Alice, Alice Springs, and Alice, Texas.

I took my daughter to the local library on Saturday. It’s one of the best in Norway. I asked to see all the books they have on setting up a firm in Norway. I now have all those books piled on my desk. All five of them.

They have more Nelson Mandela biographies than they have books about starting a new venture.

The librarian was rather firm when she said, “No one wants to do that. The government will look after you if you do not have a job.” I felt almost guilty for asking. I had found the same thing in England.

Contrast this with the vooma in each South African. We aspire to business ownership. Bookshops are loaded with books to teach you how to go out and take charge. Maybe this is because the govt will not look after you.

Until now much of our vooma went untapped. Making inroads offshore meant changing countries. That’s not true now.

You have as much access to the Web as you need from your desk in Alice, Eastern Cape. You don’t need a passport or visa. That’s because you don’t need to leave home. You can exploit your knowledge, skills and vooma to set up an online income in dollars. Living in one country no longer frees you from bondage to your local economy.

The Web does not care if you work from Alice, Eastern Cape; Alice Springs; or Alice, Texas. Nor do your prospects and clients. Your reach encompasses the whole English speaking world. All without leaving home.

I like to work with folk I can get to know. These past 15 years my client base has numbered below 1000. It is a lot easier to find 1000 clients amongst 1 billion English speaking people than it is to find them in the Eastern Cape.

With $1 = R12.50 your hourly rate is cheap globally. Your website sells anywhere. Skype reaches any phone at low cost and gives you a local number in dozens of countries. Teamviewer lets you supply tech support worldwide for next to nothing. Without leaving Alice.

You are not limited to selling just hours. I raise them because we South Africans tend to have a vast breadth of experience rather than tightly focused into some niche. That gives us a birds-eye view of issues that many “specialists” lack.

There is no risk in building this extra income, no local exposure. The web begs us to do this because so many people fear it. You do not even have to leave your day job.

Ignore the stories of new online businesses worth more than IBM after just six months. I see the money flowing behind the noise. There is enough to keep each of us in droe wors and Delheim for as long as we live, no matter which Alice we choose to live in.

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The Rand is not really falling…

Every article I read about the falling Rand blames the government. How sad. here is one:

We all know the reasons for the plunging rand – inefficient and corrupt government, overspending and over-borrowing by government, inflation, the Eskom disaster, Zuma’s trillion rand nuclear pipedream, economic policies, massive unemployment, regular strikes, labour unrest, crime and all.

The Norwegian Kroner has fallen about as much as the Rand in the same recent period. No mention in the local press of bad govt or any local problem. Just an acceptance of it happening. Because those are not the main reasons for the Rand or the Kroner falling – at least not right now. Everything seems to be falling compared to the dollar.

Einstein says that we see movement based on where we are and how fast we are moving compared to the thing we are looking at. Frankly, the Norwegian Kronor and the SA Rand are do not seem to be moving a lot. The dollar is going into orbit without us having to do much at all.

This means that this issue is out of your personal control. Of course it is fun to react by vilifying the govt. That won’t help much though. Or you can stop a moment, look at what it means to your own venture, and then make some plans.

Instead of running around like Chicken Licken, I think it was, fearing that the sky might fall down, you can choose to respond by taking some action to help you prosper through it. I think that is a little more useful than wringing your hands and worrying about what might go wrong next.

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99% Works…

We South Africans stretch facts so that they are a little bigger than they really are. This causes lots of stress in our lives.

As we describe an event with strong emotive words, many of them just four letters long, we enlarge the smallest issue into the end of the world. And we are already so tired because just this morning, on the way to work, we had to live through two Armageddons.

In this context we can learn a little from the Norwegians. As the saying goes, A fulfilled Norwegian has no need to speak. It is unseemly here to show any temper or even haste.

This is a country whose leaders pondered long and hard on what action to take when invaded by Germany 1940. They opted to post letters to all of the soldiers on leave to invite them to partake in defending the realm, rather than to announce this on radio which might alarm the rest of the populace. We can learn from this restraint.

Sam Carpenter points out in his Work the System book (your free copy is here) that when the cooler part of our mind prevails it is obvious that 99% of everything works just fine.

We South Africans take the very few things that seem awry and we make a really big deal of them. We do this at home, at work, on the road, on the phone…

In doing this we talk ourselves into an awfully stressed group of people.

Here’s my idea for the end of February. Find yourself a pencil and a piece of paper. Then find yourself inside a coffee shop, one of the experiences I miss most about South African life. Then stop a while and watch the passing parade. And while you are pondering them list all many things that are going right in your life.

Start with your toes. They still there? Still working? Work your way up. Then look at your home. And your job. And your income. And your partner, your children, the dog, the car, …

For instance, 99.99% of me works just fine even though I am diabetic. That broken .01% might seem a biggie but it beats the heck out of holing up in a wooden box for eternity. 99% of our families work just fine. And the kitchen, even with that smidgen of tomato sauce on the tile above the stove, is pretty close to perfect.

As is the car, even with that new scratch where Nick whacked it into the garage wall. (Hint: If we get violent about the tomato sauce or the scratch we may need to visit coffee shops a little more often to find balance.)

As for that fellow in front of you driving like he had too much Merlot at lunch, maybe:
* he did;
* his blood glucose is a little low and he cannot remember where he hid the chocolate;
* he is having a heart attack;
* he is laughing at a joke on the radio;
* he is having an epileptic fit;
* he has just heard that his wife is leaving him, and:
* – he is crying with grief while praying for a reprieve;
* – he is crying with thanks for his prayers being answered;
* he has just dropped a lit cigarette between his legs;
* he is choking on the piece of apple he was trying to eat; * a wasp has just invaded his car…

So what? Why should we take it personally? 99.9% of drivers that we see this year will not have this problem. Slow down and give this person more space. (Actually, this is great advice on any day in SA, whether Armageddon looms or not.)

We should respond to events. Take steps to avoid any fallout. Not react to them by getting vexed at things we feel could be righter. It seems silly to let someone else’s issues so affect our mood that we yell at the people we love.

That’s losing focus on that 99% of things that are going just fine.

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