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The power of choices

A recent post on social media introduced us to a 30-year-old vocalist Jane Marczweski — known professionally as Nightbirde, who went on to win over the hearts of America’s Got Talent judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofía Vergara. While singing her original song “It’s Ok,” Nightbirde’s authenticity and ethereal vocals took centre […]

World class service

This past Thursday, my wife and I received the first of two vaccinations.  We have both reached the age of 60 and so are form part of the population that Government is focusing on in June onwards. We had heard of the experiences of other “silver foxes” at the Mitchells Plain/Lentegeur Hospital and decided to […]

What are you focusing on?

Focus on what you have when starting a business. I have asked many people what the difficulties or challenges are when facing a new start-up. It’s interesting to note their answers. Many of them appeared to focus on what they didn’t have or what they couldn’t do. For example, ‘I don’t have the capital to […]

The value of setbacks

Jim Carrey is one of the funniest people on the planet. He has been the star of some of the most successful movies of all time. But Carrey grew up extremely poor in Canada. When he was a teenager, his family worked as janitors at a school to help pay the bills. And during his […]

Building a positive attitude

When people think of having a positive attitude, they probably think it’s little more than putting a smile on their face and trying to think happy thoughts.   Its deeper and more important than that. A positive attitude is something that goes deeper and has an effect beyond surface cheer. Negative attitudes promote fear, and a […]

The value of routine

Last year saw most households and small businesses have established routines massively disrupted. Parents suddenly had to upskill themselves in home tuition and online tutoring.  Small businesses had to pivot their offering to a virtual market. While we were learning new skills, we may have lost traction in our routines.   I think of routines of […]

When your road map doesn’t work

I make use of my car’s GPS system to safely navigate the way to new, unexplored destinations. The only snag is that it is +-10 years old and doesn’t have the latest changes to the roadwork systems.  As example, the flyover on route to Century City was not yet built when the car came out. […]

Make a living and build a life

One of Winston Churchill’s many quotes said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Governments around the world faced the dilemma of saving lives while at the same time preserving livelihoods. This quote reflects that value, but also points to the more personal choice that […]

Flexibility is key

Flexibility is key

Do you remember how some people began 2020?    It was going to be the year of 20 plenty or the year when we had 20/20 vision.    What a course correction we have had! “Even the best laid plans of mice and men”, wrote Robert Burns in 1785.  John Steinbeck, used that line for his famous […]

What will you take into 2021?

Here we are in the penultimate month of 2020.     Do you also feel as if the year has somewhat escaped you? We are in the 8th month of lockdown, and it appears as if we will move into 2021 with some form of lockdown and precaution in place. The impact of the Global epidemic hardly […]