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Nairobi News : November 4th 2013
20 WHAT DOES SOCIETY THINK OF YOU AND YOUR WORK? Don’t build a lousy house, it could be yours An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plan to leave his job so that he could enjoy more relaxed moments with his wife. His employer was sad to see the old man leave and requested him to build just one more house as a personal favour. His heart was not in his work but the carpenter agreed. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. When he had finished, the owner came to inspect the work done. He gave the old man the front door keys saying, “This is your house, my gift to you.” The old man was ashamed of store one day. He reached for a soda crate and pulled it over to the telephone so that he could make a call. He punched in a phone number while the store owner watched and listened. The boy was talking to a lady T on the other side of the line asking her whether he could cut her lawn. The lady responded that she already had someone to cut her lawn. The boy offered to do the job for half the price but the lady insisted that she was satisfied with the person that was doing the job. The boy pushed further telling the lady that in addition to cutting the lawn he would sweep the kerb and the side walk but the lady refused his offer.With a smile, the boy replaced the phone receiver and began walking out of the store. The store owner who had been listening to all this stopped him and offered him a job at the store telling the boy that he liked his positive attitude and spirit. The boy refused his job offer. “But you were really pleading for one,” the store owner observed. “No sir. I was just checking my performance at the job I already have. I am the one working for that lady I was talking to,” the boy replied. What this boy was doing is a very important virtue called self appraisal which plays a very vital role in overall human development. Instead of blaming others for not getting ahead, he looked within himself, checking in with his employer to know his weaknesses so that we could work at them. According to Jedida Kagendo a life coach with VJHommes solutions, self appraisal should not only apply to your job but also other aspects of your life too. A self appraisal, she says, can be done by asking yourself the hard questions. What could I have done better? What are my weaknesses and how can I improve on them? It helps you look within yourself without prejudice or bias and also to focus on yourself rather than bash other people. he story is told of a small boy who went to the drug himself. He wished that he had known that he was building his house so that he would have done a better job. Now, he was stuck with a badly built house. Similarly, like the old man, a lot of us go through life distracted, reacting rather than acting. We do not give our jobs and projects our very best and then look back years later when our life circumstances are bad and wish that we had known so that we could have done better. Life coach Jedida Kagendo says that your attitude and the choices you make today will be your life tomorrow. Think of yourself as the carpenter and your life as a piece of work. Build wisely. She further explains the karma concept of cause and effect. The things we do whether good or bad always find a way of finding us again. She advises that one be cautious of present day decisions and actions so as to have more pleasant experiences in the future. Whatever you do, give it your best shot. | AFP, NairobiNews NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Monday, November 4, 2013 Letdowns could be opportunities The obstacles in your life should not prevent you from realising your dream. | File, NairobiNews Determination. There would be no Kentucky Fried Chicken if its founder had cashed in a measly $99 (Sh8,300) social security cheque and headed for the nearest pub C olonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) started his dream at 65 years old. This was after he received his first social security check of $99. He was angry about it but instead of complaining, he did something about it. At that time, he was broke and only owned a small house and a beat up car. He wanted change but the only idea he had was a chicken soup recipe which his friends loved. He left his Kentucky home city and began going around the states telling restaurant owners about his chicken Rev Jean Bosco: All you need to make it is an idea put into action and persistence regardless of your age” recipe and giving it to them for free. What he wanted was for restaurant owners to pay him a small percentage for the pieces of chicken sold. Changed eating habits One thousand and nine people told him no before he finally got one Yes. With one yes, he changed the eating habits of the whole world by creating KFC, one of the largest food franchises in the world. How many of us will keep knocking doors after we have been told no a thousand times? Sanders’ story is the greatest illustration that age shouldn’t be a barrier to our success and neither should finances. As motivational speaker Rev Jean Bosco puts it, all you need to make it is an idea put into action and persistence regardless of your age. He counsels that you carry on your project, taking one step at a time. He, however, notes that whether one succeeds or not, it all boils down to whether one believes in himself to be able to do it or not. inspiration WITH JOAN THATIAH Never give up, fight on Dream and cherish your ideas Many times, society gets it wrong and holding you down with its its negativity and ignorance. Those who succeed go against the grain guided by their vision. • Today air travel is possible because the Wright Brothers ignored the belief that air travel would be of no use to mankind. • You watch television because its inventor sneered at Brits who discouraged his work, saying the picture box would never go beyond the screening of comedy. Therefore, it’s necessary to show the door to the negative, do nothing to people in your life, that are just there to not only crowd up space, but also belittle your dreams, this race, “life” isn’t done in pairs, it’s a personal commitment, keep the people that magnify the possibilities of your dreams close.
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