LORA secured tickets to The Liberty Vuka Knowledge Summit. Win yourself a ticket


LORA Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a knowledge curation academy that seeks to empower entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

It is not enough to be aware of the environment you are living and working in, you need to understand it.

Noticing things and being curious about how they work is the single most common trait I see in creative people.

Once you can break the components down, you can put them back together into something brand new.

Whether we are just looking at the landscape from a high level, new ideas or deeply investigating and deconstructing how things work, continually expanding or improving domain knowledge is always going to be an important activity for us as designers.

Which is why LORA Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has secured 100 tickets to the Liberty Vuka Knowledge Summit taking place on 1 to 2 November 2017 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg starting at 09:00.

If you are an entrepreneur or are planning to start a business, and want to secure yourself a ticket to the summit, please send an email to roche@loracentre.com motivating [no more than 500 words] why you want to attend this Summit.

The 2 day Summit boosts a lineup remarkable thought-leaders such as:

  • Russel Simmons;
  • Wole Soyinka;
  • Kimberly Bryant;
  • Brand Pretorius;
  • Vivian Onano;
  • Annette Muller; and
  • Mat Heinl.

Closing date for the submission to win a ticket is midnight, Tuesday, 30 October 2017.


LORA Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The LORA Program is an intensive, 6-months entrepreneurship program designed by Dr. Roche Mamabolo for high-performing individuals and entrepreneurs who want to level up and lead.

For more information on the program and application click on: 2018 REGISTRATION

20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #15: Don’t look for the next opportunity


In our land of opportunities and distractions, it is hard to devote our attention to the quiet pleasures of focusing on one thing.

It is as if we live our lives in a noisy restaurant and can’t have the intimate conversation we most yearn for.

The perfect client, perfect opportunity, and perfect circumstances will almost never happen.

Instead of wishing things were different, why not cultivate what is right in front of you?

Rather than waiting for the next opportunity, the one in your hands is the opportunity.

The grass is greener where you water it.

I see so many people leave relationships because they believe better relationships are “out” there.

In most cases, these people start new relationships and end them the same way the previous relationship ended.

The problem is not your circumstances. The problem is you.

What may look like an opportunity is in fact a distraction. Distracting you from improving your current situation.

Go deep instead of wide.

Make the best of your circumstances instead of limping from one location to another looking for better circumstances.

As Jim Rohn said:

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”

PS: Don’t settle for mediocrity, create excellence out of what you have through hard work.

20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #14: Television is a waste of time


Television probably ruins more minds than drugs.

TV is an escape.

An escape from being responsible, from the world, from creativity and into the arms of fear.

It is easy to fall in and keep tumbling down that hill, watch the next show and the next and the next and get some laughs in and be entertained and then it is 11pm and you have to get to bed.

I have to get back on my computer at 11pm and do the work I didn’t do because I was watching TV.

And the quality is less because I am tired and really just want to go to bed like everyone else.

I believe we can watch TV, but in moderation.

Doing things in moderation makes them manageable and it creates a track record or habit.

I may not have been working during that TV time but I sure could have been doing something to benefit me rather than laying on the couch zoning out while binging on series TV.

Take an hour of time that you would have watched TV and do something to better yourself. 

Here is my challenge to you: stop watching TV for an hour a day and try doing the following:

  • Read;
  • Write;
  • Listen to podcasts;
  • Spend time playing with the kids;
  • Spend some quiet time alone [no social media, no WhatsApp, no phone];
  • Exercise; or
  • Take a walk.



20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #13: The seven wonders of the world


A group of school children were asked to list what they thought were the present Seven Wonders Of The World.

Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

  1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
  2. Taj Mahal
  3. Grand Canyon
  4. Panama Canal
  5. Empire State Building
  6. St. Peter’s Basilica
  7. Great Wall of China

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet.

So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The little girl replied: “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there are so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the “Seven Wonders Of The World” are:

  1. To see
  2. To hear
  3. To touch
  4. To taste
  5. To feel
  6. To laugh
  7. To love

The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.

The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous.

The most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #12: Life rewards action


Thinking is good, yes it is. I strongly encourage thinking.

In fact, thinking plays an important role in success.

It helps you strategize.

