Success and Failure

Success, Quote, Failure, Overcome

I have been watching and listening to a number of motivational speakers and business people recently, as it is time for me to live out the potential that I have inside of me.

Side note: how lucky are we that we live in the age we do and the fact that there is so much information available on the internet.

Listening to all of the successful people and writing down what they had to say resulted in me coming up with a thought. When it comes to failure you have two options. 1. Do something and avoid failure or 2. let failure overcome you. I hit the internet looking for the person who most likely said “go out and overcome failure; don’t wait for failure to overcome you”  and was somewhat shocked that no one had. I thought to myself here is a good quote and it is mine.

Thanks to the wonder of the internet I have the ability to share this quote and possibly change someones life without knowing, so I decided that is exactly what I would do. In order to make sure that I increase the chances of my quote being memorable I made it look good by turning it into a colourful picture. As I looked at the picture it hit me that this was not a great quote. No, this quote focused on failure and if you focus on failure then failure is what you are attracting. The quote had to change, it is not as clever but is better. I would like to speak to everyone out there and say that SUCCESS, what ever you feel it is, lies within your own hands, so “go out and be a SUCCESS; don’t wait for failure to overcome you.

This is the time of year that everyone comes up with New Year’s resolutions that they usually don’t stick to. I urge everyone to rather visualise the 2015 they want and to take action steps to make it a reality!!!

A Message for Reconciliation Day

Today, 16 December 2014, we celebrate Reconciliation day, 20 years into our democracy. First off lets remind ourselves of the meaning of reconciliation.



noun: reconciliation; plural noun: reconciliation

synonyms: reuniting, reunion, bringing (back) together (again), conciliation, reconcilement; More
antonyms: estrangement, alienation, feud, incompatibility
  1. the restoration of friendly relations. “his reconciliation with your uncle”
  2. the action of making one view or belief compatible with another. “any possibility of reconciliation between such clearly opposed positions”
  3. the action of making financial accounts consistent; harmonization. “the reconciliation process should be consistent with the business strategy”

From the definition we can therefore see that reconciliation is about bringing people together. It is very exciting that this past weekend we saw South Africa in the news for good reasons, with Rolene Strauss being crowned Miss World and the Blitz Bokke going to the top of the World Sevens table. Did you by any chance take to social media and see all the positive comments and statements from all people no matter their background? This is reconciliation.

Over the weekend I was thinking about our beautiful country and I realised that I did not know what the Motto for South Africa is. This prompted me to hit Google to find out. I found that our motto is ǃke e: ǀxarra ǁke which is written in the Khoisan language and translates to “diverse people unite”. Our motto talks to our rainbow nation, our motto talks to reconciliation. I therefore urge all South Africans to remember this and whenever you see the coat of arms let it remind you that our countries story is about diversity uniting.

Being the inquisitive person that I am, though, I wondered what the Motto for South Africa used to be. And so I looked this up and found it very interesting. The coat of arms of South Africa from 1910 to 2000 had a motto that was Ex unitate vires, translated as “unity is strength”. This motto was a foretelling declaration. The motto was a sign from 1910 of what was to come that unity is the only way to have strength in our country. We must remember this motto too because as diverse people unite we have strength.

I believe that South Africa is a special nation and that we are blessed with amazing people with amazing gifts and talents. Through the years, with injustice and inequality, there has always been the message of unity in our motto. Through reconciliation we will see our country moving from strength to strength in all spheres, be it economically, culturally, artistically, scientifically and politically.

South Africa is destined for greatness. It starts with you!