THE #GIVERS ARE GETTERS

Today morning, Christine my dear friend and fellow leader, posted on a platform we both fondly belong to, saying:

“Good morning friends. We give thanks to God for the gift of another day and brethren who freely give of what [He has] endowed them with.”

That last statement caught my attention: “…and brethren who freely give of what [He has] endowed them with.” This was in reference to a number of members on the platform who daily share a lot of positive messages, make informed discussions and offer great wisdom.

Today, choose to be that person who understands the following in general (plus the examples in practice after these points below):

  • Blessings multiply when shared, not hoarded or hidden.
  • You can’t give a smile while frowning. The more you choose to give someone a smile, the more you send away an angry face from your own.

  • You can’t hug someone from a distance. When you hug, you are hugged… and a hug brings you closer to someone in many ways.

  • You don’t spray some perfume on others without getting some drops on yourself.

  • The very way we have consequences for doing wrong, is the very way there are consequences for doing right. Do right, give, help – and leave your gain to be taken care of by consequences! (My dear friend Lady Precious rightly suggests I use the word “rewards” instead of “consequences”. Next time I will!)

In practice, therefore:
🍏 Whenever you join a group, club or association, focus on what you’re going to contribute there. Leave what you’re likely to receive to consequences of your contribution.
🍏 For a marriage to work, focus on how you can make every day a phenomenal experience for your spouse, and leave the rest to consequences!
🍏 In a business you’ve established, put emphasis on how to serve the customer to the best of your ability, exceeding their expectations, and let consequences bring repeat customers, earn you referrals and beautify your income statement!
🍏 When you choose to belong to that Worship Team at your local church, remember to focus on the value, service and exquisiteness you’re bringing to the ministry, and let the God you serve excellently manufacture the consequences!


🍏 As a citizen of your country, don’t stop at asking your leaders what they’re doing for you. While leaders have responsibilities, other citizens who follow do have obligations too. Focus on doing your part of the bargain and surely, there will be positive consequences for you.

In conclusion:
🔹 Elevate your passion for giving above your hunger for getting.
🔹 Blessings multiply when shared, not hidden.
🔹 You can’t give a smile while frowning.
🔹 When you give a hug, you are receiving one.
🔹 When you spray some perfume on others, you get some drops on yourself.
🔹 So do right, and leave your gain to be taken care of by consequences! (Oh, rewards!)
🔹Givers are getters by natural consequence.

Even for reading this message this far (or forwarding it to as many people in your contacts as possible), there are consequences! 😄

Live. Love. Lead.

#YouWillManage

Samuel A. Bakutana
Chief Executive Officer

Inspired Leaders International
📞+256782163416
📧deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations.

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Just Get #Started Today — #Bakutana

This is a new minute, a new hour, a new day altogether — and you may still not have figured out satisfactorily how exactly you’re going to get started on some of those critical things in your work, business or life generally.

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🌈Well, I am here to rather encourage you to simply start.
🌈 I inspire you to switch on your rainbow and get started.
🌈 That’s the secret that’s well-known.

Starting by lifting your foot to the next step that you can see is often all we need to do even when we don’t see the whole staircase.

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So, today, start. You may ask, “From where?” Well, friend, start:

  • From wherever you are (whether you think it’s the right place or not)
  • With whatever you have (whether you believe it’s enough or you think it’s not)
  • To do whatever you can (whether that’s the size of action t wished to take or a slightly bigger one)
  • With whoever you can find (whether they’re your ideal type of destiny helpers or far from the semblance of a dream team in your mind).

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Here is some wisdom before you go:
⛲ Great people didn’t begin because they were great…
⛲ Instead they became great because they began.

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May YOU, therefore, successfully have a:
🍏 Purpose-driven,
🍏 Profitable and
🍏 Principled day

…the day when you get started, when you simply begin, when you say — at the end of it all — TODAY I STARTED. Just get started.

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Live. Love. Lead.

