Tuesday, April 24, 2018



The world has shrunk into a global village. Political boundaries mean nothing in the current environment. If you are in business; fear the international competitors you do not know than the locals you know, they are upping the game significantly and shortly they will drive you out of business in your own country. India is making strides in technology and with cloud computing your competitors in service delivery are hiding in the sky

Whatever you aim to achieve, aim to be the best in the world. The world is gunning for the best of the best. The world wants best music, best arts, best talents. The academic front is evidence that competition is tough. Many international universities are recruiting students in Africa outsmarting our local universities that probably stopped growing many years past.

In 1948, a cartoon in America depicted a father telling his son, ‘finish your food, another child is starving in China.’ In 1980, the same cartoon changes the story and depicts a father telling the son ‘study hard, somebody is studying in China.’ This is how China has broken the boundaries of competition and the sooner we realise the better. It is not amazing therefore to see China investing a lot in infrastructure and agriculture in Africa and beyond. China is harnessing its human resource to reposition itself as a global leader.

Let not your mind be confined by the vicinity you are living in. Do not be satisfied with your position in the current state. The rate at which the world is moving, you could be a star in a small location today that ends up being irrelevant tomorrow as new investors and new global ideas overtake your most recent priviledges.

The sporting world is a great testimony that minds of people can change, that peoples’ attention can easily change focus and that people want nothing but the best. Just take notice of how people patronize international sporting events, even memorizing profiles of sports personalities that are millions of miles away from them. People want the best, mediocrity is no excuse, poverty is no excuse, lack of support is no excuse. If you fail to make it then you have yourself to blame.

Beat the yourself of yesterday. You have no any competitor in life but yourself. You are the best in the way you are; you only need to harness your potential and make it explosive on the market. Keep increasing your training, keep intensifying your studying, keep on working hard and harder every day. Unleash the best out of yourself then you will beat world records. The records are already in you, you only have to unleash them on the world scale.

It is very simple. All humans are born to be successful; they are born to be successful. The world has showcased many times more than number that your background is no limiting factor to what you can achieve. Most of the top people in the country - driving the posh vehicles you ever admire - come from very humble beginnings. Most of them walked on foot to school, some of them will tell you they had no pair of shoes in school; they have a litany of the many times they went to school on an empty stomach and how they survived term after term with no pocket money. That was no deterrent to their dream, they were geared to beat the themselves of yesterday, and they were by and large moving out of the quagmire of poverty.

Most millionaires and billionaires that the world celebrates now are self-made. They beat the themselves of yesterday. Malawi is no exception. Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira did not inherit a bank from parents, he made his own; Jimmy Koreia Mpatsa was not fortunate to go into college, there was even a time he was fired from his job and survived on writing short stories but became a billionaire. You have many stories in your localities. Napoleon Dzombe built a business empire that started with Malawi 77 Kwacha and he was a secondary school dropout. Take time to read the story of Mike Chilewe who made millions from welding yet previously he was an ESCOM meter reader.

Aim to defy all odds, be world class in your thinking, be world class in the way you carry out your business, be world class in everything. The world is geared towards world class products and services. Nothing can stop you if only you believe. You are the next big thing this country has ever had. Put yourself in the Guinness book of records. Nothing can stop you but yourself.



This is life and you have problems that pull you down. Everybody has problems. Get in touch with people that have the most wonderful smiles, they will still tell you that beneath their smiles are problems as well. Problems are part of life and problems will always be part of life. The greatest thing in life is how you deal with problems when they enter the circle of your life and that is what makes a difference.

Problem make you great. If there were no Goliath, David would not have been a hero. If there was no apartheid, Nelson Mandela would not have been a global icon. If there was no racial segregation in America, Martin Luther King Jr would have been an unknown figure. If there was no colonialism, Dr. Kamuzu Banda would not have been a liberation figure.

The greatest successes, the greatest innovations and even greatest thinkers were created from problems. Come to think about it. Henry Ford noted that most Americans could not afford vehicles. That was a problem. He did not make part of the complaining masses, he provided a solution then Ford motors was born. Examine your problem, it is an opportunity presented to you to make a difference.

To be successful in life you have to provide solutions. You do not just sit in front of a TV screen to watch soccer or a film; you are running away from boredom. Those people that play sports or are actors in different films only do one simple thing: chasing boredom out of your life. They make you spend your idle time with happiness.

All successful initiatives are successful when they solve problems. William Kamkwamba did not join the bandwagon of people that were complaining of drought and hunger. He developed a windmill from rudimentary products and that made a difference. Through his windmill he irrigated the family’s farm and provided electricity. It is not complaining that matters, it is looking at problems from the inverse angle that you cherish the opportunities they provides.

We are told that Mr. Kalua started Combine Cargo having been fired from the company he was working. He was jobless. He turned his problem into a solution. When Jimmy Koreia Koreia-Mpatsa was fired he turned to writing short stories for newspapers for a living. Mike Mlombwa noted the poverty that was grinding him in his home area, he walked on foot from Neno to Blantyre in search of a living and he made it.

Successful people have an interesting story to tell. The world was amazed when a Kenyan grandfather enrolled for primary school all just to learn how to read and write. He did not mind about people’s perception. There was debate whether it was necessary for him to be enrolled or not. His problem was that he could not read and write. He did not accept to be resigned to his fate, he made a difference.

This is the time you start looking at all the problems you are facing in life positively. Those problems hid beneath them an unpolished diamond. Do not be like the type of people that complain of traffic everyday they are going to work. The traffic is a problem that awaits their solution. It is simple, if roads are congested then start off early from home and you will reach the office on time. If traffic is congested after 5pm then work a little bit longer thus maximizing productivity. In the end, your company will rely on you; you will be rewarded with promotion after promotion. The genesis of it would be that you were running away from congestion on the road. You have the solution within the touching distance. You only need to start seeing the world from the inverse angle.

In life we waste a lot of time trying to change others. We anticipate that others will be the solutions to the problems we are facing. If anything we attribute our problems to them. It is very simple; change yourself first then all the problems will go away. If somebody looks down upon you, do not look down on them as well; smile at them and that will make a difference. If your boss does not like you, as you think he or she does not like you, do not pay back through unliking him, buy him or her a gift and that will change his perceptions of you. Change yourself first. Remember to be the change that you would like to see.

Carry on with your dreams. Cherish the problems you are encountering. Zig Ziggler was right, at the end of the day, do not be the type of person who says ‘I wish I could, I wish I could, I wish I could. Be the type of the person who says I am glad I did, I am glad I did, I am glad I did.’

You will be of great help to the world the moment you stop complaining of your problems and start becoming a solution provider. In life people need solutions. People have many problems and to win their hearts provide solutions and you will make it.




