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What’s your story?

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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Tertiary education… why?

As the recession draws to a close, tertiary education begins to reveal its greater importance. “Tertiary education is not important and is a waste of a precious 3 to 10 years, and as matter of fact academics must be paid peanuts”. Well this is true for hopeless people with dull and gloomy dreams. When you go to institution of higher learning, you don’t only enrich your intellect, but you also learn invaluable skills such as communication, bargaining, organisation and leadership. People who are well-educated are better off than those who are not. Educated people get lower insurance premium, high credit limits, and they get attention wherever they go, let alone the level of trust that these people posses. These are few benefits that graduates enjoy.

Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of a farm worker can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another”.

Tertiary institutions teach students to think beyond academics, it forges innovative thinking. Innovative thinkers come up with business idea that eventually creates 100 of jobs in the economy. People like Bill gates, Mark Shuttleworth and Mark Zuckerberg founded their businesses through innovative thinking while they were sitting in lecture halls.

By the end of the current recession, many people with tertiary qualification will be head-hunted by major corporate. Companies that have stripped their headcount will be desperate for staff as they begin to grow again. As this happens it means that educated employees will be able to bargain for unique work arrangement and benefits.

Awaken your gloomy dreams, knowing that the power of studying is within you!!!

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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