Myles Munroe Quotes



“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”
― Myles Munroe

“Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions.”
― Myles MunroeWaiting and Dating

“People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts color into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.”
― Myles MunroeUnderstanding Your Potential

“Healthy relationships should always begin at the spiritual and intellectual levels – the levels of purpose, motivation, interests, dreams,and personality.”
― Myles MunroeWaiting and Dating

“When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable”
― Myles MunroeUnderstanding the Purpose and Power of Woman

“It is the same way with dating. The time you are most prepared for dating is when you don’t need anyone to complete you, fulfill you, or instill in you a sense of worth or purpose.”
― Myles MunroeWaiting and Dating

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“Friendship is not a gift, but is the result of hard work.”
― Myles MunroeWaiting and Dating

“You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you.”
― Myles MunroeUnderstanding Your Potential

“One of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped.”
― Myles Munroe

“We are a sum total of what we have learned from all who have taught us, both great and small.”
― Myles MunroeUnderstanding Your Potential

“…success is not a comparison of what we have done with what others have done.”
― Myles MunroeUnderstanding Your Potential

“Being open to correction means making ourselves vulnerable, and many people are not willing to do that.”
― Myles MunroeWaiting and Dating

“A woman may be beautiful but have poor character. A man may be a business genius, making money left and right, but lack common courtesy, sensitivity, and compassion.”
― Myles MunroeWaiting and Dating

“A wedding is and event, but marriage is a life.”
― Myles MunroeWaiting and Dating

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“Desire is craving enough to sacrifice for”
― Myles Munroe

“Here are a few important principles to remember with regard to the giving and receiving between males and females. When a male demands, a female reacts; she doesn’t respond. When a male gives, a female responds. When a male commits, a female submits. Nothing is more precious to a female than a committed male. Nothing is no more depressing to a female than an uncommitted male. Here’s the secret, guys: If you want a submitted female, be a committed male. It’s that simple. When a male abuses, a female refuses. Whenever a man abuses a woman, she refuses to respond. When a male shares, a female cares. If you find a man who is willing to share with the woman in his life, you will find a woman who is willing to care for her man. When a male leads, a female follows. When a man carries out his God-given responsibility for leadership, a woman responds by following his lead. Leadership does not mean being bossy, always telling others what to do. No, leadership means going ahead, not putting others in the front. Good leaders lead by example, not by decree. Jesus led by example, and so did Moses, Peter, Paul, and all the other great leaders in the Bible. Leading by example means doing ourselves the things we wish others to do.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“A person’s readiness to date is largely a matter of maturity and environment.”
― Myles MunroeWaiting and Dating

“When certain parts of our bodies are touched, certain enzymes and chemicals that trigger sexual desire are released into our system. The more our bodies are stimulated, the more chemicals are released and the greater our sexual desire grows until it becomes a virtually unstoppable flood.”
― Myles MunroeWaiting and Dating

“God’s will and desire—His pleasure—is that we love Him. We cannot please God unless we love Him. We cannot love Him unless we know Him, and we cannot know Him unless we have faith in Him.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Junk is in the eyes of the beholder. Some look, but others see.”
― Myles MunroeUnderstanding Your Potential

