Happy birthday Miles

“Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.” - Miles Davis Authenticity is a process that requires time and effort. To find your voice, you must be patient, persistent, and loyal. Happy birthday, Miles [May 26, 1926], you have always been miles ahead.

Stories vs. Facts

Another mass shooting. 18 children. 2 adults. May they rest in peace. This was the 30th school shooting in the United States in 2022.  The above two statements are facts. Unfortunate facts. Unfortunately, no matter how clear the facts are, very little changes. People are not moved by facts but by the stories they hear. Popular…

Greatness

Greatness can be defined in two ways. The first one is: "greater than all the other people." The second one is: "be the best that you can be." We often resort to the first definition of greatness. "Greater than everyone" invites comparison and win-lose. Envy is a constant companion, as well. We are able to…

Plans and planning

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower  I love this. I wish you all the best as you preparing the coming week.

Sawubona, do we belong together?

The concept of liberty refers to an attitude. It is possible to view it as an opportunity for freedom or as a promise that was made but was not followed. We have the option of taking part in something or remaining on the sidelines. Responsibility is both the offer and the promise made by liberty,…

A calm mind, a fit body, a house full of love

I've been reading Naval Ravikant's wealth-building blog posts and listening to his podcasts for a while now. I got some food for thought from one of his series postings, and I think it's a keeper. Naval: That’s a multi-hour topic in and of itself. First of all, I thought it was a really clever way to…

The goal is not to avoid mistakes

I keep reminding myself that avoiding mistakes isn't the aim. The aim is to avoid repeating the same mistakes. If we try new things and push ourselves, we'll make mistakes and stumble. Instead of criticising the week's blunders, let's celebrate the new ones [and the accompanying learning]. 🙂 Falling isn't failure. Failure is in the…

How to give a talk in five minutes

How to give a five minutes talk? Give a four-minute talk and don't rush through it. The other option is to try to talk for six or seven minutes in five. To hurry. To feel flustered. To spend too much time. To act in a way that makes you unprofessional. No. It's better to stick…

Endings

Beginnings are exciting. We celebrate beginnings in many ways, including launches, housewarmings, anniversaries, and jubilees. Beginnings are great. In our eagerness to celebrate and encourage beginnings, we forget they wouldn't exist without endings. This week, for instance, might turn out to be an excellent week to end… … the project that isn't going to amount…