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One of the greatest truths is that life is meant to be enjoyed. God put us in the world so that we celebrate the talents, skills, abilities and the creativity that he gifted us.

We spend the majority of our time at work and if you are not enjoying what you do at work you will end up miserable. A miserable employee will not be productive and will be a highly inappropriate billboard to project the company’s image.

On the other hand a super-charged employee who is thoroughly enjoying what he does is an asset to the company and looks forward to going to work every single morning.  Happiness at work and finding joy in what you do is to a large extent a psychological thing.

Researches that were done indicate that more and more people would rather have fulfilling roles in their companies than a fat pay-check on its own. The researches underscore that an employee’s pursuit is job satisfaction and inherently happiness.

When I quit my salaried job for a commission based job all my friends thought I was mad. Despite being reasonably salaried I didn’t entirely enjoy my work. And the danger with that is that you will slowly undersell yourself more and more until you become redundant.

I was so much hell-bent on finding a role in which I could use and apply my skills and my talents. And guess what, I found out the joy of being in sales; I determine my paycheck, play golf, can find time to pen down this article, working on my first book. I am able to do things that I have always wanted to do and I am having fun.

If you are sitting there at your desk and not enjoying what you are doing. If you are earning a meagre salary and very unhappy about your boss, then quit your job and look elsewhere!  If you are unhappy about your job you become disengaged and less productive. Not only are you a cost to the company, you will undersell yourselves and kill you career.

When you stop enjoying what you are doing you need to immediately switch because you will become dysfunctional. The truth of the matter is that whether you are an accountant, a law firm everybody is in sales. An accountant is selling a set of key skills in exchange for a salary. A lawyer does the same; despite being trained in the same institutions some lawyers are more expensive than others. It is because everyone is responsible for their self-worth.

Everyone is in the business of selling products, skills and services, yet the majority of people are acutely unaware that the world revolves around sales. If you from today start considering yourself as a salesperson offering a set of skills in exchange of a salary and then you will automatically put yourself in great position to sell yourself for the correct price.

The more you improve those skills the more expensive you become. You become an improved product and therefore you must be acquired at an improved price. If you spend time whining about your boss you will become an unattractive product.

How much you earn is an exact equivalent of the price tag that you put on yourself. Your current salary is what you are worth. If you think you are worth more and your pay does not commensurate your talents and abilities then you have under-priced yourself.

 Here are five ways to regain your self -worth if you think you are under-selling yourself

1. Determine you career path
If you know exactly where you want to end up in your company progression ladder, the more you will be motivated to achieve that. Look at the requirements of your dream position and work yourself to be better and better every day. Develop and work on the skills that are necessary for you to be successful in your dream position.

2. Self improvement
There is so much information in the internet that just by reading thirty minutes everyday something related to your career, you can become one the best people in your position. If you commit yourself to improving yourself by attending seminars, listening to audios you will become better and better. Just by reading every day you can acquire so much knowledge that it equates to a formal certification.

3. Personal brand
Your interaction with your boss, your colleagues and customers creates a perception about you. Over time this creates a mental perception to your boss and colleagues about your abilities. You are largely responsible for what they think about you and by carrying yourself in particular you can influence how they think about you.

4. Commitment
Become committed to what you do. Dive into any project and finish it in time or before. Successful people in their careers are people that come early to work and are usually the last to leave. They impress by delivering the results and are committed to completing their tasks.

5. Lead
Volunteer for projects and start showing your leadership abilities even before you get the position that you want. By the time you get there leading people will not be strange. Learn to be able to persuade people to see things in your way and acknowledge everyone’s contribution.

See you next week.
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Gambling Authority tender dangles as a jittery lottery quandary

30th November 2020

Lucrative and highly anticipated national lottery tender that saw several Batswana businessmen partnering to form a gambling consortium to pit against their South African counterparts, culminates into a big power gamble.

WeekendPost has had a chance to watch lottery showcase even before the anticipated and impending national lottery set-up launches. A lot has been a big gamble from the bidding process which is now set for the courts next year January following a marathon legal brawl involving the interest of the gambling fraternity in Botswana and South Africa.

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The uncertainty of getting the next meal in Botswana

30th November 2020
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Households representing more than half of Botswana’s population-mostly residing in rural areas- do not know where their next meal will come from, but neither do they take into consideration the quality and/or quantity of the food they consume.

This is according to the latest Prevalence of Food Insecurity in Botswana report which was done for the 2018/19 period and represents the state of food insecurity data even to this time.
The Prevalence of Food Insecurity was released by Statistics Botswana and it released results with findings that the results show that at national level 50.8 percent of the population in Botswana was affected by moderate to severe food insecurity in 2018/19, while 22.2 percent of the population was affected by severe food insecurity only.

According to the report, this translates to 27 percent of the population being food secure that is to say having adequate access to food in both quality and quantity. According to Statistician General, Burton Mguni, when explaining how the food data was compiled, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is custodian of the “Prevalence of Undernourishment (PoU)” and “Prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity in the population based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)” SDG indicators, for leading FIES data analysis and the resultant capacity building.

“The FIES measures the extent of food insecurity at the household or individual level. The indicator provides internationally comparable estimates of the proportion of the population facing moderate to severe difficulties in accessing food. The FIES consists of eight brief questions regarding access to adequate food, and the questions are answered directly with a yes/no response. It (FIES) complements the existing food and nutrition security indicators such as Prevalence of Undernourishment.

