Short introduction of my life: (Successes and challenges)
Like any normal teenager and young man, I liked to party and to be social. My friends used to invite me to their party to make it extra fun. It would appear that they regarded me as a clown of clowns but I must confess, I did like to make people laugh.
I am beyond passionate about people from all walks of life and like to mingle with people, from celebrity CEO’s, actors, singers, painters to cleaners. I have truly lived my life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment of it without any regrets whatsoever. I have done my two-years mandatory military service in Kimberley and my last year at the Army Headquarters, Pretoria, in their Nature Conservation Division.
I have made a tremendous amount of good friends for life, from old to young and have a young spirit. Traveled the world with precious friends from Egypt, Turkey, Greece, several Greek Islands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and many more.
Like any other person, I had my ups and downs, highs and lows and had to face many challenges early in my life, but it made me a stronger person and I have learned to stand on my own feed and fight back harder and harder. This experience can only be learned through the school of life as no one can prepare, protect you from or no book of life to guide you from making mistakes and to handle hardship but I have made a good job of it with the help of God who guided me and protected me and loves me.
My dream was to be the youngest CEO in South Africa at one of South Africa’s major banking groups and was placed on a fast track executive program but unfortunately, my Mentor was shot 7 times and her bodyguard killed. I was devastated and shattered.
I was assigned a new Mentor but we couldn’t see eye to eye and disagree about everything and he never pitched up for meetings scheduled to have, so I left my dream and the program willingly.
I was awarded several awards but the ultimate accolade as a consistent Top achiever and Branch Manager was a 10 day Mediterranean cruise to Greece, Turkey, and Egypt.
Working hard day and night left me with extreme tiredness and the most excruciating pain, thinking it was just stress by pushing myself over the limit.
Taking out a new policy I was forced to go for a medical check-up and the results were beyond devastating as they declined my policy as a result of cancer picked-up in the blood tests. Yes, our family mostly passed away as a result of cancer and heart problems but despite, this totally caught me totally off-guard and it was beyond shocking, to say the least. It took me a month to work through the bad news but realized that I have to fight it with everything possible. I have undergone 8 operations to remove tumors, 5 radiation treatments a view chemo sessions but willingly decided not to continue with the chemo treatment.
Unfortunately, the same employer who awarded me several awards as well as the Top Achiever Award, were not prepared to stand by me to help me but instead asked me to leave on the most unfair way possible. I was however advised to take legal action but I had no fighting spirit left in me… being sick, tired and devastated… Yes I was angry and still are but its not consuming my life in any way. Justice was served at the end…
Born with a fighting spirit, I applied for a Call Center Sectional Head position at a debt collections company that treated me with the utmost respect and gave me opportunities I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams. Sitting in at board meetings was the cherry on the cake and the CEO and other Senior Executives made up for the bad and the ugly.
From Sectional Head to Project Manager and never did they fail me or did I fail them. It was just unfortunate that the company had to close down as a result of financial problems, after 5 years of employment with them. The shock and stress triggered the cancer to spread and I lost my home and everything I have build up over many years. Not with its own challenges, betrayals, and heartaches…
To get the best medical treatment, my parents sold all their properties in Pretoria and took me with them when they moved to Reebok/Mosselbay Area. Still difficult to adjust by living with them and in a quiet coastal town as I was used to living independently and on my own since I basically left school.
I agreed to move with them by selling everything I have owned and treasured, thinking that I would find great job opportunities in the Cape but I was sadly mistaken. For the first time in my life, I was prescribed with depression pills and landed up in a deep dark place which I couldn’t accept as I have still had so much to offer despite my illness. To keep myself busy I have started several motivational Facebook sites to motivate others but it’s not generating any income whatsoever.
With my experience in the banking industry, project management, and debt collection I have started to work on a business plan to assist entrepreneurs wanting to start their own businesses. From drawing up a business plan, financing their business venture, setting up an office, training them on how to run a business to collecting outstanding payments through my Company ICS Business Development Holdings. Unfortunately, the pain and several operations to remove cancer sometimes take its toll but I believe that my God will heal me to proceed with my passion and project sooner than expected.
Cancer WILL NOT define my life but I will defined cancer by living with positive thoughts and sharing it with friends in the same situation through social media platforms – God’s Plan, Destiny to greatness, Angels of Hope Support Group and my own personal Facebook Page. (Links available at the bottom of the page
Short background with regards to my childhood:
I was born in a monastery in a small town, Taung, situated in the Northwest Province on the 18th of January 1966 at 22h00 in the evening. Whilst my parents where at work my grandparents took care of me. Grandpa always had a treat in his pocket. I can’t remember if I was more excited to see grandpa or the treat hidden in his pocket when he came back from work?
Taung is an internationally recognized town situated in the Bophirima region of the North West Province in South Africa. This picturesque town shot to fame when a crucial link in the scientific ascent of man was found. The Taung Skull was dug up in the nearby Buxton quarries in 1924. Taung is named after Tau, the chief of the Legoya or Bataung people and the town’s name means “place of the lion”.
The Taung Child Skull was found at fossil sites in caves (Image below) formed by gigantic tufa flow coming off the dolomite bedrock. The community of Taung consists of about 20 000 residents.
My school career started in 1973 in Upington where I stayed in a residence for a year with its own challenges.
Upington is a town founded in 1873 and located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. The town was originally called Olijvenhoutsdrift (‘Olive wood drift’), due to the abundance of olive wood trees in the area, but later renamed after Sir Thomas Upington, Attorney-General and then Prime Minister of the Cape. It originated as a mission station established in 1871 and run by Reverend Christiaan Schröder. The mission station now houses the town museum, known as the Kalahari Orange Museum. The museum is also the home of a donkey statue, which recognizes the enormous contribution that this animal made to the development of the region during the pioneering days of the 19th century.
