Dr. Joseph Kansema

I share the feelings of every one of you who feel like you are late in the pursuit of success. I may not know the situations and circumstances you are in, but I know how it feels to realize that years are passing by without having achieved most of your life dreams and aspirations.

I know how it feels to be late in life and to see most of your colleagues ahead of you; and worse, to be treated by those close to you like you will never amount to anything in life. I have been there.

I know what it means to tirelessly run from behind until you start catching up with those who are ahead of you. Therefore, the principles I share in this book are not based on theory. They are principles I have learned, over the course of time, and applied in my personal life. The same principles have enabled me to turn my life around, recover the time I lost and achieve the level of success that I have achieved to date. I can assure you too that it is not too late for you to turn your life around and succeed. However, the starting point for you to turn things around and succeed to find the right diagnosis of your lateness to succeed.

When a sick person goes to consult a medical doctor, the first step to recovery is for the doctor to make the right diagnosis of his condition. As long as the right diagnosis has not been made, the chances of such a person recovering will remain very slim. It will remain slim because no right medication would be prescribed without first making the right diagnosis.

The same applies to lateness with regards to success. The first indication that we have a possibility of turning things around and succeeding, notwithstanding our lateness, is finding the right diagnosis for our failure or lateness to succeed.

Unfortunately, going through the process of finding the right diagnosis for failure or the lateness to succeed is not easy. Most people would rather find “good excuses” and give what they think to be justifiable reasons for why they have failed to succeed or are late. They usually say; I could have succeeded in life and on time if it was not for….

Most of the reasons that such people give are external. What they fail to understand is that, both success and failure, mostly, depend more on internal factors rather than external ones.

As long as you continue to put the blame for your failure or the lateness to succeed on external factors, you will not find the solution to your lateness or failure to succeed. The time must come when you should start to look inwardly and get the right diagnosis. This is not easy for most people. Most people find it easier to justify their failures instead of getting the right diagnosis and looking for the right solutions.

Here are some common excuses that most people give to justify their lateness and even their failure to succeed:

  1. Being Born in the Wrong Place: Being born in a “wrong place” is one of the common reasons that many people give to justify their lateness or failure to succeed. It may be true that the place in which we are born offers no opportunities for success. However, it should not be conclusive that, once we are born in a “wrong place,” we are permanently excluded from achieving success. History is full of stories of men and women, who were born in places that were considered to be wrong and offered no opportunity for success, but those people defied the odds and their lives ended up into great success stories.

A classic example of such people is a Malawi born man, Legson Kayira. Kayira was born in one of the poor rural areas of Malawi, far from civilization and no access to opportunities. Even though Kayira was born in such a place, he had a dream of changing his life for good, through education. His dream was to go and study in the United States of America which he considered as the land of true freedom.

As a result, a day came when Kayira embarked on the journey from his small rural village in Malawi, on foot, to the United States of America, to pursue his dream of attaining better education.  He was just 16 years when he decided to walk to America from his native country Malawi.

It is said that Kayira carried no money, but little food to last him five days, an axe and two books; the Bible and the Pilgrim Progress. He was determined to walk until he reaches Port Said or Alexandria, in Egypt. From there, he hoped to find work on the ship going to New York.  Kayira traveled about 3000 kilometres until he reached Khartoum, in Sudan.

When he reached Khartoum, the American consular officials helped him to travel to the United States to take up a scholarship at Skagit Valley College in Washington State. To cut the long story short, he went to study in America and became a successful man just as he had dreamt.4

The story of Legson Kayira may be one of the extreme stories of people who in spite of being born in “a wrong place” defied the odds and succeeded. However, there is a lesson we have learn from his adventurous journey. The lesson is that a man with a dream to succeed cannot be restricted by environment or the place where he was born. What restricts people’s success is lack of clear aspiration and dreams.

What is remarkable about the story of Kayira is not the distance he walked, but that he walked such a long distance to pursue his dream. There were many Malawians, in those days, who walked long distances just like he did. Most of them walked to South Africa to work in the mines and as house servants.  Others traveled to Northern and Southern Rhodesia, which are today’s Zambia and Zimbabwe, to work in the mines and other manual work. 

You may have been born in a place that offered no obvious opportunities for success. Notwithstanding, you should not put your head in the sad and conclude that you are permanently excluded from success. 

To be continued


  1. I can’t wait to read the whole book. The small part I read is Very much informative & life changing. All my previous challenges are addressed. I thank God for you Dr. Kansema. He (God) trained you to heal our souls spiritually. Stay blessed.

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