Imagine what you will become when finally you have succeeded? If you are entrepreneur, what sort of joy will engulf you when you win that contract that you have gone to the length to prepare? If you are an athlete, how excited will you be to represent your country at the world stage with all the television cameras set just to cover your victory? If you are a student, how memorable will it be, that moment you will put on a gown holding your qualification with a distinction? In anything that you do, how comforting will it be to hear people mentioning your name and singing praise of you success? That is what you should aim at – the finish line

Never lose sight of the goal. Many circumstances you will encounter in life will by and large be curtaining your goal. Tear away the curtains of frustrations you meet along the way, the curtains of failure, the curtains of disillusionment. Make your goal visible to you all the times. Write your goal on a paper and paste it at the most visible place in your bedroom so that every time you retire to sleep you reflect on the goal and every moment you wake up you are constantly reminded of what you want to achieve in life.

Writing on the 7 habits of the highly effective people Stephen Covey emphasizes that you begin with the end in mind. Beginning with the end in mind gives you a clear understanding of your destination. It means you know better where you are going so that you understand where you are now and be able to devise that the steps you take are always in the right direction.

Covey teaches: ‘by keeping the end clear in the mind, you can make certain that whatever you do on the particular day does not violate the criteria you have found supremely important and that each day of your life contributes in a meaningful way to the vision you have of your life as a whole.’

Focus on the finish line. Abebe Bikila won the Olympics in 1960 in Rome and amazed the world as he run barefoot. He did not care that people would look at him as a lunatic. He was never bothered that those in shoes would have an advantage over him. He was focused on the finish line and he made it. When you undertake whatever you undertake with the end always in focus, you are destined to make it.

If you are a business person, do not waste time blaming inflation, interest rates, tough economic environment, and all other excuses, focus at delivering value in your business to offer your customers best products and services so that profits rise. Businesses grow even in the hostile Mogadishu in Somalia, what hostility are you facing? If you are in agriculture, you do not blame the weather, in the desert Saudi Arabia they grow tomato just as the Israelis use limited space to maximize agriculture. Seek no excuses, focus on the finish line and you will make it.

On the men who built America, Andrew Carnagie focused on making the cities of America stand tall on steel and he made it. John D Rockefeller transformed the night with kerosene lamps. J.P. Morgan and Thomas Edison made electricity light homes from coast to coast. Henry Ford made a vehicle to be affordable to average America. William Kamkwamba built a windmill from rudimentary products, a standard seven drop out in Mulanje made his own radio station. People that cross seas are focused at reaching the finish line. They care less of the circumstances they pass through – victory is all that matters upon reaching the finish line.



There are times we feel like giving up on our dreams, and many indeed do give up. Disillusionment, disappointment, backward thinking, regrets, all creep in as we notice that we are trying in vain to achieve our dreams. But wait a moment, nobody should lie to you that the path to achieving dreams is a perfect highway. Get prepared to fail more and more, to have your ideas bruised. Waking up and carrying on against the gradient of challenges is the surest way to success.

Every time you feel like giving up, seek inspiration from the dung beetle. The dung beetle pushes the ball that is usually many times its size and weight and gradients present problems. The force of gravity at many times creates an inevitable consequence. As gravity outweighs the strength of the beetle or even in a situation where the beetle has made a slight error in the pushing trajectory, the nest sphere stutters and then rolls backwards temporarily squashing the hapless beetle.

Stephen Berry explains very well how a dung beetle never gives up. Writing in the book Strategies of the Serengeti Berry says , ‘with energy sapped, pride tarnished but determination undiminished, the more successful beetles rise from such a crushing experience to scurry back to their rogue dung-ball and recommence pushing despite the ground temporarily lost. With uncomplaining and enviable resolve the beetle heaves and pushes its dung to retread the path thinking only of the unknown route ahead rather than dwelling on the course already trodden which spans so visibly in front of him as he pushes.’

In the pursuit of your dreams be prepared to fail again and again, you will have to deal with the treacherous gradients of disappointment, belittlement, lack of support, castigation and many vices that may be there to pull you down. No matter how down you fall, start pushing your dreams forward again, concentrating on what you intend to achieve than the pains of failure recently experienced.

People will not believe you, people will call you crazy but keep on pushing your dung-ball dreams against the gradient of any opposition. If those that were working on the computer dream had listened to the words of Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM in 1943, computers would not have been there now. Watson said: ‘I think there is a world market for up to five computers.’

If the world’s successful rock band had not risen beyond the frustration of rejection, the Beatles could not have become the world’s celebrated rock band it eventually became. When Decca Recording was turning down the Beatles for a recording contract in 1962 he said: ‘groups featuring guitars are on the way out.’

When the television was coming in, the pioneers of the television did it right not to listen to what 20th Century-Fox boss Darryl Zanuck said. His view was that television would never become popular and he stressed ‘people will soon get tired of staring at a box every night.’

It is appropriate to know that people’s minds are skewed towards the negative. There is a ninety five percentage chance that your ideas will not be supported until you surprise the world. The world will not believe you until you finally make it then at that point you will become a reference point. Les Brown was right, ‘never let the opinions of others become your reality.’ Always remember that you are a leader of your own dreams and destiny.

Lance Kurke is right, ‘truly great leaders change the world around them…they treat problems as addressable opportunities. Leaders make the world, obviously within constraints, the way they want it to be. Always ask yourself, who you are and what you want to be and that is what matters most.’

Lance Kurke gives us a good lesson when he writes, ‘in modern times people obsess about what car they drive. Wise people know that the only obsession is not what others think, but what we think of ourselves; that is, who we are.’

Never stop scaling the heights, never stop running in the pursuit of your dreams. Keep falling and waking up. If you make mistakes on the way, do not dwell on it let alone let the past immobilize you. Just learn from the mistakes made and keep on going. You are the next big thing the world has ever had.

Sunday, July 09, 2017



Belief is the drive that pushes us forward. Belief is the light that chases away the darkness of fear, doubt and disbelief in our dreams. Belief is the catalyst that transforms our negatives into positives. But belief to be effective has a Siamese twin and that is action. Whatever you believe in you cannot achieve it if you do not take action.

Bill Gold was absolutely right, you were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win. It is not a hidden fact that life has a lot to offer to those who dare to follow their dreams, who dare to take their future into their own hands, who dare to step over their failures and reach for victory.

Any superstar that marvels us today believed in what he or she could do and invested a lot of time on training to become the best. Sir Thomas Edison failed 9999 times to come up with the light bulb only to succeed at the 10000th time. If he had not turned his belief into action, possibly we should have been using kerosene lamps up until now. Bill Gates believed in computers transforming the corporate and personal lives, he went on programming and now he is the richest person on earth.

And when you are injecting the dosage of action in your belief factor, hold the biggest vision possible for your life and it can come true. Marc Eisenson in the book Six secrets to a rich life eloquently gives a practical example of the power of holding the biggest vision possible.

It is well stated in the book that in her commencement speech to the 1997 graduating class of Wellesley College, Oprah Winfrey told the story of her ‘wildest dreams’ show, where she asked women to share their wildest dreams so she could fulfill some of them. One woman got to ride a camel in Egypt. Another asked for and got a house. A third dreamer had her college debt paid off. Many other women had a simpler dream - they just wanted to meet Oprah.

The story goes on to explain that those women who just wanted to meet Oprah and got their wish were upset when they found out what Oprah had done to others. As she said in her speech, “….some of them afterwards were crying to me, saying that we didn’t know, we didn’t know and this is unfair! And I said, ‘that is the lesson: you needed to dream a bigger dream for yourself.’”

