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Abort Mission!

I’ve been doing a lot of walking these past few months. Wherever I’ve had to go, the first option was to walk. The use of a car was the second option and was only employed if there was an issue of keeping time.

The lockdown came and as usual there was an increase in groups walking for exercise, and I was one of the people who joined a walking group. We decided to walk in the mornings from 7:00am and we were consistent.

On Friday, I completed a challenge and decided to go out and meet a few friends in the evening. As we were discussing matters of national importance, I heard about a walking group where one of the chaps completed 500km in 14 days. The way they were talking about it, it seemed like an impossible feat. I told them I had been walking for months and I could complete 500km in 10 days.

Tiko shouted, “What!!!”

I repeated what I had said. With the right motivation, I could walk 500km in 10 days.

“Impossible!” Tiko shouted again. “I challenge you.”

I could not understand why he felt so strongly that it was not possible. I told him his buddy had walked 500km in 14 days without any real motivation. Why would he think I could not handle 10 days with motivation. So I asked him to stake UGX 5M and I would happily chew his dimes.

By this time, there were other people at the table giving him gas. They told him it was impossible. “He would have to walk an average of 50km everyday,” they said. So he offered UGX 3M. He said I did not have to put up any money. It was his challenge. If I walked the 500km in 10 days, he would give me the dimes. If I failed, which I would, it was okay. I would have realized that I’m not as good as I thought.

The next hour of the evening was spent trying to get the Nike Run app to work on my phone. We installed and uninstalled it several times but for some reason it just could not work. Then they shelled my phone and told me I should get an iPhone if I wanted to use some of these American apps. I asked that we use the Samsung app but they jammed because they all have the Nike Run app on their iPhones and they trusted that app. Anyway, after about an hour, the app was properly installed on my Samsung phone, my account was set up, we had become Nike Run friends and the challenge was set up to begin at 6:30am on Monday 23rd August 2021.

As I was getting ready to leave, I passed by a table of other friends and one of the chaps announced to them the challenge I had taken up. I regretted why I had passed by them. The whole conversation about it being impossible for me to achieve started again. More money was staked for the challenge. By the time I left, I think there was a potential of UGX 9.3M for me to earn if I achieved 500km in 10 days.

I left with only the UGX 3M offer from Tiko in play as the other 6.3M was proposed by men who were not in full control of themselves and they wanted me to stake 50% of it. I was not willing to as I did not want to bet. I was only accepting Tiko’s one-sided offer.

By the time I got home that evening, I had worked out how I would achieve it. Just walking to Jinja would clear 80km. Spend the night and walk back the next day. That’s already 160km in 2 days. 340km left. Walk to Entebbe, spend the night and walk back the next day. Another 88km. 252km left. Imagine half way there with 6 days to go. It seemed pretty simple to me. I started planning for the UGX 3M. I went to bed a happy man.

I woke up on Saturday morning and recalled the events of Friday evening. Eh! What did I commit to? Was I mad? I did the maths again and considered how much time I needed to attempt the challenge. Would I be able to set aside the time? Then I thought about my legs. The thought alone brought some pain in my calfs. I got up and went about my activities of the day.

At 2:38pm on Saturday, I received a whatsapp message from Tiko asking me to accept the new challenge.

The pressure was on but there was only one thought on my mind. “Abort Mission!!!”

I kept it simple. I declined and gave him my tight schedule excuse.

I might have missed out on that UGX 3M but one day I will definitely walk 500km in 10 days. For now, I’m content with my decision. Thanks Tiko for the offer but no thanks.

TRIBUTE TO KK (EXPRESS FC CHAIRMAN)

Those who know Kiryowa Kiwanuka, know that when he decides to do something, he sets the bar high for himself. KK, as he is commonly called, is an ardent golfer. He is not exactly the best golfer in town, but when you play with him, you will sometimes hear him shouting, “ K K…!!!” Once you hear that, you know he has made some sort of error that he does not expect of himself. Many other golfers, knowing that they don’t expect perfection, will simply walk on to play their next shot. This is only one of the examples of his standards.