“Don’t ever make the mistake of telling God that you have nothing to offer. That simply is not true. God does not create any junk.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“God did not create woman from man’s head, that he should command her, nor from his feet, that she should be his slave, but rather from his side, that she should be near his heart.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“A promise is a commitment to do something later, and a vow is a binding commitment to begin doing something now and to continue to do it for the duration of the vow. Some vows, or contracts, are for life; others are for limited periods of time.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Marriage is two imperfect people committing themselves to a perfect institution, by making perfect vows from imperfect lips before a perfect God.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“The first basic need of a male is sexual fulfillment; for a female, affection. The second most basic need of a male is recreational companionship; for a female, communication and conversation. The third basic need of a male in a relationship is an attractive woman; for a woman, honesty and openness. The fourth basic need of a male is domestic support; for a female, financial support. The fifth basic need of a male is admiration and respect; for a woman, family commitment.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“God’s love sets us free from the need to seek approval. Knowing that we are loved by God, accepted by God, approved by God, and that we are new creations in Christ empowers us to reject self-rejection and embrace a healthy self-love. Being secure in God’s love for us, our love for Him, and our love for ourselves, prepares us to fulfill the second greatest commandment: To love our neighbor as ourselves.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“A man leads with his mind while a woman leads with her heart.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“When trying to communicate with each other, a husband and wife should be careful to make sure their voices and faces agree with their words.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“When we evaluate the rightness or wrongness of actions or behavior, we need to ask ourselves if that behavior will edify—build up—ourselves or someone else, or if it will tear down. The question is not what we can get away with, but what is healthy and edifying. When it is all said and done, are we edified spiritually? Have we been built up and strengthened in our relationship with the Lord or with our spouse, or have we been weakened? Do we come away encouraged or discouraged, confident or filled with a sense of guilt or shame? Is our conscience clean?”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Marital faithfulness involves more than just sexual fidelity. Being faithful to your wife also means defending her and affirming her beauty, intelligence, and integrity at all times, particularly before other people. Faithfulness to your husband means sticking up for him, always building him up and never tearing him down. Marital fidelity means that your spouse’s health, happiness, security, and welfare take a higher place in your life than anything else except your own relationship with the Lord.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“God is the source and giver of our prosperity: “But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deut. 8:18a).”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“I’m washed, I’m forgiven, I’m whole, and I’m healed. I’m cleansed and I’m glory bound. I am only a sojourner on the earth. I am but a pilgrim on this planet, on my way to perfection, and I don’t need anybody to tell me who I am, because I know who I am. I am a child of the King, a son (or daughter) of God, born again through Jesus Christ, bought with the price of His blood. I am a new creation, totally new, thoroughly loved and completely accepted as a child of my Father, precious in His sight.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Submission is the willingness to give up our right to ourselves, to freely surrender our insistence on having our own way all the time.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Any time we base our self-image on how we feel, we will run into problems because our feelings change. As long as we feel good, our self-image is good. When we begin to feel bad, however, our self-image plummets. We need to anchor our self-image on something that does not change. Where do we find it? When we become believers, we become new creations in Christ, recreated in His image. The image of Christ in us will never change. Although our outward appearance will change over time, Christ’s image in us will stay the same. Like His image, Christ’s attitude toward us also will never change. No matter how good or bad we may feel, no matter how up or down we may be, Christ loves us, accepts us, and thinks the world of us. His opinion of us is the only opinion that matters. We should base our self-image on what He thinks about us, not on what others think, or even on what we think about ourselves.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“The husband provides direction; the wife, maintenance.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Within the overall context of loving his wife, a husband’s first and primary role is to be the spiritual head and covering and teacher in the home. Through his words, lifestyle, and personal behavior the husband should teach the Word, the will, and the ways of the Lord to his wife and children.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Submission means that a wife acknowledges her husband’s headship as spiritual leader and guide for the family. It has nothing whatsoever to do with her denying or suppressing her will, her spirit, her intellect, her gifts, or her personality. To submit means to recognize, affirm, and support her husband’s God-given responsibility of overall family leadership. Biblical submission of a wife to her husband is a submission of position, not personhood. It is the free and willing subordination of an equal to an equal for the sake of order, stability, and obedience to God’s design. As a man, a husband will fulfill his destiny and his manhood as he exercises his headship in prayerful and humble submission to Christ and gives himself in sacrificial love to his wife. As a woman, a wife will realize her womanhood as she submits to her husband in honor of the Lord, receiving his love and accepting his leadership. When a proper relationship of mutual submission is present and active, a wife will be released and empowered to become the woman God always intended her to be.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Every conscientious husband and wife should measure their marriage by the unchanging standard of the principles found in God’s Word.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“For a woman, language spoken is an expression of what she is feeling. For a man, language spoken is an expression of what he is thinking. A woman says what is on her heart while a man says what is on his mind.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“We will never obtain God’s kind of marriage simply by going along with the crowd, doing what everybody else does. We have to dig deep into the heart of God to discover His principles.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Communication is the ability to ensure that people understand not only what you say but also what you mean. It is also the ability to listen to and understand others. Developing both of these aspects of communication takes a lot of time, patience, and hard work.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Humility is simply believing and accepting what God says about us, and God says that we are anything but worthless.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“We should always keep our behavior or performance separate from our sense of self-worth.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“All married couples should examine themselves periodically and ask, “What have we done with the resources God has given us? How are we handling His blessings? Are we spending our money wisely? Have we progressed over the past year? Are we moving in the direction God wants us to go? Are we obeying His will? Is He pleased with our management? What does He want us to do next?” These are important questions for growing in stewardship.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“It is not enough just to know who we love; we need to know what we love. We need to know why we love the person we love. This is critically important for building a happy and successful marriage.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Satisfied needs produce fulfilled people, and fulfilled people are free to pursue and exercise their full potential as human beings. The primary goal, then, in any relationship should be the meeting of needs. We should not concentrate so much on meeting our own needs, but those of the other person in the relationship. A good test for the health of a relationship is to ask ourselves periodically whose needs we are meeting, ours or theirs? If we are focusing on our needs, the relationship is in trouble. In successful, healthy relationships, both parties put a priority on meeting the needs of the other.