Archive for January, 2013

MOTIVATION; notes from Rino Solberg’s motivational talk

January 16, 2013

Rino Solberg is a successful businessman, motivational speaker and author. He is based in Norway but was recently in Kenya where he gave a talk at the office….

On Motivation: People are not lazy, just not motivated enough. Motivation comes from within-it is the inner drive. When you only have a short-term goal/thinking, your motivation is also short-term driven.

M-Motivate: When you get up every morning to go to work, what is your motive? The difference between a goal and a motive is that a goal must be dated and a motive can be a lifetime need eg. eradicate poverty in Africa. Check your motives. Are they strong enough? If not, find the one’s that are, specify them, decide and plan.

O-Optimist: An optimist always looks at the brighter side of life. A pessimist sees a problem in everything that happens (even in opportunities) while an optimist sees an opportunity in every problem.

T-Time: We all have the same time in life. Your success/well-being depends on what you do with your time. 50% of your time is spent at work, therefore, you will not be as effective if you do not plan your day before you sleep.


1. Before you go to bed, write down a minimum of six things you will do the next day.

2. Prioritize the worst thing first

3. Start on No.1 finish it, go to two etc.

4. Transfer the tasks you couldn’t finish to the next day…and add NEW priorities.

-Remember to take control (hence have a clear conscience) and avoid worry/stress.

-Of all the things you worry about 40% will never happen

-Do everything correctly the first time!

ON COMMUNICATION: -Anything that can be misunderstood, will be.

-Perception is all there is. People will react the way they perceive it.

-The way you ask a question is the way you get your answer.

I-Integrity: It’s a rare community (especially in Africa) yet so important.

V-Value: If you are easy to replace, you can never be paid a lot. Increase your value by being unique, skills or education to get more.

The principle: Remember always first do what you are paid to do… and some extra.

A: Attitude: Which is better Positive mental Attitude (PMA) or negative Mental Attitude (NMA)? None, its just the results ie. What you put in is what you get.

PMA is the ability to think positive when you have a reason to be negative.

-Encourage yourself in front of the mirror everyday>with positive mantras about how great you are.

-Conquer the world by saying, ‘It could have been worse’.

T: Take action/responsibility. Avoid blame games.

I: Initiative: Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do!

O: Our Iife: Remember that, even if you are employed, you are working for yourself.

-Keep good habits. Avoid bad habits like procrastinating.

N: Now: Do it NOW! ~Create you legacy now.

My 2012 Highlights

January 4, 2013

…the unforgettable ones

  • A relevant quote: There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning-Author Loius L’Amour
  • Very early in the year, I started teaching Sunday school (5 & 6 year olds) at a Nairobi City church. One of my goals had been to get involved in kids activities. It is mighty fun, fulfilling and has really strengthened my faith.
  • The Karate classes I’d started at the end of 2011 had to come to a stop for various reasons. The discipline and skills I learnt have however proved useful in my artistic, fitness and defense activities.
  •  I hosted an Open Mic at Club City Space in Nairobi and acquired the stage name Emal.
  • I went to my first Open day at Green Park Estate, Athi River. A different lifestyle is what I’d say the estate offers. Managed by Superior Homes, the houses are selling really quick.
  • Got into two relationships that did not quite work for me. Now questioning the purpose of dating. Maybe I will ‘kiss dating goodbye.
  • My friend and I were man-handled by a bouncer at Club Tribeka opp. Nation Center. Justice is yet to be served though.
    • Went to Kampala, Uganda where I stayed at Le Bougainviller Hotel. I loved the French-style food and the serenity. One lesson though, always lock-up your valuables there. I also got to visit one of the museums, the theatre, malls, the L. Victoria beach and even experienced the famous Uganda night-life.
  • I got into online media consultancy work before I (re) joined Bingwa Magazine as Editor for this kids magazine I love so much. The highlights here were the prize-giving at schools in Eldoret & Kakamega and the Storymoja Hay Festival 2012.
    with Bingwa Magazine readers
  • …With my workmate and Bingwa Magazine readers
  • Went for a pool party somewhere in the hills of Machakos and discovered how green and productive the town really was. I also got to witness ‘Ngelani’ where there’s the mysterious flow of water and other stuff against the rule of gravity.
  • I interacted with Joseph Allan Green, an artist whose ‘Legerdemain II’ exhibition/paintings I got to see at the Green House in Adams Arcade. His work and ideas are simply intriguing-very well done and thought out.

    Joseph Allan Green art

    Joseph Allan Green art

  • I tried out some ‘smoking’ strawberry cocktails at Caribana Whiskey and Cocktail Bar. Heavenly was what it was!
  • I joined Pinterest and Instagram; both of which are super awesome ie. great inspiring ideas and experiences for personal and business use.
  • Books I loved: This child will be great (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf), the 50th Law (50 cent & Robert Greene), Diary of a wimpy Kid –Cabin Fever (Jeff Kinney), Lady in Waiting (Jackie Kendall, Debby Jones), Cybill Disobedience (Cybill Sheperd), Every poem tells a story (Raymond Wilson).
  • marshmallow


    Loved this cute marshmallow from Chandarana Supermarket.

  • This time I did not venture too far and instead spent Christmas with my loved ones. Here’s the tree my friend decorated and lit up every night until yesterday.

    christmas tree 2012

    christmas tree 2012


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