This piece is not about KK the golfer so let me focus on the subject at hand.

KK took on the role of Chairman of Express FC in August 2018. The club had just survived relegation the previous season and was in desperate need of new leadership. The board met and he agreed to take up the position.

Kiryowa Kiwanuka

Without knowing it, Express FC was starting a new era in its existence.

KK set out to restore the club to its past glory. Actually, he set out to raise the club to a level it had never been before. The one thing he did not like was the reputation the club had built of being rowdy and having “uncontrollable” fans. He wanted the club to have clear structures and to become respected as a world class football club.

He got in touch with a few of the Express fans he knew and thought would be a good fit to work with. In his mind, he had already decided on actions he was going to take, but he needed to build a team that would help sell his plans both to the players, administration and fans. So he set up an Advisory Council.

I was an Express FC fan who was dormant. I only followed Ugandan football in the newspapers and only watched the Uganda National Team games. But as KK had done when he took on the position of UGU President a number of years before, he called me when he became Express FC Chairman and told me to join him to build Express FC. Without hesitation, I agreed.

I went over to his office the next day and he laid out the plans he had. He gave me some assignments and then we hit the ground running. From that point on, every week we had a new announcement for the club. Betway came on board and that was the biggest announcement we made at the start. Equity Bank followed. Buganda Land Board came on board. UBL joined us. There seemed to be only good news. We got an office for the secretariat. Initially it was my office that we set up in but later I relinquished it to Express FC and moved to a new office. A new organizational structure was set up for the club. We started a fans campaign against spectator violence and rowdiness called “Ndiba Yokka”. We developed a brand manual for the club. We worked on the stadium and gave it a fresh look. We changed the management of the games and we were able to cover all the match day costs from the gate collections. A lot was going on.

Over the course of KK’s three years as chairman, he has encouraged fans engagement. He has addressed the fans a number of times to ensure that he remained in touch with them and to give them the confidence that they are a vital cog in the Express FC wheel. One thing he always assured the fans was that they were not the ones who make decisions for the club. The decision making was to be left to him and his team.

KK addressing fans after a home game

The integrity of the club was very important to KK. By nature, he does not tolerate any form of indiscipline. At one point, some players were accused of engaging in illegal betting and even though some of them were strong members of the team, he let them go. The announcement was made in the presence of the entire team and he stressed to them that none of them was indispensable. Discipline is paramount.

KK was never shy to drop people he felt were not delivering to his expectation. He has been in charge for three years so far and he has had three Head Coaches in that time. It was not a popular decision to drop Kefa Kisala for George Ssimwogerere but fans warmed up to the idea with time. But when he failed to deliver the Uganda Cup, even the fans lost patience.

I remember from the start of his tenure as chairman, KK always told me we needed a CEO. I argued with him that we had a CEO and he was able to do the job. KK was determined to make the change and whenever he felt the CEO had fallen short, he would point it out to me. His strong opinion was that the CEO we had at the time was good as an operations man, but he wanted someone who was more strategic thinking.

At the end of his second season in charge, he told me he had found the perfect man to do the job. He had already had several discussions with him and laid out plans. In the next meeting we had as the Advisory Council, he announced the new CEO (Isaac Mwesigwa) and new Head Coach (Wasswa Bossa).

Before the third year, we lost two players who we thought we were going to build the club around. These were Galiwango (to Vipers) and Revita (to KCCA). The fans were unhappy about this and many thought the chairman had made a mistake to let them go. However, the chairman was resolute and told us that he only wanted to keep players who understood what we were building and who wanted to be part of it. He followed his heart and let them go.

The CEO and technical team then set out to recruit players and build a formidable team. With KK supporting all their decisions, they were able to sign the players they felt fit the bill.

Unveiling the 2020/2021 club kit

Although KK is a busy man with so much on his plate, he found time for Express FC. He laid down his principles for the CEO and gave him a free hand to run the club as a CEO should. All he asked for was regular updates of the progress of the plans. The CEO was to find solutions to any setbacks but not let anything go out of hand. Whatever he was unable to do on his own, he was to escalate to the chairman in good time so that he could intervene and get us back on track.

