Merely getting to the point of writing this, my first entry, posed enough obstacles to highlight that I perhaps am on the right track. The desire for progress or change in my experience has rarely been met with arms wide open.
Am on about the theme, if you may, of my 2017. (Starting outright with “this year,am going to do…” seemed too cliche hence the odd beginning.)
I make 25 in a couple of days. A refreshingly young, but not so much so as not to be taken seriously, age. It seemed prudent therefore to look back on the past 25 and attempt to project the direction for the next 25.
I will borrow liberally from the words of those much smarter than I am in this and subsequent posts to better express myself. The first is this from Adam Smith:
“The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. ”
I don’t know if this is a situation unique to myself, but more often that not, I’ve caught myself merely coasting through life. This took on many shapes in my case, like the numerous times I’d boldy declare how I would lose my belly and shed a few kilos, only for the months to roll by and find my shirts a little tighter around the belly area, and myself a few kgs heavier. Or the small daily things that manage to keep me busy whose results I can’t reasonably quantify at the end of the month or year.
The cumulative effect is that I felt and can see in hindsight, that I was merely living the same year over and over. The majority of the lessons I’ve learned have been accidental or circumstantial where a response is demanded and I rose to meet the demand. Forest-like to use the words of Mosze. Opening up this account to journal the process is one of the steps in adding structure and intention to my growth. Not leaving it to chance. (I’ve already lost 5kgs since the turn of the year and all my pants sag…so yippee!☺)
Still on the subject of growth:
“Progress has more to do with direction than it does speed.”
These are words I saw as a screensaver of my dad’s computer close to 10 years ago but they seem especially relevant now. After much internal conflict and fear surrounding the decision, I’ve made peace with my desire to follow my dreams as the cliche goes. I registered Thumbukani Enterprises on 9th January, 2017 which I envision as becoming a holding company in the near future with interests in food processing, energy, mining, ICT and wherever else God leads us.
My humble beginning is Thumbu Foods. I’ve indefinitely closed my operation of primary production of poultry to move upstream with my first product “Thumbu precut chicken.” My target is to have it in markets by 1st March.(4 days time). hehehe..so help me God. The target for Thumbu Foods in 2017 is to have hit an output of 2000 birds processed and packed weekly. Modest target, but yeah. Also, to have produced and have ready a new product for the market. Something for mass production. Am thinking ketchup or margarine, not certain yet. We’ll see. But therein lies my business direction for this year. Later posts will contain information about other aspects of life.
So help me God.