Exactly a week ago, I reached the bottom of a different pit. I had never been there before. The entire week I had been chasing after two major personal deadlines but all this work was after-hours. For small business owners who are still employed full-time, this may sound familiar. The only time you get to touch your business with no distractions, is when you get home. Imagine, a ‘normal’ day in a retail pharmacy ... I am on my feet pretty much the whole day, my jaws are sore from all the smiling (fake at times) and my emotions are bruised from the insults I get from dissatisfied customers. By the time I clock-out, all that’s on my mind is my bed. Food can wait and we repeat the routine come the next day. This time around, I was presented with an opportunity to pitch towards something that could change my life completely (still too early to tell) and there was no way I was going to let it slip through my fingers. And so I researched, revealed my soul, drove my tired body to the edge and my brain was in overdrive till it was literally over-heating. I remember the next day, I had to try cool my head using an ice-pack but that didn’t help much. Suddenly, I was lethargic and the day turned out to be the longest I have ever lived. The work was submitted on time BUT I was officially burnt-out.
Three years ago, I met Aritha through our networking company. At that time she was just a mere business partner but I am so glad that we have nurtured that business relationship to a point where it has blossomed into friendship. She has such a huge personality and wherever she goes, she just has to introduce herself to the next person. At first, I didn’t know how to act around her. I often felt exposed but all of that has since rubbed off. When you meet her , you will know what I am talking about. So, on one of the late night calls that we occasionally have, she shared with me, some of her take-home points from a business lunch hosted by Margaret Hirsh, she had attended earlier that day. The passion she exuded in her narration, just lit an uncontainable curiosity in me. I wanted to know who this host was, what they do for a living and whether they host similar events in Gauteng. I wanted to sound as excited for the future as my friend did.
Ever had a plan, its execution strategy and the end result all played out in your mind? That was me back in 2007. I remember the excitement that rushed through my body when I received the letter of acceptance to study towards a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at Rhodes University. I was on cloud nine. As the first child, I was going to be the first to sojourn another country and be the first to get a degree. That was a lot of pressure however, I was super excited