With the leadership KK provided, it was always clear that sooner or later, Express FC would be back on top of the Ugandan Football World.

FUFA has been using Express FC as an example of an organized club. I’m sure FUFA is going to pick a few lessons from KK. He must be the envy of FUFA and I will not be shocked if they asked him to lead them in the near future. 😀

Anyhow, Express FC are now UPL Champions for the seventh time in our history. We can praise the sponsors, we can praise the technical team, we can praise the CEO & his team and we can even praise the fans. But the real praise goes to KK who built the structure and placed the right people in place, and then set the vision and kept the club on course.

You promised a major title in your first three years as Chairman and you have delivered.

Congratulations Kiryowa Kiwanuka!!!

Badu, You Did Well

Sometimes things happen and we do not know why. Naturally, we try and find explanations but we don’t always find the answers. In the end, we always conclude that “it was God’s plan”. 🙂

In 2017, my good friend Bashir Badu Ansasira became the Chairman of Uganda Cricket Association (UCA). That is also the year my club ACC selected me to join the UCA Board.

The choice of Badu as chairman was not the most popular choice. Even I, at the time, opted for somebody else. Even though Badu spoke to me about it, I was not giving him my vote and I expressed the same to the delegates representing ACC.

There was something about Badu that made many believe that he was not up to the task. But the majority of the delegates believed in him and they gave him the mandate to lead us. Time proved them right.

Photo courtesy of kawowo.com

I can’t help but notice that most of the past UCA chairmen represented Uganda on the Senior National Team. There are some big names on that list. The late Fred Luswata, the late AK Lutaya, William Kibuukamusoke, John Nagenda, the late Ivan Kyayonka, Emma Katto, Stephen Luswata, Sam Walusimbi, Latimer Mukasa, Dr. Sebbaale and Richard Mwami. They all did a good job with UCA in their reigns. Notably, from my own perspective as a cricketer in my time, the late AK Lutaya stands out because of the achievements of UCA during his time in 1992. There was a budding Schools Development Programme that got all of us kids excited about cricket. The best cricket week experience ever was in 1993 when the late Arthur de Mello was SDP chairman (if I remember well). That cricket week was fabulous on and off the pitch. Never had we had such fun activities that kept cricket exciting for young ones. During Stephen Luswata’s time in 1998, Uganda became an associate member of ICC. Once we got into the ranks of big money from ICC, then we were able to scale even higher with the national team progressing and achieving a lot. Then we had the land vision, which was finally purchased during Richard Mwami’s time.

I have only mentioned a few examples but a lot was achieved by the past chairmen and we are ever so grateful to them for their service.

When Badu started his term, he felt that he had many people against him and he took his time trying to get people on his side. He did a good job of this. I, for one, was fully on board with him and we spent a lot of time with me poking holes in his ideas so that when he finally presented them, he was confident of what he was suggesting. We did not always agree but he was firm when he had made up his mind. He mended a lot of fences and was soon trusted as the man for the job.

Badu’s first term was spent cleaning up the finances and getting us out of debt with the bank, URA and NSSF. By the end of his reign, we are in the all clear and have good relationships with our bankers and both government bodies.

He successfully led the team as we hosted two international events and we got great reviews from the ICC.

UCA has always had relationships with other associations and partners. Badu continued that tradition. We have expanded our relationships and we have good will from many associations and different partners like Qatar and Omtex to help grow cricket in Uganda.

For me, the best thing Badu has done is to create a culture of transparency (especially with our finances) and this led to him handing over to the new chairman a financially healthy association. He encouraged us to save for a cricket base outside what we have and this was achieved. We have not yet completed the purchase but we will soon have that in the bag and then we will embark on the development project. It is sad that we were not able to complete this during his term in office, but we will not take our eye off the ball.

Badu’s relationship with the ICC and the confidence they have in him led him to being appointed on the ICC Chief Executive’s Committee. His position there will keep him in cricket administration and I am sure that we will benefit from his time there.

