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Thursday, 19 December 2019 14:12

Knowthyself 28/2019. Wrapping it up for 2019.


Knowthyself 28/2019. Wrapping it up for 2019.

As we come to the tail end of year 2019, I take this opportunity to appreciate you for keeping me company on this blog where we focus on Health and Financial wellness. I have shared many articles to encourage us have interest to understand the complex body God gave us the responsibility to take care of.

In 1904, Thomas Edison said the doctor of the future will not give medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the body frame. This future he predicted in now. It start with understanding the body physiology , then the Spiritual, Emotional and other needs. This is why I’ve been running the know thyself articles.

Why “Knowthyself?”

We are losing the battle of life longevity to diseases. In 2017 alone, more than 41 million people in the world died due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). This is equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally. Among NCDs, the four top killers include: cardiovascular diseases (17.9 million deaths annually), cancers (9.0 million), respiratory diseases (3.9 million), and diabetes (1.6 million).

The non-communicable diseases find their way inside our bodies as a result of our lifestyle choices. From the toxic company we keep, the environment we spend most of our time, where and how we sleep, to how we grow the food we eat, and much more that affect our health directly. Cooking food with Trans fats and hydrogenated oils is now overtaking smoking Tobacco to become the leading cause of cancer and other non communicable diseases.

I have been running the know thyself campaign to encourage us to reflect inward. I indulge you to go deeper and seek to know your passions, desires, dreams, your thoughts, feelings, likes and fears, tolerances and limitations. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power-Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher.

Man is Gods co-creator. He was given a major role to take care of the universe, but he cannot take care of other creation if he cannot take good care of himself first!

l have shared 27 articles on knowthyself. These have focused on 6 of the 12 body systems in details. We defined the systems, shared how the systems work, the requirements for the systems to work optimally and mentioned the possible challenges to the systems.

Here is a summary of what we have been able to cover this far:

1. Skeletal -The skeletal system comprises bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. Its functions include supporting the body, preventing damage to soft tissues, enabling movement and making blood cells.
2. Muscular -The muscular system includes cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscles that enable the body to move, as well as offering support and heat generation. All these are made of muscular tissues.
3. Integumentary-The integumentary organ system includes the hair, nails and skin and acts as a barrier between the interior of the body and the outside world. It protects the body from damage and infiltration by micro-organisms and also keeps the fluids inside the body and helps maintain body temperature. They are made of epithelial tissues.
4. Respiratory -The respiratory system comprises the bronchi, diaphragm, lungs, mouth, nose and throat. This system manages breathing, transporting air to facilitate gaseous exchange.
5. Cardiovascular system includes blood, heart and vascular network. This system moves nutrients and waste products throughout the body and assists with maintaining body temperature and pH.
6. Digestive-The gastrointestinal (Digestive) system enables the body to digest food substances by breaking down food substances into simpler forms that can be utilized by the body’s cells. The digestive tract (alimentary canal) is a continuous tube with two openings: the mouth and the anus.

We have not finished with the digestive system. We will continue with it in January. Keep it here for more helpful information. Come 2020 we will unpack the remaining 5 systems and their constituent organs.

On behalf of Azima, wishing you Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

With Profound Regards;

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Thursday, 12 December 2019 17:12

How to achieve financial freedom in 2020.


How to achieve financial freedom in 2020.

Truth is Africans remain beggars because we were never taught how to relate with money. Making money has a defined formula that we must get right from the go and apply consistently. We need to hammer home this message using all avenues. We cannot continue with the same habits come 2020 – 2030 the way we did with 2010 - 2019.

Some home truths about money.

Money is both a store of value and a medium of exchange. Most of us relate with money as a medium of exchange only. we do not know how to make money multiply. We get paid for bringing value to the market place. It can be in exchange for labor or services or for valuable material possessions. What we earn from active work should be treated as seed capital. If you do not save this seed capital and invest it wisely to work for you in alternative streams of income, you will work until you die.

