Giving it your all

It’s important to recognise your talent and abilities, and to nurture and develop them. I have learnt a great deal over the years. For example, live your life to the full every moment, because you don’t know what could happen in the next hour. Lots has changed since my car...

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My sister was a dynamic leader

Throughout my career I’ve come across all sorts of managers. Few have made a huge and profound difference in my life, but others are unforgettable… For centuries, philosophers have been pondering the concept of leadership, and capturing our imaginations with their thoughts on the ideals of leadership. It’s the process...

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Trusting the process

How you get through difficult times in your life will largely be determined by whether you can reach for your courage, or whether you turn away. It is vital to keep your mind and body as strong as possible. Eat well, exercise and allow yourself plenty of sleep. Even if...

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Wake Up. Kick Ass. Repeat

With a positive attitude, we can turn most things around, even major setbacks like retrenchment and depression! These past three months have been a rollercoaster for me. I went from suffering work stress and being unfairly dismissed to experiencing extreme mental fatigue. When you’re a breadwinner and you get to...

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Two Months’ Walk of Unbelief

Life’s negative experiences can be turned into something both positive and self-affirming. I was sitting at home one evening minding my own business when suddenly I received a distressing phone call. Our office was being restructured and I was one of the people affected. But what was traumatising was that...

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The need to belong

What do you do when it’s you against the world against yourself, asks EMILIE OLIFANT. Everyone at some time struggles with the need to impress people at some level. And much of the pressure, fear and stress we experience is caused by our need to impress others. Can you imagine...

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Lessons from my car accident

Life-changing doesn’t have to mean life-shattering. It has been almost 13 years since I was involved in a horrific car accident that changed my life forever. People often ask me, “How are you feeling? How are you coping?” The reality is that unless you have experienced the loss of movement...

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