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25 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago

by DARIUS FOROUX

Socrates, considered as one of the founders of Western philosophy, was once named the wisest man on earth by the Oracle of Delphi. When Socrates heard that the oracle had made such a comment, he believed that the statement was wrong.

Socrates said: “I know one thing: that I know nothing.”

How can the smartest man on earth know nothing? I heard this paradoxical wisdom for the first time from my school teacher when I was 14 or 15. It made such an impact on me that I used Socrates’s quote as my learning strategy.

“I know nothing” to me, means that you might be an educated person, but still, you know nothing. You can learn from everything and everyone.

One thing that I like better than learning from my mistakes is to learn from other people’s mistakes. Over the years, I’ve been blessed to have great mentors, teachers, family, friends, that taught me about life.

What you will find below is a list of the most important things I learned from other people and books. Some of the lessons took me a long time to learn—but if I had to learn these things all by myself, it would take me a lot longer.

We might learn things quickly, but we often forget things at the same rate—and sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the things we’ve learned.

Here are 25 of those reminders that others taught me.

  1. Struggle Is Good
    Never say “I can’t take it anymore.” Say “Bring it on!”
  2. Don’t Complain
    Complaining is the biggest waste of time there is. Either do something about it, and if you can’t, shut up about it.
  3. Spend Time With People You Love
    That’s your family and best friends. If you don’t have a family, create one. Most people in life are only visitors. Family is for life.
  4. Don’t Start A Relationship If You’re Not In Love
    I’ve done this more than once. You kind of like someone and think: “We might as well give it a shot.” Not a good idea. You’re either in love, or you are not. Don’t fool yourself. It’s not fair to you and the other person.
  5. Exercise Daily
    I didn’t get this until recently. A healthy body is where you have to start everything in life. If you can’t build a healthy and strong body, what CAN you build in life?
  6. Keep A Journal
    No, keeping a journal is not for children. It helps you to become a better thinker and writer. “I don’t want to be a writer” you might think. Well, how many emails and texts do you send a day? Everybody is a writer.
  7. Be Grateful
    Say ‘thank you’ to everyone and everything. “Thank you for this beautiful day.” “Thank you for your email.” “Thank you for being there for me.”
  8. Don’t Care About What People Think
    We all die in the end, do you really think it matters what people think of you?
  9. Take More Risks
    Don’t be such a wimp.
  10. Pick An Industry, Not A Job
    If you want to become good at something, you need to spend years and years doing that. You can’t do that if you hop from industry to industry. Pick an industry you love and start at the bottom. You will find the perfect role for you eventually.
  11. Lead The Way
    When you find yourself in a situation where everyone looks at each other, it’s time for you to lead. You‘re a leader when you decide to become one. There’s no initiation or a title. Just a decision.
  12. Money Isn’t Important
    It really isn’t. But you have to train yourself not to care about money. Don’t become too dependent on the stuff you own?—?otherwise, the stuff will own you.
  13. Be Nice
    I don’t mean you should be a pushover. You can be someone that doesn’t take shit and be nice about it. Just don’t insult people, think you’re better than them, or act like an idiot.
  14. Learn Every Day
    You’ve got to train your brain to stay alert. You don’t have to read a book a day to learn every day. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the people around you?—?be open to what they can teach you.
  15. Rest Before You Are Tired
    Even if you love your job, and every day seems like a holiday, you need to take time to rest. You’re a human and not an android, never forget that.
  16. Don’t Judge
    Just because people make different choices than you, they are not stupid. Also, you don’t know everything about people, so don’t judge them?—?help them.
  17. Think About Others
    Just be mindful, that’s all. We all have families, bills to pay, and our own issues. Don’t always make everything about yourself.
  18. Give Without Expecting Something In Return
    Don’t keep score. You will become a bitter person if you do that. Give solely for the joy of giving. If you get something in return, great, if you don’t, great.
  19. There’s No End Game
    We, as a species, just are. Don’t try to figure it all out. Enjoy your journey.
  20. Enjoy Small Things
    I like clichés because they are true. Especially this one. You know why? Everyone says they know it, but no one lives up to it. They just chase big things.
  21. Don’t Take Yourself So Serious
    Yeah, yeah, you’re an individual, and people have to take you seriously, I get it. But at the end of the day, we’re all a bunch of ants trying to chase the same things. Lighten up.
  22. Don’t Blame People
    What’s point? Do you want to punish them? You don’t do that to people. Also don’t blame yourself?—?you’re only human.
  23. Create Something
    Not to leave a legacy, you won’t be here to see it anyway, but to be of use. Make music, write a book, build a table, anything. You’ll feel good about yourself, plus you give something back to people to use or enjoy.
  24. Never Look Back Too Long
    Reflecting on the past is only good for one thing: Learning.
  25. Take Action
    Don’t just sit there, do something. Without action, there is no outcome.

You might know a lot. But like Socrates, you and I know nothing at all. So we have to keep learning.

This article was originally published on dariusforoux.com.

Thanks For Reading

I’m Darius Foroux, author of Massive Life Success and founder ofProcrastinate Zero.


SIGNS YOU'RE GOING TO BE EXTRAORDINARILY SUCCESSFUL

http://www.businessinsider.com/signs-youre-going-to-be-successful-2015-5?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

Hierdie artikel is in elke opsig anders as daardie onbeduidende toets-jouself-blokkietoetse.
Vir elke entrepreneur, elkeen wat 'n nuwe onderneming oorweeg!


SAL JY OF JOU KIND DIT BAASRAAK?

WIL JY VORDERING MAAK IN WAT JY DOEN?

DOEN JY DIE REGTE DING MET DIé SKUIF?

IS DIT DIE REGTE BEROEP VIR JOU KIND?

HOEKOM VOEL DIT ASOF JY NIE IN JOU WERK HOORT NIE?

STAP TERUG NA WAAR JY TIEN JAAR OUD WAS.

DIE ANTWOORD IS DAAR.

Vir ons hier was James Altucher se artikel, THE ONLY TECHNIQE TO LEARN SOMETHING 'n openbaring gewees. Daarin sê hy onder andere: Jy is die gemiddeld van die vyf persone naaste aan jou.

Dié artikel is 'n moet vir ouers wat saam met hulle kinders oor volgende jaar se studierigting besin.

http://boingboing.net/2015/05/11/the-only-technique-to-learn-so.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

Dié tema is ook op Kaapse Kansel bespreek, vanselfsprekend in Skriflig. Om dit vanuit dié perspektief te beskou, klik hier:
En vir musiek wat alles verwoord, klik sommer hier:
Corlia Botha sing: Wie ek is.


Here's Google's Secret to Hiring the Best People

By Laszlo Bock, www.wired.com

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.wired.com/2015/04/hire-like-google/


Till you find it...

Steve Jobs' most inspiring speech.


Source: YOUTUBE: Steve Jobs Inspiring Speech - Most Important Life Lesson for All https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5ZEgPIoZjw


Resisting Temptation: An Act of Love?

by Derek Brown

When we face temptation, we tend to think only of ourselves. Rarely do we consider how our actions might affect others. But temptation is an interpersonal issue that draws people into a tangled web and damages relationships. This was certainly the case for Joseph in Genesis 39. After he gained Potiphar’s trust, he faced a temptation that threatened to ruin everything for him: “After a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, ‘Lie with me’ ” (Gen 39:7).

How could a vital young man flee such temptation? It might not be that difficult to refuse an advance like this one time, but the Bible makes it clear that Potiphar’s wife was persistent. Joseph was equally persistent in his refusal: “As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her” (Gen 39:8). So how did he do it?

Joseph established boundaries and refused to cross them: his obligation to Potiphar and his obedience to God (Gen 39:8–9). He knew that yielding to temptation would affect more people than just Potiphar’s wife and himself. It would damage his relationship with God, destroy Potiphar’s respect, and cost him his position—even shatter Potiphar’s relationship with his wife. So Joseph refused to compromise his integrity, even though his decision launched him in prison when Potiphar’s wife, feeling snubbed by his rejection, accused him of pursuing her.

