Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Be the Change: Start Today, There’s No Perfect Time.

Photo taken at Umoja Center in Arusha Tanzania, creating a brighter future for Tanzanian Youth

As time goes by, we grow older every day; you only realize it when you look at yourself in the mirror or when people start calling you names like Mzee which is a Swahili word used to express respect or an elder, uncle, aunty, mama and any other related names depending with the context. Responsibilities are a never ending part in our life, we continue to receive many signals to continue the process of infinite learning as the backbone for adapting into new challenges that come with the daily hustle and bustle of life. No matter what situation we are in, change is inevitable, thus we require a sober mind, a new paradigm shift on how we approach life in general, the big balance for some of us is  work, family, investment, saving, new prospects etc.

I continue to encourage the young people to belong to something bigger than them starting with their dreams, passion, professional networks etc. These are the only swiftest way to arrive at the mastery level of developing your career, while there are many options around us to choose from, let us make informed decisions on positive paths that will move us forward as one team or nation.

Starting today, give a helping hand, donate your time, donate your resources, share your skills and experience, etc.; this may go a long way in helping someone in finding the light in the dark tunnel and misery of life. Sometimes all that we do for others seems small and we think it has no significance is their life’s, this notion isn’t true as much as there are things that can’t be measured, but that one percent contribution is what sparks that energy, connects, motivates, inspires someone to continue pursuing their dreams into 99% realization.  For example, this might be that one minute you spared from your busy schedule to reply to an email or even gave compliments to someone by saying you have this unique skill and talent in you, this is the changing times and this is what I term as the bridges towards prosperity.

Let us not forget while building our own bridges, we should also think of how many people will use it to cross to the other side while they continue to lay the same foundation. This bridge doesn't have to be something tangible, but it can be through sharing that important value you uphold and have lived to see its magic in changing your life and that of others for example teamwork, empathy, love, commitment etc. We were not born with the same values, philosophies, character, backgrounds, etc. Hence, it’s totally impossible to change people, but we may influence them to see the great possibility they have in them to trigger a positive change in others (the champion in you…) as Mahatma Gandhi puts it clearly “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
These and many more is the philosophy I have upheld dearly to date since when the light bulb moment triggered my mind while starting Wilsen Initiative (Wi). Values are good when they are written on paper; but they are great when they are live by them, each day I strive to see myself reach the vision by leaving positive trails.

There's no perfect time, every day is a perfect time to make the right turn for positive change and create an impact. We can’t escape the challenge and problems either known or unknown to us, only through re-framing and re-wiring our system (mind, brain, feelings, wish list, purpose, thoughts, philosophies, desire, dream etc;) we will be able to convert the situations into new zones of opportunities and explorations. The biggest challenge isn't about resources, but rather the resourcefulness that will lead us to great resources. Never give up, your idea might not be new attractive to many, it still stand the chance of being a unique model by doing small things in an extraordinary ways that targets impact rather than follow trends for the sake. Listen to opposing voices; invite many voices, the supporting voices and most importantly, while making your decision never forget to listen to your inner voice calling you to take action in a certain way.

I leave you with is great quotes of inspiration;

 “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

“You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world” – Oprah Winfrey

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