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Mike Smith


Success Is Great, But Significance Is Lasting (Appendix 1)

You have achieved a measure of success in the first half of your life, and it has been a thrill. But deep in your heart, you want your second half to count for something far more. Something bigger than you. Significance. You are not alone; you are in “Halftime”. You want to discover where your deepest passions intersect with your greatest abilities and harness them to help change the world.

But what does significance look like? How do you attain it? What will it cost you? What if you are not yet financially independent? Who can help you make sense out of this stage of life?

The above two paragraphs appear on the flyleaf of a book written by Lloyd Reeb, titled “From Success to Significance”.

In many ways the sentiments expressed in this book are ones I have personally experienced, although my journey might have been somewhat different.

In the past two years I have met and interacted with more people than the previous ten years and I know that I am not alone in seeking some significance in my life. As a 62 year old I was one of the first of the Baby Boomer generation to face retirement and whatever that would hold for me. In the next 20 years there will be significant number of men and women who will face the same future. You may be one of them. What are you going to do? What should the country allow you to do?

South Africa is not unique when it comes to this Baby Boomer situation, but we are unique in the sense that we have a significant shortage of skills. We cannot allow the most successful and hardworking generation the world has ever known to fade away into the sunset, especially as that sun in most cases will take a long time to set.

This is the time to orient your life toward the thing you were created for. Start by making a space to dream and identify some of the possibilities that have been placed around you.

One of those possibilities is the Mentorship programme started by PERCCI. This programme has been designed to provide mentorship to SME members of the organization. The mentors give of their time on an agreed basis to guide and direct these fledgling businesses around the pitfalls of business.

The experts are convinced that the future of our economy and its ability to absorb the unemployed is dependent on SME’s and thus their success is imperative to developing a better community with all that goes with it, e.g., better returns on investments and lower crime rates.

This programme has been running for just over a year now and the current sixteen mentors regularly attest to their sense of satisfaction in seeing the businesses grow under their guidance.

However the need is much greater than can be met by the present complement of mentors and thus I invite you to test the possibility that this may be the very area that you can add significance to your life.

If you would like to find out more about this programme, please contact Mike Smith on 083 452 7005 or 041 368 8589

Date Added: 2008-07-10
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