Turning Your Big Ideas Into Big Results

Exploration About 20 years ago, space exploration wasn’t a mainstream undertaking. Sending shuttles to space was reserved for governments and military operations. The few private companies that were involved in space exploration were not known because they didn’t cause any significant ripples to be noticed. All this changed when a young South African entrepreneur came into the picture. At only 31 years old, in 2002, Elon Musk founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company. What’s amazing about Musk’s space venture was his approach. By the time he founded SpaceX, NASA, the leading space government agency was struggling … Continue reading Turning Your Big Ideas Into Big Results

Two Truths About Progress

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” ~ Shirley Chisholm Reality we Ignore If you love basketball, seeing LeBron James or Stephen Carry on the court increases your heart rate slightly. If you are a soccer fanatic, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo might keep you late in the night watching them play. If you love books, Authors like Stephen King or Toni Morrison mesmerize you with their writings. And if you desire to be a mover and shaker, then leaders like entrepreneur and Inventor Elon Musk, or activist Tarana Burke, … Continue reading Two Truths About Progress

Developing Courage To Lead

Icon of Bravery At the age of 26, he became the Prime Minister of the most powerful Empire. He is considered one of the greatest leaders who ever lived. It wasn’t the success during the good times that made him stand out but rather it was when his country and the world order was threatened that made him an icon of bravery. A mighty army led by a ruthless dictator was met with a courageous, fierce, and unwavering leader. The Nazi Germany was conquering Western Europe at a lightning speed and their victory was blazing like a bushfire. The last … Continue reading Developing Courage To Lead

Courage To Serve Others

Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living. – Albert Einstein. Medal of Honor On April 1st, 1942, a young 23-year-old Desmond Doss signed up for the US Army at the heat of the Second World War. Doss’ sign up and service in the Army was not an ordinary one, given that he signed up at the middle of the war. According to records, he had a deferment not to serve, which most young men were eager to do. What’s astonishing about Doss was how he served. With his dreams of being a doctor wiped away … Continue reading Courage To Serve Others

Courage To Make a Difference with Action

Action: The key to fulfillment It’s not how much money you make that brings fulfillment. It’s connecting what you do with your purpose that brings great fulfillment in life: it’s doing (performing) a seemingly insignificant act of difference in an area or field that you believe will make the greatest difference to humanity at large. Taking action in what we believe in is what starts a chain of a life that brings you joy. Fulfillment doesn’t happen at the end of life, it happens in the journey of life. According to Bronnie Ware, a former palliative care giver and author … Continue reading Courage To Make a Difference with Action

Developing Courage in Relationships

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”  Mark Twain. The Groundwork A few years ago, I decided to be intentional on building my character. This was born out of realizing that the people with great character did not become who they were by accident. They chose their character.  To start with, I picked seven virtues that would be the core of my character. These made the list; integrity, kindness, love, humility, respect, commitment, and courage. But on closer examination, I realized that each of the above qualities depend on courage. It made the other virtues … Continue reading Developing Courage in Relationships

Turning Motivation to Drive

“With drive and a bit of talent you can move mountains.” Dwayne Johnson – The Rock. Passion fused motivation Our journey on understanding motivation and how it works began by debunking the myth that motivation isn’t important. We saw how motivation is an internal thing that’s birthed by inspiration and amplified by action. We also saw that our motivation is dependent on three things: Our willpower, environment, and experiences. However, there are times when we won’t be motivated. Because of our nature, there are times when we will not act in response to our inspiration. Discouragements and disappointments will at … Continue reading Turning Motivation to Drive

Your Motivation Depends On….

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.”― Oprah Winfrey. Rooted in understanding In the writings of the wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, there is found this advice, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”. I always find the last section to be very intriguing. Understanding is such a simple word but carries a lot of weight. The ability to understand is what gives us roots in anything we apply our minds to. When it comes to motivation, understanding how it works in achieving the goals … Continue reading Your Motivation Depends On….

What We Often Forget about Motivation

“Vision without execution is hallucination” – Thomas Edison Working out If there is a place where most people would agree that motivation is crucial is in the area of exercise. Going for an early morning run is my choice of workout. I enjoy morning runs because I get to enjoy the fresh morning atmosphere and it makes me feel completely free. As my legs move, my mind is free to wonder, imagine, and process random thoughts. Often, by the time I get back home, my mind has benefited the most, even more than my body, because it gets focused and … Continue reading What We Often Forget about Motivation

Part III: How to Have an Elevated Perspective

“New life comes from a new mind and a new way of looking at your life” TD Jakes. Corrective Lenses Is there a specific person, teacher, friend, or parent who had a transformational impact on your life? Who helped you unlock your potential? It took me about two decades to fully appreciate the impact of my second-grade teacher on me. Her words of encouragement, welcoming personality that made me feel valued, and her reassuring smile that made me know that my second-grade exams weren’t the end of the world, had a great impact on my life than I realized at … Continue reading Part III: How to Have an Elevated Perspective