Covid19: Doctor’s Testicles On Fire!

For most men, the pain of being hit on the testicles is agonizing, excruciating, and tormenting, to say the least. What if you felt like that consistently for a number of days? You know, like continuously being castrated…day in day out?

That’s how my life has been over the last couple of days… only to discover that Covid19 has everything to do with it.

It all started on Monday evening this week and felt a few chills, generalized weakness, and a few joint pains. Now, during the lockdown, I’ve taken up my old college hobby of playing basketball and have put a hoop outside my garage for one-on-one play with my son. On Sunday, I overdid it! I spent over two and half hours pushing myself albeit my arthritic knees (which might need replacement soon!) My rationale for the initial symptoms was that I was just recovering from over-stretching my physical fitness and would recover in a day or so.

Tuesday, I woke up with general malaise, chills, and excruciating testicular pain. I didn’t suppose this had anything to do with my wife (hahaha), but given the accompanying symptoms, I knew something was not right.

Symptoms

Most people with Covid19 are asymptomatic and don’t necessarily demonstrate any symptoms of flu. However, those that are symptomatic, the range of presentation may differ and vary from person to person.

I started with chills and testicular pain. This was unbelievably painful and not sure whether my walking style gave away my symptoms… especially to my fellow colleagues who tend to observe and make a diagnosis from 5 miles away!

Then came the cough later on Tuesday. Dry hearty cough that follows you to the worst of situations. Coughing during the Covid19 lockdown is almost analogous to walking around with poop all over your face! The look from the public, the response, and stigma are written all over everyone’s face. But you cannot avoid it… there’s absolutely no way of controlling it.

Then came the body aches. Muscle pain and joint pain are so characteristic. I felt like someone who has run a marathon without ever having ever trained for it. Going up a flight of stairs is a hustle and straining to the muscles.

The pain comes with insomnia (lack of sleep), nightmares and generalized tiredness that keeps me in bed the whole day. For someone running their own business and always keeping busy, this was torture!

I”m glad at this point I have no shortness of breath or heaviness on the chest (at least not yet) which are ominous signs of deterioration in general condition.

Diagnosis

So I decided to have this whole thing tested while working on self-isolation. On Tuesday, I went to Lancet Laboratories where they did a pharyngeal swab albeit waiting in the queue for two hours. Yes, it felt like Home Affairs all over again.  This was rather agonizing! Feeling sick and lining up with Tom, Dick & Harry who are completely asymptomatic but chatting and laughing to kill time. 

Finally, after four days of waiting for the test, I called the lab and confirmed that it was Covid19! Phew! What a relief. Finally, I’m positive that nobody was trying to castrate me! Yipee! 

Treatment

Simple management of symptoms is all it has taken. There’s no proven medication that has been approved for treatment. Chloroquine? Nay! Madagascar juice – Not for me!

Dexamethasone – yes, possibly in an advanced stage with viral pneumonia presenting with shortness of breath, etc.

For now, just the good old pain killers – Brufen, Paracetamol and recently added Tramadol for the testicular visceral pain.

I’ve obviously been on multivitamin supplementation, Vitamin D3 and Probiotics as extra precaution.

What next?

The big question is where and how did I get it? I guess it does not matter now – it’s such a highly infectious virus. I’d been to a funeral the previous week and always go to my local supermarket every Saturday for grocery shopping.

All the same, I do observe common-sense preventative measures including sanitization, wearing a mask, and social distancing… but clearly the virus slipped through and got me! I guess it also has to survive, reproduce, and evolve quickly enough to keep up with human intelligence.

The hard part is the self-isolation within a family setting…with a 6 and 9-year-old who wants to be all over daddy! It’s heartbreaking to just wave goodbye from a distance (once a day they get to see me out of my self-imposed man-cave) when they are so used to hearty hugs and kisses! It would be distressing to see them go through the same agony.

I’ll have to stay here for the next 14 days or so, keep away from daily chores, reflect on my life, business and keep up with long-lost friends!

