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Dr David Molapo

Tagline: Motivational Educationalist

Keynote Topics

To be successful in life, you have to learn to forgive yourself and others for things that have happened in the past.

It’s often easier to forgive others than to forgive yourself, but you need to say ‘I am no longer a prisoner of the past, but a pioneer of the future’.

You cannot change what happened, you can only learn from it.

The poorest person in the world is the person without a dream, and the most frustrated person is a person with a dream that never becomes a reality. To be successful, you need to live your own dream and not try to live the dreams of others.

You have to be successful for your own reasons. Share your dreams with others with care, because negative people will discourage you from striving for your dream. All of us need encouragement as we dream. It is like oxygen to the soul.

In South Africa there are generally two kinds of people – undertakers and caretakers, and neither of these are dreamers.

The undertakers are people who always criticise and say that something will never work. Caretakers are those who are always taking care of other people’s dreams and never focus on their own potential.

When you dare to dream, you begin to use words like ‘it can be done’, ‘it is possible’ and you begin to understand the power of words. Words can build or break. Dreamers are people who have a positive attitude.

They realise that it is not what is happening to them that counts, but how they react to the challenges. Dreamers think big and know that success does not come from doing the same thing the same way all the time.

They constantly stretch themselves to improve.

Show determination and commitment

Staying power is all-important in reaching your dreams and goals. You need determination and commitment.

Embrace the five Rs:

  • Resolve – Determined and committed people resolve to do things now because they are hungry for growth and for success.
  • Refrain – Determined and committed people refrain from talking to negative people and refrain from negative influences.
  • Repeat – Once you are successful, you need to repeat the exercise so that you become even more successful. Success is a matter of repetition and consistency.

As you mess with success, you begin to understand that you have to be disciplined.
Self-discipline is often the missing element in many lives. Nobody can discipline you, but yourself. At some time or other you have to say ‘No’ to certain things in life – this is called delayed gratification – you pay now, you play later.

Although a lack of discipline might not have any immediate impact on your life, you need to realise that the pain and regret of these errors are only delayed, and will come back to bite you at a later stage.

Both success and failure involve future consequences, namely the inevitable rewards or unavoidable regrets resulting from past activities.

Make a difference

Dr David Molapo urge you to show grace and generosity to those who are less fortunate than you are. Remember, what you do for your self disappears when you die, but what you do for others will remain a legacy. That is true success.

Set a SMART goal

Now that you know what you want to achieve or become, you need to define it by making it a goal. Your goal has to be:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Timely

Adapt to technology

Dependency on technology will increase in the future. Spend time learning new computer programs to improve your productivity, not as just another new toy.

Embrace diversity

Get comfortable with other ethnic cultures, religions and customs. Learn a little about the customs and attitudes belonging to workers from other cultures and countries.

You do not have to compromise any personal values or standards in order to do this.

Be creative

Being creative demands thinking outside of the box and looking for innovative ways in which to solve persistent problems, increase productivity or produce a new product or service.

What worked last year may not necessarily work today. When a challenge presents itself, be the first to offer a new viewpoint or recommend an alternate course of action.

Your ideas, combined with the creative ideas from other employees, Dr David Molapo will help your organisation renew itself as necessary to be competitive in the 21st century.

Check your attitude

Believe in yourself and have an ‘I can’ attitude. Train yourself to look beyond the negative events and to see the opportunity cocooned within an obstacle.

By doing this you will add value to those around you. Refuse to grumble when circumstances are adverse.

Refuse to complain. Be grateful for where you are now, and for where you are headed. Your attitude determines your altitude!

Travels From:

  • Johannesburg

Fee Range:

  • Fee Range: 20,001 - 35,000


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Dr David Molapo uses a fine combination of humor, an incredible stage presence and his personal life experiences to mesmerize his audiences with his message of hope. Through his public appearances, stints in the media and books, David is able to effectively motivate, inspire and guide over a million people in South Africa each year, providing […]

Dr David Molapo uses a fine combination of humor, an incredible stage presence and his personal life experiences to mesmerize his audiences with his message of hope.

Through his public appearances, stints in the media and books, David is able to effectively motivate, inspire and guide over a million people in South Africa each year, providing them with the confidence and the tools to change their lives and those of the people around them.

He is also the host of the I CAN PROGRAM on TBN Africa airing every Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon, reaching millions of people on the continent.

At the age of thirteen, Dr David Molapo was imprisoned for political activities.

It was here, that he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He then started an amazing process of changing his life that led him to be the successful businessman, leader, husband and father that he is today. David is married to Mamikie and they have a son and a daughter.

Dr David Molapo | Motivational Educationalist

Dr David Molapo – Educationalist Motivational Speaker believes that “We are no longer prisoners of our past, but we are pioneers of our future.”

Dr Molapo was educated in both South Africa and the United States of America where he obtained a Bachelor of Science, Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Religious Education.

In August 1994, Dr David Molapo became a finalist for the Junior Chamber International Award of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World and in 1995, he appeared on the Who’s Who of Southern Africa.

Dr David Molapo work in the community has earned him the highest Rotary International Award in 2002 – the Paul Harris Award. That same year, Dr Molapo received the African Bank Award for Exceptional Contribution to the South African Community.

He is no stranger to corporate South Africa; he has held various directorships with companies such as Dimension Data, Imperial Logistics, KATANGA Properties and Excellerate Holdings.

Dr David Molapo also served as Chairman of Transformation for South African Airways, the national carrier. In 2007, David appointed to the Board of Clientele Life.

Presently, he is the Chairman of five companies which he co-owns with his wife, Mamikie Molapo, namely: I Can Group, I Can Communications, I Can Foundation, I Can Telecommunications and I Can Consulting.

Dr David Molapo speaks on numerous subjects including Quality Management, Communication, Entrepreneurial Skills, Team Building, Leadership, Affirmative Action and Accepting Change.

He is the author of the books, ‘I Can Counsel’, ‘Ten Exciting Keys to Success’, ‘If You are Not Growing, You are Dying’, ‘It Takes Two to Tango’, ‘Choose to Change’ and ‘Take Charge in Times of Challenge’.

In 2013, Dr David Molapo became the President of the John Maxwell Company in Africa.


In Choose to Change

Need to make some changes in your life, but you don’t know where to start? In Choose to Change, motivational expert Dr David Molapo teaches you how to transform yourself.

He believes that our responses determine the level of our success, no matter what challenges we’re faced with.

Dr David Molapo favourite saying is, ‘If life gives you a lemon, make lemonade,’ and stresses that what you make of something is determined by your attitude and perspective.

Choose to Change has been developed as a resource to help you to live a purpose-filled life. Dr David Molapo reminds you that it is possible to transform yourself and that you are the only one who has the power to transform your dream into a reality.

So take the step today and read Choose to Change.

In Take Charge in Times of Challenge

The world is changing very fast, and while the changes are exciting, many people experience life as dark, dismal and difficult at the moment. South Africans have to rise to the challenge and find a way to face the storms many of us are experiencing.

In Take Charge in Times of Challenge, Dr David Molapo shows that there is always a way to transform a situation, to ‘take charge’ and turn life’s hard knocks into an education that will ultimately lead to success.

Dr David Molapo outlines the major pitfalls on the journey and offers encouraging and enlightening guidance for anyone who wishes to persevere and open themselves to new, exciting challenges.

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