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ARE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS THE WAY TO GO?

By Delphine du Toit | December 31, 2014

<865 words> It is December 31st, 2014. What are you beating yourself up for not having achieved last year? Are you going to set yourself up for failure again by setting the same ol’ goals again tomorrow? For the past month the bloggers and podcasters and seminar leaders have been churning out millions of words of…

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On Friendship and Getting Ahead

By Delphine du Toit | December 24, 2014

A business guru’s best-selling book told me some time ago that I have the wrong friends. The advice was that, if you want to be a winner, you have to associate with winners. It was clear from the text that by ‘winner’ was meant someone who had a track record of being a success in their chosen field, and by implication, someone who had/is making money and establishing a name for themselves. Winners are people who are leaders, innovators, visionaries, and above all, who are financially secure beyond most folks’ wildest dreams…..I have come to disagree totally with the notion that you need to cultivate friends who can help you get ahead. Those aren’t friends: they’re tour guides, agents, mentors, coaches, and even well wishers, but they move on. Friends are the ones who know what makes your heart ache and what music makes you leap up from your chair.

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THE SEVEN CARDINAL RULES IN LIFE – YES, BUT…(or the more PC Yes, and…)

By Delphine du Toit | March 23, 2014

I often wonder how deeply folks think about all the sayings they circulate and receive on social media, forwarded emails, and the like. At first glance they always seem to make sense. They’re sometimes attributed to well-known people like Albert Einstein or some ancient sage – always from ‘away’ as we say in Nova Scotia. I’m a contrarian. I am as naturally drawn to an alternate perspective (or lens, as we say nowadays), as a fish is to water, and so I decided to be more deliberate about one of these circulating messages, and here it is: My take on the ‘7 Cardinal Rules in Life’.

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