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The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

I love poetry. This thing get me going, it gives me perspective about many stuff in life. It is the greatest teacher, a consoler and a motivator. This is what William  Hazlitt think poetry is. After the quote, find one of my favourite poems by St Francis of Assisi!

Poetry  is all that is worth remembering in life.

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
 

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in General

 

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Lack of sight, extra-ordinary vision and an absolute legend!

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I am one dude who greatly respect people and love listening to their stories and the way they view things. I like conversations. I like robust debates especially ones that will challenge me an expand my intellectual capital. To feed this hunger, I started listening to talk shows, speeches, and listening to motivational speakers. But let me tell you my perception about motivational speakers. I think they are bunch of enterprising people who have realized that a mankind is playing so small that it is prepared to pay them for being lazy. What an amazing business opportunity, don’t you think?

Even though, I listen to these people, I pay little attention to what they say. What I actually do is to observe how they deal with anxiety and how do they deliver their presentations, for I believe that one day I will stand before investors and convince them to buy in whatever weird idea I have in my mind.

He has skydived from a height of 10000 feet, he is a landspeed record holder at 322.5km/h, he is a Cape epic cyclist, an iron man racer, a marathon runner and a world  and he was a member of a cricket team that won a world cup in India in 2008. (something that the Proteas would envy)!

What if I told you that this man achieving all this remarkable things is blind?

Hein Wagner graced us with his presence at the Aweness camp at Stellenbosch University one Saturday morning. You know, I am not one for motivational speakers, but hey, Hein is a true motivator, he is an absolute legend. Despite his difficult handicap, he is able to achieve all these things I never knew that they existed as adventures. What’s extra cool is that he plans to raise about R10 million for his organisation. He says he is going to that by piloting a boeing 747-400 from London to Cape Town.

His talk was incredibly moving and he presented it with tremendous sense of humour. He was interesting to listen to, except that he leaves one with great guilt that you are actually playing small in your life.

What I found profound were some of the words he said during his talk. He said the following:

“I’ve never seen so many beautiful looking people in an audience before, you all look amazing!”

 – “I see I’m running out of time so I’ll finish up now.”

 “The feeling I had walking off the field after we had just secured the World Cup, is something I would never ever exchange, even, the ability to be able to see.”

I guess, this is what the first year needed to kick-start their academic career.

In closing, he said, “I am blind, What is your excuse?”

Peruse his website at http://heinwagner.co.za

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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What’s your story?

Within each one of us, there is an amazing story to tell. Every individual is unique. Set of skills, character, personality and values distinguishes us from the rest of the animal in the human kingdom.

I am probably breaking the rules here. What encourages me to do this is one question that was posed to me when I went to an interview in one of the leading accounting firms in South Africa. The question was “When is the right time to bend the rules?” At that moment in time, I was confused, I did not know what to say, I wanted to impress the prospective sponsor. The first answer that came to mind was “under no circumstances, should anyone bend the rules. It is wrong. It unacceptable” obviously I was lying. The truth is with every rule, there is an exception.

I am narrating this because I have just bent the rules. In no way am I an official blogger for the camp I am currently attending. I am so inspired I cannot resist the urge to write a blog.

This camp is called Aweness Camp, and is organised by the University of Stellenbosch for its first generation students. This camp attracts many people from different background, with unique skills, talents and stories. How often have you looked at a person and judged based on how they appear? I did, and I am guilty as charged.

What I learnt in this camp is that there is a fundamental error in looking at a single side of a story. Each individual is unique (I am repeating this for the umpteenth time now), and they have an amazing story to tell. The sweetness of that story can only be tasted if we allow our egoistical self to listen to other people.

I also realised that people who have achieved a great deal in life is those who have seen CRAP in their lives. I am using the acronym CRAP here to define Criticism, Rejection, Asshole and Pressure.  They have failed in life; they have got rejected while pursuing their wildest dream. They only achieved whatever they set out to do, because they have persevered, they were bold enough to follow their dreams through. These are individuals that inspires the living CRAP out of me!

