Issue Number: Volume VII No. 11 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: November 2008.  © 2008—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.
To hear that 60,000 people lost jobs within the first three weeks of October leaves us wondering, how long can this devastating storm continue? What can we do to overcome the challenges we are facing?

We have to focus beyond the current storm. We have to set and work on goals that will lead us and the organizations we work for to a better future.

You might have read the analogy I used a few years ago about what a Masai man had to do before he could marry. Here it is:
Traditional knowledge has it that for a Masai man to marry, he had to kill a lion. This act was proof of his manhood and ability to protect his future wife. After this act of courage, his future in-laws would give their daughter to this warrior.

A wife was one aspect of the social “package of marriage.” A man could own property after marriage. Marriage qualified a man to participate in the decision-making process that oversees the welfare of the entire community. One could be considered and probably be elected to leadership status. Perpetuation of the family name was the most significant reason for marriage.

With an unimpaired vision of life after marriage, a Masai man paid no attention to the claws and gnarling teeth of a 400 pound lion. The thought of being pounced on was substituted with thoughts of taking the dead lion’s parts to in-laws and being received ceremoniously.
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We can’t allow the “claws” and “teeth” of the current economic storm to mar the vision of the future we can achieve, negatively impact the creativity we need to make our vision a reality or change our attitude from high expectations to despair.
You, like the Masai warriors, can have the courage to face your “lions” if we visualize the future you can achieve. The depth of your accomplishment is proportional to the obstacle you have to overcome. The depth of your creativity depends on the magnitude of the obstacles you have to overcome.

To be creative in these chaotic times, you have to develop a belief system that is independent of temporary or immediate circumstances. Your belief system will increase your expectations for whatever you do. Great expectations fuel peak performance—the real crucible for positive results.
Some points to ponder that I included in
the earlier article.
Vision, decision, action and persistence are the ingredients you need in these unpredictable times.
Vision overshadows inadequacies related to skills, resources and abilities. It has been said, and proven to be true, that what your mind can conceive, and you believe in your heart, you can achieve. “The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the power of all true art and science” (Albert Einstein). Dreams are the seeds of success.
A firm decision to make your dream a reality gives the universe a go-ahead in equipping you with the necessary tools. In your decision-making process, formulate your vision into specific objectives with measurable results within a given period of time.
Act on your decision. Faith and decision without action produce ZERO results.
Be persistent with your dream. At times, you will be at the “bottom of the valley” of your dream project. Things won’t work as planned. Learn to jump from one failing (learning) experience to another with a positive attitude. In case you need a “push,” read about the failures of Abraham Lincoln. A successful person is a failure who persists in his or her dreams.
Yesterday has passed to oblivion. We may have had disappointments because of unfulfilled dreams, uncompleted projects, broken promises and relationships. The past is not a place to dwell. It’s a reference point.
Beware of dream-busters, such as hanging around negative associates, your own fear and reading or watching insignificant materials. Ponder this: Watching TV for six hours per day translates to fifteen years of one’s life at 60 years of age.

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If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.

Gerald R. Ford. U.S. President.

What do you consider as the milestones that inspired you to be who you are today?

When you hear that question from a high school student, you stop and think. Is it the graduation ceremonies or publication of my first book? Or is it marriage?

It was in the closing moments of an assembly for about 1200 students on my sought-after presentation-Success: Becoming More than a Dreamer, that covers key aspects of life such as the art of making the right choices, how to be a leader in any situation, actions that make failing a non-option, avoiding social peanuts (drugs and other destructive substances), what’s a bully and how not to be a victim, what associates will do to build you up or bring you down, the five people to avoid as you learn, change and grow and what America means to me—a closing thought.

“My first underwear” I said and the whole auditorium became completely silent. I was about 13 years old when my mother came home and handed me something wrapped with a page of a newspaper. I looked at that garment and asked what it was for? My mother’s response was, “You see the tag, it goes on the back.” God knows what that underwear meant to me. I pulled it up so that it could be easily seen…I had made it at last. That underwear was a reward for helping my mother with home chores when she was pregnant.

I also recall the day I wore my first pair of long trousers, at 17 as a freshman (that is after spending six years in three grades) in high school. My father, while he could afford buying his children shoes and long trousers, believed those were distractions that could negatively interfere with our studies.

An unforgettable milestone was one day in 1972 when my mother informed me that my father was to marry a second wife. We were harvesting crops and she collapsed as she shared with deep sadness how our lives would be changed. Standing there unable to scream (I was ashamed that others might learn about my family’s situation) or lift my mother, was for many years something I wished I could erase from my memory…it was, however, the beginning of knowing the value of educating women, advocating for victims of domestic violence and being able to understand what young people go through when their family structure changes.

Each of the deaths of my three brothers and two sisters brought a new level of vulnerability. They brought an understanding of the hardness of life—those moments when the storms of life enclose you and nothing seems to make sense and your tomorrow seems so frightening that you are scared of life’s emptiness. You then start cherishing each moment you have an opportunity to breathe.

In chapter 7 of the Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life book, I write about how my father took my brother and to the gate of the University of Nairobi in 1975. He talked about the importance of education and what was degree would do for us. That day was a turning point for my academic endeavors. It was in that University, nine years later when I had a spiritual milestone.

Joining Toastmasters became the milestone that would change the course of my professional life (to what has become a calling) in ways I would take the rest of my life to attempt explaining.

As I drove home I reflected on my life’s milestones and realized that I will need to write another book soon.


Native of Kenya, Africa, and resident of Idaho since 1992, Vincent has been a featured speaker and trainer at numerous Real Estate conferences and training programs. An award winning speaker and writer, he is one of the less than 7% of all professional speakers to earn a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), the highest award for professional speakers. Dr. Kituku has worked with championship sports teams and trained leaders on how to inspire productivity all the time. What sets Vincent apart is his ability to weave life experiences in Africa with corporate America and culture in providing solutions for personal and professional growth.

Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku is known as a research-based motivational speaker. He presents motivational keynotes and training programs on leadership, employee motivation, overcoming buffaloes at work (change), customer service and living and working with cultural differences. Vincent is the founder and president of Kituku & Associates, LLC, a business that is dedicated to developing leaders and employees in business and in life.

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Vincent's clients list includes Cisco Systems, Micron, Hewlett Packard, Genworth Financial, US Fish and Wildlife, US Air Force, Women Council of Realtors and National Association of Mental Health. He has been the motivational speaker for the successful Boise State Football Team since 1998. Dr. Kituku works have been featured by numerous publications including the Presentations Magazine, SkyWest Magazine, National Speakers Association Magazine and many newspapers which publish his weekly columns. Vincent holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation that is earned by fewer than 7% of all speakers worldwide.

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