You cannot keep a good man down forever.

I was fortunate to have met a wonderful man who took me under his wings when I started working full time. He was about 20 years older than me, wise and certainly an intellect. There are two statements or quotes that he made and said to me. He said; “In every thing that you do, do it for yourself” and “You cannot keep a good man down forever, because one of these days he will be right”.

It took me while to understand them but eventually when I started facing challenges and obstacles in life, they both started to make sense. Unfortunately he is no more and how I wish he could be still alive so that he can advise and share his wisdom with me today.

Firstly, “In every thing that you do, do it for yourself”, I thought that you should be selfish and self-centered, but I was wrong. What he meant was, for people to start believing in you or your idea; dream; aspirations or work, you should be the one that believes in it first. It meant that, do not do things to appease people, God, family, relatives, boss, company or clients, but do it from the bottom of your heart and for yourself. He meant that, when people start seeing that you wholeheartedly believe in your vision and mission, then they will believe it. He also meant that, when you are doing things right and you know you are in the right path, people will start to follow suite. It also means that, when you start believing in yourself, the Man Above, your family, relatives, and everyone will believe in it too.

Secondly, “You cannot keep a good man down forever, because one of these days he will be right”. He meant that, when obstacles, walls and opportunities are closed with steel doors, you make way around them and keep on believing in yourself. It also means that when people start calling you names and those around you, starts deserting you, never lose hope and continue believing in yourself. The idea and your vision might seem like distant unachievable dreams, never despair as you cannot keep a good man down forever, because one of these days he will be right. No matter the forces against you; no matter how hard you try to succeed; no matter how hard you try to knock on all closed doors; no matter how hard you try to grow and yes; no matter how hard the road you are walking seems to be, just remember this: “You cannot keep a good man down forever, because one of these days he will be right.”

It may seem that they road you are travelling is taking you nowhere, however, remember that do things for yourself so that others can see that through you and no matter how many failures; disappointments, headaches, heartaches and opportunities lost along your journey, know that no matter how another human being or human beings try to pull you down, they cannot do it forever, because one day you will achieve your goals and you will rise.

So for now, just keep quite; do not say much; so that you can continue to watch and learn. Then things will start unravelling themselves in front of you.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly

Ishmael Phetoane

Editor: FS News Online

Email: iphetoane@fsnewsonline.co.za

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