Impossible – It Means Possible!

Some people seem to get extra motivation when told that something is Impossible. Why is this the case?

Others give up the minute they hear something is possible but these people get excited and can’t wait to get started. When others are getting out, they are plunging in. When others are declaring NO, with an emphatic YES they go about their business When others are saying, this is the end of the end, they shout out, we are only getting started.

History is filled with such examples. Men and women who dared to go against the convention and belief of the day. Men and women who dared to question even at risk to their own lives. To say something was indeed possible when for centuries it has been uttered otherwise without question.

Could the difference in attitude be more than a question of faith, values or even background and education? Could the difference in the attitude to this word be a matter of how this word is interpreted? Please allow me to propose that these game changers are a different breed. They are stubborn. They do not give up and have a tendency to just keep at it no matter it.

But maybe the basic difference be the in the attitudes lie in how they interpret the simple word IMPOSSIBLE? For them it’s an invitation to try, to explore, to venture, to start, to continue! For some the word possible and impossible mean one and the same thing. How so? 

Some people read Impossible in an inspiring way.

Some people read Impossible in an inspiring way.

Are you one of these stubborn people who read things their own way, who see what they like, who do as they please, and in the process achieve the Impossible. After all Impossible, It Means Possible!

Fungai Chiposi – The man who walked 1,000km in his fight against litter

Fungai Chiposi - The man who walked 1,000kms

Fungai Chiposi – The man who walked 1,000kms

Sometimes great events in history take place before our very eyes but we are too close to them to fully appreciate their significance. Someone does something absolutely incredible that shifts our perception of limits, boundaries and idea what is possible and what is note. In time perhaps when we fully reflect on the events only then do we truly appreciate the magnitude of the achievement and feat. In time we gain a better perspective and are able to re-live that incredible moment in time, perhaps even a turning point for not just a handful but maybe even an entire nation.

When I read something about Fungai Chiposi walking 1,000km a while back I had to re-read it. I wasn’t sure I had read it correctly. I got it right the first time. This man was indeed going to walk 1,000km. Such was my fascination that I would anxiously await any updates from his walk. He had enough time during the walk to post updates on social media. Such was his passion in increasing awareness about litter and getting rid of litter that he was prepared to walk such a distance and share experience along the way.

Fungai Chiposi - Providing inspiration for the ages

Fungai Chiposi – Providing inspiration for the ages

A ordinary man in our midst has risen to do the extraordinary!
Fungai has not only provided inspiration to myself and many others but no doubt we will pass on the man’s story to other generations. He has provided inspiration for the ages.

And he is not yet done. After walking such an incredible distance he still has enough in the tank to do 5km. He doesn’t have to but such is in the incredible tenacity, determination and spirit of the man. Fungai, I salute you.

Anyone in Harare want to join him, he is doing a ‘final 5 km stretch’ Saturday, 12 April at 7am from Cresta Lodge in Msasa to Pennywise in Eastlea.

Be cautious with your words. Be swift with your hands and feet.

Sometimes in life we have created hype and expectation around our plans and things have fallen through. We now retreat into a corner and pray that no one asks how things went.

We hope that everyone else kind of forgets the big announcements we were making. Not so fast! So how was it? How did it go? Where are the pictures? We went big on the announcement but delivery has fallen really short. What do you do?

Man up! Get up. It’s not about the world, it’s about you. People have too many problems of their own to stop living and be preoccupied with you. Yes there might be some laughs here and there but you will live. It is not life threatening. There are worse things in the world than embarrassment.

Get a thick skin. Life goes on. Move on to the next challenge. Next time rather under-promise or maybe even better keep much shut and keep a few cards close to your chest. People do not have to know everything that’s going on in your world, especially strangers. Be very cautious with your words. Be swift with your hands and feet.

You may be a mere mortal but your words, your message are mighty.

Never allow yourself to become bigger than your message. Are you not an instrument? The instrument should never overshadow the music it produces. Let the instrument play on, unhindered, in full flow for humanity to thrive and enjoy.

If you seek to bring lasting change to people’s lives, make it less about yourself and more about them, more about your message, more about the positive transformation, the goodwill you carry in your heart. Be the good and faithful messenger who worries not about where they have been, who they are talking to, how they look, what they drive, where they live, when they are uploading their latest pictures. No ladies and gentlemen, it’s about your message!

You may be a mere mortal but your words, your message are mighty. They are powerful beyond measure. No one truly knows how far and wide it can go and how many lives it will touch. May your message live on long after you are gone. May your message inspire many, future generations, across seas and oceans.

Humble yourself but amplify your message. It will take nothing away from you to make it less about yourself. Choose your words and actions with great care. They may change the course of history. You have GREATNESS within you. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your time. May love and compassion follow wherever you go and inspire everything you say or do.

Full interview transcript Douglas Kruger at Vuka Africa

Champion Speaker Douglas Kruger

Champion Speaker Douglas Kruger

Below is the full transcript of Douglas Kruger’s book launch interview with Vuka Africa.

