30 nice thoughts for the new year…

No idea why I named this post 30 when there are 45… name aside, well worth re-posting. 30 nice thoughts:1. Life is not fair, but it is still good.2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.4. Your job or social media friends won’t take…

Our stories matter

The thing about history is that often the story that gets told the most is that of the victors, the conquistadors. The story and history of the battle of blood river has two contested versions. The full story of Mkabayi has not been ventilated enough. The story of Mmathatisi, the warrior African Regent [1784 -…

No limits

You do not show up and write everyday to see if this is the day that you will finally run out of something to write. You write everyday and develop an understanding that while creativity has edges, it does not have limits. The more you write, the more there is space to think clearly and…

Knowing what to do is different from actually doing it

Educated Person + Poor Financial Behaviour = Financial Disaster Ordinary Person [with little education] + Good Financial Behaviour = Wealthy According to Morgan Housel in his book The Psychology of Money, it is not what you know [about money] but how you behave with money determines your financial independence. The problem is not the knowledge,…

Being aligned…

While there is nobody in the world who will share your point of view on everything, there are people who will share your most important values and the ways in which you choose to live them out. Make sure you end up with those people. _____________________________________ Being aligned to our team values is critically important.…

A different 5 step approach to New Year Resolutions

Here is a thought, why don’t we adopts a different approach to new year resolutions? Instead of deciding on a new year resolution like “I will eat better food this year”, how about we try the following: 1. Decide on 3 things you would like to achieve this yearE.g. Better health, better relationships etc –…

Thank you so much

This marks my 415th blogpost of 2021. I have written about so many emotions, learnings, challenges and blunders. I remember some posts, but I also don't remember some. 365 days later, all I can say is thank you so much. Thank you so much: … for your trust and attention over the course of the…

TKZee’s Halloween Album was “incomplete”

In one of his interviews, Zwai Bala of TKZee says that their album Halloween was an incomplete project. They ran out of time to finish it and due to the deadline they were given, they have to submit what they had done so far. The interesting thing is that Halloween became a huge success when…

Keep the home fires burning

The thing with fireplaces is that if you want to keep your home warm on a cold day, you have to ensure that there is always fire in the fireplace. This requires that you at least have a log of wood burning inside. But importantly this requires that you pay attention to the fire, ensure…

Ceramic vs. Styrofoam cup: A lesson in Leadership

I was recently reminded of a leadership story I used to think about from time to time, the one about the styrofoam cup shared by Simon Sinek: __________________________________________ I heard a story about a former Under Secretary of Defense who gave a speech at a large conference. He took his place on the stage and…

To all the great books I haven’t read

Tsundoku (積ん読) is a beautiful Japanese word describing the habit of acquiring books but letting them pile up without reading them. I used to feel guilty about this tendency, and would strive to only buy new books once I had finished the ones I owned. However, the concept of the antilibrary as explained by Nassim…