The most important reason to ignore your parents

Fact: Your parents love you. They do not want you to be hurt.Having lived life, they will know the only way to avoid pain is to avoid taking risk.That’s why your parents will always give you bad advice.Taking risk is the only path to growth. Personal, social and financial growth. Your growth is a function…

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The difference between thinkers and doers

There are 2 extremes in life that you want to avoid. Extreme thinkers, and extreme doers.An extreme thinker is like a guy who is so busy planning his wee[1], that he forgets to unzip and instead wets his pants. The satisfaction of having designed the perfect wee is besmirched by the realization that his wardrobe…

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Jordan, a surreal place

Jordan is a surreal place. You’ll be driving along and the driver says, oh look, Jericho, 11,000 years old and the place where Moses took the Israelites. Or, walk down that crevice and you’ll find Petra. 2,000 years old, just a couple of giant tombs carved out with bare hands. Or, check out that rock, it’s Lot’s…

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Babies ain’t so bad

I’ve just finished “What to expect when no one is expecting”. Great read, mainly because it contradicts one of the central messages of the West, namely: Mamking babies is bad, selfish and evil.Its  true, too many people, especially unemployed & young people, are the cause of many problems, including resource depletion and revolution. What the…

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Super 15 rugby vs Silicon Valley tech

The Sharks are like Microsoft.  Brute strength, no ideas.The Stormers are like Facebook. Lots of promise, no delivery.The Bulls are like apple. A religion. You don’t like it, go somewhere else.The Cheetahs are like DropBox. Everyone’s second favourite team.The Southern Kings are like Zynga. No one likes the chief.The Lions are like Instagram. Too busy thinking…

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7 reasons to PANIC about the future

Reading the papers and watching TV, its difficult to argue the future is rosy. Here are 7 reasons to panic: The USA economy is due to crash. If it goes, we all go. Great Depression 2.0 here we come, for real. The EU is going to break up. Aside from triggering chaos in global markets,…

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A sense of entitlement isn’t always bad

There is a big difference between overconfidence and confidence. The former inevitably leads to failure, loneliness and public humiliation.The latter leads to greatness.The secret to being on the right side of the equation is self-awareness. “Know thyself” and you can’t be overconfident.Which brings me to the title of this post. The infamous plague of those…

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3 attributes of fast moving companies

“Information flow is dependent on quality of the connection and the capacity of the sender & receiver.” Professor Cesar Hidalgo, MIT Media LabsApparently both the brain of a chimpanzee and the human brain have the same number of cells. However, a human brain has many more connections between the cells. Man’s advantage is attributable to…

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Netflix and Spotify: The race to the bottom

I recently read that Spotify is about to launch a video streaming service and is getting into content. WTF?Have they not seen the Yahoo movie? Thanks to @downtempo for these flashbacks from the past:2008 “On the heels of Yahoo!’s better than expected earning after thee bell Tuesday, the web giant will announce a partnership later…

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2 big reasons for thinking the unthinkable

Many people use scenario planning as a tool for ensuring they are prepared for all eventualities. No doubt it is valuable in this manner, but there are two even bigger benefits of considering scenarios that are unthinkable:1. Losing the fear of deathIn business we mostly steer clear of consciously thinking through the consequences of total failure….

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3 unexpected ways the iPhone has made my world a better place

Putting the kids to bed My wife and I used to fight over who would take our daughter to bed. The loser was in for an hour of staring into space in a dark room whilst waiting for the gurgling and crying to be replaced with peaceful sleep. We still fight, but now it’s the…

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Can Africa create its own Silicon Valley?

Have you heard of the Barrosos Well effect? It refers to the strategy of focusing attention on areas where things are already happening spontaneously. For example: Focus your attention on an oil well that spurts into the sky with no technological assistance rather than a well that shows no such excitement.Based on this, are there…

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