Motsi Mabuse moved to Germany as a professional dancer and became a member of the “Let’s Dance” jury. But her life could have been very different: Mabuse originally studied law, she was supposed to take over her father’s law firm.
What was the craziest job you’ve ever done?
Motsi Mabuse: So far I’ve always been lucky that my jobs have had something to do with dancing and I’m very happy that I haven’t had to do any crazy jobs.
What tips would you give to women who want to start their own business?
Mabuse: I think if you want to start a new business, it is super important to first clarify your status. Do you have support, do you have mental strength to get through the possibly difficult time, what are my goals? That all has to be clarified in advance.
Motsi Mabuse grew up in a small village in South Africa and moved to Pretoria with her family when she was five. Her father opened his own law firm there, which she was supposed to continue. However, while studying law, Mabuse discovered her passion for dance and decided to take a completely different path in life. She moved to Germany as a professional dancer and eventually became a member of the “Let’s Dance” jury. In 2014 she ended her career as a professional dancer.
Do you think women or men are better bosses? And why?
Mabuse: Since I’ve always been my own boss, I would say first of all: women. In fact, I believe that a team that you can rely on is the most important thing. I really enjoy working with women and I also know a lot of successful women in management positions, including in the media sector. Communication between women is very different from that between men and women.
What moment or situation was the biggest learning for you?
Mabuse: I think starting my own business while being a mother was challenging. In this area, the following still applies: When can I no longer? When do I need help and ask for it? When do I accept help? If you recognize all of this, you will move forward.
Who would you like to have a coffee with?
Mabuse: Oprah Winfrey.
What is the greatest luxury for you, apart from material things?
Mabuse: For me, the greatest luxury is being able to spend time with my family and to travel.
What does female empowerment mean to you?
Mabuse: Supporting each other with other women, breaking down doors to get ahead. Always respect women’s rights.
How did you come to your passion for dancing and what profession would you have pursued if dancing didn’t exist?
Mabuse: In a previous life I would have ended up as a lawyer or in politics, but I don’t have to think about that because I am what I am, a showgirl.
What advice would you give your younger self about your career today?
Mabuse: Serenity and relaxation and above all gratitude!
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