Work is so bad that they have to pay you to do it. When you get paid, you buy stuff like cars, plots, gadgets. some even buy homes on mortgages. Advice 101; During your wealth multiplication and accumulation stage, avoid things that take away money from you to keep running, example buying a car that you have to pay insurance, fuel and parking for.

The best way out of this trap is to learn financial intelligence. To know how to save and invest savings in most profitable counters that will generate more money. Money saved in banks lose value due to inflation. You should only invest your money where it generates a higher income than inflation.

The rule of the thumb is earn money and save before spending. Spend what remains after saving. You should invest your savings to multiply and keep growing it. Practice delayed gratification by living on a low budget to save as much as you can during your wealth multiplication stage and accumulation and invest wisely. Time to enjoy will come. Accumulate and consolidate your investments till your 40s. This is one of the easiest ways to grow your savings.

Wealth is the ability to live on residual income generated by your investments . If you can live on your residual income enjoying the level of life you desire and your network keep growing, you have achieved financial independence.

This is what we want for you. It is what Azima exist to do for the willing. Those who are dissatisfied with their current status. We advice you to avoid debts. Spending in advance is dangerous. Its living life in advance . Big question, what will you do when tomorrow comes? When debts sabotage your desire to become wealthy?

With Profound Respect,

Coach Maina Azimio.
ICF- Accredited CPC & CPM
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 12:51

Knowthyself 27/2019: Taking care of the stomach.

Knowthyself 27/2019: Taking care of the stomach.

The festive season is here.This is the time we have all been waiting for. A time to make merry. A time to get a break from work. Most of us spend better part of our time in jobs we do not like. This is a good time to escape from this stress. 
But the holidays also come with challenges. We become unfair to the stomach. We eat all day. We eat too much and mix the food outside the recommended norm.

Some foods do not digest well together. Women especially are more vulnerable. They are in the kitchen most of the time. This is why gastrointestinal cases occur up to six times more often in women than in men. A recent Survey revealed that nearly half of all women experience heightened stress during the holidays.

This can dramatically contribute worsening of existing stomach conditions or originate other issues.How can we take good care of the stomach during this long holiday season?

Here are some tips;

a. Eat properly to help your digestion

Do eat in a rush your. Take time to eat slowly. Try putting your fork down between bites and chew each mouthful well. Reduce the size of your portions at mealtimes. Eat regularly and try not to skip meals. Avoid eating a big meal just before you go to bed. Eat your last meal at least 4 hours before getting to bed. Avoid any heavy activities immediately after a meal. Allow 2 hours before you go to the gym. Make sure you take enough water.

b. Beat stress

A person feels unease in the stomach during times of stress. That's because anxiety and worry can upset the delicate balance of digestion. Stress can slow down digestion causing bloating, pain and constipation. In other people, it speed it up, causing diarrhea and frequent trips to the loo. Some people lose their appetite completely. Stress can also worsen digestive conditions like stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.

It is advisable to avoid eating when you're feeling very anxious, stressed or unhappy. It also helps your digestion if you avoid arguing at the dinner table. Getting angry can put you off your food or make eating harder. Try to keep mealtimes happy and relaxed.

c. Stop smoking to prevent acid reflux.

Smoking can weaken the muscles that control the lower end of the food pipe and allow acid from the stomach to travel in the wrong direction back up. This process is known as reflux. Reflux causes the symptoms of heartburn and can result to aggravated stomach ulcers and bowel inflammation conditions of the bowel. Smoking is one of the high risk factor for stomach cancer.



To be continued…

With Profound Respect,

Coach Maina Azimio.
ICF- Accredited CPC & CPM
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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Friday, 06 December 2019 09:48

Preparing for 2020 -2030 decade .


Preparing for 2020 -2030 decade .

This is a good time to reflect on our relationship with money in the past 10 years. A lot has happened to us. We discovered where most of our money go. In this era of big data, we have know how much we need to live a comfortable life. We cannot do much without money. This is going to be the case even in the new decade.

Come with me we learn some basics about wealth.

