I’ve been working at PASCAP Trust for ten months and since the beginning, I have received valuable lessons that everyone should encompass. After I graduated university with a degree in my hand, I wasn’t sure where I was going or what it is I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted to do something purposeful. It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon when they called me to tell me that I start the following Monday. Joyful I was, after months of searching someone actually called me back, but fear also leaned over my shoulder, “what If they don’t like me”, it whispered as I laid down my “business casual” clothes for my a new beginning. Was I ready to begin working, was I capable of being an employee, a tax payer, someone who owes a bank a lot of money? Was I ready to sit down in my 9 to 5 working for THE MAN, hang out by the cooler discussing office politics and who’s always hogging the printer? My empty pockets settled that decision. I made my way to PASCAP Trust.
“I can do this. Everybody does it, surely I can too. Earn a living. Contribute to society… I mean it’s just a job”. It was during the first hour that I realised that PASCAP Trust is not like any other business or organisation for that matter. It was an entity made up of something that set it apart from all others. The best way to describe what PASCAP Trust is, is through the lessons it has taught me over the last ten months;
- Eyes on the ball – with hard work, a thirst for success, you will triumph. But only if you never lose sight of where you want to be.
- Newton’s third law – the organisation empowers people, but those people also empower us in return.
- You’ll be surprised – once you give children a chance to do something. They will do it and go far beyond your expectations.
- Be limitless – you must not put yourself in a box, don’t believe that just because you are good at something you should only do just that, but you should see what else you might be great at, or learn a new skill.
- Beware the pigeons – do not feed the pigeons! We share the building now.
- Honesty is the best policy – be truthful with not only to donors, beneficiaries, or other agencies, but also with yourself, you will learn to love yourself more.
- Bullet points make content nice and tidy!
- Why so serious son?! – try to have fun while doing your work, put your own personal spin in it so that you can love it even more.
- All for one and one for all – we are all one functioning animal, when one part hurts then everyone hurts. Try not to get hurt…it hurts!
PASCAP Trust is not just a non-profit organisation based at 68 Wale Street, it’s a living entity. It has the brains to do everything efficiently and effectively, and the heart that drives the brain towards triumph.
by Thuli Mashabane
19 February 2016