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Wishful Thinking Time Is Over, Become The Next Great Entrepreneur

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There is so much time to execute the great ideas yet most sulk in complaints of lack of this or that, they end up procrastinating.

Have you not heard the phrase; ‘Kama si Sasa, ni Sasa Hivi! Loosely translated as ‘If not now, It is right now!’

Find any group of young people and ask them what their future goals are. Most of them will tell you very nice dreams including and not limited to academic goals, things they want to do for their parents, how they want to be the next prominent business men in Kenya.

They talk about how they will invest in agribusiness, real estate, the transport sector, mobile banking, and logistic services when they get cash in this case the starting capital. They have endless ideas of how to have cash flowing from their multiple streams of income.

If you turn to the same people and ask them the tangible steps they are taking to achieve their dreams, they scratch their heads look into your eyes and say “Sina lakini nikipata kazi mambo itakuwa sawa“.

The alleged ‘lack of money’ has been used as the reason for not investing or becoming entrepreneurs by most young people. Money has been the excuse why most ideas are not being executed.

The youth ought to come out of their complaining zones or the so called wish zone. For instance, if you want to invest in poultry in future, start by owning one chick. This chick goes for around Ksh.200.

The educated youth have forgotten the phrase “A journey of thousand miles begins with single step“. Most of them will complain that they have no access to the uwezo fund or the youth fund put aside by the government but ironically they have not even applied.

They will spend Ksh.2000 to Ksh 3000 on a night out. This money alone is enough to register a group and apply for funds. The Kenyan young people it is time we woke up from the wishing bed. It is time we use the little we have to bring more as we await the so-called better jobs.

It is what you do with what you have that makes you prosperous and successful. Let us stop dreaming! Let us stop using money as an excuse for not starting! Let us use the little we have and make more out of it.

If you want to do rabbit farming, start with a single one. If you want to own a green house, start farming on the little space you have. If you wish to invest in matatu business, start saving now. A motorbike might not be so far away. If you would love to be a tenderpreneur register a company now. If you want to be a politician start talking to people now. Want to be a motivational speaker start by motivating yourself and those around you. If you want to own a boutique in future, start by selling ‘mitumbas’.

No dream is too big to accomplish! Nothing is impossible! Waiting, complaining, day dreaming, and praying alone will not help. We must do something. We must step out of our comfort zones. We must dream big, start small, start now and with what we have. Let us be passionate about the future and most importantly lay our foundations today.

What happens if we do not start now? We start giving up on our dreams; we get into employment and realize the salary is not even enough to start an investment. Years on, a family brings more responsibilities .Energy and ideas start draining away and our entrepreneurship ideas are buried.

Nothing hurts most like a buried dream. We are at our best to make it; it only needs a little aggressiveness, a little sacrifice, a little more passion and the go-getter spirit. I would keep on writing but the bottom line is “our time is now

We have all the resources at hand. Our sharp brains, readily available internet, energy, ideas, technology. Starting small is advantageous because you learn from all mistakes and this will build you to handle bigger investments.

Most youth want to follow the easy route; to own smartphones costing Ksh.15,000 and yet complain there is no capital to start up our businesses. We save our pocket monies so that we can go hiking, swimming, clubbing, dates and yet complain we do not have capital. Most of us are living lives beyond our means and keep dreaming that one day they will become investors. Which investors squander the little they have and keep complaining, how ironical!

Ksh.50 spent on airtime daily in a week sums up to Ksh.350. This money is enough to buy a month old chick at Ksh.250 and 2kgs of feed enough to feed the chick for 2 months. Have we spared some time with the likes of George Wachiuri when we say we want to be successful persons in real estates?

On Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms and apart from getting information we sometimes use these platforms to for the wrong reasons. Why don’t we monetize our social media platforms by say, advertising some products? This is the new way of getting customers. Somebody once said that you either earn from the internet or the internet earns from you.

Why do we find it easier to contribute money to throw a party yet such a challenge to contribute even a lesser amount to invest? Don’t we want to become great millionaires in future? I have not reached where I intend to, but you will agree with me that this is not the right way to go. We the youth of Kenya ought to change our thinking if we have to create wealth for ourselves and future generations.

Let us embrace innovation and get aggressive. We must start somewhere and must utilize what we have. Let us stop wishing and start acting, we must wake up and stop living in dreams lest we die in them.

We must allow ourselves to get dirty, sacrifice somethings and change our mentality. Lastly most importantly if we remain focused, with time we shall achieve our dreams. If we all do these, we will have all the time for all the fun we ever wished for.

It is too early to give up!

 

 

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5-Step Guide to Achieving Effective Communication for Business leaders

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As an entrepreneur, communication is a very important facet if you are going to grow your personal brand and grow your business to the next level

For you, is not just about exchanging information, it’s about understanding the emotions and intentions behind the information you relay and receive.

Effective communication is also a two-way street. It is not only how you convey a message so that it is received and understood by someone in exactly the way you intended, it is also how you listen to gain the full meaning of what’s being said and to make the other person feel heard and understood.

Apart from building trust, being an effective communicator means that your team can rely on you. You will build stronger relationships, employees will adopt your ideas, and you will reduce breakdowns as well as get more results for your business.

Being an effective communicator will also help you to understand other people better and when you understand them, you will relate to them in a meaningful way.

While you already know how to communicate, learning a few simple principles that can be applied immediately will make you an effective communicator and give you a huge advantage in today’s ultracompetitive business world.

Step 1: Be Friendly

When someone steps into your office to say hello, step out from behind your desk to shake his or her hand.