Wealth is what works for you when you are not working. When you are asleep, on holiday or playing golf. One way to do this is to set up a business system that generates money for you in your absence. Notice we are talking of a business system, not a business. Or you can invest in an existing business.

In this life, we have smart people who have set up systems to generate income for them effortlessly. On waking up, we reach out for a switch to light up the house. That light is someone’s stream of income. He set up a business system that bring energy to our homes. Someone developed a system that generates energy and transports it to consumers to use at their own convenience. He has installed meters to record what each consumer draw from his network. This is a stroke of genius. The owner makes money when asleep or on holiday, at night and during the day. Including on public holidays. Making money for him never stops.

The same goes for piped water system. You open the tap and money starts flowing to their account. The more times we shower the more money flows to the owners bank . Most Kenyans start making money for Safaricom immediately we switch on our phone in the morning and start using data bundles to access WhatsApp. It is no wonder Safaricom reported their best performing sector in Q 3 are Mpesa and data. This is how residual income is made.

There are many such examples we can choose from. The trick is simple. Identify a gap in society and be the solution. Setup a system that meets those needs sustainable and work smart to project yourself as the go to person for that service or products.

An entrepreneur is always keen to come up with solutions or better ways of meeting people’s needs. They disrupt existing order and processes. They set up traps of making money and leave them to work for them. Money on its own does not have any power to grow. It only grows in the hands of a person who has increased money intelligence. Not academic IQ. The winners are those who have learnt ways to multiply monry through investments and recruited smart workers to keep the system running.

We will unpack to details how you can also do it like an expert. Money is an idea. Keep it here for more in the next article.

With profound respect,

Coach Maina Azimio.

ICF- Accredited CPC & CPM
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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Converting Cash Flow To Wealth; How to create Residual Income.

Azima has been at the forefront sharing tidbits in wealth creation. To be wealthy enables you to live life on your own terms. To have options in life. It gives you peace of mind and well-being leading to optimal health. Wellness is engaging in a set of behaviors that are likely to lead to optimal health if applied properly and consistently. This is only possible if you have adequate money.

Wealth is a mindset. You create wealth if you align your thinking to wealth. Most of us remain poor because all we entertain are thoughts of poverty. You attract what you think most of your time. This does not happen by chance . It is how we were programmed from an early age. Most of us were brought up in depravity.

Any mention of money was frowned upon by parents. This was my reality. My father worked for East African Railways. It later became Kenya Railways. It was among the worst employer in staff remuneration. My father did not entertain any talk that suggested cash expenditure from his wallet. He was broke 365 days in a year.

With this background, we did not learn much about money at home. It was a taboo subject. But through my own personal initiatives, today I know money is a faithful servant. Way much loyal than human beings. If you deploy money to work for you in the right places, it will not disappoint.

Problem is most of us use money as a medium of exchange only. We do not know it is a store of value. We earn money from exchange of goods and services. More than 80% Kenyans earn money from salary and wages.

A big percentage of the money earned goes to pay overheads like house rent, bus fare or other forms of travelling expenses to and from work. Pay for upkeep like food, clothes and other bills and pay bills like water and electricity. These are the first traps of money set up by the money smart to harvest from our sweat.

After meeting basic essentials, we have been programmed to crave certain luxuries. This is designed to take away money from us. These are Items that are good to have for gratification but we can delay and have them later. These include conveniences like a smartphone that cost you in data bundles or Wi-Fi, pay TV that cost you to watch like Multichoice. Those at a higher level buy a car they do not make good use of but pay sh 200 to park in the sun all day.

We are programmed to spend to look good. We spend money in saloons, buying clothes in fashion and shoes to match the bag especially for ladies. We are more sensitive about what people think about us and pay any amount to prove we leave a sophisticated life. All these activities take money away from us. To cope with Johannes, we end up spending more than what we earn.

