Ted Talk “Every kid needs a champion” was shared on social media. I don’t usually open up video’s as I find them tiresome and tedious and often vocally laborious. But something made me listen to Rita Pierson. She was down to earth, real and right. Every child needs a champion. Every child needs someone to believe in them. So does every woman. This made me reflect on why #WomenInBusiness was formed. We are not a glorified business organisation that caters to sponsors and successful women. We have survived for 13 years (founded July 2005) without major sponsorship, without huge amounts of money, without glamour and glitz. We have survived through sheer dedication and voluntary support by our members to one another. We have stood alone and not been dictated to by sponsors or donars because we feel that we represent and support our small enterprise entrepreneurs. Why have we survived? Because we have been champions for one another. We can reach out at any time on numerous platforms and find someone to talk to even if its only virtually.
The networks that have been established over the last 13 years are extensive. We do not necessarily have to have functions and events to prove our existence. We exist to support our members – via social media and face to face. We don’t charge anyone to join our social media platforms. Interaction and sharing of ideas and information is encouraged. No one is on an ego building power hunting journey. We just do what we do because we are champions for one another. Just like Rita Pierson says in her Ted talk, every kid needs a champion, so does every woman need a champion.
Today was bold, beautiful and sunny. The complete opposite to the weather yesterday. It’s almost as if I changed countries given the extreme difference in weather conditions in the past 24 hours.
10 kms #SPAR ladies. The hype, excitement and energy was truly encouraging. I was very pleased that there were no water sachets. Participants were given a bottle of branded water at the start and were specifically asked to dispose of the bottles in a rubbish bin. Sadly a number of participants threw their bottles down when they had dispensed with them, some even throwing down bottles that were unopened or partly drunk. What is it with the human race that we just ‘throw’ stuff away without thinking? Continue reading “SPAR Ladies Race 19.08.2018”
I woke up in the early hours of this morning to the sounds of soft soaking rains on the roof. The sound of rain on a corrugated iron roof is calming and therapeutic. I turned over and drifted off into a sound, content and peaceful sleep to be rudely awoken by my alarm. It was time to get up and get going to the Dargle Trails Festival. I switched off my alarm, listened to the rain and decided it would be too wet and dangerous to walk today. So I turned over and decided I would go back to sleep!
A nagging thought crept into my consciousnesses. Continue reading “Dargle Trails Festival 18.08.2018”
The Mama Mia movies (both of them) have been inspirational in encouraging women to take a chance on what they feel passionate about. Get into swing of the lyrics.
Both Mama Mia movies highlight the challenges that women face in making decisions about themselves and being in control of their own destinies. The strength and tenacity of women is underestimated and when you watch a movie like the Mama Mia series you realise how much strength we actually have. Taking a chance on your own life, as a woman, an entrepreneur, a mom, a wife/girlfriend/partner is so very important. If you don’t take that chance, that opportunity how will you ever know what your life could have become. So do away with the could have, should have, didn’t syndrome and take a chance on yourself.
I had the privilege of address the Pietermaritzburg Community Chest Women’s breakfast function on Wednesday 7th August. The skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and love that was clearly evident in the room gave us all goosebumps and encouragement. This video footage is a portion of my address to the delegates.
This is the first time that I find myself agreeing with Winnie Madikizela Mandela. The Women’s League is a political mouth piece and pawn in the hands of the government. Budgets are allocated. Parties and functions held. The box is ticked. The relevant self designated VIP’s stay in fancy hotels with extravagant food whilst 45% of our population cannot afford bread and water.
If we are going to have a Women’s Portfolio in government let it be a real platform for the marginalised women of South Africa. These bread winners and social reform entrepreneurs who are keeping small and micro economies alive need representation and support not mouth pieces.
This is so true. If we are always too scared to make mistakes then what is the purpose of being an entrepreneur. As entrepreneurs we are constantly looking at viable risks. If we are looking for something that is definable with clear outcomes, then we are not seeing the true picture as an entrepreneur. Make those mistakes, but learn from them. Venture out and try something new because if you don’t you will be constantly reminded that you ‘could have’. The ‘could have’ ‘would have’ ‘should have’ syndrome must not be part of an entrepreneurs vocabulary.
I found this image on Pinterest and it struck a cord with me. Being a social entrepreneur I am of the firm belief that what you put out is what you get back. You cannot take from the community within which your business/enterprise exists. Even if you are a multinational corporation there still needs to be a human element. Nothing beats a smile, a well done, a kind word, a listening ear. You may not necessarily be able to change a persons/business situation, but you can listen. Perhaps you know of someone/business that may be able to assist or further the dreams/visions of someone else.
I have also learnt that to motivate and encourage takes small actions/words to make a situation seem better than it already is or to assist in making a situation seem better. Nominate fellow persons/associates for competitions. They may not win, but the encouragement and the fact that someone believed in them goes a long way. You never know they may just win 🙂