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Annel Malan

A Change is as Good as a Holiday

2011-11-29 12:37
This is my last week as Channel24's Editor. And this will be my last column.

Being the editor of an entertainment brand is an awesome job. You get free tickets to concerts, you hang out with famous people and you see new movies before they hit the cinema. A dream job...

But life goes on. There comes a time when you must shed your old skin and grow a new one. And what better time to do it than at the end of a year, so you can start afresh in the new one, right?

Sure, I admit making big changes in life is scary, but I believe in 'the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward'.

It all depends on your life philosophy. Are you here to live life to the full and try as many different things in your short time as possible or do you prefer sailing through life on the same boat with as few surprises and shake-ups as you can get away with?
I believe without change you can’t grow. And it's not just my motto. If you look at successful, happy people you'll see they live by it.

Charlize Theron, a ballet dancer with a serious knee injury, flew to Los Angeles on a one-way ticket to try and make a life for herself...

Dr Miranda Bailey from Grey's Anatomy, Chandra Wilson in real life, was a mother of three, who worked as a temp in a bank. One day she took a chance and auditioned for the Grey's Anatomy pilot...

Imagine what these women's lives would have been like if they weren't so brave.

Even successful brands like Nando's agree that you need to take chances. Have you seen their new ad "Last Dictator Standing"? They took a risk to run a cheeky ad which shows Robert Mugabe reminiscing about happier days with fallen leaders Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and PW Botha, it went viral and even earned them a mention in Time magazine's newsfeed.  

What will you do to shake things up? I dare you try something new this holiday and I don't mean swop your usual Hawaiian for a parma ham and rocket pizza.

May the new year bring you lots of luck and happiness!

Until we meet again.

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