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Form Vs Intent

Form vs Intent Jacques de Villiers author

Many students are of the view that they just need to pass their exams with the bare minimum allowed marks. If they pass, they’ll get that high school certificate or their university degree. The idea being that a high school certificate will get them into university and that a university degree will get them a job. They miss the point of the exercise. It is not about the result but the process. The trick to […]

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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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