First Who… Then What

“Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” A while back at the beginning of my work career as a trainee accountant, my manager and I had the privilege of sitting in a meeting with the then Director-General of the National Treasury…

Popular does not necessarily mean best

My most popular blog posts so far...were not my best ones. As usual, the most popular music wasn't the best recorded this year or last year either. Same for the highest-grossing movies, restaurants and politicians doing fundraising. "Best" is rarely the same as "popular." Which means that if you want to keep track of doing…

I’m Sorry…

There is never really a great way to apologise, but there are plenty of terrible ways. If you are at a coffee shop, and you spill coffee on someone by accident, what do you say? You will be horrified and say “Oh my god, I’m so sorry!” When you mean it you say you are…

We have been brainwashed

Years ago, when you were about four years old, the system set out to persuade you of something that isn’t true. Not just persuade, but drill, practice, reinforce and, yes, brainwash. The mission: to teach you that you’re average; That compliant work is the best way to a reliable living; That creating average stuff for…

Don’t spectate your life

Most of us settle in, and settle for what we have. Rather than pursue, we accept. Our lives become unwitting celebrations of passivity We undervalue our work and perceive ourselves as wage slaves, we consume compulsively (but not create), we hope for better lives (but live vicariously through our televisions). These corners we paint ourselves…

The Momentum Theorem

Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an “Outlier.” He is, of course, right. My mother says practice makes perfect. She is, of course, right. A millionaire friend once told me to read one of the best stories on successful living, The Tortoise and the Hare. He says, “Every time I…

Maybe you should change the approach

A troubled teenager named Jamal was sent to see his high-school counselor, John Murphy. Jamal had been in trouble so many times that he was in danger of being expelled to a special facility for kids with behavioural problems. Most counselors would have discussed Jamal’s problems with him, but Murphy didn’t. MURPHY: Jamal, are there…

What if I haven’t found my true passion?

It’s dangerous to think in terms of “passion” and “purpose” because they sound like such huge overwhelming ideas. If you think love needs to look like “Romeo and Juliet”, you will overlook a great relationship that grows slowly. If you think you haven’t found your passion yet, you’re probably expecting it to be overwhelming. Instead,…

Humility + Fierce Resolve = Level 5 Entrepreneurship

You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman Jim Collins in his Good to Great talks about Level 5 Leaders who build enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will. As an entrepreneur are leaders in their businesses and…