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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 07:53

5 Inspirational infographics for entrepreneurs

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Being an entrepreneur, and entrepreneurship as a whole, is as much an incredible adventure as it is a formidable challenge. From dealing with the lows of unexpected failures to the highs of profitable contracts, being an entrepreneur is a roller caster all day all the time. Sometimes it takes a lot to stay committed to the ride especially when hitting a real low, even though there is sure to be a thrilling high at some point.

Inspiration and motivation are an essential element that every entrepreneur needs to stay on course and to stay bucked in. I have yet to hear or read about a successful entrepreneur that did not, at some point, need some or other form of motivation or inspiration. I know I do. So, here are five inspirational infographics that serve as a way to keep you keeping on, from one entrepreneur to another.

Saturday, 13 February 2016 20:56

Hot cross buns before Valentine's Day

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I can still remember, as a child growing up in South Africa, how the bakery down the road from our house, would have this unmistakable, sweet and cinnamon spiced whiff at a very particular time of the year. It was the smell of freshly baked hot cross buns and it was only present once a year and lasted no longer than 2-3 weeks (if my memory serves me correctly). Our family would usually only have hot cross buns over the Easter long weekend and it was something I always looked forward to (and still do).

So, imagine my surprise when I walked into a supermarket this week and found the same distinct aroma coming from its bakery. Hot cross buns where available and it was the week before Valentine's Day. Its only February and Easter is almost two whole months away! This got me thinking about some hard truths about traditions, beliefs and the commercialization of both.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 14:01

A stock photography renaissance

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Stock photography is one of those things that probably 99% of the world knows nothing about, yet sees it in action probably everyday of their lives. From tiny (annoying) online banner ads to gigantic roadside billboards, in boring company brochures to trendy magazine articles, stock photos are an essential part of our modern, visually saturated life. Basically, stock images are the alternative to sourcing images directly from a photographer or agency.

Service providers like iStockPhoto, Shutterstock and 123rf all essentially provide the same stock photo service with most images available, fitting a generic temple of sorts. Boring. Predictable. Sterotypical. Overused. That about sums up the bulk of the stock photo industry in my opinion... and then you have to pay for the images and then there are restrictions on how you may use 'their' images. However, I think there is a sort of 'Renaissance' taking place in the stock photography industry and it is being lead by Unsplash.

Hands down, 'Warcraft: The Beginning' is my most anticipated movie, not only of 2016, but of all time. Now that is a very bold statement given the score of incredible films that have been release over the last decade or two which I have thoroughly looked forward to and ultimately enjoyed. So, be it the epic trilogies of The Lord of the Ring and The Hobbit to the most recent Star Wars film, none of all the previous great films released have ever had me as excited as I am about this film adaptation of a video game.

Even though I had read J. R. R. Tolkien's books before watching the films and had seen all the previous Star Wars films before The Force Awakens hit the cinema, none of these (or any other film for that matter) has had a deep and profound personal connection in the way that the Warcraft film will have. Simply put; Warcraft represents a significant chapter of my life and the film will let me read it all over again. An that is epic!

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