Author: Bonnie Currin

The Power Of Friendship

Friendship is an incredible thing: It can make you realise things about yourself that you never dreamed possible; it can bring a perspective on life that no one, not even your spouse, can bring; it can carry you over the finish line of any race, when your legs involuntarily stop functioning; it has the potential to set your life on an awesome trajectory. They say you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with, so choose your friends wisely. I am lucky enough to have a friendship that has done these things and more....

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The Power of Ubuntu

Ubuntu was a concept used in the 1990s as a guiding ideal for our country during the transition between apartheid to majority rule. During the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, Desmond Tutu wisely said: ‘You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality — Ubuntu — you are known for your generosity.’ Ubuntu is an incredible community-based term, and one that can be used in all aspects of our lives. Ubuntu calls us to ditch the me-focused “I think, therefore I am” Western philosophy and embrace the African philosophy “I am what I am, because...

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Self-motivation can be rather elusive, can’t it? Some days you are firing on all cylinders, full of ideas, energy and enthusiasm. Other days, no matter how hard you try, you stare at the computer screen willing yourself to type, create, develop, and instead end up simply going through the motions. Do you often struggle to keep the fire lit? Do you find it easier to dream and set goals than to actually get them done? It all comes down to motivation. You cannot rely on people around you – your boss, your colleagues or your family to keep you...

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Gap Year

Last year in November I ran The Kudu Classic; a 2-day stage trail run in the beautiful Baviaans River Conservancy. I feel blessed to have met two impressive young adults whose behaviour, manners, confidence and communication really astounded me. I found the opportunity to chat to them and found out they were part of a Quest African Gap Programme and I was blown away by the stories they shared with me about the programme. What is a gap year to you? Have you been begged into giving your 18-year-old into a gap year, only to find them lazing around...

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Millennials and their Pills

In chatting to colleagues and friends in business, I have heard many instances of young employees, millennials if you will, that are taking antidepressants and anxiety medication (I am not making reference to people who have been diagnosed with depression). It astounds me that a growing number of young adults are taking psychiatric medicines at the very age when they are also consolidating their identity and finding out who they really are. In this stage of their lives, they should be making plans for the future, navigating adult relationships and working hard to achieve their career aspirations. It’s almost...

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