Samantha Mutongi is a 26-year-old Zimbabwean digital entrepreneur, editorial and commercial model, actress and all-round creator with people at the centre of her work. She is very fun spirit who is driven by creating, output and solutions. A kind energy and a good soul. Sammy cares about people and beautiful things. She is a master strategist and a patron of the arts.
Where did your passion for entrepreneurship come from?
The seeds of my entrepreneurial spirit were first planted by my mum. Seeing her pursue multiple endeavours not only to provide a means for her family and build something meaningful. Her will to actualise every idea ignited and drove my desire to excel in all that I did primarily around entrepreneurship and as well as life in general.
How did RichFIIT come to be and what has the journey been like so far?
When I look at RichFIIT and observe its roots, I find the story stems far beyond the company registration date. RichFIIT is a culmination of all prior endeavours; all the businesses that function as the predecessors to this wellness and holistic development story. It was born out of my 10,000 hours, out of trial and error, starting and failing forward, tasting victory and never wanting to let go of that pursuit of happiness.
Who are your fitness influences?
Myself. I am motivated by what I see in the mirror. If I am not happy, I work hard. If I am happy with what I see – I continue to work hard to maintain that. My motivation is less external and more geared towards actualisation and fulfilment that is born from the internal.
What impact have your fitness products had on you?
My product offering has not only exposed me to many wonderful people and helped me connect more with my audience, it has been pivotal in my fitness and overall wellness journey. My products fulfil a prominent facet of many of my intrinsic needs as a human being and help me continually get closer to my highest self.
What are the most memorable testimonials you’ve received from your customers?
The most memorable testimonials I find, are the post pregnancy, new mums remark of appreciation and gratitude. However, over and above that, there isn’t a single client review that isn’t special to me. If there is anything I strive to do in my business it’s to treat each client with the same measure of reverence and support.
Where do you see your brand in the next 5 years?
I see my brand as a multi-million-dollar company that is ground breaking in the holistic and wellness sphere. I’m hoping to take this passion project to break heights, greater heights, global audiences and as many homes as buy bread and milk each week. The goal is nothing less than house hold name status.
What are the top songs in your workout playlist?
Meek Mill – 1942 Flows
Meek Mill – Dreams and Nightmares
50 Cent – Many Men (Wish Death)
Rick Ross – Aston Martin Music ft Drake & Chrisette Michele
Wale – Ambition feat. Meek Mill & Rick Ross
Who/what inspires you the most in life?
Seeing people win
Operating from my purpose
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I have ever been given came from a podcast which was its ok to be more than one thing. In my experience prior to that revelation, I felt an overwhelming burden to be decided and to pursue things in singularity. It was always about finding just one thing and its sticking to it. Now I have realised that you can be more than one thing and it’s the most liberating and empowering word that I have carried with me.
What 2 songs mean the most to you and why?
Chasing Army by Teamarr – I’m such a sap lol
Laugh Now Cry Later by Drake (feat. Lil Durk) – I love the visuals and the meaning behind the song. It’s an immediate pick me up.
How would you like to be remembered?
I want to lead a life that inspires people to go after more to motivate people to start and to finish. I want everyone who experiences me to experience love, to find upliftment and also to leave my presence better than they came. Also, I want to be stinking rich and help people in positions of difficulty. More importantly, I want to be remembered as someone who came and conquered.
What advice would you offer to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Keep going. You have got this. David Goggins once said, “I was the sum total of the obstacles I’d overcome”. Our obstacles have many lessons so use those and keep going!
What are you most proud of about being Zimbabwean?
I’m proud of our resilient spirit. Above all, my people don’t quit. So many things were meant to end us but we are here, still going and still seeing light in the darkness.