If you are a traveller and do not know of Travel Noire, you are living under a rock. Travel Noire creates tools, resources and experiences to help travellers discover their next journey. Zim Ugochukwu is the CEO and founder of Travel Noire. She is the ‘travel it-girl’ that has shown us her journey through travel. It has aided her to launch and sustain an income doing what she loves. Many people struggle with this notion as it can look and seem like it’s too good to be true. Zim has had her fair share of ups and downs and has been transparent about her journey in a recent interview with Necole of xoNecole.

From the outside looking in, her journey looks like a dream for most entrepreneurs; living the life you’ve always wanted and travelling the world while earning an income. Zim proves it is possible.

When Travel Noire launched a little over a year ago as a digital publishing platform and resource for black travellers, many people had not heard of the company. However, if you go on Instagram you will notice the Travel Noire page is full throttle. Travel Noire has managed to make a myth of ‘traveling while black’ possible. Of course, there were many black travellers before Travel Noire, however, we never saw them. For many, travel for people of colour did not seem like a possibility, let alone travelling the world.

So what can we take away from Zim?

Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Essentially this is every entrepreneur’s mantra. Yes, failure is always at every door, but so what? Yes, there is a huge sacrifice, but why would that matter? You are as strong as your weakest vice. And for some that is making excuses. If you fail, you learn a lesson, if you sacrifice; you appreciate the value of time. If you do nothing, you will have nothing.

You will fail. Accept this
Anyone you truly find inspiration from has failed. Try and contest it, you will fail to find one person that has failed at one point while pursuing their dreams. Accept that you will fail at some point. You have to keep going.

You DO NOT want to struggle
Well, guess what? That is the process that comes with becoming an entrepreneur, having a dream career or striving for excellence. You want to have your own and invest in your own. You want control of your time and how you spend it. That is where the struggle comes in. The process to becoming a notable human being requires overcoming struggle.

Written by Lungi Moore