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Why People Fail

Here are some key reasons why people fail, learned from the Biggest Loser:

* Willingness – If you want to do anything unfamiliar or where you have previously failed, you need to be willing to accept advice and do what it takes. There are no silver bullets, be they diet pills or magic “million dollar copy and paste formulae”. Instead you have to do hard graft and initially see very few positive results. Not many people are willing to hear this, let alone put it into action, but it is true.

* Lack of self-belief – When you are constantly telling yourself you can’t, couldn’t, don’t deserve, or whatever, then you get what you think. You either have to believe you can, or at least suspend disbelief! Once you start making progress, no matter how small, you can start believing what you set out to do is possible for you, so the sooner you get started the sooner you get some momentum.

* Blamestorming – Constantly the contestants find all kinds of reasons for the situation they are in, or get into, but it always seems that it is only towards the end, when they have lost massive amounts of weight and gotten really healthy that they accept they were in the driving seat all along. They put the weight on, they lost it. Now if you look at the business world and around social media, how many people are using similar excuses. It’s not me, it is … fill in the blanks. Only you can do the things that are required to change your situation.

* Sheep versus Shepherd - So you need to take advice, and take advice from the right people, but all too often we see people get taken in by people who do not have your best interests at heart. Over and over the “bad guy” contestants get their team mates to ignore their coaches, take the fall, do stupid stuff, gang up, or get stabbed in the back. Part of taking responsibility is knowing when you should be lead, when you should lead, and when to say “no”. Evaluate, ask questions, weigh options, trust but verify. Another way people fail with this is friends and family who give you permission to give up, encourage you to do self destructive things, and lead you back to bad habits. Remember people resist change, even when that change is good for you.

* Execute – All the competitors on the Biggest Loser get the same advice and knowledge, but when left to their own divices many fall back into old patterns. Knowing is not enough. Having ability is not enough. That extra press up is not going to kill you. Writing one more article is not that difficult. It’s not just about duration but what you do in the time. One of my friends told me he had been writing a screenplay for the last two years, but later he admitted he had only written the outline and the first 25% of the pages in draft. How many ideas do you have waiting to be put into action? Thinking about it doesn’t get it done, you have to execute, even when it is uncomfortable. Especially when it is uncomfortable!

* Closed mind – One thing that guarantees failure before you try is to decide that an idea is unfamiliar so it can’t possibly work. Your existing approach has not worked but that is a familiar concept so we will hold on to it and reject anything else as foreign, see how that works.

* Over-competitive – A bit of healthy competition is good, it can lift the game for everyone, but sometimes it is taken to silly extremes. Last night’s episode saw a guy stab his own brother in the back for a reward. When it comes to future challenges, do you think he will get the full trust of all the other players? There is a difference between determination to succeed and needing to win at all costs, especially when it comes to the long-term game rather than the immediate battles.

Look over your successes (or lack of) and consider if any apply. I know there are times when you have given up too soon, switched and changed, blamed outside influences rather than look at my own input, etc.
Critical Success Factors

* Decide now – Make the decision, KNOW what you are going to do. As Yoda says, “Do, or do not … There is no try.”

* Gather resources – Once you know what you are going to do, find out how to achieve that and gather what you need.

* Staying power – Stick with it, and know in advance that you are going to give it your best shot.

* Suck it up – When it gets tough, keep going.

* Be good enough – You don’t have to be the best, just do good. Perfection is not necessary.

* Be good – Another aspect of being good is being awesome to other people. Even the people who feel diminished by your success or hate that you are reaping rewards. Rise above it.

* Progress – It’s ok to compete with others, it is essential to compete with yourself. Motivate yourself, benchmark your own progress. Do better than your personal best, then beat that.

* Get coaches and partners – Some people manage to achieve great things in isolation, but most of us do better when coached and they have the support of team mates or partners.


Real Insurance

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Nairobi Kenya

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Location: Royal Ngao House, Hospital Road, Upper Hill,


Creative Edge

Creative Edge services exist to help you meet your objectives through:
  • Corporate Identity
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  • Publications
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P.O. Box 43578, 00100-GPO, Nairobi

Email: web@creative.co.ke


Location: Eden Square - Ground Floor, Westlands.


Gestalt Gild

Gestalt Gild's commitment to deliver the best ICT enterprise services available in the East Africa Region and the proven case studies ensures that our services match the very highest International standards of Expertise.

