Earning attention instead of stealing it

People love attention and they will do whatever it takes to get it. Today it is easier than ever to demand attention and get it. It is easier than ever to steal attention. But it is harder than ever to earn attention.  In a crowded noisy environment, people who want attention believe in screaming the…

What matters is…

In your life, there are going to be constant demands for your time and attention. How are you going to decide which of those demands gets your attention? The trap many people fall into is to allocate their time to whoever screams the loudest, their time to whatever offers them the fastest reward and their…

Start: Pace yourself

Entrepreneurship is a marathon, it is not a sprint. Life is a marathon not a sprint. Why are we in such a hurry to get to the end? Part of it is our need for immediate gratification. We want it all, and we want it now. We want perfect service, perfect results, and perfect follow…

Start: Blog every day

It doesn’t matter if anybody reads it. It doesn’t matter if you put your real name on it. Blog every day, because the act of writing something down that you believe in, that you’ve thought about, and knowing you have to do it again tomorrow, will make you better at everything you do. Blog for…

Start: Don’t be cocky, don’t be flashy

As one of my favourite entrepreneurs and founder of Zappos, Tony Hsieh wrote in his book Delivering Happiness: Don't be cocky. Don't be flashy. There is always someone better than you. Basically what he is saying is practice humility. The problem with success is that it seduces great men and women to think that they…

Start: Now

You want to be an entrepreneur? Start. Entrepreneurship is more about execution, than having a fancy idea. Ideas are easy, it is the execution that most people are stuck on. Stop being an aspiring entrepreneur, and be an entrepreneur. How? Deliver some work, and get paid for it. The idea is to start small, and start…

You will be disappointed

Sooner or later, you will ask for something or read something or expect something and you won't like what you get. You will feel like I wasted your time, wasted your money or did not meet your expectations. Not just me, of course. Everyone. Even you. You will disappoint someone, and the company you depend…

End Poverty: Unemployment is bad for entrepreneurs

Yesterday, Statistics South Africa reported that South Africa's unemployment rate is now at 27,2% in quarter 2 of 2018. 27,2% is too high. It is actually a crisis, a national crisis. But one of the things I hear is that the responsibility to create jobs lies with the government. This is said in a way…