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Kim Kiyosaki shares her NUMBER ONE secret to success and happiness, and it’s simpler than you may think.

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Years ago, I attended a seminar where the speaker on stage said to the audience, “I bet I can tell you the goal of every person in this room.” I thought to myself, “How in the world would he know what each of our goals are?”

Then he said, “Everyone in this room has one primary goal: to be happy.” I had to agree, my number one goal was to be happy
It’s the definition of happy that’ll be different for each person.

So I asked myself, “What does it mean to me to be happy?” I went through a checklist: a successful business, a great marriage, lots of money and all the good things that money brings, a wonderful network of friends and family, a cat, world travel, great health, a sense of purpose in life, and so on. I wanted all that – and then I’d be happy.

So I began to work toward all those things. In 1994, Robert and I “retired.” We weren’t rich by most people’s definition, but we did have more money coming in every month from our investments – primarily real estate – than was going out each month in living expenses. In other words we no longer had to work for money. We were free.

After a few months of retirement and vacation, we had to face the harsh reality that we were bored. Bored to tears. One morning we were sitting outside with a cup of coffee, and we looked at eachother and asked, “Now what?” We had all of the things on my checklist, so did that mean that we were done? Robert and I were supposed to be happy for the rest of our lives. Isn’t that the formula? Obviously, it wasn’t.

Everything we had, and have today, brings us contentment and a sense of satisfaction, but I discovered early on that happiness, to me, doesn’t have an end goal. You don’t wake up one morning and say, “I’ve made it. I’m happy. And I’ll be happy from here on.” It’s no different from working out at the gym. I would love to get to the point where I can say, “I’ve reached my workout goal. I’m in shape. I’ve made it, and I don’t have to work out any more.” That’s not quite how it works.

What Is Happiness?

So what the heck is happiness? For me, I know I’m happiest and most elated when I’m growing as an individual. When I’m learning something new and applying it. When I’m taking on something I’m not sure I can do – and I do it. That, to me, is happiness. I’m learning. I’m growing. I’m better today than I was yesterday.

As I see it, you have two choices: You’re either growing, or you are declining. A person doesn’t stand still. You are either getting better – improving your health, your wealth and your relationships – or you’re getting worse.

So what I know is this: I want to be happy. Happiness is an ongoing process, just like building a business or investing. These are actually two of my outlets for happiness. My business and investments are where I get to experiment. I test strategies, make mistakes and learn from them. The more I learn and grow, the more success I have. And the more I learn and grow, the happier I am. So from this point of view, success and happiness go hand in hand. It’s not the success that makes me happy, it’s what I learn getting to the success that brings me happiness.

The Key to Success and Happiness

How many books, articles and talk shows communicate the endless keys to success? Hundreds? Thousands? Maybe more. I only want to share one with you. This comes from my personal experience. It is the one key that I feel is most important for anyone seeking any level of success and happiness in her life: Surround yourself with supportive people. Said another way – get rid of the negative people in your life. Supportive people encourage you to go for your goals and dreams. They want you to win, tell you why you’ll succeed and offer their guidance and support. Negative people will tell you all the reasons why you can’t do something. They’ll tell you, “It’ll never work,” “Don’t be ridiculous,” “What makes you think you could pull that off?” or “Don’t take a risk, you might lose.”

I made the decision years ago to get rid of the negative people in my life. The price was too high, and it was too tough to be polite and keep them around me. Negative people kill creativity. They squash your dreams. They keep you doubting yourself. They drain your energy and waste your time. Negative people keep you small.

I seldom give advice, but I’ll adamantly state here that if you have negative, toxic people in your personal or professional life, walk away from them. It’s not always an easy thing to do. It wasn’t for me. But realising and enjoying the fact that these people no longer have any influence on me, I wish I’d made the decision many years earlier.