The words of wisdom say: shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land among the stars. The bottom line is shoot as you have already believed that your arrow can reach the moon. Remember that an AK 47 rifle with all the fear it brings in people cannot fire let alone kill if no one pulls its trigger. We all believe an AK 47 is a death sentence but it is only when action is ignited on its trigger that its real characters can be visible.

But taking action comes at a cost, it entails that you change the way you do things, you start investing your time and money in the idea you believe in. This swings you into the uncomfortable zone. But it is necessary to do that. To get what you want in life, you have to let go of things you do not want, even though you may have invested a lot of time and money in them along the way. While this is difficult, the benefits will make it well worth the effort.

People will laugh at you as you begin to change. If your dream still remains a mere dream it is all just because you are not taking the action to change your lifestyle. It takes courage to change, teaches Marc Eisenson again, as it often arouses conflicts with the ones we love.

Act now, act now, act now, you need to act because your dreams are not far away; they are only a few steps ahead waiting there for you. If David had not challenged Goliath he could not have been a revered hero among the Israelis. If Fidel Castro had underestimated his less than two scores army and fought on he could not have overthrown Batista in Cuba. If William Kamkwamba had not built a windmill from rudimentary products his name would have died in limbo. If Michael Jordan had not tried the many slum dunks, he could not have been the best basketball star the world has ever had. Even though with a hoarse voice, Tracy Chapman went on singing and mesmerized the world.



There is just only one life and this entails therefore that seizing all opportunities available within one’s lifetime is a noble task as after this life there is no second chance. The time to be successful is now. Writing in the book Great motivation secrets of great leaders John Baldoni bares it all: ‘there is an innate desire to succeed in all of us.’
But there is a secret to success. And it answers to one word – believe. Believe you can and you will make it. Barack Obama electrified the American society with his slogan ‘yes, we can.’ The core reason why others always see success slipping through their fingers like soap bubbles is all because they hardly believe in themselves and their ideas; they miss the ‘belief’ factor in the script of success. We do not succeed when we long lost dreaming and end up dressing in the borrowed dreams of others.
Every amazing thing that we see, every success story people talk about, are all a result of somebody’s belief in himself or herself. Andrew Carnegie believed steel would change the world and that saw the emergence of skyscrapers. The Wright Brothers believed they could create a big flying bird then no wonder they made the airplane. JF Kennedy believed it was possible to put a man on the moon and it is not surprising that later Neil Armstrong stepped his foot on the moon. JP Morgan believed that Thomas Edison’s idea of electricity could revolutionise the world and indeed electricity replaced kerosene lamps as a source of energy and light.
The world today is a beneficiary of many beliefs of other people. History of achievers tells us that your background matters nothing, your academic underpriviledgedness matters nothing, failures of the past are no yardstick for measuring your future success, what you believe in is all that matters. Ideas believed in and put into action change the world.
A boy from an impoverished rural area in Neno walked on foot to Blantyre and now he is a billionaire owning Countrywide car hire – Mike Mlombwa. He was once dismissed from his job and once survived on writing short stories and is now a billionaire business tycoon – Jimmy Koreia –Mpatsa. Born from a very humble beginning and achieved what many thought impossible, owning a bank –Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira. A form two drop out started a business with seventy seven kwacha and built a business empire and became a renowned philanthropist – Napoleon Dzombe. Malawi has more professionals and business giants whose backgrounds defy all odds.
On the world stage there is no shortage of examples that signify the impact of belief. Defeated eight times in elections, Abraham Lincoln went on to become America’s greatest president. A man who led an army of peasants, Mao, built a strong Chinese nation. The seventh child of a poor American couple, Michael Jackson, became the superstar of the millennium.
The litany of names of those that believed and made it can hardly be exhausted. A boy from the slum, Pele, became the king of football. A woman who worked in cafes, J.K. Rowling, wrote the famous Harry Potter. A common man, Mahatma Gandhi, became the father of India. A nurse inspired the idea of the Red Cross – Florence Nightingale. A nun became a mother to all – Mother Theresa. A cancer survivor became a cycling champion – Lance Armstrong. A neglected child became a television icon – Oprah Winfrey. A computer programmer became the richest man on earth – Bill Gates. A tribal boy became a national hero – Nelson Mandela. A slave became a legend – Spartacus.
They were all just someone until they believed. They were simple humans as we are, with many imperfections and failed many times as well as we all do. They dared to chase what they believed in and that made a difference.
What are you waiting for? You are the next big story the world has ever had. You have the ideas and the momentum that can change the world. You are the next biggest entrepreneur Malawi has ever had, the next Bill Gates, the next Warren Buffet, the next Aliko Dangote, the next Simbi-Phiri, the next Bingu wa Mutharika, the next Neil Armstrong, the next Nick Vujicic. You do not know what you can achieve until you try. Believe in your idea and try to put them into action then the world will marvel at you. Just believe you can.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017



We dream to live a successful life and we work towards the attainment of such a dream. But to many, the dream keeps eluding them till the moment they die. Then the graveyard becomes the richest place in terms of keeping ideas that will never resurrect.

But in such a challenging environment where many dreams falter, other dreams find the courage to grow among the weeds and thorns and become successful. Other dreams conquer the desert of failure and vegetate it with the grass of success. They build corporate bodies, they become famous, and they do what many others failed to do. What is their secret? The answer is simple – nothing beats perception. It is perception that becomes reality. Lance Kurke was right, if a rock becomes impregnable, then it is because we agree in advance that it is.

What makes many of us fail is that we see the world in the way other people said that it is, we do not challenge our thinking. Success is built on the common denominator of radical thinking. People that do the unthinkable are the ones that become successful. People that defy all odds are the ones we cherish and write books about.

The story of Alexander the great gives us the enthusiasm to challenge conventional thinking. It is a well narrated story that when Alexander the Great became the de jure and de facto king of Persian empire, he set off to the east to secure the scurrilous tribes. The tribes there remained the most elusive. They had one advantage – a citadel they always retreated to which was called Rock of Aornos

By all means the Rock of Aornos was considered impregnable. The Rock had more stories supporting its impregnability. The legend was that even the son of Zeus, Heracles, had failed to capture Aornos. Everyone, it appears was convinced of the invincibility of the rock.

As Lance Kurke explains, to solve the problem was a nearly impossible ‘flanking movement’ that would be done by scaling the sheer walls on one side of the rock (local guides had revealed this sheer cliff to Alexander). The flank was never defended because it was believed that no one could scale it. Alexander the Great ordered his troops to scale the rock and they succeeded.

Nothing is impossible. Your perceptions will result into reality. If you perceive yourself as an achiever you will always achieve. If you perceive your future in the light of how others have demeaned you, you will be a failure. Those that perceive success have the courage to wake up every moment they fall. Those that perceive failure are contented with falling than waking up to soldier on their journey.

