Now I Know

meeting038                                                                                                               05 May 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 life.  Murray Kibblewhite


Several days ago I interviewed three clients all of whom were seeking to set up their own business.

The first was a young man from Iraq. In his own country, he qualified as a doctor and practised as an anaesthetist in a major hospital in Bagdad.Unable to practice his profession in New Zealand, without additional qualifications, he was forced to consider self- employment.

He decided to set up a takeaway operation in the Eastern suburbs of Auckland. He will specialise in offering European and Mediterranean foods and will aim at preparing special recipes to attract the young and adventurous.

The second was a tall Polynesian man who proposed to offer “handyman” services, particularly to the building and construction industry. But recently he had a major operation for a heart valve replacement which limited his ability to undertake physical work.

After considerable discussion, it was decided that as he had good contacts in the building and construction industry in Auckland he should become a Labour Hire Operator. This meant that his challenge was to find, train and place suitable staff on the many building sites in and around the city. He had to be the ultimate organiser.

The third was a young entrepreneurial Maori man who had come to Auckland with his wife and children from his family farm near the top of the North Island of New Zealand.

After discussion, he saw potential in developing the resources of his families land. This included the sale of spring water, renting land to grow manuka bushes for bees to gather nectar to make honey and the provision of attractions for overseas tourists.

Each one had recently experienced dramatic changes in their lives. And I explained that from my view-point, they had had an option or choice, and they had chosen the “path less travelled” which while very demanding was also an opportunity to learn, expand and grow.


In each case, the men had chosen a different path to what they had been travelling. It was a major decision for each of them and an opportunity to learn courage, patience and perseverance.

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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