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The Case Against The Clergy

Point of order, information and clarification. Yeah it feels like we’re right back in debate club. Many people have spoken against the church and I am here to defend them. This heat is a result of the church’s position on the Proposed Constitution.

Let’s get this clear: Who is the church? My bible, and all we were taught in Sunday school and in C.R.E class, tells me that the believers, the followers of Christ are the church. We feel slighted and offended, when church leaders, the so called clergy, declare the stand of the church as a whole when they have not consulted us and our fellow brethren. Very many Christians, myself included, are in favour of the Proposed Constitution. Various pastors that we have spoken to, and my priest as well, are in favour of the new law, and for good reason. But before we get into that, let’s talk about these self proclaimed leaders, and others in history that have been like them.

It was such church leaders who had Copernicus persecuted and prosecuted when he brought the world the truth about, well, the world. They are the same ones that persecuted that brilliant soul known as Galileo, when he enlightened us about our planet. These same church leaders were the ones who led the Crusades in Europe, inciting and directing the mass murder of innocent people who would not convert to Christianity. They waged wars in the name of God, in the name of Christ. The Dark Age was largely in part due to them, when they kept the population in fear and superstition, through tactics such as burning ‘witches’ and ‘heretics’ at the stake. These same leaders caused the rift in the Catholic Church, as the Reformation came about due to their excesses. To mention a few of these excesses: they believed that no one could or should question them, they were above the law, and saw themselves as the only ones fit to interpret and deliver the word of God. For Heaven’s sake (pun intended) they sold letters of forgiveness, letters that would guarantee your entry into paradise.

Let us not forget that it was these same church leaders who persecuted Christ Himself, and failed to believe in Him, even when His teachings and miracles were so clear for the pure of heart, and even the not so pure, to see. Even when a powerful messenger had come before and informed them of His arrival.

They are the ones who now tell us that Haiti’s catastrophes were caused by a pact they made with the devil. Really? So what caused the tribal clashes we have had for so long in this country? What caused the bomb attacks we have had? What caused the post election violence? Where was the clergy when we needed them? Where was the clergy when the colonialists were murdering and enslaving us? When Tom Mboya was assassinated, when Ouko was murdered? J.M Kariuki. Pio Gama Pinto. Where was the clergy? When corruption reared its ugly head again and again: Anglo-Leasing, Goldenberg, AIDS fund scandals, Education fund scandals etc, When students were shot right outside the university. Where was their voice then? When this country was tearing itself apart, where were they?

So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an arch defender of the status quo. If today’s church does not recapture the spirit of the times and the needs of its flock, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust. If it is not relevant it is just a matter of time before people realize the truth. It’s all right to talk about “streets flowing with milk and honey,” but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day. Poverty and corruption in this country have ruined far more lives than abortion and the clashes we have had. It’s all right to talk about the New Jerusalem, but one day, God’s preachers must talk about the New Nairobi.

I hope the church as a whole will meet the challenge of this decisive hour. But even if the church does not come to the aid of justice, I have no despair about the future. I have no fear about the outcome of this struggle, for which many patriotic Kenyans have given their blood, sweat and tears for.

Let us rise up with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make Kenya what it ought to be.

~Phillip Walubengo

This article was written in 2007, during the run up to the referendum on a new constitution for Kenya. The ‘Yes’ side won, and Kenya now has a new constitution. The constitution making process was hailed as one of the most consultative in human history.


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Why Network Marketing?

In a typical multi-level marketing or network marketing arrangement, individuals associate with a parent company as an independent contractor and are compensated based on their sales of products or service, as well as the sales achieved by those they bring into the business.

In a legitimate Network Marketing company, commissions are earned only on sales of the company’s products. No money may be earned from recruiting alone (“sign-up fees”).

Network marketing has a recognized image problem due to the fact that it is often difficult to distinguish legitimate network marketing from illegal scams such as pyramid or Ponzi schemes. Network marketing businesses do operate legitimately in most countries, and new businesses may use terms like “affiliate marketing” or “home-based business franchising”.  Pyramid and Ponzi schemes are illegal.

A pyramid scheme is a non-sustainable business model that involves the exchange of money primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, without any product or service being delivered. Ponzi schemes, however, are a fraudulent investment operation that involves paying abnormally high returns (“profits”) to investors out of the money paid in by subsequent investors, rather than from net revenues generated by any real business.

You must ask yourself, why do so many successful world leaders in business all praise, believe and invest in network marketing? Anthony Robbins (trainer and adviser to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, presidents, the US Army, CIA, NASA, and more recently, Oprah), the late Jim Rohn, Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad), Brian Tracy, Denis Waitley, Zig Ziglar, Mark Victor Hansen and Jim Canfield (the creators of the Chickensoup for the soul series) and so many others. Why do they all believe in and recommend Network Marketing?

