
(WM) Teaching about entrepreneurship and money. I passionately want people to know that job creation can change our economies. But it is not the work of governments to create jobs. Governments should create a conducive environment for businesses to start and thrive. It is you and I i.e. the private sector that can reduce poverty and create employment. I also want everyone to learn how to make and grow money. Money is not taught in schools; so all of us must read books, attend seminars etc. to equip ourselves with financial knowledge.
(IMFP) What kind of friends do you have and how have they influenced the person you are?
(WM) My best friend is my wife. All others are just acquaintances. I like positive minded people that learn and desire to teach others good things. I like people that love others and strive to make a difference. It is time for Africa. So I get excited when I meet people that are keen to develop Africa, regardless of their race or place of origin.
(IMFP) Financial Doctor, if you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would be your occupation?
(WM) I would be a full time pastor. I love people. Yaah. I really do.
(IMFP) Who was your first hero? Are they still your hero today?
(WM) Mark Tichaona Mutoko – my father. He was the man. No one among those born of a man and a woman can beat my late daddy on this one.
(IMFP) Financial stability, intelligence, emotional maturity and attractiveness: which would you pick if you could only have two of the four?
(WM) For me, number one is financial stability, followed by emotional maturity. I out emotional maturity on number two ahead of intelligence because I have seen a lot of intelligent people that blew up opportunities due to lack of emotional maturity.
(IMFP) What is on your playlist currently?
(WM) Anything by my favourite – Pastor Charles Charamba. He is the man, together with his awesome wife Olivia Charamba. What an amazing and humble couple. I love them to bits.
(IMFP) Financial Doctor, what impact have your career choices had on your loved ones?
(WM) It has widened their horizons. My children for instance, are always on their toes because I tell them that they must be better than me in everything. So it looks I am giving them a tough target with the things I am doing. Furthermore, I do not want to choose careers for my children, I help them decide what they want to do.
(IMFP) Are you where you envisioned you would be five years ago? Where do you see yourself five years from now?
(WM) Interestingly, yes. But I am a wild dreamer, so some of my crazy dreams are yet to come to pass.
(IMFP) What was the last book you read and what did you learn from it?
(WM) I am reading Robert Kiyosaki’s book – Retire young, retire rich. I am learning that retiring rich is my choice and it will help me to help the less fortunate.
(IMFP) How would you describe your character?
(WM) I am sober, straight-forward, strict, tough inside, very loving and caring, lover of fairness; faithful, trustworthy and dependable.
(IMFP) What is the craziest thing you’d like to achieve/attain?
(WM) I would like to address all presidents of the world in one sitting in a group coaching session where I help them how best to manage themselves and manage their countries. I see myself owning minimum 20 universities before I am promoted to heaven. I see myself enjoying my birthdays from 3 years to come with orphans, widows and less privileged.
(IMFP) Let’s talk about Wilbert the man! Give us a bit of your social and family life.
(WM) I am a family man. Although I am extremely busy; I create quality time for my wife and 3 kids. I create time to play games with my kids and wife because ‘charity begins at home.’
I love testifying about Christ. I only became a pastor at Winners Chapel in 2010, but I have always been a preacher from 1995. I love to direct people to the only one who can help them fully – Jesus of Nazareth.
(IMFP) Thank you so much financial doctor for taking time off your demanding schedule. We appreciate and value your useful advice.
(WM) You are most welcome and thanks once again for having me.
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