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Second bite…at overcoming fear

Last week we opened the topic of managing fear before it manages you.  I would like to carry on that theme. Here are ten things one can do when confronted by fear. (Thanks to Kevin and Jackie Freiberg)   Overcoming your fears Do something. Anything. Fear feeds on inaction. Make a decision. Let go of […]

How to step through fear-Exercise

I love this quote by our former President, Nelson Mandela. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”   This reminded me of the very real fears that entrepreneurs have to […]

Spring cleaning…..for entrepreneurs

Today is a pivotal day in officially moving from Winter to Spring.  (Although the afternoon is still quite chilly!).   My wife is the keenest of gardeners, so today is significant for her as she starts to prepare our small garden for new growth.   How about your business?   I thought you may enjoy these 8 spring […]

Lessons from Kristen’s Ice Cream

In honour of Woman’s month in August, I am sharing this interview with an early start up entrepreneur. I asked Kristen Buttress, owner of “Kristen’s kick-ass ice cream” the following questions…..   Who are you? Kristen runs an ice cream shop in the quaint Noordhoek village.  It has the quirky name “Kristen’s kick-ass ice cream”. […]

A story of imperfect courage

I am still in the theme of honouring women in August month.    Here is a story of a lady (Jessica Honegger) who chose to move out of her comfort zone and begin something hugely impactful.   Her story is summarized hereunder (With thanks to 4 minute book summaries).                                     I trust that the 3 lessons highlighted may […]

In honour of Women’s month

This month marks a special month in the year……….Women’s month!  The next 4 weeks will be spent on focusing on the great place within entrepreneurship that Women hold. This week I would like to share an article I wrote for August’s contribution in the Community newspapers…….   I first met Debbie Ncube, owner of Eden […]

How optimism can benefit entrepreneurs

Last week we looked at the value of optimism, and today we are looking at how optimism can help entrepreneurs.   A great rule of thumb that the Covey Foundation holds is, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to what happens to you”.  Optimism is a great “lens” through which […]

How optimism helps in entrepreneurship

A vivid analogy for that which contributes to success in entrepreneurship is that of the Horse and the Jockey. The “horse” talks to the harder business skills required to manage the many resources required to navigate a business (Sales; Marketing; Financial and systems to name a few) The jockey on the other hand, talks to […]

Entrepreneurs take the high view

My son is a travel and architectural photographer. One of the ways that those in this field harness innovation, is to make use of drones to extend the possibilities of their videos/photographs.   I was delighted to go to a common with him as he prepared for the practical part of his license. (Yes, this […]