I cannot list all Badu’s achievements. I believe he highlighted those to the association in his last AGM.

He has been a good leader and I am honoured to have served under him. He took a bold step presenting himself to lead the association and he did well.

Good luck for the future Mr. Bashir Badu Ansasira.

My Blood Donation Disappointment

Everyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about donating blood. It has become a habit. I do it once every 3 months.

Donating blood at Nakasero Blood Bank

It’s a practice I developed after Uncle Ben, my brother-in-law, told me about his blood donation record. I think if there was some sort of nobel prize for blood donation, he would be the first recipient from Uganda. A number of years ago, the blood bank would issue blood on emergency to regular donors. A friend needed blood urgently for his father and Uncle Ben was there to help. It was then that I decided I would start donating blood and I would do it regularly.

I went to Nakasero Blood Bank and asked them all the questions I needed to. They told me how we always have a shortage of blood. We don’t donate as much as we should as a country. I told them I wanted to donate monthly but they advised me that was not possible. Men can only donate every 3 months and women every 4 months. So I settled for donating every 3 months and I have been doing that ever since.

Guma joined me on this journey. We synced our schedules and we go to Nakasero Blood Bank together to donate every time. Our last scheduled appointment was on 10th April 2020. Being a Saturday, I wanted us to shift the appointment to Monday 12th April so I called him to reschedule. On speaking to him, he told me he had just been vaccinated for covid-19 and had been told he had to wait 14 days before he could donate blood. I did not want to go alone as that would mess up our synced schedule so we agreed to go and donate on Monday 26th April.

I called Guma on Sunday night and he confirmed we were on as agreed. He picked me up from my office at midday and we went to Nakasero Blood Bank. We got there and there were so many cars. We were happy that this whole blood donation thing had picked momentum. We went to the reception as usual to register and all, and we were given the cards to fill out. I got to a question that asked “Have you recently had any vaccination?” I had had my vaccination about a month before but I decided to ask the lady what “recently” was. She asked me, “Don’t you understand the word recently?” I told her I knew what it meant but I wanted to know if 2 weeks was recent to them, 1 month, etc. She asked me when I was vaccinated and I told her about a month ago. She immediately pulled the card away from me and said I could not donate blood.

Guma, who had only been vaccinated 2 weeks earlier, did not even receive the card to fill out. We were angry! We asked her how long we had to wait and she said we could only donate blood two months after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. My heart sank. Here I was, so determined to donate blood 4 times a year, and I was being denied the chance because I had been vaccinated. What disappointed us the most was the way she seemed to be coming up with these numbers. It looked like she was creating these scenarios as she went along. I wondered to myself, “What if I had just answered “no” to the question?” Wouldn’t I have donated blood? Would there be any harm to me or would the blood have been tested and discarded?

Stories like this one from voanews.com came to mind http://bit.ly/UgandaReportsBloodShortagesAmidCoronavirusPandemic. We asked the lady if there was enough blood in the country to warrant her chasing us away yet we are doing a good deed. We walked away with the attitude of “it’s your loss”.

Anyhow, I know the lady knows the blood needs of the country so she would not refuse us to donate without good reason. We left very disappointed but we will surely be back to donate blood – somewhere in August. We won’t donate 4 times this year but we will surely try to donate 3 times.

If you haven’t been vaccinated against covid-19 yet, please go and donate blood before you get the vaccine. You will save a life.

Garage

Today I attended the service at Worship Harvest.

I must say that it is an interesting church. They actually say “Church begins on Monday”. Generally, church is what they do from Monday to Saturday and the Sunday service is called Garage.

At the garage, they service themselves so that they can work the whole week. The real church!

It is a very interesting concept and I can see that it works well.

After praise and worship, we spent about half an hour where Apostle Moses updated us on achievements of the church. It is amazing what these churches do. The community work, for a relatively young church, is far reaching. The numbers that were announced were huge. Imagine taking a whole half hour just announcing achievements of the week.

The garage I attended was at Naalya. The building, by the way, is huge and still under construction. I thought that is where their main construction focus was. Imagine my shock when it was announced that there are 3 other construction projects running and they had cleared a 4th site in Entebbe where they were going to have a ground breaking ceremony during the week.

