Monday, Monday

The saying 'time fly's' is one that is heard often, but what does it actually mean?. I look at it this way. If you are 47 now and you live until you are 75 you only have 28 summers left. So what are you going to do this summer? It's already the 8th Monday of 2013, are you on track with what you want to achieve? Tracking your progress will help you achieve more of what you want to so that you don't look back one day and have regrets about the things you never got to? Start now

The Children's Mandela

As the end of the year again approaches, I find myself wondering what meaningful gifts one could give to express gratitude. Last year, for our client gifts, we chose Tyne Doyle's coffee table book, called "The Children's Mandela" and it was a great hit. It is made up of 25 questions about Mandela that 40,000 children across South Africa answered using a combination of text and art. I thought I'd share some of my favourite quotes from the book.

Lessons Learnt

I was recently asked what lessons I'd learnt in the many businesses I've enjoyed. My answer was as follows:

  1. Cash is king
  2. Drink coffee when you make the sale, wine when the delivery is done and champagne only when the money has cleared in your account
  3. Don’t patch up obvious problems with optimism, use optimism to unravel the problem and find the solution
  4. Understanding is not enough, you also need to be understood
  5. A trusted team is crucial
  6. People are on their own journey and missions, don’t think everyone will like your ideas

Think you can't afford an adventure holiday?

Think again. Big Boy South Africa got together with two brave young newlyweds who decided to tour Africa on a motorcycle for their honeymoon. They chose a Big Boy CGL150 to do it, (it costs only R7,950) basically a delivery bike / daily commuter. This short video sums up their incredible journey

The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland

Jeff Haden is fortunate enough to know a number of remarkably successful people. Regardless of industry or profession, they all share and act on the same perspectives and beliefs:

1. Time doesn't fill me. I fill time.

Deadlines and time frames establish parameters, but typically not in a good way. The average person who is given two weeks to complete a task will instinctively adjust his effort so it actually takes two weeks.

Forget deadlines,