Listen to me. Don’t listen to me

Today we were recording an entrepreneur on My Biggest Blunders: Failing Forward and one key lesson from his talk kept coming to me saying: listen to your gut, always listen to your gut. Often when something is about to happen, your gut feel always tells you. Your gut always whispers something important. We just have…

Benefits of good decisions compound over time

When Liverpool Football Club appointed Jurgen Klopp as their manager in 2015, I remember telling a good friend I was sad he was not a Manchester United manager. Klopp had spent 7 years with Borussia Dortmund and transformed them into a German powerhouse club. He was exactly the kind of long term thinker we needed.…

Kindness, humility and money

Certain topics you have heard or read about before. However great writers have the ability to take the same topic and reposition it in a way that you appreciate the topic again and even better. For example, in his book, The Psychology of Money, one of the things Morgan Housel says is: _________________________________________ “Be nicer…

We don’t need more stuff, we need more humanity

When you drive around Pretoria and Johannesburg [and I'm sure other parts of the country], you will see storage facilities mushrooming. This basically means that our houses and garages are full to a point where we need extra space to store our things. We have ran out of space in our homes. We need more…

Go deeper, not wider

When we want to get a project off the ground, we are often confused about the best way to achieve our goal. We then use popularity as a measure of success. Coca Cola is a popular brand, but is not good for your health. Ginger is not popular but is good for your health. Reach…

Collect memories

Really appreciate the people around you. If your mind is always stuck on the past, you are never going to be able to enjoy the present or the future. All we have in this life is a collection of memories. Yes, there were great memories in the past with great people. But, there are equally…

Why this?

Always asking ourselves why reminds us of the reason we do what we do or about to do: "Why am I doing?" "Why should I do this?" "Why more?" "Why do it this way?" "Why this?" Answers to these questions will will alert us to whether we are ego driven or driven by what really…

Bullishly optimistic

I was having a conversation with a colleague about optimism. This got me thinking about a couple of things I'm optimistic about. I am bullishly optimistic about a couple of things: - If you work hard, stay focused and dedicated, good things always lie ahead. - The best times ALWAYS lie ahead. I believe that…

If you were truly a bad person

If you were truly a bad person, you would not be so hung up on the morality of your mistakes. The fact that you want to go back and make it right means you are growing from this and you will try to do better next time. Apologise. Make amends. Breathe free.

The Voyager King Mansa Abubakari II

An African emperor who ruled Mali in the 14th century discovered America nearly 200 years before Christopher Columbus, according to African griots. Mansa Abubakari II, the 'Voyager King' once ruled what was the richest and largest empire on earth, covering nearly all of West Africa. According to a Malian scholar, Gaoussou Diawara in his book,…

Ships and water inside

Ships do not sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Do not let what is happening around you get inside you and lower your frequency. When the world is rocking, centre yourself, bring calm to your emotions. Peace comes from within.

Patience over time

In the absence of all the facts, you have to make a judgement call about trustworthiness. You believe a story built on promises because you trust that the person or the business is honest, competent and reliable. Trust creates the connection between buyer and seller. And that connection requires patience. We do not hustle our way…