Monthly Archives: June 2016

Start something: Where is the Director of Starting?

“What do you do here.” That is one of my favourite questions I often ask people in companies. It is interesting to hear people describe their roles, their jobs, their sets of tasks. Some people are self-limiting, I do administration, … Continue reading

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Start something: Take initiative

The subtle beauty about initiative is that it is not given, you just take it.  Unlike taking an apple or my spatlho, there is no loss to the rest of us. After you take it, we all benefit. You don’t … Continue reading

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Start something: Fail, fail, fail, succeed

The reason why people don’t start things is because they are afraid they will fail. The reason they are afraid to fail is because they will be laughed at, shamed and shunned. This is how we have been indoctrinated from … Continue reading

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Start something: …and the fear of being wrong

Of course, the challenge of being the initiator, someone who starts somethings, someone who picks herself is that you will be wrong. You will pick the wrong thing, you will initiate something that will fail and you will waste time, … Continue reading

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I’M POSSIBLE by Bongani Bakae (20)

One of the best honors one can be afforded is the opportunity to write a book, but even more is the opportunity to review a raw, naked manuscript and contribute to the revieing and editing  of a book. My greatest pleasure … Continue reading

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Sooner or later, the critics move on…

Sooner or later, the ones who told you that this is not the way it is done, the ones who found time to sneer, they will find someone else to criticise, ridicule and shame. Sooner or later, critics stop pointing … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted?

Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? Don’t you wish you were born talented: In fact… It turns out that: – choices lead to habits; – Habits become talents; – Talents are labeled gifts. When Aristotle says “We are what we … Continue reading

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The hard part: Doing it again the next day

Working on the hard part is about risk. It begins when you deal with the things that you would rather not deal with: Fear of failure; Fear of standing out; and Fear of rejection. Doing the hard part of your work … Continue reading

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The hard part: The struggle is part of the journey

Every time I read a management or self-help book, I find myself saying, “That is fine, but that was not really the hard thing about the situation.” The hard thing is not setting a big, hairy, audacious goal. The hard … Continue reading

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The hard part: Value is in the hard parts

In an industrial setting, the obvious plan is to seek out the easy work. You are more likely to get it done with less effort and then move on. The easy customer, the easy gig, the easy assembly line. Today, … Continue reading

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