Our Solution offerings are classified into broadly the following:

•Disaster Recovery & Virtualization Solutions
•Data Centre Optimization Solutions
•Communication Solutions
  • Unified Communications
  • IP Telephony /VOIP Solutions
  • Contact /Call Center Solutions
•ICT Consultancy and Solutions
•Managed Data Center Services
•Systems Integration Services


P.O. Box 12129-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Email: info@gestaltgild.com

Website: www.gestaltgild.com

Location: No 15, Eldama Ravine Road, Off Peponi Road, Westlands


Travelshoppe Ltd


•Domestic and International ticketing
•Trip planning which encompasses visa processing at a nominal fee and advice on other Immigration requirements.
•Meet and Assist services provided upon request at reasonable charges
•Hotel bookings, both local and international
•Ground transportation including airport transfers on request

•We have a preferential agreement with Avis car hire on rates
•Car rental / hire – Rates are dependent entirely on your needs
•Day disposals with excursions

•Organizing of conferences within and outside Nairobi
•Corporate, Student and group discounts
•Discounts on services for missionary organizations

Mission Statement: Travelshoppe is committed to providing our customer base with a complete travel package that is capable of fulfilling every travel need, at an affordable price with pro-active customer service.

Vision Statement: To be recognized as the regions leading travel services provider in all aspects; with respect to cost effectiveness, customer satisfaction and corporate social responsibility.


P.O. Box 79060, 00400
Nairobi - Kenya

Email: info@travelshoppe.org

Website: www.travelshoppe.org

Location: Eden Square Building, Ground Floor along Chiromo Road


Ramco Printing Ltd

We have our own in-house design department (Mac & PC) as well as a pre-press department at both our units. We are proud to say that we were the first print press to introduce CTP (Computer to Plate) to Kenya.

We also print on plastic thus making us unique.

Design & Typesetting

- Proofing
- Colour Separations
- Plate Making

- 1-8 Colours
- Digital Print

- Die Cutting
- Embossing - Blind & Heat
- Foiling
- Aroma Inks
- Lamination

Mission Statement:To provide printed materials that conform to our clients’ expectations on time, every time.

Vision Statement:To be world class in print solutions.


P.O Box 27750-00506
Nairobi, Kenya

Email: info@printing.ramco-group.com

Website: www.ramcoprinting.com

Unit 1- Dunga Close, Industrial Area.
Unit 2- Ramco Group Industrial Park, Mombasa Road


Going on Safari: Kenya National Parks

Kenya is the home of the Safari, the home of Out of Africa, a place where setting out on an adventure into the wilderness became an age old tradition.The spirit of the Safari lives on today. The romance of sundown drinks, of evenings around a campfire and nights under canvas with the distant roar of a lion in the African night can still be found in Kenya.

Hell's Gate National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Game viewing, Raptor nesting in cliffs, Spectecular Gorge walk, Hot springs, The Olkaria Geothermal Station, The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide, Fischer’s Tower, Tourist circuits, nature trails and picnic sites. Wildlife include Buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and giraffe, babooms, serval cat and klipspringer antelopes. Prolific birdlife features 103 species.

Aberdare National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Lesatima peak, Kinangop peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, Twin hills, Elephant hills and Table mountains, Second largest population of black rhinos in Salient and Northern Aberdare, Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops Lodge, The Kimathi Hideout/Mau Mau caves. The park is home to most of the larger mammals, having a large population of black rhino. The park is home to most endangered species which include: the rare Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, Packs of the now very rare Wild dogs and Endemic mole rate and mole shrew. Other game include: Leopard, Serval cats, Endemic bird species, reptiles, insects.
Amboseli National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Large Herds of Elephants, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Big Five, Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants. Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose, Contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle. Wildlife include Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Plains Game, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine. Prolific bird life features 600 species

Arabuko-Sokoke National park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Endemic Bird species, Butterflies, Remnant coastal forest, It is the largest existing fragment of the tropical forests that covered much of the East African coast and is an important Kenya safari habitat for endemic/endangered birds, insects, butterflies and mammal species. It is also an important monument as remnants of the coastal tropical forests, A couple of reptile species (in addition to other species living here e.g. butterflies, Beetles) are found here among them Boomslang, Green Mamba, Rock Python, Forest Cobra, Sand Lizard and Day Geullo. It is a great reserve for birdwatching and among the bird species includes Sokoke Pipit, Amani Sunbird, Fischers Turaco, Clarkes weaver, Golden Wooodpecker and many others .

