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Converting Knowledge to Power

Receiving an academic award during my high school years from Prof. George Saitoti, the then Kajiado North MP and Minister for Education.


My parents did a job in instilling me with a passion for learning by buying me plenty of books. As a result, I know quite a lot these days. Like I can play more than thirty hymns on the piano. I can name more than twenty American presidents from memory. I can design a website with HTML, CSS and PHP. And I have a good command of Kikuyu, Sheng', Swahili and English languages.

In spite of that wealth of knowledge, I have been such a timid fellow in the past. Like I have been emotionally affected by the opinions of others, have struggled financially, have feared expressing myself confidently and have had trouble with getting out of bed early everyday. Yet St. Paul wrote this in the second of Timothy:
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but of power, of love and of self-discipline." [1]
Now I am striving to convert my wealth of knowledge to power; that is to radiate cheerfulness, to exude confidence, to earn money and to disregard cynics. So help me God.

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[1] Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV). Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Thuita's Theory of Getting Rich®



Dr. Geoffrey Griffin, the founder of Starehe Boys' Centre, used to encourage us to volunteer as a way of giving back to the society. He even advised bright students that they would understand a subject more if they volunteered to teach it to academically weaker students.

As I reflect on that volunteering advice, I glean a lot of wisdom from it in this world that seems to be more concerned with material gain. And I am proud that I have unknowingly implemented that advice in the past six years by writing stories, producing songs and giving speeches for free. Somehow through that volunteering, I have been able to identify my passions as well as learnt useful lessons such as that the world is full of mean and negative people.

Now I am switching from volunteering mode to money-making mode, and hopefully I will be able to prove the veracity of what I call the Thuita's Theory of Getting Rich® which states as follows:
"Volunteer at something you love and once you learn the tricks of the hobby, find a way of making money from it." [1]
The beauty of this theory of getting rich is that it enriches not only the bank account with money but also the soul with joy. If I happen to succeed in implementing it life, I will teach it to every child who desires to lead an honorable life.

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[1] This theory has been copyrighted with the Kenya Copyright Board. All rights reserved worldwide. DO NOT QUOTE IT WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR.

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My Favorite Bible Verse



Prior to matriculating at JKUAT after I left Starehe Technical Training Institute in April 2007, I scouted for a church in Nairobi where I could continue playing the piano and earn some money. I visited two catholic churches but they didn't seem interested in me.

Then I went to All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi - an Anglican church even though I had been brought up a Catholic. The reception I received there was so welcoming that I immediately got hooked to the church where I joined the 9.30am English service choir as well as did a six month evangelism course.

Joining All Saints Cathedral Church was a great venture because it made me believe in the Bible again and I got to make godly friends there. The church reignited my passion for God with its camaraderie and its fellowships. And I fell in love with Anglican hymns, some of which I had played at Starehe on the piano but this time, I began to reflect on their lyrics.

I became so much interested in the Bible that I attempted to read it from preface to index. Although I found most its books mired with many difficult-to-understand details, I was touched by Psalms, Proverbs and Matthew. I especially liked Psalm 1 which reads as follows:
"Blessed is the man,
Who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Or stand in the way of sinners,
Or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruits in season,
And whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers." [1]
That verse touched me because I thought it summarized the key to success in life. And I have tried to heed its wisdom by reflecting on the Word of God regularly. I am doing a pretty good job with the reflections as evident in this website of mine. My hope is that I shall prosper soon.

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[1] Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV). Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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