My name is Charlie Tinyiko Junior Maimela. I was not the smartest of kids in school. I failed grade 8 in 2005 but somehow I was condoned to grade 9 due to my attitude and from that moment I told myself I can do better. In 2006 I relocated to a new school, people didn’t know me or my academic strength. I still remember telling myself I can do better. So, I started challenging myself through studying hard. At the end of that year I was the best learner in grade 9 until matric.
In 2010 I registered for my National Diploma in Nature Conservation from Tshwane University of Technology Gauteng to which I completed in record time and then a Btech degree from Mangosuthu University of Technology in KZN. I completed with Cumlaude (distinctions in all subjects) and later registered for a Masters Degree in Oceanography from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Western Cape. In a nutshell, that’s my academic journey.
I started looking for internship at some point and eventually I got it. It’s one of those experiences I still cherish till date. I wasn’t paid even a cent but was rather given 12.5 Kg of mealies, 2l of cooking oil, biscuits and a pack of soup on a monthly basis. On the other side, my friends were getting paid good stipend during that time, they were fortunate to work for big companies. I felt discouraged and almost gave up but I didn’t.
In 2013 I relocated to Pietermaritzburg to do my first ever paying internship, I didn’t know anyone there but I took the risk. I still remember when I packed my luggage with excitement. To this day I have no regrets whatsoever. My internship was fixed for 3 years and with a monthly stipend of R7100. That was a good beginning for me. I did my best to effectively manage what I was being paid. I was able to build a house which I believe was the beginning of real estate passion I have today.
I didn’t dive into real estate at the time but In 2015, I started learning about financial market, forex trading to be specific. When I got into forex trading, I was told it is easy and I was going to make a lot of money. I had just completed my studies and was doing my internship. The main reason behind forex was to become an overnight millionaire…lol. I know it sound absurd but its the truth. I got into Forex with the hype of making millions, I always thought if these gurus are living large then I can make it too but I was in for a rude awakening. Everything was going great in the beginning, profit was rolling in. I was like this “yes, this is the life” Then things started going south. I lost so much money which was purely greed and the desire to make quick cash. I got burnt, lost everything and learned the hard way.
Today I stand tall because I survived those dark days. I am fully in real estate that I so love. I am currently working on a project in KZN where I am building a complex of 30 cottages that will be accompanied by a restaurant and mini shopping centre. All of these wouldn’t have been materialized if it wasn’t the support, understanding, courage and they undiluted love from my dear wife a.k.a my heart who stood by me through it all. Never could have made it out of the darkest abyss without her.
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