06 Oct 2014 · 13:34
The best way to ensure that you are never surprised by what is around your corner is to ensure that there are no corners on your road. This is possible with enough forward planning. In any case, whatever would be around a corner – should a corner appear – is only what you have projected, for yourself. Therefore, it can be readily handled. You need only your wits, your instincts and the ability to think straight.
Cornerstones, on the other hand, are things you should want to find along your road. The more cornerstones you come across, the more solid your foundations. The same could be said for anchors. A cornerstone need not sit in a corner, nor must a foundation be fixed. It depends on what you are building.
Cutting corners is a fast way to go nowhere. Short-cuts are not necessary if you know where you are going. If you should conjure up corners for yourself to encounter, know that it is possible to pass them by without having them turn on you. Their turning depends on whether you allow yourself to become distracted by their promise.
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04 Apr 2014 · 11:58
How is it possible in 2014 that the ANC can be in such a mess? How can they be sitting with a leader who has evaded the law on charges of corruption, of rape, and now – of theft? You cannot have a president as a role model who refuses to take accountability. For himself, for anything. Jacob Zuma authorised the spending of a quarter of a billion rand on his private residence. The fact that it is a quarter of a billion rand is problem enough, nevermind the other fact that a great many of Jacob Zuma’s ‘people’ are living in tin shacks whilst he prances around in a palace. I think he thought no one was watching what business he gets up to, what plans he makes. Everyone is watching. He is in the spotlight, under scrutiny, and he cannot run and hide. He needs to learn that taking accountability for yourself is the first of many steps that a man must make if he is going to be respected, and remembered. I am sure Jacob Zuma is a man who wants to be remembered. He must be sure he is remembered for the right things.
It is not a teacher’s job to teach a child accountability. It is a parent’s job. A teacher’s job is to reinforce what the parents teach their child, a teacher works from the base foundations laid by the parents. Do not expect teachers to bring up your children when you cannot be bothered. A child must understand accountability the same way it must understand consequence. If you make a decision and you act on that decision, you are accountable for what you bring into your days. You must take accountability for your thoughts, too, I have said this before. Your thoughts are energy, they are not just there for your entertainment.
Taking accountability is standing for yourself. If you are not inclined to do this you must accept that you are letting an empowerment opportunity pass you by. If you will not even stand for your own ideas who do you think will listen to them? No one can stand for you better than you can stand for yourself – in the face of anything at all. But first, you must learn yourself well. You cannot stand for something you do not know. If you are afraid to take accountability for a mistake you have made then how can you learn from it? Do you just carry on as usual, pretending there was no mistake, and hope the problem goes away by itself? I think that is what Jacob Zuma thinks.
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