All In all, it takes boldness, bravery and courage to talk about shit you experience in this amazing journey you call LIFE.

What is your story? What defines you? Let’s chat.

 

Be inspirational…….

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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If there were ever a time to dare…

I think in my former life I was a writer, a published author. Dreaming? probably! scary? Very.

Appropriated from the twitter page of Dumisani Mahlangu (www.twitter.com/dumirocks)

Why do I believe this assertion you may wonder. I believe this assertion to be true because I am an avid reader, and there is an established notion that writers are religious readers. It is not my intention to state that I am a religious reader, but I am an avid reader nonetheless.

I am one person who prefers to read a book than watching a boring program on tell-lie-vision [Television].

One of this lazy days while reading a book I stumbled upon a line that moved my soul and continues to inspire me greatly to this age. Let me take a liberty of quoting it in its entirety and hope that it inspires you to follow your dream and aspirations.

If you follow the Apple brand and its beauty inventions you might know the quote. If you don know it it is not a train smash. relax, grab a beer and continue reading this post.

The quote below is adapted in its entirety from a Macintosh computer ad, 1991. Read it and on a comment box below, tell me what moves your soul. Stay inspired…

If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily- but for something that tugs at your heart, something that’s your aspiration, something that’s your dream.

You owe it to yourself to make your days here count.
Have fun.
Dig Deep.
Stretch.
Dream big.

Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
There will be times when you want to turn around, pack it up, and call it quits. those times tell you that you are pushing yourself, that you are not afraid to learn by trying.

Persist.

Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools, you can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect, and your heart guide you.

Trust.

Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.

The start of something new brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible.
There is only one you.

And you will pass this way only once.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in General, Leadership

 

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Aspire to Inspire before you expire

Yes, it is 2011, and am back from a long well-deserved break. I hope that 2011 promises new hope, aspirations and dreams. Leaders around the world are trying to come up with solutions that might change the world for the better. Corporate leaders are trying to inspire change through motivation so that the labourers can be inspired to work hard, use resources efficiently and increase profitability.

So the question of interest is what are we as young people doing to be inspired? Do we aspire to inspire? What are we doing to live up to that quote? At least few young people are taking volunteerism in a name of social change to live up to this quote (ASPIRE TO INSPIRE).

I believe that the leaders of tomorrow, (of course you) must be able to inspire their teams. How do you get inspired?

I am a young leader who believes very much in INSPIRATION. I mean I need it to go forward, to wake up in the morning and to sit down in my study desk and hit those books as hard as I possibly can. I have lot of people whom I draw inspiration from, and one such person is Billy-Guy Bhembe. He inspires me because he calls himself a “young billionaire” and yes I call myself “The CEO”. Billy-Guy is a motivational speaker and a founding member of the foundation black child its possible. Black Child its possible is an organization that inspires young people and possible leaders of tomorrow to be the very best they can be.

On his website Billy-Guy says “BLACK CHILD ITS POSSIBLE is an inspirational movement for the African Child who never thought it would be possible to see the other side of the coin. It is about pulling together and understanding that it is only when we do away with pessimistic thoughts and self-hate that our destinies will be shaped“.

As we are 47 days into 2011, young man, young woman let us awaken our  dreams knowing that the power of  inspiration is within us. Let us have people who inspire us and in turn let us be the agent of social change.

Indeed Billy-Guy inspires me more when he say “I speak one language fluently and that is inspiration.” I mean this words are so profound that they remind one that he truly has a compelling cause in this world.

Give a leader of tomorrow hope, inspire and lastly DARE TO INNOVATE!!!

From the mind of a young person, aspire to inspire before you expire and you will see this world will be a better place to live in and to lead on.

Truly inspired….

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in General, Leadership

 

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