Discipline steers Rupeni

The multi-skilled Rupeni. Picture: JOHN KAMEA

PRESIDENT George Washington once said “discipline is the soul of an army”.

Those sensible words on self-control have kept Rupeni Nalewaivuke in good steer as a soldier in the battlefield and in his new hospitality job.

The multi-talented Vitawa villager works in the food and beverage section of Rakiraki’s Volivoli Beach Resort, along Viti Levu’s Suncoast.

He holds a sports science diploma form the Fiji National University, once worked as a teacher, has done peacekeeping duties in the Sinai and even had a stint as a private security during the filming of the 2018 Hollywood movie, Adrift.

In all his job assignments, discipline remains his key priority and guides the way he works. I was in Sinai back 2015 where I was required to practice strict discipline every day.

“As you would imagine, it is impossible to survive in the battlefield without discipline,” Rupeni said.

“I apply this in my new job, whether I’m mopping the floor, arranging tables and chairs in the restaurant or serving guests.

“Discipline helps me prioritise my workload, do my work well and finish on time.”

Although he joined Volivoli Beach only two months ago, the father of three finds his new job interesting.

“In the beginning I wasn’t really sure whether I’d fit in well in my new role but I’ve survived two months and have enjoyed my work so far.”

“I like meeting and mingling with tourists, as well as helping them enjoy their stay.”

During free weekends, Rupeni plays club games for his village rugby team, Navatu Blues.

He started playing 7s and 15s rugby while attending Ratu Kadavulevu School in Tailevu.

“I love my rugby and always dreamed of being a rugby star in school. Just before we had the Under 18 rugby trial, I fell seriously ill and almost lost my life.”

“My mother told me there would be other opportunities in life. Though elusive, I’m still searching for that big break with hope.”

He says his motivation comes from his young family.

“I work hard because I have my wife and three children to look after.

“I want the best for them. I attained a diploma and will do everything I can to ensure my children attain degrees.”

“I want them to travel further than where I’ve been to, earn more than what I can provide them and accomplish more than what I’ve achieved.”

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