I want to look at a sensitive yet simple topic particularly in this Heritage month as we celebrate it in South Africa. I’m saying this because I have heard people proclaiming that they are not even concerned about where they come from, and they have no history, what they know is that they are living in Christ. For me as a Child of God myself I encourage to have Christ supreme of everything, because our God is Love and we need to allow Him in our heart to live within us on daily basis.
If you look at the book of Matthew, the very first chapter it talks about the genealogy of Jesus Christ, from Abraham to David to a point people of Israel they were exiled to Babylon and to Joseph the earthly father of Jesus Christ. That was very important to be narrated so we can see the fulfillment of God’s promise that through Abraham’s generation will have the Messiah. If that was not clearly outlined it was going to leave God’s promise open for people who would have denied that.
Now back to the heritage day, in South Africa is a day in which the founder of Zulu nation king Shaka kaSenzangakhona was assassinated. He was significant to our country because of his capabilities of forming the internationally recognised Zulu Kingdom. So he is a person who contributed to our identity as Zulu’s and South Africans. Now that has become part of our Heritage, how the nation was formed and who was involved and the strategies that was employed at the time. Just like I’m a Gumede it is very significant for me to know which people who played the role within our big Gumede clan, who were heroes and heroines at the time. Just like it is illustrated in the Holy bible in book of Matthew. So that will give me a right to say I’m a Gumede for the Zulu nation in South African and I fear God.
God Himself has encouraged the church to praise Him in different ways according to the ways in which as a nation celebrates. That is why you can dance the way Zulus dances, Xhosa’s, Venda’s ext. That dance and instruments is our heritage, now that can be used in praising the Creator. If you do that, you will do at the best of your ability because you are doing what you know best as member of that particular nation. All is welcomed as long as it is directed in serving the Living God, if fact He made use to be diverse like this so we can praise him in different ways. If we don’t use our heritage for God we are in danger of not gaining people of different nations for God. They will fear that to be the Child of God requires you to forget who you are and start to be this person from space. As most believers will know that we are not of this world, but we live in it. So the strong connection with our head office which is in Heaven is supreme because without it our life is worthless.
People often confuse heritage and culture, once you pay less attention of the two you are bound to make and uninformed conclusion. Culture is small part of heritage and if you look at in in conjunction with Christianity that is the topic for another day maybe. What I’m emphasizing to people, don’t be afraid to take pride of your heritage and you can even go further use it to praise God.
By: Musa Gumede
When you fail, you have a choice – focus on facts or feelings. If you emphasize your feelings after an instance of failure, you’ll succumb to the victim mindset.
The Victim Mindset
If you are a “victim” of failure, your focus becomes your misfortune. You’ll concentrate on how it feels to have failed (lousy). This is a bad idea for two reasons.
1. You might not try again. Feeling bad and dealing with negative consequences are not the outcomes anyone hopes for when trying something new. Dwelling on these will associate them with your decision to start, and make you less likely to try again.
2. This mindset puts all of the emphasis on the end result, and none on the journey. The journey is never worthless, and is often the greatest part of any project. In a journey that ends in success or failure, you will learn much.
Don’t accept the victim title if you fail. Victims are passive and helpless, and you are neither of those! Failure feels worse than it actually is, which is essential knowledge for handling failure correctly.
The Smart Way To Handle Failure
The best way to handle failure is in the form of a fill-in-the-blank sentence. This sentence puts the emphasis on the facts, and puts your mind in problem-solving mode.
NEXT TIME, I CAN——————— TO AVOID FAILURE
The sentence starts off by saying “next time,” which implies that you’re going to give it another shot! And why wouldn’t you try again? Weren’t you aiming for success all along? How many dart players quit after they throw the first dart and it isn’t a bulls-eye? None. They adjust and try again, and you should too.
The first important thing you can do when you fail is find out why you failed. The unknown blank in the sentence focuses your mind on finding answers; instead of sulking, now you’re problem-solving. When you find out why you failed this time, you can likely prevent it from happening next time.
But what about the emotions of failure?
It’s not always easy or possible to brush those aside. Maybe you feel sad, defeated, and even angry.
The smart way to deal with negative emotions from failure is to transform them into a nothing-to-lose determination. If you already feel defeated, then the bar is low and you can give your next attempt everything you have, without fear. If you feel angry, that’s a great segue into determination and focused intensity.
As we proceed with our daily life there are people that we always engage with, it can be a person at work who is cleaning, security personnel, the guy that you always see on your way to work, your bus mate, the shop assistant that you always see, the delivery guy that collect and deliver parcel at work, you customers, suppliers, etc. These are people that we always meet and they form part of the circle of people around you. People mentioned above exclude your former teacher at school, school mate, your relatives, etc. because you always take note of them as they directly impacted your life and you actually noticed their contribution in your life. What I want to talk about here is the first group of people which you interact with them on daily basis and you do business with them while you think you are just doing your work for a day.
Whatever is happening in our life is not just happening; however there is always something that we can learn from it. So have you asked yourself why God at this specific time strategically placed you in a position where you interact with these people that you see on daily basis? What exactly have you withdrawn from your interaction with these people that you are placed with? Maybe the first question to be asked is that are you taking notice of these people or are you opening yourself for an engagement with these people that are in front of you?
