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40 Power Lines to Ignite your Purpose

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  1. A slap in the face which awakens you to the reality of your purpose is better than an encouragement that causes you to miss destiny. It is easy to trade ultimate purposes for temporary preferences.
  2. Always be careful for you may spend time looking or waiting for what you already have. It is your responsibility to always seek to know what you have so as to maximize your time.
  3. At the end of life, your joy should be from seeds sown and legacy passed on. It is costly to humanity if you exit full of inventions that we will never see simply because you chose not to live your purpose.
  4. Blessed are those who walk in the path of purpose for they shall experience the joys of success. A purposeful life is a life worth living.
  5. Complaints are assets for observers. If you won’t work towards a solution, it is better to endure your present discomfort till you do something about it. Purposeful people are action oriented.
  6. Courage and determination are major contributors to greatness. Some achieve great influence simply because they dare to move in the direction that others are running away from.
  7. Desiring the purpose of another person brings confusion and frustration in your life. Your destiny is tightly woven to your participation in what you were created to do.
  8. Don’t make crucial life decisions based on what the majority is doing. You may not have the inside information on how they are managing. Always follow your unique path and purpose.
  9. Endeavour to stand taller than the image you carry of yourself. Chances are you may not have the correct mental calibration to tell the truth about who you are and you capabilities.
  10. Forgive those who coached you to believe that you will become a failure. You would be in error to listen to everyone’s interpretation of your purpose. Close your ears to those who think you will never succeed. Look forward to success even if the present story has no sign of it.
  11. Greatness comes as a result of knowing your purpose. Many wander in self-imposed exile because they try to live according to other people’s purposes. Act on your passion.
  12. How can you succeed unless you try? How can you try unless you are willing to take the risk? Success will not come on a silver platter. Following your purpose is a risk worth taking.
  13. If you have to put extra effort you need to watch closely that you are in your area of calling, expertise and purpose. When you are correctly placed; you should not struggle to achieve.
  14. It is a waste of energy to apologize for living out your purpose. You owe no-one an explanation. What matters is the fulfilment of your assignment before the end of your life.
  15. It is always too soon to give up. Be watchful that you will quit at the tipping point. Never take pride in quitting what you are convinced is in line with your true purpose.
  16. It is better to take time to identify your purpose than rush into the realm of diversified passion with no meaningful result or direction. It is a sure way of wasting valuable time.
  17. It is easy to ask others about their purpose and not even stop for a moment to reflect on your own. You can become the world’s life coach when your own life needs more attention.
  18. It is fraudulent to desire success yet you detest your purpose. Your purpose breeds your ultimate success.
  19. It is wise to delay making your aspirations public until you have started implementing them. Those who publicize dreams prematurely lose them to critics. Keep the most treasured issues of your life to yourself until the appointed time. Your purpose is not meant as a bragging tool.
  20. It takes great maturity to accept faults that are pointed out to you by other people. It is easy to carry bad habits and be comfortable with them as they become your second nature. Like bad breath, some attitudes are easily picked by others. You will succeed if you can listen objectively.
  21. Just because you desire it does not make it useful or vital for your livelihood. Sometimes we misdirect our desires because of what we see in others while our true purpose suffers neglect. Success is in our pursuit of true purpose which is not always glamorous.
  22. Just because you don’t know it does not mean it does not exist. Just because you haven’t done it, does not mean it cannot be done. Embrace possibilities but do not magnify your limitations. If you do not know the reason why you exist the next best step is finding it out and not retiring.
  23. Just when you feel you have hit rock bottom, look around and examine the bedrock. You may have stumbled onto a diamond band. Examine your new circumstances objectively. They may be your pathway to successful living.
  24. Life is the gap between conception and death. It is important to make your life count by using your purpose to make a difference while you live. You can start today. Never too late.
  25. Many spend the bulk of their lifetime looking for keys to unlock their destiny. Destiny is not locked away. Create activity in line with what you feel most passionate about.
  26. Never pretend to be in your purpose when in actual fact all you are doing is finding excuses to pass time. Time is a precious resource.
  27. No one knows you better than you know yourself. You should never waste time seeking the approval of others on what you know you can do so well.
  28. Our minds are usually drawn to what we are familiar with. Breaking new territory is usually a challenge for an ordinary mind and yet it maybe the territory where your purpose resides.
  29. Passionate pursuit of purpose is the entry point to perpetual productivity. We live in a world where there is ever increasing diversity of things that desire our attention. Not all pursuits are fruitful or beneficial and yet all pursuits eat into your time and resources.
  30. Stars never wake up wondering what their purpose is. They just glow decorating the skies. Discover your purpose and pursue it. There is no time to waste being a wondering wanderer.
  31. Stay focused on what you have to do. Your destiny feeds on your determination to be where you are supposed to be. Find purpose and pursue it because your life actually depends on it.
  32. Success does not come easy. It takes a lot of commitment to remain with a resolve to accomplish great things regardless of any discouragement that may come your way. If you are not willing to push past the present pain, you will not enjoy the benefits of a purposeful life.
  33. The fact that other people may have failed in one area does not mean you will too.  Count yourself fortunate to have access to how others failed because you now know how not to fail.
  34. The fact that you are unique does not mean you are inferior.  It is not possible that everyone will have the same purpose otherwise others will lack relevance.
  35. The gap between challenges & solutions is one’s willingness and resolution to work towards the solution. Solutions are fueled by desire to stay in pursuit mode. Perseverance breeds success.
  36. What other people have or don’t have should never intimidate you from following your purpose.
  37. When it is your time, no one can stand in your way and prevail. Even your enemies will propel you to the top. Maximize the opportunity when the spotlight is on you.  It is simply your time.
  38. You can survive all your life outside your purpose but you may not be fulfilled in what you do. It is everyone’s mandate to make the issue of purpose identification their core business.
  39. You have to get used to criticism if you are serious about moving up the success ladder. People who have changed the world endured all forms of ridicule. Criticism must not make you stop advancing. As you pursue purpose, know that criticism is part of the process.
  40. Your breathing must purchase your purpose. Understand why you occupy space for you to be fruitful and fulfilled. Avoid frustrations by following your purpose not what is fashionable.

