So when I arrived at the University in Autumn of 1989, I had carried $1000 pounds for my upkeep. And because I had been introduced to the art of saving by my Father, I saved half of it and used the other half. My plan was to get a job and start taking care of myself from my salary. Within a month, I got a job and so I was okay.
My Father however, did not tell me what one does with the savings. So, when the Summer Holiday (which was 3 months) arrived and I saw how foreign students were rolling, I decided to join the roll and my savings of $500 pounds came to an end. And I never recovered from that fall.
However, on completion of my Law Degree in 1993, I relocated towns from Stoke on Trent to Birmingham ( the second largest City in England). There I met a fellow African lady from Uganda who gave me a small book called ‘The Game of Life and How to Play it’ by Florence Scovill Shinn. At the time I was working as a waitress in a Four Star Hotel. When she gave me that book, I could not stop reading it, when I went to work I did my work very quickly so that I could have time to read this book. It was a small book, it took me 4 hours to read. The reason I was in so much haste to read this book is because it looked like it was going to answer my life long question – ‘Can one have a good life all the time?’
What that book did is that it gave me a thirst to read more and more in search for this answer. So I read (non – academic books) like crazy, infact more precisely self help and spiritual books. Luckily for me, my mum had introduced me to reading from age 4 (at the time I hated her for this because on Parents day, when other kids got dolls and cars and age 4 toys, I always, I mean always, got a book). Okay, today I thank her for it but it was very painfull then. As a result of that I believe in introducing a Child to reading from age 7 months.
I therefore took on to reading as much as I could on Personal development. I read every classic there is from every guru- from the late Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Les Brown, late Stephen Covey, they were all my ‘personal friends’. I had also read Rich dad poor dad by Robert Kiyosaki, The Millionaire mind.
After being in the Queens land and reading all this books one day I had my first aha moment. It dawned on me on January 1999 that as a result of my reading I had become a new person and I was the right seed in the wrong soil and I had to live the Country. Since my first summer (summer of 1990) I had not saved another coin not because I did not earn enough but because I was a poor money manager. So I wanted to leave and I had no money for air fare and I had a 3 year old daughter so I needed 2 tickets. To cut the long story short, we got air tickets in less than a month and I came back home on March 1999 with only $60 pounds (Kshs 5000 at the time) in my pocket but I was a very happy person. I had lived in a first world country for 10 years but I only came back home with $60 pounds in my pocket. Imagine that.
As a result of reading so many self development books and becoming a new person, I knew my purpose was to motivate people to become a better them. In a nutshell I believed I was created to be a motivational Speaker.
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