Destiny Man  :: Editor's Letter
November 2015
   Destiny Man

In this Issue – Editors Note...

I have been cycling for a couple of months and the experience has been nothing short of mind-altering. Some 22 years ago, when I had a normal upright bike, it was all about being cool and able to move around with
ease. This time, it’s different. There’s a greater purpose to my riding. Not only have I been foolish enough to agree to do a Duathlon Sandton and a 94.7 Cycle Challenge – for which I blame Bonitas Pro Cycling team captain Luthando Kaka – but I also wanted to take up a physically gruelling challenge with great health benefits.

The real learning curve, though, was when I took on an unending hill during a lonesome training ride through Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. I could see the top of the hill, but trying to ascend was – truly – an uphill battle. It was when I stopped looking into the distance and concentrated on the road in front of me that things got better. Don’t get me wrong – I like looking at the bigger picture when facing challenges, but sometimes you need to tackle your hill one pedal-revolution at a time. The great news is that before you know it, you’ll be on the next plateau, asking yourself how you made it this far.

The moral of the story is that there are no shortcuts to success – only different approaches and techniques. DA leader Mmusi Maimane took an unconventional route to the top. For example, his critics cry “Foul!” because he never went through the party’s Young Leaders’ Programme. Instead, he used his academic achievements to ascend the political dais.

The Powerhouse feature on Shimansky Jewellers founder Yair Shimansky is a lesson in resilience. The first pieces he designed were made from wire and were sold at flea markets before he could open a barrow at The Wheel Shopping Centre in Durban. Today, Shimansky Jewellers is one of the leading luxury brands in the country. It all started with baby steps.

We would like to make a noise about our pride and joy: the DESTINY MAN Power of 40 report, brought to you in association with DX Smooth Pro Series. We continue celebrating a culture of excellence among 40 men – under the age of 40 – who are trailblazing across their disciplines. The process of putting the report together has been complex and we are very grateful to all those who have been part of the experience – whether as candidates or contributors.

To our Power of 40 partners, DX Smooth Pro Series, we say: “Nangamso!” (“Don’t ever stop lending a helping hand!”).



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