How to Walk tall and do what you love

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Do what you Love & Walk comfortably in your OWN shoes

We humans are multi-complex beings harboring our own unique interests, curiosities, loves and peeves.  We’re all divinely afforded one life and what we make of it, is up to us.  Life owes us nothing and if we don’t make a conscious decision to make the most of it, it’ll simply leave us behind.  Life is short, so start living it the way YOU want to live it – right now!

Les Brown, motivational speaker and author, advised:  “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”  How true.  When you’re on your death bed, you don’t want to look back on the life you’ve lead and be filled with remorse and regret for all the opportunities that went to waste because YOU didn’t have the courage to make a grab for it.

When you’ve the guts to do what you love, you’ll be rewarded with a sense of purpose and direction in life. Your life will feel and become more meaningful.  You’ll be abuzz with creative energy and positive flow and will look forward to every waking moment to pursue your special interest.  Life is to be enjoyed, not simply endured!

For you to walk comfortably in your own shoes, you need to refuse to settle for second best, and not give up on your dreams and aspirations.

Consider the following scenarios:

Negative Scenario 1: You hate what you do… you’re wearing someone else’s shoes

You drag yourself to work, resentful of the fact that you’ll be computing numbers all day long. You feel frustrated, bored and unfulfilled.  You struggle to concentrate on your work and your mind keeps wandering. You second-guess yourself and feelings of doubt and despair cloud your every judgment. Negative thinking and worrying are your constant companions.  You lack initiative and motivation.  You only do what’s expected of you in order to pick up your paycheck at the end of the month.

Positive Scenario 2: You love what you do… you’re wearing your own shoes

You can’t wait to start working on the exciting new project waiting on your desk.  You’re positively brimming with new ideas and feel passionate and alive. You’re experiencing boundless levels of energy and feel positive and highly motivated to make a success of the job at hand.  You’re confident that you’re doing the right thing.  You do more than what is expected of you and give your utmost.  The paycheck at the end of the month is simply a bonus as you already feel rewarded just by doing the things you love.

If you want to start living a more meaningful life, you’ll need to reconsider the influence other people’s opinions, expectations and perceptions have on your life.  Are you doing what you hate because you want to conform to other people’s ideas of success?

It is time to identify your own personal vision of success.  The choice is yours.  Do what you hate and be miserable in a Ferrari, or do what you love and be happy in a rusted sedan.  Chances are, if you do what you love passionately and work hard at it, you may end up parking the Ferrari in your driveway anyway.

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Should you Save More or Earn More?

Is depriving yourself of joy a good thing?

I shall never forget one of my most profound life’s lessons. It came, as many light bulb moments do, unexpectedly over a glass of wine. But what a glass!! A friend married a widower some years after the death of his first wife. His children were grown up and had left home. They invited us to dinner and served our wine. Two of the glasses were exquisite crystal, one in a deep shade of red and one in blue. The other people had wine in ordinary glasses. I commented on the fact and out came a story that held the seed of a life decision that has served me well: The husband and his brother were each given a set of 12 of these hand-cut glasses upon the occasions of their weddings, by their parents who had saved these 24 treasures when they had to flee their homes in Poland during the anti-Jewish pogroms. The first wife of our host had never used them for fear of breaking one. However, every time they moved house or when they were taken out of the display to be dusted, one would break. Now only two were left and the second wife decided to use them with respect but without fear and guilt. The host’s brother and his wife had used theirs regularly and often, and still had 7 unbroken ones left.

Poverty Consciousness

The fear of not having enough is often found to be unjustified. I still think about the Peter Jander painting I did not buy, but could have, as the worry about being too extravagant had turned out to be groundless. My family wanted for nothing after all; I had made a plan to earn more anyway.

There is a line in Charles Dickens uttered by (I think) old Mister Micawber who always had “penury difficulties” where he recalls the pleasure the purchase of a pretty bonnet for his wife had brought her. It is too, too counterproductive to skimp and save, and it sucks the energy and joy out of the day.


Isn’t it better to work creatively around what one earns, find ways of earning more, and enjoy the rewards? Isn’t it better by far to feel energised by a weekend by the sea? Don’t you feel as if you can stride across continents and sing on top of the world when you wear those gorgeous suede boots? I feel as if I can move mountains when I get something I want: I may not need that lovely pillar-box red gas heater. I could sit with a hot water bottle on my lap. But the comfort the heater brings builds courage for the next day’s work, allows me to give my all in my work, warms the creative juices, not only the toes.

