My friends and I are sitting around playing a board game. This is not your average board game. This board game exists in another dimension and goes by the name of “You Choose”. It is a game where you get to choose the life you want to live on this earth.

My friend Eric shouts out, “next time, I am going to choose the life of a rock ‘n roll guitarist!” Mark looks up at Eric and says, “why not try the Irish gig? I had a hoot on my last go-round with that one. This time I think I’m…

Entropy is often interpreted as a degree of disorder or randomness in a system. The term is mostly used in the context of thermodynamics. I will use some poetic license and explore entropy as the force that politicians are desperately trying to oppose.

The nature of politicians is to centralise their power in the form of a government that imposes its rule over people. Over time governments’ get bigger and become less efficient and get worse at the task they set out to do. The response by politicians is to create more government. The inevitable spiral of decline follows.

An…

In the game of life, there is always a new lesson to learn and an insight to discover. After all, to level up, you need to find the next productivity bonus, which means being open to discovering it. In a world where there is so much to be done, prioritising what matters is important.

When thinking about the things that matter, I am reminded of a finance lecture I developed several years ago. The lecture was for a group of directors of listed companies on the JSE’s Alt-X exchange. Many of the attendees were also directors of mainboard companies. The…

Knowing where the finish line is, was one of the constraints I wrote about in the last Just in Time article (Article #75). The constraints of the Just in Time articles have several downsides. One of the trade-offs is that sometimes an element of an article needs further explanation, which is not possible given the word count limit.

There is probably a whole field of psychology dedicated to this subject about which I know nothing. I won’t pretend to be an expert. However, I have plenty of anecdotal experience about the importance of knowing where the finish line is before…

Have you ever sat down to do a piece of work and found yourself staring at the blank page, not knowing what to do next? This is a common problem for those on the creative treadmill of developing content regularly. This problem is not only reserved for regular content creators. Perhaps you need to write an important business email and you can’t find the right words. It might be a university assignment that you have been procrastinating on. Some might call it writer’s block.

I’m reminded of the work of Jocko Willink. One of his many books is called “Discipline…

In September 2019, the first “Just in Time” article was published in the form of a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) market momentum report. The principle of market momentum measures how far market price moves in relation to a moving average. A large percentage price movement away from a moving average suggests that there is price momentum. Market momentum signals present opportunities to exploit price changes for profit.

Long term momentum is a valuable indicator to help investors allocate capital to markets. The chart above represents the weekly price of the All-Share Index (J203) since 2007. Notice the long upward trend…

We need energy to live. The human body is not that different to a battery cell in that it is continually charging and discharging as we go about everyday life. Generally, food, water and sleep are the requirements needed to recharge. As a rule, the human body needs 1,200 calories per day. That is the equivalent of about four hamburgers per day. Each of us may have a specific formula suited to our personal needs to get those calories. Some may favour protein, while others prefer a more plant-based option. Of course, let’s not forget the carbs. …

If you have ever been stuck, then you will know how frustrating it is. Being stuck means you can’t move. The literal version of being stuck is when your Land Rover gets stuck in the mud, and you must use your friends Subaru to pull you out. The figurative version of being stuck is not knowing what to do next. You might be stuck on a micro issue of not knowing what clothes to wear to an important function. …

Training for an event can, for many people, be a slog. Cold, dark winter mornings, wearing gloves and beanies, and dodging potholes can test the systems. Many feel stressed about their recovery from big training days. They question if they have the right diet, and there is always the lingering fear of getting injured. I am fortunate that I don’t suffer from any of this. My routine is dialled in, and it works. Nearly three years of running every day have allowed me to understand how my body operates.

I’ve tested different variables over time. For example, what happens when…

I spent many years going on holiday with my family to the Wild Coast. We went to the same place every year, and it was always a time of fun and excitement. The magic of this remote wild country got into my blood. I always imagined that I would go back and explore more of it. As an adult, I heard tales of long walks over many days from one Transkei hotel to the next. I said to myself that I would do that one day.

As I have embraced my love for running and being fit and healthy, I…

Justin Spencer-Young

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