Tuesday, 31 July 2012
I have come to learn that in this day and age, children are becoming smarter and advanced at an early age. For example, a 5 year old child having the knowhow of operating mobile phones or even using Television remotes to change the channels to their respective favorite programmes.
Have you ever said a word or phrase and then immediately you find the child repeating that very phrase or word? Well, that is because they pick up information on just about everything and they enjoy learning new things, this is what I call the sponge effect.
The scary thing is that children unconsciously soak up information from the environment in which they surround themselves in. For example, my nephew he picks up information so easily, because he consciously and unconsciously listens to conversations people are having and then questions what it means.
Have you encountered an experience in where children use words, which they have heard you use in a conversation?
Who am I, well I’m Spiderman! I have always wanted to say that. To be quiet frank, I’m an individual who works very hard, when my mind is applied. I hardly take no for an answer, and absolutely hate it when people take advantage of oneself.
It actually makes me think of becoming a super hero, for example, if I was a superhero, I’d mostly be someone or something containing mind reading, super strength and speed abilities, which would be there to assist me in preventing people in taking advantage as well as carrying out projects and programme at the snap of my fingers. Would this not be great? I truly think so!
If you have read my blogs, you would be aware that I am an avid petrol head (car enthusiast) meaning, I love anything related to cars, but let’s leave it at that for now! You have read about me, so I believe in getting to know my readers/followers a bit, so describe yourself using one word and only one!
It’s so easy to say that we live in a perfect world, but I am wrong because in this world we have fears. Fears that can negatively impact us, or the way in which we act as well as the way we observe the world around us. According to Kids Health, Fear is one of the most basic human emotions, which is programmed into the nervous system and works like an instinct.
This instinct is part of us from the time that we are born, till when we grow up. Fears assist us to respond with ‘fear’ when we sense danger or feel unsafe. Kids Health also states that Fear helps protect us from the environment in which we surround ourselves in. I believe this to be true to a certain extent, but fears could also prevent us in achieving and accomplishing goals that some of us have set out to achieve in our lifetime.
For example, when I walk around at night time. I constantly have the feeling that there’s something is behind me and I frantically look over my shoulder regardless how muscular I maybe, well that’s fear, which is instilled within both me and you. Imagine, life without FEAR, well some people think that they are fearless until addressed with a situation. I believe that we all have fear instilled within each one of us! My fear is the fear of doing something wrong in the public eye, better known as Scoobyphobia or Agoraphobia. Well you now know my phobia or fear. What are your fear or fears?
Research source: Http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/phobias.html
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
In the 21st century technology is being updated on a daily basis, which means we are constantly updating our technological capabilities. By updating ourselves with technology, we practically force businesses and scientists to think and become more innovative with technology.
The aim of this blog, is to prove the daily advancement of technology in this day and age. For example, Blackberry or iPhones for instance, every day or week better forms of phones or even innovative software is created, which shows that the worlds technological capabilities are constantly increasing and we need to adapt to it. Can you believe it, that whilst reading this blog post something is being developed, in some building, on some piece of land out there!
We need to become more technologically savvy, because we are slowly moving to an age where cars will probably fly, and computers would be programmed into our finger tips but lets keep it at that. We need to adapt to change as it happens, because without it, we would not be as capable as those who do and in the western world, if you don’t have one (one meaning= one item of anything). Then you would be deemed as uncool or stuck in the stone age. Move with the times or you’ll stay behind!
I hadn’t thought of myself becoming world famous, simply because I’ve always thought of myself as a quiet, uncover and reserved tyrpe of person. I like to come up with innovative ideas and work on projects that can uplift people and businesses, but yet I try to stay out of the lime light. But that’s a story for another day.
If I were to be world famous for 15 minutes, it would most likely be for helping businesses or those who are underprivileged or basically fore filling Nelson Mandela’s dream and mission in life. If I had one wish, it would be to uplift communities in such a way that people can cope and learn to become for self-sufficient rather than depending on others for help and assistance.
My dreams mission would be to assist in establishing small businesses that can empower others, which would assist people in gaining employment and decreasing the level of unemployment within our wonderful country. Although, we could do more, but I believe that starting off small will assist in growing and becoming bigger in the future. With dreams and aspirations, anything can become possible! Just do it!
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
To be quiet frank, cameras are becoming more easily available to the consumer now than ever before. Social Media and other fields have made photography more apparent in this day and age.