We borrow to meet the shortfall and pay back with interest. This is the starting point to get into a debt trap. This is a dangerous lifestyle. It make us live broke from January to December. By Christmas, we have no money for holiday. Because we need to join other people going home or Mombasa for holiday, we borrow to travel digging ourselves deeper into debt. Come January with school fees to pay, we borrow again from our Sacco to pay school fees. The culture borrowing for consumption is the biggest threat to wellness. It is living tomorrow’s life today.

The question is, what will you do when tomorrow comes? In this days of retrenchment and companies like Nakumatt, Uchumi, Kenya Airways and chase bank among other big firms going south, it is dangerous to rely on salary as the only source of income.

These are some of the money mistakes we make due to lack of financial knowledge. Financial Knowledge comes from financial education. Problem is they do not teach this even in graduate school.

But there is a way out of this mess. We can learn delayed gratification. In Azima we have developed a clear road map to a better lifestyle. We need to learn this formula and have the patience to watch our investments grow.

Keep it here to learn the practical steps to gain financial IQ in the next article . Don’t go away .

With profound respect,

Coach Maina Azimio.

ICF- Accredited CPC & CPM
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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Friday, 22 November 2019 18:25

The truth about our economy 101


The truth about our economy 101

Our economy is performing poorly in many sectors.
For the last 20 years, most Kenyans from professionals to hawkers have been putting their money into property. So much money has been sunk in Buroti (plots) that I shudder to imagine where we could be today if we did not have a item called Buroti in our economy.

I have waged a one man campaign advising people to be wiser and resist temptation to bury their hard earned money in dead investments like buying plots and shamba they are not utilising to generate cash flow . Or buying a home on mortgage which cost them more in repayment than the rent they get from the unit.

Example ; A two bedroom unit in a flat that is costing 8 million payable in 10 years will cost the buyer upward of 123,000 per month to service. This is unreasonable. The rent for such a house is around 30 to 50 k per month. This means you are paying more than 70k per month for someone to stay in your house if you rent it out. If you stay in the house, you pay 3x the going rent in the open market. This is not financial intelligence.

The lie told to gullible buyers is that land appreciates in value. Truth is the rate of appreciation is too low if any. Below the inflation rate. See the figure below from Cyton weekly report on changes in land prices in 2018/2019.

It is unfortunate many educated people have fallen into this trap. Others buy a plot and spend so much to build a house or flats for rental which cannot service the investment loan. They use salary from employment or bring down a business to service the loan they took to build a home. What is this thing with Kenyans wanting to own a house?

This happens despite the evidence in financial numbers pointing against. We are in the era of big data. Truth is rental income in Kenya has been going south. None of the property sectors is making profit. The most affected is commercial houses starting with malls. The occupancy rate is below 65 percent. Many malls are enticing customers by giving 6 months’ rent free and half rent the next 6 months to attract uptake to boost occupancy. They no longer charge goodwill in malls

Commercial offices space suffer the same problem. Britam towers occupancy is less than 30 %. UAP/Old mutual tower is at 38 %. If you drive along Ngong road, the most conspicuous sign is “To Let”. This is proof there is more floor space on offer than demand. This have depressed rental income to an all-time low

See the analysis below

Big question;

Why do our people continue investing in property?
Answer. Lack of financial knowledge
This is the kind of knowledge we offer in Azima Wellness. We tell you the bitter truth. We do the Maths with you because numbers don’t lie.

What is the big lesson here?
Keep it here for the options that will pay good dividends above inflation and interest rates.

With profound respect,

Coach Maina Azimio.
ICF- Accredited CPC & CPM
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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Why Are Degree Holders struggling to pay bills?

The world economy has shifted. The most affected are graduates from the many campuses out there: Kenya has 22 public universities, 14 chartered private universities and 13 universities with Letter of Interim Authority, to bring the total number of higher institutions of learning in the country to 49. The campuses pump about 50,000 graduates to the job market in Kenya every year.