Kora National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Pristine wilderness, Inselbergs, Tana River with Adamson's Falls, Grand Falls and Kora rapids, diverse birdlife George Adamson's grave. Activities include game viewing, rock climbing, fishing in River Tana.

Lake Nakuru National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: The fabulous flamingo, An orthologist’s paradise with 450 species of birds, Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary, Waterfall : Malaikq, View –points: Lion hill, baboon cliffs and Out of Africa, Hills :Enasoit , lion hill, honeymoon e.t.c Wildlife include Thomson’s and Grant,s gazelle, the long-eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock hyrax, hippo, leopard, lion, rhino, waterbuck. Impala, striped hyena,bat-eared fox, wildcat, reedbuck, striped hyena,golden cat, black and white rhinos. Prolific birdlife features 450 species ans upto 1.5 million flamingos.

Marsabit National Park & Reserve
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Land of Gofs, Magical Lake paradise, A dynasty of giants, Last refuge of the huge-tusked bull elephants, Prisrine Forest, Diverse birdlife, The greater Kudu, Realm of raptors, Bird life. Wildlife include Elephants, buffalo, greater Kudu, hyena, Grevy’s zebra, Kirk’s dik-dik, reticulated giraffe, lion, leopard and baboon.

Meru National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the lioness, Views of Mt Kenya, Rivers and riverine habitats, Tana river, Adamson's falls. Wildlife include Grevy's Zebra, Elephants, Eland, Bush Pig, Waterbuck, Cheetah, Leopard, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Bohor Reedbuck, Hartebeest, Python, Puff Udder, Cobra, Buffalo, more than 300 recorded species of birds.

Mt. Elgon National Park

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Caves, Salt Mining Elephants of Kitum Cave, Spectacular Waterfall, Game Viewing around the Mountain, Birdwatching, Viewing the mountain. Wildlife include Elephant, leopard, giant forest hog, bushbuck, buffalo, duiker, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and golden cat, among others, more than 240 bird species in the area, including the African crowned eagle, Ross’ turaco, and red-fronted parrot.

Mt. Kenya National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants. Wildlife include Elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and Elands. Animas rarely seen include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog and rhino.

Mt. Longonot National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Extinct volcano and crater forest, Scenic Landscape, Views of lake Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley. The park is a paradise for birds of prey. Wildlife include Buffalos, Gazelles, Impala and girrafe

Nairobi National Park

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: The only Wildlife park in the world that is so close to the city. It is the major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks e.g the black rhinoceros; which is an endangered species. Animals include buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, baboon, zebra, wildebeest and cheetah 100 mammal species, 400 migratory and endemic bird species.

Ndere Island National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Ndere Island and activities such as walking, game viewing

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Montane landscape, An unusual burial site, McMillan grave, Wildlife Watching, Abundant forest birds, Fourteen Falls, Scenic views of Mt.Kenya from the summit. Wildlife includes; buffalo, leopard, mongoose, bushbuck, olive baboon, colobus monkey, vervet monkey, Sykes' monkey, Kirk's dik-dik, bush pig, common duiker, reedbuck, rock hyrax, bushbaby, tree and ground squirrel, aardvark, porcupine, python and monitor lizard. More than 45 species of birds have been recorded.

Ruma National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Roan antelope which is found nowhere else in the country.Wildlife include the roan antelope, leopard, buffalo, hyena, Rothschild giraffe, oribi, Jackson and lelwel hartebeest, impala, bohor reedbuck, serval cat, topi, baboons, vervet monkey, honey badgers, bush pig and many more. The Park is an IBA area with over 400 species of birds recorded. It is renowned amongst ornithologists for its rare intra - African migrant, the blue swallow.

Saiwa Swamp National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: The endangered Sitatunga Antelope, Bird watching, Nature board walk & tree top house. Wildlife includes sitatunga, monkey, otter, genet cat, serval cat,mongoose, bushbuck and ratel.

Sibiloi National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Origin of man: Koobo For a museum and research base, The tempestuous ‘jade sea’, Petrified forests, Prolific birdlife, Crocodile Kingdom. Wildlife include the zebra,Grant’s gazelle, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, topi, greater kudu, hippo, lion, cheetah, leopard, striped hyena and silver-backed jackal. The world’s largest Nile crocodile population breeds on Lake Turkana Central Island.

