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Monthly Archives: April 2018

In Sparta

In Sparta - Jacques de Villiers, motivational speaker

In most cultures men/women can choose their career … be it an architect, lawyer, doctor, policeman or whatever. In Sparta there was no choice in the matter. As a newborn son, if you survived the scrutiny of the magistrates and were deemed fit, your only job for the rest of your life was to serve in the military. If you were judged physically unfit, you were taken to the wild gorge at Mount Taygetos, and […]

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The Disillusionment Paradox

The disillusionment paradox, Jacques de Villiers, motivational speaker

Imagine your 80-year-old self reflecting on how you played the game until this point. Looking back, did you achieve everything that you set out to do? Some of it? None of it? Did the promise life or at least GQ, Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines make you come true? Did you get that perfect life? The beautiful house. The beautiful body. The perfect wife/husband. The adoring children. Two cars and three pets (two dogs and a […]

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The Shallows

The Shallows, Jacques de Villiers motivational speaker

I was at the beach a couple of weeks ago. When I swam I stayed in the shallows. Every now and again, I’d spot a small fish or some sea shells. It was pleasant enough. But after a while I got bored. Seriously, one can only body surf for so much. When I’m at the sea, I always want swim deeper and further out. I never do. The bottom line is that I’m scared. I’m […]

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The Profane Creator

Profane Creator spiritual motivational speaker Jacques de Villiers

The more I play on this planet the more I realise that there is no difference between the sacred and the profane. The mundane, material and carnal activities that we do in this world are sacred. Going to work, studying, feeding a baby or changing a lightbulb is divine. If we so choose, any day-to-day activity can have a significant meaning. There are no small tasks, only God’s tasks. That we get to take out […]

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