40 Guidelines for Effective Leadership

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  1. Leaders serve, they do not wait to be served. If your desire to serve others is overpowered by your willingness to be of service to them then you effectiveness is compromised.
  2. Leaders are passionate about developing other pro-active leaders not just making followers who always wait for instructions like robots.
  3. Leaders are team players and team builders not referees. As a leader, desist from just being a spectator. Get your hands dirty.
  4. Leaders know that they will not do all the work alone hence they delegate tasks to members of the team. Through delegation they are able to see areas where extra coaching and mentoring is needed.
  5. Leaders take responsibility for non-delivery. They will not pass the bark. They will not hide from their own mistakes. Instead they come out to help fix problems even if they did not cause them.
  6. Leaders always strive for continual improvement. They do not rest on yesterday’s successes but rather they use those achievements as today’s pedestals.
  7. Leaders have vision. They are not stuck in the past but they always set their eyes on the horizon. They always have the future in mind as they build.
  8. Leaders are great at managing conflict. As a leader you will always have people around you. Multiple individuals in one space means conflict.
  9. Leaders have high integrity. You cannot demand that your team members be of high integrity standards that you are not willing to abide by. Do what you say you will do.
  10. Leaders are role models – Team members do what they see the leader tolerating not what the leader instructs.
  11. Leaders are strategic in their thinking and approach.  They spend most of their time plotting strategy of how to keep the organisation moving forward.
  12. Leaders have people at heart. People will work best in an atmosphere where they feel their leader cares about their well-being not just about results. A leader who nurtures others is productive.
  13. Leaders are great listeners. Leaders encounter people with issues from time to time. Take time to hear them before jumping to your pre-conceived conclusions.
  14. Leaders welcome ideas from those around them. They encourage team members to innovate and bring ideas to the table. They don’t stifle creativity.
  15. Leaders take time to discover their personal weaknesses and finding effective ways to counter or contain them. Self awareness is a crucial element of effective leaders. Before you lead others you must lead yourself well.
  16. Leaders are secure and confident in themselves. They don’t intimidate rising stars and neither are they jealous of them.
  17. Leaders are great communicators. As a leader you will always be communicating vision, goals and strategy therefore communication is a pivotal element for buy-in from staff and teams.
  18. Leaders are not consumed by titles but by creating value for the organisation especially through the people employed there-in.
  19. Leaders persevere even in the face of obvious persecution, adversity, pain and obstruction. They remain calm while focussing on keeping the dream alive.
  20. Leaders are not afraid of criticism. As a leader you are in the spotlight. Every move you make receives a response from those around you. You are therefore not immune to scrutiny.
  21. Leaders are optimistic. Optimists see mistakes as learning opportunities, not as catastrophes from which they’ll never recover.
  22. Leaders take risks. Developing great leadership stamina entails getting out of the seat of comfort by setting “stretch” goals that enable them to develop new skills.
  23. Leaders create a positive culture that drives organisational excellence and attainment of goals or targets. If your staff have a sour attitude, trace back to see if you did not encourage it.
  24. Leaders break barriers and walls of limitation. Great leaders refuse to be contained in a given space. They rather choose to define how far they want to go despite circumstances.
  25. Leaders spend quality time planning and even more time implementing their ideas. They are great dreamers but they are not hesitant to make their ideas practical.
  26. Leaders always raise the bar. Set standards and define expectations. Failure to challenge staff to aim higher and achieve more results in the organisation achieving mediocre results.
  27. Leaders are great at balancing their time between work, rest and other responsibilities outside the confines of their organisation. They lead a balanced life.
  28. Leaders always seek to expand their level of awareness and exposure. Leaders read and travel widely. They use every opportunity to learn ways to build stronger organisations.
  29. Leaders work with a succession plan in mind. They set their eyes even towards the period when they retire and begin to groom potential successors deliberately.
  30. Leaders are loyal to their vision and dreams. They will not hide or keep silent when others trample over their own exploits. They always find ways to safeguard their dreams.
  31. Leaders offer recognition of the efforts and achievements of their team members thereby inspiring them towards even greater achievements. They go a step further to reward performance.
  32. Great leaders are decisive and resolute. They make decisions and stand by them all the way. Team members become insecure around a leader whose decisions are never solid.
  33. Leaders manage information well. As a leader you will receive a lot of personal sensitive information. Learn to maintain confidentiality and publicise your staff’s information.
  34. Leaders develop relationships of trust with their staff members. As a result team members open up where they face challenges in executing their roles or even at a personal level.
  35. True leaders are selfless with their success. They reward those stakeholders who helped them to rise as well as making a difference in the communities they operate.
  36. Leaders are able to adjust to change but more importantly they cause change to happen. They are not stuck in the old way of doing business. They swiftly move with the times.
  37. Leaders have sharpened attention to see and seize opportunities. They do not wait for consensus while opportunities vanish. They enjoy meeting the needs of people and by so doing they create revenues for their businesses.
  38. Leaders go against the grain creating a new status quo. They are not comfortable by what already exists. They seek to venture into territories that others shy away from. That is how they become success stories.
  39. Leaders value people who think differently than them. They do not see that as disrespect. Rather they try to use alternative suggestions to sharpen their own ideas further.
  40. Leaders are not manipulative of those they lead. They let them have free space to exercise their own judgement and decision making power without fear of reprisal.

