- A young man recently shared with Briefly News how he pushed himself to succeed
- In an exclusive interview, the young man describes that it took him two years longer to graduate but he did so in the end
- He also shares with Briefly News what exactly pushes him to succeed in life
Zimele Sithole from Tehuise Hostel in Durban's Umlazi has not had it easy in life but this did not stop him from becoming a Unisa postgraduate with the determination to rival the most ambitious of people.
In an exclusive interview with Briefly News, Sithole shared how despite failing Grade 10 and taking five years to complete a three-year qualification, he kept on pushing through.
1. What pushed you to keep on working hard despite your failure in Grade 10?
"I never planned to fail but it happened, knowing that I am not gifted and talented made me focus on learning. To see how uneducated people live pushed me to the point of enthusiasm because I come from an uneducated family so my father always tells me that the key to better living is education."
2. Why did it take you longer than usual to complete your degree?
"Studying is not easy, and even worse at UNISA. It is very difficult if we are not familiar with a culture of distance learning. It was difficult for me because I used to take 4 or 2 modules per semester because of financial issues.
"Secondly, if you get a supplement exam at UNISA you will need to write the following semester, I also had many delays that led to failure, for example late delivery of study material and late registration."
3. What lessons have you learned from your struggles?
"I've learned not to become dismayed at people who are failing in life. I've also learned not to judge people before knowing their backgrounds. Another thing I've learned is that failing is not dreams denied but another chance for a great start."
4. What advice do you have for people in similar situations?
"It is not about how it's started, how it's going but it's a matter of finishing great. I would like to advise them to trust in the Lord more than anything."
5. Where do you see yourself in the near future?
"I see myself as a lecturer and doing very well in the media industry and a successful businessman as I've also started selling eggs."
Briefly News reported about how spreading hope is honestly such a beautiful thing to do. A young woman recently spread some hope online after posting about where she started versus where she is now. According to the post, she went from being a single mother and maid to being in a loving relationship and even working abroad as a chef.
"From being a single parent to finding a loving partner who loves me with my 2 kids. From working as a maid to being a cook. From Soweto to Belgium. Izinto zahlangana at last... never write yourself off, I swear God is not done with you. Bekezela," she wrote.
Many South Africans were super proud of how far she has come and headed to the comment section of the post to share just how inspired they were by the post.
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