We find stories of temptation throughout the Bible. Adam and Eve are tempted to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:1–7). Jesus teaches the disciples to pray for protection from temptation (Matt 6:13). And Paul writes to the Corinthians that God won’t let us be tempted beyond our abilities since He is faithful (1 Cor 10:13). Those stories focus primarily on individuals’ struggles with temptation. But what we learn from Joseph’s story is that dealing with temptation has bigger ramifications: It involves other people, and it involves God Himself.

In many ways, Joseph’s response to Potiphar’s wife anticipates Matthew 22:37–40, where Jesus sums up the Law and the Prophets in two commands: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” When we refuse to give in to temptation, we, like Joseph, demonstrate our love for God and our neighbors by remaining faithful to our relationships with them.

Resisting Temptation Joseph


Joseph BookThis adapted excerpt, courtesy of Logos Bible Software, is from Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose. This eight-week self-study program on the life of Joseph comes with graphics, reflection questions and “fill in the blank” boxes where users can record and save their answers. Abraham can also be purchased as a complete church curriculum which adapts the study material for small group study and preaching. Click here for details:

https://www.logos.com/product/29728/joseph-understanding-gods-purpose

Derek R. Brown is a contributing editor at Logos Bible Software. He holds a PhD in New Testament Studies and Christian Origins from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters of Christians Studies in New Testament Studies from Regent College.


How to Start a Business with No Money.

SOURCE:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2m6JkJvv4w


Welcome to the Foundations for Farming website

Foundations for Farming is an initiative aimed at bringing transformation to individuals, communities and nations through faithful and productive use of land. God has revealed a very simple conservation farming method with an implementation management teaching, which when applied help people to apply the Gospel to their lives. Our desire is that through the life lesson of farming we will help the vast masses of Africa and the developing world, who are dependent on the land, to faithfully use what they have been given to turn a profit and come out of poverty.

http://www.foundationsforfarming.org/



BELEGGER GESOEK VIR OESTERZEE Edms. Bpk. LEES VERDER… float:left;margin-right:10px; Nobody is an island, entirely on itself – Every man is a piece of the continent. (John Dohne). Oesterzee Pty Ltd (hierna verwys na as OZ), bedryf ’n unieke uitvoerkabel van nutswaarde voedselprodukte na internasionale bestemmings. OZ wil graag eksklusief ’n strategiese belegger betrek om deel te word van ons onderneming. Wanneer jy reageer op hierdie uitnodiging en aandeelhouding verkry in hierdie uitvoer-inisiatief, sal jy opnuut besef dat hierdie model besigheidsin maak. Jy kon jou geld in die bank los in Rande wat nie noodwendig hoë opbrengste lewer nie, of as alternatief kan jy ’n kopskuif maak en jou visier rig op hierdie anderse geldmaak-geleentheid. Wat is meer opwindend as om deel te wees van die avontuur om ‘n toonaangewende besigheid te sien floreer? Ons filosofie is dat die lewe ’n reis is en nie ’n eindbestemming nie. Mens moet geniet wat jy doen, terwyl jy dit doen! Internasionale handelsgeleenthede soos hierdie - waar die aanvoorwerk gedoen en grondslag reeds gelê is, is skaars kommoditeite, en maak die besigheidsgeleentheid ’n besonderse, aanloklike beleggings-opsie. SOEKERS WAT NOOIT VIND: Groot take word meestal nie deur krag volbring nie, maar deur volharding. Alle mense wil graag geld maak, maar daar is geen kitsresepte om oornag kapitaal te genereer nie. OZ het reeds die toepaslike risikos van die tafel afgedek en hierdie is dus nie ’n hoë-risiko belegging nie. Die skoolgeld is reeds betaal en daar is nie tyd om foute te maak nie. Dit is ‘n top uitvoer geleentheid wat OZ in diepte nagevors het en ten volle aangryp. OZ het dus ’n unieke ontwikkelingsplan wat nie op persepsies gebasseer word nie maar op feite, juis om ’n kompeterende voordeel in die markplek te verkry. MIN DINGE IS DEESDAE SEKER: Om realiteit, konstant in besigheid te verpak en af te lewer in prestasie, lê in die hart van OZ se besigheidsfilosofie. Baie tyd, aandag en privaat ontwikkelingskapitaal is reeds geïnvesteer om OZ se internasionale besigheidsbelange uit te bou. OZ het daarin geslaag om die regte verhoudinge met kopers daar te stel, die waardeketting te verkort, transaksiekostes te verlaag en onsself strategies in die Verre Oosterse markte te posisioneer. Die uitvoerkabel kan dus hoogs winsgewend bedryf word en OZ is hard aan die werk om ons praktiese vaardighede mildelik aan te wend ten einde dinge gedoen te kry. Ons lewe tans in die mees onsekere finansiële tyd sedert die dertiger jare van die vorige eeu. OZ se bestuurspan kontroleer die dag tot dag verhandelinge en transaksies self – en assosieer derhalwe geensins met skemas of konsortiumbemarkingsgroepe nie. U kan dus ’n passiewe inkomste genereer terwyl u kapitaal vir u werk. UITVOER HUB – NUTSMARK: OZ het ’n belangrike ooreenkoms vir die uitvoer van wyn na Nigerië beklink. Ten einde ons sakebelange verder uit te brei, fokus ons nou op die uitvlieg van lewendige varswater palingproduk vanaf Madagascar, via OR Tambo (Johannesburg) en SRR Internasionale Lughawe (Mauritius), na die Verre Ooste (China en Japan). Daar is tans ’n groot vraag na lewendige palings in Asië. Veral in Shanghai en Tokyo geniet dit delikatessen-status en word dit meestal gebruik in ’n dis genaamd ‘unagi kabayaki’, wat as lekkerny baie populêr en eksoties is. Ons identifiseer graag met ’n persoon wat sy/haar sakebelange veral ook in Mauritius wil diversifiseer. Die potensiële investeerder moet dus ernstig wees as dit by investering kom en hy/sy moet graag wil geld maak. Ons kan die uitvoerkanaal onmiddelik vestig deur op ’n daaglikse basis van lugvrag gebruik te maak. Daarom lê die resep vir sukses daarin om die gepaste sakepersoon met ’n aangename persoonlikheid te betrek, wat ook kapitaalkragtig is om ’n weldeurdagte besluit (binne die verlangde tydskale) te neem. Die transaksie geskied deurgaans met die bystand van ons regsspan en ouditeure. Ons werk uitsluitlik op verwysing en is reeds binne landboukringe betrokke in samesprekings. Ons deel graag met positiewe en energieke rolspelers.
GRYP DIE OOMBLIK AAN: Ons sake model is gefundeer op Christelike Koningkryksbesigheid-beginsels en ons vertrou dat dit wat ons u bied, tot seën vir u sal wees. Indien u waarlik belangstel en nie die geleentheid wil misloop nie, is u welkom om Oesterzee direk te skakel: Anton Barkhuizen, (+27) 82 8547545, zee@ccmail.co.za. Meer gedetaileerde inligting oor hierdie beleggings-geleentheid kan spoedig aan u voorsien word en/of ’n persoonlike afspraak kan geskeduleer word.


