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I help people discover their potential and create wealth

Ready, Fire, Aim

SOFTWARE- GATESDo you recognise the man in this photo? In case you don’t it’s Bill Gates, one of the richest people in the world and founder of software giant Microsoft Inc. What you probably don’t know is how he used the ready, fire, aim concept in his early days to build the foundation of his business empire.

Most people fail to achieve success, not because they don’t know what needs to be done, but because they just don’t do what they should and can do. Perhaps you too have been guilty of this weakness. You have an idea that you know has a great chance of succeeding. You know you would like to implement it but for some reason you continue to think about it and you just don’t take the necessary first steps and get it going.

Ready, fire, aim means when you get an idea you quickly try it out after minimal development. When you live by this concept you don’t waste time procrastinating, you don’t suffer from paralysis by analysis. Instead you take an idea, develop it quickly to a point where you can test it or try it out on a small scale (prototyping) and then make a decision to discard it or refine it further.

When Bill Gates was approached by IBM to develop an operating system for the new IBM personal computer around 1982 he did not have an operating system but he saw an opportunity and jumped onto it. He purchased a rudimentary operating system called QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) and renamed it MSDOS. He did minimal refinement on it and licensed it to IBM. Of course Bill and his team at Microsoft then dedicated themselves to improving this operating system up to today when its successor, Microsoft Windows, is the most popular operating system in the world.

So don’t plan to plan to plan. Don’t wait for perfection because you will probably be waiting forever. Quickly try out your ideas and rapidly move from thought to result. Remember you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Ready, fire, aim.

Nurturing Champions

The silence in the classroom was deathly as all the students stared at the little blind boy who had just been asked by the teacher to help the class find a pet mouse that had gone AWOL (absent without official leave). Without hesitation the blind boy pointed at a spot under some books and sure enough the mouse was found there.

Stevie Wonder

“So what’s this got to do with me?”, I hear you say. If you are interested in leadership, which I know you are, then this has everything to do with you. The blind boy in question went on to become a multi-million dollar celebrity and he attributes the beginning of his self-discovery to this remote incident when his teacher asked for his help in locating a runaway mouse even though he couldn’t see unlike his classmates.

In case you still haven’t figured it out the blind boy was none other that the incredibly talented musical genius Stevie Wonder.

What Stevie’s teacher did is part of nurturing a champion. This is the height of leadership. When you identify potential in people, encourage, challenge, motivate, inspire, reinforce and celebrate their successes you turn poor performance into excellence. How many champions have you nurtured?

They say the best way for you to master any subject is to teach that subject to someone else. You want to be an exceptional leader? If yes then you need to mentor/coach/teach/build someone else to be an exceptional leader. A poor leader blames his followers but a great leader develops average followers/colleagues into outstanding leaders. What type of leader are you?

Failing Forward

Nick Vujicic as a Baby

Nick Vujicic

If by the age of 51 you have failed in business (twice), have had a nervous breakdown, have been defeated in 8 out of 10 major contests you entered can we conclude that you are a failure?

Well, not necessarily. You may have failed but you are not necessarily a failure unless you accept defeat and decide to throw in the towel. The only person who has never failed is the one who has never tried. Failure is the breakfast of successful people. It’s not the failure that matters – it’s what you do after you have failed.

I read that Thomas Edison tried over 10,000 different materials before he discovered the right material for the electric light bulb. Abraham Lincoln, taught us the value of perseverance (failing forward) when he became the 16th United States President after suffering major failure as outlined in my first paragraph above. Zimbabwe’s very own Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Holdings Founder, won the licence to operate his mobile phone company when most of us had written him off and it appeared all had been lost.

Failing forward is about learning from each failure and more intelligently beginning again. It’s about falling down and rising up without any loss of enthusiasm.

You see the picture of that child in the upper right hand corner. That’s Nick Vujicic when he was a baby. Nick was born in 1982 with a rare disease, tetra-amelia syndrome, a disability characterised by having no hands and no legs. Now that’s the height of failure, isn’t it? I mean with no limbs you have actually failed before you have even begun, right? Well, wrong ………… if you are Nick Vujicic that is.

