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Nikki’s Tip of the Week – week-ending 7th April 2018

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I really think I may have shot my own foot all by my own s of the Week – week-ending 7th April 2018! Here’s the thing . . . I want to be accepted, although I am different, but I really struggle with some of the Millennials mind-sets. I am damn sure that the majority of Baby Boomers out there are just as frustrated as I am.

For me it’s about the entitlement issues and the begging bowel issues and oh! Did I mention the entitlement issues. That’s a really difficult one for me to swallow. I’ve worked really, really, really hard from the time that I was 15 to get the things that I have gotten, both from a material point of view and also from an experience point of view and it really annoys me that there are those amongst us who think that just because they want what I have or what I know, that I am just going to give it up. I’ve stood on my own two feet, there was no other option, there was no-one else to do it for me.

Sure, there are many kind hearted people who have given me a ‘hand-up’ as opposed to a ‘hand-out’, but they were never taken for granted and I did not ever think it was my ‘right’. They were people who were respected and revered and if I could not pay them back, I did try and pay it forward.

To be honest, I am still in a state of confusion over this and I have been for some time. I guess it is something that we all need to try and wrap our heads around at some point, because I have a feeling that it is here to stay . . . for a while at least.

I wonder, is anyone willing to read “When Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand? I personally think that the story in that book is going to be the consequence to the human race if we continue to have this entitlement attitude, but then I guess I may never know because I hope to be long gone before the bottom of the bucket falls out on the human race.

In the meantime, I am going to get on with my life the way that I always have and I hope that my prediction is not fulfilled. Perhaps that is my very own sense of entitlement. . . .

Here’s the deal . . .

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This weeks’ Blog:

Motivation – The Right to Choose

By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting (Pty) Ltd

It is said that “two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different.”

I believe that it is all in the perception of the individual – why else would some people see the glass as ‘half full’ and others see it as ‘half empty’?

I also believe that our perception is influenced by our mind-sets and the choices that we make about things – why else would some people cry ‘the end of the world is at hand’ and others see it as ‘huge opportunities presenting themselves’?

I believe that many people sit back and wait for others to do things for them and on their behalf and then have a huge amount to say when things are not done to their satisfaction, whilst many others make things happen by just getting on with the business of ‘doing’ as opposed to waiting and watching and hoping that something will happen and then of course there are those again that go through life in a bit of a daze and who are constantly wondering “what the hell happened”?

I believe that there are those who choose to go through life, walking on the dark side and who are content to wallow in the doom and gloom, whilst others prefer to live in the sunshine and smile at the rain. I know which ones company I would prefer to be in.

I believe that no matter which path you choose to walk down, and no matter how different people are to you – you have the right to choose your own path, you have the right to be accepted and you have the right to be ‘different’.

Remember though, that although you have all of these rights, so to do the people who see things differently from you and you need to respect their views and accept that they have the right to be different to you too.