Never accept the apparent reality presented to you. Create your own path. Come up with your own business models. Carve your own philosophy. It is your perception of impregnability that is your greatest weakness in life. Your rock of Aornos may be lack of education, lack of capital, lack of confidence, lack of support from other stakeholders. Scale those rocks and you will succeed. You are greater than any circumstances you can meet. Remember, obstacles are not in your front to impede you from reaching your destiny, they are there to be overcomed and no one but you, through the power of your perceptions, will overcome them.

A motivation lesson says, ‘obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. You are the creator of your own destiny. If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up, always act like you are wearing an invincible crown.’

Bill Gates has no degree but built the wonderful computers the world has ever seen. He scaled the Rock of Aornos. For Walt Disney, his rock of Aornos was rejection from newspaper editors and being labeled as a man of no talent. Wait a moment, he never agreed and he became the biggest creator the world admires. Turn your negatives into positives and that will make a difference.

Listen to the success stories of Thomson Mpinganjira, Mike Mlombwa, Simbi Phiri, William Kamkwamba, Prof. John Chiphangwi, Kamuzu Banda, Bingu wa Mutharika and other successful Malawians then you will learn that what kept them going on despite all the setbacks encountered in life is that they perceived they would be successful. We become what we believe we are.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017



As humans we crave for a life of greatness, a fulfilling and successful life yet for most of us success dribbles around us. We spend many of our years wrestling with our insecurities most especially financially. Many a people even believe that they can do better than they are doing at present and no wonder we are the best judges of what others do. The paradox is that we can only judge than do what others do because we long lost the script of success. Life has nothing to offer those whose time is wasted on judging others than putting themselves of the coals of fire to realise their dream. Life rewards sacrifice. It is those that take action on their dreams that get rewarded than those judging the actionated dreams of others.

It is necessary in life that you find out the purpose of your life. Ask yourself, is this all what life means? Am I living the purpose of my life? Is what I am doing indeed giving me a sense of meaning and purpose? It is not surprising therefore that many people do not live a life of purpose – they go to jobs they hate no wonder they always complain day in day in. They are like a square peg on a round hole. This disillusionment emanates from the fact that they did not in the first place took a conscious effort to find out what is it that they can do.

Les Brown was right, ‘your life is worthy finding out what is it that you can do. Most of us do not go to the next step because we do not know what to do.’

To live a fulfilling life, a successful life entails that we re-establish the foundations of our life. It is appropriate to shift your focus. We waste a lot of time focusing on things that do not matter then we wonder why we are failing to be successful. We hang around with people that long lost the ambition to do better then expect to rise on the ladder of life. That is impossible. You are the average of your best six friends. Shift your focus. Get in touch with people that will inspire you, challenge you. Be around people who made it a point in their life that anything is possible. These are people that have a positive mentality and can hardly take no for an answer.

Turn a deaf ear to people who all they can contribute is talk about how negative things are because they are born in the consciousness of the world, so says Les Brown. Does what you waste time commenting on on facebook really matter? How much time does your whatsapp consume as you are trying to impress people that you know things better, comments which they will only read and do nothing about? While you are wasting your time, people that are living their dream are reading books, listening to motivation and leadership audios and attending conferences to sharpen their minds. Your friends are busy investing in themselves. Shift your focus, be disciplined. What percentage of the phones you make are useful and add value to your life? What stories do you talk with friends? What drives you forward?

More than often times we are unable to shift our focus because of fear. We have an inherent perception that we cannot achieve the ideas we conceive. We fear because we want to walk on the path that everyone is walking on. But that is not your dream. People that achieve do not fear to walk their own paths. Whatever idea you have, focus on it and you will achieve your dream. It would require discipline, a change in the way you live. You will encounter new fights in life, never run away, get in the midst of them. That is where your greatness lies. Tony Robbins well says: ‘if you want to change your life, change your focus first.’

Look at the purpose of your life, look at what can take you to greatness and fear not to travel on the downtrodden path to realise your dream. Face fear head on till it retreats. Obstacles are not there to be escaped but to be conquered. Conquer fear first then you will realise your dream

Fear kills dreams, so says Les Brown. Fear kills hope. Fear can hold you from doing something that you know that you are capable of doing it. Fear can paralyse you. But the million dollars question is: what is the benefit of allowing fear to hold you back?

Find the purpose of your life then shift your focus to live the purpose. There is no formula to success than that.



Humanity hates pain yet we cannot live without pain. Pain is one significant factor that drives humans forward. Because we do not want to experience it, we work hard to avoid it. But life has one simple principle; pain will always get on the path of our lives. And with pain comes disappointment and disillusionment.

Disappointment is a great teacher that we have to embrace. There is no mentor as great as disappointment. When life is normal we take it for granted, we linger in the comfort zone and we stop thinking, we stop challenging our brains. Most businesses are born out of disappointment of a failed business. Most people in the corporate world are advancing their studies having been disappointed that the educational qualifications they have are not giving them an upper edge to be accorded luxurious positions. Their disappointment becomes a driver of their ambitions.

There is a significant increase in the number of employees that are doing businesses. The bottom line is that they are disappointed with their perks hence to live a life of their dreams they have to take the road not taken: face challenges head on and start doing businesses. If they were not disappointed with their salaries they could not have created small businesses which in the end are growing big thus employing more people.

Disappointment is a necessary evil. People that have been disappointed in their working environment end up realizing that their corporate life is nothing but a shadow and that their relevance can erode any moment. In such realisation they end up crating other niches, exploiting their skills and talents to enhance their lives. Some of them become consultants or even part time lecturers and teachers.

Writing of the battle at the Alegria de Pio, Ernesto Che Guevara says ‘we walked until darkness made it impossible to go on, and decided to lie down and go to sleep huddled together in a heap. We were starving and thirsty, and mosquitoes adding to our misery. This was the baptism of fire, December 5, 1956, on the outskirts of Niquero. Such was the beginning of forging what would become the Rebel Army.’

Without the disappointment of the loss of fellow comrades, the Rebel Army would not have been born and certainly Cuba could not have ended up in the hands of Fidel Castro.

Consider the story of Martin Brown, founder and CEO of Radical Mobility, a South African business that designs, manufactures and markets power wheelchairs for people with disabilities. Brown is a quadriplegic and has been confined to a wheelchair since 1998. His company sprouted from the need to find an electric wheelchair that catered for his needs – such as the ability to drive on beach sand and overcome slopes and other obstacles.

The accident he had was a big disappointment to him but he never let it control his destiny. The disappointment opened new eyes in him to see other wonderful opportunities. If it was not for the accident Radical Mobility could not have been born and the solutions that it has provided to the disabled could possibly not have been there.

Great people face disappointments many a times. Billionaire Richard Branson explains his disappointment as he was attempting to keep his airline in business. Branson says: ‘after the great leap into setting up Virgin Atlantic, I now found that it was difficult to develop the airline as quickly as I wanted. Although we had had a wonderful year and had been voted the Best Business Class Airline, Virgin Atlantic was confined to operating from Gatwick Airport. Due to a single short runway and the lack of connecting flights, Gatwick was less profitable….we were struggling to make money…with our endless struggles to make ends meet at Virgin Atlantic, I began to question whether I should start doing something completely different. I even thought of going to University and study history.