It helps you get motivated.

It tunes you into success.

I am all for thinking and I do it regularly.

That being said, just thinking, no matter how good of a thinker you are, will never elevate you to success.

The difference between the thinker who succeeds and the thinker who does not is that the thinker who succeeds also acts.

Life does not reward thinking. Life rewards action.

Life rewards thoughtful action.

Think first, by all means… But then act.

Do you want to gain wealth? Then save more than you spend – act.

Do you want to lose weight? Then hit the treadmill – act.

Do you want a new job? Then quit your current one – act.

Do you want to write a book? Then begin to write – act.

Do you want a new friend? Then introduce yourself – act.

Anything you want to accomplish will only be done by bold and decisive thoughtful action.

Wishing won’t bring it about. Neither will dreaming. Nor will hoping.

Nope, you must act.

What is it you want from life? Be specific. Be clear.

Think about it, strategise, roll it out.

Turn that non-physical electrical impulse we call a thought into a physical reality, ACT.

Will you succeed? Will you achieve your dreams? Will you live the life that you want?

Only you can make that decision because only you can decide whether or not you will act.

Life rewards action.

Your actions do not need to be perfect. They just need to be. And then they get rewarded with success.

With achievement.


You have the power within you to lead YOUR life as you see it.

There is only one question you must answer for yourself: Will I act?

Knowledge is not power… implementation of knowledge, now that’s power.

Life rewards actions not intentions.

20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #11: Five minutes is a lot of time


When you have five minutes of down-time, how do you spend that time? Most people use it as an excuse to rest or laze.

By lazing for 5 five minute breaks each day, we waste 25 minutes daily. That is 9,125 minutes per year (25 X 365). Sadly, my guess is we are wasting far more time than that.

I was once told by my high school English teacher that if I read every time I had a break, even if the break was just for a minute or two, that I would get a lot more reading done than expected.

She was right.

Every time I finished my work early, or had a spare moment, I would pick up a book and read. Which is why I carry a book everywhere I go.

I read while waiting for the Gautrain, I ready while queuing for my driver’s license renewal, at a restaurant, while waiting a meeting to start, I read everywhere where there is a small chance.

How we spend our periodic five minute breaks is a determining factor to what we achieve in our lives.

Every little bit adds up.

Success is what you do between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

It is what you do off-stage, backstage, it is what you do when no one is paying attention.

You don’t win a fight in the boxing ring, you win it weeks and months of preparations before the big fight.

Ps: By all means rest, take time off, do nothing, get bored, in the process make it count.

20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #10: Your work should be a performance


If we define work of art as something that you do that connects to the soul of recipient, then we are all artists.

Do you want a car, or do you want a mode of transport that connects and defines who you are?

Do you want to read a book or do you want to venture into a voyage of exploration through words?

The cool part about poetry is that to most poets, how their poems are performed is just as important ,  if not more important ,  than what is actually said.

In a similar way, when you go to an event or to hear a speech, you are usually going to see the speaker, not hear what they have to say.

You already know what they have to say.

No matter what type of work you are in, it will be better received if you see it as an art-form.

You are performing for an audience. They want you just as much as they want your work, often more.

How you write your proposal, conduct a meeting, negotiate a deal, build a case, write a poem, is performance, a work of art. 

We are as much concerned about the content as with the delivery.

Your work should be a performance.

We can read the poem ourselves, the reason we came is to see you perform it.

As Khalil Gibran said before: Work is love made visible.

20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #9: You can’t have it all


This is difficult lesson I learned.

I believe every decision has opportunity cost.

When you choose one thing, you simultaneously don’t choose several others.

Elon Musk is know to drive his team to work 60+ hours per week. Often that decision comes at the expense of spending quality family time.

Your career succeed, but your family time suffers.

Public successes but private failures.

When someone says you can have it all, they are being economical with the truth.

The truth is, you don’t want it all. And even if you did, reality simply does not work that way.

I have come to terms with the fact that I want my family to be the center of my life.

Spending time with family is my top priority. As a result, I can’t spend 12 or 15 hours a day working like some people. And that’s okay.

I have made my choice and those people have made theirs.

And that is the point.

We all need to choose what matters most to us, and own that.