#YouWillManage

 

Samuel A. Bakutana

Chief Executive Officer

Inspired Leaders International

Twitter: @InspiredLead / @SamuelBakutana
Tel: +256782163416

Email: deltacu11@gmail.com

Free to share with ALL those in your contacts now, and spread the fire of: GET STARTED NOW. Remember, #YouWillManage

What do YOU #Believe? Here’s mine. – Samuel A. #Bakutana

I BELIEVE. I BELIEVE. I BELIEVE.

I strongly believe I am more than capable of causing exponential, positive change wherever I find a fitting platform, helping many to breakthrough in life — the only reason why I believe in others, often reminding them thus: #YouWillManage!

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I do believe I can unstoppably germinate in whichever soil I land on – be it rocky or loam. I truly believe, just like an eagle, that I can always successfully soar above the storms of my life regardless of the at times tough turbulence along the flight.

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I undoubtedly believe I am being very useful to this earth, udeniably beneficial to my country, and progressively profitable to my family. I, without debate, believe I am an intelligent, handsome, sociable, inspiring, multi-gifted, loving, empathetic, principled, bold, multi-skilled, observant, and visionary results producer.

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I believe I am intentionally touching many lives of young adults, deliberately making a focused difference among thousands of leaders, and affecting the affairs of millions of professionals on my continent… and beyond. I believe I can excel in my work, be exceptional in my faith, and produce outstanding results in my treasured relationships!

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I believe I am the most effective leadership consultant, the best organizational trainer, and the most practical inspirational speaker from East Africa alive today. I believe I can make very many mistakes and learn many lessons from them; I can fail several times and succeed from it all; and I have the ability to fall many times but rise up more times each time!

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I do really believe I was born at the very right time, in exactly the right country, to do the right work of my life: this blood-warming work of empowering and inspiring leaders through training and resource development for personal, institutional and social transformation. I believe I have the hard but possible task of living an exemplary life, the responsibility of loving people authentically and the noble duty of leading myself and others relationally!

[Live. Love. Lead.]

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I believe this year is going to be ridiculously amazing, next year is going to be exquisitely productive, and the year that follows is going to be exceptionally profitable. I believe I add a lot of unrivalled value in the lives of those in my life, a friend worth keeping for those I choose to be friends to, remaining humble as I grow stronger at all fronts.

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I believe I am a believer: a thinking believer in commonsense, a fruitful believer in relationships, a repentant believer in Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Yes. I believe I can be (and I going to be known by the end of my life as) a very loving husband, a responsible dad, and an influential citizen.

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I believe. I believe. I believe.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

Samuel A. Bakutana
Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞+256782163416
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

10 #Mentoring QuestionsEveryone Needs to Answer – #Bakutana

Today I read a piece in which a mentor and mentee had an encouraging conversation. I felt compelled to ask you some 10 simple but serious questions:

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1. UNDERSTANDING: Do you know the difference between a mentor, coach, trainer, counsellor, teacher and consultant? Or do you just throw around any “title” / label of your choice to whoever you choose?

2. YIELDING: Do YOU as an individual have a MENTOR in YOUR life to whom you yield or you glide through life by trial-and-error?

3. PURSUIT: Do you truly seek out and hungrily pursue your mentor or he/she has to do this instead as if he/she is forcing himself/herself onto you?

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4. TEACHABILITY: Do you have a teachable heart and an open mind that would humbly allow you to learn from your mentor or all you do is trying to either impress or prove to him/her that you are “equally smart”?

5. OPENNESS: Do you honestly and frequently open up to your mentor so that yours can be an authentic, real and friendly relationship or you’re a specialist in masking your life, pretending about many things in your life, and hiding life’s struggles from him/her?

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6. LOYALTY: Do you obey your mentor in all right things and follow through the “steps” or assignments he/she may give you or when you leave his/her presence, life remains as usual until the next “cosmetic, directionless meeting”?

7. INTENTION: Do you have the right, godly and genuine intentions of being mentored to another level of personal growth or you only want to be associated with him/her name just for selfish, prestige issues? You hear someone proudly asking, “Oh you didn’t know that H.E. The President is my mentor? Well, he is!” Okay, so what? What’s your intention?