The reason I’m saying this I have seen people that you least expecting to get help from, actually receiving help from them. Besides getting help, you are sometimes learning something from interacting with them of which that can be of your great help going forward. Remember you learn from each and every incidence you encounter in life it can be good or bad. So open yourself for more learning it will makes you a better person in future. We need to remember that people we met long ago in most cases we have learnt from them already so there is a little new things that you can look forward to when you try to reconnect with them. It must be the fact that you need to move to the next level of growth that is why you were removed from them, so take up the challenge of learning and learn.
We are not saying disregard your family, your old friends, etc., stay in touch with them, however if you always try to live the past life in present time you will have a little development in your life. The reason for that is because you don’t want to learn and move forward and to understand the importance of the place you are strategically positioned presently.
I have learnt this in my entire life where people outside from my family become so resourceful to me more than the people that you might expect to be. Even the guy next door to you, might be of a great help to you. Our challenge is that we are bound into family tradition, where you only highly consider people from your family or relatives. In most cases that has been proven fruitless e.g. when hiring a person because s/he is your relative/ family member/ friend only to find a person is not even in a position to do that job or getting that business deal. That normally results is poor workmanship which discredits you. This challenge as well that develops a situation where people feel as if you need to belong to a certain family or group to make it in life that demoralizing the society with the capacity.
Good people let us not allow the growth which will be in sailors; we need to fulfill the plan of God to place us where we are and to have the circle of people we engage with. Each and every person is important and let try find out the purpose of knowing or of interacting with people you deal with on daily basis.
By: Musa Gumede
What is success? No matter how you look at it, but it will mean accomplishment of your own goal in life or in whatever area of your work. Success it can be a personal thing e.g. you managed to buy your dream house, car, maybe in business, etc. Depending on what you wanted to achieve. Once you have accomplished what you desired you were indeed successful in that. Others are successfully spiritually, they are able to satisfy themselves and feed the inner person within them.
However being successful do you think is that enough? Your success will it be inspirational to others? Your success will able to change people’s life for the better? How long your successes will it be remembered? Don’t get me wrong we need to be successful in what we do so we can live an exiting purposeful life. However do not dwell on our success forever.
It is critically important to take our success to another level, meaning to move from success into significance. I’ll mention few people who were beyond success and whom I see or learnt that were operating at level of significance. The founder of the Zulu nation King Shaka. What he did in unification of the nation is something that will be always remembered by world community. It was more than a success but, it was significant and it will never be forgotten
The late Dr Thokozani Nene what he did for the nation was significant, coining number of isiZulu words that were not even there before. As the society develops, the need to come up with new words always arises. That was significant it will now be passed on to many generations to come. He moved from success and operated at a level of significance. Protecting and promoting the effective utilisation of the African languages in these days seems to be a challenging work.
Paul the apostle from the bible, his teachings and preaching is still changing people’s life even now, irrespective to the fact that it was done long time ago. You often hear people saying ‘you will see what was seen by Paul coming from Damascus’. This is an indication that what he did and what happed to his life was significant.
To live a significant life does not require you to be super rich, you can play a significant role in the community even worldwide. That is why I call everyone not to limit themselves into success whereas you can do significant things.
By: Musa Gumede
During this time our economy is under a lot of stress it’s the time where the world community needs to look all the loopholes in the economic strategies of the country as to ensure that we build a stronger foundation for the future. We always encourage people to engage themselves in business to better themselves, communities around them and positively contribute to the country’s economy.
In the past years we have seen people investing their money by buying a slice in the ownership of big companies out there. This is the way of getting into business and investing your money. However in this way the investor sit back and looks how the company he or she invested in performs. Although shareholders are called to votes when companies are making decisions, however I think this way of investing is too individualistic.
The reason I’m saying this it’s because it does not directly create the employment to our community which is struggling in finding jobs to eradicate poverty and furthermore is does not provide with entrepreneurial skills to the person involve. Specifically in Africa we faced with poverty, illiteracy, etc. To have more entrepreneurs will help in making families of African have decent income. When taking your R500 000 and buy shares with it, and get dividend at the end of the financial year, think again of opening a small factory, business where you might employ about ten people. In that way you have secured yourself a good investment and you have provided employment to other people. Isn’t that good?
The other problem that we are facing here in South African is that it is very easy to get credit for consumer goods. You can find person earning R1500.00 per month being allowed to buy on credit expensive furniture, cell phone contract and other goods. However if a person earning the same amount go to the financial institution asking for a business loan for a mini tuck shop he want to open it is very hard for them to finance the proposal. This kind of situation is bad as it makes the finance out of reach for people who want to start their own businesses. This is where the government of the day can intervene to make the situation conducive for potential entrepreneurs to enter into business.
According to southafrican.info website there are 2.4 million of registered SMME’s in South African, accounting to 40% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Few will deny the positive contribution of SMME’s to the economy.
By Musa Gumede
Picture: Author Musa Gumede and Detlev Digiel from Umsinsi Press.
