Every individual has his or her definition of success and the variations are unlimited.

By

Oliver T. Spedding

Countless books have been written about how to be successful; most of them focussing on the financial aspect.

But financial success is only one of the many types of success that people strive for. Many of these other types of successes do have financial rewards amongst the other rewards but not as primary rewards.

The truth is that success cannot be specifically defined.

Every individual has his or her definition of success and the variations are unlimited.

It is up to each one of us to define what success means to us.

The important thing is…


Every individual has his or her definition of success and the variations are unlimited.

By

Oliver T. Spedding

Countless books have been written about how to be successful; most of them focussing on the financial aspect.

But financial success is only one of the many types of success that people strive for. Many of these other types of successes do have financial rewards amongst the other rewards but not as primary rewards.

The truth is that success cannot be specifically defined.

Every individual has his or her definition of success and the variations are unlimited.

It is up to each one of us to define what success means to us.

The important thing is…


Who is the real winner of the term project?

By

Oliver T. Spedding

The school children waited excitedly for their teacher, Misses Zuma, to announce the term project that would have to be completed and handed in for judging on the last day of the term.

There was always very intense competition amongst the students as the winner of the contest would be interviewed by the local newspaper and the interview published together with a photograph of the victor holding his or her winning project.

“For the term project each student must make an item made entirely from natural material and hand it in at the end of the…


Everyone has, at one time or another, failed at something that they have attempted to do.

By

Oliver T. Spedding

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Maya Angelou

Everyone has, at one time or another, failed at something that they have attempted to do.

It is in fact, quite natural to fail.

Although a great many people succeed at the things they do they very seldom, if ever, achieve success at the first attempt.

Such a success rate is impossible.

The…


There are two sides to this phenomenon; mistreatment and etiquette.

By

Oliver T. Spedding

The elimination of gender discrimination in the world today is not as simple as many would believe.

There is one aspect of this phenomenon that creates considerable ambiguity and will require the Wisdom of Solomon to unravel.

The problem is that, to overcome this uncertainty, it requires a considerably effort from both women and men.

Discrimination against women has been in existence for so long that it has become ingrained in society and, just like bad habits are difficult to overcome, discrimination cannot be quickly eradicated.

There is no doubt that it has to be removed…


To be successful at anything you have to practice the difficult parts

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Oliver T. Spedding

The piano had been in the family for three generations.

It was originally bought for Edwin’s grandmother who had shown remarkable talent as a child and gone on to become one of the world’s most famous pianists of that time.

Edwin’s mother had tried to follow in her mother’s footsteps and, although she did attain a certain degree of fame, she never received the recognition that her mother had received.

Accepting that her future as a concert pianist was limited, she gradually withdrew from the stage and spent much of her time giving music lessons to…


Euphemisms for what the police and criminals do and how they do it.

By

Oliver T. Spedding

The world of crime abounds with interesting, descriptive and amusing euphemisms for what the police and criminals do and how they do it.

The abundance of law enforcement technical terms and complex regulations often leads to their simplifying and shortening that unite police officers in their own private language.

Criminal jargon is even more varied as crime is a very specialized profession and each type of crime has its own dedicated slang.

The language of the drug culture is constantly changing in an effort to mislead the authorities and has a range of terms to describe…


Most people have at least one superstition.

By

Oliver T. Spedding

Throughout the history of the human race, superstitions have played an important part.

Soothsayers and astrologers guided the planners of wars and disasters were blamed on star signs and evil influences.

In medieval Europe Joan of Arc’s victories over the British were seen as the work of a witch and she was eventually burnt at the stake.

Christopher Columbus believed that the sharks seen following his ship were an evil omen, King Henry VIII believed that Anne Boleyn’s witchcraft had trapped him into falling in love with her so he had her beheaded, Samuel Johnson, the…


Some things really are too good to be true.

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Oliver T. Spedding

Out of the blue I received an e-mail from a Mrs. Agnes Abusonwe in Nigeria.

The dear woman’s husband, a General in the Nigerian Army, had died three months ago and left her $120 million.

For some obscure reason Mrs. Abusonwe urgently needed to transfer this money out of her country but knew nobody who could help her.

In desperation she searched the internet for someone trustworthy with whom she could deposit the money until a suitable bank could be found where she could safely invest it.

She was quite prepared to reward this person with…


“I wanted to marry Sizani because I loved her and no other woman.”

By

Oliver T. Spedding

In many countries across the world and especially in Africa and more specifically in South Africa, a man must pay a price to the father of the woman he wishes to marry.

In South Africa this practice is called “paying lobolo” or “paying lobola” and the currency is usually cattle.

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John Painter, a sugarcane farmer on the Natal south coast in South Africa was keen on expanding his estate by purchasing a stretch of land adjacent to his farm.

As there were certain legal obstacles that needed to be overcome and I specialized in the…

Oliver Thomas Spedding

I’m a freelance writer, book illustrator, songwriter and artist. Through my writing I am hoping to spread hope and encouragement. Don’t ever give up!

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