During a networking event or coffee break, don’t hold your beverage in a way that blocks your body or distances you from others. The higher you hold your coffee, the more of a physical barrier you put up between yourself and the person you’re talking to. Hold it closer to your waist, that way you will seem open and engaged.

Step 2: Keep Your Word

Doing what you say you will do when you say you will do it is the highest attainable level of disciple. When you promise someone something make sure you deliver within the agreed upon timeframe. If you are not able to meet your promise, communicate it in good time so that the other party can prepare for an alternative to avoid inconveniences.

Being disciplined in keeping your word communicates to people that you are a reliable and trustworthy person. This will help them want to keep you close and conduct business with you.

This also extends further to building your positive reputation and people will find it easy to recommend you whenever an opportunity shows up.

Step 3: Be Clear and Never Assume Anything

Assumptions are a major problem in communication, whether they are self-fulfilled assumptions or merely assuming that others see things in the exact same way that you do.

Never assume – the fact of the matter is that most people do not see things the way you do, nor do they have the same feelings as you do. The less you assume, the better. This falls in the category of making your communication is always clear.

Step 4: Be Authoritative

Even if you are friendly and down to earth, your relaxed attitude should never overshadow the fact that you are in control. When you are introduced to someone, stand tall, extend your hand, and introduce yourself by saying your name and what you do.

To sound authoritative, speak in a normal, conversational tone. And if you are a female, watch that your voice doesn’t rise at the end of a sentence as if you are asking a question or seeking approval.

When stating your opinion, use the authoritative arc, in which your voice starts on one note, rises in pitch through the sentence and drops back down at the end.

Step 5: Learn How to Talk Business

If you are trying to get someone to open up then try using open-ended questions rather than yes or no interrogations. When reviewing your own tactful, analyze how you approach people. Do you bully them with close ended questions or do you ask them in a positive manner how the both of you can make necessary changes to get a project, for example, moving more efficiently.

The more effective you can be with you communication the more successful you will be – personally and professionally.

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5 Murdered in South Africa as MTN, MultiChoice and Shoprite shut Branches in Nigeria amid Protests

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Five people, all foreign nationals, have been killed in the ongoing Xenophobic violence and protests in South Africa.

The violence which erupted late last week has seen businesses owned by citizens from other African countries looted, property damaged and truck drivers from neighboring countries being targeted and torched in the violent attacks.

South Africa – Pretoria – 29 August 2019 – Calm restored in the Pretoria CBD following burning of foreign owned shops. Photo: Africa News Agency / ANA

In a retaliatory move, Nigerian protesters took to the streets of Lagos on Tuesday evening to vent their anger by throwing stones and destroyed properties owned by SA brands such as MTN, Shoprite and MultiChoice.

Dozens of shoppers descended on Novare Shoprite Mall in Lekki, near Lagos, Nigeria and looted goods of unknown value while torching a police truck. Several other SA owned stores including PEP, MTN were looted and property destroyed in Surulere and Jakande.

Following the protests, South African television group MultiChoice has shut its offices and branches in Nigeria and Zambia, “We have had to shut branches and offices to safeguard customers and staff until further notices,” said its head of corporate affairs Jabavu Heshu on a statement on Wednesday morning.

On its case, MTN Group said it had closed its stores and service centers in Nigeria “as a precaution” after four stores in Nigeria were attacked on Tuesday evening. Sources indicate that the company also closed several stores in Johannesburg. The company, in a statement condemned the acts of violence.

Shoprite Holdings said in a statement on Wednesday that several stores in South Africa, Nigeria and Zambia were closed and extensive damage had been done to several supermarkets over the past 24 hours.

“(Shoprite) is highly concerned about the acts of xenophobic violence against foreign nationals that sporadically flare up and the resultant rhetoric of intolerance that is levelled against foreigners and the platform this creates for criminals to exploit this,” the company said in a statement.

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Go For Gold: Lessons From Chris Kirubi

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As an entrepreneur, you have to pursue and attempt to achieve the very best possible outcome or reward from the same activity, task or endeavor. Below is advice transcribed from a few of Chris Kirubi’s #AskKirubi show.

Gold is very symbolic to mean the fine things in life. You don’t find gold all around you, but you find at least somewhere close to you. Very scarce indeed. Does that mean it is not meant for everyone? It’s all in your mind. Reach out for the best possible solutions. Reach out for the biggest venture. Reach out for the biggest investment.

Gold is a great reward. Great things don’t come easy. You will struggle to get to it, but the fruits will be there. To be the best, you have to effect change. Don’t be afraid to effect the change. Within our comfort zones, we as entrepreneurs might feel like we have actually achieved it all. When that feeling crosses your mind, that’s when you need to move and effect change. Change is the only constant thing in the world.

Don’t say you can’t move. When you get that mindset, you will be poor. The worst thing you should avoid is being poor in the mind. Do not conform your mind to weak struggles. Conform your mind with strong struggles such that you will put more effort in your deeds. Challenge yourself and out great effort into that. Then expect great rewards.

Arm yourself with knowledge. Knowledge should be your weapon whenever you want to attack and get huge profit margins. Be hungry for knowledge and do not shy away from wanting to know more.

Go for quality. Quality begins with you. Be quality. Don’t be shady. How you look, is how you act. From what and how you dress, to how you carry yourself and interact. Look quality. Talk quality and expect nothing less of quality anywhere you venture into. When you are quality, you will definitely attract quality.

Build your own stature. No matter how difficult it may seem. It will cost you but it will be worth it. Do what you will be proud of. Quality will definitely make you a proud person.

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