The time of successful home-based entrepreneur has arrived and as the technological age expands, the future of Network Marketing is unlimited. Where businesses are located is no longer relevant, but how we conduct ourselves and our business is imperative.

Consumers have always had a deep, inner desire to buy products that are specific to them and to buy from people they know and can trust. Network Marketing can satisfy this need and is the ultimate in high touch marketing.

Bill Nightingale once said “there are no good jobs, there are only good people. And good people make a job good; they lend honor to the job.” The future of the Network Marketing industry is as unlimited as the people who get involved in it. Good people selling good products and helping others. Therefore, it will continue to grow and grow – because every year, more and more people are coming in with the right values and successful approaches, and they are raising the entire standard of this industry to the point where soon it will be one of the most respected business methods of distribution of products and services in the world.

The most powerful thing about Network Marketing is that is allows a person with virtually nothing other than ambition, energy and imagination to get started in a business with no financial limits.

Another thing that makes now such a great time to be in network marketing is that marketers themselves are networking with one another like never before. Not only does the internet put us in touch with millions of potential prospects, but it unites us with other networkers as well. This allows us to learn from one another’s experiences and to interact with those who really know the challenges we face. Up until now, the competition has been fierce and “success secrets” closely held. The new network marketers realize that being willing to teach each other what we do, helps everyone. This is truly an exciting time.

There is a long list of benefits related to a Network Marketing business:

  1. Self-satisfaction. You run the business. You get credit for the work you do.
  2. Work with people you like. No difficult co-workers. No office politics.
  3. Flexibility. Work the hours you want to fit in with your life & family.
  4. No commuting. Save time & money.
  5. No office leasing expense. Your home is your office.
  6. No Boss. Plan your own workday. Set it up so it’s enjoyable for you.
  7. No income ceiling. Your earnings potential is unlimited.
  8. Security. No layoffs. No downsizing.

Additional benefits include:

  1. Low start-up cost: You can get most everything you need to start for less than $500. (For our business, the start up cost is 35$) Most businesses take thousands of dollars in start-up capital.
  2. No expensive training. In fact, this is typically included in the start-up
  3. No administration hassles. The company handles all the product selection, research & development, shipping, warehousing, etc.
  4. Keep your regular job until your business income is high enough to replace it.
  5. No expensive tools necessary. You need a phone, a computer, and Internet connection.
  6. Residual Income. You profit from the product purchases & sales of everyone in your group. Nothing is more important to your financial future than the “residual income” concept. Once you’ve built a customer base and distributor base, most of your income comes from recurring sales and the work of others.

As you help your people build their own organizations and introduce quality products to customers, network marketing pays you in the future for work you did in the past.

For me the main benefits that Network Marketing has brought to my life, apart from the money which is extremely important by the way, is the life skills. How to better manage your time, how to communicate and connect with people, how to sell a product or a service, how to motivate myself and others, how to set goals and achieve them.

So, Why Network Marketing?

Why not Network Marketing? After all, first-rate Network Marketers that sell high quality products at competitive prices and offer opportunities for people to dramatically better their lives starting with very little, represent one of the greatest parts of the Dream.

To your success,

Phillip Walubengo

You can check out our network marketing business at www.myfortunesbuilder.com/imora

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My Wish for You: Never Give in, Never Give up!

This is an email I got from Jay Abraham, one of the world’s foremost experts on business and entrepreneurship. Hope he doesn’t mind me sharing:


So, ok… 2012 is here. What–if anything, are you… will you be doing
differently this year (than last year), to propel your business to more
success, achievement and greatness?

If you have a great answer, then–stop reading. If NOT, here are some
thoughts to—maybe inspire you to seek more breakthrough thinking in
the areas of marketing, strategy, innovation and self-management.

Winston Churchill is famed for delivering the shortest commencement
speech ever recorded in college history:

“Never give in. Never, never, never–in nothing great or small, large or
petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might
of the enemy. “

What’s the implication? Well (I think) there are many. If you’re small
and struggling—take a deep breath, draw in your second wind, dust
yourself off and jump back into the ring -but fighting not against mere

Rather, fight against mediocrity and commoditization–by making yourself
and your business unique, desirable, valuable–far more valuable than
your competition can possibly equal.

How? Don’t allow us to be mere intellectual entertainment. Make my
resources your propellant towards greater achievement.

Focus on your marketplace, not on your own self interests.

In everything you do online or off–sell leadership. Demonstrate to
people that you feel their pain or hopes or dreams or fears or needs.
Don’t patronize or pander. Definitely don’t self-serve! Provide people
with ideas, advice information that have (and hold) true value or
entertainment or purpose for THEM–not you.

