Dream Big But Be Realistic

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Written by Cindy Van Wyk, TSiBA BBA-1

They say good things come to those who wait; I say go out there and make things happen. In December 2013 I was introduced to Stanley Subramoney, Deputy Ceo of PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) at a Golf Day hosted by Minister Trevor Manuel. During our brief discussions I was offered an opportunity to take flight to Johannesburg as a representative of the youth in Cape Town as well as the voice of the recipients of the Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust.

This meeting was coordinated to develop a training programme to help people in communities such as Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding areas develop and learn entrepreneurship and business skills. PwC is the leading company making this project possible as they already have an existing business skill foundation that trains people and creates a platform for these individuals to start their own businesses.

During my stay in Johannesburg I was introduced to influential business people who have indeed taught me valuable life skills, given me business guidance and allowed me to network whilst I was gaining exposure. PwC upholds many of the values that are taught at TSiBA, with not just profits as their common goal, but rather a willingness to train and empower the community. With paying it forward as a one of their key principles and having leadership, such as Stanley Subramone, a company has the potential to excel beyond their expectations.

I’ve come back wiser in the decisions I make, richer in experience and even more determined to let others know nothing is impossible, you are your biggest obstacle. Perseverance is key. If I could do it, nothing is stopping you from achieving greatness. This experience has indeed added value to my life and has taught me lessons I wish to implement at TSiBA as well as in my community.

As for the future of this project I extend an invitation to anybody who is interested in broadening their horizon in entrepreneurship and the corporate world. This programme recognises ordinary people’s potential to grow and prosper irrespective of one’s upbringing.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

 

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