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…

Perfect Location

An entrepreneur speaker at a conference in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, shared how she was advised to open her clothing store at the Cape Town station where there are lots and lots of people passing by. After opening it, all she did was watch many people pass-by getting off the train, going to work in the…

Always forgive yourself

Forgive yourself for not having achieved that dream. Forgive yourself for not meeting expectations, for not being perfect enough, for not being ideal enough. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you made, for the judgement errors, for the things you didn't take serious enough. Forgive yourself for not being funny enough, smart enough or popular enough.…

Taking time to reflect

There is no learning, growth and personal development without reflection. Many people who think they have twenty years of experience, really don't, they just have 1 year of experience repeated twenty times. Structured reflection takes time, it also requires the discipline to concentrate, make notes and to think about what you are doing. Reflection is…

The irony of being taken care of

The irony is that you have take care of something FIRST so that it can take care of you. Look after your car first, it will take care of you. Take care of your community first, it will vote for you. Take care of your body first, it will carry you longer. When you look…

Rate your ride! Terrible

I was having a conversation with a colleague yesterday about the e-hailing business [Uber, Bolt] and also about the AirBnB business. One thing I realised as were chatting is the instant feedback nature of the business that you receive after you have rendered a service to a customer. You drop off a client, within a…

Did you do the reading?

It is unreasonable to think of going to a book group meeting and opining about a book you did not even read. More rude: Going to a PhD seminar and participating in the discussion without reading the book first. And of course, no one wants a doctor operating on them if she has not read…