Willingness and a positive attitude

Willingness and a positive attitude produce opportunity- with Edrich

Edrich is a very positive young man, he seems gentle and caring. He looks like the type of young man everyone would want to employ. Edrich is attending My Best Gap year in 2017. He says he went to Bloemfontein to study, he switched directions into psychology. He says he enjoyed the theories but he did not like the applications. When he returned from the university, he wanted to double check his interests, talents and where he wants to go. His mother recommended the My Best Gap year to him.

“The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time. – Brene Brown”

He says, in the beginning, he was slightly skeptical but after he started to participate, learn and grow, he is now very impressed. He grew in himself tremendously. He even did extra courses that Renee and Martie recommended to him and gave him the opportunity to attend e.g. Creative Marketing Course. He says he believes the reason they gave him these opportunities was that he showed them that he is keen and willing with a positive attitude. He says any opportunity they present to him, he is willing to try. They are even connecting him to a philosophy professor so that he can learn more about what a philosophy professor does. They teach you to understand yourself and what to expect in the job market.

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat, just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg”

Edrich got a temporary job at a company in Rivonia and this helps him to learn to adapt to other people’s core values. He is much more secure in where he wants to go in his career. He says he believes that no one knows for sure what will happen in life, but thanks to My Best Gap Year he has a very accurate estimate of where he is going. He says this is a comfort to him to be sure he is still on the right track. The My Best Gap year helped him focus on reaching his goals. Edrich wants to help update the medical field with new technology that would make medicine more affordable. He also wants to improve space traveling.

“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. – Karl Nightingale”

Edrich says he will recommend the My Best Gap year to school leavers because this creates surety for yourself in where you want to go, who you are and it helps you to really get to know yourself.

How to build a positive attitude: (from the book Beyond Intent: Crossing the threshold to your dreams by Gary Spinell)

  1. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses
  2. A Willingness to change.
  3. Open minded to new concepts, ideas and opportunities.
  4. Face your fears
  5. Believing that God wants you to be a success
  6. Believing that you can impact the world.
  7. Believing that life is fun, exciting and worth the experience.
  8. Believing that there is goodness and value in everyone.
  9. Believe in yourself
  10. Believe that love conquers all.

If you want to become more positive and want to be part of The My Best Gap year. Please contact Reneé Van Wyk at  info@mybestgapyear.co.za or visit our Contact Us page.

Studying does not make you successful

Studying does not make you successful- with Maree.

Mr. Maree is a kind, go-getter spirited young man who attended the My Best Gap Year in 2016. He decided to attend because he first studied at TUk’s, Industrial Psychology. But he did not seem to click with what he studies. Then he decided he wanted to do a GAP year, and his mother arranged it for him at My Best Gap Year.

Maree says he used to be one of the young people that believed or felt they had to study something significant for him to be a success. But he found that studying does not determine your success.  With My Best Gap Year, he learned how to work in teams, how to get along with other people, how to solve conflicts. He learned who he is, what his talents are and what he wants to do with his life.

” Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. – Lou Holtz”

He is currently studying tourism. But are thinking about changing his direction again. He said that in the GAP year he learned that it is okay to change your mind and start over in discovering who you are and what you want to do. He especially says he learned how to speak in front of people.  GAP Year made him realise that life is full of opportunities. And that we should not be scared if something does not work out, keep on trying to find what you love to do.

Maree wants to become a billionaire and have great relationships. He is looking for the right kind of women to compliment his journey. And he believes he will find her because he knows who he is. Maree does not give up easily, even if he knows the odds may be against him.

“Lots of people think they deserve success as some sort of a right. But here’s the truth… success is something you need to earn through effort. – Eric Worre”

Maree says he would recommend My Best Gap Year to school leavers because people are influenced what to study by their parents or authority figure’s and not necessarily only what the individual wants to do. He says this will help school leavers to try different career paths. If people don’t do a gap year the chances are big that they will lose motivation and stop trying to build their ideal career.

What to do if Studying is not an option for you:

  1. Gain knowledge through self-learning e.g. Google and reading
  2. Gain experience and build your portfolio
  3. Learn in-demand skills – E.g. strong work ethic, dependability, a positive attitude and the ability to work under pressure. Share your accomplishment stories with prospective employers.
  4. Build a team of mentors – Choose someone who is in the position in which you want to be and learn from them.
  5. Don’t give up – It’s up to you to keep yourself accountable for your success.
  6. Investigate your options – Even though you didn’t study, there are still many opportunities that will help you build a career.

