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Courage Under Fire

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” ―Malala Yousafzai   In the sweltering heat of Swat Valley, northwest Pakistan, the engine of a school van revs as children stream in and take seats, happy to go back home after a full day in school. A rather awkward character waits for all the […]

You Can Bounce Back

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” –Napoleon Hill   Most tragedies never make the news. Say, your eyes have been set on the peak of high achievement. Life has been good, except for the occasional bumps. Then, out of the blues, something happens, leaving you […]

Museum Diary

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” –John C. Maxwell   My eyes settled on the poster at the noticeboard in the Student Common Room, located on Level Two of the Business School’s imposing building in Perth’s CBD. As I stirred my coffee, I wondered if I stood a chance of getting one of the two […]

Leaving Nothing to Chance

“The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance.” –Annie Van De Wiele   There’s an allure to the relaxed pace in Perth, capital of Western Australia. The city is located at the slopes of the Darling Ranges and is almost encircled by the Indian Ocean and Swan River. Perth oozes confidence in […]

When the Deal Is Too Good

  The dazzling beauty of Phuket Island, Thailand, captures the imagination of the visitor long before the ship anchors about five hundred or so meters from Patong Beach. The island – a convergence of tropical beauty, enticing beaches and exotic culture – is a popular holiday destination for lovers of leisure from around the world. […]

Waited Too Long

“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish a lot.” –Blaise Pascal   The dimly lit City Hall Annex foyer was dusty and stuffy. The willy-nilly building, recently constructed next to the main City Hall building in Nairobi‘s central business district, already looked tired. It may have been partly due to the heavy traffic […]

Reflections of A Former Cadet

“The hope of a secure and liveable world lies with disciplined nonconformists.” –Martin Luther King   I had waited eighteen months to join the National Youth Service (NYS) as a cadet. Being accepted at the university had been a-dream-come true. In my days, there were only about 2,000 freshmen admissions per year in Kenyan universities. Like […]

Give Yourself A Break

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” ―Albert Camus   On this morning, I sit at the porch of a hermitage located in a narrow valley next to a small stream running through the sparse bushes. From my viewpoint, the eye and mind are soothed by the musical […]

Mistakes Happen – Part 2

“In life, we should always be ready to face a new challenge, strong enough to overcome a new problem, and determined enough to start all over again if all fails.”― Unknown   My hosts left on Friday morning as I prepared to go for my first meeting. As we bade each other goodbye, I looked […]

Mistakes Happen – Part 1

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” – Sophia Loren   Have you ever made a real big blunder? How did it make you feel? I remember an episode about ten years ago. I was planning for a business trip to the United States. Four months before my travel, my […]

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