Adversity fuels positive philosophy

2016-06-15 06:00
VUYO KAASI with his motivational book titled The Power Behind Positive Impact.  Photo: Teboho Setena

VUYO KAASI with his motivational book titled The Power Behind Positive Impact. Photo: Teboho Setena

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THE power behind positive impact , inspiring one to greater heights, driving one to conquer adversity and strive to do good, has been documented in a book by Vuyo Kaasi (24).

It took the writer a year and six months to put together the ideas for his motivational book, The Power Behind Positive Impact, which he ultimately delivered earlier this year.

Publishing the book was motivation in itself for Kaasi, and testimony of the power behind positive impact.

In working on the book, he read books by established authors that include Dr John C. Maxwell’s How to Influence People and Napoleon Hill’s The Law of Success.

Kaasi’s personal experiences also instilled in him the values needed to compile this book. This includes the devastation of his mother suffering a stroke and losing her job as a domestic worker in 2000, and him failing gr. 4 in the year that followed.

They had no sustainable income after the stroke had forced his mother out of her only job.

“Failing gr. 4 in the event of my mother’s illness was unbearable. She had expected good from me as her only child. By reprimanding me for failing gr. 4, she encouraged me to persevere,” says Kaasi.

“Her encouragement was powerful. My success is a reflection of the positive impact of the power of her encouragement.”

Kaasi completed gr. 12 in 2010 and the following year he left his hometown of Philippolis in the Xhariep Region of the Free State to settle in Bloemfontein with the prospect of studying at the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State.

However, he had no funds to fulfil this dream. Also, he had to pass selection tests to be admitted to the CUT for a degree in Agricultural Sciences.

“I failed the selection test by one point.

“During that time, I used to watch a television series called S’didla Waar, which portrays the struggle against drug addiction. On receiving my results, I cried as though I was someone who was experiencing the pain of drug addiction.

“My crying was about the fact that I would be wasting more time.”

Kaasi says in the midst of this failure he thought of the positive impact of the power of encouragement by his mother.

He was then offered another chance to write selection tests to enrol for a diploma in Public Management.

“By the grace of God I passed selection and in 2012 I received a bursary from the Free State Department of Education.”

Kaasi graduated in 2015 and then enrolled for B Tech Public Management and graduated in March this year.

Recognition for his hard work came in the form of the vice-chancellor’s award in his first year, as well as the opportunity to study in Germany in 2015 as part of a students exchange programme. In Germany he studied Human Resource Management, Corporate Strategy, Cross-culture Management, Project Management and Practical Management.

“For me motivation is the power behind positive impact. It is my success of completing my studies in spite of trying times and not having funds.

“My book title is derived from a quote by American baseball legend Jackie Robinson: ‘A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.’

Kaasi says another quote inspired him to take up a pen to write this motivational book: “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” – Martin Luther.

“I’m reflecting on my life, trying to influence others to not give up and, whenever faced with a so-called impossible challenge, persevere as far as mental attitude is concerned.

“Every failure, physical pain and unpleasant circumstance, always carries with it a seed for greater benefit.”

Kaasi says his book was published internationally in the United Kingdom.

  • Marking Youth Month, Express is giving away one copy of Kaasi’s book.

To qualify, answer this question: From where did Kaasi derive the title of his book?

Email the correct answer, with full name, surname and contact details, to teboho.setena@­

Type the word “Kaasi” in the subject line.

The closing date is Wednesday (22/06).

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