My own personal opinion on this matter is that anyone and everyone has the ability to take a good picture, but capturing the moment which in the future could tell a thousand words, would set you apart from the amateur photographer out there. Especially, in the local car scene in Cape Town, we find ourselves with hundreds of people walking around with high resolution cameras, but then you think to yourself, do they really know the art of photographer.
It isn’t just about capturing an image but creating a story at the same time. At the same time it could also give your audience an opportunity to share an event or an experience with them, but I believe what makes a photographer is there passion to constantly learn and train to be perfect at capturing the perfect picture etc.
There are many well-known photographers out there that are constantly working on improving their techniques and styles but unfortunately the amateur out there primarily focus on taking pictures, other than trying to improve themselves. If you want to be a professional photographer, I’d suggest you sit down with one and communicate with them on how you can become a professional photographer. Believe me, it will pay off!
In the 21st century, information on leadership is easily obtainable. When reading about leadership, I came across four common questions such as: Are they born? Are they made? What skills do they posses? How are they made? Well, I believe that it is extremely difficult to pin point their characteristics, or even shadow these great leader’s lifestyles.
The great leaders that come to mind are: Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Martin Luther King etc. These great leaders weren’t worried about becoming great leaders but there passion for making a difference had ensured that they would become classified as great leaders of the World.
For example, Nelson Mandela, he had a vision that was not based on personal gain but a vision about having a positive impact on people’s lives. With the amount of commitment he had kept his vision in mind, and together with the other great leaders they set out with a positive frame of minds, which ensured that no amount of challenges could deter them from achieving their goals.
I honestly, believe that leadership is a status given to someone who sets an example within their culture or level of expertise or it could be given to a exemplary individual, but it can’t be taken our added to your title.
In order, to become a great leader I suggest that you not only DREAM BIG, but you should also think of how you can help others develop, and use every breath, dream, action and minute to ensure that you set out to make it happen and ensure that no challenge can impact your vision and focus.
Thursday, 12 July 2012
We live in a world that is becoming more technically savvy, and more sophisticated. As we progress in this day and age, we are constantly required to use passwords to protect our information and accounts. Well this blog will assist you! According to NO-IP, “Choosing a password is easy; choosing a password that is safe is a complete different story.” NO-IP have formulated 10 tips for choosing a safe password to safeguard all of your accounts from fraud:
1. Choose a password with mixed case letters, numbers and symbols ($,*,@).
2. Choose a password that is NOT related to anything that has special meaning to you.
3. Use a different password for every account that you have.
4. Change your passwords frequently (every 3 months or so).
5. Don’t use a word that is found in the dictionary.
6. Make your passwords 8 characters or longer.
7. Use a virtual keyboard when entering passwords as it won’t let a keylogger program capture your key strokes.
8. Use a string of words.
9. Pick a word that you can type quickly and easily remember without having to look it up.
10. Make sure you can easily remember it!
These tips can ensure that you will never get to see or become a victim of cyber crime. It has become extremely easy for hackers and other cyber criminals to gain access into your accounts. BE SAFE, THINK SAFE and use tough PASSWORDS!! Goodluck!!!!!!
“Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read”, said Frank Zappa.
Frank Zappa used this quotation during an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine. What does this quotation mean to me? Well my interpretation of this quote is that rock journalism is a very complex form of journalism, meaning that there is no set structure, which one should abide by, but keeping in mind that rock is a culture on its own, and journalists should encapsulate the essence of rock within their pieces or articles.
Rock journalism allows one to express their opinions openly. This form of journalism would however, have an influence on culture, fashion and social attitudes of the followers. A specific writing style would most likely not be required, and anyone would be able to write about rock as well as interviewing someone but this form of journalism doesn’t have a specific audience. Therefore, it would be wide reaching form of journalism.
Basically, rock journalism in my opinion is a way in which people could express themselves, as they are passionate about rock or the rock industry. What is your perception thereof?
Thursday, 5 July 2012
The world we live in is extremely perfect, don’t you think? Think about it carefully! How would “Earth” look if it was square or if a bird had no beak. I have always wondered how things would look, with a certain defining element missing. For example, how would a car turn without a steering wheel?
I have noted that everything has been created by GOD and that the developments have come from his decree, but don’t you think that we are living on a masterpiece with everything being perfect despite the living conditions we have.
The natural habitats we have in South Africa, our Big Five (animals) etc. they are all god’s gift to us and yet we do not look after them. Perfect as they may seems our own living beings are killing these precious animals. According to Stop Rhino Poaching, “Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2008 South Africa has lost well over 1200 rhinos- a figure that increases almost daily needs to be stopped.” We need to solve this problem as soon as possible because if don’t our children or children’s children will never get to see these precious animals and they would rather hear about them in books or stories.
