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Basetsana Kumalo: the brains and beauty

BasetsanaInspiration to the max! Looking for some incredible advice? Get it from this beloved icon, Basetsana Kumalo! More fondly known as “Bassie,” she is a South African television personality, beauty pageant titleholder, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1990 when she was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa at the age of 16. This powerful woman not only has the brains but the beauty inside and out to match.

We asked her what her advice for tough times is and she had this to say.

I was very lucky to interview Oprah when I was a Top Billing presenter, and she told me about The Four Agreements (Amber-Allen Publishing; R224) – a book by Don Miguel Ruiz, which suggests four principles for happiness in life:

1 Be impeccable with your word

This means having integrity, saying what you mean, not speaking against yourself or others, and using the power of your words to help create truth and love.

2 Don’t take anything personally

Nothing other people say or do is because of you – it’s all a projection of their reality, their dream. When you’re immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be a victim to unnecessary suffering.

3 Don’t make assumptions

Find the courage to ask questions, and express what you want. When we communicate clearly we can avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. This alone can transform your life.

4 Always do your best

‘Best’ changes from moment to moment, but simply do your best, whatever the circumstances, and you will avoid self-judgment and regret. If you’re dealing with difficulties, ask yourself, “Have I done my best?” None of us are perfect, but if you do your utmost with honesty and integrity, you will overcome any challenges.

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