My 100 Day Challenge

The world's largest open water swimming event, the aQuellé Midmar Mile

The world’s largest open water swimming event, the aQuellé Midmar Mile

On 17 January 2013, I decided to take part in the 100 day challenge (http://www.in2greatbusiness.com/2013/01/100-day-challenge) and this is what I had to say on my fb page:

“After some thought, herewith my 5 goals that I need to reach at end April:
1. Get airplay for videos on TV channels.
2. Start with the recording of new songs.
3. Take the business to the next level.
4. Bring body fat percentage down to less than 18%.
5. Do something that I have never done before (will really need to think about this one and any suggestions from others are more than welcome!) :)

End of April was the deadline and thus I owe some feedback. [Read more...]

22 Things happy people do differently

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With Sue van Wyk (after our show in the Pierneef theatre on a VERY cold night)

This time I’m “cheating”, seeing that I’m not blogging my own stuff, but I’m posting someone else’s wonderful stuff.  I just love the following blog so much and agree 100% with what is said about things happy people do, that I just had to share it with you!  Read this and read it again and make sure it sinks in and starts practicing it and I promise you, you will see the difference.  Remember, [Read more...]

Bungee jumping out of my comfort zone (Final)

3.  The Dive

Bungee at Victoria Falls

Bungee at Victoria Falls

As you dive off the platform and enjoy the free fall, you will feel after a few seconds the bungee cord tightening and that’s a good thing for then you know you’ll be pulled back.  (Although a few times I felt like: No, not yet there’s still quite a distance to go!)  There after you bounce up and down a few times, until they pull you up or let you down; and that’s exactly like life goes.  Some days you are on Mount Everest and other times you are at Death Valley.

When you take the plunge and leave your comfort zone, you will experience the same feelings – only more intense.

It is very important not to try to walk in somebody else’s footsteps.  Take an authentic, unpaved path.  [Read more...]

Bungee jumping out of my comfort zone (part 2)

2. The Dive

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When you dive of a bungee platform, it is one of the most thrilling and exhilarating experiences you can ever experience.  The first time you do it, you are (or I was!) in complete shock for the first few seconds, then it is replaced with an amazing feeling of absolute freedom.  It’s like free falling when you skydive.  That is what it felt like when I left my office for the last time, before diving into an unsure future, but following my dreams!  It’s as if all the stress and anxiety disappeared.  I was free.   I was me.  It was amazing! [Read more...]

Bungee jumping out of my comfort zone

Basejumping

Me trying to escape the corporate world a few years ago… ;)

I remember why I did my first bungee jump; it was to overcome my fear of heights, but that’s a story for another day.  This blog has nothing to do with thrills, but about comfort zones at work and how I escaped the rat race.

  1. Walk to the edge

It is so difficult to say exactly when I decided (or when the seed was planted) I need to get out of my comfort zone.  But,  the other night I watched the making of the movie “Into the wild” (2007), directed by Sean Penn and based on the travels of Christopher McCandless across North America and his life spent in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s and I know that this was one of the contributing factors.  Even though, [Read more...]

Clearing my head

CVI don’t know about you guys, but my head/mind/ brain – whatever you wanna call it – needs regular cleansing as it gets all tied up in knots.  The experts have quite a few tips of advice for clearing your head (I call it “kop skoonmaak”), for instance: meditate, long walks, draw, clean your house (can you believe it??!!!), read, exercise (strenuous), talk (to an expert or friend), diet (detox), write, spa treatment (massage) and so forth…

But for me, the only way to get my mental house back in order is by breaking away.  And by breaking away I need to hit the road, all by myself, to some place I love for at least 7 days.  Over the last few years I have been to a couple of places, but I always tend to return to my favourite place: [Read more...]

Hitching a ride…

Cobus Olivier

Cobus Olivier

Tonight, as I was driving home in the rain, I saw a Golf at the side of the road and about 50meter down the road a guy walking.  I passed him and then thought “come on, see if you can’t help the guy!”  He was on his way to a petrol station.  He took his wife’s car and didn’t check the petrol meter…
I took him to the nearest station and back to his car and actually felt so good, because nowadays we never stop to help people that get stuck because we don’t trust them.  It’s actually quite sad.

But this story reminded me about the first time I hitched a ride.  It was while I was staying in London, UK.  I made friends with a guy [Cobus Olivier – and we’re still good mates! :) ] and he convinced me to travel with him to Scotland, by hitching a ride.  That was the way he travelled through a large part of Europe, so I thought it can’t be so bad.  We packed our rucksacks took a train to Watford and started our hitching on the M1 on a Sunday morning.  The first car that [Read more...]

Life, rides, friends

I remember that years ago there was a Nissan ad on TV where a little boy was standing behind a curtain, chatting on a phone to someone who wanted to talk to his father, then mother and so it continued as even the police, firefighters etc were there and then the guy asked “why are they there?” and the boy answered “they’re looking for me…” Then the ad ended with “life’s a journey, enjoy the ride”.

For years, that was one of my favourite ads and thinking about it, I still believe it’s one of the best ever. Maybe that is why I used to and still try to follow that principle…. “life’s a journey enjoy the ride”. We need to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment of it. Just think about it, today may be your last and then you might have missed out on so many things!

It’s a privilege to be alive and kicking and therefore we must ensure we are riding the wave, doing things we love to do and spending time with people who means a lot to us. I cherish my mates, [Read more...]

Recording an album

I had so many guys asking me the process regarding the recording of my cd that i decided to discuss it briefly.  Hopefully you will have a better understanding of the process after reading it all.  I will try to make it short, sweet and understandable…

The process we followed might not be the same at other studios, but it will give you a good indication of the recording process.  (Just a reminder that a band usually record together where we as solo artists don’t.)

Step 1: [Read more...]

To Bucket list or not

It is a Thursday night and I am at home.  I had a glance at my bucket list and started contemplating about things that’s on my to-do- list. This got me thinking. So many people out there tell us that it is a complete waste of time: they say we spend so much time and effort in creating the list only to shelve it and forget about it in a few weeks – even days’ – time.

I disagree 100% with [Read more...]

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