‘Thanks to Tragedy’ By Ashley Thekiso @AshOfCeremonies                                                                   [Entrepreneur & Columnist]   Eyta fellow hustlers:   So I am in a taxi to Johannesburg from Pretoria on a Wednesday Morning looking forward to an online marketing seminar in Sandton that evening and the most random smoke suddenly comes from under the seat. From the way those grannies and kids cried as the possibility of an accident became clearer by the filling of the smoke in the taxi and the heavy smell of tire burn you could swear they were injured by the possibility of an accident. To cut a long story short the taxi had a breaking fault but the driver managed to control the taxi and stop it. I guess it was just the thought of death or injury that frightened those crying people in the taxi but to some of us it was the fear of dying without having achieved even a fraction of what we have planned. Today I would like to speak on Tragedy as a factor and catalyst in our different successes.   You see dear friends; success is a journey and in that journey you may find that you will come across some very unfortunate incidents. Never expect a smooth road ahead because it is not the road you travel on or how long you have been on that road that determines your destination. Your destination is determined by how you keep the focus on your goals even under negative pressures, how you control your situation instead of the situation controlling you, how you deliberately choose to be bigger than your problems and obstacles and how you focus on the solution more than the problem at hand. Tragedy happens to the best of us and when it happens you may feel like it’s the end for you but in actual fact it’s just a new beginning, I feel it’s when life says to us; “grow up, do more, hustle harder and put in the work”.   You can never live in a world with so many problems and find no solution to at least one of these problems. If you have had an accident happen to you than you have enough memories and personal reference of a motivation to keep you going through it all. It honestly is not very hard to give up when tragedy strikes, it is not very hard to sit back and do nothing when tragedy strikes however it is much more rewarding in the long run to choose to stay and fight regardless of tragedy happening. When one has overcome the victim syndrome it becomes a norm to go against the odds and to do the impossible as a hobby [chuckles].   You see dear hustler; it is quite easy to run with shoes if you have ran without shoes before. It should not mater to you as a future pusher and success driver what tragedy happens in your life, what should matter to you is the getting to your goals at the time that you have set for yourself regardless of this tragedy. You should stop being selfish by being poor and unsuccessful because you are not the only person who is looking to gain from your success. There is your family, kids who look up to you as a role model and maybe some of your peers who see you as a leader worthy of their following. Get up and use your tragedy as a reference point for your success, use it as that turn-around time. Learn from tragedy; do not let it cripple your mind but let it shape you and help you realize that life is short and it demands the very best from us.   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