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The World’s Top 10 Self-made Women Billionaires

August 3, 2017
The world's Top 10 Self-made Women Billionaires • Zhang Xin

More women entrepreneurs than ever before have climbed into the 10-figure club. A record 56 self-made women are now billionaires including the first ever from countries like Vietnam and Japan. In fact, more than half of these enterprising women hail from Asia. Worth a combined $129 billion, these trailblazers have founded some of the best known brands around the globe including Gap, Spanx, Alibaba and Little Caesars. Women are still the much rarer sex when it comes to wealth creation but they are moving in the right direction. The best-known self-made women billionaires around the world include Americans like Oprah…

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The World’s Most Valuable Brands 2017

June 1, 2017
The World's Most Valuable Brands 2017

Brand value. Everybody wants it. Many struggle to achieve it. Few brands truly attain it. It’s no accident that the world’s most valuable brands excel year after year. In a global economy subject to changing market dynamics and heightened competition, the role of brands has never been greater. With the top 100 brands this year having a cumulative value of $1.95 trillion, one thing is for certain, it sure pays to up your brand game! But who is the WHO of brands in 2017? Every year Forbes magazine creates a list of the world’s most valuable brands. Forbes values brands…

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5 Best Biographies: The Life Stories EVERYONE should read

May 15, 2017
Best Biographies • Steve Jobs

Smart people read biographies. Generalisations are usually worthless, but you can pretty much take this one to the bank. Look at their libraries and you’ll see, one biography and memoir and autobiography after another. There’s a reason – reading biographies is some of the most actionable and educational reading you can do. Think about it, a biography is a sweeping portrait of a life or a career. Politics and war, science and sports, memoir and history. Biographies allow you to see the world in a new way, through the life of another person who lived in a different time and place.…

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The TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017

May 4, 2017
TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017 • Alessandro Michele Gucci

Every year an annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World is assembled by TIME Magazine. First published in 1999 as the result of a debate among American academics, politicians, and journalists, the list has now become a very distinguished and prevalent annual event. Although appearing on the list is often seen as an honor, TIME makes it clear that entrants are recognised for changing the world, regardless of the consequences of their actions. The annual list of 100 Most Influential People explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown. As in years past, this year’s list includes Presidents and…

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How to Master the Art of the First Impression

April 3, 2017
How to master the art of the first impression

Amy Cuddy, a psychologist at the Harvard Business School, has been studying the art of the first impression for more than a decade. She and her colleagues found that we make snap judgments about other people that answer two primary questions: Can I trust this person? Can I respect this person’s capabilities? According to Cuddy’s research, 80 to 90 percent of a first impression is based on these two traits. Subconsciously, you and the people you meet are asking yourselves, “Can I trust that this person has good intentions toward me?” and “Is this person capable?” How to Master the Art of…

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How to gain control of your free time

March 3, 2017
Brainy Business • How to gain control of your Free Time

There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she’s discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. Between careers and kids, many men and women feel that they are just too busy to cram in anything else. To test the truth of this feeling, author Laura Vanderkam began logging her time for each of the 168 hours of the week. Among her surprising findings? We retroactively overestimate the…

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We love the wise words of Simon Sinek

February 7, 2017
Simon Sinek • Hello Smart Blog

Feel inspired and inspire others. If you aren’t familiar with British/American author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant Simon Sinek’s name, you’re probably familiar with the movement he created, launched with the release of his international bestselling book, Start With Why. You may also recognise his face from his subsequent TED talk, one of the organization’s most popular videos of ALL TIME, with more than 28 million views. This New York Times bestselling author and speaker is not just spreading an idea, he’s leading a crusade. His goal? To build a world where the vast majority of people go home every day…

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3 Graduation Speeches that will inspire you for the year ahead

January 31, 2017
Top graduation speeches of all time - Hello Smart Blog

At the beginning of a new year there is always a sense of excitement. Yay, It’s 2017! Time for new adventures, new possibilities, new prospects. All very thrilling…! Unfortunately, NEW isn’t always so exhilarating. Many times NEW can also be very scary. What lies ahead? What challenges might we face? What uncertainties may lurk around the corner? What will 2017 bring? In many ways every new year is a graduation onto the next phase of our lives. And like us, on graduation day, many graduates are faced with the very same conundrum. Personally and professionally we do not know what…

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The World’s 7 Favourite Social media platforms

November 4, 2016
Social Media

  50% of the World’s population is 30 years and younger. We call them The Millennial. 53% of Millennials say that they would rather loose their sense of smell than their technology…Crazy right?! We’ll they probably saying that because, A whopping 96% of all Millennials have a social media account One of the defining phenomena of the present times reshaping the world as we know it, is the worldwide accessibility to the internet. The lovechild of the World Wide Web is social media, which comes in many forms, including blogs, forums, business networks, photo-sharing platforms, social gaming, microblogs, chat apps,…

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Our Top 5 Favourite TED Talks

November 1, 2016
TEDx Bloemfontein

One of the OFS Smart Repair Team’s absolute favourite sources of inspiration is the incredible platform that is TED.com. Through the years we have been moved and enthralled by brilliant speakers such as Ken Robinson, Amy Cuddy and Benjamin Zander with talks ranging from creativity and body language to classical music and vulnerability. Being such huge fans of TED, we were very honored when our very own Jeani Meyer was invited by local TEDx curators Bonginkosi Leeuw, Lerothodi Molete and Tony Peng to speak at the TEDx Bloemfontein launch. Listening to innovative, inventive and original talks at the TEDx Bloemfontein…

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