As long as you are still breathing, you want one thing, to be successful! No one wants to become a failure.
God made us that way. We all want to improve ourselves, we all desire to become better versions of ourselves.
For as long as I can recall, I have always dreamed of success. Success, to me, has not only meant wealth but most importantly, it is fulfilling my God-given purpose on earth. This is what keeps me up a lot at night. I do not want just to be born, live out my life & then die. I want to make a difference, to leave the world a better place than I found it.
God taught Gathoni & me that a life of success was not a life focused on yourself, but was a life focused on others. For so long we thought that success was all about us achieving our dreams and living in a beautiful mansion overlooking the sea. God showed us that we were missing the mark. To be truly successful needed a lot of wisdom, and that is what Gathoni & I were lacking.
Wisdom is much more important than success. Many who have gotten success without wisdom have lost it all eventually. While those who have sought wisdom 1st have eventually found wealth & success. Case in point, King Solomon, who was not only the wisest person who ever lived but also the most wealthy person who has ever lived. The teaching we tackle today is one of wisdom’s best-kept secrets. Which when implemented has the potential of making you the wealthiest person of your generation. Read on…
One of the success principles that God was teaching us was hidden in the book of Proverbs
There is one who scatters and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in poverty.Proverbs 11:24
This principle herein appears as an oxymoron. We all know that if you scatter far, you remain with less than you had. While if you withhold from broadcasting wide, you will not lose what you have. Solomon here gives us here an interesting principle. That the one who scatters/shares/gives gets even more, while the one who is mean/stingy will eventually end up poor. Interesting right?
My Photography Career
I was reminded of my early days as a photographer. Many seasoned professionals at that time were very careful about disclosing their photography secrets to beginners.
Information was very scarce and hard to come by. I had to learn the hard way and most of what I knew I learned from youtube university. When I started getting bookings, God asked Gathoni & me to help and mentor other upcoming photographers, so that they would not have to go through what we went through as we began.
This was quite strange for us. Why would we disclose our trade and business secrets to our soon-to-be competitors? Foolish right?
Either way, we obeyed, and we went around the country training upcoming photographers on everything we knew & learned. We did it absolutely free of charge, we even paid our own transport and accommodation costs. It was a really tough time for us, as the photography business was barely sustaining us.
What then happened was very interesting. We started getting more and more bookings and our name started doing rounds in the photography circles. Incidentally, none of us focused on success, we just focused on helping other photographers and success found us. We lived by this principle even though we did not know it back then. Unfortunately, many of those big names in the photography industry back then, are no longer there anymore.
The Generous Tycoon
One day, when we were at a wedding shooting the after-party, a guest stopped me in the middle of the dance floor and we had a very interesting discussion. He pointed to another guest, who was also busily sweating it out on the dance floor, and told me that he was one of the wealthiest men in Kenya. He then told me that almost everyone in the room owed their success to this particular gentleman.
He had helped them all succeed either by employing them or supporting them in their hustles. This was the secret behind his wealth, he told me. He then proceeded on dancing and I carried on shooting.
Again, Proverbs 11:24 was proven in the life of this generous man. Because he helped others succeed, he also succeeded and became the wealthiest amongst all his peers.
The Companies that Changed The World
When you look at all the companies that changed the world, none of them set out to become successful. All of them had a burning desire to improve and better the lives of their customers/partners.
Think about Amazon. Its founder Jeff Bezos is currently the wealthiest man in the world. Amazon’s passion is to see the success of the small businesses that sell on its platform while giving their customers the best value at the lowest cost. Amazon did not set out to become successful, it simply focused on making others succeed and thus the reason for its viral success.
Closer home, think of MPESA. When it began, it set towards enabling the common mwananchi to send and receive money easily so that he/she can be able to better their life. That is why it is one of the most successful innovations in the 21st century.
All these companies never set out to become successful. No, not at all. I am pretty sure they had no idea how big they would become. All of them set out to give, to improve, to better the lives of others. And while they helped other people succeed they themselves succeeded too.
Strive to Serve Others
That is why, for anyone reading this blog I implore you, please do not seek after success.
Success is selfish and very elusive. The more you seek it, the more it will hide from you (ask me, I know 😂😂😂😂). The secret, as Solomon showed us, is to seek to be of service to others. Ask yourself, how can I improve the lives of others? How can I help them get what they want?
Ask a lot of questions, investigate, look for solutions to the problems you see/hear around you. The truth is that; if you can just help others get what they want (success), then you will surely get more and more of that which you also want, SWEET SUCCESS!
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY
I am a disciple of Christ, passionate about serving God’s purpose to my generation. I am a husband to Gathoni Kiruthi and together God has blessed us with 3 amazing children