Overcoming the odds – and reaping the rewards

Private Property South Africa
Cathy Nolan

My name is Nicholas Melck. I came to Jeffreys Bay about 22 years ago but struggled to find my way and did whatever I could, from restoring furniture, to painting houses, to working on building sites.

After a while, I found myself broke and unfulfilled. I then tried to sell property and in this, I was also unsuccessful.

My only form of transport was a bicycle and at a time, I was living in a caravan. I still pursued selling property, against the counsel of everyone I knew, because I know that owning property has nothing to do with how much money you earn but rather with your willingness to change your mindset and make the effort.

I also discovered how much I loved the people I was working with and, the more transparent I became, the more I realised we all have a desire to provide for our families.

I was born with Tourette syndrome and also have chronic dyslexia, which has always been my enemy but I decided to make friends with it.

It was from this point on, when I found that there was a place for me, that I started working harder and smarter and realised I had to be different and think “out of the box”.

People are fundamentally good and kind and one of the reasons I have enjoyed success is because I understand that, no matter who you are or where you come from or no matter what you buy, it’s your money and you have worked hard for it. I respect that!

Time and opportunity happen to all men – but you decide on your time and your opportunity. In all things you do, always do your best and keep trying. The results will be in your favour.

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