Scaling a different kind of real estate

Posted On Wednesday, 19 April 2006 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Moving and shaking in South Africa’s fast-paced commercial and industrial property markets requires nerves of steel and an eye for the unexpected.

Sapoa CEO Neil GopalBut when the industry’s brightest and sharpest get together at this year’s annual SAPOA Convention, they will be hearing a courageous story of a different kind.

Bear Grylls is a world-class adventurer.

At 20, he joined the British Special Air Services (21 SAS). During this time, he broke his back in a free-fall parachuting accident and endured months of intensive rehabilitation, with a single goal in mind: to fulfil his childhood dream of conquering Mount Everest.

Three years later, in 1998, he became the youngest Briton in history to do so and return alive.

Three years ago, Bear completed another record-breaking expedition, leading a team across the North Atlantic Arctic ocean in a small open rigid inflatable boat. As a result, Bear was awarded an honourary commission in the Royal Navy.

Grylls’ story offers powerful lessons in being extraordinary, in the realities of team-work, and the power of honest communication.

“Looking back, it is strangely clear how certain qualities stood out about everything else up there. There were certain things that kept people alive and gave us hope and they may be different from what you might at first imagine,” says Grylls.

Fittingly, the Convention’s theme this year is “Geared for Endurance” and Grylls’ inspirational story is tipped to be one of the highlights. Held in turn in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, the Convention is scheduled this year from 17-19 May 2006 at the International Convention Centre in Durban.


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