“You don’t need eye-sight to have VISION”
Transcript of an Interview done by Sofia tosolari of Teen Active
How did you get involved in this type of motivational speaking, and
In 1988 I was involved in a serious car accident, leaving me blind
as a result. I was 34 years old at the time, and a successful
businessman. I owned five cars (including a racing car). As a
result of the accident, my life was crushed and I was confined to
a wheel chair for a fairly long period of time.
Finally, I realised that I had to do something, and so I started
working for the guide dog association. Prior to my having gone
blind, I considered myself to be a dog trainer (of note), with my
own dog having won several championships. Whilst I was in hospital
however, she passed away (as she could not cope without me).
In 1991 I was then employed to do fund raising for the Association,
and I did this until 1998. By that stage, I had raised over a
million Rand, and LOVED what I was doing. Back then, I was often
invited (as a guest speaker) to tell my story.
Then at one (significant) event, my hosts kept me on stage for over
an hour and a half. Over lunch afterwards, the district governor
asked if I had ever considered a career in Motivational speaking.
I did not really know what this was about but he explained, and
then said I should think about it. So in 1998, I finally went
What is vision, to you?
Vision is extremely important, and you cannot really do without it.
Vision is that thing which gives you a sense of purpose, direction
and the spring in your step as you get up in the morning.
I believe that in working towards vision: you also need to set
(smaller) goals along the way. These ‘goals’ can be manageable
(bite sized) tasks scheduled throughout the day or week, and for
which you can feel proud about once having accomplished them. This
sense of achievement, I believe, is good for the soul. On this
particular point; I also don’t believe that any person will have
just one vision. You will (for example) have a combination of
different visions which may include being successful in your family
life, in your job or at school, as well as in extra curricula
activities such as sport.
These ‘successes’ then may be things like: ‘I want to be a
prefect’, or ‘I want to be next year’s rugby/hockey captain’, which
may then lead to further goals and visions. For example: ‘I want to
be a prefect because I know that I’ll have a better chance of
getting into my university of choice’.
Would you say there are different types of visions?
Yes. There are (obviously) differences in vision between guys and
girls. A guy for example may dream (have a vision) of owning a big,
fancy car. A girl on the other hand may dream of owning forty pairs
of shoes. In both of these examples however, the person would need
to ask themselves whether the vision in question is realistic and
actually worthy of working towards. Also to bear in mind is that
some (many) visions may not necessarily lead to happiness (vision
being closely linked to a desire for happiness and peace of mind).
Your vision has got to be balanced (within reason) I.e: if it s too
small (or even selfish), then you’ll keep having to set new ones.
If too big (and unrealistic), then you’ll only set yourself up for
Then there are some people who (because of their confined
circumstances) may only be focused on being able to provide a hot
meal for themselves and their families (for the year to come).
Unfortunately therefore, vision is often (though not always)
determined by an individual’s circumstances, and poverty has a way
of narrowing vision. Though poor however, a person’s FAITH might
also lead to them to hoping for more, and so circumstances alone
need not determine an individual’s vision.
A vision is essentially a hope or a dream: something which you
cannot touch, measure or quantify. In this way, it is the same as
faith. People believe, though they cannot see.
Vision is therefore a combination of things, and definitely
includes a person’s faith and set of belief systems.
Can vision be taken out of context?
No. Like most other things, you cannot just analyse vision in
isolation. For example, without the encouragement of my family and
various people that hear me speak, the passion and enthusiasm that
I have would become dulled and lifeless. With regards to ‘passion
and enthusiasm’ in particular: these are attributes that will fuel
a person’s vision, and which have GOT TO be developed.
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