Truth is your degree or certificate is not the cure to poverty; the cure to poverty is your ability to see and seize opportunities. As Robert Kiyosaki puts it, ‘’People who will thrive in the future are those that are able to think like an entrepreneur.’’ Entrepreneurs are people who identify gaps in the society and provide ways to bridge the gaps to satisfy human needs.

School rewards people for their memory. Life rewards people for their creativity and ability to solve problems. School rewards caution; life rewards daring. School hails those who live by the rules. Life reward those who break the rules . Being top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. The world is filled with poor graduates but rich opportunists!

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/there-are-36-million-college-graduates-living-in-poverty-2018-09-12

But why are degree holder’s poor? We will be sharing tidbits about the mindset of a degree holder towards job market and provide free guidance on what needs to be done to become productive in this fast changing economy.

Here are the top 3 reasons why degree holders are struggling

1. THEY DON’T THINK BEYOND THEIR CERTIFICATES

Albert Einstein said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Have you ever heard of the call to “Think outside the box”? One of the major reasons why most graduates are poor is simply because they can’t see and think beyond their certificates. I have seen engineering students work as bankers. I have seen medical doctors with great skills in web and graphic designs. I have seen lawyers that are very good with finances. The list is endless! The basic truth of life is that the skills that are needed to be much sought after and become more successful in life are not really found within the walls of the classrooms. Your certificate is just a proof that you are teachable, it does not suggest what you are totally capable of doing.

You are full of possibilities when you think beyond your degrees and certificates.

2. THEY PRIORITIZE THEIR CERTIFICATES MORE THAN THEIR GIFTS AND TALENTS:

I have often advised my mentees, never to leave their gifts dormant while pursuing and hunting for jobs with their certificates. There must be a complementary balance in the pursuit of your passion and in the search for jobs. Everybody is gifted in something, but the winning edge comes from our ability to develop our gifts and bless the world with them. The very best way to develop yourself is in the direction of your natural talents and interest. In order to live a fulfilled and impactful life, we need to work harder on our gifts than our job. We need to discover our gifts, invest to develop them and step into your space . Don’t bury your TALENTS with your certificates.

3. THEIR CERTIFICATES PREPARE THEM FOR A WORLD THAT NO LONGER EXIST

It has been found that most of the skills taught in schools are becoming obsolete in the present world. The world has changed , and so are people’s needs! I was in Dubai some few years ago to attend a conference organized by the British Council with the Theme: “Education Fit For The Future: Planning For A Changing World.” It is poignant to know that the present form of education does not prepare students for the future.

Graduates are becoming endangered species in the face of a changing world. Our archaic methods and approaches of learning are preparing graduates for a world that no longer exist, as we are churning out degree holders every year with certificates that have face value but no intrinsic value .

Most institutions are filled up with lecturers and pseudo-educators with lecture notes, methods and approaches that have lost relevance in a changing world. Even in graduate school they give notes. This is a waste of human mind. We are not a photocopy machine!

To be continued……

With Profound Respect,

Coach Maina Azimio.
ICF- Accredited CPC & CPM
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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Azimawellness foundational Talk 24/2019.

Know thyself: Organs in the digestive system continuation-The Mouth

We continue to unpack the series on digestive system. The alimentary canal is the name given to the organs that combine to constitute the digestive system. In the previous article, we focused on the mouth and teeth. Come with me we discuss other organs in the mouth.

A) The tongue

The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth covered with a moist, pink tissue called mucosa. The size of our tongue is around 3.3 inches (8.5 centimetres) long for men and 3.1 inches (7.9 cm) for women. The tongue is located in the back of the mouth anchored by webs of tough tissue called lingual frenulum. They are anchored on the hyoid bone.

The tongue has three parts, the tip, the body and the base. The tip is highly mobile, anterior portion. The surface of the tongue contains taste buds that identify the taste of food. It has many nerves that help detect and transmit taste signals to the brain. All parts of the tongue can detect the four common tastes, namely: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. The mucosa keeps it moist. It also makes the tongue a bit slippery to touch.

The role of tongue in digestion

1. Eating and drinking

It enables us to turn the chewed solid food into a bolus that is easy to swallow. The tongue initiates the act of swallowing.

