How to find your own AHA Moment (2)

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How to ACT on your AHA Moment

In the first article, How to find your own AHA Moment (1), we have learnt that an AHA Moment is a specific moment in your life when you realize that you need to make a few changes in your life. This applies to your career, personal life or even both. This is a life changing moment that allows you to make meaningful changes while you still have time.

Your Personal AHA Moment

After reading the first article, you have had to answer some questions that involved an amount of soul searching. By answering the questions put to you, you had to consider your emotions and motives for wanting change in your life.

What to do with your AHA Moment

Now that you know what you want to change in your life, the way forward is to consider the best ways and means to effect that change.

Your Job or Career Choice

In most instances, the majority of people are dissatisfied about the jobs they are in and the career choices they made. Maybe you studied what was expected of you and never really considered something else. Another possibility is that you made a choice to study for a specific career and a few years in, you discover that you are unhappy and would love to make a change. If you are in a job that leaves you drained and with little time for yourself or your loved ones, the time may be perfect for a change.

What about the Risk of changing Careers or Jobs?

The safest way to go about making a career change or starting to work for yourself is to find somebody that has done it. Speak to a knowledgeable person in order to lower risk and take the process step by step.

This does not mean that you have to quit your job right now and hope for the best. No, the correct way is to plan your future actions and thus lower the risk factor considerably.

Case Study: Success after an AHA Moment

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Willem Gous acted on his AHA Moment and never looked back!

Willem Gous  – entrepreneur and successful businessman, took a chance after years of working at jobs that were wrong for him. He grew up not really getting the chance to spend quality time with his father, because his father was always working. Willem grew up, believing that the harder you worked, the better person you are. He worked his fingers to the bone, earned well enough, but he always used to have a nagging feeling at the back of his mind. He wanted more out of life.

Here is what Willem has to say:

“My life carried on, I never completed my studies and started working. I followed the same path as my father – started a few companies, worked hard in them and failed at it. I would then work for companies again and eventually, as always, I quit because I want to do my own thing. I started a new business in the year 2000. The business had many changes and permutations, but eventually settled and turned out to be very successful.

I had built a successful business that took only a few hours of my time per month to manage and grow. The rest of my time I used to spend on what is important to me, my family, my children and my learning and love of knowledge. The strange thing is that I could never clearly articulate how I did it. How was I able to build a business that gives me the time, freedom and money to do what is important to me?

After much thought I realised that my current business and how it was designed started to make sense. I built my business to be the exact opposite of what my father had done in his businesses. I built a business that served me. I built a business that gave me time, money and freedom and not just money. What is the use of having money when you have no time to enjoy it?

With the arrival of my wife and my son, I took this idea of having a business that serves what I value and love doing most much further. My one business kept growing at nearly 60% per annum and it enabled me to be able to provide for my family, take up flying again and spend at least 3 hours a day with my family. If any of my children are sick, I can stay home with them and look after them. If I need to take the whole day off to read a book that is helping me with my personal growth and in giving advice to clients, I can do that. My clients always know that I will not give the same advice year after year and that I grow, I always learn and want to learn.”

Act on your AHA Moment with hardly any Risk

Willem Gous is a businessman, entrepreneur, speaker, father, private-pilot and will forever be a student. He believes in staying abreast of business trends, both local and international. In so doing, he constantly improves his businesses to provide him with more time and money so that he can take his message of having a business that gives you the time to do what you value most to the world.

With his programs he helps people build businesses from scratch, new businesses that give people more time and money to do what is important to them. Your business or business idea can be a product or a service and can a brick and mortar business or an online business. It does not matter. His program and processes works for all. All it needs is your creativity and drive to have more in life. Contact Willem today and act on your AHA Moment with a Freedom Business Designer and Practitioner you can afford.

Willem Gous provides you with excellent, innovative information on a personal basis. His programs do not require you to quit your job immediately and leave everything to chance. You will brainstorm your ideas with him and he will lead you towards your future goals with expert knowledge.

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How to find your own AHA Moment (1)

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What is an AHA Moment?

An AHA Moment is a specific moment in your life when you realize that you need to make a few changes in your life. This applies to your career, personal life or even both. It can be described as a life changing moment that allows you to make meaningful changes while you still have the time and ability to do so.

This is the first of two articles on how to find your AHA Moment. In this article, we are discussing questions you should ask yourself on the way to finding your AHA Moment.

Article 2 will provide you with ways and advice how to attain and find what you have discovered about yourself in your AHA Moment after reading this Article.

