In this second part of my interview with Erastus Omukhango, he talks about how an orphaned child bride achieved the highest standardized test score in the area.
CREATIVE. MARKETING. PROFESSIONAL.
I’m still in a bit of a jetlagged daze as I attack my email inbox this morning. I’m so grateful I had this note waiting in my inbox about the business training seminar we put on in the Matopeni neighborhood of Nairobi for our partners
Dear Brian, this is Peter, we met at the candlelight ministries where Chuck delivered a very motivating talk on business.This is to thank you for the good work that your org is doing in our country and also to assure you that the seminar was not in vain.I have tried to pass on the message to my peers at komarock and we really are trying to change our approach to business so we can register better returns.Please keep in touch and kindly inform us when you next visit.God bless you.Regards-Peter.
In the seminar Chuck covered:
It is a problem that plagues all businesses worldwide: you get a $100 check from a client and think “Yay I have $100!” Not so, as Chuck explained using the metaphor of selling eggs. You have to factor in costs of buying more eggs to sell, transporting the eggs to a market, broken eggs, employees, refrigeration, and so on. Only after those costs, and after taking the income you need to live on, do you have your actual net profit.
It was incredible to watch the light bulbs go on in these social entrepreneurs heads. One attendee said “this changes everything…now we know why our businesses have been failing.”
These brave entrepreneurs are truly my heroes, it is a privilege to serve them and support their work.
“Moving at the speed of business.” “Moving at the speed of light.” “Always on the move.”
Ours is a culture on the move. My life is always in motion. I can scarcely keep pace with my own mind, let alone the activities of each day.
When I stepped into Heathrow Airport I felt like a cow in a Masaai herd. Reentering “the west,” everyone is so serious, so busy, so hurried.
I tend towards an anxious personality. I have a variety of nervous habits. Despite the heartbreaking poverty, and times of culture shock, I’ve not been so relaxed since…well I don’t know when.
In Kenya I always knew I was the priority of whoever I was with. The relationship, the friendship, the moment is what matters. It was a powerful sense of presence.
It wasn’t always deep life-changing conversation. I watched a lot of Mexican soap operas (translated into English…Kenyans are obsessed…I know, weird right?).
I now reenter a world where expectations are different. Showing up late to meetings because I was “in the moment” won’t fly, and would be disrespectful in the US culture. How can I create a balance and retain the slower pace of life I loved in Kenya?
In a world moving so fast, how can I move at the speed of friendship?
My experience in Kenya has created gratitude about my homeland, the US.
It has also created envy about some of the treasures they have here.