Murray & Roberts Holdings Ltd,
Transaction Capital Ltd,
Base Resources Ltd (ASX);
Trustee, DG Murray Trust
Course at Wits Business School
Master of Business Administration, 1995
A defining moment in my career
When I was growing up I feared failure and the devastation I thought would ensue. I wanted to be perfect and felt any form of failure was letting me and other people down, particularly my mother who had made tremendous sacrifices in bringing up three children alone on a music teacher’s salary. In my final year at Rhodes University I became over confident having had an exemplary undergraduate academic track record. I failed my combined Honours and CTA but strangely enough the world did not come to an end.
I learnt from this hubris and did not fail any other subsequent exam, but did not stop failing in many other ways. Every time I failed I ensured I learnt from it and added skills developed through the process into my toolbox. This gave me the courage to take personal risks in order to grow and not step back from challenges and into security. The fear of failure is an inhibitor to growth and makes one risk averse. Although this fear has not totally been eradicated, its reduced impact has released me to take risk on myself as well as on others in order to grow and develop.