Find your own AHA Moment and change your life

Are you stuck in a life that you never envisioned for yourself? A life that may be called successful by some standards, but leaves you with a nagging feeling of discomfort at the back of your mind?

Do you need an AHA Moment in your life?

If you find yourself regularly daydreaming about a different lifestyle than what you have now, it is time for a change. Do you sometimes think or say, “If only I …”

Do you hunger for something more in your life, something meaningful that you can pursue with passion and be excited about? Can you remember when last you were excited about something?

You need an AHA Moment if you dream about changes in your life and answered yes to at least one of these questions. That’s a fact.

Why you need that AHA Moment sooner than later

You may feel mildly dissatisfied with your daily circumstances at the moment. Or you may be on the verge of a deep depression, caused by the yearning to lead a more fulfilling life. The important fact is that you need to address this issue before it debilitates and deprives you of all optimism and hope.

How to find your AHA Moment

There are certain steps you have to take in order to discover what is lacking in your life.

Self-Evaluation:

Understand who you are by answering these 5 questions:

  • Who are you?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • Where have you been?
  • What are you doing with your life now?
  • Where do you want to be in future?

Happiness is your own Decision:

Find out what makes you happy and what you love doing. Be honest with yourself and forget about what everybody else wants. Forget about the expectations other people have for you and find your own quest in life. Find what you are passionate about.

The Legacy of Your Life:

Do you want to keep on doing what you are doing and be mediocre, one of the crowd, the person next door?

You deserve more than that.

Before you click on the link to the next AHA Moment Article, make sure that you have answered all the questions above. Take the time and consider your answers. Think each question through carefully.

At the moment, do not worry about the cost of what you want to do, do not worry about who might get upset or whom you may offend. Think about yourself and your destiny for once in your life. You owe it to yourself.

Remember, it’s never too late to make a change.

Further Reading:

How to find your own AHA Moment (2)

 

 

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Oscar Pistorius: Forensic Expert Roger Dixon

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Defense witness: Forensic “Expert” Roger Dixon

When forensic expert Roger Dixon was called by defense lawyer Barry Roux as a witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, he was announced with a kind of victorious pride. It was very clear and almost exaggerated that this witness absolutely has no objection to be filmed by TV cameras. One got the feeling that this will be the best witness yet and after his testimony the case may as well be closed and handed to the defense with a defeat to the state.

But Advocate Gerrie Nel, as the prosecutor, was obviously not reckoned with.

Roger Dixon, a geologist at the University of Pretoria and a former policeman with more than 18 years of experience to his name, was tagged unqualified to testify, early on in the line of questioning ‘fired’ by the prosecutor.

Defense dealt a blow when Forensic Expert got hammered

Mr Dixon was involuntary humbled. He had to admit in front of TV cameras from all over the world, as well as millions of South Africans following every word spoken in court, that indeed he did not have sufficient expertise in some areas in which he was testifying. These areas include ballistics, blood spatter, sound and visibility tests.

This, however, did not stop him from challenging the state’s ballistic expert, Captain Chris Mangena, in his claim that Ms. Steenkamp was first shot in the hip as she was facing the toilet door, then fell backwards and was shot in the arm and head as she tried to protect herself from the raining bullets.

Roger Dixon was of the opinion that Reeva was about to open the door when four shots in quick succession struck her. He also testified that the instrument he used to help him ascertain complete darkness in Oscar’s room at the time of the incident, was his eyes. It was at this time that Mr Nel helped him along to concede non-qualification in ballistics or pathology and that he has no affiliation to a forensic body.

Mr. Nel has requested several reports from this witness to be brought to the next session of court. An interesting day is sure to follow as the case continues.

Will the Defense be able to produce (belatedly) a Forensic Expert that can actually be called an expert?

 

 

.Ref.: www.independant.co.uk

Photo courtesy of: www.timeslive.co.za

The Born Free Voters Myth

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Born free Voters: The First Vote

In the 2014 election in South Africa, which takes place on 7 May, the ‘Born Free Generation’ will have their first opportunity to vote for the party they believe will serve them and their country the best. Their country is a very different place than the one where their parents grew up.

The year 1994 brought the end of the Apartheid system – a set of policies that separated South Africans based on race. Black citizens didn’t have a right to vote.

On April 27,1994, everything changed. For the first time, South Africans of all races voted in democratic elections. In 1996 a new constitution was signed. A child born after the 1994 election is said to have been born free.

Free of what is the question?

‘Born free Voters’ is a myth or is it?

Things have changed, but the opinion is that the footprints and tracks of the past are always present. Even if the Group Areas Act was abolished, the move of a few blacks to white residential areas should not deceive people to think that the structural heritage of apartheid is undone.

