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Juan Theron

South Africa & University of Pretoria, 2014

I learned the valuable lesson that failure is not the opposite of success, but that failure is only one of the steps towards success. I lived in Graaff-Reinet for 5 months, bringing the field of biokinetics to the country district and small towns. I started a Team PLAY movement there as well. I since moved back to Johannesburg and opened my own practice, but I did not prepare well and was over-ambitious when I took this opportunity. I basically lost everything I put in. I will not lie down. I had to get rid of my property I rented, but still able to hold my practice. I then did locum work to ensure I keep on top of things in my field and also start wiping out my debt created by the failed practice. I am currently busy with HIV screening and counselling work as well as corporate wellness activities. I am also doing motivational talks at schools and a few businesses with character-building and wellness as my main topics. I have also taken a more proactive role once again with my Team PLAY initiative. I also accepted a lecturing position at a private institution where I will be responsible for recreation and sport modules. I see this as an opportunity to motivate the Team PLAY mindset of empowering others, instead of just hitting and running type of charity work. I am also in a position to start a masters degree and I will continue to motivate the development of people with character and promote the role of holistic wellness.

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