KINDERS ‘KOOP’ MET ROMMEL BY REëNBOOGWINKEL. 17/07/2014 |
Geskryf deur: ADMIN Conette le Roux 2 132 kg rommel, bymekaargemaak deur laerskoolkinders in die Namibiese dorpie Gochas, het veel meer as ’n skoner omgewing tot gevolg. Dit het die samewerking van dié gemeenskap se Christene ontketen om sodoende in sommige basiese behoeftes van betrokke kinders te voorsien. Gemeentelede van die NG Gemeente Gochas en ander Christene uit dié gemeenskap word byeengebring met hulle betrokkenheid by die Cool Kidz for a Clean Kalahari Project. Dié konsep, wat geleen is na aanleiding van ’n insetsel op Kwêla, vra van die gemeenskap se laerskoolkinders om op vrywillige basis rommel op te tel wat hulle dan een maal per maand by die Reënboogwinkel vir bruikbare middele soos skryfbehoeftes en klere kan kom ruil. Elke kind ontvang dan koepons na gelang van die massa rommel wat hy bring wat hom in staat stel om items in die winkel te “koop”. Hierdie middele kom uit die oop hande van gemeentelede, vertel Madaleen Panse­grouw, die dryfveer agter dié projek en domineevrou van die NG gemeente op die dorp. Sy noem dat toegewyde lidmate van die Evangelies-Lutherse Kerk, die Katolieke Kerk en die VGK ook ingespring het en betrokke geraak het. Ook die dorpsraad gee hulle steun deur swartsakke aan die kinders te ver­skaf en die rommel na die stortingsterrein aan te ry. “Die projek is begin met die doel om die rommel uit die omgewing op te ruim. Die Reënboogwinkel het egter nou ’n voorsiener geword van die mees basiese behoefte soos van ’n broodjie tot ander noodsaaklike items vir skool soos ’n liniaal, potlood en uitveër. Ons bied ook beperkte skoolklere en skoene, warm kleertjies asook onderklere en toiletware,” sê sy. Volgens Madaleen is die kinders se opgewondenheid oor die projek ook tot dusver verblydend. Met die eerste Reënboogwinkel einde April, het 56 kinders 680 kilogram vullis kom ruil. Einde Mei het 85 kinders 880 kilogram vullis gebring en teen einde Junie is 802 kilogram na die winkel gebring. Courtney Rooi (13) en Tjinene Beukes (9) verduidelik húlle is opgewonde omdat hulle “goeters wat hulle nodig het vir niks kan kry”. Sy vertel dat die kinders hulle ook nie laat onderkry deur groot hoeveelhede vullis nie. “Een van die klein mannetjies het gesien hy sou nie sy vullis alles by die winkel kry nie, toe leen hy Oupa se donkiekar en ry dit aan. Nog een het ’n bondel sakke op ’n kruiwa vasgebind. Tantes en mammies help aandra.” Dié projek het ook ’n paar interessante reëls. Behalwe dat niemand behalwe die laerskoolkinders in die winkel toegelaat word nie, maak hulle ook gebruik van ’n spaarstelsel. Die kinders kan dus hulle punte spaar (in die “spaarboekie”) vir duurder artikels soos ’n skooltas, sê Madaleen. Lekkernye is ook nie die enigste trekpleister nie. “Tot my verbasing het hulle by die paar lekkernye wat ek gebak het verby gegaan en klere en skryfbehoeftes, soos potlode, liniale, uitveërs en penne geneem,” het Madaleen na die tweede Reënboogwinkel vertel. “Ons is dankbaar dat ons soveel momentum kon kry met ons poging. As dit só aanhou sal ons rommel soos in Switserland opraak en sal ons dan van ander dorpe af moet invoer om die projek te laat aanhou. “Is daar ander mense in Namibië wat ons wil ondersteun deur óf vir ons by te dra tot die volhoubaarheid van die poging of deur self te begin om hand aan die ploeg te sit?” Madaleen ondersoek tans die moontlikheid van herwinning, maar dit is ’n moeilike taak omdat Windhoek die enigste plek is waar dit gebeur – 400 km noord. BRON: http://kerkbode.co.za/kinders-koop-met-rommel-by-die-reenboogwinkel/

CASH IN ENVELOPES DISCIPLINED WAY TO SAVE. Cape Town - The OneRandMan is evoking a reaction for everyone who follows his story. The OneRandMan, an architect in Cape Town who decided to get his salary paid to him in R1 coins just for the month of July (National Savings Month), is paying all his accounts and day-to-day shopping using only R1 coins to visually see where his money is actually going each month. Fin24 users have sent us their experiences of saving. Doug Beadle writes about his experience "a few decades ago", using cash only to determine where his money was going: A few decades ago, when our (my wife and I) income wasn't meeting expenditure, I started dealing only with cash, not to the extreme of the OneRandMan. I separated each amount owed and money needed to pay for food and utilities into envelopes and managed our income with discipline. This really worked well and made us realise the debt trap of the credit card when used indiscriminately. This method helped us through those times and taught us a valuable lesson in developing a culture of savings, for which I am grateful indeed. Donald Khoza says he sacrificed a lot to save and can see the results now: I have been working since I was 21 and now I can see what I have achieved. I tried not to party too much, as the future was looking very hard for me. I sacrificed a lot, but today I can be grateful that I could focus, even though I never stopped spending cash. - Consider yourself a savings hero? Or just have something on your mind?: BRON: http://www.fin24.com/Savings/YourVoice/Cash-in-envelopes-disciplined-way-to-save-20140716


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ONDERRIG GEBOU OP CHRISTELIKE WAARDES EN KLASSE IN AFRIKAANS.
Wie is Sol-Tech? Sol-Tech is privaat tegniese opleidingsinstelling wat op Christelike waardes gefundeer is en Afrikaans as onderrigmedium gebruik. Sol-Tech bied formele opleiding in die volgende ambagte aan: Elektrisiën, Meulmaker, Dieselwerktuigkundige, Passer-en-draaier, Sweiser, Passer en Gereedskap- en Setmaatmaker. Die hoofkampus is in Kirkney, Pretoria, geleë. Die personeel van Sol-Tech fasiliteer die onderrig van N1- en N2-vakke op die perseel van HTS Tuine. Sol-Tech se studente beskik outomaties oor meer skaars en kritiese vaardighede en is daarom meer indiensneembaar. Hulle het gevolglik toegang tot beter werksgeleenthede ten spyte van regstellende aksie in Suid-Afrika en kan ook ’n daadwerklike bydrae lewer om die groeiende vaardigheidskrisis in die land hok te slaan.
Wat is skaars vaardighede? In die moderne wêreld is dit noodsaaklik dat elke nuwe geslag beter as die vorige geslag opgelei word. Die uitdaging is dat die opleidingslandskap in Suid-Afrika radikaal verander het en dat Afrikaners daarby moet aanpas of verarm. Naskoolse opleiding raak vir baie jongmense ’n duur en kwalik bereikbare luukse wat al hoe moeiliker toeganklik is. Die omwenteling van 1994 is een van die redes hiervoor. Daar is so bemagtig, getransformeer en reggestel, dat die vaardigheidstekort in die land reeds krisisafmetings aangeneem het. Volgens ekonomie se berekenings was daar in 2006 reeds 300 000 oop poste wat weens ’n kundigheidstekort nie gevul kon word nie.
Missie: Ons verwesenlik drome deur opleiding. Sol-Tech is Afrikaanse tegniese opleidingsinstelling sonder winsmotief en is deur die Solidariteit Beweging tot stand gebring. Sol-Tech hang Christelike waardestelsel aan en word volgens gesonde sakebeginsels en beginsels van korporatiewe regering bestuur. Sol-Tech maak jongmense indiensneembaar deur hulle in kritieke en skaars vaardighede op te lei. Sol-Tech word gedryf deur strewe na uitnemendheid. Sol-Tech is inklusiewe, eg-Suid-Afrikaanse opleidingsinstelling met Afrikaans as voertaal. Sol-Tech help mense vanuit alle sfere en ouderdomsgroepe, maar gee voorkeur aan Solidariteit-lede en hulle gesinne. Ons lei op in jou belang. Flip Buys: “Ons doel is om mense vir hul roepings toe te rus en nie net vir hul beroepe nie. Goeie tegniese kwalifikasie verseker werk, maar gevormde karakter verseker loopbaan wat verskil in mense se lewens en aan die welvaart van die land maak.” Ajani is plasingsmaatskappy en is behulpsaam met die plasing van studente by SETA-goedgekeurde werkgewers. Lees meer oor die diens wat Ajani bied bywww.ajani.co.za Kontak Besonderhede Tel: 0861 25 24 23 Faks: 086 663 4805 E-pos: navrae@sol-tech.co.za Malie Straat 1662 Pretoria 0182, Suid-Afrika Vir verdere inligting: www.sol-tech.co.za of facebook by https://www.facebook.com/soltech