Young people of every race must fight for their right to cultural freedom that enables them to define themselves. History weighs heavily on the shoulders of the present generation, even if they had no hand in creating it. The youth should lead in the act of defining freedom. They should work at freeing themselves culturally and materially. Thinking that freedom already exists will only demobilize them.

Voting is a good place to start!

Many Born Free Voters are eager to participate

The following remarks came from some young people due to vote for the first time:

“My vote will make a change because I believe that as young people of South Africa, we are the active generation.”

“I am disappointed with the ruling ANC for the party’s failure to deal with corruption and unemployment.” She plans to vote for the EFF.

“ I am thrilled to be voting for the first time, but new parties like the EFF cannot be trusted.”

“I’m excited because it’s something that I have never done before. I believe in ANC.”

Some say they will vote but they are still undecided.

Twenty years ago, the parents of these voters saw this nation transformed. This year, more than a million first-time South African voters could vote. Only around 30 percent of eligible new voters are registered to vote.

 

 

.Ref.: http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/

www.whatkidscando.org

http://www.voanews.com/

Oscar Pistorius Trial: Gerrie Nel

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Gerrie Nel – South African State Prosecutor

Gerrie Nel is a South African State Prosecutor and Advocate for The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa. He has served as a former head of the Directorate of Special Operations, also known as the Scorpions, in Gauteng. Nel successfully prosecuted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who was found guilty of corruption and handed a 15-year prison sentence.

PROFESSIONAL DETAILS

CURRENT POSITION

Advocate | The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa

Law Practice and Legal Services

PREVIOUS POSITION

Head | Directorate of Special Operations 2008

Government, Public Administration and Defence

ACHIEVEMENTS/AWARDS

Society of State Advocates’ Prosecutor of the Year | 2012 for his work on the Jackie Selebi case

International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) Special Achievement Award | 2012 for his work on the Jackie Selebi case

Opinions of Gerrie Nel’s conduct in court

Advocate Gerrie Nel is perceived in various ways for his questioning of the alleged murderer of Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius the para-limpic blade-runner.

Here are some twitter remarks:

• Fascinating cross-examination

• Advocate Gerrie Nell is tearing Oscar Pistorius apart and he is excellently good at it.

• the “pitbull” Gerrie Nel

• At his fierce style the Athlete has broken down

• In the legal fraternity Gerrie Nel has a fearsome reputation, cemented (though established) well before he shredded former police commissioner Jackie Selebi in the witness box.

• Gerrie Nel could get Shrien Dewani to admit to killing Reeva.

• Gerrie Nel took his bitchslap pills this morning.

• He is not going to be nice. Known as a Rottweiler.

• Cross-examination by determined and well-prepared prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

• Gerrie Nel in full flight already, going for the jugular. Tone is harsh and abrasive. Oscar is already struggling….

• Gerrie Nel is going to bulldoze Oscar and it’s going to be heart wrenching….

• If anyone thought Barry Roux was aggressive in cross-examination, he was nothing compared to Gerrie Nel when he gets going.

Some of Nel’s comments that will be well remembered

• “You made a mistake? You killed a person. You killed Reeva Steenkamp. Say it.”

• He asked the athlete to “take responsibility” for killing her. “It’s time that you look at it,” chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said, setting the stage for a rigorous first day of cross-examination.

• Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told Oscar Pistorius “I’m not going away” as he picked through the disabled runner’s evidence and accused him of lying.

• ‘Then say it then, say yes. I shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp’

• When a police photograph of a dead Reeva Steenkamp’s bloodied head was displayed in court, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Steenkamp’s head “exploded” when it was struck by one of four hollow-point bullets

• ‘You killed her. Say it.’

• ‘You just can’t take responsibility for anything, can you?’

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Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Latest

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Oscar Pistorius Murder Case Continues

If found guilty Oscar Pistorius is potentially facing  life in prison. The defense opened its case by calling a pathologist to try and cast doubt on the prosecution’s declaration that Reeva ate only two hours before Oscar killed her.

The testimony of forensic pathologist Prof. Jan Botha is critical to the defense, as Pistorius declared they were in bed by 10 p.m. and any contradiction of that fact could dwindle the credibility of his description of the events. The prosecution claims Oscar intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp after an argument.

Prof. Jan Botha is a valuable witness as he has done many thousands of autopsies in his career, of which at least 5000 involved gun shot killings. He declared that it is almost impossible to prove when last Reeva had something to eat before the incident. Also that she would not have been able to call out if the shots were fired in quick succession.