40 Tips that will position you for Greatness

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July 2013 is the month when I will be turning 40. Yippie, life for me is about to begin. Got me thinking today about what I can give you as I begin my celebrations of this landmark in my life. I finally decided that I would empty myself of 40 tips which I feel are important as you seek to become a candidate for greatness. Enjoy this unedited version of my outpouring.

1. Be a continuous learner – This is a process that should never stop in your life.
2. Turn challenges into opportunities – Identify a need, meet it and see if you balance sheet will not improve.
3. Think beyond the present – If you can think of the future it will affect how you manage your life today.
4. Use your talents effectively – Stop envying the gifts and talents that others have. Identify your space and occupy it.
5. Be more organised – Success emanates from careful planning. Don’t just expect things to happen. Plan for them.
6. Be willing to work – Don’t be fooled; it is almost impossible to achieve greatness without working hard and/or smart.
7. Manage relationships – You were not born in your own planet, you have people around you that can propel you forward. All the money you want is in the relationships you are yet to make. Don’t burn bridges all your life. Seek help from those around you.
8. Be bold and daring – Greatness will entail that you take risks. Do things that others shun from. Attempt the previously impossible. You greatness is covered in that.
9. Cultivate an investor mentality – Realise that for success to come your way you have to invest your time, treasure and talent. Deploy your resources where there is return on investment you put in.
10. Be open to criticism – Criticism will surely come. It is how you handle it that determines how far you make progress in life. Be open to correction and counsel.
11. Manage your thoughts carefully – Your life is shaped by what you think about. If you can manage your thoughts then you can manage your life even better.
12. Implement your ideas – If you can transfer your thoughts to become something your hands can work on then you become a winner. Don’t sit on your ideas expecting them to undergo metamorphosis on their own. Don’t bury your dreams alive.
13. Have hope and faith – Whatever you lose, don’t lose hope, don’t lose your grip. Have faith that somehow things will turnaround in your favour.
14. Manage your confession – What you say to yourself daily is what you will believe. What you believe you promote, what you promote you become. Stay positive always.
15. Be excellent in all you do – Whatever you find to do, just add a touch of excellence to remain competitive so that you stand out. Anyone can achieve mediocrity. Don’t stay at mediocre level if ever you happen to find yourself there. Aim higher.
16. Learn to manage failure – You are not the first one to fail. Use every failure as a learning point to do even better on your next attempt.
17. Manage your expectations – Frustration is a result of false expectations. Be real with yourself. Don’t over promise yourself. Be objective in your expectations.
18. Manage your time and money – Be disciplined with what occupies your day and your budget. At any given time in life you are either managing time or money.
19. Sharpen your skills always – The world is forever changing which places a demand on our skills to also keep changing in line with the new needs of mankind.
20. Think beyond yourself – As long as you aim to enrich and lift just yourself up you limit how far you will go. Lift others as you rise.
21. Watch your friends – Find like-minded people who share your ideals and passion for growth. Your friends can grow you or bring you down outright.
22. Manage information – The information you have or do not have governs how far you will progress. Always seek to enrich your information power base.
23. Watch who you partner with – As you setup businesses, be careful who you select as your partner. They can either build your dream, steal it from you or simply mutilate it. No matter how well resourced they are, they have to share in the dream first.
24. Start what you plan and finish what you start – Don’t just settle for being a good starter. Rewards are for those who finish the mandates. Finish strong.
25. Be a great listener – Human beings love to hear themselves speak. However, take time to listen to your stakeholders (your customers, suppliers, friends etc.).