2. Sucking of fluids

The tongue enables the mouth suck in fluids from a cup or glass.

3. Chewing, grinding, pressing, salivating

When we chew, the tongue and the cheeks work together to constantly move the food between the teeth so that it can be ready for swallowing. The tongue presses the bolus into the throat to starts the process of swallowing.

4. Tasting

The tongue’s mucous membrane contains many taste receptors to test the things we eat and drink. Taste stimuli also trigger increased production of saliva and stomach acid to start digestion.

b) Salivary glands

The salivary glands produce between 0.5 and 1.5 litres of saliva every day. Saliva contains enzymes that start the processes of breaking down the food

One of them is alpha-amylase, an enzyme that breaks down starch into maltose and glucose. The mucous secretions contain a protein called mucin, which acts as a lubricant. Both alpha amylase and mucin are produced simultaneously.

Functions of saliva

Lubrication and binding

The mucus in saliva is extremely effective in binding masticated food into a slippery bolus that (usually) slides easily through the oesophagus without inflicting damage to the mucosa. Saliva also coats the oral cavity and oesophagus, and food basically never directly touches the epithelial cells of those tissues.

Solubilizes dry food

In order to taste food, the molecules in food must be solubilized. Saliva acts as a solvent in which solid particles can dissolve in and enter the taste buds through oral mucosa located on the tongue. These minor salivary glands secrete saliva

Initiates starch digestion

The serous acinar cells secrete an alpha-amylase which can begin to digest dietary starch into maltose. As a result, saliva allows digestion to occur before the food reaches the stomach where the process of breaking food to much smaller articles ready for assimilation takes place.

Keep it here for more next week we will be unpacking the mother of digestive system, the stomach to have a better understanding of how the human body get energy from food.

With Profound Respect,

Coach Maina Azimio. ICF- Accredited CPC & CPM
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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Azimawellness foundational Talk 23/2019.

Know thyself: Organs in the digestive system-The Mouth.

We continue to unpack the series on digestive system. As mentioned earlier, this is the most critical system in the human body. It deserves more attention. Come with me we unpack more.

Our body is made to be self-sustaining. It has the capacity to protect and renew itself given the right conditions. Our no 1 responsibility is to supply what it requires to operate at optimum.

For movement the body requires energy Energy come from food we eat. God equipped us with well-designed organs to work on the food and extract energy and other essential nutrients.

Come with me we unpack to details the different organs in the digestive system. The first organ in the digestive system is the mouth. The mouth is where the first stage of food breakdown take place.

The mouth is made up of the following.

a) The teeth-Structure.

Teeth consists of three layers. An outer layer called enamel, which is wholly inorganic and is the hardest tissue in the body, covers part or all of the crown of the tooth. The middle layer of the tooth is composed of dentine, which is less hard than enamel and similar in composition to bone. The dentine forms the main bulk, or core, of each tooth and extends almost the entire length of the tooth, being covered by enamel on the crown portion and by cementum on the roots.

From around 6 months human beings start to develop teeth. The first teeth we develop are known as milk teeth and this stage happens between 6 months to 4 years of child birth. By age 4 human beings have around 20 fully developed milk teeth.

The milk teeth naturally shed off to allow for permanent teeth to grow. We have 32 permanent teeth that start to grow from when we are age 6.

The teeth’s function is to mechanically break down items of food by cutting and crushing them in preparation for swallowing and digesting.

Humans have four types of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars, and molars.

The incisors are found at the front of the mouth and have a sharp biting surface used for cutting or shearing food into small chewable pieces. There are eight incisors in both primary and permanent dentitions.

The canines are situated at the 'corners' of the dental arches. They have a sharp, pointed biting surface. Their function is to grip and tear food. There are four canine teeth in both primary and permanent dentitions.

The premolars, unlike the incisors and canines, have a flat biting surface. Their function is to tear and crush food. They are unique to the permanent dentition which has eight premolars.

