Letting go of a job to focus on studies

Smoke break reflections are good for the soul I tell you !!!!

So back to my coffee shop stories …… today I just want to say my gratitude for the connections I made through the coffee shop ….

Firstly the SCO ….. because through it I met Vulindlela my shayna who gave me a job at the coffees shop ……………………………………

Through the coffee shop I interacted with Francois a qualified CA((SA) and an executive at Alexander Forbes. I told him about my career aspirations of becoming a proffessional accountant. Francois offered me a training contract in one of his private companies down in Marshall Town. I left the coffee shop and I worked for Habitat for Humanity , an organization founded by Jimmy Carter , the former president of the USA. Francois took me with when he went to do spot checks for high stock levels in one of the largest steel companies in SA. This was 2002 and I was only 19 years old … wooow I just was blown away

Few months in I realized that I shouldn’t rush myself to get a job , I was missing my campus life and I just had this strong conviction that I will be okay when I graduate. Plus balancing the class movements and work was overwhelming for me.

I was a second year student and felt this is absolutely unnecessary

I could hear very clearly the voice of the Lord telling me to understand my time and that time was for my studies and growth in student leadership. And that influenced my next step ….

So I did the next best thing …. spoke with Francois and told him about a dear sister in Christ who had graduated but was unemployed and I explained to him that I have huge opportunity to learn in student leadership and that’s where I wanted to put my focus for now . My dear sister took the job and stayed there for years !

I forfeited the monthly R2400 salary and I missed standing by the campus atm from 23:45 before pay day just to withdraw cash and go enjoy the vending machine ….. I also could no longer afford a plate yadi ribs every Thursday Eish Eish Eish monate oo gone

But what I was learning at school and my 3-5 days shift at a coffee at R10 per hour were worth far more than that

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I went back to be a casual worker at a coffee shop whilst also focusing on my studies.

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Fast forward ….. There was a time in my life when I was retrenched and three months pregnant with our first daughter and had no idea how we were going to make ends meet

That lady who had taken that job in 2002 , remembered me in 2013 ….. 11 years later . My last working day in Morning-side was June 2013 and on 22 July 2013 I started a job and I stayed there for almost six years

I found favor in her eyes and she has been to date , a gift that keeps on giving and for this I am grateful

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Morale of the story. It is true that you must help other people , because indeed you might have helped Jesus who will one day come rescue you in times of need ……..

Give ——- always think from a mind of abundance and not limited resources. The first opportunity you get doesn’t mean it the only one coming your way

Get very clear about the time of your life and what you want. Don’t be ambiguous about your goals. When you are clear stick to it !!!!

I also advise students to try understand first things first . If you want to study , focus on that first and the rest will follow. Easier said than done when there’s a high unemployment rate for graduates I know. There’s more than books and academic knowledge to be learned in campus – take advantage of that !!!!

There is time for everything. Stay in the moment. If you are committing to something stick to it and focus on it. Complete what you started and you will grow your discipline muscle

The skills I learned in the coffee shop through speaking with business men , employees , YFM crew who was just down the side from the shop and campus are what’s sustaining my career to today. I saw the founders of of small businesses meeting to brainstorm at the shop and I interacted with the people who ones the stalls in the mall and learned how they made money

I loved serving the Italian ladies who owned a notifiers shop and marveled at the culture and how they dressed , talked and carried themselves

I also read books for FREE!!!! Exclusive Bookshop was our neighbour and we could grab a book read and take it back . My world and perspective opened up in a huge and amazing way !!!!!

Sometimes in life you need perspective and so we must avoid getting to stuff prematurely. Even if yes the money can go a long way to balance you and your family …… it might cost you the first thing you needed and that’s your qualification. Deep end or not …. understand your time and priorities

I still studied and had a bit of cash from the coffee shop to help me afford the basics and that was enough at the time ……

Ungahaji——- first things first

Tame 🙏

I need to smoke some more 😂

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