We sped against the wind, deep into the horizon of majestic blue... sky and water. We found the right spot and anchored. It was time; my first time.As I hit the water, the waves took me by surprise. I looked all around me, and anxiety kicked in immediately. There was no one around! All alone, panic drove me to near unconsciousness. The all-consuming, tempestuous waters made me realise that I was out of my comfort zone. Had I bitten a bit more than I could chew?This was not a normal day at the office or an afternoon with the boys at the local pub. I had leapt, I had pushed myself to limits that I would have never imagined. It seemed so insane that I, a Kalanga Boy from a land without a seashore, was actually in the Indian Ocean moreover, attempting to get to the bottom of it. Yes, a Kalanga Man had leapt deep into the Indian Ocean. Ironically and somewhat symbolic, that same Kalanga Man had a similar leap in career. He left his comfort zone to find buried treasures deep in the floors of the business ocean. The dive signifies for me that, just as in business, the only way to start is to take that leap outside of your comfort zone and just go for it, for there is never a right time to start your business venture..Back in the ocean...You may be wondering why I was alone in the Indian Ocean. So, when I did a negative entry into the water, my body weights fell off my buoyancy control device (BCD), and I could not sink to the bottom as I was supposed to; everyone else went about their business and left for the reef. After what seemed like an eternity, my scuba diving instructor, Herb Carter, came up to the surface and assisted to get the weights back into position and guided me to the reef known as the Blacks Reef Ponta do Ouro.At this juncture, I just wanted to get out of the cold waters. I started to picture a comforting cold one at the bar in sunny dry land Botswana. I wanted to forget about this Mozambiquan jaunt. What was I thinking? Meanwhile, Carter blatantly ignored my distress signs. I was signaling to go back up to the surface. He made sure I hit the bottom of the ocean..He erased the limits I put for myself. Rock bottom was the achievement... a goal he had set for me that I did not imagine possible for myself. All I had set out for was an adventure in the ocean. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined this.When we got back to dry land, I asked Carter why he dragged me to the bottom and why he had ignored my distress signals. He told me that if he had not encouraged me to get to the bottom, I would have never gotten back into the water, ever! That was a life changing experience that will never leave my mind.Back to business...My take home from my Ponta experience is that in any career move or business setup, you need someone to support and guide you through the obstacles in the business environment, an experienced mentor. In scuba diving, this is called a dive buddy.My spontaneous trip to Mozambique was for one reason only: to scuba dive! I had no expectations, but I knew I needed a challenging change. I had been bored to tears from the monotonous routine of the world around me. I wanted to see a different world. I wanted to break away from the norm.‘’Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect’’ - Mark Twain..I had done theory training online, followed by an exam. I then went on to do two-day intensive training in a swimming pool where I learnt buoyancy control, purging regulator, and removing water in the mask. Likewise, in business, one needs to improve their skill sets to execute their mandates in their business journey.Before a dive, we do a dive plan (Plan the Dive – Dive the Plan)Dive Site Knowledge (market) - One needs to know their dive site. This would include currents, depths, marine life, entry and exit points, surfacing techniques and boat traffic. In business, this will be market intel, like competition, laws, the industry environment etc.Surface Support (support staff) - It is always Ideal to have Surface Support, to aid the dive. In business, this means that you need support time to execute projects efficiently.Discuss ‘situations’ - Review what you and your buddy would do if you were to become separated, exceed your planned dive or experience an out-of-air emergency or an equipment issue underwater. Having these discussions on the surface helps you prepare as a buddy team to manage any situations that may arise while underwater. In business, this translates to how to react to unforeseen situations, like what and how do you react during a power cut during a crucial project or how do you react when your whole workplace has been hit by COVID-19.Equipment and Buddy Check - Before a dive, you and your buddy must check all your equipment, masks, air, and regular flow, together. In business, one needs to have all their equipment, strategies and policies in good condition. This is from your communication, stationary to climate control. Everything that makes for a conducive workplace.After action review (AAR) - Originally developed by the US Army, this structured review or de-brief (debriefing) process analyses what happened, why it happened, and how it can be done better by the participants and those responsible for the project or event. With every dive that I did, I became better and enjoyed myself more; this was made possible by the fact that after every dive, my dive buddy Martin Homan and I, would carry out an AAR. This is equally vital in every business set up. They can be done daily or any other interval. At the end of the day, businesses must analyse in order to improve..My jaunt to the former Portuguese colony did not only see me leave the country with an extremely euphoric feeling, but it revealed to me that I can push myself beyond my own limits. It also opened opportunities to meet new and incredible people. These are people who have instilled in me some of the most valuable lessons of my life, as well as increasing my networking skills to a level like no other.