Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Living on Borrowed Time.

As I was sitting in Church a few months ago listening to the pastor preaching, an idea came to mind. The sermon was about 'Time' and so I had a brilliant idea to make a post about 'Time'. 

What you read above was what I had written almost a year ago. I have been procrastinating. At first I did not understand why, but now as the few months have passed, I now understand why now is the perfect time to finish the post. I needed to go through a few things before I could understand and have the knowledge to write this post. By now I'm sure you know that what has passed was not only months, but weeks too. Not only days, but hours too. Time passed, something I can never have back. So let me get started...

I came to realize and accept that every living organism on this earth is living on borrowed time. Now what do I mean by borrowed time well exactly that. Our time on Earth is borrowed, it isn't ours to keep, ours to know, ours to control ours to own and definitely not ours to change. What do I mean by this? Let me explain by asking you 3 simple questions: 

  1. How long do you have to live?
  2. Once your time runs out, will you be able to reset it?
  3. Do you control time, can you pause it or rewind?
Those are only a few questions. The answers to those questions are simple. NO! NO! And NO to all three. Therefore it is not our time we living on rather borrowed time.

According to the definition of 'borrowed', there will come a point when we have to return/give back this 'time' that we were borrowed. This brings me to this, if time is really our most valuable resource then why do we waste it? Because once it's gone and our time has run out, there's nothing we can do to bring it back. Think about it, let it sink in. Why then do we waste it?

Our time is limited, therefore it should not be wasted. Let me ask you, if you had a R100 left in your account, would you spend it on alcohol or on food for the week? If you think like me then the answer would obviously be on FOOD for the week because spending it on alcohol would be a waste. Food would last and it would provide me with the nutrients I need to get through the week, alcohol on the other hand would be a "Now" thing, it would serve it's purpose and nothing more, it would not get me through the week or add any value to my life. Now if we consider time in this instance, it would be the R100. Wasting our time on things or people that do not benefit our lives or add any value to it is like the alcohol. On the other hand the following things I'm about to mention would be like food: Doing the things we love, spending time with our loved ones, setting goals and achieving them, going after our dreams, investing in ourselves mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally and most importantly loving ourselves and being kind to the world and each other. 

So which would you spend your precious time on... actually let me rephrase the question. Which one of these have you been spending your time on? Have you been wasting your precious, borrowed and non renewable resource or have you been using it the best way possible? Think about it, no seriously just really think about it. To be honest I did waste a lot of time in the past, but now that I know better and have learnt so much, the wasting of time and taking it for granted has stopped and I will continue to use my borrowed time wisely. I do not want to look back years from now and think "Damn, I wasted the little time I had!". Regret is the worst thing one can have and experience. 

So I urge you all today, please start using your time wisely. It's a precious thing and if I had a choice to have more money or more time, I'd definitely opt for more time because let's be honest money cannot buy you time but time can always bring you money if you work for it

Peace. Happiness. Success.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs

Today is the day!

Today is the day you've been waiting for. Make it productive. You never know what great may come out of today, make sure you give it your all. Work hard, work smart, laugh loud, love more, care less about the negative things people may say and most importantly stay positive and BELIEVE in yourself. Every day from this day on will be your day. 

Today is your day, you were blessed with this day. A new day of opportunity and blessings and of course success. 

Today is your day, make it count! 

Peace. Happiness. Success. 

Today is the day

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Road to success EP92!

Desola's Road To Success:

Name: Desola Oluwakemi Mako

Occupation: "Architect, Blogger at www.deemako.com, Communicator and Creative Director."

Goals: "To be successful at everything I lay my hands on and to make some money while at it."

What is success? "Happiness, Joy and Fulfillment. For me success only truly occurs when you feel any of these three feelings. One is never truly entirely successful till death as the more you live the more you set new goals but when you accomplish them, there is a feeling of satisfaction that translates into happiness, joy and fulfillment and maybe even pride in one's self and contentment, that for me is success."

What success have you achieved? "A whole lot, a few of them are that I have been successful in the area of education, crossing hurdles and keeping at it. I am also successfully running a blog which a while back seemed like would never happen. I have successfully ran and advised young businesses and people and their growths and successes have translated into mine."