It’s a sad reality, but we still have the power to stop it today! Do your bit to ensure that we look after what GOD had bestowed for us.
We all have approximately 200 achievements, if not more, which could be discussed; however I would like to list my achievements through life thus far:
1. Being born into a world full of challenges.
2. Learning how to walk and speak.
3. Being raised up to care for those around me.
4. Going to Pre-school and becoming the top student.
5. Reading my first books (if I recall they were named “Kathy and Mark”).
6. Moved up to Primary School, which was fantastic.
7. Became the Captain of the Primary School’s Cricket team.
8. Winning our first inter schools cricket competition.
9. At the Age of 14, my passion for cars developed.
10. At this stage, I was fixated on anything related to cars and speed.
11. I met Sarel van der Merwe, one of South Africa’s top racing drivers.
12. Meeting friends with the same passion.
13. Learning to ride a bicycle.
14. Learning how to build people’s confidence (Sports wise).
15. Excelling at Primary School, in where I was the third student to achieve the Silver Merit award.
16. Using rollerblades for the first time which left me with a number of injuries.
17. Learning how to swim.
18. Going for the first flight in an aircraft.
19. Learning how to drive a go-kart (Which was a nightmare).
20. Moving to High School and making new friends.
21. Receiving a tough load of work on my first day, which assisted in building my time management skills.
22. Becoming confident enough to participate in classes.
23. Overcoming stressful situations.
24. In Grade 9, I was offered an opportunity to participate in a small business development project called Junior Achievement; we started a small business under their supervision, in where we made profit of R1000.
25. Becoming a Sales Manager for the Junior Achievements programme.
26. Learning how to write and structure work correctly.
27. Breaking my shoulder during a rugby match and having my first operation.
28. Learning how to take photographs.
29. Attending The Paragon Generation, were I was taught a number of skills.
30. Becoming creative and building cars out of cereal boxes.
31. Learning how to build cars, buying model cars and building them.
32. Learning how to speak Xhosa, but reflecting on it now, it would be impossible as I remember nothing.
33. Travelling around the world.
34. Learning about other cultures.
35. Travelling by myself, which was a nightmare (long story).
36. Becoming part of my High Schools Hiking group, in where we hiked up Table Mountain.
37. Having my first experience in the Cable Car.
38. Joining the Squash Club at the High School.
39. Completing High School and obtaining my senior certificate.
40. Getting my first job at a Pizza shop in Grassy Park, in where I worked my way up the ranks.
41. Became a manager at the Pizzeria and Video Shop.
42. I met a number of people, and this was where I met a racing driver which further built my passion for motorsport.
43. While working I enrolled in an Islamic Course, in where I got to learn a bit more about my religion.
44. Buying my first cellphone (With my own money).
45. Participating in the Two Oceans Marathon and completing it in 5 hours at my first attempt.
46. Following this, I then participated in my first Cycle Tour, in where I tore my quadriceps.
47. Buying my first subscription of Speed and Sound Magazine.
48. Deciding on what I want in life, I followed my instinct and I completed a short course in Management Practice at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2008.
49. I began writing my first article which was published.
50. Getting my driver’s license in South Africa.
51. Finding out about careers and possible courses that I would like to study.
52. Which steered me into the direction of Public Relations Management that was being offered at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
53. Building key relationships with stakeholders within the Motorsport fraternity.
54. Becoming independent and buying my own computer.
55. Buying my own Blackberry.
56. Passing my Public Relations National Diploma (soon to complete my BTech).
57. Becoming the Project Manager of the Champions of Engineering project.
58. Meeting new friends and colleagues within the industry of my choice.
59. Becoming more involved in the motorsport fraternity.
60. Building my name as a Photographer/Public Relations Manager.
The remaining 140 achievements, I would leave for the other half of my life!
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Caption: Motivation can ensure that you succeed in life.
According to Anon, A need is something, “to be in want of”. Needs that indeed became motivators to people are: wages or salaries but also that of self-development, self-actualisation or sense of achievement. I am motivated when needs being satisfied.
There are various other motivators, but I’m motivated by anything related to cars, motorsport, working on or with cars, because I believe that if you don’t have a passion for something then the outcome would be negatively influenced or impacted quality wise. I also believe that trying to make something out of nothing could possibly become another personal motivator to me, as I’m driven by my passion to create perfection.