10 Key Questions To Address: Business Plans - How To Start A Business

BRON: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_L0BqPWBLo


HONESTY IS THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE REAL MONEY

by James Altucher
Honesty is the only way to make money in today’s world.
Nobody believes me on this. People laugh at me. “Don’t you know anything? Of course dishonest people step on the honest people and have more success.”
People want to justify their own failures and use their pretend-goodness to explain why they didn’t start Google, or steal $65 billion, or get that last promotion when the backstabbing b***h from aisle 3 got the raise after doing who knows what.
But here’s the truth. Dishonesty works… until it doesn’t.
Everyone messes up. And when you are dishonest, you are given only one chance and then it’s over. You’re out of the game – at least until you get your act straight and you have to start from scratch with your tail between your legs.
HONESTY COMPOUNDS. It compounds exponentially. No matter what happens in your bank account, in your career, in your promotions, in your startups.
Honesty compounds exponentially, not over days or weeks, but years and decades. More people trust your word and spread the news that you are a person to be sought out, sought after, given opportunity, given help, or given money. This is what will build your empire.
I know this through countless failures. The more times I fail but communicate about it, the more times I make no money at all but let someone have ideas for free, the more times I try to “get mine” but only end up getting stabbed by those who think it’s okay to be dishonest, the greater the number of seeds I’ve planted and the more money I’ll make in the long run.
Be dishonest once, and all of those seeds will be washed away in a thunderstorm of life-killing proportions. A hurricane of despair that will sweep away all of your opportunities forever.
You are left with a desert and will have to start again.
How you can be more honest in your life…
GIVE CREDIT.
Even if the ideas were all yours. Even if you made nothing on them. Even if they were blatantly stolen. Give credit and move on. Hoarding your ideas for the moment when you can shine, will only leave you by yourself in a dimly lit room with only a mirror to stare at.
BE THE SOURCE.
“But if I give ideas for free, what if they could’ve made a billion dollars? I always get screwed by my partners.” If you are the source of ideas, then you are ALWAYS the source. Forget the losers who steal. Move on. You become THE fountain of ideas. People come to the fountain and make wishes and throw money in. Don’t be a trickle of dirty water. Be the fountain and let people know it by giving away all credit and rewards.
INTRODUCE TWO PEOPLE.
Every day you can think of at least two people to introduce to each other who will help each other. You don’t have to be in the middle. “Take me off cc,” you should say. Let them help each other. Let them benefit. You don’t need to be in the middle and benefit this time. You’ll benefit next time. Or the time after that.
TAKE THE BLAME.
“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Gandhi
DON’T LEAD A DOUBLE LIFE.
Everything you do takes up space in your brain. If you live a double life (and you know what I mean if I’m talking to you), then that extra life takes up neurons and synapses working overtime. The brain can’t handle it. It starts to degrade instead of grow.
DON’T BE ANGRY.
Anger is a form of dishonesty. Nobody is perfect. It’s a lie to expect the people around you to be perfect. Of course, you can’t control your anger. Sometimes it just happens. But note it for what it is, examine it, and try to turn it around, even just a little – in order to learn more about yourself rather than to blame someone else. That’s where the honesty will compound.
NO EXCUSES.
When I lost millions of dollars in 2000 to the point of going completely broke and losing my home, it was easy to blame an “Internet bust” and “corrupt CEOs” rather than my own lack of experience in the financial world. Excuses are easy lies we tell ourselves to cover up our failures. One such excuse is, only dishonest people get ahead. This is also a lie.
MAKE OTHERS LOOK GOOD.
This is more than just giving credit. At heart, everyone wants to be perceived as special. That’s because everyone is special but are often never acknowledged that way. Be different. Be aware of the smallest movements around you and acknowledge them. Nobody will forget that.
DON’T GOSSIP.
One time I trashed an entrepreneur I had invested in to another investor. Later that day I was supposed to have dinner with the first entrepreneur. By that time, just four hours later, he had heard I trashed him. He never trusted me again. People always hear. And if they don’t hear, they feel, because word gets around. And you can’t predict this. And it’s another way of living a double life.
DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU ARE GOING TO DO.
Be that guy.
ENHANCE THE LIVES OF OTHERS.
In 1999 some of my employees in my first company left and started a competitor company. Some of my partners were mad. I encouraged the employees. How come? Because nobody needs to be my employee for their entire lives. Always help people grow into their own potential.
I haven’t always been honest. I try. And I hope I’m getting better. I try every day to improve and to follow the advice I’ve just given you. Otherwise I wouldn’t have given it. But I’ve seen it. With people who have been in business for ten, twenty, forty years.
Honesty compounds little by little. And that compounding turns into millions or billions.
The dishonest people disappear. They die. They go to jail. They don’t maximize their potential. They run. They are scared.
You will have nobody to run from. Some people will hate you. Some people will doubt your sincerity.
But the people who need someone to call, someone to share with, or someone to give to, these people will know who to call.
They will call you.
[Ed. Note: James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor and writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies, and sold several of those businesses for large exits. He can be found online at jamesaltucher.com and @jaltucher, where he spills his guts and talks about failure, success, more failure, a little bit of death, and hopefully some life. His latest book, "Choose Yourself!" debuted on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List.]
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Einde van die gekkeparadys Die skakel hieronder neem jou na 'n omstrede video. Hennie en ek het dit gekyk-luister en gevoel ons wil dit met denkende entrepreneurs en sakelui, met mede-Suid-Afrikaners deel. Hierdie video is lank, feite word ingeskerp deur herhaling en aan die einde is daar die advertensie van geskrewe finansiële toerustingsmateriaal wat jy kan aankoop. Soos ons gaan jy waarskynlik ook nie op die advertensie reageer nie. Maar die inhoud van die video tref 'n mens soos 'n paar emmers koue water. Dit is aardskuddend. Dit is waar. Dit laat jou met heeltemal ander oë na die gekkeparadys van die huidige wêreldekonomie kyk.
  • Hierdie video moet deur rolspelers in regeringsbesluite rakende die SA ekonomie gesien en bespreek word.
  • Hierdie video moet jy kyk voordat jy jou groen kaart probeer bekom om na groener weivelde te vlieg.
  • Hierdie video raak jou beleggings, jou sekuriteite en jou gewaande sekuriteite.
Skryf vir ons op ons Facebook-blad, SEKER GEESTELIKE LEKTUUR EN TOERUSTINGSPRODUKTE oor die effek wat hierdie video op jou denke en persepsies gehad het. http://pro.stansberryresearch.com/1304PWAUP2YR/LPSIP810/?inf_contact_key=94bf380f72ae1dbcb2544a351ba33aa234fafcbf1689b5d92661c5921d60836f&h=true JES 28:23 —29 Gee aandag, luister na wat ek sê, let op, luister na my woorde: Hou 'n boer aan met ploeg as hy wil saai? Hou hy aan grond breek en vore trek? As hy die grond gelyk gemaak het, saai hy mos swartkomyn en komyn, sit hy koring en gars in waar dit moet kom en spelt aan die kante. Sy God leer hom en gee hom die kennis hoe om alles te doen soos dit hoort. Swartkomyn word mos nie met 'n slee uitgedors of komyn met wawiele uitgetrap nie. Swartkomyn en komyn word met 'n stok uitgeslaan. Graan word gemaal vir brood, maar 'n mens hou nie eindeloos aan om dit te laat trap deur wawiele en deur trekdiere tot dit fyn is nie. Ook dit is iets wat van die Here die Almagtige af kom; kennis wat van Hom kom, is wonderbaar en laat alles voorspoedig verloop. IN die BYBELSTUDIE-rubriek hier langsaanb vind jy 'n balkie met die titel: Swartkomyn en Komyn. Daarin kyk ons na die betekenis van Jesaja 28:23-29. Jy kan dit as kantoor- of firma-Bybelstudie gebruik.

