HERE’S THE THING
I just love it when I’m right! I’m married, so it doesn’t happen that often, or it isn’t that often that I get to have an opinion, so this piece is both a justification as well as an outlet.
For the last 25 years, I have been beating on a drum, the drum that says UNITED we are STRONG, divided we are useless.
The night before the Rugby World Cup final I was asked if I could predict the outcome. I shook my magic 8 ball and it said, “this country needs this win as badly as we needed it in 1995.”
Okay maybe it said, “not sure now”, but I interpreted it as that okay?
They won. The country celebrated. But something else happened. Younger people, people who either weren’t around in 1995 or before, or who were too young to understand how a game was able to unite the country, saw it for the first time. Even the Springbok rugby captain born in the early 90’s kept saying, “I’ve never seen the country like this!” Think about the millions of people born in the decade of the 90’s, then the millions that were born in the decade of the 00’s, then add to that the millions that were born in the teens. That, believe it or not, is over 30 years of people. People that have only experienced a divided country. Divided mostly by corrupt, useless politicians and criminal opportunists. The victory demonstrated to millions and millions of people what is possible when we stand together. In fact, if you have a look at any institution or sporting code that has institutionalised or legalised the discrimination against people or for the advantage of other people, you will find nothing but failure and hopelessness. Call it by whatever name, when the best people are not picked for the job from the rainbow of options, we do not, and cannot stand a chance. When we exclude based on any factor other than talent and performance – we lose. All we need now is to heed this lesson and carry it over to all walks of our lives.
THE “HOW TO”
Someone once said that you can travel far when you go alone, but you can travel further as a UNITED TEAM.
Everything we do from now on, must be based on merit. We need to become a meritocratic society. If you are the best person for the job, it doesn’t matter whether you are a woman, young, old, black, white, orange or green – you get to do the job.
When we stand together as a family no one can stop us, and when we know that someone has our back, we are able to go into that scary world with confidence. When we stand together as industries and companies for the betterment and growth of the industry and the economy we cannot be beaten.
When we see our competitors as being the company down the road, we lose the fact that there are tens of millions of people in dozens of foreign countries who are stealing our clients and our markets. Join the associations and groups and ask not what they can do for you, ask what you can contribute. Now I sound like FDR.
Let’s stop listening to the Enemies of Financial Freedom (EFF) who seek to divide and concur by taking from the haves under the lie that it’s for the have nots. We know it’s not, it’s for first-class travel and compounds in Saxonwold. They seek to divide – and we let them. Let’s stop dividing by re-naming and claiming, let’s rather build a new one and name it after a group of flowers, trees, fish or adult film stars (just wanted to see if you were still reading). Imagine that – I stay at 69 Hardwood Ave.
Let’s get to know our neighbours and swop numbers. Let’s do street things and work together to build our communities. Who knows maybe you have a cute neighbour who is rich, hot, nice and lonely and they need a cup of sugar?
Even if you are a lone wolf, an entrepreneur, you can surround yourself with a team of suppliers and associates that are world class and you support each other as if you were a company.
The Springboks have demonstrated on the international stage, again, what we can achieve if we just stand together in single purpose with love, passion and hard work.
Go you beautiful South Africans! But stay …
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