In grade 8 I was in a boarding school. I was new at the school, and so was everyone in my dormitory.
There were three known bedwetters. Only twice was I the fourth – but the unknown. The first time it occurred, I prayed hard that it doesn’t happen again. When it repeated, I stopped relying on prayer and instead used what God gave me – a brain. I got innovative and creative.
My innovation worked. I never wet my bed again. And for the rest of the year, I was one of those making fun of the three known bed wetting squad.
What I did was I stuffed an underwear in the underwear I wore, so that I if peed, I would wet not the bed but the stuffed underwear. I did that for a whole year. Genius, isn’t it?
The funny thing is I never wet my bed again. I guess He answers in his own time.
Who cares about ‘good teachers’? Not a lot of people probably. But say ‘How Good Teachers Pee’, you get a reaction. People would rather buy the newspaper with the headline “rhino poacher gets killed” than “maths teacher gets an international award.”
I guess I tricked you to click this article.
A teacher could be any person, a school teacher or a parent.
There are really a good number of straits a good teacher is said to have. I would like to point to those that I think are crucial.
Here is ‘how good teachers pee’, a metaphor for ‘what good teachers ought to have’:
Good teachers are those not afraid to share that they wet their beds past primary school.
No one is perfect. I find it hard to trust anyone who paints an all perfect picture about themselves.
A good teacher should easily be able to trace their mishaps in life.
The best teachers I have had are those who have not been afraid to pull their guts out and show the scars, those that aren’t afraid to explicitly share their loser days. Those that don’t only wear the success mask.
They could be virtual mentors or otherwise.
They are people you can talk to in person, or consume their advice virtually via blog posts, books, video, etc.
To me these are people like Richard Branson and James Altucher.
It goes without saying, like I just did above, that good teachers need a hook to catch attention.
This is a world where so many things are calling for people’s attention. Even good teachers need to learn how to catch ‘attention’, – ‘bad teachers’ know this.
I was guest on The Creative Life Podcast hosted by the UK’s James Taylor. We talked about the startup scene in South Africa, entrepreneurship and creativity amongst several other helpful tips.
Do download and listen to the podcast here https://www.jamestaylor.me/tiisetso-maloma/
James Taylor (M.B.A. F.R.S.A.) is an international conference speaker, author, coach and consultant on creativity and innovation who believes in the power of good ideas.
“No, generally I think influence is used as a nice word for plagiarism” – Gilbert Gottfried.
In this post I am jacking Napoleon Hill and Lewis Howes’ ideas and affirming to my own little experience.
I’ve had this article as draft for over a year now. Several times it went into my ‘to delete’ folder, but it becomes truer and truer. So I had to revive it and publish it.
I often hear Lewis Howes – podcaster, lifestyle entrepreneur and author of ‘The School of Greatness’ – say that one of the reasons he jogs is to build his pain threshold. He says this helps him withstand other pains, e.g. anguish in business.
Napoleon Hill talks of sexual transmutation – in his classic book ‘Think and Grow Rich’. He says:
“Sex transmutation is simple and easily explained. It means the switching of the mind from thoughts of physical expression, to thoughts of some other nature.”
He refers using sexual urges as stimuli to perform other productive and creative activities. No, Napoleon didn’t hate sex, he was just…
Lewis and ancestor Hill are both talking of transmuting energies, one from the pain of jogging and the other from sexual urges, into whatever it is your hustles are about. In my case it is writing, entrepreneurship and researching things I am interested in. This is powerful.
Never have I been jogging and as I am recounting my challenges versus aspirations – thought I will be defeated.
This is because I am out there, deliberately beating my chest and legs. I feel I can beat anything.
I believe I have and do transmute the enduring of this pain I deliberately withstand and conquer, into other areas I endeavour. I know this. Jogging does it for me.
This is why Lewis is encouraging of building a pain threshold by deliberately and habitually experiencing pain.
Exercise, any form of physical exercise, is a good way to achieve this. For some it could be playing tennis, swimming or soccer. It is better if it something you get to do three or more days in the week.
I guess this is also where the saying ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ applies.
I have observed that if I do not jog for two weeks, I become edgy, moody and temperamental.
- One of the hidden tricks of life is that habitual body exercises charge up other pursued aspirations, even if they are not physical.
- If I can endure pain in one area, then I can in another.
Let me say something quick. Ashford & Simpson, the American music duo and husband and wife, of course Mr Ashford is now late. Their music has ecstasy – romantic and sexual.
Not even listening to the context of the lyrics, the bass and drums and rhythm of the singing evokes a wish for your significant other to be in the vicinity of your warm reach.
Music is indeed a universal language.
Maybe this is the sexual transmutation Mr Napoleon Hill was talking about. Ashford & Simpson transmuted their love and sexual energy to making great music with ecstasy.
Our minds are always fondling the past and taking guesses of the future – of their glories and misfortunes.
Thoughts of misfortune bear worry and stress.
When I participate in the following activities, my mind is fully present, engaged or lost in the moment. I have no worries
One older comedian asked a young comic, “Are you married?” The younger comic replied “no!” Astonished, the older comedian said, “then what do you for aggravation!”
While married people in the world have one another for their daily dosage of aggravation, in South Africa everyone gets it from the government and State Owned Enterprises.
We have an oversupply.
Our government makes sure our daily dosage is well catered: inaccurate to insane water and electricity bills, Nkandla, state capture, etc. Good service delivery on the part of our government!
Even the president gets his daily dosage of aggravation.
“I hate e-tolls, you hate e-tolls, we all hate e-tolls”. We all know who said these famous revolutionary words.
No one wants to be tolled for utilizing a road; especially one which was previously free to use. These people just painted the road darker and made expensive loans on our behalf. Now they expect us to pay for them. What sickness is this?
You probably have resolved to start a business in 2017. And you know you could do with some helpful tips.
We all know business is not easy.
Funny enough, whenever I hear people say they have resolved to start a business, I always remember a hurtful story that happened to me a few years ago.
I was on a date
I was a guest on the Creative Warriors Podcast hosted by American entrepreneur and business coach, Jeffrey Shaw.
We had an engaging chat about defeating ‘entrepreneur anxiety’ and the book – ‘The Anxious Entrepreneur.’
This is an extract from ‘The Anxious Entrepreneur’, my latest/fourth book. I dedicate it to Matric Class of 2016.
This chapter is for those who have just finished high school and don’t have the money to further their studies but are hustling hard for it, or those who absolutely do not want to go to varsity.
It is also for those who have just graduated from university, but don’t want to pursue a career related to their qualification, and who want to explore their interests instead.
Those who want to pursue entrepreneurship will find this particularly mind churning.
First, let me get my guilt out of the way.
In 2005, I enrolled for a three year diploma, in accounting, at the University of Johannesburg. I finished it in record time. To be completely truthful
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This is a satiric piece.
Blacks frown when they dance. To outsiders it might seem as though we are angry and full at the same time.
Yes I am a big deal; I am bigger than race.
My ambitions go beyond race; mine or anyone else’s.
Of course when people lay eyes on me, they see
South African Government Wants to Give You R50 Million – The Most Important Section in our Constitution
Dear citizens I’m hereby doing a job which our government didn’t do so well. Why would they not loudly tell us the good news that they are willing to give us up to R50 million?