I had dreamt that one day I would publish a book…one day I would have something under my name…well that day is today..🙏🙏🙏…I’m grateful..below is a link to my book which is up on Amazon…as from Saturday till Monday, the book will be free on Kindle..
My life before Ascent was stagnant and mostly revolving on a comfort zone. I was barely doing anything else apart from living and Architecture, and the latter had proven to be stressful sometimes. I had a small circle of friends who were mostly classmates or people I knew in my previous education years. In short I was alive but not living.
My life was sort of a loop; it was a repetitive sequence of moments that were restricted to routine. As we all know, routine colors the world grey and gloomy. I needed a way out; hence I found Ascent.
To be honest, I wasn’t aware of a leadership program going on, until that day I coincidentally met one of my classmates who was to attend an interview. Having not much to do at home, I accompanied him just to ‘to waste on time’ but as the universe would have it, I was convinced to participate in the interview and my story has not been the same ever since.
It’s been ten weeks of getting out of my comfort zone and trusting people in the long run. I remember the first time meeting with my new teammates. The room was magnificent. There was an ambience of tranquility yet at the same time naivety since most of us were just but strangers.
I remember when the team of facilitators explaining to us what the program was all about. At that point, I was in a state of disbelief. Was it me, who had just passed that interview?
The program had fifty souls. Fifty! To me that number just made my anxiety level rise to higher scales. I mean it’s not new being in large crowd for me (my class has almost 90 students) but these were total strangers, and it made me feel like my first year of uni once more. My comfort zone was going to be non-existent for a maximum of 10 weeks. Honestly, I didn’t think I could make it.
So there I am, that fateful Tuesday night; watching people looking all ready and psyched up while I try to figure out what I was doing there. They shuffled us into groups. At first I landed on Team Purko before being shuffled once more to Team Moitanik. (These were team names. There were six teams; Purko, Moitanik, Kore, Loiten, Damat, Sira. They were based from the Maasai age groups). I have grown to know my team and I’m really glad that I found them.
My team gave me the energy I lacked. They opened my eyes to see the world more critically. Opening arms, heart and soul to complete strangers is not an easy thing to do.
How the training went; there were sessions every Tuesday where we had key speakers who came and taught us on various subjects that stretched within the ten weeks. Also with every week, there were various projects that every team was supposed to do, and honestly they were bonding and learning moments.
During the sessions, aside from engaging with other groups; we were also encouraged to have identities in relation to the topics of the day. Simply, we were to come up with a form of dressing that related with the topic of the day, and wow did we see people giving it their all. From dressing like Jesus and the twelve disciples, to people dressing like the secret service. In short creativity was just in the air.
Having a team by your side; doing various projects and getting to learn about different people and why they are the way they are, has been a mind opener to me. It has been a learning experience.
My growth point will be mostly as a result of being in a team. There is a dynamism in working with a group and rather than working alone. I had to learn to trust others and let them in my life. I had to learn that everyone had a role to play. This was specifically evident in the finance project when I evidently got to learn skills like cooking chapatis and selling pin pops.
Not everyone could do one thing at the same time. Duties were delegated, so as to reduce the bulk on people’s shoulders.
I also got to learn the importance of having a money plan. There’s importance in knowing how to account for the money you spend, and also importance in saving for a particular goal. Ever since, I’ve been trying to account for every money I’ve spent.
Punctuality has also been another growth point for me. There is purpose in trying as much as possible to be punctual for any engagement. This enables smooth transition of the schedule, and the task at hand can be solved in good time. With punctuality a lot can be done, since one is able to create more time.
The whole experience has also enabled me to realize why I am the way I am. Knowing my character traits and all, I’ve tried to bit logic by getting out of my comfort zone and creating relations with other people.
Being an introvert, my circle of friends tends to be really small but the whole Ascent experience has taught me the need to rely on other people and for that I am really thankful.
Quoting from Paulo Coelho’s book, Manuscript from Accra; Ask a flower in the field: ‘Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over.’ And the flower will answer: ‘I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.’
Everyone has a role to play in this life, and my expectation was to merely understand that concept. Now I do. My role is to serve others while trying my best to make this world a better place.
Have you ever reached a point where,, you feel like an overloading computer..you want to achieve all these goals in a limited span of time because you fear time is catching up with you quickly? I mean, you are no longer a teenager, you are at the point of adulthood. What does it really mean being an adult?
You are edging closer to your mid twenties and your portfolio has only two things. You graduated with a degree, and you still live with your parents. The pressure that falls on us not to reach this inescapable reality😢.
You always had a talent in high school. You came to campus and things changed. A musician; they called you. But you found out that it was worthless and not in line with your career choice. But your friends are already making it big..dropping hits and getting constant gigs. The system created this fear in you; you became overly dependent on this career path and forgot your talent. You forgot what it really feels to be alive.
And time doesn’t slow down really. One moment you are this naive twenty year old..the next you are someone’s parent. Can we really achieve everything we ever wish to do if we are afraid to let go sometimes? Is jumping off the cliff to the unknown really an option?
The world knows how to paint rainbow and glamour, but at the same time, it also paintsw shades of grey.