What success do you want to achieve? "A whole lot also, I am yet to get married, have kids, start my dream businesses, build my house and even serve God the way I want to. I still want to travel the world, touch more lives and even personally become a better person and have a wider and vast knowledge about other subjects."

"I would like to add that the road to success is not easy at all. I personally am a doubter and a worrier, when I was in high school and earlier during my university days, I worried I wasn't smart enough, I worried I would never learn how to drive, I worried I would never be good enough, I NEVER THOUGHT I DESERVED WHAT  EVERYONE HAD, a lot of this worrying held me back and stopped me from doing so much but then I started to change my thoughts by challenging myself to do all those things I thought I would never be able to do, I started to drive all by myself and I started to engage in smart 'convos', I also started to teach tutorials and everyone started to call me intelligent and some said I was a go 'getter'. I realized at that point that all I ever want I can be and all I ever will be will be by my hand.
Lastly don't measure success by material things, don't be money orientated because when you are down money can't lift you up, but a nice email from someone you helped, inspired or touched will not only lift you up but it will also inspire you as well.
Thank you and be successful."

All the best on your road to success Desola and thank you so much for the wise and inspiring words...

Visit her blog Dee Mako at www.deemako.com. Follow Desola on Twitter** @dee_mako, Instagram** dee_mako and Google+** +DESOLA MAKO.

Peace. Happiness. Success.

Road to success EP91!

Amanda's Road To Success:

Name: Amanda Custo

Occupation: Photographer and Blogger

Goals: "To make my ideas come to life, travel to amazing places and take a few pictures along the way."

What is success? "The journey! Getting up after every failure and trying again. Positivity in the face of adversity."

What success have you achieved? "Getting published!"

What success do you want to achieve? "Working on a big international fashion campaign."

All the best on your road to success Amanda...

Visit her lovely blog Amanda Custo at www.amandacusto.com. Follow Amanda Facebook** Amanda Custo Blog on Instagram** amandacusto.

Peace. Happiness. Success.

I Am More Than What You See

It's the most annoying thing when people who don't even know you (even some who do) put you in a bubble. They define you based on their thoughts and how they see you. I am smart, ambitious and going places, I am more than what you see.

Peace. Happiness. Success.

Road to success EP90!

Ayanda's Road To Success:

Name: Ayanda Thabethe

Occupation: Founder and MD of Buzzworthyproduction.co.za 

Goals: "To leave a lasting legacy as a woman who went out boldly, emptied all her skills and talents into doing what she was called to do. To always live a life of purpose and enjoy the journey."

What is success? "Success for me is when you are living a life that is in line with your purpose, having emptied out all your talents and skills doing what you love every day and being content with the results of your efforts."

What success have you achieved? 

  • "I have obtained 2 degrees; Bcom Communication Degree and Honours Bcom Marketing Degree.
  • I have worked for 2 global organizations such as Johnson and Johnson and L'Oreal respectively.
  • I have launched 2 successful brands in the South African market when I was a brand manager for Dark and Lovely. My launch of the Dark and Lovely Amla Legend range was considered the benchmark launch for the rest of the consumer products division within L'Oreal.
  • I have since left corporate to start my own through the line organization, Buzzworthy production (Pty) Ltd which is already servicing blue chip clients and is part of some great initiatives, although I can't reveal these just yet. It is an honour and a real privilege to wake up every day and put bricks on the wall of my legacy. This for me is success in its truest form. Each effort everyday no matter how little contributes to the bigger goals.
  • I am also a part time South African model and it has proven my greatest asset to be able to say that being considered beautiful has no bearing on my intellectual capacity."

What success do you want to achieve? "I want to be counted amongst one of the most innovative and biggest marketing and creative agencies in the country. Now that's a goal that makes me jump out of bed every day!"

All the best on your road to success Ayanda...

Follow Ayanda on Twitter** @ayandathabethe_ and Instagram** ayandathabethe_

Peace. Happiness. Success.

Road to success EP89!

Cara-Lee's Road To Success:

Name: Cara-Lee Ruditzky

Occupation: Fashion Editor at Fairlady magazine

Goals: "Career wise I always dreamt of studying fashion and becoming a Fashion Editor. Personally I always had a goal to be healthy and happy in everything that I do and one day raise a family."

