“I‘m not a Jack-of-all-trades, but if I decide to concentrate on one thing I will give it 110% and try to do it very well,“ said the world champion race-driver.
“I‘m dyslexic, which makes you work things out differently, quickly, to think outside the box. I like to understand, I don‘t care if I ask stupid questions, and always want to be satisfied and achieve, “ added Scheckter.
Both comments reveal traits common to entrepreneurs: hard work, confidence, curiosity, focus, passion to succeed, and a need or desire to do things differently.
That drive to achieve, makes Jodie Scheckter study his chosen subjects almost to obsession, then seek to create the best device or product in its field – quite literally at his 2,500 acre farm southwest of Basingstoke.
Scheckter‘s aim at Laverstoke Park is to become self-sustaining and to produce the best-tasting, healthiest food, without compromise. It‘s a challenge Scheckter has been battling for 17 years. His performance ‘lap times‘ are excellent, but commercially he hasn‘t won his ‘winner‘s garlands‘ yet.
However, Scheckter likes to win.
Admitting that South African auto-workshops not schoolrooms were his favourite places when young, Scheckter recalls his father‘s challenge to achieve a top four junior school place in return for a go-kart. Scheckter gained the go-kart.
Go-karts led to motorbikes, led to cars, led to F1 racing. In each, Scheckter‘s hunger for automotive knowledge, technical understanding, led to hands-on creation of top-class vehicles. “I prepared a car myself which beat the professional works-Renault“, he states proudly.
In 1980, having proved himself the best and witnessed too many racetrack crashes and fatalities, Scheckter left F1 and through a friend became