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Episode 1 – Vivienne Schultz van die Business for Empowerment Trust http://solmediafiles.co.za/radio/maroela-media/episode-5-2013-06-27.mp3 Opsomming van inhoud: Sosiale Entrepreneurskap: fokus op liefdadigheidsorganisasie Lengte: 10’26” Grootte: 14.6MB Advertensie: Akademia-sakeplankompetisie 1 Episode 6 – Etienne Raymond van Riskflow Instituut http://solmediafiles.co.za/radio/maroela-media/entrepreneurskap-episode-6.mp3 Opsomming van inhoud: 'n Paar praktiese wenke rondom entrepreneurskap Lengte: 08’21” Grootte: 11.7MB Advertensie: Akademia-sakeplanwerkswinkel 1 Episode 7 – Prof Bernie van Zyl van Riskflow Instituut http://solmediafiles.co.za/radio/maroela-media/entrepreneurskap-episode-7.mp3 Opsomming van inhoud: Bespreking van die vraag: Waarom wil ek my eie besigheid begin? Lengte: 08’16” Grootte: 11.6MB Advertensie: Akademia-sakeplanwerkswinkel 2 Episode 8 – Steve Larter van FundFind.co.za http://solmediafiles.co.za/radio/maroela-media/episode-8-2013-07-29.mp3 Opsomming van inhoud: “Crowd funding” of publieke finansiering as 'n alternatiewe manier om entrepreneurs se projekte te befonds. Lengte: 08’38” Grootte: 12MB Advertensie: Akademia-sakeplanwerkswinkel 1 Ontvang van Esté Meyer Jansen Radioprogramkoördineerder: Maroela Media Tel: 012 644 4365 Sel: 072 185 0819 Faks: 086 268 0477 Skype: Este.Meyer.Jansen www.maroelamedia.co.za
WISDOM IN THE AGE OF DISTRACTION This is Better than a To-Do List by Craig Ballantyne The other night I had a dream. But it was not a good one. Perhaps it was my restless legs and weary body from the hours of exercise video filming I had done earlier in the day that brought upon this devilish dream. In the dream I was giving a seminar. It wasn't a very big seminar as there were maybe one hundred people in the room, and all of the attendees were there to learn about building their business. As I finished my presentation, the group discussion turned to heated debate on politics, and suddenly a fight broke out amongst the audience members. The dream flashed forward to a colleague informing me that a video of the seminar brawl had been posted on Youtube and that I now had a PR nightmare on my hands. And that was it. Like I said, pretty strange, even for my weird dreams. The morning after this dream I woke up and started thinking. In our Early to Rise business, we had been in talks to participate in a seminar in March of next year. Suddenly I realized there was no good reason for us to participate in the event. Not only did I not have a good reason to speak at the event, I quickly found five good reasons NOT to do the seminar. And so later that day after discussing this with Matt Smith and our Chief Operations Officer, Jeff Schneider, we decided to cancel our involvement. Thank goodness that my subconscious brought this to my attention.This decision to cancel the seminar has taken a large load of stress off my shoulders. After all, 2013 is already shaping up to be my busiest year ever with the ETR Transformation Contest and other big projects in my fitness business. I didn't need an unnecessary seminar adding to the workload - and trust me, if you've ever tried to fill, film, and deliver a seminar, you know that they take an extraordinary amount of work. So I've added that to my NOT To-Do List.That's something that you should have, too.After all, chances are that you are like me, driven and ambitious, wanting to grab the world by its tail to meet your greatest potential. But that attitude can get us into a bit of trouble sometimes. We bite off more than we can chew, as the old saying goes, and we end up more stressful than successful. But it doesn't need to be like that. From big commitments to every day time wasters, our lives can become a lot more efficient and productive when we follow the rules on our Not To-Do List as strictly as our To-Do List. Let's start your list by eliminating time wasters that you must cut out from your daily schedule. Here the activities that have made my Not To-Do List.
  • First, I don't check email before lunch. Not only does this help me get more done during my morning "magic time" hours (the period of the day when I'm most productive), but it also prevents me from having my day ruined.
When I was younger and much more addicted to email, I would often start the day by checking my email - sometimes before I even rolled out of bed. Most days the email news would be good, but on the odd occasion there would be trouble. Perhaps someone hadn't liked an article of mine, and had written in with some negative feedback. Listen, no matter how strong your mental make-up, it's hard not to get riled up by criticism - particularly email criticism, because upset people can really fire off some nasty comments. Reading that email would ruin my day. I'd be forever fuming and constantly thinking of smug replies and witty retorts (that I would never send, of course) and my brain would be taken down a rabbit hole of wasted energy and unproductive hours. One of our Virtual Mastermind Members, Dr. Kevin, found this out the hard way recently, and posted this to the forum: "I just realized WHY you should NOT check email first thing in the morning. Yes, part of it has to do with being productive, but there's a much bigger reason. I made this discovery after checking my email one morning and getting a not-so-nice email. This email messed up my mental state for the rest of the morning. It was very hard to snap out of it, leaving me unproductive. You live and learn - now I know why (checking your email in the morning should be on your NOT To-Do List)." Be very careful with what you let into your mind in the mornings. You might need to add "Checking the News," "Answering Voice Mail," or "Having Meetings" to your morning Not To-Do List and move those all to a later point in the day after you've finished a big task. Now I understand that won't work for everyone, but you simply must control what you can. In addition to checking email, other behaviors on my daily Not To-Do List include:
  • Getting into online confrontations
  • Sleeping in
  • Skipping workouts
  • Mindlessly surfing the Internet
  • Gossiping
All of these are unacceptable behaviors and they are not to be done at any time. Since formally adding them to my Not To-Do List, I've managed to be much more successful at avoiding them. Just important as the daily Not To-Do List are the long-term Not To-Dos. For me, these include:
  • Entering into unprofitable, time-consuming projects and relationships
  • Scheduling unnecessary travel
  • Getting involved in the technological work on my websites
  • Hanging around negative, gossiping people

Once you make yourself aware of what you want to avoid, it becomes much easier to do so. Unfortunately, most people make the mistake of filling their day with wrong activities. It's almost like an addiction. Perhaps that's why Dan Kennedy once said, "People's problems are their hobbies." But if you want to be productive and successful, you can't let your worst behaviors become your habits. If you find yourself in a rut, doing the same wrong things over and over again, then you must take on the task of spending a good deal of time in introspection. An hour or two of self-reflection on how you spend your time can save you months of frustration. And it often starts with building a Not To-Do List. While you don't have to write down a Not To-Do List every day, it sure helps to have one in your mind. That's also why creating the "Rules for Your Life" is so important. You need a personal philosophy to keep you on track. By having a well thought out, clear and concise Not To-Do List, you'll have a better chance of sticking to the right things on your To-Do list and thus making the exponential progress you are capable of. Choose your work wisely. [Ed. Note. Craig Ballantyne is the author of Financial Independence Monthly, a complete blueprint to helping you take control of your financial future with a web-based business that you can operate from anywhere in the world - including a coffee shop, your kitchen table, or anywhere around the world where there is Internet access. Discover how you can achieve the American Dream and your financial independence here. You've never seen anything like this before.]

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PROSPERITY

This is an outbound link to YouTube http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjcbQdteWkU This video is about a paradigm shift. It is about selfishness and guilt versus service and joy. It is Biblical, an eye-opener. If you are a South African... take time to watch this video of joy, inspiration and wisdom.


