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Nikki’s Tip of the Week – week-ending 16th June 2018 & some Opportunities

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Nikki’s Tip of the Week – week-ending 16th June 2018 & some Opportunities

Today being 16th of June & therefore Youth Day, is a moment in time when all South African’s should be taking some time in remembering what was and envisioning what could be.

I am very guilty of getting annoyed, very annoyed, when ‘Eskom’s stage 2, Load-shedding’ was announced and like every South African, I had every right to be. Our country and its coffers are being pillaged and plundered by corrupt officials, those very people who should be doing what is best for the country and for all of its people. It’s fast approaching election time and several of the politicians who may be the future leaders of this great country are encouraging lawlessness and crime, all in the name of giving a few thugs what it is that they want most in life.

To be truthful, I was more than annoyed, I was angry and I am sure that more than a few million of us here in South Africa were feeling the same.

And then . . . then I did one of my ‘Step away from the car’ mantra’s, and I did manage to step away!

The reality is that I can do nothing about the situation that I find myself in. I am not responsible for the corruption and the chaos – those individuals who choose to live like that are responsible for their own actions and I can only hope that they will find their own justice.

What I am responsible for is how I choose to live my life and quite frankly I don’t want to live it like an angry person.

I am only responsible for what I do or don’t do in life and I chose many years ago to make a difference. So I will continue on my path, doing what I can to make my home a safe and peaceful place to live in, to make the complex that I live in safe and peaceful for the owners and tenants that share that space with me and of course to make my community a safe and peaceful place to live in.

Personally, I am of the opinion that if we all managed to do that, we would make a far bigger impact than any crocked so called leader or politician.

South Africa is our home, let’s work together and make it a great one!

After the Weekly Blog Tip, there is also some exciting news/information/opportunities from the following people:

– Colleen Larsen’s Gender Mainstreaming Awards and a Newbie award.
– Dudu Msomi is hosting a forum on How Racial Stereotypes are Choking South Africa’s Economic Growth and has some powerful speakers who will share their knowledge and experience with you. I certainly will be there as these are always such interesting events.
– Here is the link to Louise Mowbray’s profile. Louise is a Leadership coach and yes we all need either coaching or mentoring for us to go to the next level –
Here’s the deal . . .
Please feel free to engage with me, or not. Please feel free to send me your own snippets of information, early warnings, appropriate funnies and what have you, to share with other like-minded individuals, entrepreneurs and start-ups.
I hope and trust that you will enjoy the journey with me.
This weeks’ Blog:

MOTIVATION – A Life Worth Remembering

By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting (Pty) Ltd

I’m an avid 94.7 Highveld radio listener and even (and perhaps more so at this time of the year) as the questions are asked by the DJ’s, I am conscious of my own decision to ‘make a difference’. Before I go any further, let me tell you the question that all of the DJ’s are asking – it is “Are you making a difference?”
Augustine of Hippo said “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering”.
Think about it for a moment – why are we actually on this planet? The truth of the matter is that we are born, we pay taxes (well some of us do) and then we die and there is nothing that we can take out of this world except for the name that we have made for ourselves. The name that we take out of this world is determined by the manner in which we have lived our lives, what we have achieved and the difference we have made (good or bad).
Sadly millions of people have passed into obscurity, never to be remembered or even thought of. People who lived mundane lives, never adding anything of value to the world that they came into.
For me, I guess, it is about striving to leave my little corner of the world a little bit better than it was when I arrived in it.
Have I achieved this – I suppose I have to a certain extent. Will I ever achieve it to the extent of my potential? Who knows – I certainly will give it my best shot though!
What I do know for sure though, is that life would be pretty meaningless for me, if I did not continue to try. If I just stopped giving back and just took what I could get. Just the thought of a life like that makes me realize that I would have lost my purpose and that for me, a life without purpose would be a life without meaning.
So I try and live each day to the full. I try and make a difference to ensure that my world, such as it is, is a little better or even just a little different to the day before. As I look around me in wonder at all the beauty that still does exist in the world today, I know that I am not alone in my quest.
I know that I will be remembered – the question of course now, is will you?
Nikki is an Internal Auditor and Business Administration Specialist who can be contacted on 083 702 8849 or or

Nikki is an Internal Auditor and Business Administration Specialist who can be contacted on 083 702 8849 or or
What’s Happening in the Life of Colleen Larsen & Business Engage
Herewith notice of two additional categories for the 6th Gender Mainstreaming Awards.

Nominate an individual for the Inclusive Leader Award.
Nominated by a subordinate, or group of subordinates, this person (male or female) demonstrates business leadership qualities that are aligned to the ethos of gender mainstreaming.

They have ingrained into their leadership style a recognition of the provable benefits to their business that diversity brings, with special emphasis on gender.

The nomination is made by a person or group of people who know the nominee very well, primarily in a business role, and the nominee accepts the nomination in writing.
Visit…/…/134-inclusive-leader-award for the criteria for nomination.


Nominate an individual for the Positive Role Model Award.

The nominee will be a female role model who is acknowledged as a person who is changing the face of gender mainstreaming in her own way; by her actions, deeds, utterances and general mannerisms.

The nominee is nominated by a person or group of people who know her very well, primarily in a business role, and the nominee accepts the nomination in writing.

Visit…/135-positive-role-model-awa… for the criteria for nomination

Kind regards
Look what is happening in the Life of Dudu Msomi
Hope you will join me, I am hosting a forum at GIBS Thursday, 21June, 17:00 for 17:30 – 19:30 on how Racial Stereotypes are choking South Africa’s Economic Growth. Registration.

To register please click on the link below.

Details on the speakers to follow. Your participation and support would be much appreciated