With passion and determination

17 December 2018 | Business

When becoming an engineer didn't pan out, one entrepreneur didn't sit back and wait for an opportunity, he made sure he grabbed every chance that came his way.

Leon Mouton grew up in Gobabis and after completing grade 12, wanted to study electronic engineering, “but due to financial constraints, I couldn't pursue my dream,” he says. He then took a job as a driver at Metal Craft, a company that belonged to his brother. There he also received on-the-job-training as mild steel welder. “This was the beginning of my career, which I have always approached with the utmost dedication and perfection.”

What the company's doors closed in 2006, and armed with only a grinder and small welding machine, Leon saw a new opportunity. He started doing minor jobs such as burglar bars, braai stands and steel doors.

Now, 12 years later, he employs eight artisans. “I also taught myself Auto CAD and other design programmes so that I can make designs for clients and help them in their journey to create the perfect design and solution for what they desire,” Leon says.

However, this meant many hours of learning from scratch – “something I had never dreamed possible. But if you persevere and stay focused, you really are able to achieve more than you ever could have imagined. As well as being able to provide for yourself and your family, you also create employment opportunities.”

Today Leon can make frameless showers, frameless glass, stainless steel furniture, custom-designed bakkie rails and floating staircases. “I have been fortunate and privileged to deliver work of quality at the house of one of our former presidents, The Grove Mall and various estates in and around Windhoek,” he says.

The ascribes his success to the fact that whatever assignment he takes on, he doesn't stop until his good becomes better, and his better becomes his best.

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