Happy to live in post-apartheid South Africa

Every now and then, I have an experience that makes me profoundly grateful that apartheid is over and that I am alive to see the effects of South Africa’s transformation. I had such an experience this morning. What did I do this morning? I went to work, just like every other day of the week/month/year. …

Mood Matters

I used to think that my mood made no material difference to my ability to successfully perform tasks, particularly tasks that I’m used to. But over time that’s proving not to be the case. My mood matters. A lot. I work in a fairly stressful job. There are multiple deadlines during each day and they all …

Quit trying to do everything yourself

I’m guessing you have a long list of things to do at home that you never get round to. My wife and I certainly do. We finally worked out that we don’t have to do it all ourselves. We also worked out how to get it all done in pretty quick time. How? We hired …

Dealing with Consequence

Consequence is an inescapable part of reality. We make decisions and take actions, and consequences result. Sometimes our decisions and actions are negative, i.e. we choose not to decide or act, but there are consequences nonetheless. I’ve observed three distinct ways in which the people I know deal with consequence. Let’s have a look at …

Taking care of myself

Of all my flaws, perhaps the most significant is this: I’m useless when it comes to taking care of myself. That needs to change. As examples: I don’t eat well; I don’t get enough exercise; I don’t sleep enough; and I don’t spend enough quality time by myself. That’s not an exhaustive list, but it …

No-one is “just good” at anything

Talent is one of those confusing concepts that I don’t really like. Calling someone “talented” in reference to the presence of a particular skill misses the point. Anyone who does anything well does so as the result of a great deal of practice, not because they are naturally gifted. Thinking about myself, this becomes quite evident. Taking just …

Enjoying being me and unselfish love

This morning, thanks to my amazing wife, I got to drive four supercars on a race track. The experience was thoroughly awesome. And I think it’s important to have fun. But what struck me afterwards as being even more important is to enjoy being myself. I like cars. I like learning new things and working …

Rejecting specialization

What’s the obvious way to build a successful career? Become very good at a specific task and then earn lots of money from it for a long time. This is known as specialization. I don’t like that, and I’ll tell you why. The first (but not necessarily most important) reason for my dislike of specialization …