26. Be a good role model – Do all you can to ensure that what you do does not stumble others. You may not know it but other people are learning from you.
27. Honour your word – Your word should be your bond. You should not promise what you know you are not willing to deliver. Keep your promises.
28. Introspect always – Take time to carefully assess your own decisions, own progress and rate and appraise yourself objectively. Have “me times”.
29. Celebrate your victories – They may seem small but note them and celebrate them. Stand on every victory so that you aim even higher.
30. Have a mentor and mentor others – You will make better strides when you learn from those you admire and have walked the road longer. Just as you are mentored, take time to mentor others.
31. Manage stressful moments well – You will be stretched in life. Don’t bother worrying about what people are thinking of you. Stay on you track. Do the best you can with what you have. People have expectations on you but manage those situations with tact.
32. Be patient; shortcuts are not recommended – Follow the process. Greatness is not an overnight process. It may take varying amounts of time. Remain steadfast and resolute knowing that your chance to shine will come.
33. Be flexible; change is imminent – Learn to move with the times. Manage the process of change carefully. Change is said to be the only constant in life. You are forever changing physically, mentally, socially etc. Don’t change your values unnecessarily for the sake of change.
34. Manage your reputation – What do you want to be known for after you are gone? Spend time to ensure that you promote what you stand for. It is your reputation that sometimes gets doors to be opened without a single request from you. People will seek your advice just because of what they know about you.
35. Identify your purpose and live it – Your purpose may not bring you millions of dollars but it will help you to live a fulfilled life. Take time to know why you are occupying space. You are not your career. No one can impose purpose on you. You just have to find what you are passionate about and do it.
36. Stop feeling sorry for yourself – You are not a victim; you are not down trodden. You may be down but that does not mean you are out. Yes, you may fall from time to time but that should not define your end.
37. Take responsibility for your actions – Own up when you mess up. It can’t always be someone else’s fault. Your maturity is when you are able to say “I am the one who did wrong; I am sorry”.
38. Be decisive – Not all decisions you will make in life will be great ones but keep making decisions all the same. Every decision you shall make will have varying degrees of consequences but do not shy away from making them.
39. Be a consistent giver – You don’t need to be a millionaire before you can extend your hand to those less fortunate than you are. Making a difference begins with however little you have. Giving is not always about money anyway, you can give wisdom, you can give time to listen to a distressed individual. Just give of yourself.
40. Learn to be content with what you have – This is not a license for aiming low and settling for half achievements. This is a call for you not to exercise greed just because you want to look better than the next person. Watch the motive behind your accumulation.

7 Guidelines to a Productive Day

Hand check mark the listHow many times have you set to attack a day and yet towards the end of the day you could hardly account for the running you did all day? How many times have you entered a day with no clue what you wanted to achieve but in the end still remained frustrated and unproductive. These are commons situations that professionals face daily. One’s productivity is a result of intentional and deliberate decision to aspire for and work towards productivity. You can never attain what you cannot measure. You can never enjoy life in the absence of productivity. Life calls for you to be proactive and deliberate about your own happiness as a professional. Happiness is a result of all that is desired being achieved within the set time. This article was birthed out of several disruptions to my fruitfulness. I watched and monitored how my time had been wasted and sought to change the way I did things. It worked phenomenally for me and I know it will work for anyone who is deliberate and intentional.

