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A Bitter-Sweet Memorial With Nuggets of Wisdom

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Last Tuesday, a bitter sweet memorial took place in the United States, and in several other places across the globe. It was all in remembrance of one man by millions of people whose lives he touched in different ways, even when they never met him personally.

Seven years after a private plane crash that took his life away, as well as the lives of his wife and eight others, Dr. Myles Munroe teachings and works still impact the world, and will continue for a long, long time.

Now, that’s LEGACY.

He was no politician, but he influenced and impacted more people world over than any President or known powerful political figures will ever probably do, something he continues to do even from his grave.

Shortly before that crash on 9th November 2014, he had visited Kenya, and i was among the privileged few who got the opportunity to sit one on one with him for an interview.

Some of his best lessons were on handling our past, the greatness within and on leadership.

Asked of his past and one thing he could do differently if he went back in time, he had this to say:

“Everything that happened in my life produced me, even the negatives and the things i failed in. The mistakes i made were fantastic classrooms for me. And i believe the best thing in life is to never regret and try to change or cover up what happened, but to interpret it properly and maximally use it as a lesson to self and to serve other people. And that’s what i do with my past”.

Now that’s profound, especially coming from a man who seemed to have everything together and living ‘The Life’.

If i had a way of stamping this conviction in every person’s heart, i would; the transformative potential it holds is immense and immeasurable. Just think of the millions held back by their pasts, including you reading this today!

Reminds me of another great admission by celebrated entrepreneur, Richard Branson:

“If your life is one long success story, it won’t make for a good read. What’s more, you’re most likely a liar. We all have ups and downs, trials and tribulations, failures and triumphs: we just hope to come out stronger on the other side”.

But i digress.

Another gem of Dr. Myles Munroe’s teachings was on leadership. Come here politicians and those seeking leadership positions, and listen to this.

“Leadership is not something you pursue, it’s something you discover. Leaders are born when a human discovers something more important than their personal ambition, and passionately pursues a purpose towards a destiny”.

‘Leaders attract followers. They are more concerned about discovering a purpose to improve the lives of humanity that’s more important than their personal achievement.”

I find no better yardstick with which to measure out those seeking political leadership, especially as we approach next year’s general elections in Kenya.

But perhaps the most reverberating teaching to this day was his talk on GREATNESS and DYING EMPTY.

The wealthiest place in the world, he said, is the grave. And why? Therein lies people who died with great ideas that never saw the light of day largely because of two things: PROCRASTINATION and FEAR.

His antidote for these two? You better try and fail, than live with the pain of what could have been. More often than not, you’ll discover your fear was unwarranted, and you are likely to achieve GREATNESS and SUCCESS even if it doesn’t happen instantly.

“Each one of you listening to me today have inside of you GREATNESS”, he said, “but sadly, many people will die with their greatness”.

And his final challenge: be not that person who dies with their greatness.

To paraphrase this worthy teacher, every person reading this column today has inside of you GREATNESS. Be not that person who dies with their greatness.

Have a GREATNESS Sunday, and a great week ahead.

By George Kimando

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