Age: 32 • Engineering Executive Manager • Cenored, Namibia
“I remain inspired by anyone who defied the odds…”
Wayiti Silvester is no stranger to hardship. He lost his father at a very young age and being a first born he set the standard high for himself for academic excellence. This was primarily done to set a good example for his younger siblings. Those who know him will remember that he was a top achiever in high school and he continued to do so through his varsity years at the University of Capetown. This young leader has proven that it does not matter where you come from, all it requires is commitment and hard work and realizing that you have got the power to change your reality. Read our interview with this young leader below.
1. Take us a little back into your history and tell us where your drive for achievement began?
Probably this drive was as a result of the drive and encouragement I saw and experienced from both my parents;
My mother was not educated, but her outlook to strive for great achievement was remarkable and this challenged me. My father on the other hand always seemed to make the time for anything that he wanted to embark on;
Finally, I come from a not so well off family. I always wanted to change the status quo.
2. What challenges did you overcome in your childhood?
Challenges probably surfaced after the passing on of my father. At this stage, a lot of issues were experienced by the family; issues such as loss of shelter, living in old dilapidated shelter, limited funds. Seeing my mother endure all these difficulties was difficult. As a first born, my challenge was to reverse this, placing a lot of expectation on me.
3. At this point in your career, who inspires you and why?
I remain inspired by anyone who defied the odds…
4. Having such huge responsibilities at work, how do you manage your time to incorporate continuous learning?
The only way out I believe is the will and the right mentality. With no will, you will probably only keep singing that ‘there is no time’. But with the will, you will always make the time.
5. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
The list goes on. But I bet what is important is to be better than who I am today.
6. Take us back to your high school and varsity years, what strategies did you use to achieve your academic goals?
Only had one strategy. And that is to focus on the job at hand. In high school, the job at hand was books; at varsity, the job at hand was books. So it was a matter of knowing why I was sent to school or varsity and doing just that and doing other things when the time allowed.
7. What are your morning routines?
None. It depends from morning to morning. But mostly, prayer, singing some nice songs, and off I go.
8. What is the number one factor that has contributed to your growth?
Not believing in peer pressure.
9. What advice would you give to a young person considering electrical engineering as a career?
That they must be field oriented and not office oriented. A career in engineering is a good career indeed…I recommend it.