November 17, 2017

4 Practical Ways to Slay your Goals

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‘Without a sense of urgency desire loses its value.’- Jim Rohn 

Your goals and dreams require your action. They need you to be hungry for the win and for you to be willing to work towards them. You have to want success so much that it’s all you listen to, speak about and dream of at night.

Your passion to become successful is what will keep igniting the spark after each failure. Your ability to see failure as a lesson and not a setback is what will make you win.

You're going to fail more times than you succeed. Keep fighting anyway. It takes only one success to make it all worth it. - @HubLife on Twitter

Here are some of the reasons that may have made you give up on achieving your goals:

  • Working hard and not seeing results
  • Getting an education but not getting more opportunities
  • Having great ideas but finding it hard to execute them
  • Limited access to resources and funding
  • Not getting the opportunities that you feel you deserve

The truth is, you can choose to be resentful towards successful people or you can choose to learn from them. It’s always much easier to quote any excuse and accept the limitations that hold us back from reaching the top. But let us address these concerns. Yes, you may be working hard but it is not in vain, you are growing and gaining more expertise at all times.

Remember that ‘hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’ As long as you are doing something towards your goals, it will all contribute to your success. It also helps to know which principles work and have an impact in advancing your success.  

When you have obtained a qualification, you have to be confident that the expertise you bring to the table will be valuable in your industry. You might be seeking to become an entrepreneur. You have to be optimistic about the possibilities of being a successful business owner. You have to believe in your business idea and what you bring to the market.     

Define your Goals and Write them down 

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Defining your goals is a crucial step that will give your clarity and direction. When you are clear and specific about what you want to achieve, you are likely to be effective in your actions. Here’s how you can define your goals:

  • Break down your goals into small achievable actions- When you break down your goals into actionable steps, they will become easier to accomplish.
  • Write down your goals one by one- List your goals and be descriptive about what exactly you would like to achieve for each one. Once you see it on paper this allows you to reflect on your progress.
  • Give each goal a timeframe- Give yourself a timeframe in which you would like to achieve each goal. This allows you to track how effectively you use the time on your hands to reach each goal.
  • Reward yourself for your milestones- We need the motivation to keep going and we can always find a way to reward ourselves when we accomplish a goal.
  • Find a mentor to guide and encourage you- Mentors have the ability to give you honest feedback that you need in order to grow and be better. Mentors will guide you, motivate you and offer the best advice to move forward.

Invest in Yourself 

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‘Invest in yourself, it pays the best interest.’-Nathan Hutchinson

When you invest in yourself and become equipped with competencies you will grow as an individual. Knowledge will always influence you to become better. When you know better, you do better.

The investment you make in your intellectual, spiritual and mental growth plays a vital role in influencing your overall success. When you enrich all these areas of your life, you can survive any challenge that you’re faced with in your journey.  

You can choose to Study a relevant Course in a field you are passionate about which will equip you with proficiencies. All the skills you gain when you undergo educational training will help you prosper in your future.   

Build your Image as a Professional Brand 

As you are building your career, don’t be afraid to take up an offer that might not seem like the entire package, if it means you will be gaining experience. As you expand your skillset you will gain the benefits of work experience and see how it will advance your professional profile.

Work experience is essential in building you up and preparing you for even better opportunities. When you understand how companies weigh your value as a professional you will see the profit from work experience. Here are some practical steps to gain the best professional success: 

Gain work experience and expanding your proficiencies
Acquire industry knowledge and understanding
Update your CV and Social Media Profiles
Build Industry relationships and expand your connections
Streamline your social media profiles to attract the business who want to align themselves with you
Be consistent in the standard of your work and produce a level of quality that will show your expertise

Read a Book and attend Seminars

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Often times when you read an inspirational book of an author that you relate to, it can inspire you in so many ways. This can be an author who went on a similar journey and encountered failures. Their success story can motivate you to also persevere despite the obstacles that may be thrown your way.

Authors are often very honest about the stumbling blocks that they experience and share insight on what you can expect. Learning from their journey allows you to avoid making similar mistakes and being better prepared. There are so many books of authors with inspirational stories you can benefit from. The benefit of learning from the success story of others is that you can undertake the journey with much more insight. The principles they share will equip you to succeed and do better.

Industry seminars and workshop sessions are informative experiences designed to stimulate your knowledge. It is greatly beneficial for you to attend seminars where you will be exposed to people in the industry you want to prosper in.