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“The adversary’s global attack on marriage is actually an attack on society itself, and ultimately an attack on God, the creator and manufacturer of society and marriage. The adversary knows that if he can destroy marriage he can destroy families; if he can destroy families he can destroy society; and if he can destroy society he can destroy humanity.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“is chosen freely, not imposed from without. Essentially, submission is the willingness to give up our right to ourselves, to freely surrender our insistence on having our own way all the time. Submission means putting the needs, rights, and welfare of another person ahead of our own. A marriage built on this kind of submission will grow healthy, strong, and fulfilling.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“If we hope to become effective and successful in life, ministry, and especially marriage, we have to learn to be good managers. Stewardship means being accountable to God for every resource under our care. Effective managers do more than simply keep things running; they add value to everything they have responsibility over. Under a good manager, resources will appreciate in value.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“One of the great truths of the Bible is that whenever God gets ready to do anything in the earth, He always works through a person or a group of people whom He has called and who have willingly responded to Him. The human factor is key for God’s activity on the earth. When God prepared to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, He called Moses. When He got ready to rescue His people from the Midianites, He called Gideon. When God wanted to warn His disobedient people of His judgment and call them back to Him, He called Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, and the other prophets. When God was ready to send His Son into the world, He chose Mary, a humble peasant girl, to be His mother. When Jesus Christ prepared to send His message of salvation throughout the world, He called and anointed men and women—His Church—and commissioned them for the mission. This illustrates an incredible principle under which God operates: Without God we cannot, and without us God will not. For everything that God desires to do in the earth, He enters into partnership with those to whom He has already given dominion.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Where training and discipline are concerned, short-term pain means long-term gain. It may break our heart to inflict the pain of discipline on our children and to see their tears, but the long-term goal of preparing them to live responsibly as adults justifies the short-term pain of disciplining them while they are young.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Be fruitful. God’s command in Genesis 1:28 is most often understood as referring to procreation, but filling the earth with people is only part of the meaning. The Hebrew word for fruitful means more than just sexual reproduction; it refers to being fruitful in either a literal or a figurative sense. Fruitfulness can be qualitative in nature as well as quantitative. Mankind has never had a problem being procreative—a current global population of over six billion is proof of that—but we do have a problem with being fruitful in the other ways God desires. Essentially, being fruitful means releasing our potential. Fruit is an end product. An apple tree may provide cool shade and be beautiful to look at, but until it produces apples it has not fulfilled its ultimate purpose. Apples contain the seeds of future apple trees and, therefore, future apples. However, apples also have something else to offer: a sweet and nourishing food to satisfy human physical hunger. In this sense, fruit has a greater purpose than simply reproducing; fruit exists to bless the world. Every person is born with a seed of greatness. God never tells us to go find seed; it is already within us. Inside each of us is the seed potential for a full forest—a bumper crop of fruit with which to bless the world. We each were endowed at birth with a unique gift, something we were born to do or become that no one else can achieve the way we can. God’s purpose is that we bear abundant fruit and release the blessings of our gift and potential to the world.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Fill. The third phase of dominion is to “fill” or “replenish” the earth. Bearing fruit, refining our gift, and mastering the use of our resources create demand and lead naturally to wider “distribution.” To “fill the earth” means to expand our gift, our influence, our resources, just as a growing business would by continually improving its product, opening new outlets, and hiring more employees. Another way to look at it is to think once again of an apple tree. A single apple seed grows into an apple tree, which then produces apples, each of which contains seeds for producing more trees. Planting those seeds soon turns a single apple tree into a whole orchard. This expansion to “fill the earth” is a joint effort between the Lord and us. Our part is to be faithful with the resources He has given. He is the one who brings the expansion. The more faithful we are with our stewardship, the more resources God will entrust to us. That is a biblical principle.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Subdue. Fruitfulness, increase, and filling lead naturally to the end result of subduing. To subdue means “to dominate or control,” not in the negative sense of oppression, but in the positive sense of administration. Using business terminology, to subdue means to dominate the market. As we learn to manage our resources, God expands those resources and enlarges our influence. He increases our “market share,” so to speak. There is no limit to what the Lord can do in and with and through any individual or any married couple who surrender themselves and their resources completely to His will and His way. He wants to cover the world with His “orchards” of human fruitfulness.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Few people who marry plan for their marriages to fail, but neither do they specifically plan for success.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“when we share our sorrow, our sorrow is halved, and when we share our joy, our joy is doubled.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“God never demands anything that He does not provide for. Whatever God commands us to do, He equips us to do.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Basic stewardship of resources for married couples who are believers centers around understanding and practicing two fundamental financial principles: tithing and budgeting. Herein lie the seeds of dominion—the secrets of fruitfulness, increase, and filling. Tithing recognizes God as the source of our resources while budgeting recognizes our responsibility to God to manage those resources wisely.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Once a man and woman have married, the only thing they should receive from their parents is advice and counsel, and then only when they ask for it. Parents should not offer opinions or advice without being asked. To do so undermines the development of the leadership and self-determination of the couple. When they married, the leadership and decision-making responsibilities transferred from their former homes to the new home they are building together. All leadership now devolves on them. They are responsible for making their own decisions. Part of cultivating companionship is learning how to exercise these responsibilities effectively together.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Love in marriage is more than just a feeling or an emotion; it is a choice. Love is a decision you make anew every day with regard to your spouse. Whenever you rise up in the morning or lie down at night or go through the affairs of the day, you are choosing continually to love that man or that woman you married.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“How someone else perceives and understands us depends only 7 percent on what we say, 38 percent on how we say it, and 55 percent on what we are doing when we say it.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Headship is not rulership; it is leadership. As head, the man is to provide spiritual leadership and direction to the family. He is supposed to chart the course. His spiritual temperature should set the climate for his entire house.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“We are not to be so concerned about who approves or disapproves of us, but remember that God’s approval is what counts. Those whom God approves are approved indeed.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” In other words, if we do not control our own lives from the inside, somebody else will control them from the outside.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“His Kingdom on this earth was to rule the visible world of man from the invisible realm of the spirit.”
― Myles MunroeRediscovering the Kingdom Expanded Edition

