Born in 1967 into the old Apartheid-era in South Africa, Jos was fortunate enough to witness the transition into the free and democratic South Africa of today. Armed with a genuine interest in people and a passion to reach out and make a difference, he was finally pushed to put all his experiences and life-skills into a medium which could reach wider audiences. He was always fascinated with writing and story-telling, and won several competitions in these categories throughout his career.
Jos has extensively travelled the world during the ten years he spent as Project Manager. Over time he developed a very unique approach to incorporate the planning & control-mechanisms associated with Project Management, into the complex personal issues we all face in our daily lives. He developed a way to turn even the most complicated emotionally-charged scenarios into clear, simple plans with achievable, quantifiable progress-checks to ensure the best possible chances of success, irrespective of the size or complexity of the specific issue.
A series of near-death experiences compelled Jos to put in writing what he has always shared with everyone around him. Those traumatic experiences made him realise how short and precious life was, and how his unique gift was almost lost for ever. Project Life is Jos’s opening salvo in a series of self-improvement guides which are deliberately written to be easy to understand and simple to implement.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing short stories and essays for over 30 years. My passion for reaching out to people and making a difference in the lives of those around me, combined with years of counselling and experiences, prompted me to write this series of books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My methods and approach, combined with vital skills and techniques I developed over the lat ten years comes together in this book series. The first book is Project Life, which covers relationships, self-improvement, career success and finances. It's deliberately written to be easy to understand, and simple to implement.