The Beautiful Island of Rhodes – Part 1

In August I was lucky enough to get a chance in spend some time on the beautiful island of Rhodes, a Greek island. The island is one of the largest in the Dodacanese Islands and is also the  group historical capital. It is also called the Island of the Knights,named after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land.

According to Wikipedia “Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe”.

I won’t bore you with a blow by blow account of my trip, I will simply tell you about some of my favorite places. Please bear with me, i only had my iPhone with me at the time.

Prassonissi Beach

This beautiful beach is on the coast of the island is a water sport lovers paradise. With sea on 2 sides of the beach: the Aegean and the Mediterranean. Occasionally if couple of years they meet. What makes this beach different is that it gets very windy and thus many kite boarders, winder surfers and other enthusiasts flock to the beach. Some even bring their camper vans and sleep over. Everywhere you look you see brightly coloured sails and people doing back flips and all sorts. Very impressive.

Prassonisi beach

Just a small part of the beach on one side

Rhodes Old Town

The Palace of the Grand Masters is a beautiful old palace set in the medieval part of Rhodes town. It has massive domed ceilings, beautiful tiled floors, ornate candlesticks, incredible decorated fireplaces and so much more. There is a whole section dedicated to the beautiful art housed inside, mostly done with gold leaf and depicting religious scenes. It is beautiful to walk around and admire the luxury the inhabitants lived in.

The Palace of the Grand Masters

The Palace of the Grand Masters – not my own picture

Some of the art

Some of the art

Around the town you see young children dressed up as Saints, I think. They charge you to take pictures of them and with them and if you don’t give them money they get very irate. However it is a very strange sight.

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One of the children

There is more but that will come in part 2. Stay tuned!

Amazing advice from the wife of Elon Musk

If you don’t know who Elon Musk is, then you have been living under a rock. He is founder of that wonderful little thing called Paypal and he is CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, both revolutionary companies.
Elon was married to Justine Musk and of course living with such a great businessman she learn’t a lot about hard work, determination, wealth and all of those things central to being successful. What is really nice is that she doesn’t mind sharing her knowledge. 
It’s not the same “work hard, you will get there” type advice. It’s real advice that might sound harsh but ultimately is true. It really resonated with me and this I felt that I needed to share this.
Justine Musk wrote a  response to a Quora thread that asked the question, “Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in all the necessary work required?”

Here’s what Musk had to say to that:

No.

One of the many qualities that separate self-made billionaires from the rest of us is their ability to ask the right questions. 

This is not the right question.

(Which is not to say it’s a bad question. It just won’t get that deep part of your mind working to help you — mulling things over when you think you’re thinking about something else — sending up flares of insight.)

You’re determined. So what? You haven’t been racing naked through shark-infested waters yet. Will you be just as determined when you wash up on some deserted island, disoriented and bloody and ragged and beaten and staring into the horizon with no sign of rescue?

We live in a culture that celebrates determination and hard work, but understand: these are the qualities that keep you in the game after most everybody else has left, or until somebody bigger and stronger picks you up and hurls you back out to sea. Determination and hard work are necessary, yes, but they are the minimum requirements. As in: the bare minimum.

A lot of people work extremely hard and through no fault of their own — bad luck, the wrong environment, unfortunate circumstances — struggle to survive.

How can you *leverage* your time and your work?

Shift your focus away from what you want (a billion dollars) and get deeply, intensely curious about what the world wants and needs. Ask yourself what you have the potential to offer that is so unique and compelling and helpful that no computer could replace you, no one could outsource you, no one could steal your product and make it better and then club you into oblivion (not literally). Then develop that potential. Choose one thing and become a master of it.  Choose a second thing and become a master of that.  When you become a master of two worlds (say, engineering and business), you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect the tribes, mash the elements to spark fresh creative insight until you wake up with the epiphany that changes your life.

The world doesn’t throw a billion dollars at a person because the person wants it or works so hard they feel they deserve it. (The world does not care what you want or deserve.)  The world gives you money in exchange for something it perceives to be of equal or greater value: something that transforms an aspect of the culture, reworks a familiar story or introduces a new one, alters the way people think about the category and make use of it in daily life. There is no roadmap, no blueprint for this; a lot of people will give you a lot of advice, and most of it will be bad, and a lot of it will be good and sound but you’ll have to figure out how it doesn’t apply to you because you’re coming from an unexpected angle. And you’ll be doing it alone, until you develop the charisma and credibility to attract the talent you need to come with you.

Have courage. (You will need it.)

And good luck.  (You’ll need that too.)

Next up on the blog – travelling escapades in Greece!

Change…

The time has come

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Have you ever looked around you and just felt you didn’t belong anymore? You feel like you have become a bigger and better version of you, one that is not suitable for the space you are in. You feel like the biggest things in your life are tiny in comparison to the adventures that are just around the corner? You feel stifled, caught in a net where you can see through the net to an adventurous land but can’t quite reach it no matter how much you strain to grasp it.

This is the time. Now is the time.

You are ready.

You are ready to sprout wings and fly. You are ready to make the move to bigger better things. Things that will make you happy, things that will expand your horizons and challenge you. They will bring out the best in you and the worst in you. They will allow you to reach your highest highs and lowest lows. You will be happy, you will be sad but ultimately you will be changed. Changed for the better and the worst. Changed for all eternity. Changed into something great or something terrible.

