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This is significant


Mzizi Sam Base - Highveld Chronicle Editor in chief

It cannot be that we remain in the same setting dormant as the dodo or vanquished as the Vandals we are the future and our nature cannot allow us to be localised. When we began to crawl, we accessed the next dynamic of movement and our forerunners knew that in the near future we would stand and stand we did but that again was not the end. In life we are continually taking steps that seem to be the most significant in the moment yet in truth there is more that lies ahead, in hearing we adapt but let us not be confined, for where our predecessors ended from there we arise like the seed protrudes from the ground after a near death encounter we are multiplied, to the realisation from the crowd that the crop that rises now cannot be restricted and abolished. It is the new the fervent and vibrant the significant generation now rises beyond the limits of yesterday.

I cannot quote our struggle icon Nelson Mandela enough through my writings and more often than not he has uttered the words that carry the message I seek to bring across, tata Nelson Mandela said “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”. How do you rate the life that you are living? Are you being a person of significance in this very moment or you are living passively waiting for the eureka moment that might never be? There is never really an ideal moment to begin on any journey towards significance and the sooner we realise that everyday is a glorious opportunity the faster we will take off on that journey.

Here are some extracts from the centre for executive excellence that will guide you as you seek to transition on a journey of success in a pathway towards significance. They have listed this in five key points that I have come to accept and believe will be the key to our next level as individuals.

  1. Realize that your career won’t last forever. It’s never too early to start thinking about your legacy. How do you want to be remembered?  Make a list and post it somewhere.  It will help you make long-term, positive choices each day.
  2. Be a leader worth imitating. In my post, “Leadership by Imitation,” I noted that you are a living example of what it takes to get to the next level.  While no one is perfect, strive to model character, integrity, and morality every day. It will be noticed.
  3. Focus on people. Not dollars. Begin to transfer the value of your work from your income to the people around you.  Rather than pouring over how to squeeze another 0.01% point of profit, spend that energy focusing on your team. Find ways to inspire and equip them in their roles.
  4. Start with one solitary person. Find one person who needs you today. Start there. Significance takes as little time as it does to have one cup of coffee, or be as simple as one heartfelt question. If you are unsure where to start, try this, “No, how are you really doing?”
  5. Add biographies to your reading list. The next time you’re looking for something to read, try Team of Rivalsor Long Walk to Freedom to consider how Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela sought significance over success. Their stories will inspire you to think about ways to create meaning that lasts.

Don’t be afraid or hesitant to start, remember crawling is also progress. My brother in-law shared a joke with me about a message he received that read “at a certain age you have to drive, even if it means to drive someone crazy, just drive”. So go on and thrive for significance.