‘Perseverance in the Hustle’ By Ashley Thekiso @AshOfCeremonies [Program Director/MC, Entrepreneur & Freelance Writer] Eyta fellow hustlers: Is it not amazing how many times a baby can fall and stand in a day? Stats say there is nothing as resilient as a baby on a mission to walk. They start getting tired of crawling because they notice how slow it actually makes them. The problem with us adults is that we let ourselves get defeated by small things instead of thinking of the problem like a baby would’ve; ‘I will try again or try a better thing’. Some babies even find it easier to run than to walk steadily. You see dear hustler; we need to get back to our 1year old selves, we need to get our minds in a state of positivity so high that nothing can defeat us. Today I would like to talk about perseverance in the hustle; staying in the hustle and pushing until it bears fruit. Too many of us give in too soon, there is a story of a man who sold a mine thinking it did not have diamond, this man sold his mine to a German doctor who knew that there is absolutely no way that there is no mineral in that soil. The German Doctor got a team and as soon as they started work tons of diamond was discovered making the Doctor a multi-millionaire. Moral of the story; your goals are but a small effort away by the time you feel like giving up on them. Success is not an easy ride at all, but once you have gone through the torture and resilience you need to get you ready for it God will sure as heaven show-up and when he does he shows-off. We all want the bling but no one wants to work for it, I say we cannot possibly all become rappers or artists and either way even they work very hard to get to a point where they do not have to introduce themselves to crowds anymore. When you attempt something new do not go into it with the mentality that you are ‘just trying’ because the results will only show a person that was ‘just trying’. A lot of us hide behind the word ‘attempt/try’ because we are too scared to do something to the fullest as it may result in failure. There is absolutely nothing magical about failing at something especially if it’s your first attempt at it. The problem South African youth has is staying down when you fall. The key to success is found in pushing on even when you see that things are not looking too good for you. Many success stories come out of perseverance alone; the successful people that we all look up to came from having to have faith in a future that does not seem possible even to the guy who is constantly positive about life. However when you have a set dream and goals that you want to achieve you will stay in the game, you will keep pushing and you will never look back. Many of our peers fall victim to society and a life that only looks wealthy from the outside while we look like fools trying to chase something real with a positive social impact. I say to you today; look them in the eye and say ‘even if there is 99% failure rate I will focus on the 1% success rate because I am a Leader who will persevere until I see my success in front of me’. It is up to us to oil up the economic engine of South Africa, let’s pay our dues in this game so that when we finally make it; it is worth it. We have been given this freedom by those who came before us; the least we can do is prove that we deserve it.                                                                                   Existence is given; Life is a choice – Ashley Thekiso