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When I was growing up, I used to visit my Grandma every school holiday thanks to Bosslady, aka my Mum. Whenever I'd go there I would not only get wisdom from her, but I would also get a feel of how life away from the city was. Me having being named after Grandma, she was very fond of me and so we used to go to very many places together; market, church, women’s meetings, their version of Vicoba, to till the land, etc. During those visits she would tell me lots of stories, most of which would have a teaching or a lesson to learn at the end of it. In the recent past I have found myself going back to the wisdom she used to share with me and today as I was thinking about my life (past, present and future [read goals]), I remembered something she used to tell me a lot. She used to say, “Kiraro gitimiagwo”. Loosely translated directly from mother-tongue to English, it means “you don’t poo where you sleep”.  The meaning behind those words is that you never mess up where you sleep or have been... [Continue reading]
I really don't like creepies of any kind, but this story here made me change my mind about frogs for a few minutes.... Read the story here.   A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants…. The race began… Honestly.. No one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.. You heard statements such as.. “Oh, WAY too difficult!!” “They will NEVER make it to the top.” “Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!” The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one…. Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher…. The crowd continued to yell, “It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!” More tiny frogs got tired and gave up…. But ONE continued higher and higher and higher…. This one wouldn’t give up! At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top! THEN all of the other tiny frogs... [Continue reading]
This week I’d like us to address the issue of PROCRASTINATION. We are in the 11th month of the year and someone is probably asking themselves where the other 10 months went because they are yet to achieve anything from the 2017 To-Do List they had created on 31st December 2016.  Well, here’s a likely answer; The good looking, tall, dark chocolate, lean and handsome dude called PROCRASTINATION subtly stole your time while he was busy convincing you to ignore the unpleasant but very important tasks in favor of those easier and enjoyable tasks. At first, it doesn’t seem like it might have any serious repercussions but once you realize time is gone, then all manner of negative emotions start flying all over; panic, guilt, shame, despair, stress, etc. Why do you get attacked by all these emotions? Because procrastination leads to lack of productivity. Question now becomes, is it possible to stop procrastination? Yes it is. How? Here are a few steps… Recognize that you are procrastinating... [Continue reading]
Have you ever thought about the process it takes for a plane to fly or land? By the time the passengers are deplaning or boarding, the engines are normally off even if the plane had just landed twenty minutes earlier. Before the plane takes off, the pilot(s) go through intensive pre-flight processes before they can confirm they are ready for take off (again). In short, by the time the plane is ready to lift off from the ground to the air, alot happens in between. Transition takes place. Without transition, the plane would never leave the ground to the air, but it would be just another imitation of a bird. Without the engines being turned on, the plane taxing and gathering momentum before take off, the plane would never make it to the air. Same case applies to various areas of our lives. Before we can move from one level to another, transition has to take place. But what is transition you might ask? According to my favorite online dictionary, transition is the "process or a period of... [Continue reading]
It hadn't occured to me until I thought about it, that success doesn't just happen. It has to be based on something. Forget all the stuff you've heard about hard work, focus, determination, discipline and all the other ingredients or catalysts for success. All those things are nothing, if you don't have a PURPOSE. I looked up the synonyms for the word purpose and found out that one of the synonyms is the word "aim". I looked up the meaning of the word aim and found this; as a verb, it means to have the intention of achieving. As a noun, it means a desired outcome. Success therefore is a function of purpose. Without a purpose, it means you wake up every day and just walk or run around like a headless chicken, with no particular desired outcome in mind. Without a purpose, one sees no reason for discipline. Without a purpose, it is very unlikely that someone will have determination to do anything, or have the focus to do anything. But when one has a purpose, they have a reason to wake... [Continue reading]
Everybody in life is going through some challenge or another. That's a given. But not everybody has the capacity to handle whatever challenge comes their way well. Some become irritable and irrational, treating everyone around them like they are the cause of their challenges, while others hide it so well, you'd think their lives are challenge free. Unfortunately there are also others who are permanently set on "attack mode" to camouflage their insecurities, and guess what, all these people live among us and we have to accommodate and learn to live with them without losing our marbles. You cannot go a day without an opportunity presenting itself for you to encounter such people. You wake up in the morning and find an upset house help, and you wonder what demons she was fighting with at night for her to have woken up moody and incummunicado. Then you get to the road on your way to work and you encounter a hungry traffic policeman and as you know, a hungry man is an angry man. Speaking... [Continue reading]
