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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Take good care of these things


Take good care of your soul; be careful what you love. Not everything is good for you. Look after your body; it is your home and health on earth. Nurture your spirit; it is the way to eternity. Protect your mind; it is the key to your destiny.

Allan Bukusi

Monday, January 12, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What did you learn from your last "God Experience"?


There are incidents in life that happen to you that you do not plan for. Sometimes you take insurance against them. But you do not want them to happen to you (or anyone else). You fear these things so much that you do everything to avoid them. Nevertheless deep down you know that they are beyond you and if they come to you, you can do nothing to avoid them. Typically, when these things happen they are devastating, emotionally draining and derail all the plans you had for you. These “God experiences” set you back, set you up and sort you out.
God experiences cause you to stop, reflect and imagine. They are God experiences because they redirect your life whether you like it or not. Some of them are great, but others take you down paths you would never choose for yourself. So what do you do when the God experience happens to you? I don’t know. But I do know that God is speaking to you.
Mourn, cry, complain and feel the pain. It is real. Rejoice, shout about it and enjoy the moment, because really it is for only a moment. Study the mix you find yourself in. Look at your past. With hindsight, we all appear foolish, selfish and not a little irresponsible. At the time, none of us would admit it. But it is now important that you forgive and congratulate yourself for making it this far. Study the effect the God experience has on your life. Keep the good qualities it forces upon you. Then study the path laid out before you and determine to make it work for you, but more so for the others you will be led to or come across along the way. As you take tentative steps down the new path, determine to never be the same or pass this way again, but if you do pass this way again determine that you will be better next time and learn from it again.

Allan Bukusi

Most people make a career out of what they fear

Most people make a career out of what they fear, but you can make a calling out of what makes you angry. While fear drains you, anger energizes you for action. Choose some good cause to benefit from all that excess energy you are able to work up. The fear of poverty will drive you to make a career of anything that will drain your energy. If you can make a calling of a career, you will never have to be driven by fear.

Allan Bukusi

You fear what you do not understand and you understand what you do not fear.


You fear what you do not understand and you understand what you do not fear.

Allan Bukusi

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

There is a big difference between an adult and an experienced child.

There is a big difference between an adult and an experienced child. It is not about age or body size. Whereas children don’t understand what they go through, adults learn of their experiences.

Allan Bukusi

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Make up your mind

Did you know that your brain changes every time you think?   every time you think your brain grows new connections that enable you to see things differently. This  amazing fact is not as important as the power the process of thinking places in your “hands” to grow your mind. Thinking explains why the concepts of education, understanding and wisdom are so important. How come some people are able to do more with their brains than others. It is no secret – Invest in your brain! Thinking is hard work. No wonder most of us are not willing to change our mind.

Allan Bukusi  

Monday, January 5, 2015

You Must Believe!


All you have achieved, you believed. You can only achieve what you believe. Believing is a condition for achieving. That makes believing well worth achieving. You don’t have to achieve to believe, but you must believe if you are ever going to achieve. Many of us don’t believe, so we never achieve. But even a little belief can achieve much more than you can believe. The secret is to believe. If you believe, I know you can achieve. Someone can believe for you, but that can only achieve so much. We all believe for our children and our friends – that is good. But the greatest achievement comes when you believe.
Allan Bukusi

My First Job Book Review

My First Job; a house, a spouse and a cow
A tiny book that will change the way you build your finances forever
Reviewed by Kevin Mwachiro, Published in the Standard Newspaper, Thursday 5th October 2006

