I have recently finished reading one of my favourite books of all time – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. The basic tenet of this book is that the greats, such as Bill Gates and the Beatles, don’t really have anything special about their individual selves, but are a product of hard work and a favourable environment. One of the chapters in the book talks about the 10 000 hour rule. It apparently takes 10 000 hours of practice for an individual to become a master of whatever they are doing. The Beatles were crap at first. The lacked discipline and didn’t have much musical ability, but had potential. Over time, they played a gig every night, something few other bands used to do, and eventually became the timeless band etched in the history books. Similarly, Bill Gates used to work day and night in high school on computer problems and developing his skill. After more than 10 000 hours, he started Microsoft and took over the computer world by storm.In light of this, I propose that Julius Malema, the current ANC Youth League president, has a high probability of becoming the next president of the African National Congress, and may even end up being one of the best and most influential leaders of the Republic of South Africa. Julius Malema has just recently turned thirty, yet has risen to high political power, capturing news headlines, and moving the hearts of the poor – the majority of the electorate. At the same time, comrade Juju is involving himself in discussions of economic policy such as nationalisation of strategic industries with influential participants, something few of the current “elders” were doing when at his stage in life, and something others of his age are getting involved in (besides the useless living room discussions held by political invalids). A man who barely has a matric has managed to manoeuvre himself up the political ranks, gaining influence and popularity within many key structures, despite his apparent unpopularity with the media. Julius Malema is still young, and hasn’t reached the maturity level needed to run this country, but if current signs are anything to go by, his charisma coupled with the maturity he’ll gain under the guidance of the African National Congress will equip him to become one of the greatest leaders the country has ever seen. Nelson Mandela wasn’t the same man in the 1960s as he became when he came out of prison. He too attained the necessary maturity, skill and foresight during his years of preparation within the ANC. Similarly, the firebrand that we see now taking over the media and people’s conversations is displaying what the young Mandela displayed – influence. With the right guidance and moulding, maybe in 50 years time, the United Nations may also declare International Juju Day.
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