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If— By Rudyard Kipling

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IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
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Ugali Beans & Bullets & the Fail Fast Doctrine

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“Ugali, Beans and Bullets!” he said.

Wow! It was profound!

“Ugali, Beans and Bullets!” I thought… Hmmmm. Continue reading →

Awesome Kenyans: The Artist

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I had the honor and privilege to go to school with amazingly talented people. We all experience that blessing as amongst us all are very gifted people, who often just need encouragement to nurture and grow their talent. Continue reading →

Secrets of Success III: From Epic Dreams to Reality

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The date is July 2011 and I am attending the Aspen Global Leadership Network ACT II meeting of fellows that takes place once every two years in the small picturesque town of Aspen, located in the great Colorado mountains. It’s  been a lovely day of deep thought, discussion and debate and I arrive at my  afternoon session early, looking forward to much more of the same. I notice and greet the pleasant unassuming man quietly seated in the room. As we start to chat while others trickle in, I get to understand his remarkable story… Continue reading →

Secrets of Success II: Epic Dreams and Lessons From Moby Dick

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Have you ever had a brilliant idea? A wonderful thought of a stunning possibility? Then, you catch that thought in a net, chide yourself for even thinking it was possible, and pack it away never to release it again? Or perhaps as a young child you had a great passion and and a great ambition to go with it. But people told you, “It will never happen, why cheat yourself?” They said, “You are dreaming, this is the real world!” …and with all this your inner voice whispered, “How silly of me, I should just let go, after all, it will never happen.” Continue reading →

Secrets of Success I: Cutting the Cord

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Birds of a feather flock together, this old adage was drummed into me by my parents when I was a teenager to emphasize the fact that I needed to surround myself with hard working, determined, focused and accomplished people as that is what I sought to be. The truth is, this applies to everyone who seeks success, irrespective of age. For instance, the insight and knowledge I gain from being an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow is priceless and all my colleagues from across Africa have enriched my understanding of the continent and it’s challenges way beyond my expectations. I am so thankful to all those in my life who add knowledge to me, to those who challenge and stretch me, indeed they become a critical part of the journey towards achievement, or what some would call success. Continue reading →

Seasons: Part 2 – Purgatory

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In university I took on several jobs to help ease the financial burden on my parents. During my Law degree at the University of Wales, Cardiff, I was a Student Warden at my hall of residence and I had various jobs at the students union.

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Seasons: Part 1 – The Trek

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I secured my first job just a few months out of high school. I had some time before I was due at university and I heard that the International Committee of the Red Cross was hiring clerks for a big project. I offered my services as a volunteer and after stubbornly sitting at their reception on Dennis Pritt Road in Nairobi every morning for weeks, I finally got a position. Continue reading →

Up in the Air

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So I’m up in the air again, I’ve been traveling rather a lot lately, which gives ample time for thought and reflection. And today I am thinking about the elections in Kenya. I’m also thinking about my baby Sunday Live, a show I envisioned for a long time and finally got the chance to create with the amazing and dynamic team at Citizen TV four years ago.

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Beyond Expectations

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I have known Njenga Karume for a long time – as a matter of fact, since I was a child. My mother was his secretary for many years. Often, when at his Cianda House office in town, I would marvel at the numbers of people that would gather to see him. All kinds of people, a veritable hotpot, a mixture of tribes, races and ages with a myriad of issues.

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