Dean le Pere

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Achievements vs Moments

In experiences, life on June 25, 2010 at 10:25

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Life is defined by moments and not by achievements. Moments make up the achievements and on our way to the achievements in life, we have moments that are either heroic or cowardly, proud or shameful, rewarding or wasteful.

So on your way to those achievements in
life, make sure that the moments that make up the achievements are the good kind. Because you may define yourself by your achievements but others will define you by your moments.


Don’t Second Guess your Purchase

In Consumer on May 7, 2010 at 08:50

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Last week my wife and I registered to participate in the Discovery 702 Walk the Talk. There had been some talk at work about whether our company would participate and thus enter the event for us. But it was just talk and we decided to register in our own capacity anyway.

Well yesterday, a colleague called me and said that our company had agreed to pay the entrance fee for the employees and their partners.
Now I could have been disappointed that I was too hasty in going ahead and registering. But I was not. And this is why:

1)      Firstly I was not too hasty, I took a week to make this decision,
2)      In life you cannot keep second guessing yourself,
3)      You can’t keep on waiting for something better to come along,
4)      Buying things and paying for services is an experience and,
5)      If you don’t make a decision because you worry that it might be a bad decision, then that in itself is a decision.

On the same note, about 2 months ago we bought an external hard drive. We bought it from Game and got it at a very good price (R999.00). Then just over a month later the same hard drive was being sold in the same store for R200 less. And no I was not disappointed at all. Because technology always gets cheaper over time, but if I kept on waiting for it to get cheaper then I would never ever buy anything.

So here is my advice. Do your research, shop around even, but when you decide to purchase something whether it be an item or a service; never ever second guess your purchase.

If you second guess your purchase, then you second guess yourself. And if you don’t trust yourself, why should others trust you.

Whoa, who would have thought that buying had such huge implications!

News Source Poll

In News, Technology on April 20, 2010 at 12:27

Old Media is Dead, long live New Media

In life, RSS Feeds, Technology, Twitter on April 20, 2010 at 07:20

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Last night I sat down to watch the news on TV at 19:00, because I was really interested to see if the SAMWU strike was over, and guess what. I already knew all the news they were telling. And I knew it already because of the internet.

Now I know this may not be very noteworthy for most people. Because with the internet we are able see and read the news ourselves at any time of the day or night. No longer do we need to wait for 19:00 in the evening to watch the news on TV. No longer do we need to tune into out favorite radio station every 30 or so minutes to hear the news. Nope, we just have open up a web browser and visit a news website site and there we have the latest and most up to date news available to us.
Now I have had access to the internet for years, but only yesterday did I realize that I no longer need to watch the news at 19:00 to see what’s going on around me. Why is this?

Well two things actually made this possible:
1)      Twitter, and
2)      RSS Feeds

1)      With Twitter I follow people with like interests to me, and they often post links to new articles about topics that I am interested in. This allows me to read the news as it happens and often in one day there are updates to that one story. So I am able to follow that story’s progress and engage in twitter conversations around that topic. This then give me more than the news but allows me to grow as a person as I engage with other folks about what’s happening around us.

2)      With RSS Feeds I am able to see new posts to websites and blogs and so am always aware of new things that are happening. It saves me from having to always go to a particular site to see if they have anything new posted.News OnlineAnd these two tools I have only started using for 1 week now. In that week I have posted 100 tweets, started following 112 people and have 47 followers. I love information and we are living in the information age guys. So if you have not yet caught on to the information age, best you catch a wake up and get on board lest you get left behind.

You can follow me on Twitter by clicking on my follow me link to the right.

What do you think, do we still need old media or has new media taken over?