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8. SYMBIOSIS: Do you also find as many creative ways as possible to be helpful to your mentor in simple ways, as a simple indication that you treasure the relationship? For example do you pray for him/her?

9. GRATITUDE: Do you ever directly appreciate your mentor so that he/she inwardly gets to know that you’re thankful for him/her sharing his/her wisdom, giving you access to his/her precious time, and being generous with his/her other tangible and intangible resources?

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10. REPRODUCTION: Are you also investing in other people as a mentored mentor so that as you grow, you also keep helping others to grow? Or all you’re interested in is your own progress? Are there others who look up to you and can call you their mentor?

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I wouldn’t mind getting your answers to the above via whatsapp number +256782163416 or Twitter handle: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead. Kindly forwarding this now to all your wished-well contacts and letting them equally think through this reflection is a mark of honour. My friend Barbara Katende says, “If you’re on earth and have no coach, you’ve already failed.” Well, I add: if you’re reading this and you can’t point to someone’s mentorship in your life at present, you’ve already hindered the maximization of your full potential. Over to you now!

Live. Love. Lead.

#YouWillManage

Samuel A. Bakutana
Chief Executive Officer
Inspired Leaders International

Telephone: +256782163416

Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

“Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations.”

WORK FOR A CAUSE, NOT APPLAUSE

Work for A CAUSE, Not for APPLAUSE! This is a statement that was posted a few minutes ago in the Inspired Leaders Forum (on whatsapp) by Alice Ddamulira – a former Head of HR at the International Committee of the Red Cross (Kampala Delegation) and now a Director of St Mark’s College (a 2000-student strong High School in Namagoma – a Kampala surburb).

I choose to relate that statement to a life of a leader (though it applies to everyone – even those who aren’t yet aware they lead — themselves):

It speaks to the WHY of a leader’s WHAT – the reason of our action.

It discerns the 2 often hidden and conflicting intents of the heart: Impact vs. Fame.

I suggest that there’s a very thin line between the two chambers in a leader’s heart… and one has to be watchful of self…

The dividing line shows the colour of one’s motives, intentions and focus.

Giving oneself to a cause – even if there’s no applause – is a mark of a leader’s nobility. Giving oneself to just earning applause – even if no great cause is being advanced – is a hallmark of being a mere entertainer, not an inspired leader.

Be still: not all causes will attract applause. After all, not all applause will have a genuine cause. Applause should not be cause for one’s inflated attitude; neither are we the first nor the last to be applauded. Not so?

At the end of the day, what inspires about a leader is the cause that consumes his heart, not the applause that fills his life.

So let’s make a resolution today, to have our inspired lives spent for difference-making causes that transform people’s lives and their communities.

A tree doesn’t eat its fruit. A cow doesn’t drink its own milk. A leader shouldn’t be motivated by what he/she gains out of his/her efforts as an individual.

Pursue Purpose. Change Lives. Fulfil Destiny.

| Live | Love | Lead |

#YouWillManage

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Chief Executive Officer
Inspired Leaders International
📞+256782163416
📧deltacu11@gmail.com
T: @InspiredLead
@SamuelBakutana

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My obsessions: Reading

Leaders are readers and readers end up becoming leaders. Read today to lead tomorrow. Read today as you lead so as to keep in the lead. No other way. #YouWillManage

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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
―Charles William Eliot

If you know me, you also know that a book and I are inseparable. There is not a day that I don’t have a book on me, be it a hard copy, ebook and of late; it’s almost always an audio book. But I don’t just have it on me, I read at least three pages of a book every single day and/or listen to a chapter. There is just about no excuse to go a day without reading or being read to. Anywhere, anytime. It has become so convenient that I am even more in love with my obsession, and I accepted to write 1,500 words about this God-given habit of mine.

In his book ‘A Dance with Dragons’, George R.R. Martin wrote that;

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Your Success is a Skill Away!

From the Office of the Prime Minister (Republic of Uganda), enthusiastic Nelson Nshekanabo says: “That’s the best course I’ve ever had. Everyone in the business of selling must have that skill.