My suggestion to you the reader is to find the elements of that which actually motivates YOU! This would be vital as you would then be able to tailor any message or complete any task according to that which motivates you to achieve in life. You have read about what motivates. What motivates you or ensures that you achieve excellence?
Caption: As the image states, your reputation is truly your worth so look after it!
According to Anon, Reputation is, “what people think and say the character of a person or thing is; character in the opinion of others; name; repute.” When one has a reputation it would mean a lot to them, it would be as if they have achieved something.
Your reputation could be showed to anyone to prove you’re ‘WORTH’. According to Stan, ‘A good reputation would act as a great confidence booster, and it could be used to show friends what you actually do.
Your reputation is based on the image that society has about a person and thus the image is so important that it could assist an individual to receive an excellent job opportunity or at least they would become more reliable and trusted in order to carry out certain jobs or business functions etc.
I certainly believe that you should value your reputation, as it could make or break you. Whether or not, you are living a perfect life or are building a life for yourself. One suggestion that I have for you is to manage the way people see you online. Try and act professionally because believe it or not your future employees would look at your social media activities, capabilities and what you actually do. They would also look at your pictures and uploads etc. Therefore, act responsibly and regulate anything you then upload on these pages (online). Good luck!!!!!
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Caption: Are you truly not addicted to being online?
Below you would find 10 of the most unexpected consequences of being online:
1. Making friends with total strangers.
2. Having the ability to get information at the click of a button, whether it is
useful or not.
3. Downloading viruses that could damage your computer or even make it crash.
4. Susceptible to being hacked.
5. When offline, you would not be contactable.
6. Being stalked or stalking others.
7. Meeting old acquaintances and colleagues that you would necessarily want to be in contact with.
8. The level of production in businesses dropping due to employees being able to access online content.
9. Constantly receiving SPAM after clicking on a webpage, as if you signed up for something.
10. The worst of all being addicted to being online. Twitter and Facebook is very addictive, as you would constantly want to be ONLINE to check what others are doing etc.
Caption: The rain symbolises the problems we as South Africans are facingon a regular basis.
This is a phrase that you’d often hear in and around Cape Town. According to Phrases.org, the meaning of the phrase is: “When troubles come, they come together”. For example, in our daily lives with constant prices increases such as: Electricity, Train fares, Water, and Petrol increases, our lives are basically surrounded by payments. These increases would then lead to higher prices, and many South Africans earn just enough to put food on their tables, but at the rate of these increases are hitting consumers. We would soon not be able afford anything. It’s a scary thought but it could happen, if not controlled or stopped in its tracks.
Poverty is starring us in the face, and we need to act swiftly but without help from our government as well, we might not be able to solve it. Many Non-Governmental Organisations in South Africa are trying to alleviate this problem, by helping where they can. Namely: Gift of the Givers, who are constantly assisting those misfortunate folk, in South Africa and abroad. This would help with the growth rate of our nation and change its conditions into positive ones, so that any and every South African can feel proud to be part of this great nation.
What do you suggest we do to solve these problems?
Information obtained from: www.phrases.org/uk/meanings/205100.html
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Caption: The planet that we call home!
We live on the 3rd rock from the sun named Earth, which as the Mayans have predicated will kill every living being. The 2012 phenomenon discussed on a variety of platforms, cataclysmic or transformative events which will occur on 21 December 2012. Which means this would be the last day of life on earth, a really scary thought for many. Well for me it’s depressing because my birthday is on the 22nd of December, really sad!
Caption: A sad but true reality!
Some scholars suggest that the 2012 date would mark the end of the world or a similar catastrophe and scenarios suggested that the end of the world would include the arrival of the next solar maximum, or Earths collision with an object such as a black hole, or possibly an asteroid, as seen in a movie ‘Armageddon’.
Many scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the ideas of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. But a variety of scholars believe that this would not take place, but I’d say let’s wait and see! What is your opinion on this matter?
Caption: These gorgeous animals need protection.
As South Africans, we usually are subjected to weird views that tourists have of our country. For example, when we are asked about living with lions and elephants in our backyards or rooms, as well as Lions as our pets just for fun we reply ‘Yes’. I know for a fact that I am extremely guilty of this, as I love a bit of fun but, I have always wondered where they got this notion from, and I’m not surprised. I actually added to the perception of animals running around our neighbourhoods.