Make your market, your client, your prospect, your recipient of whatever
communication you’re sending–make THEM the center of attention. It’s not
about you. It’s all about them.

This may sound awkward–but–most people fall in love with their product,
service, company or industry. Try–instead–falling in love with the
people you serve, the people you’re communicating and connecting with.

Show people that THEY matter. Their lives, their interests and their
situation truly matters to you and your business.

In life and in business, we are rewarded in direct proportion to the
value, contribution and benefit we bring to others. Conduct a quick
reality check. Do you bring meaningful value to others–in what your
business does, certainly.

But do your communications, conversations, interactions, all bring
people value?

Are they (and you) authentic, purposeful? Remember that the entire
concept of value, benefit and contribution are all–totally subjective.
What YOU think may be appealing, exciting, worthwhile–your market may
find worthless. So let THEM always decide with their response, their
sharing, their positive–or negative feedback.

Always stop and ask yourself, your team, your marketing–do they and what
you are doing and saying– really add value?

I was reading a staggering article from legendary business guru–Peter
Drucker over the holidays. It focused on the misperception most people
have about entrepreneurs.

Drucker says most small business owners are NOT entrepreneurs. They are
merely proprietors–who add no true value to the world other than perhaps
diverting some of the commerce that their industry would normally
generate over to themselves.

Stated differently, the vast majority of businesses are mere
commodities, marginalized, non distinguishable vendors of
stuff–providing nothing unique, nothing superior, no greater experience,
no distinctive benefit or advantage to the consumer.

True entrepreneurs–on the other hand strive to create something new or
better for their marketplace in what they do. They create true value for
the consumer. They engineer it or execute it…or present it…or purvey
it differently than the maddening crowd of generic competitors do.

In small or larger ways, true entrepreneurs are the driving forces of
positive upheaval in their industries, markets and business worlds.

They have passion, purpose–a keen sense of possibility. They are
anything but ambivalent. They are anything but apathetic. True
entrepreneurs love change. They live for the opportunity to flex their
cerebral, creative juices.

Mere business proprietors are in it only for an income. All they do is
what has been done and is being done before them a thousand or a million
times, over. It’s almost a job. But true entrepreneurs–true
entrepreneurs create new satisfaction, new demand, new experiences, new
levels of dimension and possibility to (and through) whatever they do.

So here we are–at the forefront of the New Year, contemplating our
fates, our futures. My question to YOU is this: are you content with
mediocrity? Or are you game to create something (or some things) new,
something different, something better for your market?

Do you have the willingness to transform your business and relationship
with your market? Can you…will you transmute values (as Drucker says).
Will your marketing/selling strategy trigger a positive upheaval that
will transform the way your marketplace sees you, connects with you,
relates to you, respects you, remains loyal and a fan of you?

Some final points to consider as we begin our 2012 adventure into
marketing down the path of being preeminent.

True entrepreneurs relish the chance to surmount obstacles that their
other competitors find daunting. An enterprise that does NOT commit
itself to constantly innovate inevitably ages, dries up and declines,
then dies.

INNOVATION, by the way does NOT necessarily refer to anything high
tech–though it can be done that way.

It merely refers to anything tangible or intangible that brings greater
value, benefit, contribution, advantage, enjoyment, understanding,
protection or enrichment to a marketplace. That gives you an enormous
array of ways to become an agent of change, a creator of value–through
your marketing strategy and actions.

Finally–you must be willing to perceive change as an opportunity, not a
threat! Stop holding onto what already exists. Breakthroughs only occur
when you are pursuing something better. Drucker says true entrepreneurs
are awash with “rerum novarum cupidus.” That’s Latin for being “greedy
for new things.”

One more point. It’s important: entrepreneurship, innovation,
breakthrough thinking—none of it comes automatically.

It’s not necessarily natural. And YES, it is work to accomplish that
which your herd-based competitors won’t/don’t. But the rarified
satisfaction and fulfillment that comes with wanting to innovate,
reaching for innovation–for the benefit of your marketplace, working for
it—is unimaginably rewarding. Happy New Year!


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Multiple Skills for the 21st Century

I believe that in the 21st century it is so important to have multiple skills. But what I also find is that if you have an entrepreneurial business (or plan to in the future), you can gain the needed skills for the future while you create your income now.

Here’s my short list for on-the-job training, so that you can learn while you earn.

I began my journey with sales, which, of course, dynamically changed my life at age 25. The first year I multiplied my income by five. Being raised in farm country, I knew how to milk cows, but it didn’t pay well. Sales altered the course of my life, where I learned to present a valid product in the marketplace, talk about its virtues and get somebody to say “Yes.” Then give them good service.

