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Thubelihle Ngcobo Inspires at Nedbank’s Talks For Success

I wrote about Nedbank’s #Talks4Success HERE and promised a second instalment to share some of the lessons I learnt from one of the igniters at the event, Thubelihle Ngcobo.

Thubelihle is a Marketing Management graduate who got the opportunity to enter Nedbank’s graduate programme and she has since worked herself up to being the Digital Product Development Manager. During her talks she spoke about how difficult and complicated the various stages in our lives can be respectively. This thought prompted her to think of a time when things were simple and that is when she was five years old. She went on to share some of the things that she learnt from looking back at her 5 year old that we can do in our lives today.

  • Never stop playing make-believe. – As a child you could be an artist by simply holding a crayon in your hand and a doctor by simply putting on a statoscope. When we grow up we tend to forget to imagine ourselves being what we want to become and lose sight of our dreams.
  • Say please and thank you. – These are lessons that we are all taught as children, but as we grow up and achieve certain things we may start to feel entitled and forget to thank the people who help us achieve them and we sometimes forget to say please when asking for opportunities thinking that we are automatically entitled because of our qualifications, talents or intellect.

Thubelihle Ngcobo

  • Keep a piggybank. – Saving is something that not many of us do especially if we consider our current income to be too little anyway, but Thubelihle insists that we cultivate good habits by saving up even if it is starting small so that we know how to handle our finances when we earn more.
  • Friends are family that you choose for yourself. – It is important to surround yourself with people who support and motivate you in the direction of your dreams. If you keep negative people who bring you down around you, you will end up falling victim of their negativity.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. – As adults we are so obsessed and concerned with being perfect that we forget that we learn by making mistakes.

She ended off with a quote by Bill Cosby which states “In order to succeed, your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure.”

I was buzzing from the inspiration by the time I got home that I could barely sleep.

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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  1. Thubelihle

    Such a great write up Richmond. Nice!

  2. Pingback: Lira, Zibu Mkhwanazi and Bongani Gumede inspire at Nedbank's #Talks4Success - Richmond's Random Ramblings

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