Lastly, I need prayers! Yes, you heard me right – prayers! If you want me dead in the next few days, please go ahead and pray for me. Prayers have been shown to accelerate progression, worsening of patients’ condition, and increase mortality! Especially in Africa where we have this illusion of a bearded paternalistic omnipresent deity overlooking our daily activities from the sky – I wonder where he’s been all along Covid19! (Sic)

Why are Blacks Poor? The Jewish Interview!

Borrowed from the Internet:

INTERVIEWER: Why are blacks so behind economically?

JEWISH LEADER: The only aspect blacks understand is consumption. Black people don’t understand the importance of building wealth. The fundamental rule is to keep the money within your racial group. We build Jewish Business, Hire Jewish, Buy Jewish and Spend Jewish.

There is nothing wrong with that, but it is a basic rule that blacks cannot comprehend and follow.

“He kills his fellow blacks daily instead of wanting to see his fellow blacks do well”. 93% of blacks killed in America is by other blacks.

Their leaders steal from their people and send the money back to their colonial master from whom they borrow the same money from – at an interest!

Every successful black wants to spend their money in the country of his colonial masters! They go on holiday abroad, buy houses abroad, school abroad and hospitals abroad… instead of spending the money in their country to benefit their own people.

Statistics show that Jew’s money exchanges hands 18 times before leaving his community, while for blacks it is possibly a maximum of once or zero.

Only 6% of black money goes back to their community. This is why Jews are the top and blacks are at the bottom of every ladder in the society.

Instead of buying Louis Vuitton, Gucci, expensive cars, shoes, dresses, houses, etc. blacks can industrialize Africa, build Africa and get rid of colonial institutions by putting them out of business.

INTERVIEWER: What are your thoughts on failure of blacks economically?

JEWISH LEADER: Well, nothing is the Black Mans fault. His compulsive habit of killing his own, compulsive material consumption, his inability to build businesses or preserve wealth is usually somebody else’s fault!

INTERVIEWER: So what can Blacks do to liberate themselves?

JEWISH LEADER: Blacks must take responsibility. They must unit and vehemently fight corrupt leaders who run down their country! They must run to IMF borrow to build their country as though IMF was father Christmas!

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UNCEA Report – Kenya highest in Poverty Rise over 2 decades!

Even though Africa has made progress towards achieving MDG (Millennium Development Goals), some countries have actually seen a rise in Poverty Levels. Kenya had the highest rise in Poverty Levels in Sub-Sahara Africa in the 2 decades (1990-2010)  with a rise of 28.4%!

This report may have escaped your radar, but would like to bring it to your attention to realise how dire the situation is!

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Based on 30 African countries for which at least two data points were available, collective poverty reduction efforts resulted in an 8.7 per cent drop in poverty over a period of eight years. The greatest reduction was in the Gambia,
which achieved a 32 per cent reduction, followed by Burkina Faso, the Niger, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi. Poverty declined by varying degrees in 24 out of the 30 countries analysed, from 0.1 per cent in Egypt to 32 per cent in the Gambia. However, poverty rates also increased in 6 of the same 30 countries, from an average of 0.4 per cent in the Central African Republic to 28.4 per cent in Kenya, which represent the lowest and highest increases over the same period. Increases in poverty were also notable in Mauritania, Nigeria and Zambia, whereas Madagascar, Sierra Leone and Tunisia registered significant poverty reduction over a period of eight years.

Build a Legacy, Touch Freedom

We are living in a golden age of OPPORTUNITY in South Africa!

Property and Real Estate investments have never been more accessible to the general public than today! It is your time to claim this Right! To do this, you need the knowledge and skills. You need to get this book before you get started on the journey of Property Investment! It is the definitive guide to  investing in Property in South Africa.

Have you ever thought of earning passive income through property? Or building a property portfolio to create wealth? It always sounds hard, intimidating and complex to say the least! You think that this is for the chosen few and you cannot do it on your own. This is a book that will change all that!

In this revolutionary, practical and easy-to-read book, Dr Chomba Chuma guides you through manageable steps on investing in property and building a portfolio. The idea behind the book is to build up passive income using a sustainable wealth to be left for future generations, thereby allowing the reader to leave a legacy that outlives them and benefits not only their children and grandchildren, but their future generations.


