Living and working in Kenya I’ve learned (or been reminded of) a few things.
- It is possible to wake up in a tent, having spent the night worried you would have your head stepped on by a curious Baboon. Bike 5 kilometers past Zebra, Warthogs, the occasional Giraffe, nearly be run over by Antelope sprinting across the path, and then be in a business meeting in Nairobi by noon.
- Scamming comes with a smile.
- Our unintended consequences have a ripple effect similar to dropping a boulder in a pool, our intended consequences have a ripple effect similar to dropping a small stone in a sand pit.
- Nothing can be done for someone, they must own it, it must be theirs for something to really make a difference.
- Life is relative; wealth, comfort, pain, happiness, but that should never be an excuse to overlook the gaps.
- Human ingenuity is the second most fascinating and powerful thing in the world. The first is nature.
- Everything said in a business meeting is a flat out lie. NOTHING should be believed unless you can a) See it b) Touch it c) Live without it. (I look back now and realize this one was a bit pessimistic, but it was a valuable lesson for me)
- The biggest obstacle to making the world a better place, is people to trying to make money without adding “value.” If you are not adding to something then there is no reason for you to earn from it.
- Governments have an incredible ability to make society a better place.
- Governments are the biggest obstacle to a society galvanizing on it’s own.
- We must always stay focused on the long term, and the details. It is that combination that creates change. Dream and build.