Have you ever come close to getting something you badly needed, only to be thrown out of favour by a lack of “just one” document or “just one” mark or “just one” skill? Probably you said, “These people are not serious. Just one like this and they deny me the opportunity?” Oh yes. One is big enough when it is what really matters. Here is the serious matter: Many people KNOW, but they do not know HOW to – and often that’s the only missing link between them and their much-coveted success in any given field of their pursuit!

John Ruskin rightly defined skill as “the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.” Now imagine the result of “just one skill” if it comes as a unified force not of just anything but of experience, intellect and passion – all in active motion! That one skill can catapult you to great heights in personal and professional life.Image result for famous public speaking quotes

Two days ago, I was hosted on NTV Uganda for the fourth time in 23 days. During the very inspiring program (according to the many responses across the country and abroad), I shared the major 4 skills that EVERYONE everywhere must acquire regardless of their field of endeavour, dream or purpose on earth:

  1. Leadership skills
  2. Selling (and marketing) skills
  3. Basic Accounting skills
  4. Communication and/or Public Speaking skills

This sparked off a very deep and engaging discussion on social media as many people got in touch with me to ask many questions in this line. That last one above is what I would want to throw a challenge on in this post. Image result for public speaking quotesFor example:

  • Have you ever seen someone ‘ambushed’ to give a vote of thanks at a simple function and instead of telling people to clap their hands he starts to clap his/her knees due to invisible butterflies of anxiety, fear and worry?
  • How about someone speaking for 5 minutes but you can’t really get any specific point they’re addressing?
  • Then think of that CEO who addresses the Board of Directors and in the fourth minute, they are interrupting to either say, “Your points are unclear” or “We realize you were not prepared for this meeting. It is better we call it off”?
  • What about the salesman who addresses a team of prospects in an organization and three voices at random say, “Raise your voice please” or “You are speaking very fast”?
  • Have you ever seen those whose speeches are sleeping pills and yawn-inducing tablets to their audience? Am I talking about you?

Public Speaking PosterYour success is a skill away! Effective speaking and presentation in public can give you a great thrust to many opportunities that flashing your sleek PhD Certificate won’t manage to offer you at all. This is why one of the programs I have committed myself to offer leaders is in Public Speaking and Presentation Mastery. See what my friend wrote to me while on an international assignment:

I have just finished a powerful presentation to representatives from 15 countries in Europe, Asia and North America on Social Contracting here in Istanbul… It was so fabulous…! It is you Samuel A. Bakutana who equipped me with this speaking tool… I now don’t feel challenged when such happens, after my thorough preparation. Now I almost spend sleepless nights – gladly, doing my rehearsals, and ensuring I am just perfect.” – Kange Sophie, Programs Coordinator – Capacity Development, Uganda National NGO Forum.

You know, it is one thing to say whatever we want about our leadership, our brand, our service, and another thing for those we lead, those who watch us, those who consume our service, to agree with us. We have always been warned against always rushing to believe our own propaganda! And this applies to your ability, your capacity, your performance. You may say, “I am very good. I can speak well. I do not have any challenge.” But can the people who have been in your audiences agree with you? Are you really, really sure?

Image result for skill quotesToday, on my Facebook page, I challenged myself and others that we need to listen to those we lead, those we serve, those we speak to! Let us know what they are saying about what we do, how we do it and how we relate with them — and then make any course corrections necessary. Remember, your success is a skill away.

In that regard, I will use this post to appreciate the genuine, truthful and heartfelt recommendations of the Public Speaking Course (6th intake in Kampala going to run from 13th – 18th February 2017) from a number of graduates: tes Valerie Komwaka Mitala

> Kyambogo University Masters in Vocation Pedagogy (MVP) Project Administrator Charity Byarugaba says: “It is a great course indeed.”

> UHMG’s Governance and Human Resource Director Valerie Komwaka Mitala says, “I salute you, Prof. Samuel A. Bakutana!”

>  Performance artist Anna Nakiyemba says, “You can’t afford to miss. Missing shouldn’t be any of your options at all. This training is truly life-changing. It worked for me, and I know that it will for you. There is a lot to learn.”

