Recently I watched a short documentary about the two fastest speedcubers in the world. If you’re not sure what the hell that is, watch this:

What you are witnessing is a combination of an incredible amount of data, pattern recognition, finger dexterity and algorithms all coming together in under 7 seconds of brilliance.

The documentary tells the viewer that most of the professional speedcubers memorise up to 300 different algorithms that they can then combine to solve any of the 43 quintillion possibly permutations. …


It’s so easy to start something that you end up hating:

That’s it, that’s how easy it is to start something and hate it very quickly.

I believe that side hustles are a fantastic way to make some extra money and also live a bit more of life. Find project, problem or business that interests you and then slowly start turning it into something that other people might want to spend money on. …


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You will never be younger than you are today, right now, this very minute.

As far as we know this is the only life we get. So, If you are never going to be younger than right now and this is the only life you get… go out and start something.

Start something small, something big or something dreamy.

Start a company. Start a blog. Start a new Facebook group and meet some people.

Start a side hustle. Start to network better. Start a renewed commitment to your job if you love it and want more.

Start caring more about the people around you. Start showing your partner more affection. Start liking yourself a bit more every day. It’s OK to love yourself, it’ll make loving other people easier. …


Hello Curious Culters,

I have spent my time in lockdown focused on how to add value and create.

With that in mind, I’m excited to launch my new eBook: How to Start a Side Hustle.

You can purchase the book right now for 40% off!

I would greatly appreciate it if you would forward this link on to anyone you can think of who is sitting the fence on starting their own side hustle. Now is the time!


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The Time for Us to Lead Is Now

Today I want to talk directly to the leaders.

If you lead a business, a team, a family or even just yourself, listen up.

In this time of crisis, you need to lead with conviction and compassion.

In these trying times (and from today, always) you must communicate openly and frequently.

You must lead with care and decisiveness.

You must engage on a human level and grasp that people are scared and feel alone. Understanding and patience go much further than aggression and instruction.

You must trust your team to do the right thing at the right time for themselves, for you, your company and their fellow humans. If you don’t think they can do the right thing then you are working or living with the wrong people. …


Hi, Curious Cult Fans!

Being a business owner/entrepreneur is difficult at the best of times. In 2020 it’s brutal and downright insane but hey, here we are!

I’m anxious about what COVID-19 means for the economy globally and locally and I think that business owners need to be preparing for a tough 12 months at least.

I am hosting a live-stream for business owners with my friend and fellow entrepreneur and author, Sam Beckbessinger on Monday 23rd at 12:30 pm SAST.

The live-stream is free but any/all donations will be going towards assisting medical staff in South Africa prepare for the pandemic.

You can register for the event here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/smallbizqa/register


Things you can do to prepare for the fight ahead

This story was originally published in the Daily Maverick.

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Building businesses is tough. I’ve said this before and I’ll likely be saying it for the rest of my life. At the best of times, building a new business and keeping an existing one afloat is very, very difficult.

There are people who will constantly tell you that this is not true. Investors, advisors, other “brave” entrepreneurs and many others will promise you that this is the time to grow and make it big. …


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Recently I was facilitating an entrepreneurship workshop and someone said: “Don’t let your side hustle become your side hassle.”

This immediately struck me and made me pause.

What a brilliant way to sum up how to build something while you are still full-time employed. Your side hustle should be something you do that is fun, engaging and will eventually make you some money on the side.

Your side hustle should not become a permanent hassle in your life.

It shouldn’t drain you, it should engage you.

It shouldn’t make you sad, it should inspire you.

You shouldn’t have to carve out time to force yourself to sit and work on it, you should be thinking about it all the time and have to stop yourself from working on it. …


We can all like different things without them being bad

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I like Taylor Swift’s music.

There, I said it. I’m a huge fan. OK, fine, I’m one of the Swifties.

The other day I was minding my own business doing my work while listening to music. All of a sudden, the song that was playing was broadcast across our office Bluetooth speaker. I was playing Maroon 5 at the time. Someone in the office laughingly scolded me that Maroon 5 should never again be played through those speakers.

He was kidding, but not really.

Generally, we don’t like it when other people don’t like what we like. We believe it’s some kind of accusation about the thing we like. Because I like Taylor Swift, I have bad taste in music and offend people who like System of a Down. …


Don’t shy away from the discomfort in life, embrace it, face it head-on and learn how to overcome it.

This article was originally published in The Daily Maverick.

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More than just about anything right now, South Africa needs entrepreneurs to start building businesses. Sure, we should also consider not killing each other too, but let’s focus on the entrepreneurs for the time being.

Building a business is difficult. It’s meant to be difficult. If it was easy then no one would take it seriously.

My partner has a saying: It’s OK if something is difficult. It’s not OK if something is bad. Starting a business in South Africa is a bad experience, not a difficult one. This is a major roadblock for many people because registering a business can be costly, time-consuming and takes way too long to have a positive effect on the nation. …

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Nic Haralambous

Global Keynote Speaker. Entrepreneur. Author. Life is curious. Be curious about life. https://www.nicharalambous.com

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