Thank you


Thank you means two things.

There is the “thank you” that I say when you have been reading my mind, pushing the perfect buttons, saying exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.

This is heartfelt, but it is also selfish, in that it is about my narrative and no one else’s.

And then there’s the “thank you” of caring. Of effort. Of consideration.

This is the thank you that recognises the other, her effort, her kindness and her sacrifice.

The thank you of showing up, of doing work that matters, of caring, or pushing the status-quo, of being loyal and faithful even when no one is looking [especially when no one is watching].

This thank you has nothing at all to do with whether it is just what you wanted, and everything to do with the power of connection and care.

Thank you for everything you do. Most important, thanks for living your dreams out loud, bringing generosity, insight and wonder to the work you do.

I wish you a super wonderful 2018. And thank you, both ways.

All the best and God bless.

Being on this journey with you is the reward.

BizChamp your business to success


The person you are is directly related to the five people you spend the most time with and your role models.

Examine your friends and role models.

If they are not in line with who you want to be, then something needs to change.

The same goes for the books you read, the TV shows you want, the social media accounts you watch and the Apps you download on your phone.

One App that you should download if you aspire to be an entrepreneur is BizChamp App.

The App comes as a result of many years of business coaching; mentoring that Junto group [through Dr Lucas Moloi] has been involved in, the ongoing research in technology and innovation.

The research was taken to investigate what were the things that made it difficult and sometimes impossible for entrepreneurs to grow their ventures in South Africa even with so many development agencies by government or ED programmes by corporate.

For an individual that has an idea, someone trying to do things professionally or formally, even the one looking to run a sustainable business efficiently the biggest challenge has always been resources, time and information.

So we have pulled together the resources from all over to ensure that the entrepreneurs has more time on their hands but also the resources are hand picked by an experienced team of business coaches that understand the real needs of entrepreneurs.

We focused on bringing together resources that every entrepreneur would need in achieving these goals and putting them on the palm of his/her hand leaving him enough time to focus on what he/she does best.

The App has resources such as:

  • Top Business Blogs to follow
  • Book a Coach
  • Advice Room
  • Business Documents
  • Business News

Change means avoiding negative relationships.

Change means asking friends and family to embrace change with you.

Change means breaking out of your comfort zone.

Change means finding new, empowering relationships and role models

It’s not easy, but it is rewarding.

The BizChamp is one App that will bring the necessary resources to help you improve your businesses skills.

To access the App and download the App go to:





Marketing noise


In the Industrial Revolution, it used to be that media houses were only owned by big agencies, doing all the marketing work for other big companies.

In the connection economy of the 4th Industrial Revolution together, everyone owns a media company, through social media.

Marketing is no longer merely the work of giant organizations with giant budgets.

People, particularly small businesses, can be marketers too.

In era where everyone has a media company, the narrative is that the one who screams the most, grabs the attention.

Today, we are all surrounded by a screaming multitudes, an open-outcry marketplace of ideas where the race to be heard appears to be the only race that matters.

And so subtlety flies out the window, along with a desire to engage for the long haul.

Just a troop of gorillas, all arguing over the last remaining banana.

It turns out that there is a useful response… to ignore them.

To stick to the work, to the smallest possible audience, to building something worth talking about.

What actually works in a noisy environment is not more noise, it is the challenging work of earning the benefit of people telling people.

We don’t need more hustle. We need more care and generosity.

Nostalgia is a basic human emotion


100 years from now, humanity will look back at our current era and will say:

“This must be the era where humans discovered digital cameras. This is the era where selfies, self-stick, photobombing, pouting were invented. They even took pictures of their food.”

Today, humans take more pictures than ever before mainly because it is easier, cheaper and convenient to take pictures than ever before.

Kodak created a billion dollar industry by giving people a tool to feed their nostalgia.

We don’t take pictures because we want to know what we are seeing now… we already know that.

We take pictures because it makes us feel good to know that years later, when nostalgia for that moment comes around, we will be ready.

Entrepreneurs spend a lot of time on other emotions… joy, love, jealousy, insecurity, greed, fear of missing out [FOMO]… but nostalgia gets overlooked.

I think that is an opportunity.

Aside: when you are doing something important, like launching a big project, or a new company, or running some sort of campaign designed to change things, keep a scrapbook. Not a note book, a tool for writing down facts. A scrapbook. Include photos and quotes and clippings and events. Two reasons. First, you will be glad later (I still have scrapbooks from some of my previous projects) and more important, because it will remind you that you are doing something important and that time is precious. You don’t have to post them on social media, but save them somewhere where you can access them anywhere, anytime, anyplace.

The magic word


No, it is not “please.”