Host: Well, it’s Monday morning in Vuka, Africa and that means we do a book review. Every Monday morning we look at an interview or welcoming also into the study and we have something inspirational for everyone this morning. It’s Monday morning and I thought you need a bit of inspiration. Own Your Own Industry is a new book by Douglas Kruger. It’s about how to best create a profile for yourself, be the best face and voice in your field of specialization and he joins me now to unpack his book.

Without giving too much away, obviously, a very good morning, Douglas. Thanks very much for joining us.

Just tell us Own Your Own Industry, what inspired you to write this book.

Douglas Kruger: Well, yes, the idea is positioning yourself as an expert in your field and the heart and soul of this book is saying rather having to go and cold call and earn customers one by one, how do you become the greatest name in your game so they start coming to you. That’s the essence of it.

Host: Now, this is obviously a lot easier said than done as we have discussed. So many people would run their businesses and at the end of the day it’s a lot easier said than done.

Douglas Kruger: Absolutely. It’s a lot of work being an entrepreneur and making an industry come to you. Certainly, this is not an overnight idea. It’s something that you would work out for years. In fact, when I speak on topics I say “I am inviting you to do much more work that is strictly necessary to get by in your industry” but the joy of being seen as the iconic name in your industry is that what starts to happen is instead of having to seek out the deals, the deals come to you because you are the logical choice. Instead of having to seek out, say, media publicity, shows, they start coming to you because you are the big name. So, what we are seeing here is in a nation that struggles with employment, in a continent in which people are obsessed about trying to get jobs and being employed, let’s take the opposite route and encourage entrepreneurs and new businesses but let’s go one step beyond just helping them to break through and say “How do you become the best there is?” That’s how high we need to aim.

Host: What makes someone an expert in any particular field?

Douglas Kruger: Well, I believe there are three things. The three things that make a person an expert are knowledge which is the most obvious one, personality which is the one most people this miss and then publicity. I always contend that if you have all the knowledge but no personality and you are merely a specialist and if you have all the personality with no knowledge, you are a Kardashian. In fact, if you take people like, say, the Jeremy Clarksons of the car world or Nigel Lawson of the world of food, what they have done is they have gone one step beyond the mere knowledge. They are working with the same raw materials as everyone else but they have brought a personality into it and that’s the differentiator.

Host: I was paging through some of the aspects which I found quite interesting. You last section in the book is 10 Rookie Errors to Avoid. Some of them include being a weasel, coming on too strong, also getting drunk at public events, and obviously this is the book. Tell us about some of those rookie errors.

Douglas Kruger: Yes. Well, one of them is neglecting the ribbon and I use the example of when you buy a new car, the thing that you most want on the day is that ribbon around the car and it doesn’t matter that you paid the better part of, say, a million Rand for the car and the ribbon costs 2 Rand 50, you want the ribbon. Packaging and presentation matters greatly. The big corporate companies know this but young entrepreneurs or new businesses tend to overlook it and it really does change the value of what it is that you offer and expert positioning is essentially saying that; it’s saying where is your value be worthwhile.

Host: A lot of other discussions; you have also discussed the role of media and getting out there. How important is that?

Douglas Kruger: Well, it’s incredibly important. Be a face and a voice in the public consciousness. There is an old joke and in fact it seems to be true; they did a survey and asked people “What is your no. 1 fear?” and death came second to public speaking. Most people would rather be the guy in the box than the one delivering a Eulogy at a funeral and expert position says take the opposite viewpoint, get yourself in front of the public eye as often as you can. Be a face and a voice in their consciousness. Just one example – many young entrepreneurs and new business, they know that PR is important. So, they will send out press releases and that’s good but it means that you are an e-mail address on a piece of paper. What you want to be is a face and a voice in an editor’s mind and that’s slightly different. That changes how people perceive you.

Host: When you say “in editor’s mind”, what do you mean?

Douglas Kruger: Well, let’s say, for example, that you are submitting a PR article to an industry publication. Most people would go as far as simply sending out the press release and hope that it gets there. The expert will go and meet the editor and become the go-to source and there again, that’s how the dynamic begins to happen. You go from approaching the media to suddenly having the media approach you because they know that you are the go-to person.

Host: Douglas, when people read this book, what kind of mindset changes are you wanting to make?

Douglas Kruger: The very simple idea behind this is saying “How can you be the greatest in your game, the best at what you do?” and it looks at being completing as technically the best but also the PR side of presenting yourself as the best. So, it’s saying “Let’s get beyond the mindset of struggling to start a business or struggling to grow a career and go what you actually do, practically speaking to become the best in your game.”

Host: You have mentioned also the likes of social media. How important does that play?

Douglas Kruger: Well, it’s growing and one of the things that I feel we under-look in South African social media is the power of visuals and the power of video. We are getting better with things like tweeting and Facebook and LinkedIn but we are still not harnessing the power of, say, novel visuals. I watched a video the other day of just a car manufacturer and you see how clever they are about creating vital videos. Just for example, this one treated a car like a bullet and it had it going through a massive ballooning slow motion, you see the water exploding. The bigger companies are very good and propagating visuals. We can do that too and it’s relatively affordable for a new entrepreneur but you have to think creatively.

