Forget the draft, Shanahan and the Niners need to win some games

first_imgI fully understand that in a lost season — like the one the 49ers are currently playing — nothing seems to matter but draft pick position.One win, two wins, six wins — who cares?There’s no obvious added value to being mediocre with your backup quarterback at the helm, so a team might as well go all the way in on securing the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft, right?If that is indeed the prudent decision, the 49ers turned in an outstanding performance Sunday in Arizona. Going up against the …last_img read more

Brand South Africa Hosts the South Africa – Hong Kong Business Breakfast

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 14 February 2019 – Today, Brand South Africa and the South African Consulate in Hong Kong, hosted a business breakfast,  to enhance the country’s Nation Brand reputation through positioning South Africa as an attractive investment destination.Coinciding with the anniversary of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “new dawn,” and renewal of business and investor confidence in South Africa, the  business breakfast presented an opportunity to follow up on the resounding success of the inaugural SA Investment Conference that was held in October last year.The theme was  ‘growing bilateral trade and investment relations between South Africa and Hong Kong’, aimed to contribute towards delivering impactful investment country messaging to the high-level business audience.Brand South Africa’s Marketing Manager, Mr Tshepiso Malele said: “Brand South Africa has been in discussions with stakeholders, to pursue an opportunity for a strategic intervention through direct engagement with Hong Kong business. With the enthusiastic support of the China General Chamber of Commerce (CGCC) in Hong Kong, the collaborative engagement enabled Brand South Africa to interact with a sizable number of Hong Kong’s prominent business people who are members of the chamber.” Speaking at the event, CGCC Chairman, Dr. Jonathan Choi, emphasised the important role  South Africa plays in facilitating Sino-African relations.With its ideal location in fast-growing Asia and riding on the opportunities brought by the Mainland economy, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has developed into an international business, trade and financial hub, as well as a renowned tourist city, providing high value-added and knowledge-intensive services to the globalised world. Hong Kong also serves as the gateway to the Mainland for overseas investors as well as a platform for Mainland enterprises to go global. Though it has a modest population size of just over 7.4 million, Hong Kong boasts a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$ 341 billion and is an important financial Centre in the region.The platform was an opportunity for South Africa to enhance its stakeholder network in China, provide feedback on the  SA Investment Conference and to profile South Africa as an attractive investment  and trade partner of choice. Founder and CEO of Hong Kong based Acorus Capital, Ms. Maxine Barnett, who was a delegate at the South African Investment Conference, remarked, “There is a strong breeze in South Africa. There is a new wind in the sails.” Referring to the significant investment commitments that have been made thus far in response to President Ramaphosa’s drive, she added, “The private sector in South Africa is backing the country… there has never been a better time to consider South Africa.”The confidence in South Africa’s investment potential was echoed by Mr. Mike Blades, CEO of Standard Advisory Asia (which is part of the Standard Bank Group), who highlighted some of the country’s most compelling economic attributes. He commended South Africa’s competitive strengths such as the independent judiciary – an important contributor towards investor protection – as well as the government’s firm stance in rooting out corruption. “Hong Kong will be pivotal in leading investment into South Africa,” he said.South Africa’s Consul-General to Hong Kong, Mr Madoda Ntshinga said: “The growing people to people connections that is taking place between China and Africa, continues to help, build the bridge of human understanding, within the framework of solidarity. We have in the recent past seen an increase in collaboration, cultural exchanges, science and technology cooperation and innovation, as central pillars of development, within the China Africa relationship. Consequently, there is growing consensus, that development of these areas is needed in promoting greater industrialisation, beneficiation and economic development, on a large scale.”“The South African Consulate in Hong continues to work to increase the export of South African agricultural products by improving market access for South African agricultural products in Hong Kong. South African exports including products from the Agro-processing sector such as seafood, meat, wine, fresh fruit and vegetables have strong possibilities for growth.“Hong Kong is a major international financial centre and continues to leverage the combined advantages of ‘one country’’ and ‘two systems’. Bilateral trade between Hong Kong and South Africa continue to grow. We are certain that in the coming months we will continue to see more and more Hong Kong companies investing and doing business in South Africa,” concluded Mr Ntshinga.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Act Before They Are Ready

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Hustlers take action before they are ready.Getting Ready to Get ReadyThe would-be hustler spends a lot of time getting ready to get ready. They believe that they aren’t quite ready yet. They aren’t confident that they can succeed. They believe they need to know more, that they need more time, and that someday they’ll be ready.Would-be hustlers get stuck in this loop. The feel they aren’t ready. They make a list of all the things they lack, whether it is skills, connections, or resources. They refine that list over and over again, and the list of what they need to get started only grows longer.The root cause of would-be hustler’s procrastination is fear. They’re afraid they’ll fail. Afraid they’ll be judged. Afraid that they’ll be embarrassed.A few non-hustlers are afraid they’ll actually succeed. You may not know this, but a lot of non-hustlers fear success because it is a step into the unknown. Will they lose the comfort of the life they know? Will they lose their family, friends, and peer groups when they succeed?Ready, Fire, AimThe hustler begins before they are ready. If it’s not “ready, fire, aim” then it is “ready, aim, fire” with very little time wasted on the “aim.” It’s this bias for action that provides the hustler with the energy to break the gravitational pull that holds the would-be hustler firmly in place. The would-be hustler is locked in a status quo of their own making, never allowing themselves to risk the discomfort necessary to launch.The hustler doesn’t fear failure, knowing that failure is only feedback, a chance to make adjustments. The hustler doesn’t worry about being judged, either. They believe that the opinion of the critic sitting in their recliner playing Monday Morning Quarterback is purely motivated by their pent-up jealous.No one who isn’t actually in the arena has the right to criticize those who are.Stop getting ready to get ready. Stop getting ready. You are ready right now. Take the first step forward today. Take the second stop tomorrow. Adjust your course as you go. Don’t look back.last_img read more