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Inspired to Inspire: Featuring Barbara

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Q & A

No matter what type of job you always had, you always made it a success. What drives you? Doesnt matter what role you had.

There are several things in life that drives me to try and be successful. When it comes to work, what motivates me to try my best, is that employers try at all times to choose someone that they believe are the best fit and have the right skill set for the job. When that person places their trust in you by giving you an opportunity to be part of their team, and you accept, you have a responsibility to not only yourself, but also your team to make sure that business is successful.

 

 

You raised businesses up from ashes. Tips on building up a business and hard lessons youve learnt?

There are several things in life that drives me to try and be successful. When it comes to work, what motivates me to try my best, is that employers try at all times to choose someone that they believe are the best fit and have the right skill set for the job. When that person places their trust in you by giving you an opportunity to be part of their team, and you accept, you have a responsibility to not only yourself, but also your team to make sure that business is successful.

 

I think the most important lesson I have learned in life is know your limitations. We often try to oversell or over commit just bag that deal. Be realistic in what you can offer or commit to and then try to delivery before the deadline or at a better price. I once received this valuable advice was from a director when I felt like things where not moving forward, he said: “ You can only do your best today, but improve on your best tomorrow”.

REALLY treat your customers like kings no matter what they bring to the table. You never know if that person is going to be the person who will bring your big deal or refer you to a person that brings you that big deal. Customers are spoilt for choice, but a customer will knock on your door time and time again if they know you will deliver and have strong business ethics.

We all mess up or are let down at times, acknowledge things went wrong and see what you can do to still try and deliver on time. If it means you getting in your car and driving 5 o’clock in the morning to get to a courier company to delivery that order they never collected, then do it.

Get to know your business, learn every aspect of your business. People have this attitude that its not my job or I employ people to do it for me. You can’t sell or manage what you don’t know.

 

You always been liked by your employees. What is your secret to being a good and humble manager?

I think the most important thing to remember when you are managing a team, remember that you are dealing with people. They have lives outside of their work environment that influence what they do and how they perform. If you are sensitive and supportive of that fact and try to find workable solutions if and when needed, they will come through for you when you need it and go that extra mile without asking for anything in return.

Get to really know your employees and truly have an open-door policy. They must know that when they walk through your door that they can trust you and that you have their best interest at heart.

Empowering someone to be better not only help them achieve more in life and give them a sense of self-worth, it helps you build a strong and functional team, who gives you the time to focus on growing your business or spending time with employees who needs it.

Most important of all, treat everyone with respect and make a fuss of their achievements.  Make them feel important no matter their role or circumstance.

 

What made you decide to volunteer for Cansa?

 

I had a friend and past colleague who had to start up a branch in Zululandthat asked for help. Only once I got involved with CANSA did I realise how many people were affected by cancer in our local community. I think a lot of people are misguided as to what CANSA really do. Their primary role is to focus on research and runprevention and early detection programmes. Cancer is no longer always a death sentence if you can detect your cancer early. I felt that if I could get involved with awareness campaigns, we could possibly save lives.

 

Advice to woman wanting to succeed in their career?

 

We are often held back by fear of “What if” or “Can I”. We are often stuck in dead end jobs that are a means to end.  If you are not willing to take a chance or put your feelers out there, you will never know if you will be successful at it. Think about what you want to do, plan and see what you need to do in order to make that change.  You might not be successful the first time around, or end up with your dream job, but at least take that first step and keep on going at it until you get it right.  Use every opportunity as a stepping stone to achieve your long term goals.

When were you diagnosed with cancer and what type is it?

 

2013 Blood Cancer T Cell Lymphoma

It can't be easy but what keeps you positive during your cancer journey?

 

At first it was really hard to hear you have an incurable blood cancer. My belief in what was fair in life and what not, was seriously challenged. We have this sense of belief if we live a good life, good things should happen to us. When you spent years helping promote early detection and awareness campaigns, only to hear you have cancer yourself, it really takes the wind out of your sails.

The treatments I have done over the years have not only left physical cars, but emotional scars as well. When I see these scars, it is gentle reminder that I still have a longjourney ahead, but they also remind me how strong I can be and that I will get through the rest as I have thus far. I am very fortunate that each treatment has given me the time to stay in remission for extended periods of time, which helps me to heal and build up strength for the next lot of treatments to come. It helps to be able to take those breathers in between and I have a husband that will not allow you to go down the pity me road.

Your best advice to anyone fighting cancer?

 

It sucks to hear you have cancer and the uncertainty of what it brings, is scary not just for you but the people who cares for you. It is hard and not always possible but try to live life like you don’t have cancer. Don’t let it consume your day and your mind and affect the quality of life you have with your loved ones. It will take so much from you, but don’t let it rob of you of your inner peace or what you hold most dear.  Half the fight is really in your mind and attitude. Take the time rest and be selfish when you need it. Focus on the positive aspects of treatment and remember why you are doing this. Don’t get bullied into peoples believes or ideas of what is best for you. Educate yourself on how to live best with your illness and most important of all, do not go and read up on statistics on how long you might have to live, etc. It is STATICS. Stressing about what if and when just add to your stress levels and impacts negatively on your health and you will end up becoming a statistic. We all respond differently to treatments and your primary focus should be to take care of yourself and focus on kicking cancers arse.

What is the biggest lesson that you've learnt in life?

 

When ever life knocks you down, and it will, its ok to lie down and feel sorry for yourself, but don’t stay there. Put your big girl panties on start working on getting back on your feet. Life or people don’t owe you anything, life is what you make of it. If you do the same tomorrow, you will get what you got today.

What motivates you not to give up, no matter how hard it gets?

 

I know I have people who rely on me and if it means I need to sacrifice or endure some hardship to get things done, then so be it. My family is life and being able to provide for them or be there for them, is what drives me every day to try and do my best and keep going. 

What is your passion in life?

 

My family. My friends. My business. I enjoy getting involved in projects where it makes a difference in peoples lives or just being there for someone when they need it. 

Author: Kasia

Hello there and welcome to our blog, My name is Kasia, I am a mother of two beautiful kiddies and a wife to an amazing husband. I'm a passionate blogger with love for adventure. With God being my driving force I have faced my fears and started this blog. It is a journey to a better and happier life and I surely hope to hear from you and about your journey.

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