If Branson had given up to the disappointment, Virgin Atlantic could not have been as huge and successful an airline as it is now. It would have been an airline confined to the museum of history.

What matters is rising beyond disappointment and the world is not short of stories of people that did that. Unbelievable so to say that Winston Churchill who eventually became British Prime Minister was a child who had been ignored by parents, who did poorly in class, stuttered and spoke with a lisp. They actually called him a disappointment and a boy of ‘low intelligence.’

If Churchill had given in to that disappointment he would not have been one of British respected Prime Ministers.

Learn from the pains encountered. Learn from the disappointment and betrayal felt in life. Life is practical and out of practical elements come disappointment which is the springboard to success. Disappointment has the torch to light the realities of life and unmask the masquerading lifestyles of people that pretend to love while hiding beneath their smiles disastrous venom. But surviving disappointment is the virtue of the strong. It is as difficult as to forgive. It is only the strong that can forgive as it is only the strong that survive disappointment and move on.



Most people are struggling to curve a new road to the future; they are cursing the present and keep on nursing wounds of the past, or continue wallowing in the pleasures of golden old days. It is their inability to cut the umbilical cord to their past that lives them in dilemma. They are people that hate the present because they did not do well in school, they were born in poor families, they lost parents when they were young, they lost jobs. Over concentration on what may have happened or ought to have happened limits our vision to the future of our dreams. It is appropriate to note that spring does not last forever. Keep your enthusiasm even when you are failing because you can only fail yourself to success

Stephen Berry is right in the book Strategies if the Serengeti as he says: ‘in our commercial world we continue to observe champions of previous decades becoming the carcasses of the current decade. In our business environment we see the continued use of strategies which were once successful but have now been rendered obsolete. Technologies change, markets change, perceptions change. Managerial functions change and all will only continue to do so at an ever increasing speed.

The fact of life is very simple, if you had a glorious past then suddenly the world turns upside down, it entails therefore that along the way you stopped doing the very elements that propelled you to the pinnacle of success. You got lost in the comfort zone and were complacent of business as usual. Life is cruel; it never keeps rewarding a person on the basis of past glory. Life wants immediate success stories. It is appropriate to note that all of us are looking for an area in which to matter, to make a difference and to perfect that area to levels that we have perhaps never dreamed of before.

The great German philosopher Goethe said that if you commit to a purpose that matters, a purpose that is personally motivating and powerful for you, you can achieve that levels that perhaps you never dreamed of.

You may not have had the opportunity to attend university education in your youthful days but it is never too late. What does it help to hate the past; to complain that what you do not have you could have had so many years ago? Go back to school and get the academic papers of your choice. Do not hate the present scenario as market forces push you out of relevance thus threatening your survival. Life will keep on changing, hate not the change, keep crying not for the past. Re-strategize your life and move on. Nobody has interest to listen to your glorious past, if anything people would use your glorious past to tell tales of how life can move from god to bad and worst in one’s lifetime. Challenge people, start afresh, write new glorious chapters of your life.

The reason why people break records is because life requires something new all the time. A record is a record only for a period. Top athletes break their records to place the bar too high. Break the records of your past. Beat the feat that you managed to set in your personal, business or corporate life. You may go down, but never give up. Work hard on a come-back philosophy. Never lose hope, never give up, keep on working hard on the edge of the unknown. You were there possibly unknown, build upon the failures you know, remember all the sadness and frustration and let it go. You are the one with the power to re-invent the wheels to the future of your choice.

Leadership guru Paul McGee says, when you let go some stuff, you create a room for more stuff. If you want to develop your life, if you want to develop your business, you have to be ready to do the things that you don’t like doing. McGee, in a few words advocates for what he calls SUMO – shut up and move on. If you have to move forward, never keep on complaining, close your ears to the madrigals of the past, stop admiring your past achievements, the failures of today will not be compensated by the achievements of the past.

It is possible to make life a new. It is possible to achieve more. Zig Ziggler tells us: ‘at the end of your days, do not be the kind of people who say, I wish I had, I wish I had, I wish I had. Be the kind of people who say, I am glad I did, I am glad I did, I am glad I did’

Men do not attract that which they want but what they are so says James Allen. You will attract success if you work hard towards achieving success. You will conquer fear if you are strong minded and cannot give up no matter how tough it seems in life. You will move forward if you learn not to be carried over by your past. Be a person of action and move forward



We limit ourselves in how far we can go with any initiative. A race is lost not at the finishing line but at the beginning or even along the way. It is an athlete who instead of concentrating on his abilities to win starts thinking that his competitor has advantage that loses. The best football strikers in the world are not the best because they have extraordinary legs to dribble and score, they are the best because they conquer their mind. They strongly believe they can score, they strongly believe they can dribble. No wonder they fear no battalion of a forest of defenders in front of them. It is the battle of the mind that matters most.

We confine ourselves to the tattered shreds of poverty because some economies and people labeled us a poorest country on earth. They won the battle of the mind, they made us believe we are too poor hence our thinking ability is within the parameters of the poverty Berlin walls that we built with our minds. In the end we cherish the status quo and never question why should we be seen to be a people that have nothing to offer the world but continued misery and being the eyesore in the conscious of humanity.

When he was young Mike Mlombwa walked on foot from Mwanza to Blantyre in pursuit of his dream. He never feared the distance. He never feared hyenas and other animals on the way. He conquered the mind. When Jimmy Koreia Mpatsa lost his job, he survived on writing short stories. Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira was denied a bank licence several times, he never gave up. If all these people had lost the battle of the mind there could have been no Countrywide Car Hire, no Mpatsa Holdings and no FDH Financial Holdings Limited. It is the mind, it is the mind, the battle is fought, won or lost, in the mind. It is your fear that stops you.

Ordinary people achieve extraordinary things because they believe. Mahatma Gandhi, a common man, touched a billion hearts and became a father of the Indian nation. It is said, think big, think fast. Think ahead, Ideas are no one’s monopoly. James Cameron a truck driver created marvels. A nurse inspired the idea of the ‘Red Cross.’ Mother Teresa of Calcutta, just a mere nun, became a mother to all. Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor, became a cycling champion. Arthur Clarke was right; the only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

Win the battle of the mind. Question what people call the impossible. Phelippe Petit walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York on the morning of August 7, 1974. Steve Jobs invented Macintosh, Typography on screen, Mouse, iMac, iPod, ipad, iphone. Question what people call impossible.

Les Brown gives us a good lesson. ‘It is necessary to know that everybody want see your dream, that everybody won’t join you, that everybody won’t have the vision …. You are an uncommon breed. You know, you have to know within yourself. Believe that I can do this, even though no one else may see it I must see it myself.’

There is no biggest battlefield in the world than the mind. It is those that have strong belief in themselves and their capabilities to achieve that will never be wiped off the face of the earth with the nuclear weapons of humiliation, the tanks of self doubt and the rockets of being labeled failures. The point is, we judge ourselves on the basis of the opinion of others. But who told us that what others say is the gospel to us and that we have to believe no matter the stereotypism. We are our own worst enemies.