As Nick’s life demonstrates ultimate failing forward is taking the most painful experience, interpreting it constructively and emerging with powerful transformation. You can find out more about Nick Vujicic from the links at the bottom of this article.

So yes you have failed because you have tried but you are certainly no failure ……. unless you give up.

Click here to view Nick Vujicic’s Video on YouTube and here to read an article about him on wikipedia,

Aim HighYou can never achieve more than you have dreamt. You cannot excel above the mental limit you have set for yourself. You cannot succeed beyond your own definition of success. This is why one of Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is, “Start with the end in mind”.

If you enter a race with the aim of simply participating, your attitude is vastly different from that of someone who enters the race with the aim of winning. A person whose aim at work is to just avoid being fired and nothing more will produce results that are radically different from those produced by one whose aim is to excel and to be outstanding.

When you make a commitment upon embarking on any enterprise, that you will do it to the best of your ability, that you will produce outstanding results, that you will be among the best in the world at what you do then your time commitment, your preparation, your sweat equity (effort), your engagement, your tenacity, and most certainly your results will be miles apart from those of someone who just wants do the minimum that’s acceptable.

So for 2013 I am challenging you to commit yourself to excellence in all your major endeavours. Why relegate yourself to crawling when you can fly? Why be ordinary when you have the potential to be outstanding? Remember to start with the end in mind. Are you performing your duties just to get by or do you aim to produce extraordinary results? Aim HIGH!.

And make 2013 your BREAKTHROUGH year!

PS: If you want more on this topic please download a recording of my Star FM radio interview here:

Be the change



A lady went to the great leader, Mahatma Gandhi, with her young son. She informed Gandhi that her son had a problem. She explained that the boy was eating way too much sugar which was definitely bad for him. She informed Gandhi that if he (Gandhi) were to tell the boy to stop eating sugar the boy would immediately stop because he (the child) held great love, admiration and respect for Gandhi.

To the lady’s surprise Gandhi seemed distant and almost indifferent and he asked the lady to return with her son after one week. Though she could not understand the reason the lady dutifully obeyed and returned a week later. This time Gandhi looked the boy in the eye and said, “You need to stop eating sugar my boy because sugar is bad for you”.

The mother was puzzled and she couldn’t help asking Gandhi why he had not said this very same statement a week before. Gandhi looked at her with a patient smile and said, “I could not give him that advice last week, madam, because I was still eating sugar”.

Be the change. Practice what you preach.

And make 2013 your BREAKTHROUGH year!

Your days are numbered

I have been looking at my numbers and guess what, they are certainly not in my favour. What am I talking about? Well I did the math – I was born exactly 16,330 days ago (on 2nd April 1968). If I live to be 70 years old I will have lived a total of 25,567 days. Meaning I only have 9,237 days left to get to 70. And I am shocked. But why don’t you do your own math?

Ok so why 70 years? Because I believe beyond 70 my levels of energy will naturally be less than they are today. What guarantees are there that I will reach 70 years? Well absolutely none but one has to start with some assumption, right?

So here is the bottom-line. Since time is not on my side I am concerned that I still have goals to achieve, dreams to accomplish, lives to touch, plans to complete etc. and my days are literally numbered.

Yeah so what you say. So verily I say unto thee my dear friend your days are numbered too. You only have so many of them before your time is up. This I believe gives you and me and any other purpose driven human being alive a sense of urgency, a different perspective on the value of time, a more pronounced sense of purpose.

What you will acquire, accomplish or become is what you will have envisioned and actioned. As we close 2012 what vision are you formulating for yourself in 2013. By the end of 2013 what are you aiming to have achieved, accomplished and become? What will you do? What will you have? What will you be? In other words what’s your VISION? And remember the secret is to write down that vision and re-visit it at least every week as you take massive action.

Time is not on your side. Already you are about 2 minutes older than you were when your opened this email.

No vision and you perish;
No Ideal, and you’re lost;
Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost.
Some hope, some dream to cling to,
Some rainbow in the sky,
Some melody to sing to,
Some service that is high.
Harriet Du Autermont

(Written on 17 December 2012)