Kindness People: Zanele Njapha
“The Human Kind” series is glad to interview Business entrepreneur Zanele Njapha from South Africa – “also known as the “unLearning Lady” Zanele has beautifully built a career as one of Africa’s brightest Change and Career experts” – where she educates and advises individuals and big to medium size companies on tips and strategies regarding Change – through the process of unlearning, relearning and learning. Find out more about her work HERE
I asked Zanele a couple of questions relating to Change and Kindness and this is what she had to share with us:
Describe yourself in 3 words.
“A learner, a teacher, and unique. In society, we have been groomed to “stand in” not stand out” generally, and be like everyone else. I believe it is important to find one’s unique niche or voice in life” in order to progress.
Was there a childhood memory that shaped your personal transformation?
A former primary teacher of mine once said “dynamite comes in small packages”. Her words of encouragement helped me have confidence in my changing appearance as a young adolescent.
How has kindness shown up in your life?
“ When people have given me opportunities without expecting anything in return – I would say has been a major marker of kindness, I have experienced several times in my life”
Do you think that nutrition and healthy living have impacted your life for the better?
“Yes, I do. As we chase a better life or money during the first half of our lives – we often sacrifice our “health for wealth”. In the second half of our lives, we are now working to get our health back. To avoid having to build back my health and well-being, I regularly exercise and have massages to ease any unwanted stress”
What is your productivity tip for achieving progress in your life?
Working around one’s energy flow has allowed me to be the most productive. If you are a morning person, then lean into that. I am a morning person. To ensure I manage my energy throughout the day, I spend the early morning hours on my health, well-being, and deep work. I take my first call at 11 am. I do sometimes experience a dip in energy around 2 pm. To regain my spark, I have a small nap. I encourage people to notice their energy levels and plan their time around their peak energy.
Thank you Zanele
One life live it kinder