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Saturday, 12 April 2014


An inspirational story has recently broken about a car guard in the Eastern Cape who, against all odds, managed to enroll himself for a degree in Tourism and Hospitality, from which he graduated in 2007, going on to complete his Masters degree cum laude.  This week he graduated from UKZN with a Doctorate in Philosophy. He has moved on from directing traffic in shopping mall car parks and is now a senior lecturer at the Walter Sisulu University.

That goes against the script for car guards.  They live on the scraps motorists and shoppers give them, often having to pay some of it away to a manager and from what remains they are expected to pay for their food and shelter.  The prospects of betterment are remote.  And the problem is that the system, at least here in South Africa, ensures that they stay locked in their place in society.  The system is fueled by the public's general belief that car guards have reached their station in life and the car guards' general belief that there is no way out of the hole.

Then along comes Tembi Maloney Tichaawa and shows up beliefs for what they are most of the time: untrue and limiting.  We put the limits in place simply because the alternatives are too challenging, too hard, too difficult, too unrealistic and so on.  It doesn't matter how Tembi did that or where he found the money.  The only thing that matters is that, in his words, you should "look beyond the obstacles you are facing".

The moment limiting beliefs can be shelved and replaced with possibilities, the sky becomes the only limit with which we are faced.

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