If you don’t believe you can do it, read a marvelous little book called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a New York Times best-seller written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, who came across the story while he was reporting in Africa covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
William was a very poor African farm boy born in Malawi, where Mary Tuchscherer, my colleague, teaches literacy and writing to young women. William had read about electricity and became passionate about the subject and passionate about what electricity could do to his very poor family. He then found some science books in a local library, used some scrap parts, and built a generator and a windmill from scratch. His neighbors called him misala, or crazy in the language of Malawi, but he did build his windmill and single-handedly was able to bring to his family both electricity and water using the power of the windmill.
His passion never stopped. In describing William’s accomplishment, Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of MIT Media Lab and the founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child, said “William Kamkwamba is an alchemist who turned misfortune into opportunity, opportunity beyond his own. The book is about learning by inventing. William’s genius was to be ingenious.”
This coming November read in my book “We Got Mojo” the stories of inspiration and perspiration of my BFF. All of them won’t stop until their goals are achieve. Get your Mojo!
More to come.
So what is success? Merriam Webster Dictionary defines success as “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame; the correct or desired result of an attempt; or someone or something that is successful: a person or thing that succeeds”. Notice how easily in our society we tie “success” to “money, fame and social status”. Yet many of us know wealthy or famous people who are unhappy despite their riches. Is that really success? I say “No”. As for me I prefer my own definition of success “as having been able to take the steps to lead a happy life on this planet, with comfort, moral support, true values and a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.” As I enter my seventh decade I can more analytically reflect on the success I have had (by my definition), with some failures or better yet learning steps along the way. My coming book We Got Mojo! Stories of Inspiration and Perspiration reflects on the stories of 36 of us, our trials and tribulations as well as the successes that follow. In this blog we will regularly elaborate on many specific parts of our stories and invite readers to share their own stories with us as well as with readers of this blog. We encourage everyone to become an instant author. Send us blog-size snippets of your road to success, your definition of success, and how it has changed you.
The first 200 writers will get a special gift from the Lead Author of We Got Mojo! Raul Deju.
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We got Mojo! Stories of Inspiration and Perspiration is coming in November 2016. Early reviewers sing a few praises.
“Great leadership is found in courageous acts in every corner of the Earth. This compilation of compelling stories from around the globe is a source of inspiration and insight.”
Frances Hesselbein, Founder & CEO, Hesselbein Institute and Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor.
“Every once in a while you find a leadership book that gets right to the point, revealing the grit, determination and generosity necessary to build a lasting legacy.”
Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author and #1 executive coach in the Thinkers50.
“While my career has been focused on the intersection of business, law, and technology, my life has been a quest for knowledge, wisdom, and useful information. This book condenses the wisdom of many lifetimes into short, moving chapters that tell the unique story of an individual undertaking inspiring personal and professional journeys. Readers seeking success in business may find that being the hero of one’s own life story is the ultimate path.”
Miriam Rivera, Managing Partner and Co-founder Ulu Ventures; formerly Member Board of Trustees, Stanford University and Vice President/Deputy General Counsel, Google.
Launching on Veterans’ Day November 11th, 2016
WE GOT MOJO! STORIES OF INSPIRATION AND PERSPIRATION
We all want to be successful, so what better way to advance that ambition than by reading the intimate stories of those who have persevered and frequently had to overcome imposing challenges to achieve personal and professional success and happiness. I have had Raul Deju as a significant author for my business journal and can assure you that his We Got Mojo! book will inspire and guide you on your own success journey.
James Kristie, Editor, Directors & Boards