On Saturday the 1st of June, Musa Gumede launched his book, Tested to Testify, at St Martin de Porres School, 21 Aiken Street Port Shepstone.
Present were two South Coast newspaper representatives as well as Ugu radio and South Coast Tourism.Musa’s old headmaster Mr Ray Cele of Mdlangaswa High School was also present. He was delighted to see the fruits of his educational institution in the good work of Musa, in writing a motivational book which would be of value to many people.
Musa is intending to have this translated into isiZulu and recorded on a CD. Those present also suggested a road show for Musa and his book.
Musa said : ” Being at home with the book, reminded me all of what life used to be while I was growing up there. It brought back to me inspiration of why I even wrote a book in the first place.”
Musa Gumede launched Tested to Testify in Durban at the SABC on Sunday 7 April 2013.
Picture of Musa Gumede at Durban book launch which was on the 7th of April 2013
On Saturday 1st June 2013 Musa Gumede will having his second leg of Port Shepstone launch of a motivational book he has written called Tested to Testify.
Musa is a columnist in a community newspaper and is a member of the BAT Adult Dancing Pencils Writing Club. Musa is working together with the local newspaper and community radio station to make this event a success.
The venue will be St Martin School which is at 21 Aiken Street, Port Shepstone next to Municipality offices. The event start at 10H00 to 13H00, there will be poetry, performances and inspirational massages accompanying this book launch. Everyone is welcomed and entry is free.
The book reminds people about the capabilities they have to overcome challenges and be stronger. These Tests of Life can be good Testimonies for the next person to know that there is a brighter life after any challenge. What you need is to keep your head up high. The book provides a wide range of encouragement and advice for different situations you may be dealing with.
Photo by: DTL
Today I want to talk about the crippling disease which as terrorised people for quite a while, without taking heed of it. That is lack of Self- Believe. When you become a ‘believer’ in yourself you are in a road which will lead you to where you want to go. To believe comes easy when it involves things that are not vital. For example we switch off the lights believing that when we switch them on they will light again. We make reservations in hotels believing that when we arrive we will find the place reserved. We order goods from stores because we believe they will be delivered to us. The problem begins when we must believe important things
Believe if I can take a closer look at it is just a faith or confidence, if we look at a human being, I can say every person was born a believer. When a child wants something s/he believes that whatever s/he desire will be obtainable if he cries, so a child is a believer not a pessimistic person.
Everyone now appreciate that we are liberated in South Africa, but it was those who believe in freedom who fought for it and made difference, so believers can make difference. To be a believer is to be happy, strong and to believe to have power, if you believe strongly in something you act cheerful. Jesus said in the Holy Bible ‘All things are possible if we Believe in Him’ Believe is a positive power of living.
Believers are Achievers- if you want to achieve something you need to believe in yourself first, have Self-confidence in your abilities and set your goals clear. Achievers believe that this country has more opportunities, and they believe in an opportunity itself. Anyone who wants to advance in a company s/he works for must be believe in that company. People who do not believe in something they will be losers of everything they do. All believers and achievers have their moments of self-doubts, but have normal self-esteem and sound basic of belief in addition they possess a well-define goals.
Good people let us all be a committed believers, lets replace all negative attitude with optimism and get rid of low self-esteem and believe in ourselves
Do not stress during the time of test
You know that you can do it, so get out and go and do it. This is the kind of encouragement words I can give to people who are about to write examinations, assignments, job interviews, presentations, etc. During the time where you need to produce the goods after a long preparation for you test what can be a hindrance in your way is to stress too much about your assignment. This feeling makes you feel uncomfortable and not at ease.
Preparing for exam it’s a continuous job for a student as it starts from the beginning of the year till the time to write exam itself. This might be exhausting to some students and to work under tremendous pressure to produce goods at all cost can be exhausting. What is often forgotten is prepare to be at ease. Each an every work to be done that will put you on the next level in life needs a strategy.
In my life in corporate services and public participation engagements I have seen people preparing for what they planned to share with the audience. Only to find that due to the fear and the little voice which normally says “what if I fumble” they poorly perform. It’s natural to be a little shaky. However you speak against that voice and overpower it with confidence. In 2004 I heard my mentor Sbu Buthelezi telling us in one of our classes, saying that when you are about to do a public speech you will always have that little shaky feeling. But what is vital to you is to tell yourself that what you are bout to unleash to your audience is far greater than that feeling.
My high school teacher at Port Shepstone, south coast use to tell us that when you are prepared and confident you perform better. The confidence will allow you to be at ease and able to access the excel drive within yourself. The ability to excel will come to you when you stress not during the time of test, but calmly do what you know and do it at the best of your ability.
Unnecessary pressure can makes you loose you what you know, I have heard people coming out from examination room saying they just became blank and wrote nothing. This kind of comment is common to people who failed the motor license test as well. It is not that they didn’t know, however it was pressure and stress that was more than the level of confidence in them. So by them being tied by that stress they fail to access the excel drive that will allow them to excel in whatever test is ahead of them.
I urge all our students in schools, universities, people that will be going for job interviews or any form of examination to learn and prepare themselves on how to undergo all those examination calmly and with no stress.
By Musa Gumede
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