Bridging the gap: Laziness vs Hard Work


Writer: Caesar Tsamaesi

The young minds of today are the actual leaders of tomorrow and the seed that they plant today will be the outcome of our future as a nation. South Africa is being faced with a huge dilemma where there is a highly sophisticated lack of skills and knowledgeable person’s yet resources are available to empower such individuals. There is a short supply of leaders currently and challenges like global social, political and economic development are not met to the fullest.

Nelson Mandela stated that “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world” which is quite true, the only way to face problems is through a well groomed mind. Employers do not want sloppy individuals who are not willing to work an extra mile to put growth in their knowledge and skills. Jonathan Jansen once said your degree is not enough to put you at the top which is a fact, managers look for things beyond the first qualification such as competence, composure, clarity, confidence, communication and capacity to grow.

South Africa is filled with universities, which are all rated at different standards. A student at the University of Cape Town and a student at the university of Venda both studying engineering are all in the same boat, it does not matter where you study or the status of the university, what matters is how you as an individual are willing to spread your wings and change your present situation to the desires of your heart. People fail because they don’t want to achieve their goals and show lack of passion and determination. If you want success you must be willing to wake up three hours and sleep two hours. Eric Thomas said ‘’if you want success you must want it as bad as you want to breathe, if you’re in pain don’t give up you’re already in pain so do not cry to give up cry to get a reward for it’’.

If you sleep you might miss the opportunity to be successful, 50 cent, the famous hip hop artist said ‘’ Sleep is for people who are broke’’. South Africa is a growing nation but it’s going to take us years before reaching the top of the ladder ‘’ after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb’’ Nelson Mandela. South Africa has a huge lack in the fields of Law, Science and Accountancy and that leads to companies operating under false assumptions and lack of leadership thereof.

Opportunities have been available for all since SA’s new democracy but it consist of individuals who lack the motivation to take the reins into their hands and fort into their own destiny, you can take a horse to the river but you cannot force it to drink. However, slowly but surely our nation is growing at a single footstep, only if laziness and negative assumptions could be eradicated then we would be stepping to the greater heights in a short period of time. A negative attitude makes things harder, difficult and heavier while a positive thinker makes things lighter and easier. South Africa needs fulltime achievers and part time dreamers. Success is not about what you have achieved but by what you had given up to be where you are. The corporate world needs individuals who are dedicated, motivated and have passion in what they are doing!

To be successful as an individual remove the phrases like ‘’I can’t’’, ‘’I won’t,’’ what if’’ and focus on ‘’I can’’, ‘’I will’’ and as the creator of your own destiny if you want to make your dreams come true the first thing you have to do is to wake up and chase your dreams. Failure is a stepping stone to success, so individuals out there try and end up giving up. It is okay to try and fail, but what matters is to try again and never give up. A man who faced many rejections from newspaper editors, Walt Disney; they said he had no talent yet became the biggest creator in the world. By quoting all these individuals in my written material, I want to encourage, students, business owners, employees of all practices that not everyone who made it to the top today got there easily but through trials and tribulations. A lot of hours had been sacrificed with a mindset of positivity.

The above article has also been published in the Skills Summit website

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