Some believe that because we come from poor families then we can never be rich. Others condemn generations  into the dungeon of academic failure all just because none in their family had ever excelled in school. We do not believe in ourselves to the extent that when someone does something exceptionally better we usually say ‘amene uja ndi mzungu,’ literally manifesting that only the azungus can do good things.

We are failing to break the yoke of corruption because in our minds we believe we are too corrupt. We lost the battle. We are still in the bondage of pessimism such that to any idea we doubt its practicality and even if the idea triumphs we still believe something wrong will happen along the way. Until when shall we keep on bondaging ourselves in the Egypt of self-doubt? How long shall our exodus take to reach the promised and of optimism?

Defeated you will be if only you accept to have been defeated. A failure you will be if only you accept to have failed. It is knock downs and knockdowns that make heavyweight boxers the greatest. The bottom line is, in life you are standing on the edge of the unknown. Let your sadness go, let your frustrations go. Let the hard past go. Free your mind and you will make it. Nothing will take you down than a conquered mind. Try a little harder to be a little better



It is human’s desire to be unique, to achieve more, to have their names in the books of achievers. But reaching destiny is not that easy. Unfortunately, we have the desire to love doing the easy things hence we achieve nothing unique. Our problem is that we have the habit of doing the same things and expect different results.

Motivational and inspirational speaker Michael Jackson was right, ‘your past matters nothing. What matters is what makes you different and that is what will stand out for your future.’

It is only when we overstretch ourselves beyond the expected norms that we achieve. It is imperative to note that the society we live in does not allow us to stand out, to push beyond the boundaries; it wants us to fit in. It is not amazing therefore that most people are average as they have to be confined within the boundaries of societal thinking.

People that have made it in life have stretched boundaries, have been crazy, have been unstoppable and have defied the limits of impossibility. Consider the life of a courageous Malawian girl whose name is Scalder Louis.

Louis says: ‘in 2004 I was convinced that I could start accountancy studies. The challenge however was that the closest accountancy college was almost 300 kilometers away. I really needed a qualification in accountancy and I had to get started. I enrolled with the Malawi College of Accountancy for weekend classes. I had to leave Ching’anda by boat every Friday for Sengabay, a two hours lake cruise distance then from there connect on minibus to Blantyre. Sunday afternoon I had to travel back to Ching’anda. People said that what I was doing was not right but I kept on.”

That was indeed taking a bigger risk. Cruising through the storms on Lake Malawi and being in a minibus for hours was something most of us could not do. But Mark Zuckerberg was right: ‘the biggest risk is not taking any risk….in a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.’

As if that was not more than a hill to climb, another seemingly insurmountable challenge emerged. Louis explains: ‘On 25th of April that same year my world turned upside down, a minibus accident occurred as I was travelling from Blantyre to Sengabay to catch a boat to Ching’anda. When the accident happened I didn’t know what exactly had happened in me. I couldn’t feel my legs. I asked if I had my legs. I was eventually moved from Mlambe hospital to Queen Elizabeth Central hospital. I was there for months and I was still with hope that one day I would feel my legs. I eventually stayed for months at Beit Cure and also got rehabilitated at Kachere Rehabilitation Centre for months.’

The bigger story is that Scalder Louis never gave up. Having suffered spinal cord injuries and confined to a wheelchair was no excuse for her to fail achieving her dream. She ended up being the first wheelchair confined student to enroll at PACT college. Scalder Louis is now a qualified accountant and comfortably works as Finance Manager for World Vision.

Achieving dreams demand that we push and push as Scalder Louis did. The spinal cord injury was a silent message to her that it was impossible for her to achieve her dream. She defied that and kept on. Impossible is nothing, the great Muhammad Ali said. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they have been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It is a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary.

No matter the situation you are in, the challenges you are encountering, hang to the wise words of Zig Ziglar: ‘you were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.’ If Scalder Louis defied the impossible, you can also make it. She is a mortal being just like you are. Stretch yourself beyond the limits then you will achieve the impossible.



As you are working towards your dream, you will encounter a lot of defeat, a lot of failure. Even the inner part of yourself could be telling you to give you. You have to realise that even your friends may not agree with your dream and the way you are working hard towards achieving it. But in such uncertainty, come to realise that positive attitude is all that matters. If people say that you will fail in your dream, listen to them not; get inspiration from those that made it the hard way. Achieving a dream demands having an unwavering sense of madness, a sense of craziness, a sense of positive attitude that dispels the paralyzing ideas of others.

Peter van Kets who won the 2007 Atlantic rowing race has this to say: ‘our survival demanded that we put aside uncertainty and negativity. The reality was clear, dwelling on it was pointless. Through the waves of exhaustion I reminded myself that there is no story without a struggle….everyone can act with resolve and courage when all is going according to plan. We only truly prove ourselves when everything appears to be falling apart.’

You may be working hard on your dream and despair for facing imminent failure, facing castigation from your friends and relatives and critics. It is appropriate to remember, as Winston Churchill said: ‘if you are going through hell, keep going.’ There will be critics of your dreams but they become critics because you are achieving something, because you are achieving the extraordinary, because you are denying fitting in and are push beyond the boundaries. Wear your positive mentality clock.

When things are hard, when things are tough, when critics are too much on you, take time to read and re-read what Theodore Roosevelt said. Roosevelt stressed: ‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who actually is in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’

If Scader Louis had listened to the critics she could not have risen from the ashes of spinal cord injuries to become a top qualified accountant. If Dr. Thom Mpinganjira had allowed the bottlenecks he faced along the way to stand in the path of his dreams, there could have been no FDH bank today. If William Kamkwamba had listened to those who labeled him mad and stupid for trying to construct a windmill, he could have been nothing and his name would not have entered the book of wonderful engineers the world has ever seen.

Positive mentality is the vehicle that takes you forward. Positive mentality brings courage, energises enthusiasm, catalyses the power to win, and becomes a walking stick when the going gets tough. Listen to what Mahatma Gandhi said. ‘Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.’

When you fail try again and again and again, nothing is impossible. Keep on trying until you give the world the best you have, as it is only when you give the best that the best come back to you.

Stay focused, battles are lost in the mind. Peter van Kets once again says: ‘the key to success is what happens inside my head. Your body is an incredible thing. It can get used to almost anything and it can go on forever. It is your mind that stops you, that gives up long before your body does.’ Never give up, never give in, wear the cloak of positive thinking then your dream will be within reach

Monday, May 22, 2017



We have the luxury of time, the most precious ingredient we should never abuse but which we love abusing. Time wasted is never recovered. If you have procrastinated on working on something it entails that you may finish it but not in line with the planned framework. Procrastination is the best thief of time.

Whatever dream you have, roll it into action now. Talk is cheap. Dreaming is cheap. Actionating dreams is what makes a difference. Many a people in life have lost a sense of purpose, have their vision bruised. Their only crime has been waiting for the right moment to realise their dream. Life is not that simple, life will never offer a conducive environment or rather a fertile ground on which your dreams can grow easily. Just like a plant has to survive harsh weather so do dreams. If you have a dream actionate it now, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

A short motivational video clips lectures: “don’t wait. Create a plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once. Whether you are ready or not, put those plans into action. When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve. Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

Never be afraid to put your dreams into action. Nothing will stop you but yourself. It is always said that obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. You are the creator of your own destiny. If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up, always act like you are wearing an invisible crown.

