Don’t let your job de­fine you

The Star Late Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS - THABILE MANGE

SE­CU­RITY guards work long hours but are paid peanuts. As if that is not enough, they are also ex­ploited and have no ben­e­fits such as med­i­cal aid or a hous­ing al­lowance. Also, they are ei­ther not unionised or not al­lowed to be­long to a union. But I di­gress.

Onkara­bile Wis­dom Mokoto is a se­cu­rity guard. How­ever, Mokoto does not al­low his job to de­fine him. In­stead, he re­gards it as a means to an end, not the other way round. He is proof that se­cu­rity guards have brains, too.

Mokoto is an author of two books, The Power of Plan­ning and How To Hear God When He Speaks. He is also the di­rec­tor and founder of Life Shap­ing Ser­vices, his mo­ti­va­tional com­pany.

The in­spir­ing story of Mokoto has caught me­dia at­ten­tion. Not long ago, he ap­peared on SABC2’s Morn­ing Live show talk­ing about his book, The Power of Plan­ning. His story was also pub­lished in the Krugers­dorp News. Soon he will be on Motswed­ing FM.

He is plan­ning to write more books and con­tinue us­ing his story to mo­ti­vate oth­ers.

He says his books have touched and changed many lives in a pos­i­tive man­ner. And he in­tends reach­ing many more peo­ple to change more lives. He is a good man.

Many peo­ple look down on se­cu­rity guards. How­ever, I’m sure Mokoto’s story will change the per­cep­tion peo­ple have about them.

His achieve­ments show that you can be what you want to in life, re­gard­less of the job you’re do­ing.

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