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You Don't Have to Be a Victim of Circumstance

July 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

Wendy Luhabe grew up under Apartheid in South Africa, and when she was ten years old, her parents got divorced. While most children report painful feelings about their parents’ separation, Luhabe says her mother became her role model. 

"I really admired the courage that she had to walk away from a marriage and to go and start a completely new life with children as a single mother," Luhabe tells Big Think. Luhabe's mother was an inspiration to her because "she taught me at a very early age that it’s possible to achieve what you set yourself out to achieve as a person, not just as a woman."

In the video below, Luhabe, a social entrepreneur who is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women in South Africa, explains how her mother is the person who gave her a passion for mentorship. "She chose to take responsibility for herself and her family and to pursue her own life rather than remain a victim of circumstance," Luhabe says. 

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