While listening to an audio recording of Steve Jobs's famous Standford commencement speech, I couldn't stop myself from being inspired by the thought of living a life where I am only doing what I love.
As he says himself :
“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to…
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Being patient to have or achieve something doesn’t mean that you must wait for that thing to happen.
Many people confuse waiting for something and having patience while in reality the two are very different.
You can only wait on something that is certain and sure, but hasn’t yet happened or appeared into your reality.
Patience on the other hand, is related to the unknown. …
Some people believe that becoming successful is the hardest thing in life. And because of this belief, they work extremely hard to achieve one big goal and once they’ve achieved it, they then think that it’s end of the world.
“I have made it!” The average person says.
That one victory becomes their personal anthem and the one story that they are always eager to share with anyone willing to listen.
These “averagers”, after having won once, tend to fail to move beyond that one achievement to pursue any greater success.
It’s hard to excell in life, if we lack the ability to bounce back quickly and swiftly after facing major adversities.
This is because sorrow and self-pity tend to persist in the minds of those who resist the urge to fight back.
Once these negative thoughts and feelings cling to a soul that has suffered multiple defeats, disappointments, failures or difficulties they tend to attract many other negative memories, feelings, emotions and thoughts that make it very easy to give up, give in, stay in bed, ignore calls, cancel meetings, delay projects and renounce dreams.
Building a business in Africa is an endurance sport. To succeed, whatever success means to you, you must keep playing.
You may be driven by the fear of lack and poverty, because you grew up on the poor side of town, with several siblings sharing the same room, towel and toothbrush. And everyday that you encounter a difficult situation, you’re afraid that your business failure will lead you or your children to going back to the same situation.
You may be driven by ambition. The drive to be recognized and famously known as one of the country or continents’ most…
Mark 4:35-41 NIV
“Who is this that even the markets, the banks, the clients, the local authorities and even the tax collectors obey to her?”
That is what people should say about you. That’s who you are supposed to be. As a God driven entrepreneur, you have the power of God in you.
For God-driven Entrepreneurs, their most successful products, brands, ventures and initiatives have always been a gift from God. People often wonder how do they get so much favor or lucky. But they know very well, that in the realm of God there’s no such thing as luck.
Today I am hopeful leader! Today I have faith in my continent.
Despite the countless difficulties that I’ve encountered in the few years that I’ve been alive, I have come to learn that the future depends on the vision and audacity of the present leaders.
Being one of those leaders, I came to realize that I not only have the opportunity to shape the future of my continent, but it’s my responsibility to do it. And that is when the YALI NATION took form.
It was a dream come true, to look back and see that I’ve contributed to improving…
If I was to ever give up in life, it would have been when I was 8.
Back then I was sent by my parents from Guinea to live with my aunt in the United States.
I was told that we were going on a vacation, and a few weeks later I woke up to see my mom with all her luggage packed getting ready to leave the for the airport.
I knew that something was wrong, and I think it’s the first feeling of abandonment that I had ever felt in my life.
I cried to her and told…
This is not a motivational piece, because for once, I also want to vent.
Leadership is a lonely path and whatever anyone tells you about it, no one really understands what you’re going through, because we’re all living our challenges differently.
This year in particular, has been a challenging one. I think I’ve grown more white hair in the last 6 months than my entire life. It makes me want to slam this computer, scream from the top of my lungs: “God! When will it all stop?” …
“2 years!?” I asked.
“Yep! With the current status of things, we the investment bankers in Kenya don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for at least 2 years to come…”
I couldn’t believe it. And I still refuse to. But I could not take the risk of belittling the words of a second generation Indo-Kenyan investment banker. And even more, he’s a friend and a financial genius who has a keen understanding of the economic evolution of this country.
“So you’re saying that the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer? Is that…