Oct 29, 2012

Staying on course

"The best kinds of people to surround yourself with are those whose challenging questions make you squirm and check yourself.
 If you don’t have a mentor, find one.
If you don’t have friends who keep you honest, find them.
If you keep focusing on so-called haters and not your goals, check yourself.

Each and every one of us works harder when surrounded by people who motivate you. I am not talking about people who will simply soothe your ego by never questioning your actions and instead inflate your inner Napoleon. The people you want are those with whom you can share ideas and who are empowered to tell you honestly when you’ve veered off the path or even when you need a gentle tug to get you moving.

This has been my mantra for some time now and I cannot count the number of times my frustrations have been alleviated by someone who took the time to ask me – “what’s going on with x project?” It's sometimes scary when you put yourself there, where people notice your work and can provide feedback, however, when it's from the right people it can spur personal growth. And who would say no to that?

To my team, I thank you!

Oct 24, 2012

48 years later

Today marks the 48th anniversary of Zambia’s independence from Great Britain. I usually spend the build up to this day reflecting on the multitude of men and women who sacrificed one thing or another to make it possible for me and millions of others to be born in a free Zambia.

This time last year I focused some of my blog posts to highlight the work done by women freedom fighters, as they often unsung heroes in the retelling of our nationalist struggle. I remain in awe of these women and their male counterparts who stepped forward for a fight they believed to be justified.

I am eternally grateful that the struggle for Zambia was not drawn out and bloody; this I believe remains a cornerstone for the long lasting peace we continue to enjoy today.

The declaration on October 24, 1964 was just the first step. We must work daily to actualize the promises and hopes uttered on that day.