Written by Wanjiru Mburu
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a seminar, I felt different about this one so I was super excited. Looking around me there were young men and women waiting with expectantly for what was to come. Thinking of it now, nothing could have prepared me for the shift that these two days would have in my life.
As I sat through these sessions, by listening I interacted with great people and leaders. My greatest teaching that I carried and will definitely apply can be summed up into “Follow your passion and marry it with a plan and a great work ethic”.
Passion is what you love, what you are called to do. Passion in my opinion goes in line with purpose and purpose is divine. God is the author of purpose. There is a common saying that you should do what you love and love what you do, that is passion and purpose. They go hand in hand and are in God’s purpose for you.
Mwangi Kirubi, a photographer at Click expounded on his journey and what came out was that to follow his passion he had to follow purpose over profit. Secondly, if you don’t have a plan, you plan to fail. Even God has plans for you so you need to write down what you want to do, what you want to become; write the way forward, how to get there and constantly evaluate yourself to see how far you have come.
Suzie Wokabi, Founder and CEO of Suzie’s Beauty shared her story on how she came up with the first ever Kenyan make up brand. She knew what she wanted and wrote it down, she researched on what it would take, the chemicals needed, she had a plan and therefore she was prepared for what was to come. Plans don’t always fall into place when you want them to but that’s part of the journey, you learn from the mistakes. Lastly, a good work ethic. It is a culture of excellence in all you do, doing every task excellently. It also translates down to a teachable spirit, a willingness to learn and practise what you learn.
Job Kabochi was able to go on secondment to South Africa just two years after joining PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). He was just a Junior Associate when that happened which was not the norm. All this can be attributed to his work ethic as well as his willingness to learn. He approached his superiors with solutions and accepted correction and counsel. In conclusion, brand yourself. A brand that represents who you are and what you want people to remember about you.
Now I can say that I am a Lapid Leader, I am a torch, I lead the way. In line with the theme to Step up & Stand out, I am now fully equipped to do exactly that. I believe in the dream that Esther Mwaniki, Founder of Lapid Leaders shares and I am count myself privileged to have been equipped with these snip bits at the start of my career. The experience was an amazing networking opportunity and I am proud to say that Lapid Leaders is the generation of leaders that take Africa to the next level.