It is “ego.”

I meet a lot of entrepreneurs who I think are confused, and the primary cause of their confusion is that they believe that money equals motivation.

They believe that people will choose the best value.

That people will buy what they need.

That the best products and services will spread because they deserve to be talked about.

That employees can be persuaded to do things by paying them more and that consumers will buzz something if you reward them with cash.

That once you have ticked all the right boxes, they will succeed.

This is true. Every once in a while.

It is true for people who deep down equate money to ego.

This tiny subset of the population really and truly keep score via cash.

They are rare indeed.

We are constantly on the lookout for someone’s real motivation.

We don’t understand why someone would volunteer at a charity or take a lower-paying job or recommend a cool new CD or post something on their blog or do work that matters without expecting anything in return, mentor someone for free to be more successful than them.

“What’s in it for them,” we wonder.

Here in the world capital of capitalism [yes, I just made that up…] people have fallen in love with the idea that money can feed the ego.

Almost all the time, that is wrong.

Since this is a post about ego, let’s talk about… me. I smiled the other day when I read a review of my blog. It said [paraphrasing] “Like many authors, Roche blogs to sell more books.”

Wrong. Actually, I wrote my first book so that more people will read my blog!

At my book launch, I argued that I think books are okay but not the best way to spread ideas, I was and I’m still convinced that blogs are the best way to spread ideas.

I don’t blog to make money.

I don’t run ads on my site.

I don’t even blog to win awards.

I blog because it pleases me to see my ideas spread.

I like it when I see people talking about one of my ideas, without even mentioning where the idea came from.

That means it is the idea that spread, not my brand. Which is the whole point.

For me, anyway. Not for you or for her or for him.

And that is the tricky part about entrepreneurship and ego.

Everybody feeds their ego in a different way.

The art is in telling a story that matches the ego-outlook of your target audience.

The next time you are in a meeting and someone pulls out a spreadsheet, realise that you are about to hear about money/value = ego.

That’s fine.

But what about everyone else?

Ignore the rest and they will feed their ego somewhere else.

It’s okay. Let your ego push you to be the initiator.

But tell your ego that the best way to get something done is to let other people take the credit.

The real win for you [and your ego] is seeing something get done, not in getting the credit when it does.

Our memories are in us


My dad passed a year ago. It was a difficult phase and year in my life.

Every time I think of him, I think of the time we spent together, the time he took to go watch my brother and myself play soccer.

But this helped me realize our memories are not in our things, our memories are in us.

I hope this will help you to collect more moments and memories, not things.

Do it with a clean heart


Do it with a clean heart.

Because you can.

Do it with a clean heart or don’t do it at all.

Don’t do it to prove a point.

Don’t do it to get even.

Trying to get even, drains you instead of the person you are trying to get even with.

A pure heart is the vessel that contains a soul’s true beauty.

Pure heart, pure soul.

Pure heart begets pure thoughts.

If a clean heart wears dirty clothes, it will still look clean. If a dirty heart wears clean clothes, it will still look dirty.

Instead of working so hard to prove a point, it makes a lot more sense to spend your time with people who truly believe in you.

They deserve it, they truly care.


When does the water get hot?


So here is the thing about showers, hot water and cold water.

If you want a hot shower, you will need to turn on the hot water a bit before you step inside.

It can take a while for the hot water to rise up and clear the cold water from the pipes.

So usually the cold water come out first for a few minutes before the hot water comes out.

The thing is, if you mistakenly turn the cold water tap instead of the hot water tap, it will never get hot.

No matter how long you wait.

Sometimes, it takes us too long to realise that we should not wait any longer and might consider checking if we turned on the wrong tap.

In life, nothing good comes from impatiently jumping from one approach to another, one grand scheme replaced by another.

But persistently sticking with a plan that goes nowhere is almost as bad.

Persistently sticking with a plan, the hot water eventually comes out.

The art of making a difference begins with thinking hard about when it is time to move on and change the taps and when to wait for the hot water of your project to come out.

The struggle is real, but there are dead ends everywhere.

Sometimes, the world is telling us it’s time to leap and change the taps and sometimes it says wait a bit longer for the hot water to come out.

We were created to be loved


Most birds were created to fly.

Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not other way round.

As human beings, we were created to be loved.

So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around.

Living unloved is like clipping a bird’s wings and removing its ability to fly. Not something I want for you.

Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly.

And if it’s left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.


No need to make bigger promises


All we have to do is be the person we say we are.

No need to shop for a better you, or to work overtime to make bigger promises.

Keeping the promises we have already made is sufficient.

It turns out our beliefs don’t make us better people, our behavior does.