The molars are the largest of the teeth. They have a large flat biting surface. The function of the molars is to chew, crush and grind food. There are eight molars in the primary dentition and twelve in the permanent dentition.

Our teeth play critical roles in our life. Our teeth arrange , shape and colour gives us an identity. Some people have snow white teeth while others have brown or stained teeth. The original colour of teeth should be white. We use teeth to break down the food and make it easy for digestion and assimilation.

If we compromise our teeth, we will therefore compromise our health.

Some of the ways we compromise our teeth is by taking very hot and cold items. Do not take hot food and immediately take cold water or juice. The sudden difference in heat will affect the inorganic part of the teeth , the enamel. Oral hygiene is also critical. We will discuss more about the gum and oral health in a later article.

We will continue to unpack to details more organs that make the digestive system in coming articles to have better understanding of our body systems, how they made to function and how to take good care of them. Don’t go away.

With Profound Respect,

Coach Maina Azimio.
ICF- Accredited Certified Professional Coach
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 06:35

What to look for in a business partner-Part 3.


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What to look for in a business partner-Part 3.

The main aim of starting a business is to solve a need in the society, not to make profits. Business is something you bring into existence. You will have to nurture it to grow to full blossom. During the start up stage, the business faces a lot of challenges before it penetrate the market. These includes but not limited to marketing the products/services, raising start-up Capital, logistical Planning. The list is endless.

A good example is the 2004 study by a Bank in the U.S.A. The study revealed that up to 79 percent of small business failures cited “little/limited available capital” as one of the reasons for the business stagnation or going under.

One way to weather business challenges is by forming business partnerships. A Partnership offers the advantage of allowing the business owners to draw on the resources and expertise of each co-partners. It makes more capital available for the business thru pooling of resources. Running a partnership business is less straining as partners share responsibility in managing the business to realise its objectives.

However, choosing the person who will help you start and run a business isn’t as simple as selecting a friend you can get along with. A partner has the ability to either cause the business grow to greatness or can make the business come down. Come with me we unpack more on what to look for when searching for the ideal business partner.

1. Trustworthiness.

In order for a partnership to do well, 90 percent depends on how the two partners are compatible. How well do you know your prospective business partners? Do you trust them? Trust is a non-negotiable quality in a business partner. Their level of integrity should be so high that you’re sure they won’t cheat or steal from you.

But it should even be deeper than that. You should be able to trust your partner’s judgement in business matters. And if you have a disagreement, you should be able to trust them to handle it maturely. Trust them to always tell you the truth even when it’s difficult, to treat everyone around them fairly, and not to start a competing business.

Experts recommend that you should know your partner for at least a year before going into business with them. Make sure that you have shared values – to help you steer the business in the right direction.

2. Complementary skills.

Being friends and trusting each other isn’t enough. Your business partner should also have skills and a personality that complements yours. For instance, in the case of Apple, Steve Jobs was the entrepreneurial visionary while Steve Wozniak was focused on creating the products.

Partners with complementary skills are more likely to build a thriving business. The broader their range of skills, the clearer their division of labour. According to Michael Gerber in his book The E-Myth, there are three key roles in every business.

There is the Entrepreneur – the creative visionary:

The Manager – the one who handles administrative roles and brings planning and order:

And the Technician – the crafts person who focuses on creating the product. Make sure that you and your partner have strengths in different areas.

3. Financial strength.

A business is fueled by money. Without this lifeblood, a business is destined to fail. As an entrepreneur, choose a business partner who has some financial muscle. Combined with yours, the capital you bring to the business will make it easier to achieve your business goals.

Before you start, agree on how much each of you will contribute as capital and what percentage of the business they own. In addition, your business partner should have good credit and proper financial management history.

Just like in the case of marriage, money is one of the root causes of business divorce. Therefore, have everything clearly stated in a signed contract agreement.

To be continued…..

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With profound respect.

Coach Maina Azimio.

ICF- Accredited Certified Professional Coach, Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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