Tsavo East National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Elephant in Eden - The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images of Africa, Aruba Dam - The beautiful Aruba dam located on the north bank of the seasonal Voi River, is visited by thousands of animals and a great game viewing destination, Mudanda Rock - This whale –backed Rock towers above a natural dam, which acts as a draw to thousands of Elephants, The longest lava flow in the world- at 300 kilometers in length, the heat shimmering edge of yatta plateau is the longest lava flow in the world and an ornithological paradise that attract migrating birds from all over the world, Lugards Falls - Named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature bizarrely eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile –infested pools. The Park is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo,crocodile, waterbucks, Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola.

Tsavo West National Park
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Recent Volcanoes, lava flows and caves with potential for geological and cave exploration and hiking. Mzima Springs & underwater hippo and fish watching. Wildlife include the Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion,Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine. Prolific birdlife features 600 species.

Featured Kenya National Parks 
Hell's Gate National Park
Aberdare National Park
Amboseli National Park
Arabuko-Sokoke National Park
Kora National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park
Marsabit National Park & Reserve
Meru National Park
Mt. Elgon National Park
Mt. Kenya National Park
Mt. Longonot National Park
Nairobi National Park
Ndere Island National Park
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
Ruma National Park
Saiwa Swamp National Park
Sibiloi National Park
Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo West National Park

Contacts: Kenya Wildlife Service

Phone 1: +254 (20) 600800
Phone 2: +254 (20) 602345
Mobile: +254 726610508/9
Fax: +254 (20) 607024
Email: kws@kws.go.ke

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How To Beat Your Competition

Business is war, without doubt. Competitors want to beat you to earn more money. The stream of money in a market isn’t infinite, so everyone wants his share. That’s why the bigger companies use competitive intelligence and do a lot to be better and stand above their competitors. Online, people tend to work together or leave their competitors alone. I never see people actively competing and trying to be better (and pointing that out to their prospects!) Why is that actually? And how do you become better then your competitor and show that to your prospects?

Here are a few simple ways to crush your competitors…

Start by asking your clients if they wanted to share their experiences on paper, audio and video. Ask them specifically about why you are better then your competitors, this will give you the information to put into your marketing materials.  

Is spying on your competitors to improve your own products and services stealing? Is it illegal? Actually it isn’t. It’s done everywhere and most information is the same in many products as well as many services are exactly the same. Could you then accuse someone for stealing?

Of course not!

I recommend you study your competitors, buy their products, use their services, be on their lists. Then use the information you find to improve your own products. Don’t copy of course, but use the information wisely. Point out the flaws of your competition (in general, don’t name any names!) in your marketing materials. Let your prospect know why you’re better!

And when someone then accuses you of stealing and blocks you from their site or cancels your membership - then just tell them they’re scared. In the end your competition is scared of you finding their secrets. Business is war, grab your weapons and crush your enemies!


Turn Your Competitors into Collaborators

Do you get discouraged or stuck in building your business because you think there's too many others to compete against in your niche? A lot of solo business owners feel this way, especially when they are first starting out. I don't want you to give up before you really get started, so I'd like you to consider thinking about your competition in a different way.

1. There's an abundance of clients and customers for everyone.

2. Your competitors are potential collaborators and strategic alliances for you.

3. The better you come to know your competitors, the more you will become aware of the uniqueness of your own message and your own offerings.

If you embrace this perspective, you'll find that those feelings of discouragement and "what's the point - I can't compete" will melt away.

1. If you come from the mindset of abundance, you won't feel discouraged by the competition. There are more than enough clients and customers for everyone. And if you are building your business online, there is essentially an unlimited audience for your work.

Think about your niche for a moment. How many of them do you need to serve to reach whatever your definition of success is? Then, think about how many people there are around the globe who are your potential clients or customers. Could you really reach them all, even if you wanted to? :) Of course not.

2. There are several ways that you can collaborate and develop strategic alliances with others in your niche. You could hold a teleclass or workshop together. This is particularly helpful if you are new in business and can hook up with someone more seasoned, who already has a ready audience built (an email list). Doing this will also help you gain experience and confidence to hold them on your own.

You could write an article or a column or even an ebook together. For instance, if you are savvy with technology and your partner is savvy with a certain set of coaching skills, you could work together to create something unique to offer online to both your audiences.

Or you could offer a free product (a mini e-book, for example) to your strategic alliance's membership, which is an added benefit to them, while it helps to build your email list.

3. Think about those whom you consider your competitors. Are you offering similar products and/or services that they are, but to a different target market? Or turn that around: If the market is the same, are you offering different information? Of course you are, because your message, your offerings - and the way you write or speak them - is as unique as you are.