“Increase. Being fruitful is a good and necessary start, but it should grow into the next phase, increase. Once again, even though the idea here is to multiply or reproduce, sexual procreation is only part of the meaning. The Hebrew word for increase also can mean “abundance,” “to be in authority,” “to enlarge,” and “to excel.” It carries the sense of refining your gift until it is completely unique. It is impossible to reproduce what you have not refined. In this context, then, to increase means not only to multiply or reproduce as in having children, but also to improve and excel, mastering your gift and becoming the very best you can possibly be at what you do. It also means learning how to manage the resources God has given you and developing a strategy for managing the increase that will come through refinement. By refining your gift, you make room for it in the world. The more refined your gift, the more in demand you will be. Proverbs 18:16 (KJV) says, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” By refining your gift, you make room for it in the world. What is your fruit—your gift? What are you known for? What do you have that is reproducible? What quality or ability do you have that causes people to seek you out? What brings you joy? What are you passionate about? What do you have to offer the world, even just your little part of it? Fruit must be reproducible or else it is not genuine fruit. “Be fruitful” means to produce fruit; “increase” means to reproduce it.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Kingdom citizenship is a spiritual reality, but it is also a mentality. As believers, we already have the Spirit of God, but we need to learn the mind and the heart of God.”
― Myles MunroeRediscovering the Kingdom Expanded Edition