This is your opportunity to network with professionals and make your business known in that industry. The people at the top have a wealth of knowledge that can ignite your passion and inspire you even more. You can also choose to subscribe to receive blog content and material that will further enrich your intelligence and influence your success.

When you elevate your perspective it increases your ability to achieve. Begin today and live the life that you imagined. 

About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

November 15, 2017

8 Key Tips for Entrepreneurial Success

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Making the decision to become an entrepreneur is never an easy decision

Once the excitement is over there are questions that may arise through the fear of the unknown. You may start asking yourself:

Is this worth me leaving my job?

OR

How long will it take to achieve stability and will I be successful?

Entrepreneurship is a route that many believe is ‘easier’, but it takes putting in the work for your business to be established and sustained.     

The truth is that South Africa is desperate for innovators and entrepreneurs who will boost the economy. The government is always encouraging the youth to develop skills for entrepreneurship. The government has diverse support structures that start-up owners can benefit from.  

As someone aspiring to venture into entrepreneurship, you should realise the vision of your business. This means defining what business you are going into, how this would grow and how this would be successful. Let’s further unpack some points that can help entrepreneurs to thrive in business.

1.      What is meant by an Entrepreneur with a Vision? 

As a business owner, your vision should include the objectives desired in order to achieve success in establishing your business in the industry. The vision should inspire you to have a growth plan which is crucial to the business. This means having a plan in place to market your business and to gain prominence in the industry.

It should also involve you having a good business plan or strategy to help you fulfill these goals. Working towards your vision will help you generate revenue and expand on your success. Your vision and faith in it will keep you focused and motivated as a business owner.

2.      How to stay motivated in your own Business 

People often say that #MOTIVATION does not last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily- Zig Ziglar

You can never survive as an entrepreneur without constant motivation and inspiration. You have to make the choice to align yourself with some type of motivation that will keep you passionate about what you do. This could be following other business owners who are ahead of you and learning from them. You can also allow yourself to be mentored by someone who inspires you to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Reading books of successful people that you look up to is also a great way of being inspired. It can open up your mind to the possibilities of what you can achieve. You can also follow these inspirational figures on social media pages for entrepreneurial advice or tips. Attending seminars with other entrepreneurs is also a chance to interact with other business owners and be encouraged. When you are open to inspiration it will help you gain secrets to success that can elevate your business.

3.      How to recreate your Products 

‘Learn to evolve with your product or service. Hesitation can cost you the business.’- Tweet by DJ Success Formula (Source: Twitter.com)

As someone coming into the market with a new product and offering, your main job is to firstly perfect what you offer. This means that you improve your product and ensure quality for good value.

The next step is to develop your product by enhancing it, offering more to clients and making it available to new audiences. Although you want to keep your signature product, you have to always evolve in what you offer and find ways to improve it.  

4.      How to Survive and grow in hard times 

As an entrepreneur, you have to anticipate that building your business will not be a smooth process. Your business will face challenges as you go through different stages. You should be ready to handle every challenge and come up with optimistic solutions.  

Finding ways to power through difficult times as a business owner is crucial in helping you overcome them. When you prepare for difficult seasons it has less of an effect on the progress of your business.   

5.      How to manage priorities in Business 

To be successful at anything you should be able to recognise priority business goals and those that can wait. By doing this you will be able to see the results of your work which will positively impact the business.

When you lack structure in your priorities and are unable to discern which ones are more important, it can cause redundancy. Your best focus should be more on the critical areas that have an impact on the business.

6.      How to survive Start-up Failure 

‘Take a risk. It can be a challenge, but taking positive risks could be your secret to success.’- Tweet by Leyland Hazlewood‏ (Source: Twitter.com)

Failure is a part of doing business. As you build your business you discover which methods work for you and which ones have failed. Failure is also an opportunity to learn and avoid having the same issues in future. It is a chance to discover new solutions and take the lesson from your mistake.

As a business owner, you should not be afraid of making mistakes. Every decision you take in business is a risk and as you grow you can determine which risks are worth taking and which ones will result in the business failing.

7.      Use the Principle of Excellence in everything you put your name on 

‘Give your clients value, and they will give you repeat referrals!’- Tweet by Adrienne F Manson

When you are excellent at what you do it is hard for people to ignore you. Talent attracts people’s attention and builds awareness about what you do. As a business owner, it becomes your responsibility to impact positively on people through what you do.

