Tool #15 of 104 tools is hope despite the tough times

Tool #15 of 104 tools is hope despite the tough times

“Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Life has a way of its own timing for different people in ways no one can imagine. Some people attain most of their life’s desires at an early age. Few are fortunate to make it on their own early in their careers. Others are born into a world of fortune created by their parents or close relatives. Depending on the parenting skills, the children, relatives and friends may make it or blow it up by the time they are in the afternoon or evening of their lives. You have seen children of once rich families languishing in poverty. Most vivid is a recent outcry by some children of the late top businessman and politician in Kampala aired on NTV Uganda of their state of poverty hardly two years of passing. These are children who had been used to wealth. Now they must start from scratch and learn the art of living on their own –how to make it from the start up wards. There is nothing as bad as tasting the sweetness of wealth and money at a young age only to lose it at your prime age of late 30’s.

Others start from scratch directly and work their way up. They are children of hope. They understand that hoping without action is a recipe for poverty. They hope, plan, wake up early, work hard, hope again and form friendships that are for a life time and love what they do. The world is full of so many people with qualifications and brains. But very few people who can be trusted. How many of your friends can send you to pick their children from school, drop them home, go to their bedroom, check in their side drawer for any cash change and go to the Nakawa market buy food for the family? If someone can trust you with their personal errands that are at the core of their family life, they trust you so much. You don’t want to blow such trust away. You are guaranteed to succeed.

Life is like a journey. It is full of corners, bumps, valleys and hills. No corner is permanent. However long a steep valley, it soon comes to an end. So is life. You may be going through tough times. They will soon come to an end. You need to believe and plan. Remember, it does not matter how much money you may have today. It is just a paper which is a means of exchange. You need people. They are the ones who own the things money buys. Hoping without having invested in your skills, morals and integrity is a waste of time. Build a strong foundation against which you hope. And everything will fall in place.


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About M. B. Mugisa

Mustapha Barnabas Mugisa is one of those rare people who provides business consulting and advisory to professionals and corporate entities who demand the very best. He is a prolific speaker and governance (strategy and risk) expert. His speaking involves making key notes at major conferences and business events on both technical subjects and leadership skills. A change agent and motivational speaker. Mustapha provides tools and proven methodologies to remarkable results through making people appreciate change. Visit Mustapha's LinkedIn profile to know more. Mustapha is the architect of #WinningMindset Leadership and #WinningTheGame strategy approach that combines Harvard Business strategy Playing To Win, with the Blue Ocean Strategy and Balanced Score Card to deliver a strategy that is easy to execute and monitor. Visit for special insights to improve your condition. Are you too good to be great?

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