Author | Entrepreneur | Business Leader

The outline is based on six steps that the reader can follow to build their property portfolio. 

  1. Step 1 – The Property Investment Strategy
  2. Step 2 – Entity of Ownership
  3. Step 3 – Property Presentation
  4. Step 4 – Property/Mortgage Finance
  5. Step 5 – Property Registration
  6. Step 6 – Rental Management of the property.

This guide is incredibly insightful and makes property investment seem so much more approachable, even for the novice.

Fuller Expression of Life

How do we express ourselves fully , how do we truly connect with the people we LOVE , the charities we want to SUPPORT and be impactful and change the world to be a better place.

I believe we need to really be AUTHENTIC and in our journey of AUTHENTICITY we must create WEALTH and not for our own selfish “WANTS “but we should remember that GOD owns everything and all we are are STEWARDS … we are given things to look over and to use effectively not only for our own benefits but also for the benefits of others.

If you cannot be trusted with $5000.00 what makes you so delusional in THINKING that you can be trusted with $1 million … it is never going to happen , so we need to re-examine our MOTIVES for wanting to create WEALTH , if it is for our selfish WANTS … then we do not deserve to have it.

The Bible says that GOD will touch men to bring unto our bosoms enough for our needs and the needs of others … this is the MYSTERY of MYSTERIES … men will bring , you will engage in trade using your GIFTS and TALENTS and men will honor you by giving you MONEY which is for our NEEDS and the NEEDS of OTHERS … so when you see people GIVING not from GUILT but from a space of STEWARDSHIP … you must know that they have DECODED the MYSTERY of MYSTERIES and therefore they have and are giving a FULLER EXPRESSION OF LIFE … you can become a BILLIONAIRE , it is within your reach …

HOWEVER the QUESTIONS is WHY do you want to be a BILLIONAIRE … examine your MOTIVES and once you get to the space of TRUTH and AUTHENTICITY … then things will happen for you … only when we move from a place of TRUTH and HUMILITY and not DECEPTION and PRIDE then … we will be TRUE STEWARDS … and experience a FULLER EXPRESSION OF LIFE … join us on the 26th July 2014 to UNLOCK YOUR MILLIONAIRE CODE …and learn the POWER OF STEWARDSHIP …go to www.billyselekane.com to buy your ticket .

Building Resilience

Many people, my self included in the past, believe that life is unfair … I would have a plan about something I wanted to work on or achieve and sometimes when my first attempt was not successful, I would just give up. 

My giving up often had to do with what people around me had said, or hearing about how so and so have failed in their attempt to start a business or to follow a certain path either I sports or show business.

When I realized how limiting it was to hang around negative people, I had to choose who I associate with; however, though the change in people around me was moving toward the right direction but somehow I was still ruled by this amazing fear or negative thoughts spiral. With those stories of failure at the back of my mind, understanding and embracing this principle was a matter in which I had very little choice on. It was either I held-on to those limiting beliefs and always spoke about how I nearly achieved something for the rest of my life or apply this principle to cement my process of unleashing the giant inside me.

A simple definition of this principle is: Creating an inability to give up no matter how heavily the “odds” are stacked against you.

I created a simple process of how to build this inability to give up, by using the most common tools to do this … OPE (other-people’s-experience). OPE is simply stories of other people who had in their lives experienced amazing adversity and yet went on to achieve their goals. They thus manifested their purpose, attained their vision though goals they set and just made it happen against all odds.
The reason I used this simple methodology is that, the stories told of those who had failed are the ones which paralyzed me: so then what else could uplift me rather than the stories of those who had made it. I simply replaced the belief “I can’t” with the one “if they can, so can I”. I carefully chose the stories about these people, read them, memorized them and used them as an anchor each time I was confronted with challenges in the journey of life.