If you want to learn more about what options are available to you in your career and want to attend My Best Gap year. Please contact Reneé Van Wyk at  info@mybestgapyear.co.za or visit our Contact Us page.

New comfort zone

Discomfort leads to Maturity- Herman

Herman is a kind-hearted well-mannered young man. Herman seems very mature for his age. Herman attended My Best Gap Year this year and this contributed to his maturity. Herman says he studied engineering.

“Caring about people, about things, about life- is an act of maturity. – Tracy McMillan”

He then decided to attend My Best Gap Year where he learned how to talk to people, how to introduce himself to new people. He also had to ride the Gautrain to the Gap year, thus he practiced his new skills on the train. This helped him to become more mature. He learned to respect himself and other people even when they don’t have the same value’s as he does. He learned to handle conflict in the right ways.

“Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values. – Joshua Loth Liebman”

Herman is planning on going back to study next year. He says he knows that when he returns to studying he will meet new people where he can apply all that he has learned. He wants to become an industrial designer, He wants to design new things, especially weapons.

Some tips on How to get out of your comfort zone:

  • Do everyday things differently.
  • Take your time making decisions.
  • Trust yourself in your decisions.
  • Do it in small ways.

Herman says he wants to recommend attending My Best Gap year to school leavers because you don’t attend this with your existing friends, so this forces you to build new relationships. In My Best Gap year, you get to know people with different backgrounds and different values. This helps to equip you for further studies at universities.

Signs of Maturity:

  • Maturity is to be able to tolerate negative things without getting even.
  • Maturity is patience.
  • Maturity is perseverance and hard work despite setbacks.
  • Maturity is not complaining or finding someone to blame when things get difficult.
  • Maturity is humility. Not being too proud to admit mistakes.
  • Maturity is to evaluate a situation, decide and stick to the decision.
  • Maturity is dependability, keeping your word, being worthy of trust.
  • Maturity is living in peace with what you cannot change, not worry.

If you want to break out of your comfort zone, become more mature and want to be part of The My Best Gap year. Please contact Reneé Van Wyk at  info@mybestgapyear.co.za or visit our Contact Us page.

Be authentically you

Be authentically you- with Roodt

Roodt is a very sensitive young man with a lot of creative passion. Roodt is attending My Best Gap year in 2017. When Roodt was in Gr.9 he had to move schools, which produced some difficulties regarding subject choices and language differences. He felt in school he made a few wrong choices regarding the subjects he wanted to take.

“Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself. – Wayne Dyer”

He then decided to attend My Best Gap Year. So far, he has learned what career type’s suits his talents. He wants to study Graphic design because he is very creative. He has already subscribed for a course next year. He says the course is extremely comprising. He believes that My Best Gap Year is helping him to see what he enjoys in life. He says he is not concerned with making a lot of money but rather with enjoying what he does. Because if he enjoys what he does it will bear bigger rewards. He wants to stay close to his family and friends but also travel to New Zealand for recreation purposes.

“Your Authentic self will sell itself. – Live Bomb”

He says he will recommend My Best Gap Year for school leavers because then you can be sure of what you want to do and what you are passionate about. It helps you to become someone who will outlast if you do what you like.

Here are a few general tips to become more authentic like Roodt;

  1. Know who you are, know what your values are. If you don’t know start by observing yourself.
  2. Keep an open mind and look for real connections with others. All humans have some things in common. Try to understand other people and their perspectives.
  3. Live in the moment. It is easy to be in conversation and while someone is talking to you, in your mind you are planning your answers, but you stopped to listen to them. This is one of the signs that you are no longer in the moment.
  4. Answer the following question: What will people know about you if they really know you?
  5. Don’t try to be too perfect. It is impossible to be perfect. If you are always trying to be perfect or act in the perfect manner, you are inauthentic.
  6. Take notes of when you think you are being inauthentic.
  7. Trust your intuition.

If you want to learn more about being yourself and want to be part of The My Best Gap year. Please contact Reneé Van Wyk at  info@mybestgapyear.co.za or visit our Contact Us page.