Climbing the mountain of life with courage

ERBW guest speaker Marlette “Molly” Hegyi inspired the ladies who attended the February meeting to view failure not as a setback but feedback.

It was a fun-filled morning as the ladies gathered at Summer Place, on February 8. They used to meet at Birchwood Hotel.

The invited guest speaker for the day was Marlette Hegyi, also known as Molly, who is a mountaineer, endurance athlete and motivational speaker,

Molly knows what it takes to conquer fears, break limitations and overcome challenges.

New East Rand Business Women committee members, from left: Ursula Marais, Antoinette Swanepoel (new chairlady), Marlette “Molly” Hegy (February guest speaker), Isabel Blignaut, Ingrid Delport and Karen Herbst. Front: Lorna Enslin, Antoinette du Toit and Mariette van Heerden.

Using her climbing experience as a metaphor for life and its uphill struggles, Molly inspired the women with lessons learnt from her high-altitude adventures.

Speaking about resilience and fearlessly achieving goals, Molly shared her memorable moments as a mountaineer.

The ladies attended the East Rand Business Women meeting at their new venue, Summer Place. Seen here are (from left) Janeen du Toit, Joey Audier and Sarie van Aswegen.

She also commented on the importance of team dynamics, citing points such as commitment, teamwork, leadership and followership.

She said resilience is like an elastic band: when you stretch it, it automatically bounces back to its original form.

“It is important to have courage to bounce back from being stretched and try again despite failure. People should ask themselves how they view failure – as a setback or feedback?

Antoinette du Toit and Ingrid Delport at the East Rand Business Women event on February 8, at Summer Place.

“When you have a goal there will be pain and discomfort but when that pain becomes greater it is necessary to move where you are to where you want to be,” said Molly.

She shared her summiting “STEPS” guide with guests:

S – Set specific goals (write these goals down).

T – Train (prepare for the goal, how to get there).

E – Enjoy the ride (do what you enjoy and document the process).

P – People (people can help or hinder your goal. Mix with people who will help you achieve your goal. Can people trust you, who are you roped to in life, can you trust people and can they trust you?).

S – Share (share your story so you can inspire someone).

From left are Susan Noppe, Marietjie Minnie, Mariette van Heerden and Lorna Enslin.

The mountaineer advised the ladies to share their success stories so they can inspire others to overcome their challenges.

* Antoinette Swanepoel has taken over from Marinda Lombaard as ERBW’s new chairlady and said she hopes to add value to the organisation and its members.


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