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My Livingstone Adventure

Isaac at the Victoria Falls

Isaac at the Victoria Falls

You may have noticed that there was only a single post on this blog in the months of June and July. That’s because I was ‘out of office’. I took some time off to go down to Livingstone. It is always an adventure. If you are thinking of going on holiday Livingstone might just be the perfect destination for you.

Naturally, the family was happy to see me. And so was I. It was quite a re-union-after almost a year.

with mom, dad and Limpo

with mom, dad and Limpo

Jay, Isaac,  Dominic and Limpo

with my brothers Jay and Dominic and my little nephew, Limpo

Then there was Limpo-my three year old nephew. Such a brilliant boy! Would you believe, I spent more time with him than with anyone else! How sad he must have felt after I left!

Isaac, Ruth, Jay and Dominic

with my sister Ruth and my brothers Dominic and Jay

and Dominic

and Dominic

When I left Lusaka the idea was “to go away and take a little break”. Alas! It turned out to be more work than I anticipated. The family has just acquired a ‘small’ piece of land which we are trying to develop. Right now it is nothing more than a forest (with animals in it too). The idea is to turn it into a smallholding. Half of my time was spent there.

I also spent some time visiting family and friends. My grandmother seems to be getting younger!

Even when I am on holiday, I try not to miss church services (Heb. 10:25). I was given the opportunity to preach at three of the four congregations I visited. It was a wonderful experience. To the Churches of Christ at Airport, Fallsview, Highland and Kamadobe, thank you so much for your hospitality. Keep up the good work. Your work in the Lord is not in vain (II Cor. 10:57).

Well, after all the hard work I had to take some real time off. There could be only one destination – the Victoria Falls. Such a lovely place. David Livingstone couldn’t have put it any better when he said “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

While at the Vic Falls I met Kim Novotny who was on holiday from Utah, USA. She did such a fantastic job of being my photographer. She also visited a couple of charities while in Zambia.

Isaac with Kim

with Kim

Naturally, I made some observations about business operations in Livingstone. The customer care at Spar Livingstone was great. I had to keep going there. MTN impressed me as well. I called customer care to complain about something and they were very prompt at dealing with it.

Barclays might need another branch soon. For now I think they are managing just fine.

I was also surprised that shops in Livingstone still close in order to go for lunch. You would think there is a way of making the workers have lunch without closing the shop for two hours. Well, what do I know?

But the ice cream at Wonderbake tastes just as good. I had to do a couple of them with my little man.

To my disappointment the projects that started prior to the UNWTO seem to have ground to a halt. We hope they don’t become white elephants.

All in all I enjoyed every minute of my stay in Livingstone. Actually, I can’t wait for my next one.

Thank you Livingstone for your hospitality. Home sweet home! Now, let’s get back to work. We have bills to pay after all.

Note: Since coming back from my trip I have made two posts on this blog. Make time to read them (if you have not).

Isaac at the Victoria Falls

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The Pareto Principle (80-20 Rule)

Vilfredo Pareto

Vilfredo Pareto

The principle states that 20 % of causes are always responsible for 80 percent of the effects. It has been observed, for example, that 20% of your activities account for 80% of your results. Similarly, 20% of your customers account for 80% of your sales. 20% of your tasks account for 80% of your results…

Because not everything you do is important the 80/20 rule can be used to help you focus on high value tasks.

Out of everything you do in a day 20% will be more important than the other 80%.

It is possible to be busy on low value (80%) tasks at the expense of high value (20%) tasks. When this happens you end up all tired but ultimately achieving nothing of note. You seem to be ‘pushing’ but nothing is coming forth. In this case, your efforts are being misdirected. In the end you get frustrated because ‘things are not working’.

Make it a point NEVER to do a task in the 80% bracket (trivial many) when you still have tasks to be done in the 20% bracket (vital view). Always ask yourself whether what you are doing is among the vital few or the trivial many.

What determines whether something is a high value task or not is what you want to achieve in the short, medium and long-term. Some things have no bearing on your goals whether you do them or not. Others just have to be done in order for you to achieve your goals. Those are the tasks you must spend most of your time and energy on.

Stop wasting valuable time on low value activities. Focus instead on key-result areas!

Don’t Quit

Keep Going

Don’t Quit-Keep Going

Author Unknown

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit-

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victor’s cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It might be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

DON’T QUIT! KEEP GOING!

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