There are many people that used to play good football and were anticipated to become the world’s best but they never made it. It is usually the average players that become superstars. The reason is very simple. Average players work hard, put in twice the effort that good players put in. Average players follow details and start actionating their dreams right then. If you have a dream, actionate it right now.

When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life has to live inside the life of the world and try not to get too much trouble, that you have to get an education, get a job, make some money, and have a family. But life can be a lot more broader than that when you realise one simple thing – everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you.

Les Brown was right: “find out what your life wants and go after it as if all your life depends on it….there are no guarantees you are going to be there tomorrow. There are a lot of people who were here yesterday and they are not here today. There are a lot of opportunities that were around yesterday but are not here today.”

The only guarantee that life gives humans is that if you do not take action then there can never be a positive outcome. The only outcome will be that you didn’t achieve anything; you didn’t achieve that you wanted.

It is good to put things in the right context. In life we don’t get what we want, we get in life what we are. We can always become more by working to develop ourselves



People that we cherish are those that fear nothing, that deny to live by the book written by others, that deny to live according to the guidelines of what others created. Successful people write their own book, walk their own path and challenge their own thinking. They do not believe in business as usual. Achievers believe that what one thinks of one can achieve. It was belief and challenging the normal thinking that saw Armstrong becoming the first person to land on the moon. It seemed foolish to think that a man could land on the moon until when it happened.

In her own words, Oprah Winfrey says: ‘``I was raped at the age of 9.'' Bill gates emphasizes ``I didn’t even complete my university education.'' The world’s celebrated neuro surgeon Ben Carson points out ``I struggled academically throughout my elementally school.'' The record breaking world footballer of the year Lionel Messi says, ``I used to serve tea at a shop to support my football training.''

These people never allowed the circumstances of life to hinder them and that is why we celebrate them. They refused to think of the term impossible. While other people in the very same situations would be seeing an insurmountable mountain to climb, these cherished any obstacle to live the dream of their life.

The world has more amazing people that do not look at their situation as a barrier but an opportunity to focus on a different path. The amazing life of Dumisani Ntombela crystalises that we can become what we want as long as we are willing to become that. It clicks in the ears as unbelievable that Ntombela became blind at the age of one because of cancer but has not allowed his disability to be an inability. "I have suffered a lot of prejudice from people who think that I am incapable of doing anything. I have proven myself that I can be better than those who can see," said Ntomblea.

The blind Ntombela is a blind soccer coach who has always dedicated his time and passion to women's soccer. Business Media Live reports that his women's soccer team, Silver Spears from Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, was recently crowned champions of the annual Maimane Alfred Phiri Games in Alexandra, Joburg.

Ntombela did not allow the stereotypes of others over him to curb his dream.

"Some people in my neighbourhood used to call me spoko (ghost) and they thought I would affect their children. It was a painful experience to both my parents, particularly my mother who has been my pillar of strength."

He encouraged other people with a disability like his not to allow anyone to feel pity for them or patronise them.

"When someone says you are blind, tell them it is what they see, not what you are because you can achieve far much better things than them.

"I coach people who can see but they appreciate that I am their leader. I also used to play football and score against people who can see while I couldn't," said the young coach.

We can move out of poverty if we will to and undertake decisions that see us cutting the strings of poverty. We can grow our GDP extensively if we believe that it is possible. We can be a food-sufficient nation and even become an exporter of food if we believe that it is possible. We can be a corrupt free nation if we believe that it is possible. We become what we think. If we are living in the poorest nation on earth then we have all collectively failed and the status of our nation is a manifestation of the caliber of its citizens.



The success equation is undergoing a robust transition, challenging leaders to embrace a new mode of driving entities they run. Regardless of the sector one is in, the bottom line remains that people can no longer be managed like sheep just to follow their leader blindly. The new generation of followers has a different mode of achieving success; it craves to be heard, to be appreciated and to have the power to challenge authorities whenever necessary without fear of retribution.

Circumstances are clear that the 21st century requires a leadership that challenges itself, that surrounds itself with minds that are ready to challenge it, that articulates its vision with an open mind that it could be challenged within. This is the leadership that strives to look forward and achieve no matter the surrounding circumstances. This is the leadership that could best be termed the Abraham Lincoln success leadership code.

In the article Leadership lessons from Abraham Lincoln, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin emphasizes that you have to surround yourself with people who can argue with you and question your assumptions and this particularly helps if you can bring in people whose temperaments differ from your own.

This leadership style does not entail that you bring every jim and jack into your leadership circle. It challenges that every leader looks at his or her rivals and chose the best and most able people among them to help in shaping a corporate or political ideology forward.

Pointing out to the philosophy, Abraham Lincoln brought Salmon Chase into his cabinet as treasury secretary knowing full well that Chase craved the presidency. The rivalry was even more manifested through Chase’s undermining of Lincoln all the time with cabinet members, so too congress. To Lincoln what mattered was that Chase was doing his job. The more Chase considered himself a better leader deep in his mind the more he wanted to prove it through his position. In the very end all the credit went to Lincoln

Theodore Roosevelt long saw it as he explains, ‘it is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end triumphs of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.’

Over a century years later Barack Obama saw the merit of using the Abraham Lincoln success code. He brought into his cabinet heavyweight politicians who were themselves past and future contenders into his cabinet. Obama was well convinced that the strategy would challenge his thinking all the times and there would be no time for complacency or hero worshipping. He had surrounded himself with lions that were not afraid to maul his ideologies thus at the very same time keeping him vigilant with his policies and strategies. Obama chose his chief rival, Hillary Clinton, to be the Secretary of State. He went on to pick Joe Biden to be his vice president. In his cabinet he included powerful republicans like Robert Gates and Ray LaHood.

It needs no mention to emphasize that corporate bodies that are struggling to compete on the market and become profitable are in such a dire situation as a result of well entrenched culture that is awash with the followership that could not challenge the leader, the followership that takes comfort sitting in the backseat taking to initiative to steer their corporate bus towards the path of success. The end result is mediocrity and loss of corporate identity.

The political sector is no exception. Political parties have been crumbling as a result of entrenching a leadership that never challenges itself. People with dissenting views have great value as they offer the alternative that a leader may never have comprehended. In general sense, dissenting views are a reality check. It is not surprising therefore that when we fail, be it in any sector, there will be those who say, ‘but we said it and we knew it would end like this.’

This is now the time for a leadership analysis and for leaders to embrace the Abraham Lincoln success code be it in a family, work place, political circles and corporate leadership positions. Leadership is changing and the 21st century demands a dissenting-views responsive leadership.



We find ourselves in distressing moments reminiscencing on what we could have done. Eventually that resuscitates fear in us that we can achieve no more. We end up becoming disillusioned. But Zig Ziggler gives us the most wonderful words of wisdom. He lecturers: “at the end of your days, do not be the kind of people who say ‘I wish I had, I wish I had, I wish I had.’ Be the kind of people who say ‘I am glad I did, I am glad I did, I am glad I did.”