There is a certain segment of the population who can only hear your message from you. Remember that when you start feeling frustrated, defeated or just plain stuck.

Once you make this shift, you can start seeing your competitors as potential collaborators. You can work together to develop programs, products, services, etc. that will help grow both your businesses. It will also provide added benefits to both your audiences, so it's a win-win-win!


Discerning The Integrity Of A Product Critic

If a product or business is being attacked, often it's because it's too effective and someone feels threatened by it. Here are clues to look for to determine the integrity of the critic or skeptic. Is what they say valid or the work of a biased competitor?

There are a couple categories of people in this world, first there are the ones that are producers and second there are the ones that destroy. I have observed a couple of items here: Number one, it is easier to destroy than to construct and number two, the one destroying or tearing away an idea or product or project usually couldn't find a better way to do something if someone asked them to. But yet, they proclaim themselves knowledgeable on why something is wrong or is a sham, etc.

Something to think about would be this: is the person expert about a certain topic, etc. when they do not have any superior method to construct a superior or even as good of a product? And if they’re not an expert, should we take their words of critique as valid? Myself, I would not believe them any more than I would any other single individual, but I would recommend you possibly delve into it further.

Am I saying a person can't be critical of a product or service if they're not an expert? Certainly not.

We really need to re-evaluate how we view what we observe around us - number one, when a person slanders a product our natural tendency is to take their ranting and negative attitude as the gospel truth. A wiser person would initially doubt their ranting and slurs because of the following reasons.

1. More people are more negative than positive so rather than look on the bright side of things they look for something negative to happen.

2. For this principal alone - nothing no matter how good will ever have 100% acceptance. Plus there will always be at least a small minority of people (competitors) hurt by it and some of these people will scream the loudest that your product is no good or a scam. Even to the point of lying as it very likely takes business away from them. There is nothing they would like better than to see your product fail.

3. Persons with time on their hands, those that haven't accomplished anything, usually fill that time with criticizing something. With time, effort and practice, great things are accomplished. The unaccomplished critic spends his time looking for non-existent defects in a product, for which they can complain about and feel like they accomplished something.

Here is sage advice on analyzing the ranting of a critic and whether or not to believe them. Be aware, there are different degrees of critiquing and skepticism toward anything. There are the usual complainers and then there are those who take it to a whole different level. You might even call those people nuts.. My best advice would be to weigh the numbers of those who were dissatisfied or satisfied. A large number of complainers would indicate the product probably isn't very good. But if you hear a great many people speaking highly about the benefits they receive from the product, then it is probably an excellent product, despite a few negative remarks. Remember not everyone liked the Beatles.

Here are some pointers to look for concerning the honesty of a critic:

1. If the critic's article is all-negative, then this is a dead giveaway sign that he is being dishonest. Even someone you dislike usually has some good traits. Examine all of the evidence. If the product has been around for some time, then it is usually because it is a good product, despite what anyone person has written against it.

2. Bad products just don't stay popular for too long, do they? Plus who writes positive things about bad products?

3. What exactly is a scam anyway? It is typically when the customer has been taken, and if he has truly been scammed he cannot get his money back. Good products have good guarantees, something that’s a scam won’t.

In conclusion I will tell you about the "attack dog" whose goal is to wreck havoc. Do not believe a word of what these animals say. Most of the time they will lie and make an effort to undermine a product's reputation, because they see the product being so successful they stand to lose plenty. Or they could simply be the unthinking mindless person duped into doing the bidding of someone else.

Beware if you observe evidence that considerable effort has been focused on creating materials like web pages, emails and such, speaking ill of and attacking a product. Especially if the product has been out on the market for a few years, and has become very popular with lots of positive press. If you notice these things be skeptical toward the skeptic as being dishonest. Usually the skeptic won't slam the entire effectiveness of the product; but he looks for a very specific area they can use to tear the whole product down. Usually what happens is over-enthusiastic distributor who knows the tremendous results the product has gotten will get carried away and say something the product might do that certainly can’t be proven. The dishonest skeptic will latch on to this and complain and say, "you say it does this and there is no evidence to support that, therefore it is a total scam or sham." Note: Dishonest politicians resort to doing this on a regular basis to discredit their opponent.

Here is the worst example of stupidity and dishonesty ever, the critic says it is a scam because it will not do something, it wasn't touted to do. In this case, hasn't the critic become the real scam artist?