Small in stature but gigantic in spirit, Hlubi Mboya shares her passion for inspiring others by walking the walk, talking the talk and leading by example.
Give us more insight into your current business?
I like to think of myself as a dynamic entrepreneur, actress, activist, athlete, renegade, rock-star and warrior! I love experiencing new things and being in control of my own business. Sport has shown me that I never have to set limits for myself, personally or professionally, and it has allowed me to combine all of my passions into a meaningful career and shape my own destiny. My current involvements include starring on Rhythm City, being part of the Evox-sponsored team and, most recently, becoming an HFPA Ambassador – all part of my legacy! In the past I starred on Isidingo and Dancing with the Stars, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and completed the Cape Epic. I am also very involved in charity work.
How do you drive business growth and overcome challenges?
I work in a tough industry, but I love it! Entertainment, sports and fitness are my passion and that’s what drives me every day. I am also a motivator and believe that empowering and educating people is my calling – the fitness industry is perfect for me! That being said, one has to have really thick skin to survive in it. I have had to overcome a lot of rejection and deal with huge pressure on the job, but by never fearing failure and by learning from my mistakes, I have come a long way. I am also a big believer in maintaining a good reputation; a lot can be said for honouring commitments, being polite, listening to others and staying positive – these are the little things that go a long way and that money can’t buy.
How has your career evolved over the years?
I dropped out of my fourth and final year of politics and law to follow my heart to become an actress – my parents’ disapproval gave me the motivation and courage to push myself to succeed. I came to fall in love with fitness when I began training to tone up for TV and work on my image as an actress. I started feeling good about myself, radiating from the inside out and that’s when I chose to reinvent myself as an athlete and started participating in events like the Epic and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of your career so far?
Having the opportunity to educate people about fitness and to share my story to inspire others is really important to me and the most rewarding part of my job. Also knowing my worth, giving my worth and having a fair exchange. I believe that the universe is in perfect order and that the more you give, the more you get.
Where to next?
At the moment I am completing my studies at HFPA to become a qualified Personal Trainer. After that I will be doing their Life Coaching course to become a well-rounded health and fitness professional – knowledge is power!