See for Yourself

Stretching yourself and going for your goals and dreams is tough enough without negative, limiting baggage. Your success will be much grander, easier and more fun when the people surrounding you are on your side. In the book, Trump: The Best Real Estate Advice I EverReceived, many experts share their best gem of experience. Lester Crown,chairman of Henry Crown and Company, an investment firm, said it this way: “You can’t make a good deal with a bad partner.” I read two points into that statement. No matter how good the deal – be it business, investing or personal – if you have a partner who’s unsupportive, negative or working toward his or her own agenda, the good deal will become a bad deal. Full stop.

To attract a good partner, you have to be a good partner. So don’t just look at those around you, look at yourself as well.And ask yourself, what kind of a partner am I? What kind of a partner do I want to be?

The most important action I took toward my own increased success and happiness was cleanly severing ties with the negative and pessimistic people in my business and personal life. In doing so, I regularly check in on myself and ask: “Am I the kind of person and partner that I want surrounding me in my life?” That one step changed everything in my life for the better.

Kim Kiyosaki, author of Rich Woman: A Book on Investing for Women, began her career as a real estate investor in 1989 after launching her first business with her husband, Robert Kiyosaki, the author of the bestselling Rich Dad, Poor Dad series. Today, Kim controls millions of dollars of investment property and teaches women how to achieve financial freedom through investing and taking control of their financial futures.

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Travel At The Touch Of A Button

The revolutionary Travelit app has been developed for the global marketplace to meet your business travel needs.

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Travelit has launched an easy-to-use mobile app that simplifies the trip approval process, provides a full trip itinerary and assists in management of travel expenses.

“The app is designed in South Africa, for the African and global marketplace,” says Wayne Muirhead Chief Sales Officer at Travelit. “We have developed the app locally with our own developers, and opted not to use a white labelling solution.”

The app interface enables the requirements of travellers, approvers, users, as well as finance and procurement role players to be met so each trip is seamlessly planned and executed.

Stress-free financial administration

“Expense management is an integral part of the complete travel cost; businesses want to understand their complete travel bill,” says Wayne. This is why the app incorporates features that facilitate:

  • Capturing of photographs of receipts real-time
  • Immediate allocation of expenses to the correct description
  • Uploading expenses for workflow approval
  • Attachment of an expense to a travel trip, or generating a non-travel related expense.

Simplified trip approval process

In addition, approvers’ features enable simple visibility into the trip’s cost and details:

  • Approval of booking requests
  • Trip confirmation once trip has been successfully approved
  • Managing alerts — approval notifications, pre-trip notification as well as travel notifications
  • Out of office activation for approvers.

Related: How Travelit Makes Travelling Affordable For Small Businesses

Trip management made easy

With Travelit’s new app, travellers have the ability to update, create new profiles directly from their phones and update and store all their information, including:

  • Updating of profile details
  • Personal information
  • Visas, passports, meal types, seating preferences
  • Loyalty programmes.

As a traveller, when you are travelling, you require information, updates and access to your travel documentation in real time. The Trip Manager function provides you with this through the following functions:

  • View current, pending and past trips
  • Trip itinerary information
  • View trips that are awaiting approval
  • View supplier vouchers
  • Locate properties via the Map option
  • Boarding passes are available
  • Real-time alerts to travellers.

Related: Save Up To 25% On Your Travel Costs

Happy travels

“We have done a soft launch with the app and offered it to strategic users and clients within our ecosystem,” says Wayne. These corporates have enjoyed the functions within the app, such as:

  • Real time information for the traveller (itineraries, vouchers, boarding passes)
  • Approval notifications and the approval capability
  • Notifications
  • Contact information for the consultants after-hours, and assistance
  • Access to the traveller profile to ensure their data is updated and correct
  • Check-in to the airline.

The Travelit app is available in the Google Play Store and iOS Store. Travelit will make monthly app releases by offering users ongoing functionality and features.

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Access To The Best In Travel Excellence

As a global company, business travel plays an important part in Hatch’s successful operation. Yolandi Coertze, facilities manager at Hatch, explains how switching to Travelit changed the way they travelled forever — for the better.

