Skateboarder Jean-Marc Johannes has won gold, silver and bronze medals in international competitions, and has set seven Guinness World Records for various skateboard stunts. He’s grown from an asthmatic kid in the Cape Flats to a world champion who’s competed in the US, Indonesia, China and Europe. His future ambitions include adding Olympic medals to his accolades. “My proudest moment was winning South Africa’s first gold international medal in the history of my sport, in 2016,” he says, which came in the Skateboarding World Series in Asia. In 2017, he won a silver medal in the same contest, and a bronze in the Pro Jam in Indonesia. There have been knocks along the way, but the ethos of falling over and getting back up again now runs throughout his life. He says it’s proof that if you firmly believe in yourself and just take one small but significant step each day, you can achieve your dreams.
Push your fears aside. Dreams don’t work unless you do. The road to success is always under construction.