Sometimes we need to hear good, feel good and eventually do good. Here is a motivational article that would inspire you and provide energy necessary for a successful life.
What would happen if you woke up tomorrow and found that your boss had doubled your salary?
Well, on January 5 1914, Henry Ford doubled salaries for all his employees. That simple fact revolutionised the auto industry. Ford’s action may not have been led by altruistic intentions, but he realised that an economy that works for only a few is no economy at all.
It is of no use to be the only well-off person in your family or among your friends. It is of no use to be super-rich in a society of poor people.
This is already back-firing for the elites in Kenya. At first they thought: “If I have a good job, can afford to drive a good car and sleep in a good apartment, I just don’t care what happens to the rest.”
Little did they know that this just made their lives worse in the longterm. Henry Ford doubled his employees’ salaries so they could afford to buy the cars they manufactured. That act alone created market for his products and profits more than trippled.
The economy is a circular flow. One man’s expense is another man’s income. If you are an entrepreneur and all your neighbours are broke, then who will buy your products?
If all your neighbours are unemployed, then who will guarantee your safety? Yes, Kenyan elites, it is lonely at the top.
You still don’t wonder why you can’t freely use that smartphone in a taxi with open windows?
Instead of teaching your relatives to fish, you conditioned them to become dependent on you. Now when you make that money, you can’t keep any of it… because they will all be targeting it. Everyone will be asking you to make a contribution to something. Karma is indeed wrong.
You see a job opportunity and don’t tell your friends about it. You want to be a big fish in a small lake. Yeah?
You would rather pay for a foreign service than a Kenyan service? You would rather buy foreign music, honey, than Kenyan-made?
You would rather kill Family Bank, a Kenyan owned bank, where the owner has invested 99.9 per cent of all his earnings in Kenya. And you are comfortable with empowering foreign banks that don’t even own their headquarters. They simply rent and take out all the profits. And you think you will get to middle income? Huh.
This culture is just sickening. It is only in this country where people are comfortable owning too much of a small thing than owning a small share of a big thing. This scarcity mindset is what is killing us.
We pride in building mansions in our villages in a sea of mud and wattle houses. And in the end, we pay for it… with insecurity, with deaths.
It makes no sense to have majority poor and few rich. It always backfires. It makes no sense to have the only beautiful girlfriend among all your friends. It will backfire. They will all be rooting for her. See?
It is this simple common sense that we have failed to grasp. We waste time mastering all sorts of economic theories and wonder why we have this growth without actual development.
You educate your kids abroad and are comfortable leaving other kids with a failed education system. In the end when you get that accident, you will be rushed to that hospital with a poorly educated Kenyan doctor.
You build bad roads then get massacred by the same roads. What goes around comes around. The inventor of the guillotine suffered was executed at the guillotine. You pay your Kenyan teachers poorly and expect them to produce awesome graduates? Really?
I hope we soon get some common sense and start caring about the man or woman next-door… And make sure everyone is earning their worth… And make sure when we do work, we do it with excellence.
If you are employed, give your work the best of efforts. If your boss succeeds, you too succeed. If he earns more, he can afford to pay you more and hire even more people.
If you see an opportunity, notify your friends or family members.
I told people that I would be the happiest if all my family members are much richer than me. That means that if I had a business, they would invest in it.
But here you are, all your friends are broke and it is the same people you will send invitations to your wedding meetings. It is the same people you will ask to fundraise for your medical bills.
Please, please, start doing something to make sure the economy work for everyone, regardless of their field. Let it work for a musician, for an artist, for an engineer, for the teacher, etc. That is how you build sustainable societies. Let women fight for men’s rights and men for women’s rights.
Love your neighbour as you love yourself. Is that too hard?