It’s easier to just go with the flow, accept the cards we were dealt and just stay where we are. It takes guts to stick your neck out and swim against the stream, to do things differently… to believe in yourself when nobody else does.
You deserve a life that you dream of. You don’t have to accept your circumstances. You can define who you will be, where you will go and what your life will look like.
How do you change the direction of your life?
- Plot your course to the life you want. You can do vision boards or make lists – as long as you make it a visual that you can look at regularly. See it, breathe it, say it, believe it.
- Stop relying on others to get you there. You are responsible for you.
- If you put in the time and effort at school, university or work with your end goal in mind you are one step closer.
- Don’t step on others to get ahead, it will one day come back to haunt you. Do some good along the way…
- The more you earn, the more you should save. Your lifestyle shouldn’t consume all your earnings. What you buy should help you in some way. Example: buy clothes for an interview.
- Surround yourself with good people.
Here are some of my favourite stories of South Africans that reached for a life beyond their circumstances:
- Shamila Mpinga has been awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 2018 to study at Oxford University. She is the daughter of a domestic worker.
- Sindiwe Magona didn’t complete matric, was pregnant at 19 and abandoned by her husband at 23 with 3 kids. She became a domestic worker and started a journey of education. Can you guess what she became?