Happiness Doesn’t Cost a Thing

happiness doesn't cost a thing 

After watching his dog being run over by a car, he moved over to the side of the road, keeping his dog in his arms and crying. Before the dog died, he licked the tears off his owner’s face.

After reading this short, touching story, I reflected on how so many people pay more attention to their material possessions, rather than taking care of their children and animals. There are people out there who pay R80 every week to keep their cars clean, but won’t consider taking their pets to the parlour, or to the vet for a regular check-up. This is a sad reality.

This makes me ask the question – what does happiness mean to you? Or rather, let me ask this: What is the use of having everything, or acquiring knowledge through studying, if you cannot share it with the people you love?

Some people are so poor, all they have is money

Yes, I understand that material things allow us to enjoy our lives, and make things a lot easier in our daily routines. I must admit, I love being able to pop a switch and have my coffee ready in minutes, or having my laptop available at any time. But what we do not realise is that most of us are guilty of focusing on the wrong things.

Material possessions cannot buy us true happiness. We might be happy with them for a little while, but that happiness gets replaced with something more ‘flashy’ and valuable to show off to the world. We need to remind ourselves that while we are chasing these material things, we are bringing financial gain to companies – not happiness to ourselves.

No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.

A good way to start shifting your focus is by making a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life. Read over them every now and again, and give thanks for them.  As good as it is to have wealth and knowledge, the true joy of life is being able to share it.

If you are able to smile, laugh, make other people happy, walk an extra mile for people, and take responsibility, then you will leave behind a legacy that you can be proud of, and people will remain thankful and grateful for having met you.

Getting down to BUSINESS

Hi there Dearest Readers,

Today we have another guest writer who has kindly given us permission to use her article on our blog. What I’m going to do is to cut straight to her article, and then, after her article, I would like to share a few words on what makes this lady so very awesome ….


Getting Down to Business

If I could invent a time machine – which would be rather lucrative, but that’s a whole new topic – and travel back in time, I would choose to study a business qualification.

Everything starts and ends with business. Many people I know would love to work for themselves or to start up their own businesses. The problem, however, is that even though they may be experts in sought-after fields, many of them are missing the essential ingredients for a successful career in business: business knowledge and business skills.

The ability to understand how business works and the ability to identify the elements of a successful business will always be valuable. You will always be able to find a use for business skills, regardless of whether you decide to start up your own business or not.

Own Business

Frequently, you may hear people saying things such as, “I want to open my own business, but I don’t have the necessary admin skills,” or, “I want to open a business, but I am not good at working with figures,” or, “I wish I could open my own business, but I am not sure about the legal aspects.” Wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to counteract all these obstacles and to turn dreams into reality?

I am going to let you in on a little secret that I have discovered – the people who have plenty of money are usually those who have their own businesses. Now, this might not be true for everybody, but in my experience, it certainly seems to be the case. The people who own expensive cars and mansions, and who go on regular overseas holidays, are not earning large salaries by working for employers. Instead, they are earning their money by running their own successful businesses.

So now you know why I would choose to study business if I could go back in time – to learn the things that would enable me to start up and run my own business successfully.

Own Business


However, it isn’t quite necessary to go back in time if you want to learn more about business. No matter how young or old you are, you can always study towards a business qualification via distance learning.

“If you’re thinking already, you might as well think big.” – Donald Trump





This article was written by a very special person whom we have fondly (and with her permission) nicknamed “Wednesday”.

Wednesday is one of those people that I am so glad works at the College. She is part of the reason why I can’t wait to get to the office every day.

Let me tell you a bit more about our dear Wednesday …

Wednesday is incredibly funny. Not just a lit bit funny – but extremely, side-splitting, jaw-aching funny. She’s not funny in a slapstick kind of way. No, her funny takes way more intelligence. Her humour is acerbic and sharp. Some might call it a dry sense of humour. But for me, Lauren is funny because she is so insightful and she is able to verbalise her insights with such witty acuity.

Okay, so apart from her humour, this woman is a serious little dynamo. She’s this tiny creature that packs a seriously mean punch. Not in an ugly or aggressive way. No – our Wednesday uses her words as her weapon of choice. Wednesday is THE person to hire if you need to make an angry telephone call to a company like Telkom. When Wednesday is on the phone …. well, let’s just say, she gets what she wants.

Speaking about getting what she wants …. if I had a true magic wand, I would give it to Wednesday. Wednesday deserves to get what she wants. And more.

You see, Wednesday is just all-round great. If I could fold her up and put her in pocket, I would. Wednesday makes me feel like I am super-talented and super-great person. In fact, Wednesday makes most people feel that way. She is so full of compliments and praise.

Wednesday always sees the positive in people. That is a rare gift in today’s society. Many of us are so wrapped up in our own dramas that we tend not to see the amazing people we are surrounded by.

Today, I would like to specifically point out that Wednesday is one of those amazing people.

Wednesday, you are truly awesome.

Here is a little something from me to you: