Don’t just build a business…

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It was Jonathan Fields that coined the term “Don’t just build a business, Build a life…”

I remember being introduced to Jonathan by my all time favourite author and marketer Seth Godin (I SO encourage you to watch their discussion Here)

Life’s hard.

As a mom of three kids I understand, now more than ever perhaps, the absolute necessity of earning an income. But I also believe as we live each day it’s absolutely crucial to work toward not just building a career or a business but building a Life…
While Seth writes and speaks about living your truth, bringing your gifts and talents to the marketplace, he’s also the first tell you to not quit your job… because it pays the bills. Instead of quitting your job to free up “more time” for your business ventures he advises that you rather be super vigilant about your time.

When I was studying Social Media Marketing one classmate spoke about how she didn’t have the time to do all the work we were being given- “Oh show me your schedule and I bet you I can free up at least five hours in your week!” Our mentor answered.

When you make the decision to pursue your dreams understand that Time is your most precious resource.

Here are a few things that are helping me:

1. Write down the Dream- in absolute detail

2. Draw up an action plan to make that Dream come true complete with timelines (provide actual dates)

3. Break your action plan into bite sizes giving yourself GO LIVE times i.e. the time which a plan should be executed by

4. Have a to-do list every single day and work toward achieving the to-do’s on your list.

5. Cut out busy activities that drain your productivity and waste precious time

Your job right now may be a means to an end- a much needed avenue to pay the bills- that’s fine, wise even. But please don’t shelve your dream.

Your business… at the moment you might be living from one sale to another and doing just what you can to stay afloat- I get that- boy! do I get that… but please don’t shelve the dream. Don’t abandon the real reason you started this venture in the first place.

Don’t just build a business… build a life.

I send you Love,

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An ode to Seth

I chose “ode” cos I like the sound of it – but this is not really an ode in the strictest meaning of the term.

But I really do want to thank Seth Godin on my blog.

He’s fantastic and after reading The Dip  and consequently plunging and doing what I needed to do to be joyful – I was overwhelmed by the gift he is to people like me.

…what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly, while staying focused and motivated when it really counts.


I started reading Seth’s stuff last year and it’s incredible the impact his work has had on my journey to living my dream.

In a world where so many seem to take take take – and then take some more – it is SO refreshing to meet someone who gives so cheerfully. In turn it’s difficult to not follow suit.

Even if you never buy his books – you can find a ton of free stuff online that I dare say will impact your life – that’s how generous he is. And yet I buy as much of his stuff as I can get my hands on because everything I have of his so far is utterly worth it.

Every now and then I think it worthwhile to take a moment and thank those who have, and continue, helping us along as we journey.

Thank you Seth!

I’m sending you Much Love and wish you and all you love so dearly health and all the wonderful things that make life worthwhile.

Thank you for the gifts. You truly are a blessing.



P.S. I ordered  The Dip from Kalahari. I’ve found their service is usually the fastest in SA when getting literature that might not always be readily available in book stores.