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    self-belief and hard work are key to career success

    Actress Bonnie Mbuli, money coach Busi Selesho and soccer legend Benni McCarthy all agree – to make it, you must believe in yourself and be persistent, especially when the going gets tough. That way you have a real chance of achieving your goals.

    self-belief and hard work are key to career success

    The first #LiveBetterTalks in Cape Town took place at White Space in Salt River on 27 September 2018; it was the third in a series of events in key cities across the country. The 3 celebrity speakers shared their personal and business insights, encouraging the audience to achieve success and to develop personal mastery and happiness. These are their top motivational tips and insights:

    Bonnie Mbuli: Actress, author, TV host, businesswoman

    Mind your own business (stay in your lane) 

    Bonnie Mbuli, who has had a long and illustrious career as an actress and television presenter, believes it is important not to compare yourself to the achievements and experiences of others. She encouraged young people to concentrate on their own journey. “It doesn’t matter how others achieve success. This is about you, so stay focused on your individual goals and dreams.”

    Find your purpose 

    “No matter how much fame, money or success you obtain, you need a bigger picture for your life,” Mbuli explained. “What if you achieve your original dream? What happens then? Do you die? No. Your life carries on. So you need to have a bigger and broader picture for your life. You need to work towards a larger legacy and create something that can outlive you. You also need to make sure you don’t become obsessed with your career dream and forget to develop yourself as a person and work on other parts of your life.”

    There is no easy or painless path to success 

    Mbuli stressed that everyone who has achieved success worked hard to get there and made many sacrifices. She spoke about the inner critic – the internal voice that tells you that you aren’t good enough – and said we have to learn to silence that voice and firmly believe in ourselves. “To overcome failure and hardship, you need to stay strong, focused and committed to your goals. And if you do, you will prevail. Never give up – keep on moving!” she told the audience. “If your dream is dying, find something else to keep you busy in the meantime and just put one foot in front of the other. If you keep going, if you get up and do something, anything, you will eventually get to where you want to be.”

    Busi Selesho: Internationally accredited money coach, speaker and author

    Find your passion 

    Busi Selesho firmly believes that our childhood experiences shape our view of the world and our relationship with money. She encouraged people to seek their true passion. “If you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, you will be able to make money from it.”

    Don’t give up 

    Selesho agreed with Mbuli that perseverance is the key to success. She spoke of the many business challenges and failures she had experienced, but explained that she simply kept going, even through the tough times when success seemed like an impossible dream. Today, she is a highly respected and influential businesswoman with an international following.

    You don’t need money to make money 

    Selesho encouraged listeners to work hard and to be creative and inventive when starting a business. She believes that talent and ingenuity are important in order to succeed. “It’s all about finding out what you’re good at. Whether you are brilliant at baking, giving advice or teaching – whatever you do, if it is your true purpose, keep going and eventually you will make it.”

    Benni McCarthy, Cape Town City Football Club head coach, former international and Bafana Bafana footballer

    Create your own opportunities and be adaptable 

    Benni McCarthy grew up in a tough, gang-ridden neighbourhood and believes it is essential to create and seize opportunities and make the most of them. “Don’t make excuses for yourself because of where you come from. Rather try harder. Work harder. Keep going. Life is full of challenges for everybody, so it is up to you to go for it and make it work. If you find yourself in a difficult situation far from your loved ones, try and adapt. Reach out, learn a new language, make friends and eventually you will be okay.”

    Accept defeat and keep going 

    McCarthy explained that no matter who we are, we will all experience disappointment and defeat. “The point is to get up again, dust yourself off and keep going. Talent alone is not enough. You need dedication and desire. You need commitment and sacrifice to make it.”

    Listen to others 

    McCarthy told the audience how the most successful people are those who are considerate and aware of the needs of others. “Take the trouble to understand the people you work with and listen to them. Then learn to speak in a way that they understand. If you show respect for others and a real interest in them and what makes them tick, they will do anything for you.”

    #LiveBetterTalks will be in East London on 25 October. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

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