Six years ago one of my oldest friends gave birth to a special little girl, I was lucky enough to be visiting at the time, now 6 years later I’m living in SA and loving being able to be a part of this little girls life. Proud to have made her Piggy Party cake and just so happy to be able to be a part of her life on a more consistant basis.
Finding interesting ways technology helps us is something I am very drawn to. Dropbox has saved me on a number of occasions, especially moving to SA where data is expensive, seriously expensive! Not only did I get free space to upload pictures but I also found a way to share important information including audio’s that I was unable to do any other way. What I did not know is that they can help find your stolen computer. Included the video below to show you how and as I did a little research I discovered an app called Hidden that costs 15$ a year for 1 device included that video below too. The research came up with a number of other options to but for now these are my top 2.
My mind is all over the place at the moment. With the online site build happening, the goods arriving, the orders being filled, telkom taking 3 months and allot of effort and $$$ to install and the ever looming documentary part of the blog all happening at the same time something is telling me I have to cut and focus. Not yet sure exactly how this will look but it must be done for me to achieve what I aim to by the end of 2013. One thing is certain it’s becoming more and more crystal clear why most of the world would rather have a job and regardless of how the weeks or months go they get that salary. Today I see the value in that. There is no way I’m changing my path and NO I am not going backwards, not after the distance I’ve come but I am acknowledging, to myself at the very least, that it takes hard work and percerverance! So today I’m going to take what I need and I hope you do the same…………..
This weekend we went up to the Berg. Just love that place, the silence, the space and the laughter! On our way home we popped into the Pukkety Farm Stall. Just after Underberg if your heading back to Durban on the left hand side of the road a short dirt road leads to you this 20 years old honesty system Farm Stall called PUCKETTY. It was such a delight to discover the Honesty System is alive and kicking, even in South Africa. 20 years ago Serena Shaw….see pic below, started selling bread in a shed. Her son built a building and then another and now there is a Coffee Shop, a Gallery and a super Farm Stall.
Take note of the book, the pen, the calculator and the old ice cream carton for the money.
No matter what, I keep coming back to this statement, if we all believed this I wonder what the world would look like today. The financial news is driving me crazy at the moment, it’s all BLAH< BLHA<, BLAH……………Seriously, how can any institution say I’ll save your money and make more and then decide to take a cut once they have it? Yes, the story is way more complicated than that but that’s the bottom line. I’m just glad it’s not me playing with the Russian Mafia, they sure know how to look after themselves. Anyway, Today’s post is not about the Financial world, its about a book called Great by Choice.
As a result of their own desire to make sence of the researched gained from 20,400 companies. 2 men asked millions of questions and found the links that resulted in 7 companies which rose to be 10 times better at Thriving.
A major stand out driver was, the way that leaders lead this mostly results in the way that people then behave. Bringing me back to what’s going on in Europe right now, who’s leading who? Anyway, I digress………
Other points are DISCIPLINE, CREATIVITY and PRODUCTIVE PARANOIA. Basically boiling down to the idea that you must do something each and EVERY day regardless of weather you feel like it. I’ve joined the gym after many many years, in NYC I had one in my building and truthfully I’ve never really been a gym person but I’m facing the discipline challenge once again.
As they say in this book Great by ChoiceThe only mistakes we learn from are the ones we survive. It’s going to be an interesting journey surviving the goings on in the investment world these days.
And if your interested this article talks all about what it takes for humans to attain excellence and reach their full potential PERSISTANCE< DETERMINATION and EAGERNESS, same same I think.
Fred Wilson’s blog is an endless supply of relevant information to me, endless. It makes me think in ways I’d not otherwise and for that I am very very grateful.
The other day Fred mentioned a TED talk by Ricky Van Veen, Ricky says that what you share defines who you are. So, like Fred, I am sharing this talk with all of you and HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend that you, your kids, your mother, your sister and your best friends see it too.
There is an Identity creation revolution happening, yes, the www rocks my world but this under 20 min video will give a little history and a little insight into how fast this revolution is, and has, happened.
Ricky is Looking AHEAD to social media’s influence and explaining how Media has become a Meritocracy, in other words Media distribution has exploded.
Within the TED there are 2 great short video’s, it’s amazing to me to learn how they got traffic onto their blogs. Another interesting point is the lesson in there being two types of clicks online, at one end you have the personal click and on the other end you have the social click. In other words information that we like to see ourselves but not share and information that we like to share with others.
His reference to “bring your own audience” and the “speed of quality” also makes me SMILE, inside and out.
The title of the documentary “The beautiful truth” hit me straight between the eyes. Most of my life I believed that what doctors, lawyers, teachers and even my own parents told me was fact, no doubt about it. It took me most of my 42 years to realise that fact may just be dependant on ones experience, education, beliefs and upbringing. Slowly I learnt to re-educate myself, to trust my gut more and to devour books and books of information reading and absorbing what resonates. Below are 2 short clips of documentaries featuring individuals who find the courage to change course, share what they believe and swim against the current.
A lighthearted but earnest look at the pharmaceutical industry from the point of view of Karly, a drug sales rep growing more and more conflicted about her role in health care. As Karly climbs the corporate ladder, she manages to keep her conscience at bay until a shocking revelation finally gives her the courage to stand up and do the right thing.
The Beautiful Truth:
Raised on a wildlife reserve in Alaska, 15-year old Garrett was interested in the dietary habits of their animals. After the tragic death of his mother, Garrett’s father decided to home-school his son and assigned a book written by Dr. Max Gerson that proposes a direct link between diet and a cure for cancer.
Years later, fascinated, Garrett embarks on a cross-country road trip to investigate The Gerson Therapy. He meets with scientists, doctors and cancer survivors who reveal how it is in the best interest of the multi-billion dollar medical industry to dismiss the notion of alternative and natural cures.
It has been said that more people live off cancer than die from it. The Beautiful Truth is a movie that can put a stop to this travesty. A practical guide to the intensive nutritional treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases that many would consider to have been impossible to obtain. Thanks to the work of Max Gerson, M.D., and his daughter, Charlotte Gerson, this knowledge is readily available.
Max Gerson cured cancer in some of his patients. He did so with a strict fat-free, salt-free, low-protein, essentially vegetarian dietary regimen, based on great quantities of fresh vegetable juice, supplements, and systemic detoxification.
Like one of my favorite sayings, “only dead fish swim with the current”