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‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’: Life is too important

15 January 2018

My wife and I have been reading Richard Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. It sounds easy: identify the small stuff in your life and let go. But, no. The real challenge is the subtitle: … And It’s All Small Stuff. According to Carlson, everything is ‘small stuff’: our ‘in basket’; our to-do list; waiting…

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It’s the Gift That Counts?

27 January 2017

I saw an advert in one of the local shops over Christmas. It read, ‘It’s the gift that counts’. And I thought not now, surely? All year round, every advert screams at us: ‘It’s the gift that counts.’ It’s the outward show that matters. It’s the latest model, it’s what people see, it’s the ‘look’.…

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Adding Value To Raw Materials and To Life

20 April 2015

I enjoyed ‘breakfast with Blade’ recently. The Minister of Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, and the FP&M SETA teamed up to engage with stakeholders in the sector. Dr Nzimande expressed concern, among other things, about how South Africa’s raw materials leave the country to be manufactured and then sold back to us. He mentioned…

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Birthdays and milestones

17 September 2014

Simply Communicate celebrated its second birthday on 1 September 2014. (The balloons in the picture were for my own birthday celebrated a couple of weeks earlier.) I wrote what follows in my September Simply Communicate newsletter. Let me share it here. Two years ago I wrote, ‘I started Simply Communicate with the aim of simply helping…

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