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A graduate of the CFE shares her thoughts on 2020

I was due to write a combined blog with Terine Lott Cupido for this afternoon.  Terine has been operating her business for 3 years and is a graduate of our 2017 Incubation program.

I found her efforts so meaningful that I thought I would share it with you here.

I have cut it down from 7 points to 5 to suit the blog, but will be sharing it via newspaper in February. We will also share nuggets on #Hope is rising on Monday lunch.


Hope is Rising        Choose hope and Take Action       Terine Lott Cupido

In a world where negativity thrives, one can easily slip into a downward spiral of anxiety and depression because of rejection, failure and challenges faced. Everyone, goes through highs and lows, whether you are in business or not.


I have had my fair share of challenges in life and as an entrepreneur, but my faith has carried me through these difficult times. It has given me the strength to persevere and the wisdom to take appropriate and consistent action, despite trying times. Here are a few lessons that I have learnt that may assist you, in navigating your way through the storms of 2020, so that you can rise above them.


  1. You always have a choice on how you react to a negative situation or event

No one is exempt, from rejection or failure. Choose to react differently to negative news. See it as opportunity to turn a negative situation, into something positive by being a catalyst for change. Choose to be part of the solution and not the problems in society. In business, this is no different. You may receive negative feedback time after time but it should not end there. For example, business proposals may be declined, but this should not deter you from pursuing the next opportunity. Ask for feedback as to why your business proposal was not selected. Reflect on the reasons and use this feedback, as input to improve your product or service.


  1. View failure as being part of your personal and business growth

I remember as a child, getting on my bike and falling quite a few times, before being able to actually cycle on my own.   If I had to quit because of my first fall, I would never have been able to ride my bike today. Falling and failing was part of my growth. I believe that failure is part of your growth, as a person and also in business. It’s okay to fail. If we don’t, we may never stretch our own capabilities to what might seem impossible at first glance. Learn from your mistakes and take action to improve as an individual and likewise to improve your business operations too.


  1. Choose to not be a victim of your circumstances

I grew up in Steenberg, on the Cape Flats. Growing up, my mother always reminded me to work hard. She would tell me: “My girl, what you put in is what you will get out”. I am truly grateful to my parents for their role played in instilling strong work ethics in me. I viewed hard work and having an education as my way out. I had a burning desire, not to be a victim of my circumstances and the belief that I could do anything I put my mind to. Despite bursary applications being declined, we made a way. Today, I have my Masters in Human Resources, with Cum Laude and have achieved a number of milestones over the years, including, in my own Human Resources consulting business, EmpowerLink Services.  My most recent achievement, was being recognised by the Western Cape government, as the award winner of the 2019 Western Cape Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards, for the Woman-Owned Business category. One of my favourite quotes, is by our late president, Nelson Mandela, “Nothing is impossible, until it is done.” This is my encouragement to you. It doesn’t matter where you come from. Where there is a will, there is a way. Believe in yourself.


  1. Surround yourself with people that have a positive outlook despite circumstances

I am blessed to have a number of people in my life that I can turn to in good times and in bad. Surround yourself with people that can help you to remain hopeful and guide you when adversity comes your way.


  1. Take time out

Taking time out, helps you to shift your focus off the negative and the busyness of life. It allows you to recharge your batteries, as they say. Whether it is for an hour, a day or a weekend, take some “me time”. Have some time to relax and just be present in the moment. Even if it is just listening to music or going for a walk during your lunch break at work. Make an effort to take time to relax, doing the things you love.


Trusting this blog offers you new entrepreneurial hope



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