Today, identify your KILL-GAP and fill it. Ask yourself the following: Image result for public speaking quotes

  1. What is the “just one” skill I need so as to achieve my major aspirations?
  2. Where best and from who can I learn it? (NB: Go to the best in that field and learn from them. Rats can’t teach how to fly! For Leadership and Public Speaking, you already know where to go to. Come to me!)
  3. Have a plan of action and decide when to start acquiring it.
  4. Go and begin. Great people did not begin because they were great; instead they became great because they began.

Let us live, love and lead. It is time to stand up, speak up and stand out. Like I always say, #YouWillManage. Maximize all opportunities to speak powerfully, sell effectively, and lead successfully. Yes,  (I hope you have already secured your copies of my latest book “YOU WILL MANAGE: The 7 Keys to a Life of Perpetual Victory, Unstoppable Success and Doing Impossibilities.”)

 

| Live | Love | Lead |

Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and more than 190 inspirational, high-impact presentations in 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!???????????????????????????????????? Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to deltacu11@gmail.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

 

Leaders in Life Dream Big!

Will you bring out the best of you or die average? Will you dream big – just like leaders in every endeavour? There is something better than “three keys” – a key for the car, a key for the office, and a key for the personal house! There is more to life than a vacation, a debt-free retirement, or an army of grand children. There is more to life!

Big dreams-1b44003c0ebf766802ef8ca10f948c43.jpgTo Dream Or To Have A Dream? I meet dreamless people in my travels in different countries! But also, we often confuse mere dreamers and people with dreams! Dreamers talk much and do less; those with dreams may talk less but do much. Dreamers shout thunderously and hit an ant! They hatch up earth-shaking plans but act on none. In contrast, people with dreams may say nothing or say something without fanfare but if you observe, you see their dreams strongly in motion, affecting those around them.

Understanding Your Dream: A dream is a powerful force. I have often referred to a dream as three things:

  • A treasure you shouldn’t lose
  • A test you shouldn’t fail
  • A trust you shouldn’t betray

Great men are stirred up by their dreams. Martin Luther died because of his dream. Mother Teresa is known for her dream. I am daily stirred up by my Vision Plan 2050 – a simple yet inspiring embodiment of sweet dreams in my heart. I take the dream seriously and ignore discouragers. But every day, I wake up and go out to make it happen.

your dream - Les Brown.pngYour Dream is Your Life: A dream lost is destiny foregone. Losing the dream in your relationship is losing the relationship itself. Lose your business dream, and your business is lost. Lose faith in your country, and you have lost the country! Lose your marriage dream, and your marriage is gone! Your dream is your life. It is God’s deposit of greatness, service and a huge difference inside you!

So, be purpose-filled, dream-obsessed, and vision-consumed. Don’t ask people to wish you a good night. Instead, look back every evening and see a day well invested into your dream. George H. Lorimer said, “You have got to get up every morning with determination if you are going to go to bed with satisfaction.” Invest your days into your dreams.

follow-your-dreams.jpgBelieve Your Mind, Not Your Eyes! I too have a dream. I don’t consult my eyes. What I look at is what is but what I see in my mind is what could be. I go for what I see with my eyes closed. Today’s circumstances make me want to lose energy, dampen my spirit, and lose my courage for the pursuit. But I stubbornly insist on my dream. I ignore the voluntary discouragers who demand no payment for pouring ice on my dream!

So, carry on, like Robert Service says. If you are to live, live for something big. Give up who you are today and go for who you could be. To lead, get dreams big enough to shake mountains, pull Heaven and change Earth. Act on them now. Every day, look back to a day well invested into your dream. Remember, today is the remaining day of your life; tomorrow may never be yours. Invest it in your dream today. Don’t settle for second best today. This is my story. This is my song. This is my belief. Why don’t you join in the orchestra, and let us harmonize life beautifully?

I hope you have already secured your copies of my latest book “YOU WILL MANAGE: The 7 Keys to a Life of Perpetual Victory, Unstoppable Success and Doing Impossibilities.”

#YouWillManage

| Live | Love | Lead |

Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and he already given more than 182 inspirational, high-impact presentations in 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!???????????????????????????????????? Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to deltacu11@gmail.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

TO LEAD OTHERS, PERSEVERE!

