If you do not fight for what you want now, you will fight against what you don’t want later. Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of fear. To gain anything substantial in life you have to do something that requires you to go an extra mile. To win a marathon race you have to undergo thorough training, disciplined lifestyle and strategize. You have to change and set your mindset on achievement and wining.
My early school life was punctuated by immense mediocrity. I was a damn dull short boy with a low self-esteem, to make matters worse I was also a stammerer; other kids would mock me whenever I opened my mouth to speak. My academic performance in class was wanting, I was always at the bottom of the class, and I severally quit school to be employed as a shamba boy (a gardener) but my mother always intervened forcedly to stop it. Severally she would punish me for not reporting to school even after I left home in the morning with other students to go to school. I would hide in the maize plantations from morning up to the time other pupils came back in the evening from school.
My situation worsened when I joined secondary school, I could not even defeat one student in class. That was a farfetched dream. I was an academic dwarf.
In 1999 as a form two student I decided to quit school to become a street boy roaming on the streets of Nakuru town. I went through a four year period of reckless lifestyle; I grew dreadlocks, abused drugs and got involved in criminal activities. However, deeper inside I knew that I had a great destiny and even envisioned a time when I would be blessed and become a pillar to many. I never gave up despite the fact that the environment was pushing me to destruction. In August 2013, I gave my life to Christ and in the following year I went back to school and joined the Anestar High School from form two. I dared not quit. It was a serious risk. Look at this, a very dull young man having been in the streets for four years, going back to school without school fees! That was a risk in itself. There was a reason to despise myself, there was fear of failure and the fear of unknown, but I mastered it, and through my high school life I worked smart and hard regardless of my weak academic status. My effort yielded fruits, I emerged the fourth best student in the final KCSE Exams in that year. I was determined to excel. So I joined the university and pursued a degree in Pure Economics.

I made a deliberate choice not to quit but to pursue my dreams and fight for my dreams, I eventually became the person I envisaged. It doesn’t matter what stage you are in life right now. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are. At any point in time you can decide to change your life and go for your dreams and aspirations. Would it be taking a risk? Perhaps. Anytime we take a step into the unknown we are taking a risk. That’s why it’s called the unknown. So, what if you don’t like the unknown when you get there? Then you will find a way to change it or to move past it. You will. And what if the unknown turns out to be more amazing than you could have ever imagined? Well, there is only one way to find it out.
Don’t always blame people, events and circumstances for your failures and position. The greatest level of warfare is when you truly confront yourself in battle. The greatest person on earth is that who conquers himself, Conquers his fear, position and perception. He breaks the status quo, takes risk, and fights for his dreams and destiny. He knows no defeat, He never quits.

The people who wish that you remain in your low position or even retrogress are more than the fans of Manchester united in the whole universe. The people waiting for your downfall are more than those waiting for Christ to return. Don’t be a people pleaser and dare not be affected by those who are not for you. As long as your heart and mind are set towards your greatness, you are on track.
It’s not about what they say about you but what you say about yourself. The perception you have about you determines their reception towards you. You will not be defeated by what they say about you, you will be defeated by what you say about you.

The majority of people live a life of timidity, procrastination and quitting. They have very weird dreams but never commit to pursue them. If you listen to their plans they amaze you with their aspirations but they never take action. The next step after dreaming is taking action to pursue it. There will be ups and downs, people will not support you, and resources may not be favorable but dare not quit. If you quit now, what were you even fighting for? You have to put up the victor’s attitude and face your fears. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. Keep getting up until you get that breakthrough.

Never stop believing in yourself and never stop fighting for your dreams because if you don’t, who will?
I know you could be going through a rough time, maybe you are going into the fight of your life. Fighting for your future, fighting for your career, fighting for your ventures, fighting for your family, fighting for your health, some of you are fighting for your life and Amb. Steve Mbugua is here begging you, ‘DO NOT QUIT! DO NOT GIVE IN! DO NOT GIVE UP!
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About the Author


Amb. Steve Mbugua is an enthusiastic Ambassador of Safety and wellness with in-depth training, safety advisory and Workplace Safety Behavior Change Coaching experience. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Makinika Afrika Int’l , a Health and Safety Training Firm in Kenya  and Group CEO  Nairobi Safety Shop Limited, the largest Security, Safety and Health Store in the East and Central Africa and Managing Director, Stewa Safaris Kenya Limited a Premier  Tours and  Travels Company in Kenya.

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