Will your life be a tragedy or a legacy ?

None of us start out in life with this statement top of mind. If we have been lucky and had parents who have impacted our early years , we continue as young adults searching for success, marriage, parenthood or any other milestones that may define our lives. Few of us give much thought to what life may be like later in life, other than saving for this point many years away called retirement. Longevity and living longer is changing the way we need to manage our life earlier to prepare us for a li...

Preparing and simplifying your life as you retire

I have just completed the process of doing my mother's estate. I am the executor of her estate. She died almost three years ago. Nothing prepares one for this process and I am going to make sure that I simplify my life and make it easier for my family when I die. Below are some of the lessons I have learnt over the past three years. My mother is the oldest in her generation. I knew that once she died much of the history that she carried would be lost. After weeks of sorting through mounds ...

Refire for energy and resilience

I spend a lot of time engaging with people about planning their next season of life. It normally is at a time when they are about to retire from their career where they have been for the past forty years. They all seem to have two concerns. How long will I live and do I have enough money to sustain myself? Very few at this stage ask questions about their health other than that they are exhausted and cannot wait to get to this line in the sand called retirement. In the great book published...

Invitation for business mentors and advisors

The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Enterprise Development Academy was developed with the view to unearth and develop South Africa’s entrepreneurial capacity by identifying innovative, commercially viable, and scalable businesses or ideas with potential for social impact. It is our view that South Africa needs to cultivate a culture of innovation in order to lead the development of new industries as a decisive response to the challenge of unemployment. Would you like to: Help ...

Twenty questions to ask yourself about WHY you may need a second career?

There is a great author and TED speaker who has helped many people to understand that asking the question WHY is critical to understanding yourself and influencing others.  Simon Sinek uses a term called The Golden Circle to help us understand the concept. Simon states that we need to know WHY we are doing something before we decide on the WHAT and the HOW. Most people in life start with the WHAT and HOW and have not defined their WHY. The world as we know it is changing. With this change we ...

Build your own journey

The most profound book for me that has been published this year is The 100 year life - living and working in the age of longevity by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott. This statement below from their website explains the gift of longevity for society. “To make longevity a gift we believe nearly everything will change – the outcome is nothing short of a social revolution affecting everyone. How we work, how we gain our education, who and when we decide to spend our lives with and when we have chi...

Live, Work, Play By Mike Gray

In Tim Ferris’s book “the four-hour-work-week, ” he sets out an audacious idea he himself has lived. By changing from the normal suburban rat race lifestyle, dictated by every minute scheduled by others, to one where he takes control of his only two real assets in life … time and mobility. As a reviewer of the book says “Real wealth comes from time and mobility, as well as money, and those who have learned to build these dual additional currencies have become what Tim calls the “New Rich.” Th...

Holley-woodpens by Bev Moller

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. Michelangelo Whether it is a block of stone, or wood, the creative genius is born from an inherent passion. In his case, Neil Holley creator of Holley-woodpens is a definite  ‘Woodophile’  (a passionate lover of wood).  He enjoys nothing more than taking a block or piece of raw wood and giving it a new purpose, as either a unique piece of furniture, or a beautifully handcrafted pen. That same de...

Longevity Risks and Opportunities by Kay Darbourn

If you have the opportunity to plan for your future in advance – then do so! We are constantly learning more about how long we might live and for those of us in our fifties we might have a further 30 to 40 years to enjoy… It is important to consider how best we can plan for this future and the different perspectives involved to help us with our options. Let’s focus for the moment on the “company” perspective versus your own requirements – you both will have different objectives and if you co...

Mentoring as a transformation tool

There are many ways in which we as South Africans can assist with transformation. Mentoring is one that is key as an inter-generational solution. So what exactly is mentoring? Here is a definition from Wikipedia: “Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and...