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Passion =Interpreneurship =Success

I came across an interesting article on the Sunday Standard which is one good example of how passion,hobbies and interests if pursued with the intent of offering value can develop into successful businesses that help one to put food on the table.The story by Gertrude Mungai,eve weekly ‘Between the Sheets’ columnist of how she started giving talks to married  women on romance,love and sex  illustrates the essence of finding something you love doing,something that one enjoys doing even for free ,creating value and monetizing it.To Gertrude whatever she had learnt from her Taita culture,translated into a fully fledged business in which she gets to make money doing what she loves,at a minimal cost and from the article one can tell that she is making some good cash from her Taita culture.

An article on likechapaa titled ‘Do you have to work Hard?’ had this to say about Passion:

‘Passion kind of ties everything up together and makes you focus. If you aren’t passionate about what you do, you will not be very successful at it. When times get really tough, passion is what makes you able to persevere.’

My call to you is that you indulge in the quest for determining what you love doing most,if it means trying a few interests or hobbies,so be it.Try and see if you can offer value to other people around you through doing what you love most.

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Published Draft Constitution

Find attached the recently published draft constitution,read it and make an informed choice.

How Business is done

Something I came across that was inspirational and i thought i might share with everyone,credits to the url below at the end of the post where i got the content.

Father: I want you to marry a girl of my choice

Son: “I will choose my own bride!”
Father: “But the girl is Bill Gates’s daughter.”
Son: “Well, in that case…ok”

Next Father approaches Bill Gates.
Father: “I have a husband for your daughter.”
Bill Gates: “But my daughter is too young to marry!”
Father: “But this young man is a vice-president of the World Bank.”
Bill Gates: “Ah, in that case…ok”

Finally Father goes to see the president of the World Bank.
Father: “I have a young man to be recommended as a vice-president.”
President: “But I already have more vice- presidents than I need!”
Father: “But this young man is Bill Gates’s son-in-law.”
President: “Ah, in that case…ok”

This is how business is done!!
Moral: Even If you have nothing, You can get Anything. But your attitude should be positive

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Census:My Experience

I had been patiently waiting for the enumerators to knock on my door since the census process started and was almost giving up, when I heard a knock on my door and a young energetic lady requested to count me. While sharing my experience, I noted that it would have been far much better if the enumerator had been prepared adequately on the importance of asking a variety of questions. For example, I was totally baffled by being asked the type of material used for my ceiling. Can someone please explain to me why such a question? Based on some of the questions asked, I think I need to get a Tuktuk and a boat; some of the things they were interested in knowing if I had but were not in my possession.

Speaking to the enumerator I was enlightened on a number of challenges they were facing. As an example, while some enumerators got the privilege to be allocated areas in which they reside, others were not very lucky thereby incurring various costs that limit their ability to save owing to the limited allowances allocated for the exercise.

The compensation provided for conducting this tedious work is fair; around KES 25,0000.00 (around 320 US Dollars) for the period between 24th August 2009 and 31st August 2009. The enumerator attested that the whole experience was getting a good response from majority of Kenyans interviewed with few cases of hostilities and a number of Kenyans questioning the importance or relevance of a number of the questions asked. Based on my experience I had the following suggestions:

  • The enumerators should have a good understanding of the whole census process and the relevancy of the questions they ask.
  • From the viewpoint of a Kenyan who appreciates application of technology in our day-to-day lives, it would have been interesting to have a census website where you can post your queries, maybe a Facebook census group, a twitter account where supervisors can track the pace at which the enumerators are conducting the exercise. Basically, use of technology in making the census an easy and effective process that is accountable.
  • The identification of structures and house numbers is not effective since the use of chalk to write on the wall or on the door will not last especially for a whole month.
  • It is my sincere hope that in recruiting the enumerators, the unemployed youth were considered.
  • It would have been a great opportunity to get feedback on distribution of resources and government policies, maybe a short structured questionnaire would have been adequate where Kenyans could write down what they feel about a number of issues.

What was your census experience? Please do tell us and lets help Kenya in making the process better.

Tribute to Maruge

Mzee Kimani Maruge,passed away this week after succumbing to colon cancer.The oldest pupil as recorded in the Guiness World Book of Records was an inspiration to many kenyans.Old as he was he had the determination that he would one day be able to read verses from his Bible and thus he went back to school disregarding the norms or expectations of a society that an old man is not fit to go back to class.I believe he is a Kenyan hero,am sure he encouraged many old men and women to go back and further their education and it is my sincere hope that you will remember his family in your prayers.


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