When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.
The above quote summaries not only the last few months, but a daily experience not only in the IP Story, but also on my road as Entrepreneur. I believe that more than one business owner would agree that the only certainty in running your own business is “change”
Roy T. Bennett said “You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone” and stepping out of our comfort zone is exactly what we as an IP family had to do when we bid farewell to my business partner, Jonathan Pepler and my fellow director Grant Pepler in 2019. These two gentlemen, along with Jonathan’s wonderful wife Michelle impact on IP will forever be present in foundation that assist with during the start-up phase of the company.
Now that we have embraced the changes, we are proud to announce that Intelligent Placement is now not only female ownership ran, but also a BBBEE Level 1 service provider.
During all these changes, many challenges and test of courage, I have been blessed to be surrounded by a phenomenal group of ladies that form part of my Entrepreneurial journey. A team that bring the word of Henry Ford to life “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
My entrepreneurial journey has brought along many lessons, but none greater than “Surround yourself with people that inspire and encourage positive change in your life. Build a team in which you can work together to support each other and build better lives.” To my husband, my parents, my children, family and friends who are my team, thank you.
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea.” I look forward to exploring the ocean.
And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you
Anniversaries are curiously awaited, the opportunities to recollect our year gone memories and to cherish them again.
2013 was a notable year for me for many reasons. I initiated this company with the blessings of my husband, parents and our Heavenly Father. It’s due to their blessings that we have expanded this company to this extent that we are celebrating 5 years.
I’m ashamed to admit that my initial vision, was pale in comparison with the one of my business partners, Jonathan Pepler, who was an answer to a prayer on the day that I was ready to give up. It’s a matter of great pride to see our company growing, embracing good value systems and achieving more than what we have ever thought of. In these 5 years which have passed, we have seen it all – success and failures, highs and lows, celebrations and crisis, everything. But one thing which we never did was to ‘give up’. This go getter attitude, our faith and our commitment towards the company are the factors which have brought us where we are. I would never have been able to picture this successful journey without, Jonathan and his beautiful wife Michelle.
Since the inception we have been adding on to everything we have, the manpower, list of achievements, areas we deal in and even to the enthusiasm and dedication we have for our work and responsibilities. This is obviously an amazing sign for any organization. This positivity has been reflecting clearly in our growth rates ever since the beginning. As they say, “slow and steady wins the race”, we might not have been on the list of the most rapidly growing company, but it has undoubtedly been one of the most steadily growing companies.
These 5 years can be defined as a kaleidoscope of happy and best memories of my life, new friendships and relationships. I have found my new friends in terms of my employees who have worked day and night to make this day possible. Over the last five years, this business has undergone massive changes, but our organization has become stronger and efficient than ever before. By celebrating this 5th year of Intelligent Placement, we are celebrating the success of our employees, their significant others, and children who have sacrificed significantly.
Many more anniversaries, many more success stories and many more achievements are yet to come our way. Till then, let’s remember, what we build today, will either empower or restrict our tomorrow.
Last but not the least, I have to thank my husband, parents and kids for the immense pillar of support, they have been. Thank you for standing behind me and help me in fighting against all the odds, thick and thin. I have no words to express my gratitude for your relentless support.
A word from our CEO—Jonathan Pepler
2017 is gone and forgotten but it was great year of growth and discovery for Intelligent Placement. We are extremely thankful for our clients and staff and the relationships we have fostered during the year.
Not everything was easy and gratefully the difficult situations made us stronger and wiser.
The foundation on which we start 2018 is solid, our team is strong,
Motivated and highly skilled, we have new team members joining us shortly and we know that they will make an invaluable contribution.
Our plans and strategies are well thought through and we will implement with precision, on time and with pride. Our standards are measured and we won’t settle for anything less than the best.
2018 will be our best year ever and I am proud to be a part of the Intelligent Placement team.
My wish for all our clients and staff: May your lives be filled with success and opportunities and may Intelligent Placement be a part of your future.