A lesson from Kenya

When Facebook was struggling Mark Zuckerberg went to Steve Jobs for help.
Jobs told him he needed to reconnect with his mission for the company and suggested he went to visit India — in particular Kainchi Dham. This is the exact spiritual journey Jobs took when he was having challenges with Apple.

It was through taking the time out of the daily grind and reconnecting to his vision and mission that Facebook grew into the company it is today.

This story really makes me stop and reflect on how we show up in our own lives and our own businesses.

The success of Facebook and Apple didn’t come from any great divine power held at ashram, but rather in the entrepreneurs leaving what they knew with an open mind to seek wisdom from somewhere else.

In this instance it was physically removing himself from a stressful environment to a new environment built around the spirit that allowed Mark to reginite with his spirit and his vision for Facebook.

I had my own Kainchi Dham moment when I travelled to Kenya with a group of social entrepreneurs on the B1G1 study tour looking at how we could create positive impacts.
I had achieved some success through property and through my business, but I had always struggled with finding what my greater purpose was, this left me constantly chasing new shiny objects and never doing anything truly impactful.

I believed I was going over there to help them, to bring my knowledge and wisdom and change their lives, but the exact opposite happened.

We met with the leaders of one of the villages. The village was relatively new and consisted of approx. 1200 refugees who had fled war and been paid a pitiful sum by the government to rehome themselves. The money wasn’t much, but by combining their funds together they were able to collectively purchase a large piece of land and each take 50m2 to build their new homes.

The homes were in varying stages of being built, some had walls, some had rooves, others were simply tarpaulins tied up. But they were safe and they had a home. This village model had worked so well, that they were now mentoring other local villages on how to work together, on how to bring in an income for the entire village’s benefit and how to build the resources they required.

One of the villages they were mentoring was in the most drought stricken parts of Africa. It had no water, no arable land, but it did have bees. The villagers all had beehives and could sell their honey for 10 shillings per kg. When their mentors came in to help, they suggested if the villagers all combined their honey together, they could sell it to a larger company for 20 shillings per kg and everyone would make more money.

Being the opportunist I am, I pointed out how silly the mentors were, and that they should have gone in and bought the all the honey for 10 shillings per kg and sold it to the larger companies for 20 shillings per kg and pocketed the profit.

What came next changed my life, the reply was simple.

“How can we be prosperous when our neighbours live in poverty”

It hit me hard in the guts.

Money had always been my objective because I never had anything else to really focus on, but seeing how these Kenyan villagers were able to support other villages to create prosperity which would in turn increase their own prosperity and lift the wealth of all involved, I instantly understood the power to change the world from this one idea.

As I looked around the world at all the crime, the poverty and the struggle to simply survive, I realised that if we could completely disrupt the way people lived so that they weren’t simply having to work to pay the bills and survive, then we would be able to help bring billions of people out of poverty, and add the brilliant minds of these people to the global collective to help solve many of the challenges humanity and our planet face.

It was an absolute life changing moment for me and from that day forth I have dedicated my life to helping people to create the freedom they need in order to quit the daily grind and unleash their awesome on the planet.

A futurist and entrepreneur, Kyron helps social entrepreneurs, change makers and everyday heroes to create freedom so they can stop working to make a living.