Nono's Thoughts

2011: A Year of Great Lessons

October 26, 2011

2011 is almost over; I can’t believe this year went by so fast.

I can’t remember a year where I’ve done so much…

As I write this, it’s day 299 of 2011, only 66 days left of what was a fantastic year for me. 2011 marked my 5th year in the Television industry, what a milestone for my career!

I love what I do, I enjoy the pressure, I like working with people, not so much the long hours, but it’s all part of the game.

I’ve worked with such amazing people on the 3 shows I produce- I will forever be grateful to my managers for believing in my capabilities. Their faith in me humbles me. These shows (Back Pages, Mzansi Legends and the NFD Show) have been more than just work… I catch myself smiling as I think about what they’ve meant to me in the past couple of years. I feel honoured to be part of the magic that is the World of Champions.

My highlight of the year was (without a doubt) producing the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup… The tournament contributed a lot to my growth as a producer. And I credit the crew behind the scenes who often go unmentioned, their commitment is admirable.

2011 had a lot of lessons to teach, to mention a few…

2011 saw me further my studies (part-time) through UNISA, and I realized just how difficult it is to balance life, work and play. I salute all those who are doing it. I realized that to study is to empower myself, so even if I have to stay up a few nights, it’s worth it.

I got my first car (yay), but I soon learnt that while it’s really cool to have your own ride, it means more responsibility.

I learnt to laugh at myself; I learnt to run my own race; I learnt that not everyone is going to like me and that’s OK…

Keep humble. To act superior because of what we have or do is to be owned by things that one day will find us no longer worthy of them.

Before we celebrate a new year, pause, stop. Ask yourself what you learnt this year. How can you do better in 2012 if you don’t know what to improve on?

I asked a few friends what they learnt in 2011, here are their comments:

• Never undervalue yourself (Thandiwe)

• Put trust in God (Ibi)

• Run your own race

• Appreciate your family (Thandekile)

• Don’t imprison yourself in the opinions of others (Nelly)

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