CISKASTREET: A Company that helps you find markets for your product Contact Details Telephone: +27 12 998 7272 +27 82 456 1653 Facsimile +27 86 684 1592 e-mail kobus@ciskastreet.com Website: www.ciskastreet.com Physical Address: 690 Ciska Street, Garsfontein, Pretoria Postal Address: PO Box 1612, Garsfontein-East, Pretoria 0060 Background Ciskastreet Holdings (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1997. It commenced business as a management-consulting firm with the objective of providing business development and competitiveness improvement support to local manufacturing and agro-industry concerns. Initially Ciskastreet concentrated on consultation with the emphasis on developing innovative and sustainable business and market development strategies. Ciskastreet realized that the optimisation of the market interface was only one key component of the client's business that needed improvement. The skills base was therefore extended from market assessment capability to include operational management and financial structuring, including funding and mergers and acquisition support. Structured intervention Ciskastreet has assisted large and small local and international firms in achieving the ideal market interface, has optimised business processes, and has raised the necessary finance where required, thereby improving turnover and profitability in the process. Ciskastreet has also supported financial institutions in risk assessment of investments and trained their staff in various aspect of risk assessment. Services The skills and capabilities of Ciskastreet staff provide the capacity to support its clients in the following areas: Project Feasibility Assessment. Agricultural and Industrial projects can be assessed in terms of the technical, marketing, and financial and management risks associated with them. The feasibility study comprises a combination of external and internal project assessments and involves close collaboration with the project owners and initiators, investors and financial institutions. A comprehensive business assessment report, business plan, recommendations and action plan is presented to the project owners and investors on completion of the evaluation. Market Intelligence Surveys. A market feasibility study provides the client with an overview of the key market dynamics and forces that affect the market and influence the growth and attractiveness of markets. The survey comprises a search for traditional market factors, ie market size, growth, competitors, strengths and weaknesses, key players market and the key success factors in the market. An additional feature of market surveys conducted by Ciskastreet is that unique business opportunities are sought and identified for its clients, thereby allowing them to differentiate themselves from their competitors and develop a sustainable competitive advantage. Finance and Investment. Ciskastreet can source loan and investment finance for existing and meritorious new projects. Ciskastreet works together with the client to prepare and submit business plans and applications for finance, and sources the correct form of finance for the project or venture envisaged. Benchmarking and Business Optimization. A multidisciplinary team of experts from Ciskastreet provides the basis for an intervention process to revitalize the business processes within a company. Both the external interface and internal operations are analysed, compared to industry norms and owner needs. Improvement practices are implemented and embedded into integrated software solutions. Applications for Government Grant Schemes. Various government grant schemes are available for local manufacturing entities and Ciskastreet provides a comprehensive service in the preparation and submission of applications for these schemes. Training and Skills Transfer. Financial, technical and marketing management skills can be introduced in client organizations through workshops, management contracts and ongoing support. Systematic innovation. Using the TRIZ problem solving (theory of inventive problem solving) and SIM (Systematic Innovation Methodology) we assist clients in developing new products, markets, processes and new innovative business ventures. The CREAX innovation software suite is used for this purpose, developed by a group of Belgium innovators. Industry studies Ciskastreet staff is regularly involved in industry-wide studies on behalf of financial institutions and companies. These studies included: Industrial the foundry industry; the catalytic converter industry (Corning); the water and wastewater treatment industry; the stainless steel industry; the market for structural steel; and the plastic packaging industry (cosmetics/food and beverage/etc.) the medium and heavy commercial vehicle market in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa Agriculture The local fruit growers industry; A study on the fruit juice industry in South Africa; Downstream opportunities in soybean industry; The feasibility of a berry farm in Western Cape; Due diligence of agriculture projects in Zambia and Mocambique. Survey for the establishment of a national fresh produce market in Polokwane, Limpopo Province Feasibility study of business plans for Agri-tourism projects in South Africa. Feasibility study – 2,000ha lemon project in Badplaas Business plan – expansion of Xsit Sterile Insect Technology production facility in Citrusdal, Western Cape. Business optimization projects included: factory automation in the galvanizing industry; international benchmark of local foundries; and integrated management information systems . optimization of liquor distribution systems for SAB Miller Case Studies Ciskastreet Holdings and its directors have been involved with a number of projects since it was founded in February 1996. We proudly present the following case studies as a showcase of our services and value added support. Industrial Consolidated Galvanising Services (Pty) Ltd. CGS is a family owned business. It approached Ciskastreet to assist with the development of a new growth strategy to take their business through the next growth phase and into the corporate environment. Ciskastreet assisted CGS with the execution of a market study to identify market trends and new business opportunities. The market survey formed the basis of a business expansion plan that required a trebling of their production capacity at one of the galvanising facilities. An IDC loan of R7million was raised on behalf of CGS for the establishment of a world-class facility. Turnover increased from R20million to R30million during the first 2 years. Print Africa Group (Pty) Ltd. PAG manufactures a wide range of labels for the local packaging industry. It has 2 major facilities located in Durban and Cape Town. The annual turnover of the company is ca R120million per annum. Ciskastreet assisted the management team and board of directors of the company with the development of a growth strategy. As part of the exercise, Ciskastreet conducted an intensive market survey and identified new opportunities. One of the key aspects identified in the survey was the interrelationship between key players in the industry, ie advertising agencies and designers. The opportunities identified enabled PAG to enter into a new market segment and capture business from aggressive international label suppliers. Balance Engineering Systems (Pty) Ltd. BES manufactures a range of pantographs for the South African railroad industry with its major client as Transnet. The company was founded and run by Mr Martin van As and his wife since its inception. Unihold Limited, a company listed on the JSE acquired a controlling interest in the company. Through its international contacts, Ciskastreet introduced BES to a European manufacturer of railroad equipment. This led to the development of a new high-speed pantograph with funds raised by Ciskastreet from the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation. The export business is set to double BES' sales from R14million per annum to R28million per annum within the next 2 to 3 years, and remove BES’s reliance on a single, local customer. Streamworks Limited. Prior to being listed on the JSE, Streamworks management and owners approached Ciskastreet to assist in the development of a growth strategy and a market assessment. Ciskastreet facilitated a short strategic planning session and commenced with a detailed market survey. The market survey also identified companies that would be suitable for take-over or mergers with Streamworks. Streamworks listed on the JSE in 1999 and commenced with strategic take-overs of smaller systems integrators. Streamworks exceeded their turnover and profit targets and its share price increased from 70c to R120 after the announcement of the first 6 month's results. Texprojekt GmbH. The introduction of new technology into the local market presents unique challenges. Ciskastreet was introduced to the German-based company, Texprojekt GmbH, to assist them with the identification of market and business opportunities in the local rubber recycling industry. The market survey identified unique opportunities and confirmed the financial viability of the proposed venture. The project has received support from the European Investment Bank as well as local government departments. Dassault Aviation. Ciskastreet was selected from a group of local consulting firms to assist Dassault Aviation (France) in the identification of projects that would qualify for the Department of Trade and Industry's counter trade incentive schemes on the armaments proposals for the South African Defence Force contracts. The projects selected by Ciskastreet exceeded expectations and were applauded by the DTI. Concorde Foundry. The management team of Concorde foundry approached Ciskastreet to assist them with a management buy-out. Concorde Foundry belonged to SCAW Metals, part of the AMIC group of companies. Ciskastreet staff conducted the due diligence on the company and prepared the prospectus for potential investors. Ciskastreet identified a black empowerment partner and raised finance through the Industrial Development Corporation of SA Ltd for the buy-out transaction valued at R11million. Murray & Roberts Foundries. Murray & Roberts Foundries (MRF) is the second largest foundry group in South Africa with four foundries spread across South Africa. MRF contracted Ciskastreet to conduct a benchmark study of local and international foundries. The four MRF foundries were analysed in detail and compared to similar foundries in UK and Europe. Based on the findings, MRF received a list of recommendations for competitiveness improvement. Kolosus Automotive Leather. KAL manufactures leather components for the automotive seat industry (all exported). Ciskastreet assisted KAL in the development of a project proposal for the implementation of a batch tracking and production planning system for the factory in Ladysmith (KZN). SAAB Bvd. Ciskastreet identified and compiled an investment proposal for the commercialisation of a new biochemical process used to extract protein from soybeans. The novel process was implemented in pilot scale facilities. Ciskastreet was instrumental in securing an investment in a joint venture company, 1418 Sopranu Management Services (Pty) Ltd for the implementation of this technology in an expansion project. Eskom New Business Development. Ciskastreet together with a black owned consulting firm, ELR Tax, Financial and Business Consultants CC, was awarded a contract by the New Business Development department of