on the conference circuit is a great way to earn a living. I travel
extensively to present my topics at conferences, seminars and workshops. I
speak in venues of all types and sizes and I meet fantastic people from
I've learnt that success really
does breed success, and that successful people tend to gravitate towards
This book has been written for you,
the delegates with whom I've discussed these issues. Sometimes
Successful people like you have
perpetually enquiring minds. You're always eager to learn. You understand
that we will remain students to the end ... that your cup of knowledge
will never be full.
To succeed in the world of business
* a world buffeted by change with increasing ferocity * isn't easy. You
have to be exceptionally tough to take the strain and achieve the goals
you've set for yourself.
Interestingly, it's not only the large companies that employ me at their
conferences and seminars. Successful little companies, led by dynamic
go-getters, also call me in to speak to the people they employ.
I'm always amazed by the effort you
will go to broaden you base of knowledge. But I'm never amazed when I read
about your success in the press. I'm only proud. It has been my honour to
have met and spoken to so many people like you who are guided by visions
In essence, this book is about
changing. More than that, it's about winning. Let's face it, we're a
tenacious bunch, we South Africans. We've proved we can change. And we've
proved we can win.
So, between us, let's make it
I dedicate this book to you in the
hope that the ideas we've set out will guide you along the path to even
greater success and richer rewards.
This book would have taken a lot
longer to complete if my friend Esmond Frank hadn't been around. We spend
a lot of time drinking tea and shooting the breeze. But we always seem to
pluck from the breeze the ideas with which to work.