No more yes. It’s either HELL YES! or no.

Those of you who often over-commit or feel too scattered may appreciate my new philosophy I'm trying out: If I'm not saying “HELL YES!” about something, then say no. Meaning: When deciding whether to commit to something: If I feel anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yes!” - then my answer…

Brainwashed: The Miseducation

Do you remember learning to factor equations? 2x -32x +10? Why were you taught this? Why did they spend hours drilling you on such clearly useless content? Simple: You were being trained to be a compliant cog, someone who could mindlessly follow instructions as opposed to seeking out innovation and surprise. The evidence is clear:…

Brainwashed: The Opportunity

The new industrial revolution (the one we are living through, the one that’s changing everything) has opened doors for anyone (or certainly anyone with enough resources and education to be able to read this document). If you have the time, the intellect and the access to get your hands on an idea that spread, then…

June 16, 1976 The Legacy That Matters

Today marks the commemoration of June 16, 1976. This is the day where young people from Soweto (township located south of Johannesburg) protested against the use of Afrikaans language as a medium of learning in their schools. The tragic events of this day marked one of the turning points in South Africa’s struggle and defeat…

Brainwashed: Change This

Years ago, when you were about four years old, the system set out to persuade you of something that is not true. Not just persuade, but drill, practice, reinforce and, yes, brainwash. The mission: to teach you that you are average, that compliant work is the best way to a reliable living, that creating average…

Seeking Inspiration?

The word “inspiration” usually means something that mentally stimulates you. But “inspiration” also means to breathe in. The meanings poetically combine when you think of yourself breathing in thoughts, filling your body with ideas. But don’t forget to breathe out. Some people watch hundreds of TED talks, looking for inspiration. Some read speeches of inspiring…

Some will always say you are wrong

Some people are into money. Some are not. Some people are inspired by helping the needy. Some are not. Some are into fame, power, and prestige. Others are into anonymity and freedom from public responsibility. It gets more interesting when you realise people have different preferences in the different parts of their life. Famous online,…

Don’t Give Up: Most Failure is Not Fatal

If failure is not fatal, keep failing, keep playing the game, what do you have to lose? If your life’s not on the line, wouldn’t you think that it’s worth the risk? By taking appropriate risks, even if you fail, you are still considered to be in the game. In a way, it can be…

Why do people look like their dogs?

It's more than just a few silly pictures. It's a big insight that helps you understand why people (and businesses) buy what they buy. They do it because it validates them. Companies prefer to buy from other organisations that make them feel safe and secure and important. That means a big bank has an advantage…