An alternative to believing in yourself

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Of course, self-belief is more than just common advice. It is at the heart of selling, of creating, of presenting, of leadership, of delivering…

Telling someone, “believe in yourself,” is often worthless, though, because it is easier said than done.

Perhaps the alternative is: “Do work you can believe in.”

Not trust, verification. Not believing that one day you will do worthwhile work. Instead, do worthwhile work, look at it, then believe that you can do it again.

Step by step, small to large, easy to difficult.

Do work you can believe in.

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Most popular

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Popular is not the same as important.

Popular is not the same as profound.

Popular is not even the same as useful.

Popularity does not mean ‘best’. It merely means popular.

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Thank you in a thankless world

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Less then 10 percent of people write thank you cards.

If you don’t believe me, think of how many people have written you a thank you card.

Is it more than 10 percent of the people you know?

How many have you written?

I recently received a small handwritten note of well-done and thank you. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive but something very compassionate and memorable.

“Thank you” is a common phrase, it can even have an impact when used in a futile verbal state, but can often lose its genuine strands of fiber.

“Thank you for making me tea, thank you for washing my car, thank you for upgrading me to business class, thank you for giving me half a million rands for my startup.”

All worthy of some form of thanks.

A thank you “note” however, bleeds your feelings onto paper and transforms your gratitude into a physical script of substance which can be cherished and appreciated for years beyond it is creation.

A good thank you is an art, not a phrase.

Write a small note, a thank you note. Make it personal, make it real. Make it count.

Desks and mailboxes are filled with bills, receipts, court orders, hate mail and spam.

The world could use a little more gratitude, a few more “letters worth framing.”

Give a “thank you” that pops, sets you apart, and affirms the people who give of themselves in your life.

If only 10 percent of people write thank you notes, and you are one of them, the chances of differentiating yourself are high, especially when it is written with style and from the heart.

Thank you for reading. I wish you an awesome day and wonderful week. Continue doing work that matters. You matter.

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Solve the pain…

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Opportunity is where problems are.

Sometimes there are many problems. Don’t try solve them all.

Pick the problem that is causing the most pain, solve it.

People will pay for pain to go away.

Don’t pain attention to any other problems until you have solved the most painful one.

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All great entrepreneurs have this

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What makes an entrepreneur successful?

Some people believe it is the ability to innovate.

However, many startups are refinements of existing business models or improvements on how everyday products and services are delivered.

How about access to capital?

[But] there are plenty of successful startups that survived on the thinnest of shoestrings for their first few years.

Management skill?

No ways. Entrepreneurs are famously short-tempered and few have the patience to coach employees.

There is one thing and one thing alone that every great entrepreneur absolutely must possess: courage.

It takes courage to forego the predictability and security of a corporate job.

It takes courage to let go of your comfortable monthly salary into something that you don’t know sure will work out as expected.

It takes courage to sacrifice your nest egg to your startup.

It takes courage to take the risk of failure.

It takes courage to venture into the unknown when everyone thinks you are insane.

It takes courage to start over again after you have been bankrupt and lost everything.

And it takes courage, lots of it, to hand over the reins when your startup grows beyond your ability to manage it.

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20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #19: Keeping going…

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At some point in your life, you will struggle.

You will struggle to make ends meet.

You will live from hand to mouth, where you limp from one income to another.

At something you will get used to living on the edge, not because you want to but because circumstances forces you to, despite your hardest and best attempts.

It fees like you are drowning in the sea.

Life does throw you those curves.

But the thing about life is, you just need to persevere even even when you feel like you are a failure.

Just keep on doing your best, keep on doing work that matters, even when it feels like no one really cares, or recognises your efforts.

Wheels turn, and at some point you will raise your head above the water and start to swim again.

And when you do get to swim, you will so humble that you will not even make noise about your success. 

Because you know where you come from, and the struggle has humbled you so much, you respect success and you know that the success is bitter sweat and your success means to quietly help others succeed without seeking awards or recognition.

Keep going, you can get through this.

Somebody is watching you.

Someone notices you, they may not say it to you, you may not know it, but someone is following you, learning from you, being inspired by you, you are their reason for holding on.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.

It’s easier said than done, I know!

But someone has to say it, and you have to do it.

Because those who say it, more often have done it and are talking from experience.

 

 

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20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #18: Modern procrastination

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Everyone puts things off until the last minute sometimes, but procrastinators chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions.

Procrastinators like to say they perform better under pressure, but more often than not that is their way of justifying putting things off.

Procrastinators adores a deadline that slips, an item that does not get delivered and most of all, busywork.

These represent safety, because if you do not challenge the status quo, you can’t fail, you can’t be made fun of, can’t be laughed at.

And so the procrastination looks for ways to appear busy while not actually doing anything.

I would like to posit that for idea workers, misusing Twitter, Facebook and various forms of digital networking are the ultimate expression of procrastination.

You can be busy, very busy, forever.

The more you do, the longer the queue gets. The bigger your circle, the more connections are available.

Laziness in a white collar job has nothing to do with avoiding hard physical labor. “Who wants to help me move this box!” Instead, it has to do with avoiding difficult [and apparently risky] intellectual labor.

“Honey, how was your day?”

“Oh, I was busy, incredibly busy.”

“I get that you were busy. But did you do anything important?”

Busy does not equal important. Measured does not mean mattered.

When procrastination pushes you to do the quick reaction, the instant message, perhaps it pays to push in precisely the opposite direction.

Perhaps it is time for the blank sheet of paper, the cancellation of a long-time money loser, the difficult conversation, the creative breakthrough…

Write that article, start that project, deliver that product, execute that idea…

Or you could check your email, or twitter timeline.