1. Determine you major and minor goals for the day – The main issue is knowing which issues are important and which ones are secondary to the main purpose. If you fail to plan your day, anything that comes will destroy your attention and focus. You will be tired and everywhere and yet not have the desired result. Work with the desired result in mind. That is being organized.

2. Stick to your plan – It is one thing to have a meetings schedule, it is another ball game to stick to what you purposed in 1 above. It calls for a high level of discipline to do so. Avoid over stretching meetings unnecessarily. Stick to the point. Stick to the budget. Whatever was not planned for at the start of the day may not suddenly be the main focus for the day. There are exceptions to this but in general terms, what was planned should be accomplished. Prioritize issues based on importance and urgency.

3. Watch out for disruptions – While you are planning your day, other people are planning their appointments with you but the feel that there is no need to inform you. Watch out for such time wasters. People must get used to booking to see you. This is not for senior professionals. Anyone should have a diary that they can stick to make things happen. Watch out for unplanned visitors and calls with no real value.

4. Occupy the idle moments – There is a lot stuff you can cover in between meetings or while driving from one place to the next. You can use that time to listen to an audio book. You can use waiting time to catch up on the news and so on. There are things you would rather not do during prime time, when you mind is fresh. I made a point not to read the newspaper at the start of the day. Newspapers tend to carry depressing issues which can scuttle your effectiveness and focus.

5. Put reminders on the computer and PDA – alarms will ensure you don’t forget what you have set to do. I carry my phones with me as they help me stay organized. I set the reminders, synchronize my PDA, phone and other gadgets with my email collaboration system. It works like magic for me.

6. Avoid over-promising your stakeholders – Productivity is usually scuttled because you would have promised far too many people big things that are not attainable in the given space of time. Be realistic with your promises.

7. Measure, correct and journal your experiences – You can never improve on something you are not deliberately recording and revisiting. You should be able to measure or score against all given tasks how productive each day was. When you journal you are able to come up with lessons on how to make it better the next time

7 Ways to Maximize Your Potential

human-potentialEveryone is born with innate potential to do the best in life. Ultimately, it is everyone’s desire to become who they were born to be. It is however sad that sometimes some people discover when time is far spent what they are on earth for. By then it is of no use to them and those around. Time is a very precious resource which must be spent accordingly. This means every day that goes in life is as important as the one just passed. There are no moments to miss especially if they have to do with unveiling and maximizing what is stored within. Sometimes it takes other people to show an individual what they are made of. I have not always been a writer; it took the affirmations of others to finally realize that I had a whole career waiting to be exploited. Other people can observe potential in an individual. Coupled with the right affirmation and support, individuals may grow to become the best they can be. It also sometimes takes negative people to destroy every figment of potential an individual may have. Some people may not be happy to see progress in others hence they go to great lengths to stifle the potential in every way possible.

 1. Read Books – You maybe the next greatest carpenter the community has ever seen. You cannot rely on what you see in vision alone, you need to read books that have been written on the subject of your passion. Read widely in order to increase your relevancy level.

 2. Increase your exposure level – Exposure can be achieved through travel, research and meeting people. Your potential relies heavily on what you have been exposed to since birth. Endeavour to increase what your awareness of the environment, the market trends and possibilities even beyond the confines of your country.

3. Have mentors around you – Mentors help get the best out of an individual. I have a mentor who coaches me in the arena of book writing. I would not have achieved what I have done had it not been for him. I have mentors who expand my potential in other areas of life such as business, family and so on. If you have no one to stretch you, you will never know what you are capable of. You will settle for what you know of yourself.

 4. Attempt difficult tasks – One way to really maximize possibilities in your own life is when you attempt things that are seemingly hard by normal standards. If you always settle for the easy tasks, you could scratch on the surface in terms of what you can do. When I was with Anglo American, I attempted projects that were seemingly beyond my education and experience. Only after I decided to embark on them did I realize how easy it was.

 5. Enter into competitions and challenges – Competitions are important in life. I always attempt challenging competitions that test my resilience and determination. I have participated in the 4th marathon challenge to write 100 Articles in 100 Days by ezine in May 2010. I completed 201 articles in the 100 days to become among 68 people in the world to do so. I also took part in the 5th challenge. Challenging times bring out the best in me.

