Tortoise Power (Yes, really … )

Some of you might know about an old story (or fable) that speaks about a race between a Tortoise and a Hare.


Tortoise and the Hare


The story starts off by introducing us to the Hare (really just a bunny rabbit). The Hare challenges his friend, the Tortoise, to a race.

Everyone predicted that the Hare (I am going to call him The Bunny) would win the race.

Look at the picture below and ask yourself which one of the two would win a speed race:

The race


Any logical person would pick the Bunny to win, right?

Well, the Bunny did NOT win the race. The Tortoise won the race.

Who won the race


How did a tortoise beat a bunny in a race?


This is why the Bunny LOST the race:

  • The Bunny was over-confident even before the race started – he did not even consider the possibility that he might lose;
  • The Bunny was arrogant – he mocked the Tortoise and made other ‘people’ laugh at the Tortoise;
  • The Bunny, because he was so over-confident, made silly decisions during the race – during the race he stopped to get something to eat, and after that, he actually took a nap under a tree;
  • The Bunny didn’t even think about checking where the Tortoise was during the race – he was completely oblivious to anything going on around him;
  • The Bunny lost all focus during the race;
  • The Bunny allowed himself to become very distracted during the race;
  • The Bunny took too many breaks during the race.


This is why the Tortoise WON the race:

  • The Tortoise was not afraid to accept a challenge;
  • The Tortoise did not run away when the other ‘people’ mocked him when he accepted the challenge;
  • The Tortoise believed that he was capable of participating in the race;
  • The Tortoise was realistic about his abilities – he knew he was slower, BUT, he also knew that he had more perseverance than the Bunny;
  • The Tortoise knew that in order to finish the race (never mind win the race) that he had to believe in himself;
  • The Tortoise did not take the other competitor (the Bunny) for granted;
  • The Tortoise did not allow himself to lose focus during the race;
  • The Tortoise did not allow himself to quit during the race ;
  • The Tortoise had perseverance. 





In life, one of the greatest skills to have is perseverance. 


Perseverance is directly linked to success:


How to be successful


Another way of understanding perseverance is by the attitude of never giving up – no matter what.


Keep moving


At College SA, we completely understand that the ‘race’ of life can be challenging.


WE believe in YOU. We will be by your side during your entire education journey. We will support you, encourage you and help you.


Be bold – enter the ‘race’ (start studying)


Find a course that interests you.

 Together with YOUR PERSEVERANCE, we will help you successfully pass your course


Don’t be afraid to be a Turtle. Turtle Power!!

Turtle Power

Turn your dreams into a reality

“Dream it. Believe it.  Be it.” – Oprah Winfrey

Do you sometimes just feel like giving up?

I’m sure we have all felt this way at some point in our lives – especially where studies are concerned. At times, the work may become very difficult and overwhelming, and on top of that, many of us have other full-time responsibilities to deal with.

You may be juggling many things at once – work, studies, children to look after, and other family responsibilities.

We are only human, and it is natural to want to give up when things get too tough. What we don’t always realise, however, is that when we feel this way, we are actually so close to success.

don't give up, perseverance, College SA

If you just keep on, and persevere, you will be one step closer to making your dreams a reality.

Discipline plays a big part in becoming successful. It is not always easy to give up things that you like in order to make time for work and studies – but you definitely won’t regret it in the long run!

Vanessa Scott, who studied Child Care Courses through College SA, shares her story with us. She tells us how she had to give up certain things that she enjoyed doing in order to make time for her studies. She made these sacrifices because, she says, “I knew that my dreams were achievable”.

Her sacrifices and perseverance was well worth it! For she is now living her dream:

“I established an organisation and run a programme for children with learning disabilities. It is run from a school in an impoverished area in the community, but being with these children and knowing that I play a small role in the outcome of their futures is reward enough. Knowledge is power, and I want these kids to have that gift of choice.”

Vanessa wants to study even further, but she cannot afford to at the moment, as most of her money goes into the children’s programme. However, Vanessa maintains a positive attitude:

 “I will not give up though. I am saving, and even though I will probably only start next year, I will persevere! Thank you, College SA for the role you’ve played in my dreams becoming a reality. The journey was rewarding and I learned that one is never too old to study. The service was excellent and the tutors are pleasant and patient. The experience has inspired me to study, study, and study some more! Nothing is impossible.

We really admire Vanessa’s optimism and determination, and hope that each one of you reading this will be inspired by her story.

Are you currently studying with us? Do you have an interesting or inspiring story to tell about your studies? You can leave us a comment below and we will happily share it with the rest of our students!

If at first you don’t succeed

If at first you don’t succeed…

When I first visited the College SA website, and found out that I could enrol for a course even if I did not have Matric, I was surprised. My past experiences have taught me that the world does not have patience with those who don’t get it right the first time. With actors, actresses, singers, sports stars and successful business owners now becoming famous at younger ages, people are starting to expect instant success. This makes it tough for those who take a little longer to find their feet.

However, there are still those who believe that the key to success is not to look at your failures, and not to disqualify yourself from the race to success.

I have been inspired by stories of famous people who kept on trying in spite of the fact that the odds were against them:


  • J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by twelve publishers before she got her big break!
  • Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC, tried to sell his (now famous) chicken recipe and was turned down 1009 times before he got a yes!
  • Albert Einstein only started speaking at the age of four, while most children start talking at around the age of one. He only started to read at the age of eleven. We now know him as the Nobel Prize-winning master of physics.
  • Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and failed at his first attempt at business – his first company, Traf-O-Data, took a nose dive. He then started Microsoft and, as the saying goes, the rest is history.
  • F. W. Woolworth started off by working at a dried goods store where he was never allowed to wait on customers, because his employer did not think that he had enough sense to do so. Today, anyone who has been to Woolworths knows that there is plenty of sense in his business strategy and customer care.
  • The Beatles were rejected numerous times by record labels, but they kept knocking on doors. Knowing what we know now, it is hard to believe that anyone ever turned down such great music.
  • Walt Disney (now worth billions due to movies, theme parks and Disney products) was fired from a newspaper for “lack of imagination”.



So, if you have been out of school for a while, and have resigned yourself to a life of cheering for others, you should know that it’s never too late to step up to the challenge and to pursue your dreams.  Some say if you can dream it, you can achieve it, but I think that sometimes just pressing on and putting one foot in front of the other will get you to places that you could never even dream of.


New beginning


Don’t let your circumstances get in the way of your dreams – I think that if you want something badly enough, and you are willing to take the first step, the rest will follow.





“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default”

J.K Rowling