A letter from entrepreneur to employee

Dear John,I think I finally have a small inkling of why you’re choosing to start your own business.I hear you when you say the corporate beast is killing your soul, but is that enough to take the path less travelled?Perhaps it is because you know you can be great. I’m sure many people have complimented…

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The best people are like your chest

When I was 13 years old I had to have a chest operation. The bones had overlapped and were now growing into my heart, so the doctors had to saw away 8cm on both sides and let the bones regrow.I lay in a hospital bed for 8 weeks unable to walk, sit, or laugh. Who…

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7 tips for setting up your new business

Here is a short list for setting up your own business, especially for those coming out of big companies in the brave new world of start-ups… use it, don’t use it… Do not hire an IT guy. Especially when coming out of corporate, the world of IT seems so intimidating that it feels absolutely necessary…

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Sometimes business is like flying a plane

Imagine you’re flying a plane and the engine stalls. You start slowly losing altitude, with no landing spot in sight and a mountain in the distance you know you are destined to crash. You have three options: Carry on as before, break out the champagne and try enjoy the last few hours of life. Eject….

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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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