‘The Out-Performer’ By Ashley Thekiso @AshOfCeremonies                                                                                     [Program Director/MC, Entrepreneur & Freelance Writer] Empower Circle Column (2) (1) Dear fellow hustler:   It’s that time again; I am sitting to write for the benefit of my fellow hustlers out there. Well I have written about a whole range of topics but I thought one about performance would really hit home. You see; I had a meeting with my mentor the other day and he asked me why I do not criticize myself as much as I should. He said that self-criticism is the best thing I could do for myself. You see; I thought about what my mentor said when I got home that evening. I figured what he meant was that one should be the judge of one’s own actions before other non-appointed judges of life come along. This way you are sure of your weaknesses and strengths without having to wait for an external force to tell you, before your clients get to see those weaknesses. For you to grow; you need to strive to beat your previous records; because if you are your biggest competition than no one else can touch you. To out-perform means to do better than the rest, but not just better; to out-perform means to do better than the many who claim the title of ‘best’. There are plenty of people who can say they are the best but few who can prove it. Those on top of the tree do not have to proclaim their greatness, it’s just there. Out-performers live their lives for their hustle and everything else comes after, these are the guys who are not surprised by success because they know how hard they have worked towards it. It’s about being ready in action; the best in this game are the better prepared guys who are ready when success hits them.   The top performers in the world of business, education, or even sports all have one thing in common; THEY HAVE AN UNWAVERING FAITH IN THEIR CRAFT. They believe in what they do so much that they are willing to risk everything they own to get to a place they have never been before and even if they fail at first, they will keep going until fruition of their goals. These people just keep getting better and better by the day because they know what it means to keep on developing. You see dear hustler; it is either you are growing in life or you are moving backward [standing still is moving backward]. What we all should know as hustlers is that even falling forward or tripping is moving forward because at least then we would have learned something. Go out there and be an ‘out-performer’! Perform better than you did yesterday otherwise today is just not worth living if you are still the same person.     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