 6. Do something new – When did you last do something for the very first time? Your potential could be in the things that have not been discovered yet. Who says you are not the one to invent the next biggest thing. It only comes when you cultivate an unwavering desire to do new things and create new ideas.

 7. Follow through on your passion to limit – Once you discover what your passion is you need a determination to follow through. You need to increase the activities that are lined up with that passion in your life. Attend seminars, go to college, find a common interest group, build others in your area, engage the existing systems and so on

Elect the Leaders you want

Take a stroll or even crawl to the polls
Whichever way you do it, please play your roles
Your voices must be heard, don’t hide in holes
The choice of who to lead or mislead now calls
Your fate cannot be determined by others while you behave like a mole
It is your role to verify your existence on the voter’s roll
Place your eyes on the list, unpack the scroll

When polls are announced, casting your vote becomes the goal
Set the tone; don’t sit back like a doll
Talk to your friends; give you colleagues a call
Shift the leadership tide, make them play ball
With your vote, let them know the writing is on the wall
Vote with confidence and walk up-straight and tall
You have the power to install one letting the others fall

Only those who vote have the right to speak after all
Those who shy away; must shut up and not murmur at all
They would have delegated to others, they rather stall
Complaining and murmuring will never change their world at all
Doing the honourable thing can stop the endless brawls
It can quash and freeze the needless growls
Building a new world free from thuggish leadership and prowls
That one vote maybe all that is needed to define the polls

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Rabison Shumba – 25 July 2012 – A call for people to be actively involved in voter registration and voting. You elect the leader you want and not let others do it for you. Once you have done it, then live with the decision you made.

Fountain of Inspiration Volume 1 is out!!!

My life is dedicated towards the inspiration of others towards greatness. That is how I sum-up my purpose for existence. To do that, I speak and write inspirational messages that seek to take you from where you are to where you are supposed to be. My new book, “Fountain of Inspiration Vol. 1” offers just that. There are 13 incredible chapters with 70 inspirations in each chapter. It makes it the premier book of inspiration. Read below what Brian Tracy, Dr. John Stanko and many others said about the book. You can also order this hardback by clicking here.

"Fountain of Inspiration Vol. 1", Rabison Shumba's New book

A few of the endorsements of this book:

“This book gives you a series of powerful, practical tools and ideas you can use to unleash your personal power for success. I recommend this great tool indeed.”
Brian Tracy. President of Brian Tracy International, Motivational Speaker,
Consultant & Best Selling Author of over 55 Books, such as No Excuses, Eat that Frog!
Solana Beach, California, USA

“Rabison Sumba has done it again.  He has shared with us out of the abundance of his heart and what we have in this book is a veritable feast of wisdom, insight, and inspiration.  You can literally dive into any part of this book and receive pearls of wisdom about life, leadership, purpose and productivity.  An old adage that states, “A man cannot lead you where he has not been himself.”  Rabison leads us to the place where he lives and draws life, and gives away what he has paid a high price to receive. Thank you, Rabison, for sharing so freely.”
Dr. John Stanko – President of PurposeQuest International,
Author of over 10 books including “Unlocking the Power of Purpose”, Conference Speaker
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

“A well planned meal of inspirational wisdom is how I would describe this gift by Rabison Shumba. I suggest that you turn the pages slowly and read thoughtfully. To read too quickly, one might overlook the depth of thought that went into each phrase. As I read one thought of wisdom after the other, I wanted to take each one apart and find even more. The gift left me with the notion that we all matter regardless of the circumstances of our start. The embrace of individual ‘unselfishness’ is key to long term success for self and others. This was so clear to me.  Such a gift has tremendous application for building a positive infrastructure of relationships in any arena where people gather.”
Clifton L. Taulbert – Founder & President of the Building Community Institute
Pulitzer-Nominated Author & International Lecturer on the Power of Community
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

“It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the negative news to which we are regularly exposed. This collection of short, but powerful pieces of wisdom can be your antidote. With his personal insights on a variety of topics, you can’t help by feel inspired by Rabison Shumba’s writings!”
Charlotte Weeks – President of  Weeks Career Services, Inc.,
Former Co-author “101 Great Ways to Enhance your Career”
Consultant and Author of “I Want to Work in an Association – Now What??”
Chicago, Illinois,  USA

Where to get this book

You can purchase the book in print in Zimbabwe from Innov8 Bookshop, Insignia and many other outlets. You can order a print copy or e-book from here. Get a copy and be inspired.

7 Jewels for your growth

1. The smallest particle that makes up the big success that you desire is called information. Access to information is what separates those who make it in life and those who are stuck in the realm of excuses and complaints. Increase your access to information and you suddenly you boost your access to opportunity.