Often times we regret as a result of procrastination. We keep on postponing our dreams as if we have the luxury to stop the ticking of the clock. If your dream is to go back to school just go back to school, time will never be static waiting for you. If you see business opportunities, do not hesitate; take the initiative to grow your business. Most people would complain of capital. Capital is not a challenge in business; it is profitable ideas that are a challenge in business

To move on, to be able to say I am glad I did, one must be prepared to let some things go. To live a dream is to sacrifice some bits of life. One of the world’s leading speakers Paul McGee in a presentation he calls Shut Up and Move On (SUMO) says: ‘when you let go some stuff, you are making room for bigger and better stuff to come into your life.”

The fact of the matter is that it is necessary that you let go the energy drainers in your life, people that do not challenge your thinking are not a necessary package to have in your life. You need to let go of meetings that do not add value to your life. You need to let go of social gatherings where you learn nothing that can propel you forward. As long as you keep on attaching yourself to circumstances, events and people that will maintain the status quo, you will never go anywhere. In the end you will say “I wish I had.’

The life lesson is so simple, if you want to be prepared to do business, you have to be ready to do things that you are not comfortable with. It is tiresome and exhausting training on the football pitch everyday but that is what makes Christiano Ronaldo and Messi and the world top footballers to be the best they are. In all the pleasure and delight they give us, there is great pain in their bones. Usain Bolt runs almost everyday just preparing for Olympic games. Most business people do not sleep adequately at night because they are busy discussing business deals but out of such sleepless nights come success.

At the time war was looming to topple Sadaam Husein, the airlines business was in shambles as fuel costs had escalated. But even in such a crisis, the small Virgin Airlines and Richard Branson thought of doing something unexpected. There were hostages in Iraq that Sadaam Hussein had agreed t release but no planes were flying into Baghdad. Richard Branson negotiated through King Hussein of Jordan to be allowed to fly into Baghdah to airlift the hostages.

Branson narrates a wonderful story in the end. He says: ‘By flying into Baghdad and rescuing hostages Virgin had again usurped British Airways traditional role. ….although this plane was just one of four planes Virgin Atlantic operated, suddenly we looked like a much larger airline.’ That event possibly ballooned the image of Virgin Atlantic and must have propelled its growth. Richard Branson did what no any other airline could be comfortable with and that made a difference

The world has no shortage of people that manifest to us that the ‘I am glad I did’ is possible. Oprah Winfrey says. ‘I was raped at the age of 9 yet am now one of the most influential people in the world.’ She never let the rape instance be a blockade to her life. She went on to live a life of her dreams.  Bill Gates says, ‘I didn’t even complete my university education but became the world richest man.’ If Bill Gates had procrastinated on his dream he would have been saying “I wish I had.” He cherishes in the term ‘I am glad I did’

Celebrated neurosurgeon Ben Carson adds his weight when he says: ‘I struggled academically throughout elementary school yet became the best neurosurgeon in the world.’ Lionel Messi has an exciting background to confess when he says: ‘I used to serve tea at a shop to support my football training and still became the world best footballer.’ And even despite the 27 years incarceration in prison Nelson Mandela became president of the Republic of South Africa. He must have died with his heart cherishing ‘I am glad I did.’

To eventually come to the point we can cherishingly say I am glad I did, there is need to do a soul search into what comes easy to you as leadership guru Robin Sharma usually says. It is people that find talking easy that become excellent broadcasters, it is those that love cracking jokes that become influential actors, it is usually those that make science subjects easy that join the medical and aviation fields, it is those that find pleasure in running that win marathons, it is those that find pleasure in fighting that eventually become celebrated boxers and wrestlers, it is those that cherish their voices that become singers mesmerizing millions of people. The point it, nothing can stop you but yourself. Be the one to say in the end, ‘I am glad I did.’



Whatever we are is but a figment of our own imagination. People that have made it big did imagine becoming that big.  Sir Thomas Edison imagined an electric bulb and failed 9999 times to make one until when he succeeded at the 10000th trial. Blaming circumstances for our failure to make it big is nothing but a mere manifestation of our ego-defensive attitude.

The US$7 billion fortune David Gehen points out that ‘I have always thought that each person invented himself for whatever reason, through whatever circumstances, through whatever he has gone through. We are each a figment of our imagination.’

We fail in life because we trample on our imaginations, because we lose the belief and confidence to go ahead with our ideas. In the end we do not work very hard towards achieving our dreams and we start seeing obstacles.

The US$3.2 billion net worth Howard Schultz has this to say: ‘don’t allow anyone, friend, family, acquaintance, teachers, whoever it is. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that whatever you are dreaming for yourself and your family is not possible. It is possible.’ The world’s renowned motivational and leadership speaker Les Brown adds: ‘What ever dream that you may have, know that it is possible.’

To become what we imagine to become entails that we cut ties with the pains of the past. Where we come from matters nothing. Our education background and credentials matter nothing. What matters is working hard towards your dream. Consider one of Malawi’s business tycoons Jimmy Koreia Mpatsa. He was born to a single parent in a family of three boys and girls, he says he was never lucky to get any place at the university colleges. He later privately studied Advanced Level Economics, English literature and law but did not sit for exams. His first job was a buying clerk at Import and Export. His services were once terminated at Import and Export and was jobless for around 7 months during  which he survived on writing short stories for magazines such as ‘Star’ of Malawi, ‘Parade’ of Zimbabwe and ‘Readers Digest.’

Little can you imagine that over 20 years later Jimmy Koreia Mpatsa is a billionaire with establishments with a net value of over 5 billion Malawi kwachas. It entails therefore that no matter his having no college degree, no matter his parental background, no matter his joining employment at a junior rank, he never ceased imagining to become a millionaire and now billionaire. If he had any vestiges of doubt then we could not have been talking of him as he would have failed.

Hardwork is one catalyst for transforming imagination into reality. US$ 5 billion fortune Richard Branson emphasizes, ‘to create a business you have to initially work hard. It is really hard work.’ US$325 million net worth Jerry Weintraub adds: ‘I work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.’ US$45 billion net worth Michael Bloomberg weighs in, ‘in the end luck plays a very important part in how successful you are but the harder you work and the longer you work, the lucky you are going to be.’ Howard Schultz brings in a lesson worth noting: ‘people need to understand that we cannot take a break. We have competitors who want to take food off our tables….to build a sustainable successful business you have to eradicate the human behavior of relaxing, the human behaviours of the feeling like you have won.’ And US$ 1 billion net worth Michael Eisner says, ‘mediocrity is what fearful people will always settle for.’

It is now time to write the next chapter of our lives, to become what we imagine. If we imagine becoming failures we will certainly become failures. If we dream big, we will become big. Donald Trump well said, ‘if you are going to do something, do it big.’ The US$67 billion net worth Warren Buffet stresses, ‘develop a habit of success.’ The habit of success is as a result of our imagination and hard working spirit.

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