Self-help author Siya Ngcangca on how to find happiness during trying times

Self-help author Siya Ngcangca.
Self-help author Siya Ngcangca.
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With the tough times we’re living in, it’s not uncommon to feel out of sorts. Not only has the coronavirus crisis wrought havoc on our economy, but there seems to be no end to the national lockdown, leaving many people feeling uncertain and unmotivated.

In his new book, From Rags to Freedom of Life, author Siya Ngcangca has figured out a formula that has helped him stay positive despite the many challenges. “Ultimately the power lies in the mind and your way of thinking,” he tells DRUM.

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“How one thinks is the deciding factor of whether they are able to get out of their current situation or not. Having hope, planning, staying motivated, never giving up and all the positive things we have all heard of in the past are true. The secret lies in the mind,” he says.

Siya’s new book challenges people to look within to find the answers. The mining engineer and author of self-help book Before You Get Married says he’s travelled to 26 countries and has met leaders around the world. “This is where I got an opportunity to do my research to find how many people stay positive, and I found the same pattern: power lies in positive thinking,” he says. 

Siya (37) wishes to share what he has learnt in his travels with the people of South Africa. His dream is to impact people in a positive way and help them find true happiness. “This is a very crucial time for us to use our minds to beat the pandemic, to shift our focus from what we know and learn to do things differently,” he says.

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“Businesses have to be innovative, the way we see health and food needs to change and it all starts with changing the way we think. All this is in my book.”

Even during times of stress and anxiety, he believes you can take steps to finding success. “Never let your current tough situation blind you. Rather appreciate those tough times without dwelling on them,” Siya says.

“You deserve to be happy, just be patient with yourself and don’t judge yourself too harshly.” 

From Rags to Freedom of Life, is available at for R320.


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