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the challenges you are going through in your life? Are you feeling unhappy with your life and with the things that are going on (or not) in your life? Do you feel like you are working in the wrong place or profession? Do you feel like you have stagnated and instead of progressing you are retrogressing? How about your relationships, are they healthy and thriving, or unhealthy and struggling to survive? Here's the thing; none of the above areas of your life will change if you do not change yourself first.  Nobody will ever make you happy; you have to create your own happiness first.  Nobody will ever break through your challenges for you; you have to find a way out of your own challenges. Nobody will change your job or profession for you; you have to take that initiative and do what makes you happy and brings you (job) satisfaction. Nobody else will make your relationships work if you don't put in the time and effort yourself. In short, it all starts... [Continue reading]
Forget about what scientists, biologists, cosmotologists and all other "ists" have to say about the atmosphere and why it gets cooler as you go further and further up from the ground. They say something about the sun's rays heating the earth and then the heat from the earth starts heating the atmosphere, and that the higher you go from the ground that heat reduces and hence the cold. Which to me and from a layman's point does not make sense since the further I am from the earth, the closer I get to the sun...... think about it like a normal person would and you'll see what I mean. Anyway, that's why I didn't become a cosmologist, or a biologist or a scientist. I wonder how I would be if I had.....Anyway I digress. I have my own version of why the higher you go the cooler it becomes. Let's first establish what I mean by "high". Anyone who has taken strides in moving from the ground level to a higher level be it at work, in business or in their studies will tell you that the journey was... [Continue reading]
When I was growing up, I used to see my aunties and older cousins rushing to buy the Sunday newspaper just so they could see what their "stars" had to say about their life for the coming week. They would get so excited if there was something positive and very uneasy if there was something negative. It's like the horoscope was their compass for the week and based on what it said, good or bad, their moods and actions would follow accordingly.  Uncounciously, when I grew up I started doing the same but thankfully, before I could get compeltely swallowed by this belief, I realized that no matter what the stars said, I still had to work hard for me to put a meal on my table and have a roof over my head and cloths on my back. But you know what I also realized, that there are times when we pick up habits from people unknowingly, yet those habits may not be constructive at all. No wonder Jim Rohn said what he said about the associations we keep. If you missed that article you can read it here... [Continue reading]
You first conceive it in your mind before you act on it in the physical. Every action ever performed on earth first happened in the mind as a thought before it became a reality for the person who conceived it. Unless someone is possessed by demons, no one does things withouth having thought them (through) first. For instance when you slap someone, it doesn't just happen by mistake; it is something that starts in your mind, even if it is for one split second. When you call someone stupid, foolish or selfish, it means that's what you think about them and because your mind is full of such negative thoughts about that particular person, you end up voicing those thoughts and sometimes acting on them. That is why it is very important for someone to take control of what they let their minds conceive. Whatever you think is reflected in how you act. Your thoughts therefore become your actions. I wonder what thoughts you intend to act on today. Whatever they are, I hope they will have a... [Continue reading]
This quote by Jim Rohn (the late) says alot in fourteen words; "You are the average of the FIVE people you spend the most time with" To best illustrate it, let me share a story I'm sure you must have heard or read about at some point in your life. Here goes.... There’s an old, well known story of a chicken farmer who found an eagle’s egg. He put it with his chickens and soon the egg hatched. The young eagle grew up with all the other chickens and whatever they did, the eagle did too.  He thought he was a chicken, just like them. Since the chickens could only fly for a short distance, the eagle also learnt to fly a short distance. He thought that was what he was supposed to do. So that was all that he thought he could do.  As a consequence, that was all he was able to do. One day the eagle saw a bird flying high above him. He was very impressed. “Who is that?” he asked the hens around him. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” the hens told him. “He belongs to the sky. We belong... [Continue reading]
You must have heard the saying, "do today what no one else wants to do so that you can have tomorrow what no one else will have". That right there is one pillar of success. Unfortunately most people don't get it and they think that success is something you achieve in a day. How wrong! Success is the sum total of small (correct) actions done consitently, persistently with accuracy and excellence which over a period of time build up to be something huge. Something called Success. Those little actions put together can either make or break someone's future. If you are consistent in doing negative actions, eventually the results will be negative. If you are consistent in positive actions, the results will be positive. You can't sow a mango and expect to reap a melon. You reap what you sow. If you sow laziness, then you will reap the sure fruits of laziness. If you sow hardwork and diligence, then eventually the fruits will show. Unless you inherited your wealth, no one gets wealthy without... [Continue reading]