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3 decisions in my 20s that are still paying dividends to date

By John Kiama / August 30, 2021

The 20s are the foundation of your adulthood and the decisions you make in this decade will most likely shape the rest of your life. Earlier on, I shared the life lessons from my 20s and 30s. In this article, I want to discuss the top 3 decisions from my 20s that I’m still benefiting from…

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Habits, mindsets and actions that have helped me get through 2020

By John Kiama / December 30, 2020

2020 has not been a great year for most people. Who knew that would be grappling with a global pandemic that would disrupt every aspect of our lives? This kind of stuff only seems to happen in horror movies. Despite all the craziness, I must admit that 2020 has been one of the best years…

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7 things no one told me about being a new dad

By John Kiama / November 17, 2020

Parenting has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and also the biggest life change. Being a parent for the first time is quite daunting. Our son is now almost 5 months old and growing fast. In this article, I thought I would share some of my experiences on fatherhood and some of…

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The Weekly Roundup – October 4th 2020

By John Kiama / October 9, 2020

In this weekly roundup learnt a broad range of topics from dealing with failure, making better decisions and personal healing i FAILED my way to $10,000,000 Background and context In this video, Sunny share has transformation journey of how to build her business. She gives an example of Post-it and how it almost never became a thing.…

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The Weekly Roundup – September 27th 2020

By John Kiama / October 9, 2020

Welcome to my first weekly learning roundup. I would love to bring you behind the scenes of the content I have consumed all week and share my key take-outs. My goal here is two-fold: One, I want to distil the lessons learnt in a short and precise way so you can take them and apply…

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key mindsets for building a successful business in Adelaide

By John Kiama / September 15, 2020

I published the original version of this article in 2016 and this is a small refresher to incorporate some of the latest changes in the Adelaide business and entrepreneurship ecosystem. A lot of fundamental mindsets has remained the same,  I made Adelaide my home in 2003 and started my first business in 2005. My business…

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Fathers Day Reflection Part 2: Lessons from my Fathers

By John Kiama / September 7, 2020

In my last article, I talked about the biggest life lessons that my short stint in fatherhood has taught me. In this article, I want to honour my dads and share the lessons my two fathers taught me.  To give you a bit of background, I’ve had two fathers who have played a significant role…

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Fathers Day Reflection Part 1: Lessons from 2.5 Months of Parenthood

By John Kiama / September 6, 2020

A wise dude once told me that one of the biggest teacher in life will be my children. Today is a significant milestone on my 10-week journey into parenthood: It’s my first Fathers Day. I have dreamt of this day for a long time. You should see the smile in my face as I type…

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Behind the scenes: How I am building my new website and personal brand

By John Kiama / August 20, 2020

Over the next couple of months, I’m in the process of building a brand spanking new johnkiama.com website. This current website is just something I quickly whipped together because I wanted to start sharing stuff with y’all and not keep procrastinating or give in to perfectionism. The perfectionist side of me wanted to wait until…

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5 things that are slowing down your personal development journey

By John Kiama / August 19, 2020

During your personal development growth journey, you will have seasons when you feel like you are not making as much progress as you want. How do you consistently stay motivated and power during those seasons? In this article, I’ll go through the top 5 reasons why your self-development growth might not be progressing as fast…

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Personal Development Unpacked: what areas should you focus on?

By John Kiama / August 19, 2020

I’ve been into personal development since I stumbled upon my first self-help book, Gifted Hands by Ben Carson. The year was 1997 and I was a troubled teenager living in rural Kenya who had just lost his much-loved stepdad. Over the last few years, I’ve really upped my personal development game. Rather than work on…

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My top 10 lessons from a decade-plus of entrepreneurship

By John Kiama / August 19, 2020

If you want to accelerate your personal growth and push yourself beyond your limits, get into entrepreneurship. It’s the ultimate personal development school.  A little over a decade ago, driven by big ambitions and “blind” optimism,  I launched my first business. I’ve made more boneheaded mistakes than I can to count. That said, I have…

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