Some of us just knew him as that funny guy with a killer moustache. And lately, one covered in a graying beard.

Oh, men with beards are heaven sent! The rest, where do you scratch when you are in deep thought, your pubic hair? Oops, pardon me, I digress.

Back to the discourse at hand, he was just the guy who tickled us; until we got to know his story. And it inspired our own lives.

Steve Harvey. An author. Comedian. Actor. TV and Radio host.

By 2019, he was worth $160 million. But here is a man who in his THIRTIES was homeless and jobless.

Yes, I am talking to you, you who is struggling and think this is the end. Many have been in that or worse situations. And still bounced back. Many are in their 30s and are watching friends, colleagues, relatives, acquaintances drive cars, take vacations, afford comfortable and decent lifestyles, eat well and wonder- ‘what, where did I go wrong?’

And how many times are we compared by our mates in the same age setting? “Women your age are married. Men your age are driving.”

Back to Steve. To survive, he used to write jokes for his friend for FIVE dollars. Then that friend’s girlfriend dragged him to a comedy club one night and he impressed the crowd and was paid, for the first time, 50 dollars. He cried.

He realized he had a gift. Ability to make people laugh. And that became his turning point. What are you doing with your gift? Do you know yours in the first place? Mine, which I’m still sharpening- has fed me ever since I left college. And it is one I call my raison d’etre.

Proverbs 18:16: “A man’s gift opens doors for him and brings him before great men. Identify your gift.”

While in school, Harvey wrote an essay that his biggest dream was to appear on TV. His teacher called him to the front of the class and chided him that he was never going to be on TV. When Steve began appearing on TV and even had his own show, every Christmas, he sends that teacher a flat screen TV so that she can watch him.

Many will not identify with your dreams. Even some of your family, a spouse and friends will not see it even when you speak about it- but the fact that they don’t and cannot see what you can be, will not stop you from being who and what you can be- unless you let them. Keep going.

If you can, get an education. Be well read. But also here is the truth, Education is NOTHING without a purpose and dreams! Yes, you have Masters, but what is your dream/vision. Without that, you degree is just a paper.

“A man who has no vision, has no wings,” Muhammad Ali. Once you have a vision, you’ll trust the process. And that process is never easy.

How many do we know who have degrees, some multiple degrees and yet are miserable, jobless and hopeless? Because they have no vision.

Albert Einstein the genius said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited (this is true. Whatever you think you know, someone knows it better)… He further says…Whereas Imagination embraces the entire world, stimulates progress and births evolution.”

When US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt got polio, he began imagining ways to make sure what happened to him doesn’t happen to someone else. He orchestrated the March of Dimes campaign that funded research for polio vaccine. This vaccine was found 10 years after his death. He wasn’t a scientist. His vision, his dream has seen millions of children across the globe spared from permanent paralysis.

You gift. Education. Vision- Will see you get there. Trust the process and don’t compare your chapter 3 with someone’s chapter 7.

“Comparison is the thief of joy”- Theodore Roosevelt. Happy Sunday

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Written by Aoko Otieno

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