I had to learn the value of contributing to my family and other people at a very early age.
I taught myself English so that I could work as a self-employed tour guide. I learned how to sell different products on the street including peanuts, cashew nuts, and charcoal used for cooking.
In 2005, I finally graduated from high school at the age of 18. Upon graduation, I applied for university but received rejection after rejection. I believed a higher education was my path towards a more prosperous future. However, rejection really impacted me and created a massive opportunity for resilience. It made me realize if it has to be, it is up to me to make it happen.
I was determined never to give up and it took me 12 years after graduating from high school to achieve my Bachelors Degree from Daystar University in East Africa as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
While in graduate school, I felt empty, lost and without a purpose. I had believed my entire life that higher education was the solution to have a happy, rich and abundant life. Instead, I felt frustrated and did not have any clarity of where to go from there.
I struggled to move forward. Here I was, doing everything possible to reach the highest level of education only to realize I was back where I started. Stuck and confused.
In 2016, I made the decision to move to the United States and shortly thereafter, I got married and I started a family.
While I attended graduate school in Oklahoma, I met a businessman who helped me understand that success does not only demand hard work but requires the realization of the underlying principles.
That encouraged me to read business books and intentionally network with people who demonstrated proven results for which I was seeking.
In 2018, I saw an opportunity to invest time and resources to open a farming business and jumped on it. I thought based on my experience in farming, this would be the best business for me. It looked like a good decision at the time. I committed three years of my money and time with no financial reward or business growth.
I was at rock bottom. I was forced to apply for different jobs and ended up with an entry level, minimum wage job for which I was certainly over-qualified.
I also took on food delivery jobs and other entry -level jobs working day and night just to make ends meet to support my family and my newborn son. I continued reading every personal growth and business book under the sun I could get my hands on. The secret to success must be out there, I thought.
During these years, failure taught me an important lesson. I learned that I can choose to be bitter and have a negative attitude and give up, or I can start over and apply the lessons learned. So, I went back to the drawing board and started over.
Fast-forward, it was the best decision, where I not only learned principles of building wealth but also how to live a fruitful and contented life. I learned how to build financial security, independence and financial freedom. The author showed me how I can attain the future I desire with ease.
I have been mentoring entrepreneurs and investors, sharing life lessons, and providing strategic consulting services to foreigners who are seeking to do business in Africa.