“Henry Ford forgot to put a reverse gear in his first car”

Building Resilience Through A Success Source

  • Change your spending habits: instead of buying CD’s buy autobiographies of people you can relate to and who inspire you
  • Search for powerful stories, which illustrate the great human spirit of defying adversity, embrace them as if they were yours
  • Attend seminars and workshops, which deals with issues of success in all formats, be it financial or spiritual
  • Be a student of life
  • Use visualisation techniques to build consciousness, which is always positive and directed
  • Do not be afraid to confront people and ask questions

This article is an extract from Billy’s book “From Barefoot to Snake Skin Shoes

Wealth Creation Tips for Successful Investors

For those investors who have been buying cash flow–positive properties – well done. For those who are facing challenging times and need advice, I am going to share some of my experiences, which I am sure will help.

Becoming a good investor is like learning to sail a boat. Anyone can seem the expert sailor when conditions are ideal, the water is smooth and the wind light. But what happens when the wind picks up, the sea gets rough, and your boat is pummelled by rain and lightening? Without sufficient preparation, training and experience, you will suddenly find yourself in difficulty!

A bank manager I met with recently in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, mentioned how he’s noticed that people who have never experienced financial difficulty before are starting to take strain. I remember being in this position in 1990. Financial difficulty was completely new to me, and I had no idea where to turn. I felt I had let the banks down. On two occasions I even contemplated suicide as the only way out of the embarrassment and stress.

So what did I do? Sometime in April of that year, I made a decision that I was going to get out of the mess I found myself in, no matter what. I thought of other people who had been in worse positions and had survived. The most important factor here is that I had the right frame of mind. The first thing I did was accept the worst: I was going to lose everything. Next, I started thinking of how I was going to start up again and, without a doubt, become a millionaire once more. I kept my thinking positive. Excited by the challenge of seeing how quickly I could regain my wealth, I even imagined myself trading at a flea market and moving on from there.What I learnt from the experience is that you can successfully handle a financial crisis and become wealthy at the same time. Here are some steps to follow:

Get your mind in gear

1.    Decide that you are going to handle the situation with great success.
2.    Believe in your decision.
3.    Start taking action.

Cut out negativity

1.    Stop reading the newspapers and watching the news.
2.    Stay away from negative people.
3.    Read books that uplift and inspire you.
4.    Listen to motivational CDs.

Look after your health

1.    Take a good multivitamin supplement – it will help your body cope when you are under stress.
2.    Go for a walk, a run or go to the gym, first thing every morning.  It will raise your energy levels and you will feel good.
3.    Stay away from alcohol – it is a depressant.
4.    Include omega-3 fatty acids in  your diet – they boost brain functioning.

Confront your situation

1.    Make a list of all your problems.
2.    Divide the list into two: first, the problems you can do something about, and second, the problems over which you do not have control.

You may find writing out these lists an unpleasant task. However, once you have completed the exercise, you will probably experience a sense of relief: you have confronted your situation and taken back control.

Communicate

1.    If you have a cash flow problem, contact the people or institutions this will affect, and explain your situation.
2.    Keep everyone you owe money updated – in writing – as to what your plans are to repay your debts.
3.    If you need more help, contact the National Credit Regulator.

The good news

Experiencing a financial crisis can be challenging. But challenges are what make life interesting. More impor-tantly, when you look back one day, you will see the unique opportunities that arose from your difficult situation. The good news is that once you have weathered this storm, you will be happier, healthier, wealthier and wiser for it.

JT Foxx – The Man, the Hype and the Truth

JT Foxx has hit the South African business scene with a bang! He has transformed the entrepreneurship spirit, the real estate investment scene and ultimately the deal maker table!

So, who’s this man, how do you tell the hype and distill the bare truth? I have attended a few of his seminars, looked at his business models and worked out a formula that I’d like to share with you.

What’s the bang?

Like him or hate him, JT Foxx has transformed the way many entrepreneur speakers look at events/seminars, lead generation and business deals in the South African landscape.

After coming to South Africa less than 10 months ago (as at March 2014), he has built businesses, brands, a following and most importantly developed model entrepreneurs.

When an entrepreneur has come to a country, started a business and driven it to over R100m turnover in less than 10months, it’s a no brainer that any aspirational business person stands up to listen! Now, that’s a bang!

