Welcome to my blog! This is my first post and I thought I should just share with you a bit about myself and what this blog is going to be about.
My name is Thato Belang and I was born and raised in a small town called Kuruman in the Northern Cape. It’s a real dorpie as South Africans would call it, where there is only 1 or 2 traffic lights and everybody knows everybody. I’m a third child of 5 and was raised by both my parents in a very loving and warm home. At the of age 12, I went to boarding school about 200 KM away from my village and I have been living away from my family ever since. Both my parents were teachers and as a result, the value of education was instilled in me from a very young age. In my late primary school days, when other children played kgati and black my patile in the dusty streets, I would spend my time with a big oxford dictionary with my dad, doing crossword puzzles. And this folks, is how I was introduced to the language of English 🙂
I came to the big city of gold (Johannesburg, South Africa) in 2003 for higher education and 3 years later graduated in the field of Industrial Engineering. Pheew, that was not easy…Anyway, I was then familiarized with the world of banking and never looked back. This was through management consulting, where my career was launched. I will never forget my first day at work. Everything was just exciting for me; the boardroom, wearing heels, I was given a laptop, and meeting all the important people. I was like WOW! I have definitely arrived! I thought to myself: This is what I spent the sleepless nights studying for . This environment provided a platform for rapid learning and growth. I was not only challenged to learn about my field of expertise and the industry but there was a lot of opportunity for self-discovery, self-development and self-mastery.
This led me to start new studies in Psychology. The human psyche and behaviour fascinated me and I wanted to know more about it. It was also mind-boggling for me that all my siblings and I turned out completely different despite the fact that we all grew up in the same house, raised by same parents with the same set of principles, values and rules. Not only did I get to learn more about the human mind but during my studies in psychology I also developed stronger self-awareness and got to really redefine myself as an individual. I got to appreciate how much passion I have for the overall development and growth of people, helping them unlock their true potential, and develop practical actions to find their purpose or mission in life.
As such, I’m now on a personal journey as an Inspirational Speaker, Business and Life Coach. and currently studying my Masters Degree in Business and Executive Coaching. I believe that every experience in my life – good and bad has equipped me to be one of the most influential Inspirational Speakers and business coach around.
That was a mouthful…well at least you got to know about the person behind Ignite with Thato…just a simple girl trying to improve the life of others and unlocking their true potential. I’m hoping that embark on this journey with you, we will discuss lots of interesting topics together – what’s stopping your growth and development, why you are not succeeding, what you are afraid of and how to get out of those limiting beliefs. If you are want more personal chats that can be arranged through coaching sessions.
Allow me to unleash the greatness within you!!!