Growing up I wasn’t a disciplined child and got myself into trouble often times. I ran with the wrong guys; the kind every mother warns her kids not to befriend, and I got my fair share of disappointments and failures. My life story relates a lot with that of Joseph in the Old Testament, the only difference is; my troubles were self-inflicted. The most amazing thing however is that I always got myself up when I failed. And I failed a lot of times. Here are some of my failures.
In March 2016 was chasing a passport. The Ugandan passport, I am a Ugandan. My father discouraged me saying; I wasn’t qualified for a passport that only kids from prominent families like the children of ministers and members of parliament qualify for a passport. Excuse my father’s ignorance. He’s not schooled. He’s a primary 6 dropout, but he has done great things anyway. I shouldn’t even have cared but I needed his financial support at that time. I was a grown up and dem broke.
But in January 2017 I moved to Kigali in Rwanda where to live and work you need a visa and work permit, all which requires a passport. I’ve a passport of course. I found another way back then. Here in Rwanda I am a part of a select team with the Africa Connekt https://africaconnekt.org/ to travel across Africa preaching the good news of entrepreneurship. I have also been included on another select team of young creative minds with the World Bank group Africa Rwanda office where I stand a high chance of representing Rwanda in April 2018 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC. Everything is possible.
During my secondary education, I went to four schools in six years. I was expelled from all of them. I sat both my O and A level exams from home, on indefinite suspension. Wasn’t that enough reason for me to stop schooling? No I didn’t. I made it to Makerere University’s school of statistics and planning. At some point I dropped out again. This had nothing to do with financial support. My parents love education and they will do anything for it. I was just a rebel. But here I am having an entrepreneur 4 impact (E4Impact) MBA scholarship lined up, a course offered by the Universita Cattolica del sacro cuore in Italy in collaboration with KIM University Rwanda where I am a working student. I am the public relations guy for the Center for Gender and Entrepreneurship (CGE) KIM University. This gives me access to prominent people, organizations and our funding partners like; Rwanda development board (RDB) and UN Women Rwanda. A friend of mine always says; success is for the rebels. Now I believe him.
For like a decade in my life I was addicted to really bad substances like alcohol and cud. And yet I overcame my addictions. I no longer drink, may be soda and pure heaven the non-alcoholic grape juice, and nor do I chew cud. I do go to those places like bars, pubs, night clubs, and events sometimes, mainly to meet specific people or duty calls and I don’t drink alcohol, neither do I fuck gals i meet at the clubs. My partying now days is mostly business, and once in a while to release stress and have a good time.
Back at Makerere University, I had a fine beautiful woman, now ex. she was really good in all aspects of life and I loved her a lot. But I was Mr. Wrong. She took my shits for two good years and one day she decided to move on with her life. It was the best decision she ever made, I was just a joker. My then friends and some family members all told me, I will never find someone like her again. But i do have someone better than her now. She was good and I think she still is, but the current lady is awesome. For the first time in my life, I’ve thought of marriage. I never thought of marriage back then, it was just fun. I can only compare my current woman to Michelle Obama. And she often says she will make me president.
In 2015 I worked as a salesman with The Young Treps; a business management and consultancy firm in Kampala serving the entire East African Community. I was doing well in other areas, mostly social skills, but failing at sales; which was my reason for employment. The organization was paying me well but I felt I was cheating them, so I failed and quitted. But here I am in December 2017 back as an editor and a writer with the same organization on its social media pages. Like and follow The Young Treps on all social media platforms and visit our website http://theyoungtreps.com/. I look forward to making a permanent comeback as a business partner or stockholder one day since this is a fast growing company with a great future destined to serve the whole African continent in the next five or eight years.
But what is it that makes me thick? Here’s a few of them;
- Total faith. I don’t know what failing means, because I never give up. I only rest and adjust my sails when the current point or direction of sails seem inappropriate and a wrong turn. I never give up, I will never ever.
- Total belief in something super-natural. I believe in God, you can also believe in anything you want. I’ve seen people worshiping pictures. That’s what they believe in. It’s a human right and judgment belongs to the big man up.
- True persons. To make those comebacks every time you fail, you need some true people. The ones who love you unconditionally. No matter what happens, they’ll still take a bullet for you.
- The best is yet to come. I tell myself these words almost every day. It’s my personal slogan. Try it out, or form something positive like that for yourself. It can perform miracles.
- Love life. It’s only with the eyes of love that you’ll see prosperity in every bad situation. I mean the kind of attitude of feeling great even when you’re thrown behind bars. There was a time I disrespected my family and I was put in jail for like 30 minutes. In those 30 minutes, I had won the heart of every prisoner there and they made me their leader. Sorry for them, I wasn’t going to spend an hour in that dark cell. It was just a small misunderstanding after all.
I have just two last words for you. IT’S POSSIBLE. Use it and you will change your life. Thank you for reading, and feel free to comment.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018