Thoughts

Jacarandas in Joziwood

Anyone from Johannesburg knows that at the end of October, if a Jacaranda blossom doesn’t fall on your head, you’re out of luck for your exams. That said, I’m far happier running around in the streets headbumping falling petals than studying.  Who’d want to be inside when the Jozi summer is on its way? Here’s…

If – Rudyard Kipling

An old man shared this poem with me when I was 8 years old.  He said I should learn it off by heart and use it as guiding principles whilst I grow up. I’m still growing, and I still find explanation in it. If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing…

The Paradox of Success

Painting in broad brush strokes, I will generalise and say that humans are wired to seek out success. The rat race inspires us to strive for the corner office, the latest model car, the smart and good looking partner, the 7 digit bonus, the flight in seat 2A. The hypothesis I’d like to test is:…

South Africa’s biggest asset

What do you think is our nation’s biggest asset? Perhaps it’s South Africa’s gold and precious metals reserves? Perhaps it lies in the range of its beautiful natural biodiversity, from the Cape to the mighty Drakensburg? Or is it its people, and the range of cultures and languages that our population shares? I guess a…

Facebook Fun

Got to say I’m not a fan of Facebook. I’ll admit I havent concreted down the reasons why exactly, but still, it just isnt my cup of tea. But these, I’ll admit, I did enjoy. Hope you enjoy them too!

Being right VS being liked VS being you

Having sat through and also conducted a fair number of interviews in my life, I have come to appreciate the interviewee that tells me about them – from the heart.  A job interview couldn’t be a more stressful time, if you really think about it. In an hour or so, the interviewer wants to find out exactly…

When Principles get in the way

So the last 4 months have given me gray hairs. A house in Atholl came up for grabs through a deceased estate, and I was fortunate to grab it. It was in a shocking state though. The dirt and grime and hosts of lice and small bugs living in the bathroom carpets would latch onto…

How much of your week do you spend being economically proactive?

I spent the last weekend painting the inside of the new house together with Nicole. I don’t know if it was the fumes of the Velvaglo or the monotony of the task, but I got to thinking about people and what they do in their lives. Sadly, I think most people moan. Then this was…

Why South Africa needs entrepreneurs

Last week I attended a number of seminars with a focus on the South African economy and the future that it holds.  These particularly addressed the changes we might expect to see – and how the bright people can position themselves in such a way as to benefit from these changes on the business playing…

The problem with flying

So haven’t posted in a little while as the last two months have blurred into a quasi-one-week overload. But I am due to get on a plane in a few hours and fly to Cape Town to do the Argus and “live the dream of the Cape Town euphoria” for a long weekend.  Got me…