The Value of Wisdom - Reflections of a Young Man™

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The Value of Wisdom

H. Jackson Brown Jr., in his charming Life's Little Instructions Book, advises us to pray not only for things but also for wisdom and courage. I wrote about courage in a story accessible by clicking here but I will dwell on wisdom today.

Wisdom is valuable - more valuable that gold. It prolongs life as well as attracts wealth and honor. If we seek only knowledge and ignore wisdom, we will end up being like a cancerous organ that enlarges beyond the normal size in that we will waste time, energy and money on unnecessary expenses, activities and projects.

That's why God was so impressed with Solomon for asking wisdom. And because of wisdom, Solomon grew to be a man of great wealth, fame and power. He is still considered one of the wealthiest people in the crowded canvas of human history.

And where can we find wisdom? Well, I used to think it was a preserve of the white people, the elderly, the religious, the seemingly wealthy people and the academically intelligent. But from my own observations, I have recently discovered that it is randomly distributed to some people in all the cultures of the world.

So wisdom can be found in the meetings of elders, in the plays of children, in the proverbs of sages, in the sayings of bushmen as well as in the reflections of a young man.


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Thuita's 2nd Law of Human Nature®

This is me at 18 looking as handsome as a Hollywood movie star when I was at STTI where I first learnt how to use a computer. More on that in the story below.

Truth be told, I first learnt how to use a computer in 2006 at Starehe Technical Training Institute (STTI) shortly after I turned 18. It was at that institute where I not only got to know how to switch on a computer but also mastered how to navigate through the Windows Operating System, how to browse the internet and how to type at a reasonably fast speed. I became increasingly fascinated with how computers work that I delved deeper by learning web design and computer programming. It was such a great learning experience - the kind that makes a difference in one's life.

When I began applying to top American universities while still at STTI, I was impressed with how the universities had used computer technology to market their institutions as well as improve their application process. So impressed was me on the impact of computers in easing life that I began persuading the Starehe administration to adopt them to improve the image and management of the school.

Those who listened to me were dragooned by my ideas but strangely, no one took action. And when I persisted with championing my ideas, some fellow classmates started calling me "Systems Analyst" which annoyed me not because I disliked the title but because they were making fun of me.

When I recently reflected on those persuasion experiences at STTI, I have formulated what I call the Thuita's 2nd Law of Human Nature® which states as follows:
"People love change but they hate it when they themselves have to change." [1]
This law probably explains why politicians in my country come up with very compelling campaign manifestos which they hardly implement when elected to power. Like President Mwai Kibaki was elected with a landslide in the '02 General Elections, uprooting a regime that had ruled for 40 years. People were optimistic after the elections that Kenya would change for the better. Even my apolitical brother Gatonga remarked during Kibaki's inauguration day that Kenya would soon overtake South Africa as Africa's most developed nation.

But alas! President Kibaki underwent hell when he tried to implement his manifesto. He faced rebellion from those who had helped him ascend to power. The nation suffered the worst violence in its history under his watch. It took him eight years to change the country's constitution which he had promised to change in the first 100 days of his administration. See?

[1] Here are the first law and third law. These laws have been copyrighted with the Kenya Copyright Board. All rights reserved worldwide. DO NOT QUOTE THEM WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR.


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Keys to Success in Business

This is me with my father circa August 2008 during a graduation ceremony after attending a six month evangelism course at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi that opened me to a new Biblical world of understanding.

My friend Fabian Sankale once started a company with a very nice ringing name which I can't remember but for the time being, I will call it Jupitersoft. And he would go around claiming to be the Director or something of Jupitersoft - a company without an office or an employee.

And then one day, I overheard him talking to my brother Simon of an ebook titled "300 Reasons Why Most Start-up Businesses Fail". I wish I had enlightened him that all the answers to success in business are in the Bible. But I didn't. No wonder he gave up with his company and flew to China to pursue a Masters' Degree.

Yes, I believe the Bible has the answers to success in business particularly in the following verses:
  • Proverbs 1:7 that says the fear of God is the source of success
  • Matthew 22:37 that counsels us to love God
  • Proverbs 3:6 which tells us to involve God in all our plans
  • Matthew 22:36-40 which says we should love people
  • Philippians 4:8 which counsels us to have noble thoughts
  • Proverbs 14:23 which encourages us to work hard in life
  • Hebrews 10:35 which counsels us to have confidence
  • Proverbs 2 which advises us to acquire knowledge
  • Proverbs 8:14 which counsels us to preserve sound judgment
  • Proverbs 31 which recommends marrying the right partner
  • Galatians 5:22-23 which extols patience
  • Joshua 1:9 which motivates us to be courageous
  • Proverbs 6:17 which admonishes us to avoid cheating
  • Matthew 6 which says we should be forgiving and loving towards our enemies
  • Proverbs 31:6 which cautions us against excessive alcohol
  • Proverbs 31:3 which warns us to avoid spending our strength on women, of course apart from the God-given one
  • Matthew 6 which advises us to recite the Lord's Prayer regularly which to me is enough after waking up in the morning
  • And Philippians 4:6-8 which recommends being thankful always
And Psalm 1 sums it all this way:
"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]
So as for me, I have decided to continue meditating on the Word of God regularly while developing money-consciousness and an entrepreneurial spirit. And when it comes to choosing my marriage partner, I will go for a woman who runs her own business because I have discovered that the best minds are not in church, universities, military or government; the best minds are in business because if a person gets employed by a church, university, military or government and develops a good mind, business usually steals him away.

[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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