Keys to Success in Business
While on a school holiday back in 2003, I asked my eldest brother Joe Kagigite, who was then pursuing a B.A. degree at the University of Nairobi, to explain to me the meaning of the word "entrepreneurship". At first, he refused to explain it to me but I persisted in asking him until he finally relented and told me that entrepreneurship is all about starting a business.
"So you mean Mum is an entrepreneur?" I inquired from him in Kikuyu because Mum used to run a grocery shop in my home-town of Kiserian.
"Yes!" Joe agreed.
Later on in April 2007 when I was leaving Starehe Institute, I became consumed with the desire to own and run a business. I tried founding a company of a chain of cyber-cafes in Kenya, which I called Mtandao Super-cyber, but I gave up on the venture when the people I approached for capital failed to buy into the idea - how unsuccessful!
Over the last three years, I have come to discover that the Bible has the answers to success in business. Like it says in:
- Proverbs 1:7 that the fear of God is the source of success
- Matthew 22:37 that we love God
- Proverbs 3:6 that we involve God in all our plans
- Matthew 22:36-40 that we love people
- Philippians 4:8 that we have noble thoughts
- Proverbs 14:23 that we work hard in life
- Hebrews 10:35 that we have confidence
- Proverbs 2 that we acquire knowledge
- Proverbs 8:14 that we preserve sound judgement
- Proverbs 31 that we marry the right partner
- Galatians 5:22-23 that we practise patience
- Joshua 1:9 that we be courageous
- Proverbs 6:17 that we avoid cheating
- Matthew 6 that we be forgiving and loving towards our enemies
- Proverbs 31:6 that we don't engage in excessive drinking
- Proverbs 31:3 that we don't spend our strength on women, of course apart from the God-given one
- Matthew 6 that we recite the Lord's Prayer regularly which to me is enough after waking up in the morning
- And Philippians 4:6-8 that we be thankful always
I don't know about you but as for me, Psalm 1 has inspired me to continue meditating on the Word of God as I try to grow this blog's audience to several million people per month. So help me God.
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. 
 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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In early 2011 when I was at the University of Nairobi, I became interested in the subject of sleep. So I decided to do a little reading about it in the university library. And to my satisfaction, I found a book that discussed about the sleeping process.
I learnt from that book that sleeping occurs in several stages. And that we dream every time we fall asleep. But our ability to recall a dream depends on the stage of sleep during which we wake up.
Personally, I forget many of my night dreams after waking up. That must be the reason why masters of the Queen's language coined the phrase "as fleeting as yesternight's dream."
While I confess to have forgotten many of my night dreams, I do know I have had quite a number of good dreams as well as bad ones. So good have been some of my dreams that I have felt disappointed on waking up only to realize they weren't real. As for the bad ones, I remember waking up from some of them and feeling grateful that they weren't real.
I sometimes however manage to recall my night dreams when I come across an object or a person that was in the dreams. Like I remember a few years ago when I attended a funeral of a primary school-mate of mine, I saw a catechist of my home-town Catholic church named Ludovic Kahoro. Seeing Catechist Kahoro that day made me recall that the night before, I had dreamt of myself wearing his church robes without his permission. And when he saw me wearing his robes (in the dream, that is), he rebuked me. Had I not seen Catechist Kahoro during that funeral, I doubt whether I would have remembered that dream.
There are some other dreams I have managed to recall because of the way they have recurred many times in my sleep. Like I have dreamt several times of myself visiting London. I guess I will experience a strong sense of déjà vu when I get to visit London for the first time.
Also, I have dreamt a dozen times over the last ten years of my high school class, Starehe Boys' Class of '05, repeating our Fourth Form year. And I don't know why my mind has kept on repeating that dream in my sleep. Maybe it's because Starehe is a school that is dear to me where I gained valuable skills and formed many lasting friendships.
Additionally, I remember some other night dreams which have been as strange as the apocalyptic writings in the Bible. Strange in the sense that my mind has picked several events, sceneries as well as people and combined them in one dream.
Like several months ago, I dreamt of myself going for evening assembly at Starehe Boys' Centre as if I was in high school again. On my way to the hall, I followed a river with very muddy water. Then I happened to go past the assembly hall without realizing it and found myself in coffee plantations further afield. And then I thought to myself if I had involved God in my plans, He would probably have saved me from walking past the assembly hall.
As to how my mind combined Starehe Boys' assembly hall, a river, coffee plantations and God in one dream is something I don't understand. That's why I have described the dream as strange.
Another strange dream I recollect was one I had in 2003 when I travelled to Kisumu, a city in Western Kenya, with the Starehe Boys' volleyball team. I saw extra-large things during that dream: big heads, big fires and so on. A nightmare would be a better word to describe that dream.
Enough about my night dreams. How about you, my dear reader? Which dreams in your sleep can you manage to recall?