Change.

Change is not the enemy. Change is the cacoon we wrap ourselves in before we emerge a different person. Change is the catalyst to bring out who were are. It’s a series of developments that slowly chip away at the rough exterior to let the inner you shine. We never stop changing. We grow old.

We die.

The only time we are constant is when the life has left us and we look out with unseeing eyes. When people are mourning our passing but when we lie lifeless in a wooden box that is just pretty method of getting rid of the flesh that carries us through life.

Death is final.

1000 Rockers and One Simple Request

Italy is the home of good food, passion, and art. And apparently they love the Foo Fighters and are wlling to do anything to get them to play a show in Italy.

That includes planning for a year and organizing 1000 rockers to come and play a Foo Fighters song in the hope that Dave and the band will see it and organize a show in Italy.

Goosebumps I tell you!

 

All things good this week!

A weekly round of up of awesome stuff 🙂

Song – I can’t stop listening to this song ❤ enough said

Article – this fascinating article on Growth Hacks for Start ups

New word –  Inoperability . I found this word in an article about NATO war games and what knowledge was gained from the various exercises. According to Wikipedia:

Force interoperability is defined in NATO as the ability of the forces of two or more nations to train, exercise and operate effectively together in the execution of assigned missions and tasks. Additionally NATO defines interoperability more generally as the ability to act together coherently, effectively and efficiently to achieve Allied tactical, operational and strategic objectives.

Have a great weekend all!

The Big Leap

I finished my Honors degree in February. I had my official graduation ceremony in May. And since then I have been thinking….

 

Then the hard truth hit and I had an opportunity to sink and swim.

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So I decided to SWIM…Thus I am off to England to start a 3 year stay there. 1  year of working full time, and then studying my Masters part time and working full time to cover the costs.

 

I am incredibly lucky as I have the right of abode in the UK and 90% of my dad’s family live there and are very welcoming people.

 

I am not going to pretend that this is going to be easy. Being away from the things I love dearly, my friends, the African summer, and proper braai’s will be worth it as I will get to travel more, come closer to my dream of getting my PhD, and  get my dream job in a field that does not exist in South Africa. I can’t wait for equal opportunities not based on skin color, Starbucks, the Tate Modern and being in one of the most amazing cities in the world, London.  When making a big decision there will be always be pro’s and con’s. But I have realized that so many people DON’T have this opportunity and now is the perfect time for me to fly the nest.

But first some travelling.

5 days in Durban, South Africa

2 weeks on the beautiful island of Rhodes, Greece

2 days in Edinburgh, Scotland

1 day in Leeds, England to see my sister

3 days in Edmundbyers, England to relax.

…Hopefully I can go to Ireland too to see more family.

A little of over a month before I leave 🙂 any tips or hints?

Trendfrenzy’s June Issue – Out Now!

So its winter, it’s cold and people are bored.  Are you bored? Do you want some entertainment?

I have some good news for you.

The June Issue of Trendfrenzy is out and if I must say,its a banger of an issue 🙂

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Yours truly wrote a few pieces: my regular Bucket List Piece, reviews of Dakota Lee and Wasabi, an article about emotional eating, a book review and so much more.

Have a read here and show your appreciation on our Facebook page here!

 

P.S If you think this was a good one just wait until next month. Trendfrenzy is going BIG. But I shall say no more :X

Something to bring me back to reality

Yes I live in Africa. No I don’t live in the Africa you see on the news. I live in Johannesburg (not for much longer but more about that later). I am well off. Fine I don’t have an expensive car and I work hard for my money but I have a lot more than most. I have a warm bed to sleep in, food in the fridge, enough to go out for dinner every now and then and I have been able to study 2 degrees.

I read this story today and it is one of the most powerful stories I have ever read.

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It is all true.

It makes me realize how lucky I am. How brave other people are. How amazing the human spirit is.

At age six, I ran away with my sister to escape the Rwandan massacre. We spent seven years as refugees. What do you want me to do about it? Cry?

By Clemantine Wamariya
and Elizabeth Weil

Portraits by Andrew White

All things good from this week!

As a SEO specialist and WordPress front end developer I get to sit on the internet all day. As such I find the most interesting websites, quotes and more.Sharing is caring so here goes 🙂

Quote – In the book ‘Happier,’ author Tal Ben-Shahar notes that:

for people who work toward a goal simply out of a need to prove their worthiness, the dominant emotion when they achieve it is not happiness or accomplishment, but relief. And even that relief is short-lived. Because when your self-worth relies exclusively on outside praise and affirmation, it’s a never-ending pursuit.

* I was reading about weight loss and fitness competitions and I find this quote so true!

 

Picture – Capturegh

One of the best books I have read in  quite a while written by a South African and set in CT. Look out for its review in the June issue of the Trendfrenzy magazine!

Article – Many people say that unless you are black and born in Africa you are not an Africa. I disagree. I was born in Zimbabwe and have African blood in my veins. After travelling in Europe, setting foot on African soil again after a long period of time was an indescribable feeling. This piece argues that anyone born in Africa is an Africa. Read it here!

Video – 2 words inspirational. If that doesn’t motivate you then you are probably a zombie!    

Have a great weekend! 🙂