Then came recruiting, how to expand my business and build an organization. We have all heard the question, is it better to have one person selling a $1,000 or have 100 people selling $10? If you ask me, I’ll take the 100 at $10. Once mastered, recruiting, the ability to multiply your efforts, is one of life’s and leadership’s greatest time-management resources.

Then I learned organizing. Keeping your own schedule can be difficult at times, but now you have to balance multiple tasks and people to get maximum results. You will find that the payoff is massive once you have tapped into the synergy and momentum of group dynamics and teamwork.

Next is promotion. First it’s the spring campaign and then the fall campaign, and then it’s this month’s objective’s campaign. You never know when it’s going to click for someone to want or need to buy from you or be a part of what you are doing, so having the offer or the special or the contest going when they’re ready can make all the difference.

Then it’s the recognition. Some people work harder for recognition than they do for money. It’s the chance to belong. It’s getting people to do something that, ordinarily on their own, they wouldn’t think of doing. They could, but they don’t think of it. You come along with a little promotion for this month or this quarter and everything changes for them, and I found that paid big money.

Then I learned communication. How to do the training, how to do the teaching, and probably the greatest gift of all is learning how to inspire with words. Inspire people to see themselves better than they are with all of those gifts, all of those skills. Be the voice that tells them they have made a wise decision and here’s why.

Now, I believe with just this little short list I’ve given you, you’ll be equipped. We’ve all watched what has happened the last 15 years. The guy had one skill; the company downsizes. His division is eliminated and since he only had one skill, now he is vulnerable. He’s wandering around saying, “Oh my, the last few years I should have taken some classes that would have taught me a couple of more things and I wouldn’t be here in this vulnerable position.”

So my admonition: Learn some multiple skills, or should we say, backup skills for the 21st century, and no better place to learn them than in what you’re already doing now.

~Jim Rohn

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Today is your Day

I got this email message from Joel Osteen, and I thought I should share. Hope he doesn’t mind:

Dear Phillip,

It’s so vital to receive what God wants to freely give you!

It’s simple, but so many people believe exactly the opposite. Instead of receiving from the Lord, their mindset is, “God has better things to do than think about me,” or “I don’t deserve God’s blessing” or “Everything good always happens to somebody else but not me.”

I know it’s easy to feel that way, but don’t let your heart and your words go there; don’t agree with this way of thinking.

God is for you!

And He desires for you to have every blessing and every good thing that He promises to you in His Word.

The Bible calls this “favor.” At some point in our lives, even if we didn’t recognize it, we have all experienced God’s favor.

Favor is the undeserved, unearned, unexplainable goodness of God in your life.

Favor causes you to reap even where you’ve not sown.

Favor protects you; it promotes you. It opens new doors — that should’ve taken years to open — in a single moment.

Favor takes you places you could never go on your own.

I declare today over your life that in the coming days and weeks ahead, God will unleash His unprecedented favor on you. Favor like you’ve never seen before.

Unprecedented means “unmatched, unparalleled, for the first time.” You’ve seen God’s favor in your life in the past, but what He’s about to do is bigger and even greater.

You just have to be willing to receive it and get in agreement with God.

If you will believe God and stand on the promises of His Word, He promises you will see incredible and wonderful things happen.

His unmatched, unparalleled, for-the-first-time favor is for you.

Victoria and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate you. You are one of the many ways that God has poured His goodness into our lives.

Through your faithful prayers and generous support, you help us share the message of HOPE with millions of people every day through all of our different ministry outreaches. Thank you for helping us to make such an important difference!

Joel Osteen

“…You will find favour with both people and God, and you will earn a good reputation.” Proverbs3:4 (NLT)

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The Ant Philosophy

Over the years I’ve been teaching kids about a simple but powerful concept—the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part: ants never quit. That’s a good philosophy. If they’re headed somewhere and you try to stop them, they’ll look for another way. They’ll climb over, they’ll climb under, they’ll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking for a way to get where you’re supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer. That’s an important perspective. You can’t be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants gather their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, “Don’t build your house on the sand in the summer.” Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to think ahead. In the summer, you’ve got to think storm. You’ve got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun.

The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, “This won’t last long; we’ll soon be out of here.” And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they’ll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can’t wait to get out.

And here’s the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the “all-you-possibly-can” philosophy.

Wow, what a great philosophy to have—the ant philosophy. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.

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Feed the right Wolf

There is an old Cherokee tale tells of a grandfather teaching life principles to his grandson.

The wise old Cherokee said, son, on the inside of every person the battle is raging between two wolves. One wolf is evil. It’s angry, jealous, unforgiving, proud, and lazy. The other wolf is good. It is filled with love, kindness, humility, and encouragement. These two wolves are constantly fighting the grandfather said.

~Phillip Walubengo

The little boy thought about it and said grandfather, which wolf is going to win? The grandfather smiled and said which one ever you feed.