Extraordinary Things in Ordinary Places

By Rogers Wanambwa


We normally forget that there is more silence in the Bible than speech. This is why it was written for millennia.


God does not speak unnecessarily but His silence is not any less powerful than His speech. As we see in Jeremiah 18: 1-6, God is capable of speaking through actions, silence, and by the Word.


It is here that we also learn that extraordinary things happen in ordinary places. Let us expound on this.


Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft are four of the most valued companies today with a combined net worth of over $5 trillion. Not a small feat, right? All of them were birthed in garages and hostel dorm for Facebook.


Do you see where I am going?


Besides, you should never under look your position or your business’s in life. Great things come from the most ordinary of places I reiterate.


Even Jesus Christ Himself was born in Nazareth where they used to joke that nothing of importance comes from there!


John 1:46: “Can any good thing come from Nazareth?”


So the next time you feel dismayed, remember this humble lesson, it doesn’t matter where you come from or where you are, you can still achieve great things.


That’s all for today.

Notes:

The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Jeremiah 18:1-6, KJV.

Removing Friction From Businesses is a Trillion Dollar Industry

By Rogers Wanambwa


Earlier this morning, I had an illuminating conversation with a friend of mine who is business. She has a small venture that has been steadily growing over the years. Her problem was a lack of capital to see the business reach the kick-off stage and expand beyond her locality.


In our conversation, I realized something that you (the reader) may already know but one that needs to be iterated; that removing frictions from businesses is a trillion-dollar industry.

Let’s expound on this:


Many businesses have a problem of limited capital. For a venture capitalist, this is an opportunity that can last you a lifetime. By investing in such a business and attaining a small ownership (perhaps even a bigger one), you are guaranteed a Return on Investment for a long time.


For the original business owner, you have solved the friction they had. Curiously, there are not many formal venture capitalists in Uganda, not to mention Africa. This I believe, needs to change if there is to be real financial growth across the board.


Similarly, companies like Amazon have exploited a friction that businesses encounter and gone on to become trillion-dollar companies ($1.7 trillion to be exact).


By Amazon offering a platform to showcase and transport commodities for anyone and everyone at affordable prices, even small businesses can now afford to be seen and to make available their products to customers around the world.


Unprecedented in the business world.


Smartphone makers are in the same position as Amazon because they “offer the world in your hands.” By owning a smartphone, you can run business operations with people around the world, communicate with partners and potential customers, get to know everything happening the world in real-time, and of course, everything else you use it for (you know them, I WON’T OUT YOU).


This has made companies like Apple ($2.7 trillion) and Facebook ($780 billion), trillion-dollar companies.
Near home here, the biggest companies also remove friction in our lives (some literally like the ones that produce oil and detergents) and our businesses. Companies like Nice House of Plastics, Mukwano Industries, among others.


In a nutshell, what we need to discover is what is giving people a hard time and offer to solve it. Be it a product or service, if you can provide it, you are good to go.


Well, what are waiting for? Go think and come up with something.

Do the Work Anyway

“Just do the work, and then you’ll do more work, and you’ll get better at the work.”
~Regé-Jean Page

By Rogers Wanambwa


According to Malcolm Gladwell in his bestseller, Outliers: The Story of Success, it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert or master performer in a given field. This is coincidentally, ten years of experience.


What this simply means is that you have to put in a lot of work to be recognized in anything you take on.

Obviously, this is as complex and tiresome as it sounds so yeah, I am not suggesting shortcuts here.


I believe that our generation is being shortchanged by people that promise us easy ways out of poverty, bad times and the like yet almost no one ever gets somewhere they want or dream of this way.


This article, therefore, is geared towards reminding the reader (and truthfully, the writer too) that you have to do the work!


You have to continue showing up despite all obstacles, unfulfilled short term desires, disappointments, setbacks, and so on. A rainy day should be the reason for your not showing up to work (huh, yes, that too).


Where we are, life demands for even more from us while rewarding very little to most, keep showing up.


Those that are diligent and strong willed will be noticed. You’ll be surprised by who is taking note (and stock) of your accomplishments!


Just the day, for example, a group of people met my mother (who has raised my sisters and I singly for the past twelve years) and thanked her for being resilient and also talked about what we are achieving as her children.


She was abundantly pleased by the praise, albeit, comforted by the fact that perhaps her legacy will be that after all.


The world is watching, so whatever grievance you have, do the work anyway.


I will admit, I have had to leave some jobs. But I worked till the last minute as hard as the first day I reported. I believe that our work defines us. We are the culmination of everything we are doing.


So, yes, do fret, do the work anyway.

Btw, I did a review of the above book. Here it is.

Silent Screams


By Rogers Wanambwa


Slave to your actions
Bruised by your indifference
Heart torn by your ping pong games
Love at its all-time low
Anger towards every thriving relationship
Hoping to get noticed gets me through the day
The nights forsook me
Terror of not being worthy engulfs my conscience
This is not me
I was once full of confidence
Once my walk was full a spring
Like the other candidate going to register for his presidential bid,
I was the oomph
A shelf of my original jolly self
That’s what I remain
Screaming for you to notice me
Guess my mouth is gagged
Because these seem to be silent screams.

It is amazing how we want to be noticed and it keeps eating at us! It doesn’t matter whether you portray a tough unbothered persona or you are one of those that keep falling in love, everyone is screaming to be noticed.


This poem is dedicated to those in power who are like a lover that ignores his beloved, making her a shell of her former self by his nonchalant way of never caring.

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