Blank Pages

“A blank page is no empty space. It is brimming with potential… It is a masterpiece in waiting — yours.” (A.A. Patawaran)

The blank page… Every time that I sit down to write, I stare numbly at the page before me. I often was intimidated by the daunting task of putting pen to paper. My mind would mock me that: “It is not in you to write!” Continue reading

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Jump

“I’m going to tell you something that every successful person in this world has done in his or her life or career. Every successful person has jumped! They have taken their hopes and dreams and took a leap of faith toward them. If you desire greatness in your life, eventually you are going to have to jump.” (Steve Harvey)

Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs are often closely associated with risk. In fact, if you look up the definition of ‘entrepreneur’, risk is often part of this definition. The entrepreneur is one who throws caution to the wind and takes the plunge to fulfil a dream. Continue reading

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I Belong

“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.” (Brené Brown)

Human beings throughout the ages have had an innate desire to connect and require a sense of belonging. With this said, it’s understandable why gangs do so well in some areas of society, they create a ‘place of belonging’ – as those joining gangs have been considered as outcasts in society. Continue reading

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10x Better

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
(Aristotle)

A friend of mine runs a charity aimed at assisting orphaned and vulnerable youths in guiding their next steps after school. Often these young people do not have the academic strengths of their peers because of trauma and learning gaps in their lives. However, despite their challenges, these young people often achieve more in their studies than their fellow peers. The reason for this is simple, they have grown up with an attitude of ‘survival of the fittest’.

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Foolish Things

“Of every one hundred men in battle, ten should not even be there. Eighty are nothing more than sheep. Nine are the real fighters, we are lucky to have them since they make the battle. Ah, but the one—one is the Warrior—and he brings the others home.” (Heraclitus – 500BC)

There is so much to learn from the lives of heroes as we glean from what made them standout and rise above the rest. Continue reading

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Courageous Listening

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” (Winston Churchill)

We all live in the rat race of life, rushing from one event to another, rarely taking time out to listen. I am a person of action, hoping to see positive progress but small talk frustrates me. Listening is one of my biggest challenges, which is also one of my special joys. This does not come easily, but I have learnt that when I listen deeply, something vital resonates with me.  Continue reading

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Focus in Business

“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” (Venus Williams)

The see-saw effect of distractions from mobile phones, to clients and the news is common to most of us who live in an increasingly distracted world. Technology and noise fill the crevices of every moment of our lives and everything seems important and worthy of our attention. However, to succeed in business and indeed in life, one does need to have a razor sharp focus. Continue reading

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Whose Voices?

“Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.” (William Shakespeare)

We have all experienced that moment in a conversation where an awkward silence fills the spaces between us. In some contexts, for example, when I am with my wife (someone who knows me well), this silence is a place of safety. In other contexts, the silence is deafening and we quickly do our best to fill the void. We live in a society of noise pollution. We fill our ears with the radio, music or just the noise of life happening around us.

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The Art of Wisely Dealing with Conflict

“The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.” (Sun Tzu) Continue reading

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Going? Where?

“It is a mistake to think that moving fast is the same as actually going somewhere.” (Steve Goodler)

I was reminiscing to when my own children were younger. One of our holiday activities was to steer a paddle boat on a small lake. This involved two or even four people on a plastic boat with two sets of paddles and a rudder. The two people on the boat could peddle as hard as they wanted and their combined peddle power would move the boat forward. Continue reading

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