By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC
It is said that “heroes are the people who do what has to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.”
Well ain’t that the truth! That’s probably why heroes are usually leaders too, I am sure! They get things done and not only do they get them done, but they also take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.
For me it is just easier to get the thing done, than it is to sit around, looking at everybody, waiting . . . Life is far to busy for me to mess around with that nonsense!
I recently had a situation, where doing some work for one of my clients necessitated that I contact one of their clients – let’s call her Sally. Now Sally is in her mid 30’s. She and her husband have recently split and she has gone back to Durban to be with her family. So far so good. The problem now is that she owes my client a heap of money for a service that was performed almost a year ago. Sally is now unemployed and she is living off her family, and has been doing this for the past 3 months. Now that just does sit right with me - she should really get up off her rear end and find something to do. That is not where the story ends though – her soon to be ex husband has promised to send her some money to sort out her debts, so now she is just sitting and waiting, waiting for money that may never arrive, waiting for her life to begin, waiting for who knows what!
Sally is the type of person who will spend the rest of her life waiting for something to happen! She is the person who constantly says “if I did . . . “ or “if only . . . “! Her whole life is one big IF and one big wait.
If you don’t ‘step up to the plate’ and do what needs to be done, life will pass you by. Life is for living, for doing, for achieving – not for waiting.
Nikki is an Internal Auditor and Business Administration Specialist who can be contacted on 083 702 8849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.