When we are kids, we are never afraid to dream... "I wanna be an Astronaut ...a Billionaire ...a Doctor ...a Psychologicalist (pronounced thycholothicalitht) ...” Then we grow up and we experience disappointment, failure, judgment, you name it. Those neg
ative experiences come together to form our inner silent voice… you know that silent voice that is usually not so silent, the one that continues to tell you that you are not good enough, not talented enough or not from a good enough family. That inner voice then becomes our reality, and we eagerly partner with it to define our imaginary limits, the imaginary ceilings beyond which we cannot achieve.
My name is Lusanda Mbane. I am a Marketing professional, an Actress, an MC, an Entrepreneur, a Voice-Over Artist, a Speaker and Brand Ambassador to a couple of well-known brands. By my own standards, I have achieved a lot for a girl who came from humble beginnings, raised by a single mother in the township known as Msobomvu in Butterworth (Eastern Cape). One thing I attribute my success to is the fact that I am not afraid to dream, and when I want it badly enough, I do it! Yes, I don’t listen to the opinions of others who may not see what I see, I completely disregard the comments that allude to the fact that “ndiyaboniswa”. People could throw tons of bricks at me, I get right back up. Basically, my mind is one of my most powerful tools which have enabled me to achieve many things that would not have been possible had I hesitated or doubted my capabilities even for a second.
I tell you, my dreams are so big and my resolve is so strong that I have once been compared to a mad man. You see, a mad man continues to run the race at the same pace and with the same vigor long after reaching the finish line. A mad man just runs! He could not even be bothered to look sideways to be alerted to the fact that he has long left his opponents behind. The mad man is the toughest to run against. He doesn't look at what the opposition, or the neighbor, or Susie is doing. He just runs.
If you know who you are and where you come from, the world will not be able to feed you its own opinions of who you are and what you can and cannot achieve. If you love yourself enough to understand that you are worth it, the world’s opinion of whether your dreams are valid or not, will not matter. If you trust yourself and continue to work on your self-esteem, no one will be able to make you feel small just so they can feel big.
Join me as I tell my everyday stories of growth, struggles and triumph through my blog, using my experiences in entrepreneurship, marketing and entertainment as a backdrop. Maybe through my hurdles, embarrassments, persistence and achievements, you may learn that we all go through the same struggles, but that through it all, we must still never be afraid to dream.