What is success? "I think success goes beyond work. Success is about your career but also your personal life and how you are able to make the two work together. Success to me is how happy you are doing something. I keep hearing that if you love what you do you cannot call it work. I used to think that was a load of nonsense but I am beginning to realize it is true. Success is about getting up everyday and looking forward to your day no matter what you have to do. If you can find that place, I think that is success. As well as being healthy, happy, living the personal life you want, that is the ultimate success."

What success have you achieved? "I did what I set out to do, at 28 years old I am proud to say I am Fashion Editor to one of SA's most well know women's magazines. I am also a fashion blogger (www.thefashiondepartment.co.za) through which I have had some really amazing opportunities. "

What success do you want to achieve? "Eventually I want to work for myself, I think I have a lot to learn still but I know that one day I will. "

All the best on your road to success Cara-Lee...

Check out her amazing blog the fashion department at www.thefashiondepartment.co.za. Follow Cara-Lee on Twitter** @caraleer and Instagram** caraleer.

Peace. Happiness. Success.
Nothing is impossible
Celestine Chua 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Road to success EP88!

Tolu's Road To Success:

Name: Tolu Poyigi

Occupation: Men's Fashion Stylist/ Blogger

Goals: "I have several goals in various aspects of my life, Family, Career and Spiritual, but one of my top career goals is to be in the Top 5 Global Menswear influencer."

What is success? "Success is a result of a lot of hard work and dedication. I am currently reading Jack Canfield's - The Success Principles which talks about different principles of Success. I find this book interesting and a must read for anyone looking to achieve success in every aspect of their life."

What success have you achieved? "Starting my blog."

What success do you want to achieve? "Being a Creative/Arts Director for a Top Men's style Magazine/Blog."

All the best on your road to success Tolu...

Check out his incredible blog Tolu Poyigi at tolupoyigi.com. Follow Tolu on Facebook** Tolu Poyigi, Twitter** @ToluPoyigi and Instagram** tolupoyigi.

Peace. Happiness. Success.
Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
Bill Bradley 

Thursday Motivation!!!

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Road to success EP87!

Liezel's Road To Success:

Name: Liezel Esquire

Occupation: "Full time fashion blogger & fashion and beauty contributor at www.womenafrica.co.za online magazine."

Goals: "To be content in life."

What is success? "To set goals and achieve them whether it be in career or personal life."

What success have you achieved? "I'm now very lucky to be able to run my blog full time, it's my business. Working with international brands, promoting/advertising, collaborations. Hard work pays off."

What success do you want to achieve? "I have already achieved being a full time blogger, later I would like to have my own clothing line which I am working on as well right now. Also, the world of blogging full time opens a lot of doors in different fashion sectors when communicating with the right people. I hope to take on more opportunities that will come my way, anything fashion related. That's where my heart is :)."

All the best on your road to success Liezel...

Visit her lovely blog FASHIOLIEZTA at www.fashioliezta.com. Follow Liezel on Twitter** @fashioliezta, Instagram** fashioliezta, Google+** +FASHIOLIEZTA .

Peace. Happiness. Success.

Road to success EP86!

Luyanda's Road To Success:

Name: Luyanda Sithole

Occupation: Fashion Marketer and CEO/Founder of Revolt Clothing

Goals: "To be the happiest in everything I do: Entrepreneur, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Friend everything."

What is success? "When I was younger I use to think it was having enough money to live comfortably, nice house and cars, etc. But now I have no idea what my definition is. I feel like when it happens it will be an "Ah Ha" moment. So check back in a few years :)."

What success have you achieved? "Well the first time I felt an accomplishment was when I made it into The National School of Arts for Dance Studies. Next would be my move to Los Angeles and surviving for 5 years so far. Lastly would be listening to myself and knowing that it is time to contribute to the world especially your home South Africa and start your own business hence Revolt Clothing."

What success do you want to achieve? "I definitely have to launch Revolt Clothing in August, that will be a huge accomplishment on its own. Create longevity in the brand and most importantly be an inspiring and loving mother (one day) and wife."

All the best on your road to success Luyanda...

Follow Luyanda on Instagram** silverwears. Check out her website for her AMAZING clothing line Revolt Clothing at www.revoltclothing.net. Follow Revolt Clothing on Facebook** Revolt Clothing, Twitter** @betherevoltInstagram** betherevolt.

Peace. Happiness. Success.