2. They do not lie when they say information is power. When ignorance is reduced by half, chances of succeeding treble. You can never attain opportunities you are not aware of. You will use jewels to kill birds and bank notes to light fires in the absence of information on what those items truly are.

3. Run your life by principle and not by guess work. You have to come to a point where you are values driven in all your decision making. If you ignore principles, you will be tossed around by all whims and appearances of “opportunity”. Be loyal to your own standards and values. In the absence of standards, chaos is inevitable.

4. I would rather tell the truth and lose out than lie all the way and win. A lie as small as a grain of sand can create a reputational catastrophe big enough to decimate your chances to gain true success. A small lie will grow little by little. You graduate into a perpetual habit where you itch to lie unnecessarily with every sentence you create.

5. In any relationship, you have to be clear about what brings and binds you together. Doing so will help you be rational/reasonable about your expectations and careful enough not to crack the building blocks unnecessarily. Manage expectations well, preserve the values jealously and your relationship will thrive.

6. It becomes lonely at the top if you are a selfish, insecure and unaccommodating leader. Great leaders go up the ladder while pulling others to follow suit. If all you do is concern yourself with the title and not come to terms with the fact that leaders give birth to more leaders then be comfortable in your loneliness.

7. Do the best with what you have, where you are. Excellence is an art that requires consistency in terms of practice. If you are excellent with the small things, you are a candidate for the bigger assignments. Excellence is not a game of chance. It is supposed to be a lifestyle. If “average” is good enough for you, then you disqualify yourself from visibility

7 Inspirations – with 2 bonus sets

1. My rule of thumb in all the networking I do is that I do not inherit your enemy list by virtue of us being friends. Yes, you can mistrust me for working with your enemy but be assured that when I am with them, you are nowhere close to the agenda. Quit adopting the little fights that people have and relate with people based on your own experiences. It is easy to miss out from a relationship due to biased information from the one you choose to listen to. It is time to build effective networks.

2. As far as it depends on you, create new friends all the time because enemies are guaranteed. Most enemies elect themselves into that role due to lack of correct information about you. You can not live your life counting and naming your enemies. Rather focus on who is building you and who you are building. It will lower your stress levels.

3. You cannot control who follows you but you can certainly determine who you want to follow. The fact that people do not need a license to follow you places a level of responsibility on you to make sure they get from you what you portray yourself to be. It does not matter where on the ladder of economics you are, you are someone’s role model even though they haven’t told you. Live responsibly.

4. You rather delay your response until you are sure what you want to say than speak too soon and regret your commitment. When you are ready to respond realize that ‘No’ is an acceptable answer. When you do commit then do all you can to meet your obligations even if it costs you. People plan their lives based on your utterances.

5. Everyone is a potential world changer and yet not everyone has the willingness or know-how of what part they can play. There is a general feeling that there are enough ‘world changing’ initiatives in place while others would rather not change the status-quo for what they stand to lose. A majority carry misconceptions about the subject preferring that those with ‘zeal’ should do it. The world will only change if we play our part with what we have from where we stand.

6. A good network has in it the capacity to build your net worth. Business success is no longer merely the exchange of value between total strangers. Just like any relationship, business is now about trusting the service provider before bothering what service or value one can get. Make sure your net does work and is strong enough to hold all the great relationships that come your way. It costs you time and effort to keep your net working but it is worth it.

7. It is not enough to Own something which you cannot Use. Having a talent, a skill, a book or even wisdom is good to the degree that you use it to better your life and those around you. Simply owning it and doing nothing about it trivializes your worth and usefulness.

********** End of Set 1 *********** Digest before you continue

8. The motive with which we do what we do is far more important than what we actually do. We generally see the result of one’s actions but rarely do we bother to examine closely why people do what they do. Every gesture, good or bad has an underlying reason. Nothing just happens under the sun.

9. Meaningful personal transformation starts with the realization of the need for it followed closely by a decision to effect change. A decision without practical steps towards change will always maintain the status quo. Go past wishing for change to changing your lifestyle by changing how and what you spend time doing or thinking about.

10. Sometimes we penalize the one who commits a physical crime leaving a more dangerous type of individual who is the strategist in making the crime a reality. Crime exists because someone has succeeded to steal on paper and in the mind.

11. It is maturity to know what good you can learn from others while ignoring the bad traits. No matter how bad someone may seem, there is always a layer of positive attributes you can benefit from if you look objectively.

