I was humbled when Dr. Dennis D. Sempebwa, (President/CEO – Sahara Wisdom Centre / President – Eagle’s Wings International) read through my manuscript and accepted to write a foreword for my book. I cannot wait for the copies to get out there and I look forward to getting feedback from you all.
In January this year I signed up for Harvest Institute. A leadership training programme that is focused on creating transformational leaders. This year alone I have read and written a synopsis for more than 18 book titles, I have all together read 26 books. I was happy when I learnt that writing a book was a requirement. I had purposed to write a book before my 40th and this added fuel to my fire!
– Let’s make AFRICA GREAT AGAIN!
There was a Rukiga statement I heard quite a bit while growing up. “Oyin’Amaryo!” Because the English language is not as rich as Rukiga, it was often loosely translated as being stubborn or daring. I was quite bothered every time this statement was made towards me and I often did my best to try and be like other people.
My perspective greatly changed when I landed on Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a MacArthur “Genius” fellow, who spent years analysing what it takes to be successful. In her recent book, GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, she argues that talent alone isn’t enough; you also have to have grit — a mental toughness that helps you persevere even in the face of obstacles. The Jewish call it “Chutzpah”. It was this trait that led to the Israeli hostage rescue mission at Entebbe in the 1970’s.
David’s story in the Bible is the greatest under-dog story.
He started out as the quintessential novice in combat, politics and diplomacy. From the onset, David’s threshold was set low by the people around him but he went beyond the limits to embrace the greatness that had been deposited on the inside of him.
By the definition of the size of weapons and the kind of armour Goliath held and wore, it is clear that Saul was no match for him. Saul, who was the king of Israel, a handsome young man who literally stood head and shoulders above everyone and was the finest, was suddenly not newsworthy.
It is recorded that at the sound of Goliath, Saul and his men retreated. This went on for forty days until David, a young shepherd boy, arrived on the scene. His mission was not to fight but deliver food to his brothers.
David lived in the shadows. His own father forgot to present him to the prophet Samuel who had come to anoint one of his sons. All his seven brothers were presented and even his father Jesse had to be reminded, that there was one more son; who was out with the sheep. When he asked to go to battle with Goliath, no one gave him a chance. Saul offered his body armour and even that got him mocked by the people he was going to defend.
He then opted to choose 5 smooth stones and fight in the best way he knew how. This Bible story from 1 Samuel has many lessons that attest to greatness being in the least expected of people and the last places one thought they would find it. It demystifies the notion that size matters! The world today is run on paradigms that were handed to us by our forefathers. We are preserving them to hand them over to our children. There is something out there that has never been done and only you can do it, if you dare.
In his book, Called to Greatness, which is premised on the story of David, Moses Mukisa starts with a compelling story of how a man rode into their compound and broke the news of their fathers’ gruesome murder. He then recollects how as a child, that news caused him and all his siblings to immediately grow up. Moses and his siblings buried their father, but refused to bury their dreams with him.
Having grown up with both my parents and having them still present in my life has relatively given me a head-start in life. I also know that the soft landing that the presence of parents provides for their children can be a great impediment to personal growth in some cases.
The people who have etched their names in the history books are the ones that challenged the norm and broken through the boundaries that confined them.
People like Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere, Dr Lukwiya, Yoweri Museveni and, I dare say, Hon. Kyagulanyi Sentamu, popularly known as Bobi-Wine. Bobi Wine was a political novice until he broke through the boundaries of music into politics. In my view, he is trading his popularity for influence.
Because the call to greatness is ignited by a crisis in ones’ life, I share many of my personal experiences in this book on how personal crises pushed me beyond my comfort zone and catapulted me to new territories. I hope that this book will inspire you to be more daring. If you are a parent, I hope I’ll encourage you not only to work at providing a soft landing for your children, but also be deliberate in creating a hard place for them to launch their personal brands. – GOOD READING!
|1.||Disregard the Odds||1|
|2.||Celebrate Your ‘Scars’||9|
|3.||Embrace the Process||17|
|4.||Exploit Each Season While You Can.||23|
|5.||Stir Yourself Up.||39|
|7.||Make Use of Solitude.||59|
|8.||Dare to Act||75|
|9.||Do it Afraid||87|
|10.||Be Glad You Hit Rock Bottom, Now Launch||97|