Grant Gavin is a member of the Durban Chapter
A tall, scruffy, dirty young man is standing at the traffic light. He looks uncomfortable and pretty miserable – as if he has the world on his shoulders. He holds a sign. He’s asking for money. Food. Maybe a job. People glance at him quickly. They feel too awkward to look at him.
People who pass by roll up their window when they see him. His presence disturbs them and makes them feel uncomfortable. He feels humiliated, completely vulnerable, and all alone. It’s not that they didn’t give him money, or food, it’s that they can’t even look at him, greet him, say hello. In four hours of standing in the sun, he received the equivalent of R15,00 from 4 people, 3 peppermints and a toothpick. Not even enough to pay for shelter for the night. But the kindness gives him hope.
Grant Gavin knows these feelings because that man on the street was him.
Grant is actually an award-winning businessman, property entrepreneur and public speaker. His life is great. So why on earth would he put himself in this completely vulnerable, almost humiliating situation?
Says Grant, “I’ve never had to beg for food or money yet millions around the world survive on less than R4.20 a day. Yes, I am privileged. I’m alive. The problem with privilege however is that those who have it are usually blissfully unaware. I needed to get out of my comfort zone. I knew there were lessons to be learned. But what I didn’t realise at the time, was that this day would end up providing me with the most powerful learning experience of my life.”
Grant has been invited to address 1500 delegates from around the world at an International business conference with a TED type talk and he will be giving his Traffic Light experience. Talks will be on a range of business and personal growth and development topics. Other headline speakers are Dr Nido Qubein, John Travolta, Calvin Klein, Randi Zuckerberg (Marks sister and former VP of Marketing for Facebook), Rapper 50 Cent, Fredrick Eckland (Million Dollar Listing Star & No 1 Realtor in New York), George Ross (Former Celebrity Apprentice Judge and Donald Trump’s right hand man), and others.
Grant, we look forward to hearing how your presentation went. To find out more about Grant and his work, visit www.getunoticed.co.za