12. No matter how much time you spend pondering about a problem, it will not change the situation until you take corrective steps to end it. Worry is the incubator or womb in which problems grow to full term. It incapacitates your creative power that you desperately need to craft a working solution. In the midst of worrying, it seems like the most noble thing to engage in yet it is the worst way to waste your time.

13. The one who labours while others shy away has a higher chance of becoming a supplier to the onlookers. Rather face temporary discomfort that gives you perpetual rewards than hold on to comfort that only lasts for a moment. It is time to rebuild a positive work ethic.

14. We will not change the world by policies, politics and protests alone. The world will change dramatically through people embracing their purpose and maximizing their potential. The smallest component of the world is individuals. To focus on individuals is to focus on the world transformation agenda. Know yourself and it will position you to know how you can help others change the world for the better.

********** End of Set 2 *********** Digest before you continue

15. It is the consistency and excellence with which you do what you do that matters more than the title you occupy. It does not matter where on the organizational ladder you operate from, your attitude towards work will determine the velocity of your ascent or descent. Be the best in your present role before hoping for recognition.

16. One man’s challenge is another man’s opportunity. The one you leave to solve your issues will become your supplier. You can rely on the provisions of others and be enslaved for life instead of preserving your wealth by creating solutions for the things you are spending on.

17. The fastest way to age under the pressure of stress is when you live to please everyone around you. With one act of kindness you will please one and offend another. People are unique in the way they view your gestures. Stay on course and focus on that which you sense is noble and just.

18. Anything that is built to last takes time to finish. Failure to appreciate that every idea has a gestation period leads to frustration and ultimate abandonment. Know what stage your idea is at and refuse to entertain suggestions for you to quit. Those pushing you to stop could be positioning themselves to take over your efforts.

19. You will struggle to keep your word that you give others if you don’t honor your word to yourself. Think of the targets and goals you promised yourself to work towards. If those goals remain untouched, no wonder why it seems complicated to meet your commitments to others. You have been well trained.

20. A student can actually be above his teacher if he chooses to study beyond what the teacher taught. Information is not stagnant; it is ever increasing. Teachers who refuse to upgrade their levels of awareness will lose the grip on relevance, usefulness and credibility. If all you know is what you got yesterday your relevance may have expired.

21. There is nothing more important than the foot print (track record) that you emboss into your lifetime. You will be remembered by the words you said, the residue from your deeds and from the content of the character you carried. Today is another chance to create that indelible mark.

********** End of Set 3 *********** Now reflect on these and implement in your life

7 Gems of Inspiration from Douglas Mamvura

While in this online hibernation mode because of studies, I couldn’t deny myself a chance to attend the British Council run Management Express Forum this evening (29 Sept 11). It is with great pleasure that I bring you inspiration from a presentation on “Marketing for Success” by a Zimbabwean marketing expert, Douglas Mamvura. I sought permission to give these to you and also to modify and spice them up to inspire you towards your business and personal success. A lot was shared and I am only giving you the ones I picked to be the best seven (7).

1. The way you see the world is sometimes not what it is but really who you are. It is therefore important to make sure that you work on who you are in order to influence how you see the world. Every time you are tempted to comment on the state of your surroundings, change the focus to who you are.

2. He who has a thorough knowledge and understanding of him/herself and the enemy is bound to win all battles. Most battles are lost for lack of information on the two critical elements – your attributes and capabilities as well as those of your enemy. Accurate information is the bedrock of success.

3. In business, speed wins, not panic or frenetic activity but deliberate all ahead full speed. In dynamic environments and economies, it is just like changing tyres of a car while it is in motion. You stop at the detriment of your own future and success.

4. A crowd never follows someone who follows the crowd. You need to gather enough courage to challenge past traditions, primitive ideas and archaic concepts. Step out and break new ground. The people you desire to follow could be desiring to see you lead. Life is pick and pay, you can pick anything provided you are willing to pay.

5. You can never light a fire with a wet match. Inspired people have a tendency to inspire those around them. In life, rather be the head of a rat than the tail of a lion. You were created for dominion. Any other place is a misinterpretation of your reason for existence.

6. You can never have a baby in one month by impregnating 9 women in a day. Sometimes you have to learn to reason and think in a logical manner. In addition, know that it is not usually speed that matters but whether you have direction. You could go nowhere at full speed and arrive.

7. Power is like a bar of soap, the more you use the less you have. It is a sad story that most business are over managed and under led. There are many managers (of things) and few leaders (of people).

Mr. Douglas Mamvura is the CEO of Africa Integrated Group (AIG). He is the author of an incredible book entitled “Marketing as a calling” available in a number of bookstores in Zimbabwe.