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20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #17: Early is On Time, On Time is Late, and Late is Unacceptable!

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Being punctual and on-time is a sign of respect that few reasons excuse.

Being late is stealing, it is stealing the time of the person you are supposed to be meeting.

Life is not solely about business, but I argue that I place a certain value on every second that I get to spend with those I care about.

Life happens, you get flat tyre and then arrive 15 minutes late.

Any other day, you would have been on time, but for some reason, the heavens decided to make your normal drive take twice as long.

This is why planning to be on time is a bad idea.

Planning to be on time typically results in lateness and we already established that being late is unacceptable.

You may have had good intentions, but as the famous saying goes: the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The only valid, respectable, and safe option is to be early.

Plan your trip, distance, be conservative with time, use reliable form of transport, travel on non-peak times, have backup plans, set the alarm to inform you when to leave, wake up immediately when the alarm rings, get everything ready the day,night before,  .

Desire to be early, not on time.

 

PS: If you know you are definitely going to be late or have a good probability of being late despite all efforts to be on time, contact the person immediately as a form of good etiquette.

 

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A willing fool…

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Grief is a weird thing. It feels a lot like suspense, like you are just sitting around and waiting for something to happen.

You can’t start anything new.

You can’t settle down.

You have this constant restless feeling and an overabundance of time to think and feel.

For me, this manifested when my father passed on this month last year. I couldn’t wrap my head around what had happened.

For a long time, I thought this is just one bad dream, that I will wake up and be relieved that this was just one bad dream.

But no, this was no dream. It was as real as nightmares come.

God was supposed to be good.

He was supposed to take care of those who loved Him and listen to our prayers.

Why didn’t He take care of my dad? Why had He not answered my prayers?

This lack of understanding soon turned to anger.

It turned into restless nights of screaming at God, telling Him that He didn’t know what He was doing, and asking Him where He was.

For months I was depressed, hurt, and angry.

But after a while you get tired of being angry.

Anger is a poison that eats you.

One night I got tired of being angry.

It was at this night recently when I got tired of being angry at God that He explained His process to me.

Following God does not mean saying a prayer and receiving a magic lamp that will solve your problems.

Following God means daily surrender and trust.

God wants us to surrender our dreams, desires, and ideas of what we want our life to look like to Him, and trust that what He has in store for us is so much better, even if the process is painful.

That is exactly what I did that night, and it was the best decision I have ever made.

However, just because it is a good decision, does not mean it is an easy one.

Following God is a never-ending process of obedience, which honestly, I have never been good at.

I have always marveled at the courageous, faithful people in the Bible.

I have always desired a faith like David’s or Abraham’s.

I have wondered how anyone could possess a belief so strong in God that they would boldly fight giants, that they would be willing to sacrifice their own son, knowing that God’s plan is always best.

Even though I desired it, this kind of blind devotion was always something that I shrugged off.

I thought that it was impossible to fully rely on God in a world that teaches you to rely on yourself.

But I have learned to listen to God’s voice and faithfully obey it even when I don’t see any rational outcome.

Noah built his ark with no sign of rain, and that is something that has inspired and challenged me more than I can put into words.

This inspiration could not have come at a better point in my life.

Right now, when I am trying to sort through life and business, is when I will make the choices that affect the rest of my life.

I have learned to do my best and let God do the rest.

I have learned to keep my heart pure and learn to seek the best out of people.

I have learned to let go of the chip on my shoulder and trying to be smart with people.

I have learned that I don’t have to have it figured out, that instead of pressuring myself to take action, I just need to listen and obey.

I have learned that I won’t find God’s purpose for me unless I seek Him “not only above all things, but instead of all things.”

This means that I have to let go of areas of my life that God doesn’t approve of.

I have to take responsibility for my careless sinning and selfish ambitions, even though it makes me uncomfortable.

I have learned that all success really requires is that I keep a loose grip on my plans and my ears trained to hear God.

Throughout life we are challenged and hurt.

We have moments of feeling worthless, unloved, and inadequate, but because of God all these feelings are temporary.

What is eternal is laughter, joy, redemption and triumph.

Faith is trusting God even when you don’t understand His plan.

Our stories will never be somber tales of tragedy, but triumphant ones of God’s unrequited love and faithfulness.

All that is required for this happily ever after is a wise God and a willing fool.

I’m a willing fool.

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Thank You for Attending Liberty Vuka Knowledge Summit 2017 #LibertyVukaSummit

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Thank you to all the entrepreneur, leaders, and amazing change-makers and activists who traveled from near and far to attend our first Liberty Vuka Knowledge Summit in Johannesburg.

After this Summit, I hope you will go out there and:

Say yes;

Be curious and ask more questions;

Breakdown barriers;

Meditate;

Be independent, instant, informal and inspired…with phone your always on; 🙂

Teach kids to code;

Empower those those are not empowered;

Start. Everyone who has done something the world found interesting did one thing, started! So Start;

Be a leader of integrity;

Be free, it is the liberty you have;

Build algorithms that cares;

Follow what makes you curious;

Understand yourself better & figure out what makes you excited;

Bend the rules;

Show up on time;

Need nothing, and you attract everything;

Put happiness before success;

Money doesn’t make you happy but happiness makes you money;

Keep your promises;

Have integrity and you will earn trust;

Be the architect of the future not it’s victims;

Keep learning new skills;

Don’t exert power and control merely because you can;

Be human, be kind, pay attention, smile; and

 

Do work that matters.

LORA Business School would like to thank you for attending the Summit, and for everything you do.

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

PS: 2018 REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 6 MONTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

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

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