Burn All The Boats!

Hernando Cortés is an name that illicits a lot of anger among some people. But in my book he is a man whom we all need to learn from. In 1519, Cortés left the island of Cuba in search of Gold and Riches. Many had gone before him with similar dreams and had not succeeded, but Cortés was determined to go back to Cuba rich.

When Hernando Cortés landed on the South American coast he ordered his men to burn all the boats they had used to sail there from Cuba. Cortés eye was on the wealth of the Aztecs and nothing was going to stop him. After the boats were burnt there was no looking back. In the end, he attained his goal.

What is it that you want to be.

What thing have you wanted to accomplish?

What are you willing to do to make your dream’s come true?

Are you willing to look into your life and decide to take that daring step to burn your boat so that you will have no choice but to attain your goal?

As a child I remember that whenever I got home from school at the end of my school year, I would hand my report form to my father who would always glance at it and say, “Son, there is always room for improvement.”

I urge you to step back, and look at what you have or have not achieved then realize that there is always room for improvement.


How To Find Your Passion.

I go to a church where the pastor is a well known author, speaker and artist. Listening to him speak and draw is downright depressing for me because I keep on telling myself; “It is not fair, how can one man be so talented!”

Have you noticed that many people who are in the limelight seem so multi talented and innovative. Look at TD Jakes, Oprah, Clint Eastwood, and even Tupac (the guy is still releasing CD’s years after his death!) So what makes these people able to do so much?

If you actively use what you are good at, you will eventually develop other talents. It sounds simple but it is so true, I call it the Matt 25 rule. Some of you are thinking. “I am without any talent. I don’t even have a single passion or for that matter a talent.” Lucky for you I have three suggestions which will help you on your way to finding your passion

Your Innner Child
This does not mean that you are pregnant. This only means that most children seem so full of talent and potential. You were no exception. What were you good at doing when you were young? What did you wanna be when you grew up. Grab a paper and a pen, and jolt them down! You may be surprised by the countless dreams that have fallen by the wayside.

Ask your friends, family, kids, dogs, fish and just about everyone you know what they think you are good at. But be careful not everyone thinks that you are good for something.

Take that step of faith and grab an instrument, start a blog, write that story, sing that song, start that business, change your career…. just do something! If it doesn’t work, try something else.

So there you have it! 3 steps to lead you in the right direction.

iBlog in Kenyanese

I am an avid blogger and proud of it. So I decided to make a shirt that displayed my love for blogging. So what is this blogging business?

According to wikipidea; blogging is (an abridgment of the term web log) is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

So there you have it. I’m a blogger and i’m proud of being one! Oh yeah, and iBlog in Kenyanese.

If you want to purchase a shirt similar to mine, dont hesitate to click on http://gengewear.bigcartel.com/product/iblog-in-kenyanese

Stop Ngethiaring And Just do it!

We all have things we are really good at.

Some, unlike me are mathematically inclined. Others are good singers, writers, thinkers, and the list goes on. A few years ago, I took a photography class at a local community college. At the time I did not even know how to load a film camera. Today, I’m a part time photographer and clothing designer.

Some of you are thinking to yourselves “Good for you GengeWear, me myself I can’t do jack, coz I’m bila talent!”

Thats absolutely not true, it’s just plain rubbish and here is how I can prove it. Walk into a nursery school and ask the little kids “Who here can draw?” I can almost guarantee you that they will all claim that they can. We too were like that, but now we claim not to have any skill or talent. Why is this so?

The other day I decided to get a website to showcase my photography. I did so not because I wanted to brag about it in this blog, but because I realized that I could use what I do best to better the lives of the people around me.

What is it that you are good at? Can you cook tea? Can you crack jokes? Can you draw? Are you good with money? Can you fix peoples hair? All these and more are things you can do to improve the quality of life of the people around you.

So what are you waiting for? You got the talent, stop ngethiaring (slacking) and just use it!

TKK Toa Kitu Kikubwa

Corruption is arguably in the DNA of the Kenyan cultural fabric. The term TKK was coined as an acronym for bribery and corruption. It is my belief that erasing bribery will help in healing a nation whose values are quickly eroding.

The cry to stop corruption is not exclusive to the youth, even the old feel this way.

I must confess that I do not have a plan in place to stop this disease but I do know that the ending of corruption can begin if YOU decide to become intolerant of it.

Rich Single Educated Kenyan Women.

I am beginning to notice a phenomenon that really was not present during the time our parents were our age. During those days women in their late 20’s or early 30’s were either married with 20 or 30 kids, and let their husbands bring in the pesa.

Now things have changed. In America, I have noticed that the number of older single Kenyan women has increased in number. Being the guy that I am, I decided to do some research, on why this is so. Mind you that this is not scientific research. My “research” simply went like this, “Heh Njambi, ati you’re 30 and haujaolewa? Kwani wassup!”

A few slaps later, and after my cheeks has cooled down, she reveals to me the following:

  • Kenyan guys are like kids, all they want to do is play around and not commit to a relationship.
  • They seem intimidated by my associates degree.
  • They think I will not be a good wife coz I can articulate how I really feel.
  • I have a good job and they are scared coz I am not financially needy enough.
  • My biological clock is ticking and I need to marry a good guy.

So, here is my plea, somebody please enlighten me why this is so. Are we Kenyan guys intimidated by rich single educated Kenyan women?

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Kenyan Thong.

  • There was a time when the Kenyan flag was only reserved for the flagpole. Now, the Kenyan flag can be seen on shirts, shorts, hats, and thongs (Ok, I haven’t seen a Kenyan flag thong but I bet you someones working on that. Ahem)
  • There was a time when Kenyan youth spoke solely and proudly in the queens English. Swahili and our tribal tongues were reserved for hoodlums as well as the uneducated.
  • There was a time when the old were certain that the youth would never be interested in their heritage. Now they scrach their heads when they see us sporting Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi tee shirts.

Times truly have changed. Kenyan youth all over the world (and believe me, we are ALL over the world) run around speaking Swahili, wearing shirts that either say “Kenya” or have the Kenyan flag on it. Some, including me even have been audacious enough to drop their Christian names and now are using their pagan….oops I mean, tribal names.

I am not a Sociologist, nor am I an Anthropologist so I will spare you a lecture as well as a treatise in regard to this massive shift to what I would like to call neo-nationalism. What I can say is that this change is a good thing!

Here is a challenge to my peers; Though we are outwardly proud of being African as well as Kenyan, we need to also be willing to make the extra step and resolve to be catalysts for change in a continent that has been exploited, raped, and pillaged by its own, as well as it’s invaders.

So here is my challenge, choose to either wear the Kenyan thong or speak out on Kenyan wrongs.

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