According to the FIES, with increasing severity, the quantity of food consumed decreases as portion sizes are reduced and meals are skipped. At its most severe level, people are forced to go without eating for a day or more. The scale further reveals that the household’s experience of food insecurity may be characterized by uncertainty and anxiety regarding food access and compromising the quality of the diet and having a less balanced and more monotonous diet,” says Mguni.

The 50.8 percent of the population in Botswana which was affected by moderate to severe food insecurity are characterized as people experiencing moderate food insecurity and face uncertainties about their ability to obtain food. These people have been forced to compromise on the quality and/or quantity of the food they consume according to the report on food insecurity.

Those who experience severe food insecurity, the 22.2 percent of the population, are people who have typically run out of food and, at worst, gone a day (or days) without eating. According to the statistics, rural area population experienced moderate to severe food insecurity at 65 percent while urban villages were at 46.60 percent and cities/town were at 31.70 percent. Those experiencing the most extreme and severe insecurity were at rural areas making 33.10 percent while urban villages and towns were at 11.90 percent and 17.50 respectively.

According to a paper compiled by Sirak Bahta, Francis Wanyoike, Hikuepi Katjiuongua and Davis Marumo and published in December 2017, titled ‘Characterization of food security and consumption patterns among smallholder livestock farmers in Botswana,’ over 70 percent of Botswana’s population reside in rural areas, and majority (70%) relies on traditional/subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods.

The study set out to characterize the food security situation and food consumption patterns among livestock keepers in Botswana. “Despite the policy change, challenges still remain in ensuring that all persons and households have access to food at all times. For example, during an analysis of the impacts of rising international food prices for Botswana, BIDPA reported that food prices tended to be highest in the rural areas already disadvantaged by relatively low levels of income and high rates of unemployment,” said the study.

According to the paper, about 9 percent of households were found to be food insecure and this category of households included 6 percent of households that ranked poorly and 3 percent that were on the borderline according to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) definition of food security.

Media reports state that the World Bank has warned that disruption to production and supply chains could ‘spark a food security crisis’ in Africa, forecasting a fall in farm production of up to 7 percent, if there are restrictions to trade, and a 25 percent decline in food imports.

Food security in Botswana or food production was also attacked by the locust pandemic which swept out this country’s vegetation and plants. The locust is said to have contributed to 25 percent loss in production.

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Solid demand for diamonds towards the ‘gift’ season

30th November 2020

Global lockdown have been a thorn in diamonds having shiny sales, but a lot of optimism shows with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, the precious stones will be bought with high volumes towards festive season. The diamond market is however warned of the resurgence of Covid-19 in key markets presents ongoing risks amid the presence and optimist about the new Covid-29 vaccines.

The latest findings published as De Beers Group’s latest Diamond Insight ‘Flash’ Report, which looks at the impact of the pandemic on relationships and engagements, has revealed that in the US that more couples than ever are buying diamond engagement rings. Bridal sales is mostly the primary source of diamond jewellery demand in recent months, De Beers said.

According to De Beers, interviews with independent jewellers around the US revealed that the rate of couples getting engaged has increased compared with the period when Covid-19 first had an impact in the US in the spring.

“In addition, despite challenging economic times, consumers were spending more than ever on diamond engagement rings – often upgrading in colour, cut and clarity, rather than size. Several jewellers speculated that with consumers spending less on elaborate weddings and/or honeymoons in the current environment, they had more to spend on choosing the perfect ring,” said De Beers.

According to De Beers, a national survey of 360 US women in serious relationships, undertaken in late October in collaboration with engagement and wedding website, The Knot. This survey is said to have found that the majority of respondents (54%) were thinking more about their engagement ring than the wedding itself (32%) or the honeymoon (15%), supporting jewellers’ hypothesis that engagement ring sales were benefiting from reduced wedding and travel budgets in light of Covid-19 restrictions.

When it came to researching engagement rings, online was by far the predominant channel for gaining ideas/inspiration at 86% of consumers surveyed, with 85% saying they had saved examples of styles they liked, according to De Beers. According to the survey, only a uarter of respondents said they had looked in-store at a physical location for design inspiration.

“For many couples, the pandemic has brought them even closer together, in some instances speeding up the path to engagement after forming a deeper connection while experiencing lockdown and its associated ups and downs as a partnership. Engagement rings are taking on even greater symbolism in this environment, with retailers reporting couples are prepared to invest more than usual, particularly due to budget reductions in other areas,” De Beers CEO Cleaver said.

According to De Beers Group, its Diamond Insight Flash Report series is focused on understanding the US consumer perspective in light of Covid-19 and monitoring how it evolves as the crisis evolves. Also, the company said, it is augmenting its existing research programme with additional consumer, retailer and supply chain touch-basis to understand the pain points and the opportunities for stakeholders across the diamond pipeline.

Demand for diamonds is as hard and resilient as the precious stone itself. De Beers pocketed US$ 450 million in its recently held ninth rough diamond sales cycle, and the company says it is more flexible approach to rough diamond sales during the ninth sales cycle of 2020, with the Sight event extended beyond its normal week-long duration.

“Steady demand for De Beers Group’s rough diamonds continued in the ninth sales cycle of the year, reflecting stable consumer demand for diamond jewellery at the retail level in the US and China, and expectations for reasonable demand to continue throughout the holiday season. However, the resurgence of Covid-19 infections in several consumer markets presents ongoing risks,” said De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver recently.

High expectations are on diamonds being a sentimental gift for holiday season or as the most fetished gift. However the ninth cycle was lower than the eighth which registered US$ 467 million. For the last year period which corresponds with the current one, De Beers managed to raise US$ 400.

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