“Within the overall context of loving his wife, a husband’s first and primary role is to be the spiritual head and covering and teacher in the home. Through his words, lifestyle, and personal behavior the husband should teach the Word, the will, and”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Love is an ongoing debt that we owe each other, a debt that should never be paid off. Paul made this clear when he wrote to the believers in Rome, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law” (Rom. 13:8). If we get into the habit of thinking of ourselves as always owing a debt of love to our spouses, we will be less inclined to take offense when they say or do something that we do not like.”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“Basic stewardship of resources for married couples who are believers centers around understanding and practicing two fundamental financial principles: tithing and budgeting. Herein lie the seeds of dominion—the secrets of fruitfulness, increase, and filling. Tithing recognizes God as the source of our resources while budgeting recognizes our responsibility”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deut. 8:18a).”
― Myles MunroeThe Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

“No matter what type of leader you are or how widespread your influence, you face personal temptations, challenges, and stresses. And only a foundation of character will sustain you and your leadership.”
― Myles MunroePower of Character in Leadership, The: How Values, Morals, Ethics, and Principles Affect Leaders

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I SPEAK FOR THE BUSH

By Everett Standa

When my friend sees me
He swells and pants like a frog
Because I talk the wisdom of the bush!
He says we from the bush
Do not understand civilized ways
For we tell our women
To keep the hem of their dresses
Below the knee.
We from the bush, my friend insists,
Do not know how to “enjoy”:
When we come to the civilized city,
Like nuns, we stay away from night clubs
Where women belong to no men
And men belong to no women
And these civilized people
Quarrel and fight like hungry lions!

But, my friend, why do men
With crippled legs, lifeless eyes,
Wooden legs, empty stomachs
Wander about the streets
Of this civilized world?

Teach me, my friend, the trick,
So that my eyes may not
See those whose houses have no walls
But emptiness around;
Show me the wax you use
To steal your ears
To stop hearing the cry of the hungry;
Teach me the new wisdom
Which tells men
To talk about money and not love,
When they meet women;

Tell your God to convert
Me to the faith of the indifferent,
The faith of those
Who will never listen until
They are shaken with blows

I speak for the bush:
You speak for the civilized-
Will you hear me?

I have loved flowers that fade

By Robert Bridges

I have loved flowers that fade,
Within whose magic tents
Rich hues have marriage made
With sweet unmemoried scents:
A honeymoon delight,
A joy of love at sight,
That ages in an hour
My song be like a flower!.

I have loved airs that die
Before their charm is writ
Along a liquid sky
Trembling to welcome it.
Notes, that with pulse of fire
Proclaim the spirit’s desire,
Then die, and are nowhere
My song be like an air!.

Die, song, die like a breath,
And wither as a bloom;
Fear not a flowery death,
Dread not an airy tomb!
Fly with delight, fly hence!
‘Twas thine love’s tender sense
To feast; now on thy bier
Beauty shall shed a tear.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveler, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could 
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear; 
Though as for that, the passing there 
Had worn them really about the same, 

And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black.
 
Oh, I marked the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way 
I doubted if I should ever come back.
 

I shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;

If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!

How I set up firm worth Sh78m at 24 – Mr Franklin Akoko

Franklin Akoko had a rough childhood. He buried his parents on the same day while still in primary school, the money left for him and his younger sister’s upkeep was squandered on alcohol, and the two were forced to relocate to Nyakach to live with their grandmother, who struggled to raise them. But today, Mr Akoko, 24, is the CEO of a group of three companies whose assets are valued at Sh78 million, and has created jobs for 32 people.

Sorry for the loss of your parents.What happened?

