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Each time I had stepped in a field of play, I reminded myself of the possibility that the opponent is either better than me or more prepared than me. That reasoning kept me 100% focused at all time, as we say in football, I stayed switched on, I was always present.

I knew, in order to become a pro athlete, you need talent. So, all other athletes must have been talented. I needed something else to beat or compete. I chose to be present, always. The same approach I use as a football analyst on TV or Radio. I believe, there is one person watching me or listening to me who has done his/her research on the game. I need to be present so that I present facts and bring up a new perspective.

To succeed, we need to quantify the value of failure. When failure doesn’t directly impact our current way of life, there is little effort to invest in doing what you have to do.

Looking back at my life as a foreign and black man in the early 90’s in South Africa, speaking only French, without any family members or family name to use for favours as I could have done in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I was hungry to create a good life in South Africa.

Using an athlete mindset of being switched on, it did become easier for me to select a desirable path to succeed. My endeavour started by learning a new language in 3 months, English in order to be allowed to study at Wits.

I had to keep 100% focused at all time, as we say in football, I stayed switched on, I was always present…

Christophe Bongo

To succeed is knowing, WHAT YOU WANT OR WHAT YOU DESIRE. To be present is, to consciously avoid WHAT YOU DON’T WANT OR YOU DON’T DESIRE.

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