This morning, over my cup of coffee, I tuned into a discussion with a financial planner. A couple of minutes into the conversation, I started wondering, what happened to the Magic of South African people?
South Africa is home to many first’s in the world in financial services, such as critical illness cover. It is estimated that in 2018, 1.5 million critical illness policies were taken out in the United States of America alone, and it all originated in South Africa.

We have a world class payment system and our financial services companies are very innovative and have products that is being distributed worldwide, yet, nowadays whenever there is a shift in what we do, we feel inferior to the rest of the world and we want to rely on experts from other countries to “teach us” the difference.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to learn from the others, but why are we allowing our judgement to be clouded by others? Why do allow our innovations to be dampened by what happened around the world? Why do we think that international subject matter experts are so much better than our local unknown hero’s?

South African’s have a certain magic in ourselves. We do so many great things, but we doubt ourselves. We look for the approval of others, instead of just being our magical selves and doing what we do best, change the world. There are so many success stories form within our own depth as South Africans. It is a tough time, but its time that we revive the South African dream. A country that can change the world, a country that has much more to offer than our beautiful nature, a country that has to potential to change the world, be the leader, yet we choose to follow.

Today, I want to challenge each of my colleagues in Financial Services. Get your ideas flowing, talk about it until people are tired of hearing you, be the change you want to see. Have the courage to think that you are better than the best, to know that you have South African Magic within you to change the world. Look at where we have been and be proud to celebrate how far we have come this South African Heritage Day.

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