If we attempt to be everything, we will end up being nothing. Internal conflict is hell.

Instead of focusing on too many things and doing them on a shallow level, rather choose few things and go deep on them.

I think we need to choose, not making a decision is still making a decision.


20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #8: Competition is the enemy



Competition is extremely costly to maximum product reach and wealth creation.

It becomes a battle of who can slightly out-do the other for cheaper and cheaper.

It is a race to the bottom for all parties involved.

Instead of trying to compete with other people or businesses, it is better to do something completely novel or to focus on a tightly defined niche.

Once you have established yourself as an authority over something, you can set your own terms ,  rather than reactively responding to the competition.

Thus, you want to monopolise the space in which you create value.

Competing with others leads people to spend every day of their lives pursuing goals that are not really their own,  but what society has deemed important.

You could spend your whole life trying to keep up, but will probably have a shallow life.

Or, you can define success for yourself based on your own values and detach yourself from the noise.

20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #7: Never forget where you came from


It is easy when you achieve any level of success to believe you are solely responsible for that success.

It is easy to forget where you came from.

It is easy to forget all the sacrifices other people have made to get you where you are.

It is easy to see yourself as superior to other people.

We live in a society that glorifies and celebrates individual glory and therefore it is easy to believe that success is an individual sport.

It is east to think and believe that it is all due to your ingenuity that you have achieved greatness.

Burn all your bridges and you will have no human connection left.

In that internal cave of isolation, you will lose your mind and identity, becoming a person you never intended to be.

Humility, gratitude, and recognition of your blessings keeps your success in proper perspective.

You could not do what you have done without the help of countless other people.

You are extremely lucky to be able to contribute in the way you have.

20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #6: The world gives to the givers and takes from the takers


Takers say:

  • What will I gain by attending?
  • What will I benefit by sharing my views and knowledge?
  • What recognition will I receive by using my talent?

Givers say:

  • How does my talent help bless others?
  • In what way will I be able to serve others on a mission?
  • How will my honest views and experience bless others?
  • How do I volunteer on this mission?

From a scarcity perspective, helping other people hurts you because you no longer have the advantage.

This perspective sees the world as a giant pie.

Every piece of the pie you have is pie I don’t have. So in order for you to win, I must lose.

From an abundance perspective, there is not only one pie, but an infinite number of pies.

If you want more, you make more.

Thus, helping others actually helps you because it makes the system as a whole better.

It also builds relationships and trust and confidence.

When you act like a giver, you contribute to others without seeking anything in return.

You might offer assistance, share knowledge, or make valuable introductions.

When you act like a taker, you try to get other people to serve you interests while carefully guarding your own expertise and time.

There are two great forces of human nature: self-interest, and caring for others.

In business,  the most productive entrepreneurs are actually those who put their customers’ interests first.

Be a giver, not a taker

Listen more, talk less

Compliment more, criticise less

Forgive more, judge less

Givers advance the world. Takers advance themselves and hold the world back.

20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #5: Every aspect of your life affects every aspect of your life


Human beings are holistic,  when you change a part of any system you simultaneously change the whole.

You can’t change a part without fundamentally changing everything.

When one area of your life is out of alignment, every area of your life suffers.

You can’t compartmentalise a working system.

Although it is easy to push certain areas,  like your health and relationships, to the side, you unwittingly infect your whole life.

When you are not happy at work or your business stresses you out, it affects your personal relationship at work. Everything hurts.

When you are happy at work or business is doing well. Nothing hurts.

When your personal life is miserable, it tends to affects your professional life.

When my dad was hospitalized before he passed on, it affected my business life severely, but I had to put a brave face and focus.

When you do work that matters, it affects your soul positively which affects others parts of your life positively.

Often we work hard and spend more time on certain things that we think are more important in our lives [career, hobby, money, projects] and we tend to ignore other parts of our lives [health, family, religion, soul, quality time, wellbeing] and this affects our holistic beings.

Eventually and always, the essentials you procrastinate, ignore or avoid will catch up to your detriment.

Conversely, when you improve one area of your life, all other areas are positively influenced.

As James Allen wrote in As a Man Thinketh:,

“When a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food.”

Humans are holistic systems.