“Of all the things successful people do to accelerate their trip down the path to success, participating in some kind of coaching program is at the top of the list. A coach will help you clarify your vision and goals, support you through your fears, keep you focused, confront your unconscious behaviors and old patterns, expect you to do your best, help you live by your values, show you how to earn more while working less, and keep you focused on your core genius.” – Jack Canfield
A few years ago I read one paragraph by Jack Canfield that radicalized my thinking, transformed by business and I make more fortune within one year than the previous five years. It opened my eyes to see the vast resources that are available to my disposal and the strategies to exploit them. This is what I read:
One of the great things about living in today’s world of abundance and opportunity is that almost everything you want to do has already been done by someone else. It doesn’t matter whether it is losing weight, running a marathon, starting a business, becoming financially independent, triumphing over breast cancer, or hosting a perfect dinner party – someone has already done it and has left clues in form of books, manuals, audio, and video programs, university classes, online courses, seminars, and workshops.
The greatest discovered I have ever made is how easy it is to move from where you are to where you want to be by following clues of those who have done it in the past. Irrespective of what you are doing currently, your level of education, your level of income, your location on the globe or gender, you can succeed by following the principles and trails of those who have succeed before you.
Kenya’s second president Daniel Moi started his career as primary school teacher and rose to become a successful politician and longest serving president overcoming many odds, including lack of sterling academic papers.
Charity Karuki Ngilu, one of the most astute Kenyan politician rose from a junior secretary to become a great politician, cabinet minister and a fearless crusader of human rights.
Peter Munga founded Equity bank, his dusty hometown of Kangema in central Kenya with just Ksh.5000 as seed capital. Today equity is one of the biggest banks in Kenya and arguably the most successful indigenous bank in African.
Perhaps one of the most illustrious success stories in Kenya’s entrepreneurial scene is Nelson Muguku who started his business empire with two hens and a cock to supply eggs for breakfast where he worked in 1956.
Then aged 24, he was teaching carpentry at Kabianga Teachers’ College (now Kabianga High School). By the time of his death in 2010, his Muguku Poutry farm was estimated at over 3 billion and was also a key shareholder in several companies listed at Nairobi Stock Exchange with cumulated wealth running into billions.
There are several other unsung heroes and heroines who have overcome several hurdles to create a life of choice in entrepreneurship and other areas but my heart breeds for millions of people who passionately desire to start or grow their businesses but are stuck in inactive or self-imposed limitations.