Questions for Oscar Pistorius that will dictate the case of the defense

Why did he shoot?

Pistorius must prove he acted legally in self-defense when he fired. Gerrie Nel, chief prosecutor, is expected to ask him tough but simple questions.

The prosecution made Pistorius appear to be trigger happy. Defense needs to show Pistorius was a careful gun owner but had good reason to feel at risk. Pistorius will have to convince why he thought he was truly in danger.

Will Pistorius keep his composure?

Oscar Pistorius has displayed varied emotional reactions. From hanging his head to crying, vomiting, turning red, staring intently at the proceedings, and scribbling notes to his lawyer.

His behavior on the stand could speak volumes.

Can the prosecution match the defense?

Barry Roux, Oscar’s lawyer, has asked each witness some twisted, grueling and intricate questions. Some witnesses were tripped, causing doubt to their memories of the incident. Nel will now be able to unravel Pistorius’ declarations.

Did police botch the investigation?

The South African Police was embarrassed by how some officers handled the crime scene in this trial. Evidence was moved and a watch may have been stolen. The case will not be dismissed because of these mistakes, but it may affect the outcome.

What will the judge do?

The biggest question is what Judge Thokozile Masipa is thinking of the facts and Oscar’s conduct thus far? Masipa alone will decide Pistorius’ fate. Up to now Masipa and her two assessors have quietly observed.

 

 

.Photo Courtesy of: gosouthonline.co.za

Brilliant Open Letter to President Zuma

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Open Letter to President Zuma by Sibusiso Mkwanazi

When listening to the radio, watching the news on TV or reading the newspapers, one becomes completely perplexed. We hear the ANC saying the Nkandla report never indicated the president stole money from the state and one thinks: ‘Well if it was a loan, why is he refusing to pay it back? Or if it was a gift from government why is he looking a gift horse in the mouth by saying he never wanted it?’

You hear the ANC saying their followers shouldn’t ‘take to mind’ what they hear other parties are saying and then one wonders: ‘Can they not think for themselves?’

Then came this article written by Sibusiso Mkwanazi and my heart was filled with pride and joy and relief. When he is standing up for President Zuma, I am convinced, many a man and woman is standing right next to Mr. Mkwanazi.

All is not lost!

The full article: Mkwanazi’s Open Letter to President Zuma

This is the full article as an Open Letter to President Zuma by the brilliant journalist, Sibusiso Mkwanazi, addressed to Jacob Zuma:

“Finally that thorn in everyone’s side, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, has released her report on Nkandlagate. She has lambasted the SAPS ministers, state attorneys and everyone else for letting the costs of the project spiral “Finally that thorn in everyone’s side, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, has released her report on Nkandlagate. She has lambasted the SAPS ministers, state attorneys and everyone else for letting the costs of the project spiral out of control, with a final bill of about R250 million.

As a journalist, it is my duty to be fair, objective and unbiased and with that in mind, I disagree with every single enraged South African, Madonsela and the official opposition.

This is the president of South Africa and it is vital that his organic chickens be kept in the most secure chicken run ever imagined, while his A-Grade cows have to be enclosed in the world’s most elaborate kraal, because after all, they will surely be used to pay lobola for the 100 first ladies that South African citizens will once again fund. Duh!

Mr President, do not listen to anyone who goes against you, as I believe you when you say that you had no idea what was going on in your own backyard.

None of us really ever know why tippers, architects and other service providers suddenly pop up on our properties anyway. You did not even bat an eyelid when the bricklayers for those low-cost rondavels were cat-whistling at Ma Khumalo. Sir, how were you supposed to know that what started off as a R25 million project would balloon to about R250 million?

What your detractors are conveniently forgetting is that you only have a primary school education and this is evident each time you have to deliver a speech that has numbers in it. How do they expect you to know the difference between R25 million and in excess of R250 million, when it is all the same to you?

Mr Zuma, rumours are rife that because of some petty allegations of a tiny fire pool and a tuck shop that will bolster your security needs, you might not get a second term in office, and I think this would be the most tragic event ever to befall our beautiful land. Who would comedians look up to? Who would I be inspired by when I sit down to write this column?

However, if you ever decide to step down as our fearless leader, may I suggest you take up the role of ambassador for Teflon, as nothing sticks to you, sir; not corruption and rape charges, not the extremely sticky Guptas, not the adhesive Schabir Shaik, not even a Matric certificate, sir.”

Case closed!

 

 

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Ref.: http://citizen.co.za/147375/ill-stand-president/