 

What is your dream? How far are you ready to go so as to achieve it?

On earth, people who achieve are pushed forward by perseverance – hanging in there and refusing to give up until they see success. Many rarely emphasize or focus on it enough. Just like many others, I have personally had to persevere amidst many things in my leadership, business and relationships journey. Those who lead the pack do not bow down to situations. If it was for bowing down, some great names in history would not be known today. But they refused to give up and thus excelled in different fields we now know them for. Below are just a few examples for your encouragement and inspiration today:

 

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Sir Walter Scott: He survived childhood polio which left him lame. During the banking crisis in London and Edinburgh in 1825 and 1826, the Ballantyne printing business, in which he was heavily invested, crashed, resulting in his public ruin. But he did not declare himself bankrupt. He did not even accept monetary help from admirers. Instead, in his persistence, he placed his house and income in a trust belonging to his creditors, and determined to write his way out of debt. To cut the long story short, if I was to write an epitaph for him, I would say: “Here lies the novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time, the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many readers in Europe, Australia, and North America – a man who persevered through it all.” You too should persist if you are to achieve. After all, you can.

 

john-bunyanJohn Bunyan: At 30, he was arrested for preaching without a license; re-arrested on 12 November 1660, while preaching privately in Lower Samsell; briefly released for a few weeks in 1666 before being re-arrested for preaching and sent back to Bedford Gaol, for a further six years. But he persisted. Brought to court to plead his case, he said, “If you release me today, I will preach tomorrow” and he was imprisoned again – but he persisted. In fact, it was during his prison time that he wrote his very famous novel: The Pilgrim’s Progress. His perseverance put his name on around 30 literary works most of which have continued to enjoy worldwide readership, especially Pilgrim’s Progress. I enjoy the film that was made out of that book. He persevered. Amidst physical, financial, emotional, or social prisons, you need to persevere so as to achieve. You can.

 

abraham-lincolnAbraham Lincoln: Born in 1809 in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky, he was raised up in abject poverty. Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He braved his poor background and ambitiously advanced through life. Today, we know him as the 16th President of the US who led the country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis, while ending slavery and promoting economic modernization. His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became one of the most quoted speeches in American history. He persevered – and he achieved a lot. Even if you come from a poor background; even if you’re born in a one-room “self-contained” hut; even if you struggle to pay for your education; persevere and keep going. You could be the next Lincoln.

 

glenn-cunninghamGlenn Cunningham: At 8, his legs were burned in a schoolhouse fire. Doctors wanted to amputate them but his parents refused. Doctors predicted he might never walk normally again. He had lost all the flesh on his knees and shins. Toes on his left foot were gone. His transverse arch was destroyed. It was nasty – but he persevered! He had a positive attitude and a strong religious faith, his beloved Bible verse being Isaiah 40:31. Years later, Cunningham won the Sullivan medal in 1933 for his running achievements in middle distance; came 4th in the 1500m in the 1932 Olympics; took silver in the 1500 meters in the 1936 Berlin Olympics; set the world record for the mile run at 4:06.8 in 1934 which record stood for 3 years; set the world record in the 800m run in 1936; set another in the indoor mile run of 4:04.4 in 1938; and retired from competition in 1940. Today, he’s known as America’s greatest miler of all time, with a park named after him in his hometown of Elkhart, Kansas. He was not the most intelligent; he just persevered through his storms.  Even if you encounter a terrible situation that attempts to shutter your life, do not give up. You too can specialize in setting world records!

 

ludwig-van-beethovenLudwig Van Beethoven: While at High School, during my Music lessons, I studied about Ludwig Van Beethoven the German composer and pianist. Around 1796, he began to lose his hearing. He severely suffered from tinnitus, a “ringing” in his ears that made it hard for him to perceive and appreciate music. He even avoided conversation because his condition was severe. At the end of the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, he had to be turned around to see the turbulent applause of the audience. Hearing nothing, he wept – but persevered and kept a passion for music. He even continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf! He really persevered and deserves our remembrance as an achiever. Even if you get a heavy attack in the area of your greatest passion, gifting or talent, simply persevere. What looks like the end of the road is just a bend that continues into the infinite distance!