Worship Harvest!!!

The only strange thing today was how empty the church was. The chairs were very well spaced and all the SOPs recommended by MoH are in place. People should be attending in person. The service was beautiful. The experience is not the same online. I hope people are encouraged to attend in person.

I did not take a photo of the many empty seats. It would have been too depressing for you to see.

Apostle Moses delivered a touching sermon about faith. I will not be giving you the details here though. I just wanted to share with you that it is a good church, which will be 15 years old next Sunday, and to encourage you to go and attend one of the garages. You might start your journey of community church.

Have a blessed Sunday.

We Must Do More

I like the way 2021 has started. Nobody seems to have any new year resolutions. At least nobody I know has mentioned any. Imagine that! My own daughter wrote a blog (https://lucindakaheru.wixsite.com/website/post/hey-2021) and said she was not going to make any resolutions this year…she’s only 14 years old and she’s already tired of making them. Ha.

2021 has seen us have the internet switched off for 5 days. Yeah. It sounds odd but it happened. At least this time we can’t say “only in Uganda”. 🙂

We have also seen the outgoing US President skip the Inauguration Ceremony of his successor. Hahahaha. What a clown! The cartoon images that have been created about him are really funny. I don’t think America will have another president like him ever.

Cartoons: Donald Trump, acquittal and the rule of law

Anyway, let’s move on to my focus for today. Kyambogo University.

Kyambogo University is one of the public universities in Uganda. It has a long history. It was once a polytechnic. It was called Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo before it became a University. As a university, its main focus is to develop skills in science, technology and education.

Think about that for a moment.

This year, 2021, I have been going to Kyambogo University to walk in the evenings. It is a nice place for exercise as there are some parts of it with very nice roads that have been recently constructed. It is also a beautiful place. It is during these walks that I noticed a few things that got me wondering if our universities really provide us with the kind of education they should.

Remember that this university was formed to develop skills in science, technology and education. There are a number of new buildings that were built recently and there are a few that are still under construction. Beautiful buildings by the way. Funded by the African Development Bank. But ask yourself how many students were involved in the design and construction of any of these buildings. I was not able to get answers to this question but wouldn’t it be great to have had students involved? That would be a university developing skills in science and technology.

One of the new buildings whose construction I hope students were involved in.

Let’s move away from the buildings since I confess that I did not get answers to whether or not students were involved in the design and construction of the new buildings. Maybe they were but I just don’t have that information. Let’s move on to the new roads. Were the students involved in the design and construction of the new roads? The roads look well done but you can still notice a few things that an institution of excellence would (or should) not have allowed. The roads look like the drainage was well considered and I would be happy to hear that the design was done by one of the students or a team of students. I would also be happy to hear that there were some students involved in the construction of the roads….the actual work. But that is hard for me to believe as on one of my evening walks, I found some people doing work on the zebra crossings … they were dressed in security guard uniforms. How disappointing!

I was further convinced that Kyambogo University students were not at all involved in the road construction works when I looked at the manhole covers. I’m sure you will agree with me that a university like that would be elaborate on measurements and would hold very high standards in finishing. Looking at the manhole covers, you can tell that these were done by jua kali chaps who have no regard for perfection. All the manhole covers are of different sizes and almost none of them fits perfectly. Definitely not the work of Kyambogo University students!

Along the way somewhere, I even saw a sign cautioning against dumping rubbish at a certain spot. I think the sign was put there after the rubbish, but they could not be bothered to then remove the rubbish. You think it was installed by Kyambogo University students??? I doubt it! Even the production of the sign was done by jua kali people. How else would you explain the spelling on the sign? It reads: “Kyambongo University”. Gosh!

On to the Faculty of Vocational Studies. This will probably be depressing. Vocational Studies prepare people to work as technicians or to take up employment in a skilled craft or trade as tradespersons or artisans. If you look at the Faculty of Vocational Studies, you wonder what they study there. If at the university you are doing vocational studies, the easiest place to do any practice is the facility in which you study. Look at the buildings. Broken windows. Unpainted walls. Are there any vocational studies happening there???