ESKOM to assess electricity intensive business opportunities in South Africa. ESKOM is desirous to attract investment to South Africa to make use of its cheap source of energy and thereby utilize excess capacity available in the country. Projects included glass brick manufacturing, foundries, metal processing, ferrite magnets etc. South African Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA). SASSDA is an industry organization that promotes the local and international use of locally manufactured stainless steel materials. One of its main objectives is to increase the local value-added manufacturing of stainless steel products. Ciskastreet was selected to conduct a survey of the international business potential for locally manufactured stainless steel electrical enclosures, telecommunication enclosures and grids and walkways. The survey covered industrial markets in Europe, USA, Pacific Rim countries, Africa, Asia and Latin America. ABSA CPE . Ciskastreet assisted ABSA in national and multinational due diligence investigations. Ciskastreet was requested to - assess the technology platform and market opportunities for a PC-based point of sale terminal that was developed in South Africa. The client’s HQ is in the UK, but it has representation in more than 14 countries worldwide. Other projects included a due diligence into a local polymer production facility and a large furniture manufacturing group. Thermtron Holdings (Pty) Ltd. Ciskastreet assists the company with the development of a business plan to support new enterprise and market development initiatives. The company specializes in the development of high technology materials beneficiation processes for local and international industries. It is a key supplier to the PBMR (Pebble Bed Modular Reactor) company. PSD Consulting and PSD Projects. These companies specialize in the design, development and construction of transmission systems for electricity utility companies around the world. Ciskastreet assisted the company with the development of a BEE strategy and assisted with the transformation process to achieve BEE status and integrate black professionals into the company’s management and ownership structure. SAB Miller. Ciskastreet assisted SABMiller with the optimization of their last mile delivery system using Time and Motion studies and Logistic optimization. This project was followed-up with the optimization of the warehouses in the Northern Regions. Cement Producer. Ciskastreet conducts annual surveys of the cement industry to determine market trends and growths in terms of products and customer demands in various Class of Trade categories. Industrial Development Corporation of SA Limited. Ciskastreet (as part of a consortium) conducted a survey of the South African and Sub-Saharan African market for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, buses and mini-buses. The study included an assessment of the regulatory environment and import duty regimes for various countries on the continent. Department of Trade and Industry. The services of Ciskastreet was incorporated in a industry study on the local content of trailers and semi-trailers manufactured in South Africa and the local demand and export demand (Africa) for trailers. Agriculture and Agro-industry Agriflora (Zambia). Agriflora grows and processes a variety of fresh vegetables for the export market in the UK. Ciskastreet assisted the Industrial Development Corporation in assessing the feasibility of an investment in an expansion project of this agricultural business located in Zambia. The study involved an assessment of the markets in UK and a technical appraisal of the business. Agriflora is the second largest grower and exporter of fresh vegetables in Africa, airfreighting some 115 tons of fresh vegetables to the UK per week. The company is geared to capitalise on the chaos in Zimbabwe, and with an equity investment of some US$ 4 million from the IDC, should be able to increase production volumes to 200 tons per week within four years. The Du Roi Group of Companies. The Du Roi Group is located in Letsitele, Northern Province and has interests in Du Roi Nursery (the largest citrus nursery in the world), Multiplant (tissue culture papayas), Du Roi Laboratories (the largest banana tissue culture laboratory in South Africa), IPM (a facility for producing beneficial predatory insects for citrus), QMS (pathological and analytical services) and a share in a number of small growing operations, producing lemons and a limited release late mandarin variety. Du Roi approached Ciskastreet with a view to developing a biotech centre in Letsitele and assist in business development. SCI (Mozambique). SCI is a Mozambican company that has a number of agricultural holdings in the country, but which lacks the agribusiness acumen to effectively plan and develop these opportunities. SCI approached Ciskastreet and requested that the company draw up a development plan for one of these properties, located some 120 km north of Maputo. Tshwane Metropolitan Council – Urban Agricultural projects. Ciskastreet was appointed by the Tshwane Metropolitan Council to develop its sustainable urban agricultural plan for the region. This included the identification of business ventures in agriculture and the development of implementation business plans. Department of Agriculture. Ciskastreet was involved with a BEE company to assess the economic viability of a number of fresh produce markets in South Africa, eg Polokwane and Klerksdorp. EricChem. Ciskastreet conducted a business valuation and growth opportunity assessment for a company, Eric Chemkonsult that specializes in the supply of agrochemicals to the Western Cape grape and wheat growers. African Products. Ciskastreet was approached by African Products to conduct a survey of market and business opportunities for a new starch-based hydrogel developed by USDA scientists. The survey included an intensive study of applications and market potential in the agriculture sector, Competitive products and an assessment of distribution and marketing channels. Citrus Research International. Ciskastreet assisted this prestigious organization with the development of a business plan and raising finance for the establishment of a world first Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) production facility to produce sterile False Codling Moths (FCM) using gamma irradiation. Sterile FCMs are used to control and eradicate the FCM infestation in citrus orchards in Sub Saharan Africa. TIA invested in the project and it is currently considering its first expansion to treble production. Overvaal Protea Products. Ciskastreet assisted this high value farming operation to develop a business plan for the expansion of its orchards to include high value nectarines, peaches, cherries and berries for which the owners have obtain exclusive PBR’s in the region. LemonEx (Pty) Ltd. Ciskastreet is currently managing the establishment of a 2,000ha lemon project in Mpumalanga. Downstream processing includes lemon oil extraction, juice concentrate manufacture and pectin recovery. Total investment = R700m. Financial partners include NEF, IDC and LandBank. Other Industrial Development Corporation of SA Limited. Ciskastreet conducted a survey of the local foundry industry on behalf of the IDC to identify the industry structure, its role in the South Africa economy and opportunities for expansion and growth. The IDC also requested that Ciskastreet develop and introduce a technical and financial training course for newly appointed account managers in the IDC. Ciskastreet staff is also used to assist IDC in evaluation of applications for finance and the development of project proposals. IDC Strategic Development Initiatives The IDC supported the various development agencies in the country with the assessment of new project proposals. Ciskastreet was involved in a number of these studies that included the development of stainless steel exhaust manifolds, catalytic converter (Dow Corning), steel fabrications in the construction industry, waste recovery from electroplating plants, pharmaceutical products (India) and new technology for metalworking using water pressure. Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII). Ciskastreet services have been used for 5 years by the Department of Trade and Industry's SPII programme to evaluate applications for grant funds under the DTI's SPII scheme. Services included monitoring milestone achievements of funded projects and performance evaluation. Agriculture Development Projects. Financing the establishment of black farmers on new farmland presents unique challenges. Ciskastreet was involved in the execution of feasibility studies for establishment of 3 farmers’ cooperatives in the Limpopo Province. In addition to these projects, Ciskastreet was also contracted to e assessment of the fresh produce industry in Limpopo and develop strategic alternatives to promote value addition in the province. Intellectual Property Management. Ciskastreet was involved in the development of an international business model and strategic plan for Citrogold, a local company that holds international plant breeder rights for various fruit cultivars. A direct result of the intervention is the equity investment by PlantBio (TIA) into the company. Due Diligence Investigation. Ciskastreet provides expertise and advice to financiers and investors in the execution of due diligence investigations covering marketing and technical risk assessments. Due diligence investigations address value chain assessments, and detail technical and commercial risks using the Porter 5-forces model. Management and key personnel: Kobus Boshoff (M.Sc, MBL) Kobus has more than 10 years’ business development and finance experience in local and international markets for various industries. International business development and project experience in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain as well as Sub Saharan Africa (Zimbabwe, Kenya). Len Cox (B.Sc, Nat. Dip Analytical Chemistry) Len has technical aspects of due diligence, feasibility and market research studies in various industries, including the petro-chemical, plastic, metals and agro-chemical industries. Mardorette Gibson (B.Com – student) Mardorette assists with market and industry research projects and project management. Kruger de Beer (N4, Dip Mechanical Draughting student) Kruger is a new addition to our team and assists with market and industry research projects, data analysis and report compilation. Sep Boshoff (C.A. SA) Sep assists with valuation of companies, assessment of financial systems and various accounting and auditing work. Consulting for various businesses in respect of financing options and building financial models and drawing up business plans for the purpose of finance applications. In the execution of all projects, Ciskastreet uses the services of appropriate personnel on a subcontract basis. This ensures that process integrity is maintained and experts used when and where necessary. Contact Details Telephone: +27 12 998 7272 +27 82 456 1653 Facsimile +27 86 684 1592 e-mail kobus@ciskastreet.com Website: www.ciskastreet.com Physical Address: 690 Ciska Street, Garsfontein, Pretoria Postal Address: PO Box 1612, Garsfontein-East, Pretoria 0060 Shareholders Ciskastreet Associates CC 70% Mega Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd 30% Mega Africa Holdings is a 100% BEE company. Directorships: Safripol (Pty) Ltd Mega Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd Mega High Voltage Technologies (Pty) Ltd



