Monthly Archives: February 2017

Unsocial Media: Captured by our smartphones

Wednesday evening at the Sandton Gautrain station around 1800. I get to the platform and it’s rush hour, people from work going home. I stand on the side of the platform and I just observe people streaming onto the platform. … Continue reading

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Unsocial Media: Addiction

  Texting, e-mail, the number of likes we collect, the ding, the buzz or the flash of our phones that tells us “You’ve got mail,” feels amazing. We associate this feeling with, “ooh, something for me” with getting a text … Continue reading

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Shut the door

Successful relationships are those where that are only two people involved in it. To be intimate in a relationship means shutting the door to outsiders and focusing on your partners. The absolute hardest part of having a secret life with … Continue reading

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Marketing honesty, trust and respect

A friend’s car got involved in an accident and he is struggling to get the insurance to pay up due to some small loophole in the contract. I always get calls from banks offering me credit card facilities with huge … Continue reading

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Quit: Not the Same as Failing

To quit is not the same as failing. Strategic quitting is a conscious decision you make based on the choices that are available to you. My personal test is fairly simple and straight-forward: If you realise you are at a … Continue reading

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Quit: Coping is a lousy alternative to Quitting

Coping is what people do when they try to muddle and limp through. They cope with a bad job or difficult task. The problem with coping is that it never leads to exceptional performance. Mediocre work is rarely because of … Continue reading

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Quit: The Noise Inside Your Head

Right at this moment, my clairvoyance tells me you are having a conversation that involves a lot of rationalisation. You are explaining to yourself why those Cul-de-Sac on the read you are in are not really dead ends [they are.] … Continue reading

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Quit: Never Quit

What a spectacularly bad piece of advice. Never quit? Never quit wetting your bed? Never quit that job that makes you miserable? Never quit selling a product that is now obsolete? Never quit compromising your values, ethics and principles? Never … Continue reading

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Quit: More often

It is okay to quit, sometimes. In fact, it is okay to quit often. It is smart to quit smoking, emotional abuse, manipulative behavior, bad-mouthing, gambling, backstabbing, arrogance, prideful habits etc. Winners quit all the time. They just quit the … Continue reading

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Quit: Work and mediocrity

Mpho just got another promotion. He worked for a software company in Johannesburg, and, over the last fourteen years, he has had a wide range of jobs. For the first seven or eight years, Mpho was in business development and … Continue reading

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