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Multinational engineering consultancy, Hatch requires a travel partner that provides easy access to its regional and international offices for meetings, conferences and client engagements. This is why Hatch chose Travelit, and has since experienced reliable and consistently superior service, says Yolandi Coertze, facilities manager.

“Travelit allows us to have the flexibility in terms of work sharing with global offices and makes it possible for us to attend to our client requirements in a professional and efficient manner.”

Here’s how partnering with Travelit has helped Hatch soar as a market leader.

What have Hatch’s biggest business travel challenges 
been to date?

Our biggest challenge has been to provide our travellers with an easy booking solution that gives them the best options available at a glance, in line with our travel policy for their travel arrangements, without taking up valuable time when booking their travel. In addition, managing cost against convenience and ease of travel is an ongoing challenge.

Why did you start using Travelit?

We were in the market for an online booking solution. Travelit made an impressive proposal by building the system around our specific needs and requirements. They incorporated our travel policy guidelines, while offering us an easy-to-use booking system which decreased our monthly expenditure. The platform also allows us to manage our travel more effectively.

Related: How Travelit Makes Travelling Affordable For Small Businesses

How has Travelit made doing business easier?

We have seen a big change in travel behaviour and travellers are more aware of unnecessary costs that can be avoided when booking travel. Travel booking time (once travel bookers became used to the system) has also decreased, which allows travel bookers to utilise the extra time 
more efficiently.

What benefits have you experienced as a Travelit client?

We have seen a big decrease in our missed savings, which means that our travellers are booking in line with our travel policy by utilising the parameters that have been set up in Travelit. Our contracts with certain suppliers are also maintained on the Travelit platform, which allows us to utilise the lowest rate to keep in line with our travel policy. The ease of booking online at any time when travel is required is an additional benefit. We have reduced our paperwork by being online, and uploading data into our accounting system has made the process simple and efficient.

Why would you recommend Travelit to other businesses?

Travelit is efficient in terms of booking travel, cost-effective and allows for flexibility where required.

What makes Travelit the best in the market?

  • Multi-leg international routings
  • Travel behaviour reports
  • Alternative solution to bill-backs
  • Tracked booking patterns
  • Accommodation feedback solution
  • Comprehensive fare calculator.

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Beyond Business Class

RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, is reputed for its excellent on-time performance, customer service and safety – and it has one of the youngest fleets on the African continent.

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RwandAir has just celebrated yet another big milestone as the airline continues to expand its network. “Our aim is to provide to our customers seamless and better connections on the continent and beyond. Abuja and Cape Town come in as a boost to the different economies in terms of tourism and trade on one hand and enhance bilateral partnership between our countries on the other,” beams Chance Ndagano, previous CEO of RwandAir.

RwandAir, an IATA member, recently renewed its IOSA certification and has been ISAGO and EASA certified. With a fleet of twelve aircraft, including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired last year, the airline currently reaches out to 26 destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Related: ‘Shark Tank’ Investors Reveal Top 5 Tips To Make Your Business Famous

Rapid African advancement

Launched in December 2002 as RwandAir Express, RwandAir is among the continent’s the fastest-growing airlines, despite its recent entry into the market. Since its first flight took off, RwandAir has boasted unsurpassed, safe and reliable service, operating from the city of Kigali.

The Rwandan airline aims to connect Rwanda with the world and vice versa. This goal is being achieved through its network that currently covers a number of cities throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. RwandAir’s most popular flight routes include flights from Johannesburg to Dubai, London and Mumbai.

A year of successes

Recently, RwandAir started flights from Kigali to Mumbai, London (Gatwick) and Brussels as well as Dakar from its new hub in Cotonou. The airline also introduced flights to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville from its Cotonou hub. In May 2017 the airline started flying direct from Cape Town to Harare.

This year the airline will be introducing new routes to Addis, Tel Aviv, China and New York.

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