 

11 Nov 1936, London, England, UK --- Original caption: 11/11/1936-London, England- Miss. Marian Anderson, American negro contralto, is pictured a she arrived at Victoria Station here to keep an engagement at famed Queen's Hall. Miss Anderson was once told by the Great Toscannini, "A voice like yours is heard once in a hundred years." --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Miss Anderson was once told by the Great Toscannini, “A voice like yours is heard once in a hundred years.” — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Marian Anderson: Her family was so poor that they did not afford to send her to high school. At 12, her father died of heart failure and her grandfather a born slave also died few months later. After some time, her church members sponsored her to join high school. When she came out and applied to an all-white music school in Philadelphia, she was turned away because she was black – but she persevered. She became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the US. With the help of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she performed a highly praised open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. She worked for several years as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and became a “goodwill ambassadress” for the US Department of State, receiving many awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963), the Kennedy Center Honors (1978), the National Medal of Arts (1986), and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1991). Whether you are despised by multitudes or lose your loved ones, do not sit back and give up. Rise up and pursue your dreams. Persevere.

 

JUST PROCEED

A person of perseverance will proceed unhindered by any obstacles. The stumbling blocks of life will be surprised when you turn them into stepping stones into a better life! Ted Engstrom summarizes such persistence in a moving style:

Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott. Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan. Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington. Raise him in abject poverty and you have an Abraham Lincoln. Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes Franklin Roosevelt. Burn him so severely that the doctors say he’ll never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham — who set the world’s one mile record in 1934. Deafen him and you have a Ludwig van Beethoven. Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T. Washington, a Marian Anderson, a George Washington Carver. Call him a slow learner, “retarded,” and write him off as uneducable, and you have an Albert Einstein.

 

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Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and he already given more than 171 inspirational, high-impact presentations between January and the start of December 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!???????????????????????????????????? Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to deltacu11@gmail.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

FATTENING THE HEAD ONLY WILL NOT HELP!

 

fat-head_cropped-300x275Recently, I moderated a business event where 10 CEOs shared serious nuggets of wisdom in Kampala, Uganda. Mrs. Geraldine Ssali Busulwa, the Deputy Managing Director of Uganda’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) who was one of the ten said: If it really works as you say it does, why hasn’t it worked in your own life? That-was-a-billion-shillings-question to the audience! Wasn’t it? You know where this leads us to? Why doesn’t our accumulated knowledge produce visible positive changes in our life?

Does this somehow sound like it’s about you? Now I ask: What will it profit a man/woman if the head is fat with knowledge but the hands are deficient of skilful action and the heart is bankrupt from a lack of honesty, tenacity and persistence to make the dream come true? Pracitce what you preach.jpgHere is a simple rule of life: As you learn, teach. As you teach, practice. As you practise, learn. And let the cycle continue: learn > teach > practise > learn > teach > practise > learn > teach > practise > learn > teach > practise. But most of all, ensure that in the equation of your life, there is that one word: PRACTISE. That is what makes the difference. My friend Joan Mugenzi of Imagine Me Africa rightly put it recently:

“Truth is, in the corporate world, we have many tools we master at head level. We teach others who apply the tools and thrive while all we do is wait for the paycheck. Friends, whatever dreams you have, you already have the tools. Sometimes what you need is an independent coach walking the journey with you. Dare to find a coach who will challenge you to the core. Find a coach who will ask you empowering questions. By the time you are through with the process you will have clear applicable strategies that will set you moving.”

So, let us again put it bluntly: IF IT WORKS AS YOU SAY, PRACTISE IT SO THAT THE WORLD WILL SEE IT IN YOUR LIFE. That is our leadership challenge of this hour.

Kindly let me know what you think this. Just remember, #YouWillManage. Let us keep “Inspiring transformational, exemplary and authentic leadership worldwide.”

 

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Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and he already given more than 171 inspirational, high-impact presentations between January and the start of December 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!???????????????????????????????????? Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to deltacu11@gmail.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

 

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