#ThembaJayWriting decoded

Writing copy is the art, the science of being able to discern what word should go where and how just three words can carry a company’s slogan in the form of a tagline; think Nike—Just Do It!; Apple—ThinkDifferent; FNB—How Can We Help You?; Redefined Properties—We’re Not Landlords. We’re People. The ability comes from constant writing …

Confidence & Money: How much is enough?

You know, when you come from the bottom-of-the-bottom; when swimming against the tide becomes second nature and that, that, for many people ends up killing the desire to dream at all. Dream. It sounds fickle and ‘cute’, but, many of our beloved—and gifted—peers ekasi walk around believing they ain’t shit! That they aren’t worthy of …

#ThembaJayWriting—never on flight mode

My writing has always taken the route of documenting the things I see, go through and learn. So, it was difficult to not riff about my day—flight mode couldn’t even stop me. Anyway, the Saturday started lazily, with a brisk walk to emagwinyeni (you know those are a favourite, especially when made by a skillful …

The science of becoming better

I ran the other direction. As fast and furiously as I could manage. The place, I thought to myself, is not good for me. Certainly not conducive for my goals, and often, it doesn’t offer freedom for persons wanting to be their weird and best selves. As you know, almost nothing ever grows right from …

Looking inward in order to impact the world

The sky, as the clock stood at 12:20 AM, central African time, was somewhat navy. Beautifully dark. Crystal. And I should tell you that it had been so from the morning – without a trace of clouds. The feel of the wind was just a mixture of warm and cool. Warm enough to wear short-sleeved …

Sitting in silence

"To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions." So said one Deepak Chopra. And I can attest. I have been going …

De-cluttering and starting anew

Efficiency steps in the moment you get rid of clutter and achieve total simplicity. Things presented simply attract attention and stand out because of our inclination to complicate the life out of things. The big lie that has come to be worshipped (albeit privately): Complicated and intricate translates into impressive. It's precisely the reason we …

“Sizokhulekelana ke Bhut’ Omdala”

Those beautiful and humble words, etched in the title above, were uttered to me by a humbly talented artist who absentmindedly drew the smiling man, Camewell, you see before you. A few months ago, I set off to clear my head, find a bit of joy, attempt to rid myself of negativity and unhappiness that …

Storytelling Tips I Gave an Entrepreneur in the Eventing Business

I think I am the one who sent her a friend request on Facebook some time in the year 2016. I don't remember much about that. Anyway . . . I got interested in working with her by using her platforms to spread my work – especially my public speaking work – in exchange for …

My Reinvent Yourself story

Once upon a time, I wasn't always the eloquent writer and public speaking guy. At some point, I was a breathtaking dribbling wizard on the football field. Coming to think of it, that was my claim to fifteen minutes of fame ekasi. In high school, that's what gave me a bit of some useless cool; …