One of the questions I have been asked on a number of occasions in the past is ….. who has influenced and/or inspired me the most?
Well, firstly – because of my Christian faith – Jesus Christ is my ultimate role model; in the world of media (including radio broadcasting) I admire certain outstanding folk from national and community broadcasters as well as media houses locally and around the globe; there are many motivational and inspirational leaders whose work and example I hold in high esteem; AND THEN ….. I never cease to be inspired by those who have nothing (or very little), who were born and who live on the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ (in terms of societal and historical opinion), who have limited or no parental support and/or guidance from role models, who are members of families who have achieved very little or nothing, who ‘enjoy’ limited or no material or economic prosperity to speak of and who have been told (in many instances) that they’ll not amount to much and subsequently should not expect to be able to achieve much … BUT who still – in spite of all or some of the aforementioned – manage to do amazing things.
We’ve recently had the matric results for 2012 published and, notwithstanding the controversies around them, I was (once again) astounded by what some of the students achieved – in spite of having to live and study in the most horrific conditions … with the top learners being honoured across South Africa.
One of the shining stars (and there are many others whom you can read about in the media as well) is Eric Moloko from Middelburg in Mpumalanga who, despite growing up in dire poverty, achieved eight distinctions:-
“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”
(Orison Swett Marden)