While 95% of start-ups are busy folding up in 5 years, JT (as he’s popularly known) has beaten the odds and made business start-up look like a walk in the park. That goes without saying that he has generated interest, not only from the SMME directors, but from Medium and Blue Chip companies’ directors that have started to attend his events.

My great interest as a business owner, however, is to distill the truth from the hype!

What is the hype?

JT, has a lot of hype! Loads of Hype! That said, what are the basics of marketing?

Let’s go back to the days of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the late 19th Century. He’s known to have said “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door”. This was probably true in the 19th century or earlier, however, there is a great realization in the 21st Century that THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR MOUSETRAP!

You cannot get your product out there without HYPE! In marketing, they call it PR, in the digital age it is defined as direct marketing and in 21st century, we call it Social Media! JT has taken all the basics of marketing, loaded them into a turbo-charged publicity engine and made an efficient, effective and brilliant business model that has bank-rolled his multiple businesses to success.

Distilled truth! What’s the Formula?

That said, there are take home messages that entrepreneurs & business leaders need to distill from this melee!

  • JT is a brilliant marketer – worth modelling. His popularised pharase of “CEO marketing” is nothing short of what should be emulated by small and large companies alike. It is a model used by Richard Branson, Donald Trump and other business leaders effectively!
  • Business Model – his business model seminars are nothing short of transformational. If you have not attended these FREE seminar, make a point of doing so soon!
  • Branding – If you are not branded, you are a commodity! I need not say more about this!

One on one with Billionaire and Kenyan media magnate

Dinner and a long chat with Mr. SK Macharia was a monumental eye opener, inspiration and business stimulation like no other. SK, as he’s popularly known, currently owns the largest TV station in Kenya and over 14 radio channels in East Africa. With interests in Agriculture, Transport, Insurance, Real Estate and other industries, this billionaire[1] is humble, approachable and welcoming.

Likening him to Rupert Murdoch is no coincidence; his insights are simple, yet powerful and motivating. He is truly encouraging, fascinating and remarkable human being who has achieved more than most people would ever dream of.

Determination, resilience, tenacity and to a larger extent his spirit makes him the Billionaire he is today. Those who don’t know him might learn from the lessons I took away after a lengthy discussion.

Fear of Failure

He reckons that most people don’t achieve their success because of the perceived fear of failure. As a matter of fact, he encourages that you fail MANY times. That is the only way to learn, endure and achieve your goals.

The setting of goals and determination to achieve them is one way of mitigating failure. Mr. Macharia reckons that with goals in place, “there is nothing that you cannot achieve in life”.

On the lighter side, he recommends laughing at one self and laughing at failure. As a highly successful businessman, he has failed numerous times and at every instance, he looks back and laughs at what would ordinarily be devastating failure to most people.

Autobiography

He is soon to release an autobiography of his life which he will recount his childhood, trip to America, business ventures, politics and other areas of interest in his life.

A point of note is how he took a trip to Seattle, United States on road, rail and ship with only Kshs 1,800 (Approx. $20) – Which is probably ($250) factoring inflation; how he crossed the Sahara desert and stood the sandstorms in Beghazi, Libya.

In the US, he struggled from school to school, working long hours to fund his education, sleeping in the streets and determined to complete his Accounting degree; which he did and returned back to Kenya.

Back home, he was determined to apply his learnings and carve out a business empire in a country that was emerging from colonialism. He would then come face to face with the brutal reality of a single party democracy that threatened and re-possessed his multi-billion shilling businesses that had taken a life-time to build. That said, he was not bitter, laughed it off and soldiered on!

This is a book not to be missed and would bury myself into the determination and excellence of such an incredible being.

Parenting and Success

Mr. Macharia is very critical of how the youth have become obsessed with easy money; instant gratification. His take on easy money is as old as hills and retaliates that Easy money becomes Easy Spend!

The success of the youth will be carried by the youth, and highlights that parents should assist children to discover their talents while still young. This will help them discover what the right careers are for them and even more important is that they will play their strengths, not their weaknesses.

All said, SK is a role model, mentor, and a great Kenyan who has contributed immensely to Kenya and its people!


[1] http://richestkenyan.blogspot.com/