True Leadership

I recently submitted an application to “The Chosen” and had to write a 400 words on leadership. Thought it might be nice to add here too and I would love to know what you think…

South Africa has inspired some of the greatest leaders of our time. From Mandela to Gandhi, people have been inspired – through some form of suffering – to lead the transformation of society and of the world. True leadership inspires and empowers others.

The most crippling action in our society is thinking small. Thinking that you are insignificant. It is the duty of our leaders to change that; it is our duty to change that. For this country to flourish and for real transformation to take place, people need to be lead to the door of possibility and empowered to open it. That is true leadership.

We need to shift the mindset from being constrained by the past and limited by the present to being free in the possibilities of the future. For us to live in an equal society, it is not the leveling of status that needs to happen but Continue reading

Dr Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules of Success

Arnold Schwarzenegger truly is an inspirational person. He has progressed to the highest levels in 3 very different fields: becoming Mr Universe, one of Hollywoods highest paid actors as well as being elected a governor of California. All this from coming from a very rural background, not being able to speak English properly and having a very heavy accent. His motivation, drive and detirmination is something that we can all learn from. Below is a great youtube clip on his secrets of success:

1) Trust yourself
2) Break some rules
3) Don’t be afraid to fail
4) Ignore the naysayers
5) Work Like Hell
6) Give Something back

I can’t help but think that the obstacles in my way of achieving what I want are insignificant compared to what he has had to overcome. Make me wanna get my ass into gear… How about you?

Reloaded Blog

Due to a crash during an update I managed to corrupt my config file and had to reload my settings and posts…. Yes, I have now learnt to backup before an update and yes it might happen to me… I will be trying to reload most of my posts back up, but unfortunately I lost all comments on the previous posts. Should be back up and running (slightly improved) in less than a week.  Please bare with me and check back again soon.

-Roger

Why Drop out of University – Real World degrees

While there is a staggering number of people at the top of the “rich List” who are university drop-outs, there are still unrecorded masses for which it didn’t work out so well. Why does dropping out sometimes help and most times not? What are good reasons to drop out and what are the benefits from doing it? As a UCT drop-out myself*, here are my thoughts – it would be great to hear yours.

While there is plenty of merit in getting a degree, isn’t it strange that so few people actually use what they learnt in their degree in their first job? Nowadays a degree is more proof that you are trainable and can think than a means of showing your experience. It is more about extending your title (i.e. Roger Norton, BSc Electrical Engineering) than giving you any real experience in that field and limiting you to use what you have learnt…
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What I learnt from Billionaires…

I worked for 4 years as an engineer maintaining the systems on Superyachts. (Large luxury private yachts.) It was a great lifestyle and I learnt many things while travelling. The one thing that is very unique to the job was the close proximity to billionaires. Here are some of the things that I picked up form being around them… Continue reading

Web 3.0 – The Symantic Web

§If Web 1.0 was the ability to create sites on the World Wide Web, and Web 2.0 was the Social Media revolution that we are currently goig through, What will Web 3.0 look like? There seems to be a lot of speculation and division among the web futurists. The basics that they do seem to agree on is that Web 2.0 was all about content creation whether it be personal or business and that Web 3.0 will be about creating value to the connections between the data.

In a fascinating little video by Kate Ray, she interviews many of the top scientists and developers working what Web 3.0 (Often called the Semantic Web, depending who you talk to. ) Through the people that she interviewed it starts to become evident that as the number of pages moves from millions to billions and soon on to trillions, the current search methods dealing only with data become very limited.

Talking about how we currently use search, this is what the inventor of the world Wide Web had to say: “And so that’s not really a search, I think people use the word search to mean this sort of parachuting in, crossing your fingers, and hoping to land somewhere really good.” – Tim Berners-Lee (2:18):

At some point we will need to start dealing with the context of the data. What its relationships are with the other data and assign value to those relationships. This sort of contextual linking and structure is what the Semantic web is all about. “The Semantic Web, at it’s lowest level, is just an expression of information, that’s all it is.”  – John Hebeler.

Wikipedia explains that, “the semantic web is a vision of information that is understandable by computers, so computers can perform more of the tedious work involved in finding, combining, and acting upon information on the web.” It is by handing over the information to a computer in a way that it can easily process and do the interpretation of the information for you. It will involve the system being able to understand that a tweet, blog, mention in an article, LinkedIn group etc, all link to information about the same person and creating value to the relationships between that data.

As utopian as the concept of the semantic web is, it is currently the most common prediction as to where the future of the web is going. The fact that the internet is going to continue to evolve is a certainty, could this be the direction that we may be headed? Plenty of experts think so, do you?

For more reading see :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_Web

http://semanticweb.org/wiki/Main_Page