As for the School of Management and Entrepreneurship….I have no words! Just look at the sign and tell me the lecturers know what they are doing. Imagine your business sign looking like that or worse still empty like the one next to it. Forget that I would expect the students of Management and Entrepreneurship to be the first to point out that image matters, what do the lecturers think? I certainly would have no confidence in any of them.

The final observation (well … the final one I want to make), is about the old vehicles I see that look like they’ve been parked there for more than 10 years. I’m used to seeing this at police stations but those are cars that were involved in accidents. I don’t know why nothing ever becomes of them but I can’t fault the police for that. I do, however, fault Kyambogo University for cars parked and abandoned for years that are left to “rot”. True, the cars may have mechanical faults, but that is the very reason why they should be used by the students for training. Imagine the value one would get if they were given a project to restore a vehicle. Come on Kyambogo University! You must do more!

I know that people like me are good at criticizing. It is even safe to assume that if I were the head of Kyambogo University, I would operate in the same way. But let’s not take that angle. Let’s take the message and if we are the ones who can make a change, let’s make that change. We should have confidence that our universities are graduating people who are highly skilled in their fields. We would easily see that starting with the way the university itself looks and the way it is run. We should run away from all this talk of people saying that the products of our universities are mediocre. They should not be. We must do more!

You Don’t Know My Name

We all have names but many of us don’t know why we were given those names. Names have meanings. And usually there are reasons for the names we’re given.

When I was young, names didn’t matter to me. Being called Paul was nothing out of the ordinary. I could as well have been called Matthew, Mark, Luke or even John. I thought it was just a name my parents liked. Most of the people I knew had such names (called Christian names then) and a surname (usually a tribal name).

As I grew up, in secondary school, I met people who had only tribal names. I found that very interesting. Initially I thought it was weird. But one of my friends, Bakadde, always rubbed it in our faces. He used to mock us for following blindly the colonialists and even taking up their names. I think in his family, only one person has a “Christian name” and that was just because their father wanted to honour his father.

Tendo, another friend, whose father went all the way with Luganda names, also used to point this out. There’s a sense of pride these guys have just because of their names. Imagine that! Just because of their names.

There are many other examples of families, especially in Buganda, who abandoned Christian names. Some of them (in my generation) have Christian names but have left them silent. They only use their tribal names and have now given their children only tribal names.

Why I think it’s important is because names have meanings. And what better way to give a name with meaning than if it is one of your tribal names? A name you can clearly explain to your children and to the world. A name that they will treasure and live by.

Moving on to my situation. As we reached the child bearing ages, my brother Simon started his crusade to ensure that we stuck to African names. He insisted that we named our children strictly African names. He was not successful with us as we had other influences in our lives and so we were not able to maintain the strict code of only African names. He did. All his children have strictly African names and I’m proud that he managed that.

When Simon was introducing his children to us, he would say the name, the meaning of the name and why they gave that name. The only thing he did not do was have those traditional African naming ceremonies. I’m sure it was something he had wanted to do but being city based, he was not able to. 🙂

Now to my name.

As I said earlier, I have lived my life not caring about my name and why I was named so. I just tell people my name really for purposes of you being able to call me when you need me or when you want to talk about me or refer to me in any way. But I decided to ask my father why I was given my name. What he told me was interesting. 🙂

Paul was given to me by my paternal grandfather.

“Omwana onu aliba mutebezi w’enjiri.”

Metusera Kaheru

That is what my grandfather said when he saw me. The translation is “this child will be an evangelist.” My grandfather was an evangelist himself. He was part of the leadership of the “Bazuukufu”. He travelled all over East Africa preaching the Word of God. He lived the Word of God. I don’t know how he decided that I would be an evangelist, but he was pretty close to getting that right. 🙂

Samson was my maternal grandfather’s name. My elder brother Mark had been given my paternal grandfather’s name (Metusera) so the next boy (me) was given my maternal grandfather’s name

Kusiima was also given to me by my paternal grandfather because of the circumstances under which he met me. He was at our home. My mother had been working in the house the whole day. At the end of the day, they retired to bed. In the middle of the night she felt uncomfortable and my father took her to hospital without waking up his father (my grandfather). When he woke up in the morning, he was told that a baby boy had been born. He was very happy and thankful to God. So he named me Kusiima.