The best way to influence people is to display excellence and provide exceptional service to your clients and colleagues in the industry. When you prioritise excellence in your business, you get people to love your brand and those who want to utilise your services. Excellence can be shown in how you treat your clients, how you deliver your services and how your client care team deals with people.

What support is offered to Entrepreneurs? 

The development of small businesses is something that the South African government supports. As a start-up owner, it is to your benefit to know how government supports small business. The government offers financial assistance, reducing the red tape- reducing obstructive regulations and by investing in education, to groom more business talent. As a start-up owner, you also need to explore the funding methods you can use to start your business. 

What qualification do you need to be a Business Owner? 

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When you make the decision to become an entrepreneur you should consider training yourself to become successful. With most professions, you train and qualify to practice in the field and entrepreneurship is no different.

Business management training can save you a lot of trouble and teach you many principles that will take your business to the top. When you course, you increase your knowledge on the fundamentals of business, the dynamics of the business world and other entrepreneurial skills.

When you are an excellent entrepreneur it creates good publicity around your brand. It makes your brand more human and allows people to connect with your brand more. By being consistent and applying key entrepreneurial principles, your success becomes inevitable. 

 

About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

November 15, 2017

ICESA Launches Three New High-Tech Computer Labs

Ashmika Chottu 

One of KwaZulu-Natal’s premier education institutions ICESA that proudly turned twenty-one this year launched three revamped high-tech computer labs on Friday, 10 November at its Durban campus on Anton Lembede Street.

With the latest in innovative technology, upgraded networking systems, flat screen computers and brand new furniture, the new computer labs are aimed to assist the ICESA student to excel in a fast-paced technology-driven environment.

ICESA, one of ten established private education brands under the Educor Holdings stable, has made it their primary objective to highlight the importance of the student experience with technology and provide sufficient benefits to help students on their academic journey.

The launch hosted by the Educor Chairman, Mr Leo Chetty hosted distinguished guests including Educor’s executives, ICESA Management, and staff. Project Manager, Fiona Anirudh said that she is extremely proud of the project and looks forward to seeing the positive outcome it will have on its students. She said, “The new computer labs will help prepare students for the future of learning with technology. It will help keep them up-to-date with the evolving trends and open a world of opportunities in the technology field.”

Chairman of Educor Holdings, Mr Leo Chetty (Right), General Manager of ICESA, Neil Harilal and Project Manager, Fiona Anirudh at the launch of the lab

Mr Chetty said, “ICESA was the first education brand I acquired which set the foundation for the many other education brands that followed suit. In its twenty-first year, I am really proud of what the brand has achieved thus far and really look forward to what we have planned for its future.”

The projects team, which included IT Educor Network Manager, Mohammed Rawat, Head of Infrastructure, Denzil Marimuthu, and PC Consultant, Terrence Reddy, were all involved in ensuring the computer labs were set up for success.

The revamped computer lab 

Some of the new lab features include high-speed LAN and internet access with Wi-Fi around the room at 100mbps. It supports live streaming of the Learning Management System video content, upgraded PC specifications that support Pastel and a full high definition projector for lecturers to use for presentations and visual learning material. 

The lab also boasts complete access control, where each student will receive a unique access card to enter the lab. The facility will also have CCTV camera for monitoring of the rooms.

Management, staff and students at the launch

Penny, a marketing student at ICESA stood proudly alongside one of the computer cubicles and smiled with delight at the reveal of the new labs. She said, “The computer lab is a really important resource centre for us and we are very excited for the new makeover. It is vibrant and makes us want to stay in and complete our assignments.”

Another first-year student continued to thank ICESA for the new labs. He said, “Thank you ICESA, thank you. We love every detail. Now students would not mind sitting for three to four hours completing their projects. The computers will be fast and the chairs are so comfortable. We feel as if we are in our future workplace. Thank you again ICESA.” 

General Manager for ICESA Neil Harilal said that the computer labs will enhance the student’s experience at ICESA. “We are extremely happy with the result of the computer labs. These new labs will prepare the student to use technology and provide them with the necessary skills for them to use in the workplace. Most importantly, the revamp was really well received by the students who expressed their excitement and anticipation to commence working with it.”

The revamped computer lab

ICESA, situated in Durban and Pietermaritzburg offers students both full and part-time programmes from business, to fashion, to education and a number of other courses. Look out for a host of new features coming to ICESA by logging on to www.icesa.co.za

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