Tool 73 of 104 is to be determined and reliable

“Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is

“Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptizing with water”, John 1:29-34

If you want to appreciate what a determined leadership can achieve, visit Singapore, Dubai or Shenzen cities. All these are new cities that have been developed within the past 30 years!

The state of the infrastructure is just amazing.

Dubai’s iconic building and the tallest in the world, Burj Khalifa, was started in 2004 and completed in 2010! The tallest building in the world was constructed within seven years. Now compare this with Kampala’s Northern bypass, a 23-kilometer stretch, that was also started in 2004, but has no completion date in sight! Whenever I travel to Asia or UAE, I get amazed at the state of development that never ends. It is iconic. Artistic. And very modern.

If you are determined, you can achieve anything you focus on. A determined person is like a flowing river. You may block its way, but just for a while. Soon the water will find its way. As a person, you have lots of negative voices. If you are determined, nothing will stop you. 2020 is moving fast. What have you determined to focus on and win? Is it excel at your current job? Develop your village land? Join a community of like-minded people?

All the countries that are progressing swiftly one thing in common – determination. You will be severely punished without fear or favor if you abuse national resources or delay projects. The citizens know this too. The discipline on the road is exceptional. In Singapore, for example, I was told that you are not supposed to get annoyed and furious!   What have you determined to do this year?

You must be reliable too. Being determined is not enough. People must rely on you. Imagine being highly qualified and capable but unreliable. No one would give you responsibilities. And that is how many young people have spoilt their chances. They may have the skills and experience but are not reliable to get the job done without incessant reminders! This lack of self-drive and a sense of responsibility leads to loss of opportunities.  You must be like John, who did not wait to be reminded to show people the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.

Are you determined? Are you reliable? It is around the time of the year children are going back to school, remember there is no such thing as a dull student. Any student can achieve and score any mark. The difference is the rate of grasping and learning things. Brilliant children learn quickly. Other children learn slowly. All they need is determination. To put in their all – read frequently. Discuss. Practice often. And generally put in more effort. It does not matter your age. All you need is a meaningful ambition, determination, and reliability.

May you succeed.

Copyright Mustapha B Mugisa, 2019. For more, visit

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