Host: Tell us about the book – where, when, how much, all the details.

Douglas Kruger: Well, it in fact the first book with Penguin. I had a public speaking book published before and I am five-time winner of the SHMs for Public Speaking. First of all, Penguin approached me with it. It hit the bookstores this weekend and it was amazing to walk in and see all these yellow wall over the shelves. It’s on sale for 206 Rand in bookstores nationally.

Host: Why yellow?

Douglas Kruger: Well, a lot of canaries give their life for this.

Host: Great! Own Your Own Industry: How To Position Yourself As An Expert. Every Monday morning here on Vuka, Africa we have an author. You can get it at all leading retail bookstores; 208 Rand it will cost you.

Douglas, appreciate your time this morning. Best of luck with the book. I am going to read it to see what happens.

Thanks very much, Douglas Kruger.

*** End of Interview***************

About Douglas

Professional speaker Douglas Kruger is the only speaker in Africa to have won the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking a record five times. He is also Africa’s only 2nd place World Champion! Competing in Reno, Nevada in 2004, he achieved the highest ranking Africa has ever attained at this prestigious contest. Douglas will bring world-class platform skills to your conference, because not only is he a master at connecting with audiences, but his content is of an international standard.

He is the author of ‘50 Ways to Become a Better Speaker,’ published in South Africa and Nigeria, ‘50 Ways to Position Yourself as an Expert,’ and co-author of ‘So You’re in Charge. Now What? 52 Ways to Become a Better Leader.’ And experience? In Africa, he has spoken and trained for organizations like: BMW, Vodacom, ABSA, Old Mutual, Caltex, Nedcor, FNB, Revlon, Alexander Forbes, Standard Bank, the JCCI, Clarins, and many more.

In 2009, he produced, choreographed and co-presented a nationwide Customer Service road show for Caltex. He has also spoken as far afield as Hong Kong and the USA. He has personally coached: The Executive Director of Fairbairn Capital, the Chief Financial Officer of Barnard, Jacobs and Mellet, the Managing Director of Clarins South Africa, the CEO of PWC South Africa, and the executive management team of BMW South Africa. Douglas has been a talk-show host on SAfm and Talk Radio 702, and writes regular thought-leadership articles, which have been featured in Entrepreneur, Sales Guru and Forbes magazines. In 2010, he was made the Face of Ford, starring in a series of TV ads.

His style is easy and entertaining. He is quick-witted, humorous and always at the forefront of industry knowledge. He is experienced at working with conference conveners and knows how to assist you in meeting your goals. Expect an engaging, content-rich presentation from a presenter who knows how to make it come alive.…And has the credentials to prove it!

You can follow Douglas on Twitter at @DouglasKruger


Own Your Industry – Douglas Kruger keeps his promise!

Own Your Industry

Own Your Industry

I am so excited this morning because a certain young man promised to write a book not too long ago and now that book is available in the bookstores. Over the years I have heard many people say they will write a book but the truth is that very few deliver on their promise or dream. It’s one thing to say you will write a book. It’s another story completely having the book available countrywide. Action speaks much louder than words.

Douglas Kruger has delivered on his promise to publish his game-changing book on how to Own Your Industry. Congratulations Douglas on the release of the book “Own Your Industry” and reminding us that Word is Bond! I can’t wait to get my copy from one of the very best speakers in the game. ‪#‎OwnYourIndustry‬.

Champion Speaker Douglas Kruger

Champion Speaker Douglas Kruger

Douglas Kruger is the only speaker in Africa to have won the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking a record five times. He is also Africa’s only 2nd place World Champion! Competing in Reno, Nevada in 2004, he achieved the highest ranking Africa has ever attained at this prestigious contest. Douglas will bring world-class platform skills to your conference, because not only is he a master at connecting with audiences, but his content is of an international standard.

Here is the Douglas’ Book launch interview with Vuka TV.

Let’s get to work!

A few months ago construction began on a building nearby in Bramley. I was amazed by how much time was taken on the foundation alone. I would come each day and it was difficult to tell if there had been any progress from the previous day. There was certainly a great deal of activity at the site, many people engaged in all sorts of activity, many trucks, mixing of concrete.

Then slowly but surely things began to take shape. From a deep rectangular pit in the ground, it started to fill up. Steel rods and pipes rose into the sky. Suddenly it seems things had gone up a tempo in terms of speed and progress.

I wondered if life is not like this in some way. We have to invest a great deal of time, effort and planning into the groundwork, the early stages, the foundations because that’s sets the pace for everything else. A solid foundation means a reliable structure. A solid foundation gives you confidence for the storms that lie ahead. You will be ready come hail or thunder.

We have to take our time, be diligent, so that when we hit the ground running, things go as smoothly as possible and we are ready for the challenges that lie ahead. Rush your foundation and you will have a wobbly structure. A structure with a poor foundation will be very difficult and expensive to fix. Get it right from the onset.

Ladies and gentlemen, work on your foundation. Don’t rush your concrete mix. You will only short-change yourself. Be thorough in your preparation. Let your roots go deep. Do your research. It will all pay off. As a certain gentleman loves to say, Let’s get to work!