My story started with a quest for a great life, to fulfill my potential and achieve my dreams. I had this great desire to win in life and impact people’s lives for good. I come from a family of seven. One great guy who led the way and three set of twins following. I am a middle twin. My parents gave me the name Gift, which I later unilaterally changed to George because some of the kids in the neighborhood and school were making fun of me, calling me ‘parcel’ which infuriated and embarrassed me at the same time. At the subconscious level, I had this premonition that my parents gave me that name for a reason so I started believing that my name ‘Gift’ meant be a gift to the people around me, the world, and do something with my life for the benefit of others. My parents ingrained in me at the time that knowledge through education was the best way to achieve my goals and be successful. This is what they were told by their parents I believe. With this belief and matching orders, I enrolled in a university outside my country. There was a catch though. My parents did not have the money to support my education so that meant looking for work to pay my way through school. The University was gracious and put me on a work-study program to help pay part of the fees. I visited different organizations to ask for financial support with no success. On one occasion, I visited an organization and was advised by the leader of the organization to just go back home and find something else to do. I talked to my parents about my challenges in getting financial support and the struggles I was going through. As you can expect from any loving parent, my dad suggested I return home to work for a printing and publishing business he was thinking about setting up. This business never got off the ground. I told my dad I was not returning home until I achieved my purpose for leaving home. I took whatever job was available at the university through work-study and completed my bachelor’s degree.
After completing my bachelor’s degree, I looked for a job but could not find any. The excuse from the potential employers at the time was that I did not have any work experience. In my naivety, I asked one of the employers, “If you don’t give me a job, how do you expect me to get the work experience?” to which he said, “We are not a charitable organization; I don’t care what you think. I have no job for you.” I volunteered to work for a charitable organization and got my first work experience to put on my resume. I did more volunteering for other organizations and got even more experience.
Still, with no job in sight I applied for a Master of Business Administration degree in England. I was accepted and commenced the MBA program. I found a benevolent Catholic priest who promised to pay part of my fees in return for working with him in Africa. Once again I requested for work-study at the university to pay a portion of the fees and got office cleaning jobs to keep me afloat for a while. Whatever money I was making was inadequate to fully pay the rest of the fees so I was in arrears. The university administration gave me an ultimatum to pay up or they would let me go. I remember doing all that I knew to do, taking on more work and going to class half asleep because I had worked all night. I went to the MBA director’s personal assistant with the suggestion to quit because the challenges were too much for me. Her words to me were so clear; “George, do not quit now. If you do, you will regret it for the rest of your life. You have come this far and I know you will finish. Don’t give up on yourself now.” I took her advice and continued with the courses, worked various jobs and completed the master’s program. On graduation day, I was awarded the MBA Director’s Award of Distinction with the following accompanying words from the professor: “George, use this degree and award to change and influence your part of the world.” These words resonated with me and are now part of my personal vision statement which says, “I release champions and inspire each one to greatness.” I have since obtained a doctorate degree in business administration, worked with international management consulting firms, started two private universities, worked with multinational corporations, set up a consulting practice providing training and consulting services to for-profit and non-profit organizations, set up a health and wellness business, and now engaged in professional speaking on change and transformation for optimal results and coaching services to clients in various countries.
My story is not to impress you but rather to impress upon you that you can be successful in life and achieve the goals you have set for yourself. I want to inspire you and reignite the passion you once hard. I want to rekindle your lost dreams and set you on a course to achieve massive success. In speaking to thousands and conducting seminars around the world, I came to one conclusion: You can change the trajectory of your life, you can move the needle positively in the direction of your dreams, you can achieve your ambition and leave the world a better place, and you have the internal resources to follow your passion and make money living your passion. You sure can profit from your passion!