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What’s your story?

18 Jan

Within each one of us, there is an amazing story to tell. Every individual is unique. Set of skills, character, personality and values distinguishes us from the rest of the animal in the human kingdom.

I am probably breaking the rules here. What encourages me to do this is one question that was posed to me when I went to an interview in one of the leading accounting firms in South Africa. The question was “When is the right time to bend the rules?” At that moment in time, I was confused, I did not know what to say, I wanted to impress the prospective sponsor. The first answer that came to mind was “under no circumstances, should anyone bend the rules. It is wrong. It unacceptable” obviously I was lying. The truth is with every rule, there is an exception.

I am narrating this because I have just bent the rules. In no way am I an official blogger for the camp I am currently attending. I am so inspired I cannot resist the urge to write a blog.

This camp is called Aweness Camp, and is organised by the University of Stellenbosch for its first generation students. This camp attracts many people from different background, with unique skills, talents and stories. How often have you looked at a person and judged based on how they appear? I did, and I am guilty as charged.

What I learnt in this camp is that there is a fundamental error in looking at a single side of a story. Each individual is unique (I am repeating this for the umpteenth time now), and they have an amazing story to tell. The sweetness of that story can only be tasted if we allow our egoistical self to listen to other people.

I also realised that people who have achieved a great deal in life is those who have seen CRAP in their lives. I am using the acronym CRAP here to define Criticism, Rejection, Asshole and Pressure.  They have failed in life; they have got rejected while pursuing their wildest dream. They only achieved whatever they set out to do, because they have persevered, they were bold enough to follow their dreams through. These are individuals that inspires the living CRAP out of me!

All In all, it takes boldness, bravery and courage to talk about shit you experience in this amazing journey you call LIFE.

What is your story? What defines you? Let’s chat.

 

Be inspirational…….

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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “What’s your story?

  1. Bafedile Mafologele

    January 19, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Very interesting article and confession, thank you. My story is or should I say WAS very interesting. I’m one of those guys who seems to be doubted a lot but I always defy the odds.

    But if I had to be specific, I’d say mine is to live to make a difference in the lives of those I interact With and yes like you people lie all the time. The believale answer to the question is: it is said that rules are meant and made to be broken but I believe rules were made over time to protect not only the person trying to break them but the organisation too, my naivety may tell me I can break the rule but my sense reminds me that it could be to my detriment and that of others.

     
    • Dumi-rocks

      February 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      You are an inspirational fellow. I like the fact that you say “You always defy the odds”. When people misjudge your talents at first and you prove them otherwise, they tend to respect you later on.

      keep on inspiring….

      …..And, as always, thanks for your contribution.

       

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