Investing in Infinity

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7 Responses

  1. Louw says:

    Lovely. It is said that we leave everything behind when we die. Not quite true for those who believe in a spiritual life after death of our body – virtually all religions. If our spirit lives on into infinity, then surely what we put into the spirit (learning & excellence) during life in the body will survive into the next life. Thus investing in learning & excellence = investing in infinity. Simple. No need to travel to India, Sudan or Stellenbosch although that would be so much nicer than sitting in Apapa, Nigeria and penning this note. Happy holidays!!!

  2. Mark Human says:

    From the perspective of an individual I agree with Johan, but I have difficulty with simply defining learning as infinite and knowledge as finite per se. As always with concepts such as learning and knowledge, I feel it depends on the perspective you view it from.

    From an individual perspective learning as a verb can be viewed as infinite, but from a narrow angle it is limited to the time constraints of an individual, ie it becomes finite. In contrast, knowledge from a cumulative perspective, viewed as the total knowledge of mankind at any given time, must necessarily be infinite. That is what drives progress. Continious learning by an individual leads to breakthrough moments by that individual, at which point something as achieved (as envisaged by the grandmother of the donor) and some or other discovery is made or invention created which adds to the infinite cumulative knowledge of mankind and black swan moments are created which in turn creates new content for learning and opportunities to create increased knowledge.

  3. Piet Bester says:

    Excellent…lets learn, invest and strive for infinity in ourselves and transfer these ideas while engaging other people.

  4. Gerhard Genis says:

    Brilliant stuff! Well portrayed Johan Being in India a couple of times myself it brings back good memories Specially those related to learning and gaining knowledge from their culture, way of doing things etc It is amazing how many “truths” one can learn from their heritage

  5. Ferdie Lochner says:

    I have had the good fortune to follow your journey of lifelong learning over the past 21 years, and often to accompany you on this journey. True, learning leads to knowledge. The most salient attribute, however, of these is “sharing”, because it typically should help to embed longevity of that what is good. Thanks therefore that you continue to share the skills of learning, and knowledge as the outcome thereof. I say all this, because I find this particular contribution one of the most insightful blogs I have ever read. I could not attend the last Leaders’ Angle, but the lessons forthcoming from Prof Danica Purg, especially in the context you present them, are most valuable. Thanks again! Ferdie

  6. Jeroen Bolt says:

    Thanks Johan,

    an inspiring article. Invest in learning and excellence, strive for infinity; that’s a powerful vision. Simple guidelines that (if I translate it to the daily practice of changing organizations) force people to look forward and base their decisions on. This is better than adapting strategy based on past results, measured within the company, which leads to taking decisions based on data that is often a couple of months old already.

  7. Reinier says:

    Legacies, in general, are often infinite of nature. Unfortunately also the bad ones… Isn’t the Level 5 leadership concept from the Good to Great study (Jim Collins) an example of infinite leadership legacies?

    Johan, bucket list moments like the one you experienced in Sudan is indeed a classic infinite memory! You are blessed to have many of these moments to support the infinite legacy that you’re building in your circle of influence!

    Viva life long learning!