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  • Memorable and very applicable speech by Bill Gates

    Bill Gates recently gave a hard-hitting speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school.  He spoke about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of how things really work in the real world!

    Rule No. 1:                Life is not fair…get used to it!

     

    Rule No. 2:                The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

     

    Rule No. 3:                You will not make $60 000 a year right out of school. You won’t be vice-president with a car… Continue reading

  • Stop Worrying – Start Living

    These three steps from Coach Brett Blair will help you to practically to stop your ‘worrying’ in its tracks. 
     
    Worrying is worthless.
     
    Worrying has no productive value.
     
    Worrying never gets you closer to peace, to happiness, or to accomplishing your goals. It can become a paralyzing trap.
     
    Erma Bombeck is quoted as saying “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”
     
    I know a lot of people who are chronic worriers. I bet you do as well. They are sweet, loving people, but their constant worrying is not helping themselves or anyone else. It can also be… Continue reading

  • 5 Ways to Appear Self-Assured

    Recently I came across an interesting article written by the creative team at Tony Robbins (humanelevation.tonyrobbins.com). It’s a piece where body language expert, Jan Hargrave, explores just how simple body expressions can make us appear self-conscious or highly confident in the shake of a hand.
     
    Jan Hargrave said the following…The moment you step into a room, people are immediately forming some sort of impression of you. They’re making snap judgments about what type of person you are — trustworthy, sincere, capable. And a lot of this is based on how you carry yourself.
     
    If you appear genuinely confident, people will be more inclined to give you the… Continue reading

  • Your day-to-day Diary represents Your Life

    Another year draws to a close and a year of opportunity lies ahead.  It is startling to be reminded that your day-to-day diary represents Your life.
     
    As I was transferring the standard meetings and updates into next year’s diary it dawned on me as I held the planner in my hands that these dates and meetings, events and gatherings actually represent my life. My mind  then meandered around the idea that many people spend more time planning for Christmas than they do planning their life.  Yet all too soon we are through another year of our life, we look back and… Continue reading

  • Year End Message 2015

    Family, Friends, valued Team Members and to all in my network, locally and internationally…

     
    All too soon 2015 seems to have come to a swift end.  Life is a little like railway tracks.  The tracks are parallel and aligned to run in the same direction, yet in life one track can bring great blessing and the other serious challenge.  It is all part of the journey of life.  Turnaround and tremendous opportunity can knock at your door.  Be present to open it.  The challenges of life can bring brokenness and despair at times.  This seemed to be the story of our… Continue reading

  • The Strangest Secret | Earl Nightingale

    Some years ago, the late Nobel prize-winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer was asked by a reporter, “Doctor, what’s wrong with men today?” The great doctor was silent a moment, and then he said, “Men simply don’t think!”
     
    It’s about this that I want to talk with you. We live today in a golden age. This is an era that humanity has looked forward to, dreamed of, and worked toward for thousands of years. We live in the richest era that ever existed on the face of the earth … a land of abundant opportunity for everyone.
     
    However, if you take 100 individuals who… Continue reading

  • Make your Personal Mark of Excellence | Angelique du Toit

     

     

    Your personal grooming and image is your personal branding.

    Be confident in your image. Never apologise for who you are.  It is our individual uniqueness that makes the world such a colourful place.  Your life deserves to be underscored with confidence.

    Stand up straight, shoulders square, and look people straight in the eye when you address them.
    Project confidence even if you don’t always feel confident.
    Be able to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes, get tongue-tied or lose your train of thought.
    Take the time each day to groom and be the very best you, you can be.
    You only have one body, one… Continue reading

  • Choosing Well | Interview by Gateway Online

    What would you do if you were not afraid? What kind of life would you have?

    The majority of us are not living the life of our dreams. We are not living the life we envisioned for ourselves at this time in our lives. Life seems to be an endless cycle of routine with no change in sight. The joy of marriage; being a parent; starting a business; starting a ministry has been overshadowed with the reality of paying the bills; family responsibility and a bleak future. We wonder: “Will life ever get better? Is this all there is? How do… Continue reading

  • The Keeper of the Spring | The Daily Encourager

    The late Peter Marshall, an eloquent speaker and for several years the chaplain of the United States Senate, used to love to tell the story of “The keeper of the spring,” a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slopes of the Alps.

    The old gentleman had been hired many years ago by a young town council to clear away the debris from the pools of water up in the mountain crevices that fed the lovely spring flowing through their town. With faithful, silent regularity, he patrolled the hills, removed the leaves and branches, and… Continue reading