The danger of “why”

Asking “why” is a very powerful tool, and some would argue it is the sole reason for humankind’s rise to dominate the world as a species. We seem to be alone amongst animals in our ability to seek causation“Why are the birds not chirping?” “Why are there tiger paw marks on the ground?” “Why is…

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Some perspective on taxes in South Africa

Having studied tax law (against my will), and having listened to many people complain of their taxes around the world, I thought I’d give some quick perspective for my fellow taxpayers in sunny South Africa: Belgium has a 50% income tax rate in the highest bracket. The USA has an “exit tax” for renouncing US…

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A possible sign that the world will be a better place one day…

Someone just explained to me that there is virtually no difference in the number of neurons between a chimpanzee’s brain and a human’s brain. The difference arises when one compares the number of connections between neurons.In that regard, human brains are far ahead of chimpanzee brains. Therefore, intelligence is determined by the number of connections…

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The quickest way to improve health in America

After spending 4 weeks driving through the US of A, from Washington DC to San Diego, there are a couple of things that are extremely clear: There are plenty poor people Most poor people are seriously overweight Fast is everywhere Fast food is tasty Fast food is very cheap My wife was the first one…

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Alabama and the Kruger National Park

Alabama is like the Kruger National Park.People visit Kruger so they can see things they’ve only seen in books and on TV. Everyone makes a big deal of it, but the truth is you spend most of your time driving really slowly and looking at thorn trees, zebras and giraffes. You rarely see the desired…

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The three choices in life

You can do one of three things in life: Follow the money Follow the people Follow the heart Each choice has the potential for failure or success. Only one has the potential for no regret.

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Value creation vs value capture

Michael Jordaan recently told me of a Harvard Business Review article where the author distinguishes between businesses that create value versus businesses that capture value. For example, Google is extremely good at creating value, but not so good at capturing value when one considers the value it brings to the world (organizing all the world’s…

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Seven career lessons learnt thus far…

When I think of the factors that led to any successes (or failures) in my career thus far, the following come to mind:1.         CommunicateIf you can’t effectively transmit the picture in your head into the head of the person you’re communicating with, you’re dead. This is the key to getting people swimming in the same…

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The greatest risk

There is physical risk. There is financial risk. But the greatest risk in life is to trust someone.You can always fix a broken arm or make back your millions. But a broken heart is much more difficult to mend.Richard Dawkins became famous in 1976 for writing The Selfish Gene. He argued that humans are inherently…

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The importance of having children – Part III

Kids are essential for when you have a bad day at the office. Sometimes you drive home, feeling like a loser, picture putting a wet towel on your head and kicking the dog.And then you open the front door and your little girl comes running to you, oblivious to the “loser” label you’ve given yourself,…

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Business is like marriage

The most important think when choosing a life partner is shared values. This is not a race thing, this is a culture thing.And then, once married, the secret is to accept that “tolerance” and “compromise” are now a way of life, for both of you. If you refuse to accept that, then accept that you…

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Apple’s smallest mistake

I notice the iPhone5 charger has a new connector… Well done guys. You’re officially on the Nokia path.I remember the 90’s. Mustard jeans. U2. Everyone had a Nokia. And one of the reasons that everyone stayed with Nokia (other than user experience), was the fact that you knew you could charge your phone anywhere. Everyone…

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