When I was in Class 7, my dad got sick and suddenly passed away. On hearing the news, my mother, who was really close to my dad, got a stroke and stopped eating. She passed away after two days, and we buried both of them on the same day. I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. My sister was about four years younger than I was, and I knew I would have to grow up quickly and work hard to be there for her. My dad used to work at the ministry of Agriculture, and on his death, his benefits were passed on to my uncle who was taking care of us. We stayed with him until I sat my KCPE and was admitted to Nyabondo Boys High School. However, I learned that the money set aside for fees had been squandered, so we were forced to move to the village in Nyakach, east of Kisumu, to live with my grandmother. She helped me get into Adingo Opanga Secondary School, which, though unpopular, was the only school she could afford. She sold her only cow and got Sh7,000 for it, and I started my studies. Although the fees for the entire four years came to Sh48,000, we did not have the means to pay it comfortably. I relied on bursaries and we sold various household items to raise money. My grandmother was sickly and died after my Form Four exams, so she did not live to see me score a B+. I had a fee balance of Sh22,000, which I finally settled with the proceeds I got from selling charcoal to villagers and with some help from my relatives.

What was life like after high school?

One of my dad’s cousins, an uncle I consider a pillar of strength to date, took me in and I lived with him in Umoja, Nairobi. At the time, my sister was in boarding school. He encouraged me to pursue my interests, which were in environmental science — just like my dad’s were. I enrolled at the University of Nairobi for parallel studies, with financing from the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb). My uncle used to give me pocket money. In 2008, while in my second semester, I got an internship at a company that deals with auditing environmental reports for companies. I quickly learned the ropes and after the four-month internship ended, I thought of venturing into the business.

How did you start your company and where did you get your initial capital?

I learned how to create a website during my free time, so after settling on the concept for my company, I registered it with Sh20,000 I received from my uncle, set up its website and Altime Management Consultancy was born. I first approached Prima Rosa, a flower firm in Nyahururu, to help them with an environmental impact assessment on greenhouse structures they were planning to set up. During my internship, I had been sent to do some work with them and had set out to perform excellently. They were impressed. So when I approached them with a proposal as Altime, they were happy to take me on. Also, the fact that my body build makes people think I am older than I really am helped me a lot. I came up with a 100-page report that captured all the necessary National Environment Management Authority (Nema) requirements, including on soil analysis and water supply. The company paid me Sh280,000 for a job that had cost me about Sh10,000 — most of which I had spent on transport. My second job was with a company called Ecotech, which, after conducting an environmental audit and risk assessment, paid me Sh140,000. I was ecstatic and saw the untapped potential in the environmental science sector. I built my name through being reliable, competent and satisfying my customers.

 

When did you make your first million?

I was 20. I got a project to do a feasibility study for a power station and was paid Sh1,078,000 — I’ll never forget that figure; you hear about millions, but it is quite an experience to hold that cheque. I was still a student at UoN and had by then done many other projects for several companies. I was labelled a hustler in school, so I kept information on how much I was making a secret.

How did you spend your first million?

I actually had no major plans for the money then, so I just put it all in a savings account and did not indulge in any extravagance. However, I bought my first car, a Nissan X-Trail, while in my third year, to help me navigate the rough roads and sometimes long distances I had to cover when coming up with reports for my clients. I never took it to school, though, as I did not want to draw any undue attention to myself.

What happened after graduation?

I was not looking for employment, so I went into full-time management of Altime. It was then that I realised there is a gap in solar equipment installation and I started Solartech. I partnered with a Chinese company that sells me solar equipment at low rates, and if I have big orders to fill, they send me supplies without my having to pay upfront. I also noticed that many people were digging boreholes, and I thought: why not supply the market with drilling machines? So I started Hydrotech, which supplies machinery and does geotechnical investigations that determine the viability of a proposed borehole location. We recently opened a Hydrotech branch in Rwanda, which is picking up.

What is your motivation?

I want to help others who come from backgrounds like mine, and continue my dad’s legacy by helping the poor children in my village.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Managing a business when young can be very challenging and it is sometimes hard to find the money to pay my employees’ salaries as the money available may be required for other projects.

Parting shot?

You really want to do something? Go for it.

Courtesy of Standard Digital News at http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000103379/how-i-set-up-firm-worth-sh78m-at-24?pageNo=3