Advice from a go-getter

By admin
13 October 2014

Twenty-year-old Zareef Minty is currently completing his third year of law at Wits, and has a list of achievements as long as his arm! We chatted to the inspirational guy to find out what he’d want his 13-year-old self to know, and his advice for South African teens.

Inspired by Kanye West, 20-year-old Zareef Minty is on the rise. This go-getter is currently completing his third year of law at Wits, and has a list of achievements as long as his arm, including being an ex radio host and an author! We chatted to the inspirational guy to find out what he’d want his 13-year-old self to know, and his advice for South African teens.

Who inspires you to be the best?

Singer Kanye West. His confidence in his abilities really inspires me. The thing people don’t tell you about the road to success and being the best out there is that you should expect to get a lot of criticism and not all of it’s constructive. The best thing about people in “the best” category like Kanye West, boxer Floyd Mayweather and even our own rap artist AKA is that they listen to what everyone says and just filter the constructive criticism from the jealousy. It's really important to do that.

If you had any advice for your 13-year-old self what would you say?

Work harder, kid; this world is yours for the taking. Seriously the throne and all its privileges are there waiting to be taken. This world will be difficult, it will test you and make you wish you never tried but don’t give up. When you feel like giving up that’s when you work harder and that’s when you’ll become really successful. Set your goals high and smash them. Be the lion I know you are; don't let anyone tell you that you can or can’t do something . . . be so confident in your abilities and talent that you’ll need no one’s permission.

Zareef Minty pic 2

Three books that inspired you?

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma

Empire State Of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office – Zack O’Malley Greenburg

It’s Not How Good You Are It’s How Good You Want To Be – Paul Arden

What advice do you have for South Africa’s youth?

Be the greatest person you can be, work hard and let your hard work speak for itself. Market yourself as a brand and understand that everything you do is either there to benefit you or discredit you so always consider your actions. Be true to yourself and the people around you. Be loyal to your work, your family and friends. Educate yourself, get the relevant accreditation you need to move forward but never lose that “hustle” mentality that will make you smart and intelligent in a corporate and street arena. Understand this is probably the best time to actually achieve your dreams; everything and anything is possible. Don’t ever dream small. If you want to be a parliamentary minister in SA, you’d best believe if you work at it and do whatever it takes you’ll get there.

Who do you look up to in SA? Why?

I look up to many people for different reasons. I look up to businessman Nicky van der Walt; this guy has such a level of class to the way he speaks and conducts himself. I look up to mining magnate Patrice Motsepe for his brilliant business mind; he’s so intellectual and street smart it’s unreal. I look up to lawyers Barry Roux and Michael Katz as they’re huge players in the law sphere. Minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula and ANC Youth League national convenor Mzwandile Masina are the most innovative state leaders out there. And businessman Kenny Kunene and Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton Mckenzie for what they have done for me to date. They’ve mentored and fathered me in ways that helped me to develop and grow as a person; for that I’ll forever be grateful.

How do you keep chasing your dreams, particularly when faced with disappointment?

I just don’t think of them as disappointments; I think of them as lessons learnt. The more you know the easier it will be to achieve your dreams. The crux of the matter is you should always keep going. Every disappointment brings you closer to your dream, more than any success ever could.

-Megan Bursey

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