Ludwick Marishane is the founder MD of Headboy Industries Inc., after having invented DryBath at the age of 17. He is responsible for Strategy Validation, Global & Local Business Development and keeping everyone ‘mindful’ and ‘disciplined’.
In 2011, he was rates as the ‘Best Student Entrepreneur’ in the world (Global Champion of the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards 2011). That same year, Google named him as one of the 12 brightest young minds in the world.
At the heart of his being is the pursuit of a sustainable society. A sustainable society, he says, is a successful one and that segues elegantly into our discussion. Like most young people in their formative years, success originally was defined by money. But the more successful he’s become, the more his definition has matured.
“Success is actually being able to do what you want to, and what you find joy in doing, without the burden of providing food for your family.”
Pretty impressive for a man under the age of thirty. I like the notion of linking success and joy. He defines his joy as rising to a challenge.
“When I started working on DryBath, the big problem I was dealing with was a solution to global hygiene where in some countries families were forking out a fortune on bottled water just to bath. So for me it was about developing a winning formula. I said to myself, I can build a hygiene company and create a new category on the retail shelf.”
Throughout the quest for the solution, and it’s been well documented, it was the joy of the challenge that kept him going. It’s a useful piece of advice for people who encounter adversity on the path to success: focus on the positive of why you are doing something in the first place and don’t lose sight of the big goal.
TIME Magazine named him as one of the ‘Top 30 Under 30 People That Are Changing the World’ in 2013.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Science, majoring in Finance & Accounting from the University of Cape Town.