Solitude and Books

Yesterday I watched Susan Cain's TED talk on The Power of Introverts. I have watched this talk a couple of times before, but this time, I was struck by the story she shares of her grandfather. Towards the end of the talk she says the following about her grandfather: _____________________________________________________ My grandfather was a rabbi and…

Building your forever

Do you remember Lethabo who booked regular sessions and always opened your newsletter updates? Or Marry who stopped by on her way to work every day for a skinny latte? How about Jo who religiously shared your blog posts and Tshepo who sent clients your way? Have you seen or heard much from them lately?…

Walking and mindfulness

“Walking quietens the mind without silencing it completely.” | Eric Weiner, Geography of Genius __________________________________________________ This note beautifully articulates why walking manages to be both meditative and productive.

Ask the customer

When we encounter a situation or problem, we always have an intuitive response to it. You start a business, our intuitive approach is to ask the customer what they want. This is because many of the decisions we make involve other people as our customer – e.g., decisions we make within our companies that impacts our…

Jim Loehr on stress and intervals

Jim Loehr is a performance psychologist and author who has worked with some of the world’s top athletes. Loehr’s philosophy is that one’s success is proportional to the strength of one’s character. And, he believes that character strength can be built the same way we build strength in our muscles, a powerful idea. In Tim…

Laser-like focus

"The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." -- Bruce Lee He should know! 🙂 Here is to a successful week i.e. a week like an average week with laser-like focus. Have a great start to the week. Image by Thomas B.

Free money lessons

I was playing Monopoly with my nephew and his friends recently. Every time we land on one my nephew's properties, he would scream demanding payment from his opponent. "Pay up, pay up" he would shout, squinting at his card for the amount we owe him. When he lands on "chance card" and the card says…

But I thought I would be beautiful

Shrek: Fiona? Are you all right? Princess Fiona: Yes. But, I don’t understand. I’m supposed to be beautiful. Shrek: But you are beautiful. __________________________________________________ This is a beautiful exchange at the end of the movie [Shrek] when Princess Fiona expects to be beautiful – a.k.a. human. Shrek’s response is both simple and profound.

Show and tell

Every day, we sell ourselves in adjectives that sell us short. We define ourselves as: Leader, expert, entrepreneur, communicator, specialist, efficient, experienced, better, faster, cheaper. We have watered down the effort of showing, for the convenience of telling. There is a better way. Don’t just tell us about the features and benefits of your product.…

In search of profound

Often we look for profound in things. We like a profound speaker, a profound author. A TV show that is profound gets more viewership. We look for people, preachers, poets, singers, artists who are profound and will give us goosebumps. No goosebumps, no followers. I woke up this morning asking myself: “So, what is something…

Remember why you started

Jessica could not believe it had been only three years since she opened the doors to the tiny clothing boutique she had dreamed of owning one day. She remembered the excitement of finding the shabby little two roomed workshop, choosing colours for the walls and installing makeshift shelving and clothing racks where she could display…