Enjoy what you do?


I loved this statement 5min in: “Pay people enough to take the issue of money off the table

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I have found over the years that money, good money, for the work I do is a great incentive initially but if I am not enjoying what I am doing – if I am not growing – I will move on.

Inspiration

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
 There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Wordle:  A Return to Love

A Return to Love using Wordle

Coffee

I enjoy coffee, any sort of coffee really. I enjoy it so much I have a full espresso/cappuccino/filter maker and an entire shelf in the pantry dedicated to differrent imported coffees (Kenyan Coffee being some of the best).

Sometimes I do not have access to my own coffee, or I am in need of coffee on the run, when this is the case I have two standby favorites that keep me going when out and about.
While in the borders of South Africa – a Woolworths Coffee (particularly the Grandé (large) Honey-nut Latte) is the way to go. Outside the borders of South Africa (particularly while in the USA or UK) I recommend any coffee from good old Starbucks.

Coffee Heaven

This post was inspired by a recent Honey-nut Latte that just saved me and wits from certain death – Caffeine for the win!

Good listening – A great song right now

A great song – loving it at the moment:

Honey why you calling me so late?
It’s kinda hard to talk right now.
Honey why are you crying? Is everything okay?
I gotta whisper ’cause I can’t be too loud

Well, my girl’s in the next room
Sometimes I wish she was you
I guess we never really moved on
It’s really good to hear your voice say my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel
Hearing those words it makes me weak

And I never wanna say goodbye
But girl you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel

It’s funny that you’re calling me tonight
And, yes, I’ve dreamt of you too
And does he know you’re talking to me
Will it start a fight
No I don’t think she has a clue

Well my girl’s in the next room
Sometimes I wish she was you
I guess we never really moved on
It’s really good to hear your voice say my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel
Hearing those words it makes me weak

And I never wanna say goodbye
But girl you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel

It’s really good to hear your voice say my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel
Hearing those words it makes me weak

And I never wanna say goodbye
But girl you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel

And I never wanna say goodbye
But girl you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel

Honey why you calling me so late?
Music: Hinder – Lips of an Angel

Then you will be a man…

Listening to the voice over quoting some poem during a new advert on Mnet – The advert informing me of the new Will Smith movies that they will be playing this month – I liked the poem so much that I went in search of it.

What do you know, it’s quite well known:

[IF]

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

A Piece of Gaming Pie

[This post was originally written as an entry into the NAG Magazine freelance writers competition]

I want to have a piece of pie, a large piece of the gaming development industry pie to be a bit more to the point.

I am one of those people that wish to make it big in life; big as in huge house, fast car, loads of fame (well a little doesn’t hurt) and a hefty fortune. But like everything in life wishing will not get me from small time system development to large scale game production and distribution, now will it.

Placing my great big wishes aside for the moment, there is one obvious reason that I want to make it big and it may be deciphered by reading the second paragraph again. No idea yet?
I want to make it big because I really, really like money, this is not really a surprise, many people want to make loads of cash, but why particularly in the gaming development industry? There are a few reasons:

One of the reasons that I have selected the gaming development industry is the fact that it is growing, and growing very fast.
Some of you may remember the June 2005 episode of M-Net’s Carte Blanche reporting that the gaming industry is making (at the time) 30 billion dollars a year and that the figure (and industry as a whole) is growing. Looking at an industry as big as this, and what it has to offer, I think to myself, this industry may just have enough space to accommodate me and my dreams in its large pie.

Another reason I want to make it big in the gaming development industry is the closeness the industry shares with my current qualifications.
This is more a reason of convenience over a serious necessity, but looking at the business world, and especially the cut-throat and competitive gaming industry, you can use all the training and all the extra help you can get.

The final reason, and maybe the most important reason I have chosen the gaming development industry over other similar high revenue making industries, is my passion for it.
Just short of being maniacal, I live, play and even occasionally sleep gaming. The passion that I have, the joy that I feel for what I do in life, that steady feed of happiness is defiantly a requirement to push me through the hardships and the tough times that this industry (and many others for that matter) can dish out.

Having written the above three important reasons down on hard cardboard, and tacking them to my bedroom ceiling and the back of my bathroom door, I grab my ever handy keyboard and start to type my business plan for the future, I steadily start to document requirements and further my research into the industry that I want to make a difference in.