Invictus conquered by heart

The 2010 Soccer Worldcup is upon us in South Africa. My mood changes from mild excitement to complete ecstasy day by day as we draw closer. This is surely one of the biggest mass events ever to be hosted on the African continent and I cannot be more proud to be a South Africa during this period. We’ve come a very long way over the last 300 years or so since Jan van Riebeeck arrived in Cape Town, to the first Democratic elections in 1994, to winning the Rugby Worldcups in 1995 and 2007.

Anyway as a tribute to Bafana Bafana and the fans who have gone out in thousands today in Johannesburg and across South Africa I post this video clip for the trailer of Invictus, the film starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francious Pienaar. Few South African films have touched me as deeply as this movie. And I am not embarrassed to say that during several scenes I became so emotional that I cried. Knowing that I was there during 1990s when all these major events that have changed our world happened, makes me feel like we can certainly accomplish anything we set our mind too. Miracles don’t always happen overnight, they may take 27 years!

And here’s the actual Invictus poem by William Ernest Henley…

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


I am Proudly South African!

Robin Banks motivational Speaker in South AfricaToday I am sharing an important message from my fellow motivational speaker, Robin Banks. A few years ago I attended one of his free Mind Power workshops and was completely blown away by his confidence and ability to get people excited. He has an incredible way of creating high energy experiences similar to Tony Robbins. Anyway in 2007 we met while both of us attended Dr John Demartini’s Breakthrough Experience.

Here’s the message from Robin Banks:

We are less than 8 days away from the beginning of one of the most exciting events this country has ever experienced and it’s absolutely awesome to feel the buzz in South Africa. The roads are coming together nicely, our airports are world class and I honestly believe we are ready to host an Outstanding Worldcup!

I have had the privilege of working with ACSA (Airports Company South Africa), preparing all the airport staff to give the world the most Awesome South African welcome. I have seen many of the countries stadiums and travel to most cities on a regular basis, so I speak from personal experience when I say, ”We are Ready” and I am Proud of my country. Everywhere you go there are South African flags being flown, my car has mirror flags and two on the back windows as well. If you haven’t got flags I would strongly encourage you to get behind our country and buy some. You can go into any Mini dealership and they will give you mirror flags for free. Don’t procrastinate, Just Do it!

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