A TEACHER CHANGED MY LIFE

Written By: Noluthando Buthelezi

At some point each of us has had a teacher whom we still remember to this day because of the seed that they planted during our school years, whether good or bad. We all remember little things like your favorite or least favorite subject and your greatest class achievements, but more than anything, we all remember the defining moment when a teacher said something to you that stuck and managed to turn your thinking around. Something that you are almost certain that it has led you right into the arms of your destiny.

For little Darren August, this defining moment was when his grade two teacher gave him a thirteen out of ten mark for a class presentation- solely on the fact she could recognize that he had an above average ability to stand and speak in front of an audience. Little did she know that this would be exactly what he would end up doing for a living.  An author, motivational speaker, life coach, entrepreneur and corporate trainer- August has grown to be a highly influential young man who is passionate about life, people and education.

He strongly believes in maximizing every opportunity to impact the lives of others with his words, so by also being a radio presenter on Rainbow FM 90.7, he further extends his purpose to inspire to millions of listeners on a daily basis.

In 2014 Darren August wrote his first book “A Teacher Changed My Life,” a title that trended on social media and grew into a movement which shook the country and stirred people to start appreciating teachers for the work that they do in molding the future of the children in our world. This is where he relates the story of how this particular teacher and many others changed him and made him who is.

More than the shock at the success that the book has had however, he is more motivated whenever he thinks of what more he can still achieve; the more teachers he can reach in order that they may be challenged to play a critical role in the lives of the children that they teach “because changing the world begins in the classroom“ he said.

Growing up in the crime and drug stricken community of Ennerdale, it seemed almost impossible to defy the odds with August having formed a large part of the statistic of children who grow up in broken homes and dysfunctional families. Recalling of his childhood, he opens up to us about a time when he said a prayer that changed his family forever. It was on Christmas day, a day usually met with celebrations and family gatherings for him was one usually filled with strife and drunkenness as his parents would constantly fight with each other.

“Lord let this be the last Christmas I spend like this and I promise I will live for you forever” he pleaded with God, having learned how to pray from a Sunday school that he used to attend with his sister and by the very next year, his parents had turned their lives completely around and followed Jesus. This is a testimony that he holds dear to his heart to this day, particularly when looking at how his love grew for the work of the Lord and how everything he does today is for His glory.

His life experiences have shaped him and led him to a purpose that is greater, one that he could not have imagined for himself at that time. Because of that, he has an ability to connect with audiences from all backgrounds, making him a highly sought after conference speaker with keynote talks that are inspiring, interactive and leave people feeling challenged and empowered with the practical steps that are necessary to take action.

“Never allow anyone to tell you that you’re not good enough and even if they say it, refuse to believe it.” he says.  A motto that he himself lives by and is evident in the approach he has to challenges and how he has managed to overcome all circumstances in order to be where he is today.