Kopskuiwer Paradigm shifter THIS IS WATER: David Forster Wallace

If 4,234,549 people watched this, shouldn't you?This is an outbound link to YOUTUBE: THIS IS WATER. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmpYnxlEh0c


Kopskuiwer Paradigm shifter Hoe om moeilike besluite makliker te neem. Wel, effens makliker.

Sommige besluite is verskriklik moeilik. Huis verkoop, verhuis, uit jou werk bedank, nuwe besigheid begin, 'n droom prysgee, afstand doen van wat jy gedink het jy gaan behou, eerlik word oor wat regtig in jou lewe aangaan, groot beleggings doen, skuld aangaan... Ons is die afgelope tyd gedwing om proefondervindelik vas te stel watter wyshede oor moeilike besluite regtig water hou. Die volgende, weet ons nou, is waterdig: YES, YES. Align your actions with your life purpose and personal values, and then it’s much easier to know the direction that is right for you. -Self Improvement Saga. YES, YES. Imagine having made the decision. If you get a feeling of relief, that’s the way to go, even if it’s coupled with sadness. -Emma Gilding Meditate on how it affects balance within your life. Then have the faith and will to carry out by action. -Isaac Guest YES, YES. Set aside time to give careful thought to the decision. The worst thing you can do is act in haste. -Dana David. (After having battled with options for months, after having prayed day and night for many moons, you will come to an overnight decision. And it will be right.— Maretha M.) YES, YES. If you find that you have to talk yourself into something, it is usually a bad decision. Good decisions usually feel right without much second-guessing. -Triana Avis One method is to contemplate options and select the one that you feel a sense of excitement for. -Katherine Melo Sipe YES, YES. “Stay in the tension” as long as possible. If neither choice feels right, try to delay making the decision. Sometimes a third option you hadn’t thought of before becomes open. -Jody Bower Ask yourself two questions: Is this choice good for me? Is this choice good for my family? Then listen to what your heart says. -Andrew J. Kelley Ons het ook self by die vrae uitgekom:

  • Wat begeer ons regtig dag na dag?
  • Wat wil ons regtig vorentoe in ons lewe en met ons lewe doen?
  • Wat maak regtig dag na dag saak?
  • Wat maak ons opgewonde, soos in Triana Avis en Katherine Melo Sipe se stellings.? Regte besluite het dikwels 'n element van trane en weemoed, maar ook 'n groot element van tintelende opgewondenheid.

How to avoid the quicksand of overspending time on decisions of lesser importance Jonah Berger: Wharton Professor and Author of NYT Bestseller, Contagious: Why Things Catch On 1.Pre-Commit. Decide how much time you want to spend in advance. I’m going to pick a flight in 10 minutes, period. And set a timer. Once it goes off, you have to choose whichever option you were looking at last. 2.Take A Break. Decision quicksand leads us to be so narrowly focused on a choice that we think the world revolves around that decision. But few choices are that important. Stepping away for a few minutes and doing something else will provide some needed perspective and help you see whether a particular decision is really worth the effort. 3.Satisfice. People often maximize, trying to find the best possible option. But in many cases, any of the options would make you quite satisfied. You’d have a wonderful time in either Disney World or Hawaii. So stop deliberating and move on with your life. Flip a coin. Either option is great. Next time you find yourself hopelessly stuck in an unimportant decision, stop struggling for a moment and take a step back. What you thought was a big deal probably isn’t


Paradigm shifter Kopskuiwer A Case Against the Easy Life. (Extract) By Chad Howse Ease isn’t living, it’s dying. It’s forgoing life and awaiting death. Ease brings a halt to your growth and evolution as a human being. Every year I do an exercise where I write out my perfect day. The other day I looked back at what my ‘perfect day’ was 5 years ago. It was almost the exact opposite of what my vision of success is today. Back then I wanted ease. I wanted no alarm clock, little work, and a life of luxury. What I’ve come to understand is that in creating the ability to have that life of luxury, I’ll have to go through my fair share of failures and struggles. Those failures and struggles are where I’ll develop into a man, a success, and a better human being. Why, then, would I want to forgo that growth? Why, even if I’m able, would I reach my idea of success, and then simply stop my evolution by lulling in to a life of ease? Today, I know I wouldn’t. Just because success is attained doesn’t mean our growth as people, entrepreneurs, or leaders, comes to a halt. Look at Teddy Roosevelt. He never stopped achieving, accomplishing, and growing as an individual until the day he died. The same with Steve Jobs, Napoleon Bonaparte, Andrew Carnegie, and any other person in history who accomplished anything of great value. Ease is Not Only Useless, It’s Evil There’s a commonly held world view that your life is your own and you have the right to do what you want with it. I disagree with one aspect of this argument, and that is with regards to laziness. Those who accomplish greatness ...don’t let a day go to waste. Ease’s ugly cousin is laziness. To be a lazy person is a slap in the face of anyone who’s sacrificed anything to give you the life you currently enjoy – to give you the option of being lazy. Be it your mother, father, grandparents, or that soldier who died in the Second World War whom you’ll never meet, but owe so much. How to Truly Live: Embrace the Struggle To create a life of accomplishment, and one of success, YOU have to embrace hard work. Hard work creates grit. It gives us a sense of pride, purpose, and accomplishment; without which, we can never truly feel as though we’re giving our best to this dying flame we call life, or our true value to the rest of those we’re connected to on this planet. Instead of looking forward to a future of ease, embrace your present hardships, and look to add more strain to your life. This is how you grow. This is how you evolve. This is how you live. Source: Addicted2success: WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID THE EASY LIFE AT ALL COSTS. Chad Howse. 20 April 2013. http://addicted2success.com/success-advice/why-you-should-avoid-the-easy-life-at-all-costs/


THE PAIN, THE RABBIT... AND STUNNING ADVICE ABOUT WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN

A story about pain, a rabbit... and writing that business-changing business plan. Darden MBA: WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN. "If you don't know how to write your business plan, how are you going to run your business?" This is an outbound link to YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRWeEASWmOI


TOP TEN LIFE LESSONS (LAST LECTURE SERIES) STANFORDBUSINESS. This section of our website is about honest, Christian entrepreneurship. It is about entrepreneurs meeting entrepreneurs, about linking and knowing about others. It is about learning and integrity. We love and recommend this video.This is an outbound link to YOUTUBE, "http://www.youtube.com/embed/62rgESCyB2g" frameborder="0"

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GRACE is gebore!

Wat 'n naam: GRACE. Wat 'n onderneming: 'n nuwe Christelike tydskrif. Twee vroue en 'n klein span gelowiges het geluister wat die Here vir hulle sê en 'n nuwe tydskrif begin waarin dit oor die God van die Bybel in die lewe van die 21e eeuse mens gaan. GRACE is in Februarie 2013 in Bloemfontein gebore. Wanneer jy haar sien, raap haar op. Sy is die nuwe baba van die MY MAG-span, met Marzanne Slabbert en Jana Marx aan die stuur.
Ons hier by www.seker.co.za bid GRACE die genade en die volle seën van die Here toe; die volharding wat net van Hom kom; die diep vrede van God wat alle verstand te bowe gaan, ook wanneer julle soms twyfel of julle arbeid in die Here enigiets bereik (God werk waar ons nie eens kan droom dat Hy werk nie) en sommer net vreugde, vreugde, omdat julle in God se wil is.

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That’s My Girl SEDERT: 2010

n Nuwe tydskrif vir meisies het planet Aarde getref! Die visie van That’s My Girl is Jesaja 61; om nuwe hoop te bring vir die moedeloses, om genesing te bring vir die meisies in pyn, om die gevangenes vry te maak. Die missie is om meisies in ‘n intieme verhouding met Jesus, ons Redder en Verlosser te bring.

Die tydskrif is die enigste Christen tydskrif vir meisies in Suid-Afrika en sover ons weet, in Afrika.

That’s My Girl magazine is gebaseer op Matt. 25:21 en dit is waar die naam vandaan kom. Jesus het vertel van die Eienaar wat vir sy werkers talente gegee het om mee te woeker, totdat hy terugkom. Die Eienaar het vir die wat hul talente vermeerder het gese: “Wel gedaan, goed en getroue, dienaar!”. In Engels, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” en in tienertaal vir die meisies, “That’s My Girl!”, komend van ‘n pa wat trots is op sy dogter. So sal Vader God Sy kinders beloon, wat Hom liefgehad en gedien het; wat deur die bloed van Jesus, regverdig is.

Kom ons kry net die orde reg: ons word nie gered deur ons dade nie, maar slegs deur die Verlossingswerk van Jesus, aan die kruis, wat vir ons sondes gesterf het. Uit dankbaarheid, omdat Hy vir ons gesterf het, lewe ons vir Hom en doen ons goeie werke.
EIENAAR: Marlene, bygestaan deur 'n aantal vrywillige werkers, almal verbind tot dieselfde missie en visie.

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