014                                                                                                                       09 January 2017


We are all here to live every situation you can imagine, good or bad; right or wrong; positive or negative. Why? So we can learn from the experience as part of the adventure of the life.

Murray Kibblewhite

CASE STUDY – Being True To Yourself

At the company’s Christmas lunch I had to talk in depth with one of the senior female consultants. What a story emerged.

While she holds a B.Com degree earned fer years ago she was the youngest person and first woman to be employed as a crane operator on the wharves in the New Zealand.

Why did they employ a young girl of 23 years to do a”man’s” job?

It seems the stevedore company wanted to prove their sexist view that this was not a job for a woman. They expected her to become pregnant and leave in a short time thereby justifying their past hiring practice of only having men operate cranes.

Dis she leave early? No! She stayed on for 15 years before she moved to another career!

Then we started talking on another subject – poverty. After sharing our thoughts we both agreed that the best answer for poverty, in a welfare state like New Zealand, is to reduce the level of welfare help.

Then I read The Stansberry Digest dated 12 December 2016 an article by Bill Bonner Relating to the USA:-

“The war on poverty is also a flop, No serious economist – which leaves out most of them – thinks poverty can be conquered by spending more money on programs that encourage dependence. Yet the war on poverty continues.”

The answer? Help people become self-sufficient! Offer a “Hand-up” not a “Hand-out”.


I learnt that there are others who think as I do. Hurray!

My female ex-crane operator learned what was required to become and remain independent and true to herself. That takes courage!

All life’s experiences are opportunities to learn. The challenge is to decide, what are the real lessons to be learnt?

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