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Story number two was about yet another pyramid scheme, no it was not run from spectacular offices in Sandton, but rather a small Karoo town Grahamstown. When one conjures mental pictures of this little town, or any small town for that matter, the last thing one expects is a master conman that was able to, allegedly, defraud pensioners, the disabled and widows out of R 60 Million. One is more likely to have mental pictures of dorper sheep happily grazing, no traffic jams and banks without long boring ques. But the truth is life has again achieved in giving us a solid jolt in our system.

I recently read an Afrikaans article by a colleague of mine “Spyt kom altyd te laat” (Regret always comes to late), and in viewing this Carte Blanche expose I clearly saw what was meant by this article and our nation’s ability to be gullible on a scale that one expects in fantasy novels. Why is it that we as a people trust glossy brochures, flashy vehicle’s and big houses blindly? Why is it that we are more than happy to part with our hard earned money on a simple meeting with a friendly face? Why do we never conduct due diligences? Last question: Why are we totally utterly shocked when we lost our money, when our investment strategy characteristics have more in common with a gambling bug than sound investing? I think it is actually a simple thing that motivates us.

We read about people like Bill Gates, The Facebook dude, Steve Jobs (Apple) and our own Mark Shuttleworth. These are all people that have become sinfully rich in what is perceived to be an incredibly short time. What do all of these people have in common? They are innovators! They were 10 steps ahead of the curve and saw a future that most of us did not even imagine, the innovative thinking created them a stupendous amount of wealth. In contrast most of us are not innovators, we are mere mortals. Our desire is merely that life would throw us an opportunity, we merely want in. We would be more than happy to have just put R 10,000 in the initial Microsoft Shares and to just GET IN.

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