Sunday, March 8, 2015

How I chose to live my best life

How I chose to live my best life

I didn’t have the best start in life.

I was born in apartheid South Africa, when the country was still racially divided by law and when the majority of citizens were still not able to vote. I was classified as a Colored person, meaning that I was born into a long legacy of oppression and discrimination simply because of the color of my skin. My parents were working class and we lived in poor, drug-riddled communities throughout my childhood. My father worked as a book binder, spending twelve hours a day, even on weekends, working in a factory to support his wife and four children while my mother cared for us at home.
I had exactly the same story as a lot of other people in South Africa who would struggle throughout their lives to barely survive.

But I wanted more. I wanted to really live the life of my dreams, not the life that destiny seemed to
lay out for me.

I decided to pursue the things I really wanted in life. I realized that I had a talent for writing, learning and communication, and I used these talents to carve out a better life for myself.
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I worked incredibly hard, taking on many small jobs at school and college in order to buy the necessities I needed and some of the things I wanted. Because I studied hard at school, I got a full scholarship to attend one of the best Universities in the country, and applied myself to maintain top grades. I graduated at the top of my class in my Honours year, and kept pursuing my dreams.

Even though people treated me differently because of my background and I often felt like an outsider or an imposter, I decided that I wouldn’t let my fear or insecurities hold me back. Even though life wasn’t always fair to me, I was determined to be a success. I deserved the best in life, and I was going to make it mine.

I’m now pursuing my PhD and work as an academic. I’m also a bestselling author, I’ve launched successful businesses and I’m able, through my work, to inspire students and readers daily. This is the life of my dreams, and I’m constantly working to be even more successful. I have many goals and I’m setting new ones regularly.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably similarly motivated to reach your full potential and to go after your dreams. You might be facing your own challenges to your success. Or you might even be very comfortable with the way your life is going, but you realize that you have not yet reached your full potential. If you’re the type of person who is ambitious and is constantly aiming for greater things, my new book can offer you some tips and motivation to go after your dreams.

In my new book I offer a lot of the strategies I’ve picked up through years of reading, research, and my own personal experience so that you can unlock your potential and live your best life. I’ve surrounded myself with teachers, colleagues and friends who know what success means, and I’ve learned from their lives in order to find my own success.

If you want to live an extraordinary life, remember that you deserve to have it, and pursue it passionately!

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