What it means to be a conscious parent

Becoming a father had - and continues to have - a profound effect on my life. I always knew I wanted to be a father yet, like everyone else, I can't say I was ready for it when it happened. Becoming a parent is one of those things that you can never really be prepared...

Wanlov – A Fokn African Gypsy

With his latest album, African Gypsy, Ghanaian / Romanian musician Wanlov embraces all aspects of his heritage, musical and culture, bringing them into the music in unique and creative ways whether it is in terms of instrument, language or attitude. A lot more of the Romanian in him is reflected in the album which could also be attributed to the fact that he produced the whole album except for one track, which was done by often-time collaborator Kweku Ananse – who produced his first album Green Card. Witty, intelligent and insightful, Wanlov, lyrically, builds layers that can be missed if one doesn’t engage fully. It is often easy to get lost in the humour and lose connection to the social-consciousness and awareness in his content. Definitely worth a listen.

A day riding the Triumph Tiger 900s

In this social distancing times, the back of a motorcycle is probably the best place to be. Recently, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to go on a media ride with Triumph South Africa to experience the two new Tigers – the Tiger 900 GT Pro and the Tiger...

The curse of so-called original ideas

As Nas said, in his track No Idea’s Original, “No idea’s original, there’s nothin’ new under the sun, It’s never what you do, but how it’s done.” He was not the first to say it and he won’t be the last. Yet….it is often hard for us to accept that ideas are a dime a...

The Twitter Abyss

Keeping one's mind right in a world that feels like it is struggling to get a grip on reality often seems damn near impossible. And that is under supposedly normal conditions. Today, it feels even harder, especially on Twitter. I have a love-hate relationship with the...
Do you read books promiscuously?

Do you read books promiscuously?

Austin Kleon’s blog is a go-to space for me. And not just for substance and creativity of his blog posts but how he creates and curates the blog itself. I must admit I have borrowed from how he runs both his blog and his newsletter in what I am doing with mine. He did write the book Steal Like An Artist so I don’t feel guilty about it. I tend to...

Learning how to say ‘no’.

Learning how to say ‘no’.

It's always interesting how things will come into your space, repeatedly. Yesterday, I was listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast in which he was chatting to author Elizabeth Gilbert. One of the things they chatted about was saying 'no'. Not even two hours later, my son wanted a piece of my daughter's sandwich and her response was 'no'. He was now...

The stories we tell ourselves

The stories we tell ourselves

“Who are we but the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, and believe?”Scott Turow Life can be messy. It is by no means a linear trajectory with one thing after the other. Amidst the cacophony, we seek the meaning of it all. And we search for who we are. That identity, the self that we manifest is one that is influenced by many things -...

When you feel like an imposter

When you feel like an imposter

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary: The term 'imposter syndrome' can be traced to a 1978 article by the American psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, "The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention." Originally called imposter phenomenon, imposter syndrome, as it's usually called, is...

So you haven’t learned a new lockdown skill?

So you haven’t learned a new lockdown skill?

A few weeks ago, you were gung ho. You had a plan to maximise the time on lockdown. You were not going to waste it. You were going to learn how to bake, or speak a new language, or play a musical instrument, or something. This was going to be the most productive time in your life. Outside of work, this was the time to do all the things that you...

Distraction, the ultimate productivity killer

Distraction, the ultimate productivity killer

Have you ever sat down with the intention of getting something done only to find, when you look back at the end of the work day, that you didn't anything productive? I remember working for a magazine and, the day I started contemplating quitting was when I realised that, in one day, the most productive I had been was having sent three emails....

How to manage uncertainty with children

How to manage uncertainty with children

As parents, we have all had that moment when our child repeats something we said in the privacy of our homes in front of the person we said it about. Hopefully, when this happened, it didn’t create too awkward a situation. The simple reality is that our children learn about the world and life through our deeds and our words, though rarely the...

Strategic business shutdown

Strategic business shutdown

The Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns are wreaking havoc on the world's economies. Watching the struggles that big business is having globally shows how fragile everything is. But, it pales in relation to the impact on small businesses, freelancers, artists, etc. Work life can be challenging enough with those us within those sectors. Both my...

How successful are you? Really?

How successful are you? Really?

The Business Dictionary defines 'success' as follows: Achievement of an action within a specified period of time or within a specified parameter. Success can also mean completing an objective or reaching a goal. Success can be expanded to encompass an entire project or be restricted to a single component of a project or task. It can be achieved...

South African media faltering, random thoughts

South African media faltering, random thoughts

The music industry was ground zero when it came to digital disruption but, over the last decade, has found a way to revive itself. Major labels have stakes in streaming services, like Spotify and, for a while, the 360-deal was all the rage. For independent labels, streaming, merchandising, publishing and licensing and performance ticket sales...

Conversations with your younger self

Conversations with your younger self

A common question in interviews is ‘what you would tell your 18, 20, 30, x year-old self?’ As we navigate the years, the hope is that we gain wisdom, learn things, evolve and progress from who we were to who we will become. With hindsight, it is easier to look back on the things we did, said and thought, and see a different way. On his podcast,...

In Range, David Epstein makes a case for generalists

In Range, David Epstein makes a case for generalists

Malcolm Gladwell's '10,000 hour rule' as detailed in his 2008 book Outliers was, when it came out, a concept that many grasped onto in making sense of work and the world. The idea that putting in 10,000 hours brings us to mastery in our chosen field is nice, tidy and easy to buy into. In 2009, he was on Reddit answering questions and wrote: There...

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