Invest in yourself

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I hope you are enjoying this fabulous day of love and appreciation. I believe  you will agree with me that in order to love another person, that you have to love you first. Part of loving you is to invest in yourself. This past weekend, I spent time with thousands of people from different parts of our lovely continent. We converged in the Sandton Convention Centre  in Johannesburg inspired by one common goal,  to develop and invest in ourselves.

Julia Cameron hit the nail on the head by stating that it hurts like hell when the world won’t invest in you. But its excruciating; almost more than you can bear when you don’t believe and invest in yourself”. 

Investing in yourself is about acquiring knowledge, opening your perspective and broadening your world view so that you can become a better person than yesterday.

People who invest in themselves shift gears from good to great by:

  • Polishing their craft:

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You can polish your craft if you are open to and believe in learning new things and refining your skills. David Beckham, one of the best free kick specialists in soccer,  developed his skill by remaining behind when everyone had left  training. “Bend it like Beckham” became a common phrase in the soccer fratenity because of how he perfected this kick. Usain Bolt says that he wins his sprints not on the track during the actual race, but during training. What happens during the race is an outward expression of time and energy invested behind the scenes. Know what your industry or trade requires and hone those skills until you are the greatest of them all.

  • Partnering with the best in the game:

Identify people who have been in the game longer than you. Get a coach or mentor who will share their experiences so that out of their story you can plan your journey. Use these people as a soundboard when you find yourself stuck. These are people who have proven systems and your duty is to plug into their proven concept and take your game to the next level.

  • Engaging in self learning:

Technology has made life much easier by facilitating access to  cd’s, dvd’s and podcasts that you can listen to and expand your knowledge. There are plenty of books,  both hard and soft copies that you can learn from. The sad reality is that most people do not use this wealth of knowledge to better their lives. Technology has enabled us to take information with us everywhere we go and access it at our convenience. You are the only person to blame for not advancing. Visit libraries and read book, download podcasts and audios of  leading figures in your chosen field and become the leader as well.

  • Putting into practice what they learn:

The experiences shared by your mentor or ideas that come from audio tapes and books will not implement themselves by some form of magic. You can observe another person driving and get an idea of how to drive, however until you are behind the steering wheel, you cannot claim to know how to drive. You can only learn swimming by jumping into the swimming pool. A speaker or presenter becomes fluent in what they do by delivering their presentation or speech to their audience. It takes doing to become great in what you do.

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Think Big, Dream Wild & Prosper

Tex Hlalele



  1. Wow!! This is really talking to me. I need to polish my craft. I know that I have potential and what it takes to succeed in whatever I want to achieve. Speaking about the business, I am really scared of disappointment but hey! Who want to be disappointed, that’s the question I asked myself, and the answer is of course no one. For one to succeed one must take risks and I AM WIlling to take that risk. Have been talking to people about the business and they are not keen to sign up but this is not the end of the world. I am going to spread the news and will eventually get it right.
    When I am done writing this, I am going to go through my contacts and try to phone as many as I can tomorrow morning. For me to be motivated I have to get off my comfort zone and consult, you have made yourself available to coach and mentor us and I would be a fool to let this opportunity slip through my fingers just like that, be ready to Educate me as much as you can.
    As for engaging in self learning, you know that I am not lazy to read but recently I have been reading wrong stuff, books that did not build or empower me, and as of today I will start by reading relevant books which will build, guide and empower me with the wealth of knowledge.
    Not only will I read books, I will also try and put what I read into practice, I know it is not going to be easy but will be possible if I show commitment.
    I really want to do this because I know I can do it.
    Te, Your blog today was awesome, an eye opening message indeed. Keep up the good work my friend.

  2. My chief a salute you and thanks for keeping your promise of reverting back to us with such inspiring words of wisdom after that successful engagement with people from other angle of the continent…..forward ever backward never.#texhlaleleforlife

  3. Hi Franky,
    We cannot avoid disappointments, they are necessary ingredients to making us strong. If what we dream about were to be easy then I would question if the goal was well defined. The most important thing is to believe in your course and not to be dissuaded by disappointments. You are right, most of us read, most of us listen to audios. I don’t think there’s anything bad about that except if what your focus on does not feed your goals.

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