Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tie your camel to the post

“See that you are fully secure while your looking for something else”
Nadia :-)

Imagine having everything you’ve always wanted then leaving it for something else which is not promising and leaves you at the end of the day with nothing. This is exactly what happened to a family friend of mine. An excellent business entrepreneur whose company flourished bringing in revenue that he never knew he would achieve so soon.

He bought a small farm along the West Coast and built a large home for his family. Everything was going great until he found ‘what he thought to be a great opportunity’ working in Dubai. I guess I would to considering that I would move to something better and with more opportunities than what South Africa has to offer. With no hesitation he sold his company, property and his highly adored expensive line of cars.

Having sold everything, the family moved to Dubai where he was offered a managerial position of a large firm. After a couple of days he wasn’t happy as the language barriers posed great concern in managing people he couldn’t fully understand. Not long after he took his family and moved back to Cape Town only to find that they no longer have a home of their own and found himself in a position of having everything to nothing at all. He had to start from scratch all over again.

The reason for this story is to make you aware that yes in your life there are going to be opportunities but, you never know how they will turn out so always have a plan B, that’s what I say. If you’re in a job you completely hate don’t just leave, you should be fully aware of the job shortage in South Africa. Therefore, suck it up and take the time to find another job first before leaving the one you have, you will only benefit yourself at the end of the day.


  1. What can I say, that's life! The responsibility is great.. the risk is huge.. and in this case it all turned on the poor entrepreneur.. shame! quite sad!

  2. In today's day and age there is no such thing as the simple life. everything that you have you have to work for. yes south africa doesnt have alot to offer really but, like the sying goes "rather the devil you know than the devil
    you dont know. taking risks are part of life. in a situation like that the best thing to do was to go
    alone for two or three months while the rest of the family stayed behind. that way he would have something to come home to....maybe the grass is not always green on the other side.

  3. Sometimes in life there are risks that need to be taken. We all know that when we take these risks there are consequences. So I thought your story had a lot of detail and proved a valid point.