- ProVerb says that he was given the label of most unlikely to succeed at school
- Instead of letting it define him, he made the decision to change his own life and make it big
- He's now a successful musician, TV and radio presenter who does motivational speaking at schools
At school, ProVerb was labelled most unlikely to succeed and said that it was this label that made him determined to succeed.
Speaking to the Trending SA panel of presenters this week, the rapper said in high school he was labelled the most unlikely to make something of himself.
"I wasn't the most academic dude and I always had a big mouth on me to be honest. But traditionally, guys like me don't make it big in life. It’s the guys who have always had the acumen from the beginning that go on to make it. I was written off from the get go," he said.
ProVerb knew from a young age that society and his peers had written him off but that was when he made the decision to "be the author of his own life", Briefly.co.za gathered.
His experience led him to become a motivational speaker at schools, encouraging the youth to reach for what they want from life.
"I say to young people what I wish had been said to me, which is: 'you can, you are worthy and you are more than capable (to achieve your dreams).'"
ProVerb said he lives his life in an effort to be a blessing to others.
Someone who considers him a true blessing in her life, is Miss SA, Liesl Laurie. The couple have been together since 2016, and are still madly in love.
Liesl said ProVerb's support is unreal, as evidenced by his dedication to watching her perform on Dancing With The Stars.
"Sometimes he's shooting far from Joburg, like on location, and if there's no flight back he'll rather drive back than miss the show, that is just the kind of guy he is. It's really a blessing to have him in my life. When there are people in the crowd cheering, he's always one of them."
He may have been labelled unlikely to succeed, but ProVerb has certainly proven that you define labels, they don't define you.
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