The elevation of Upington is 2,742 feet (835 meters). It is the closest large center to the Augrabies Falls (arguably the greatest of South African waterfalls) and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The landscape is very arid but the soil is fertile and crops such as fruit are grown in irrigated fields. The area is best known for its export-quality grapes, raisins, and wines, which are cultivated on the rich flood plains of the Orange River.
After the end of the school term, we moved to the picturesque Western Cape Town, Worcester, which was the best time of my life as a youngster. Worcester is a town in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is located 120 kilometers north-east of Cape Town on the N1 highway north to Johannesburg where we stayed from grade 2 to 3.
As a family, we had to move from Worcester as a result of my dad’s work and his ambition to grow within and move forward in his career. We landed up in Hartbeespoort (Schoemansville) just outside Pretoria after finishing grade 3.
Hartbeespoort is a South African resort town north of Johannesburg. It’s known for the Hartbeespoort Dam and the whitewater rapids of the Crocodile River. Both are visible from the Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway, which ascends to the top of the Magaliesberg mountains. Outside of town, Miracle Waters is a spring-water dive site in a former chrome mine. Also nearby is the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Center, a big-cat sanctuary.
We moved to Pretoria in 1978 where I finished my school career up to grade 12 and as a teenager growing up to become a young man, I fell in love with Pretoria and it became my playground. I loved everything about Pretoria and studied Architecture and B Com Financial Management but never completed either of the above as partying become part and parcel of my life in Pretoria, our beautiful Jacaranda city and the Capital City of South Africa.
More about myself as a person:
For places I have worked at, skills obtained and other CV relayed information, you can follow me or look at my profile on LinkedIn.
Hardworking, competitive and goal-driven. I love new challenges and enjoy working and helping people on a professional level. My objective is to be seen as someone who truly makes a difference in all aspects of my personal life, a career as well as in the lives of others.
Continuously striving to be the best and to push myself beyond limits. I strongly believe that positive thoughts create success and that purposeful actions encourage growth.
I am absolutely passionate about helping Start-up businesses, Customer Relationship building/networking, employee well being, project and innovation management and studying world leaders for their contributions in this field as well as their leadership styles. Leaders create leaders and allow them to be creative and innovative with no boundaries.
Innovative thinking is about being free to explore the impossible in order to create new directions and new ways of thinking. This combined with project management background is the ultimate success. Innovative business models create sustainable businesses and create sustainable job opportunities
Research in the following fields are high on my list of priorities as I strongly believe that the secret of an absolute successful person, lies in the art of juggling these different components to absolute perfection:
- Leadership qualities and styles
- Innovative and creative thinking
- Change Management
- Social Media Marketing perfection
- Project Management styles and different methodologies
- Risk Management
Last, but not least, is to be involved in the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of as many people as possible, by using my own life experience as an example. (motivating and inspiring people to be the best and to believe in the impossible despite life’s challenges). To be seen as someone that is compassionate, truthful, a peacemaker, tolerant, empathetic, dignified, rational, self-respect, honorable, moderate (balance) and respectful as respect is the basic factor that paves the way for every meaningful and fruitful interaction.
- God’s Plan (Spiritual quotes)
- Destiny to greatness (Inspirational Quotes)
- ICS Business Development Platform for business ideas and opportunities
- Angel’s of Hope Support Group (Cancer support and research)
- Music Legends, Music Lovers International and Song’s of Praise
SEVEN LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES TO LEARN FROM AN EAGLE AS YOU RUN – REMEMBER, LIFE IS NOT A RACE, IT’S THE JOURNEY THAT COUNTS
- Eagles fly Alone and at High Altitudes.
They don’t fly with sparrows, ravens, and other small birds.
*MEANING*; Stay away from narrow-minded people, those that bring you down. Eagle flies with Eagles. Keep good company.
- Eagles have an Accurate Vision. They have the ability to focus on something as far as 5 km away. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
*MEANING*; Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacles and you will succeed.
- Eagles do not Eat Dead things. They Feed only on Fresh Prey.
*MEANING*; Do not rely on your past success, keep looking for new frontiers to conquer. Leave your past where it belongs, in the past.
- Eagles Love the Storm.
When clouds gather, the eagle gets excited, the eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift itself higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift itself above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the branches and leaves of the tree.
*MEANING*; Face your challenges head on knowing that these will make you emerge stronger and better than you were. We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid of challenges, rather they relish them and use them profitably.
- When a Female Eagle Meets a Male Eagle and they want to mate, she flies down to earth, picks a twig and flies back into the air with the male eagle in hot pursuit. Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she drops the twig and let it fall to the ground while she watches. The male eagle chases after the twig and catches it before it reached the ground, then bring it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a much higher altitude and drops the twig again for the male eagle to chase. This goes on for hours with the height increasing each time until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of picking the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then will she allow him to mate with her.
*MEANING*; Whether in private life or business, one should test the commitment of the people intended for partnership.
- Eagles Prepare for Training;
They remove the feathers and soft grass in the nest so that the young ones get uncomfortable in preparation for flying and eventually flies when it becomes unbearable to stay in the nest.
*MEANING*; Leave your Comfort Zone, there is No Growth there.
- When the Eagle Grows Old,
His feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast and as high as it should. This makes him weak and could make him die. So he retires to a place far away in the mountains. While there, he plucks out the weak feathers on his body and breaks its beaks and claws against the rocks until he is completely bare; a very bloody and painful process. Then he stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, new beaks, and claws and then he comes out flying higher than before.
*MEANING*; We occasionally need to shed off old habit no matter how difficult, things that burden us or add no value to our lives should be let go of.
NEVER GIVE UP, BE AN EAGLE
“They that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings of eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”