When I received my copy of the book from Allan, I chuckled and was slightly perplexed by the personal message he had  included as he autographed the book. Stupidly I got to understand what he meant when I was half way through the book. This was the message, “the next house you move into had better be your own”. The gauntlet had been thrown down.
Bukusi describes himself as a transformational writer, urging his readers to read his work and take something out of it. This book does that to you. If I were to describe it in a single phrase, I would go for a West African saying; “ you only know the strength of a mosquito in the middle of the night”.
Bukusi leaves  you asking yourself an endless range of questions like, why bother with pursuing education, why aren’t you your own boss, why do we look for jobs that increasingly have a short shelf-life, why do I pay rent, or will I ever be ready for retirement? The “whys” and “hows” this book leaves you with are numerous for a book its size, it sure does pack a wallop.
When I first read the title, I thought “catchy” and immediately wanted to find out about the house, spouse and cow. I was already anticipating revelations on Bukusi’s personal journey into the corporate world. Furthermore, the title immediately took me back to my first job. Bukusi touches on his own personal experiences, but does not delve into them. He craftily weaves his own personal story in and out of the job, but draws parallels that one can easily identify with.
The book, which is a prequel to Thinking Leadership in Africa, is stylistically simple. There are bigger words in this review than there are in the book itself. Bukusi explains that when he wrote the book, the language and style were aimed for a reader who has attained the primary level of education. I was almost insulted when he mentioned this, but that in itself is the charm of the book. It contains simple and hard truths that we have either heard or read before, but laid out in a way that is practical in application. Little gems like this I found refreshing; “ your career can advance in your present situation – whatever the station or... the quickest way to the top is to hire yourself. The moment you do that you become Chief Executive.” These principles Bukusi highlights I suggest should be offered to those opting for a career change, starting out in employment or those who simply want to better themselves. Basically, all of us need to hear these principles time and time again.
Bukusi describes himself as an anti-employment advocate – and this comes across in the book – but challenges you to think seriously about your present situation and almost politely calls you to milk every opportunity that your job offers you for your own good, within ethical bounds of course. “Before we set out career (advancement) goals set practical goals and then take every opportunity to learn from experience we could gain from exposure”.
I must admit that as I read the book, I almost felt I was sitting in a lecture, where I was being challenged and having my traditional concepts of life confronted. This should come as no surprise as Bukusi is a trained teacher.
If you are unfamiliar with aspects like ‘personal and social development’ or you have always thought that words like ‘empowerment’ should be relegated to civic society, you can rest easy. The simplicity of the book not only demystifies, but also illustrates the practicality of these terms.
Bukusi also manages to sneak in a tiny chapter on how Africa can be developed, hence the phrase, “Transforming Africa” on the cover. I was skeptical about it, noting that I have heard all this before – more idealism, more blame, more evidence of Africa’s unearthed potential – but I found his take on Africa’s problems as it acknowledges that the continent has made mistakes: “Humility is important but we also need a handsome measure of courage to go back to the junction where we took the wrong turn”. It is in this chapter that Bukusi also injects a good dose of realism into modern day challenges like urbanization and the ever-looming threat to job-security brought about by downsizing and retrenchment.
The overall layout of the book is similar to the concept it carries, simple. Bukusi’s publisher could do a lot more to make the book less cluttered and compact. At times it seems too busy, with Bukusi’s introduction on the book appearing twice. The different font types that appear in the book make it almost clumsy in design. But what it lacks in presentation, it makes up for in content – simple and practical concepts that could also have you writing about your firsts!
 
This book has sold over 10,000 copies and published in two languages. It has been revised and reprinted and republished as How To Prosper in Employment; A house a Spouse & a cow. email   allanbukusi@gmail. com

 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Principle of the Universe

If you want something, you must create it. It is a principle universe. What you want can only come into being if you create it. The only other way to get what you want is to steal it. However, stealing adds no value to the universe.

Allan Bukusi

Leaders are neither born nor made; they are created

Leaders are neither born nor made; they are created

Allan Bukusi

Life is not about...

Life is not about what you have or do not have. Life is about who you are and what you become. Most of us focus on what we have and work hard for what we can get. That is the business of the rat race of which no human being leaves a trace. Most of us do not spend enough time to find out who we are so that we can truly be and become all that we can be. But it is the only way to make a mark on the human race.

Allan Bukusi

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