I was having a meeting with a friend at a restaurant near the OR Tambo airport. My friend stays at Ekurhuleni, which is where the airport is.

So I arrive early at the mall where we are meeting, and I decide to sit silently in the car in the parking lot for a few minutes.

It’s early in the day and there is less activity around.

As I’m sitting in the car, a plane that’s landing nearby flies just above me. I’m bit shocked by the noise and how close it is.

Still trying to recover from it, another plane lands, with the same loud noise and close proximity to the ground.

So in the meeting, I ask him: “Gosh the planes here are hectic.”

He smiles and says, well, we [people who live around here] are used to them, we don’t even “hear” them anymore.

“It’s as if we are desensetised from hearing them” he says.

That’s interesting, being desensetised from things that you see or hear everyday.

One thing I wish entrepreneurs could do is be desensetised from the fear of failure.

Progress requires that we have the courage and character to initiate projects without being afraid that they may not work.

“Here, I made this what do you think?”

“Oh, you don’t like it? Okay, how can I improve it?”

Being desensetised from things that don’t work with the courage to correcting them until they work is something to strive for.

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