Being subjected to conversations with tourists, we regularly entertain this chit chat, but I believe that we should rather tell the truth and explain it as it is. Many tourists are concerned about poaching in South Africa, because these precious animals are being killed senselessly. This then brings me to a question that I received from a tourist, in where they asked me, ‘About the dehorning of elephants in South Africa’ and me trying to be funny about it, I replied Yes, South Africa does indeed has a problem with poaching, but most of it is solved by Elephants, Lions, Rhino’s and other wildlife living with us in our own backyards.
A few of my colleagues were really interested in South Africa, and made the journey to South Africa, in where they attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They were astonished by the fact that there isn’t any wildlife roaming the streets. Apart from their experiences, my elephant stories continue to roam around, in my room and my over active mind, for the next victim.
Caption: Save these animals, because in the not to distant future they might not be here anymore.
Let’s get together and save our wildlife, our Rhino and Elephants are being poached and killed, and yet we say, ‘Our Government will do something!’ If we, do not work together no-one will. Start today, make a change and save your wildlife!
Friday, 8 June 2012
Caption: We all have the passion to achieve excellence, and enjoy the read.
As the title suggests, doing that which you are passionate about, could really improve not only the way you perceive things but the way you look at others and the world around you. I found my passion years ago, which is motorsport together with anything related to cars. You might think, typical guy. Well, we all love certain things or we have different tastes, we are all different, with different opinions, thoughts, interpretations and understandings.
If you haven’t found your passion as yet, then I’d advise you to sit down or take some time out of your busy schedule and write down a few ideas, as to where you see yourself in the next few years.
Caption: Choosing your destiny could be hard, but choose wisely.
Think about your future, do you enjoy engaging with people or would you like to sit behind a computer for 7 hours of your working day, I surely enjoy working with people (engaging them), as well as working via a computer. But find your passion or you’ll most definitely be sorry in the come years.
A simple exercise that you could do, use an A4 Sheet of paper fold it in half or draw a line dividing the page in half. On the first section write the following word on the left hand side of the page (Strengths), followed by this on the opposite write (Weaknesses). The next step would be, being honest with yourself.
You should then write, the elements that you personally feel are your weaknesses or strengths and from that you’d be able to decipher exactly, where your passion lies.
If you are able to find your passion, then you’ll definitely reach and attain your desired goals in the not to distant future.
Caption: Try to make every day, a good day!
If every day is not a good day, there could either be problems or reasons as to why they aren’t good. I personally wish that I could live in an era, where any and every day would be wonderful, don’t you think! Reflect on this, in relation to communication and the overall life fulfilment of both adults and children.
In those days, our lives will be much better, in that we would be closely linked and willing to assist others. For example, if a needy person knocks at your door and asks you for something to eat, our quickest responses are ‘Sorry Not Today’.
Caption: A very little can go, very far!
If we help, where help is needed the future would be great. We would not only help mankind progress but we’d help build a nation. We all live in the comfort of 4 or more walls but others out there do not have this comfort, they live on our streets. When they do approach us for help we shrug them off and in the back of our mind we think, find a job you a nuisance person. I’m very guilty of this and I do admit, I have done this in the past but I no longer will follow this practice. If I can help, in any way I definitely would.
Do you part and make the homeless feel as if every day is a good day. Try this out and tell me what you think?
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Way back when, we all had dreams and aspirations but as a child back then, I had many dreams as a result of an overactive imagination. I first wanted to be a bus driver because I thought it was pretty awesome, but I’m so glad I never followed that career choice (Whew!). Dreams can become a reality, if you put your mind to it and apply yourself.
At Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Open Day hosted from 17-19 May 2012, a blind pupil approached the Champions of Engineering stall, in where he was able touch and feel the racing vehicle, which brought Goosebumps too many observing this sight. His dream is to build a racing car or to be part of this project. His dreams could lead him to becoming the next greatest Mechanical Engineer in South Africa. It would be all lead to the decisions he makes in the future, which would affect the outcomes thereof.
Caption: A blind student feeling something that he has been dreaming and longing to build or be part of.
Source: Pictures taken by Niven Maree and Camera supplied by Junaid Samodien
Following your dreams and doing that which you truly love, as well as holding that passion, would help you attain these goals, dreams or aspirations. I have been there and I’m consistently reminding myself, that my dream is to be a Public Relations officer or manager at a Formula 1 team, many men have this dream but mine is to be the first South African Public Relations Manager for a Formula 1 team, but I feel with hard work and applying myself, I would be able to attain this dream soon enough.
Dreams are achievable, so start thinking positive, hold your head up high and you’ll see that in the not too distant future, this dream will be a reality!