The Power Of Choice – Reon Schutte

Think of Your Worst Day Ever…

…now multiply that by 4,621 consecutive worst days ever and multiply that again by 100 just for good measure. Perhaps that would give you just a glimpse of what Reon Schutte went through as he spent 12 years 8 months in the infamous Chikurubi Prison in Zimbabwe.

Reon Schutte PhotoLast week I had the privilege of listening to Reon Schutte share his inspiring story of how he survived this incredible ordeal and how he learned that “The Power of Choice” can make all the difference in the world.

Reon was captured as a South African special forces soldier and sent to Chikurubi for a life sentence. If you visit his blog or biography you can get the details of just how awful this prison can be. To give you an idea, in 2009 there were 1300 inmates and 700 of them died!

As I listened to Reon share his story, I struggled to think of how I could have possibly survived and anxiously awaited hearing how he did such a feat!

The key, Reon discovered, is choice, a powerful tool to which every human has access at every moment and that is our ticket to freedom, regardless of the situation. “We may not be able to choose our circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond,” he says.

Reon’s Power of Choice Life-Changing Principles

  1. Forgiveness is setting yourself free
  2. Be a victor, not a victim
  3. Failure only exists when YOU choose to give up
  4. Acceptance of circumstances allows for change
  5. You choose how you will respond to your circumstances
  6. Lead by example
  7. reon schutte releasedServe others
  8. There is no “There”
  9. Don’t ask, “Why?”; ask, “What for?”
  10. The Power of Choice Resides in Each of Us

On October 21st, 2004, Reon was miraculously released from Chikurubi and he now shares his inspirational lesson of “The Power of Choice” with groups everywhere. Here are some links to learn more about Reon’s story and message:

Interview 24-10-2004 with Derek Watts in Carte Blanche (M Net Channel)

Beauregard Tromp October 22 2004 at 07:11AM

4 News 24 Zim to free two more SA men 22/10/2004,,2-11-1662_1609471,00.html

Humanitarian situation of Reon Schutte- Foreign Prisoners Support Service

BBC News Africa Thursday, 21 October, 2004

The Herald News By Thomas Hartleb

Mugabe pardons apartheid spy

American Renaissance News – Zim Jail ’Worse Than Auschwitz’ – Special report

The expert Company – Speakers and Celebrities Bureau


About utahREpro

Chris is the managing broker for Prudential Utah Elite Real Estate in American Fork, Utah. His passions include spending time with his family, Real Estate, Social Media, traveling, reading, movies, golf, dirt biking and so much more. Chris is a graduate of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Leadership Academy as well as the Utah Association of REALTORS (UAR) Leadership Academy. He has served in many capacities in the real estate industry at the national, state and local levels, including: 2013 Treasurer of the Utah Association of REALTORS 2011 President of the Utah County Association of REALTORS (UCAR) 2011 REALTOR of the Year – UCAR NAR Federal Political Coordinator assigned to US Senator Mike Lee 2011 NAR Strategic Planning Committee 2010 – 2013 NAR Public Policy Coordinating Committee 2011 Dean of the LeadershipUAR Program Chris has been a licensed REALTOR in the State of Utah since 2004. He has been recognized both nationally and locally by Prudential and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2010.
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