Inspiration from the heart of Merafong

‘Life without a purpose is worse than death.’ These challenging thoughts come from Sbusiso Khumalo, a motivational speaker and author who has been inspiring people around Merafong since 2014. Sbu’s journey as a motivational speaker began in 2002 when he was in Grade 10. It all started when he was given five minutes to announce a church event at school. The attention he received from his fellow schoolmates surprised him and it was enough to convince him that he was born for public speaking. ‘The passion to attract an audience was automatic,’ he explains. After careful consideration, he prepared himself to address people by collecting audiovisual and reading material. This motivation helped to shape his character as a speaker. By the time  he was 17, he was ready to start motivating and inspiring audiences. ‘We can listen to music and watch videos but speaking has a way of transforming someone’s mind and information changes situations,’ he says. He draws his inspiration from powerful speakers like Dr Miles Munroe, Les Brown, Eric Thomas, Steven Covey and Robin Sharma. Sbu admits that it was not an easy mission to start with because of his fear of failure. But, since he turned on his engine to challenge himself, he has been speaking in front of audiences in Gauteng, Durban and even Cape Town. He has gone even further to compose a self-help book titled ‘Self Government’ that started out as a diary of his journey to self-discovery from 2014. The book was released in 2016, the year that he moved from his birthplace, Mohlakeng, to Khutsong. It was launched in September. Even though Sbu never saw himself as a speaker or an author, his dream has always been to affect people positively. ‘I decided on the title of the book when I realised that I, as an individual, am my own government. Without selfgovernment, people can’t be self-reliant,’ he believes. His book tackles issues like the importance of positive role models, building relationships and the need for purpose and efficiency. Sbu has been working with the departments of education and social development and also assists the CWP (community work programme) with motivational sessions. His dream is to impact millions globally by translating his book into four different international languages. He can be contacted on his Facebook page: Motivation with Sbu, on Facebook: Nkosi Sbu Khumalo or email: sbusisoTkhumalo@gmail.com. For book orders, contact 062 384 1957gladiator

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