Kaheru was given to me because it is the family name and we are all meant to preserve it for generations to come.


I guess now you know my name!

32 Ways To Make Progress

If you’ve been reading my blog for the past 35 days or so, you will now notice that each day was focusing on one point related to making progress. The idea came to me when I received – via whatsapp – the poster featured in this article. I found it educative and so I decided to write about each point.

I have missed a few days, mostly because of some events I had to attend and when I was done, I was in no position to write. A story for another day…if I ever tell it. 🙂

Reading all 32 points at once was good but when I focused on one each day, I was able to think deeper about them. I now try to implement them in my life. I know that if I manage to do all 32, I will be in a good place.

Go through my blog and you will find my thoughts on each point. I encourage you to read through them and find a way of working on them in your life. You won’t regret it.

There may be more than 32 ways to make progress but, following the poster, I have only focussed on these. 32 is really enough. 🙂

In following with what I’ve been doing these last 32 posts, I will leave you with a quote.

“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”

Ronald Reagan

Just to make it easier, I will put the links to all the posts here.

  1. Wake up early
  2. Positive attitude
  3. Track finances
  4. Get a mentor
  5. Read daily
  6. Have a purpose
  7. Build a brand
  8. Think big
  9. Eat well
  10. Find inspiration
  11. Interact
  12. Be productive
  13. Love yourself
  14. Love others
  15. Fail fast
  16. Do more
  17. Judge less
  18. Network
  19. Learn skills
  20. Spend wisely
  21. Be yourself
  22. Save money
  23. Invest
  24. Educate yourself
  25. Set goals
  26. Automate
  27. Journal
  28. Have ambition
  29. Plan your day
  30. Delegate
  31. Meditate
  32. Just start now

Just Start Now

It is good to plan. I encourage it. In fact, there are many times when I have been a victim of doing things without planning first and the result is failure. So I stil maintain that we must plan. However, we must not over plan and fail to start.

I am a member of an investment club. We’ve been in existence for over four years and we’ve been able to collect quite a bit of money. Our level of investment has not been good. The reason for that is we have missed out on a number of deals because some members over analyze, over think and over plan. If we had chosen any of the projects we missed out on and had just started, we would be worth so much more today.

Sometimes it’s procrastination that lets us down. This happens to everyone at some point in their lives. We have something to do but we feel lazy and decide it’s a big task that will require a lot of time so it’s better to start on it on a new day when we’re fresh. Come on! Just start now.

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

Benjamin Franklin

Today I walked home from my office. The walk takes about an hour. I have been telling my colleague all week that I will walk home at least twice every week. But everyday this week I have had an excuse. Mostly that I forgot to carry my sneakers with me. So today just as I was about to present the same excuse, he said to me, “Just start now.” And I did!

Sometimes that’s all it takes. The courage to start.

I have a friend called Stephen who runs a number of businesses. I have always told him that he is disorganized. The reason I said that was because he would not take his time planning. He would get an idea and start on the implementation. His philosophy is that as long as something is rolling, the organisation can be done. Interestingly, his approach has been successful for him. There is a project we are working on together that I used to tell him about, but I was always “researching”. During the time I was “researching”, he has started three projects of his own and they are all doing well. The one we are doing together is only getting off the ground. The reason it is getting off the ground is because one day he sat me down and said, “Pote. We have talked about this project for a long time. We have lost a lot of time. Let’s just start!” And start we did.

“Just start. Start now. Fail often. Enjoy the ride.”

Seth Godin

As I pointed out, it is good to have a plan. We must be weary of taking too long making plans and not getting down to acting on the plans. Just start. Give yourself the freedom to fail, organize and adjust along the way. But start!

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

Zig Ziglar

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