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Live life to thrive – doing what you love

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Are you doing what you love

Surviving in No Man’s Land?

Do you drag yourself out of bed each morning hoping the day will pass in a blur so you can get right back into bed and just go to sleep and block out the boring, mundane life you feel forced to lead? Do you only put in enough effort to survive each day, vaguely hoping that everything works out for the best at the end? Are you simply going through the motions required to earn paycheck after paycheck as month after tedious month ticks by?

It sure sounds like you’re trapped in survival mode – living your life on full auto-pilot. Answer the following questions truthfully:
Doing what you love, when last have you felt
 passionate about anything?
 excited by something?
 a sense of achievement?
 a sense of fulfillment?
 that your life has meaning?
Hmm, that bad? Life is too short to not experience it in full. You have only one life to live and enough of it has been wasted in limbo already.

Head for the Land of the Living

It is time that you board the bus out of no man’s land and head for the land of the living. Your ticket out of the shadows is L-O-V-E. You need to figure out what you love doing and then start doing what you love.
The moment you do what you love, you’ll experience passion, excitement, a sense of achievement and fulfillment and your life will have meaning again. Explore your interests and identify the things you love. Start pursuing it. Open your heart and mind to new possibilities and get excited by the adventure that awaits you. Your life is far from over. In fact, you need to kick start it.

Live Life and Thrive

You owe it to yourself to do what you love and live your life to the fullest. Life owes you nothing – if you allow life to get you under, it’ll simply gobble you up and spit you out. You need to make a conscious decision to live life and thrive. Be decisive – get up, take life by the throat and conquer it big-time.

Here follow more reasons why you should be doing what you love:
 You’ve one life only and you’d better make it count.
 You’re 100% worthy of living a happy and fulfilled life.
 You owe it to yourself to tap into everything life’s got to offer.
 You deserve to be happy and experience joy and inner peace.
 Doing what you love will improve your overall well-being.

Why are you waiting? Start doing what you love straight away!

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Fat finding mission – Tim Noakes diet

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Fad or fact?

Once more Prof Tim Noakes is on a (pork) roll

The latest Tim Noakes diet plan is also referred to as “The Red Meat Revolution”. The demonization of saturated fats was very effective in creating an avalanche of disease in the Western World. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease were all blamed on cholesterol. The medical ‘industry’ went wild. We now know that the original research did not take into account many aspects, including smoking. Everybody knows (in layman’s terms) that carbohydrates become ‘sugar’ and that insulin is secreted when glucose levels rise. Glucose that is not used is stored as glycogen, and when the ‘storage’ is full, it is stored as fat.


After advocating pre-athletic jaunt carbo-loading, we are now told that the body’s preferred fuel is fat. This is true. One does not get hungry so quickly and in any case fat equals flavour, so things taste delicious and one is satisfied on several levels. Paleo foods (from our ancient evolutionary past) are upheld as the original sustenance. That the Tim Noakes decarb diet has helped many people lose weight and regain health, is not to be disputed.

At what cost?

However, one may do well to look at dietary changes in a more holistic way.

Although in no doubt about the harmful consequences of most dietary habits in developed countries, some of us are dubious about dismissing thousands of years of nutrition. Poor old gluten has been much maligned, but perhaps it is processing, GMO, chemical meddling and refined sugar that turns wheat into poison. Civilizations have been built on grains.(Rice, wheat, maize, oats, rye, millet, sorghum, kasha, quinoa, spelt, buckwheat, teff ) Potatoes, yams and other root crops as a staple prevents famine. Carbs may not be necessary, but hunting is not a lifestyle within reach of the majority. We all also know the horrors of commercial meat production, the destruction of rain forests to ‘grow’ beef, the ecological consequences of effluent from piggeries, the diseases of battery chickens, the stripping of the oceans, to mention but a few. To advocate even greater consumption of meat by the privileged few at the cost of the majority and the planet, is something conscious people may want to consider.

Throwing a spanner in the works

No, I am not preaching. Yes, I did mean to throw a banger in the mash. People need to do what is right for them, and Prof Tim Noakes certainly has the courage of his convictions, because nutritionists and medical people are challenging him on the long term effects. For me the jury is still out on this one.

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What does wealth really mean?

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What is wealth?

Start Building your own Wealth Now

Take good care of your money today and it will take care of you in future. Be proactive – create your own wealth by making a grab at money now.

Define Wealth

Francisco Colayco, entrepreneur, author and financial advisor stated: “Wealth does not necessarily mean having millions and millions of pesos. Being wealthy simply means having the financial resources to support your chosen lifestyle. Wealth is nothing more than having money to fund your particular needs at any given time.”

Some of the wealthiest multi-billionaires on the planet allow themselves no rest as they are constantly and almost feverishly busying themselves with amassing more and more wealth. Why? They need to keep on funding their lifestyles. It costs a lot of money to keep one’s own private jet in the air and since money has the knack of dwindling away very quickly if it’s not being taken care of, it makes perfectly sense to keep the dough rolling.

Conduct a quick survey among your family, friends and colleagues. Ask them to define their understanding of the term ‘wealth’. You’ll probably be surprised at their answers. For some people wealth simply means having a roof over their heads. For others it means having several roofs over their heads.

Needs and wants

Wealth means having money readily available to pay for what one needs and wants.

Needs are essential and basic requirements necessary for our survival such as food, clothing and shelter. Wants refer to what we desire or wish for and may include things like entertainment and toys. Wants are nice to have and may make our lives easier and more enjoyable but it is things we can do without if need be.

Sometimes we need to make some sacrifices in the short term to gain in the long term. If we want to create our own wealth, we need to take a long, hard look at our lifestyle. Yes, we need clothes but does it have to sport expensive designer labels? We need food but does it have to be gourmet dishes? Do we always need to have the best and latest of everything? Do we have to compete with the Joneses? Do we have to present a certain image to the world? (It seems like some serious introspection is called for!)

Be money-wise as from today

Motivational speaker and author Brian Tracy commented: “Today the greatest single source of wealth is between your ears.”

Use common sense. Use the money you have today wisely. You can’t spend it all in one go and hope you’ll be okay in future. You’ll only have future money if you plan today. Start with what you’ve got and make the best of it. Take good care of your money and it will take care of you right back.

A few basic steps on how to create your own wealth

Determine your needs
A bit of frugal and modest living now will take you far in future.

Determine your wants
Have fun and reward yourself now and then but do it in a money-wise manner.

Draw up a budget and stick to it
List your income and expenditure and have a clear idea of where your money is coming from en where it’s going to.

Have a short term plan in place
Having achievable and measurable goals will encourage you to stick to your plan.

Have a long term plan in place
This will remind you what exactly you are working towards and keep you focused.

You can only create your own wealth if your income is greater than your expenditure. Either curb your spending or up your income. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to earn extra money. Be creative and be prepared to work hard. Enjoy seeing your wealth grow.

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What to do when you are retrenched

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Stay motivated

Retrenched? This is what you should do

Get every benefit

If the company offered a health plan, use it while you still can. If your boss offers a letter of referral, get it right away.

Cut back on your expenses when retrenched

Cut back financially as far as possible, to reduce stress while you search for a new job.

Know the crisis point

Don’t take the first job that comes along if you don’t absolutely have to, but don’t take a loan to extend the crisis point. This will just make the situation worse and put you in debt.

Update your CV

Polish your CV while you have time. An improved CV will increase your chances of finding a job.

Know what job you want

Assess the likes and dislikes of your previous job. If you don’t have to take the first job on offer, figure out which job and responsibilities will suit you best.

Register on job seeking websites

Don’t panic. Register your updated CV on job sites and have relevant jobs sent to you.

Stay motivated during the job hunt

Though job hunting is challenging, it’s important to remember that nothing is impossible. Start practicing ways to stay motivated. Never stop your job search.

Set up a timetable

Allocate an hour or three to job hunting, but don’t let it take over your entire day. Stick to this time table. Do something constructive with your spare time, such as volunteering or upgrading your skills.

Follow up

After applying, don’t dwell on the outcome too much. Follow up after a week. If the application was unsuccessful, ask for constructive criticism. Fine tune your CV and cover letter.

Control your stress levels

Manage your job search stress levels. Participate in pleasurable activities. Exercise, eating healthy, learn something new or chat to a friend to relieve stress levels.

Don’t take Rejection personal

There are candidates who are better than you. Rejection is not personal, don’t let it get you down.

A positive attitude and hard work will get you through this tough time!

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