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Issue Number: Volume II No. 2
Publisher: Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku
Date of Issue: February 3 2002
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1. Dr. Kituku Commentary: 8 Top Tips on How to Avoid Burnout
2. 15 Bits of Wisdom on Leading with Motivation and Inspiration
3. Featured Turning Point Experience Piece: Human Touch in Times of 
High Tech
4. A Word on Marketing With Zero to Minimum Budget
5. 7 Top Pieces of Wisdom for Success in Downturns
6. 5 Top Tips for making your speech add VALUE to the lives of any 
8 Top Tips on How to Avoid Burnout

Even machines need downtime for preventive maintenance. Otherwise, a 
machine running on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis at full throttle may 
burn out its engine.

Human beings need to rest the body and the mind. Ours is a generation 
of mostly filled day planners and high-speed projects. We get upset 
if we have to wait for an elevator for 10 seconds. If the revolving 
door is slow, even by a second or two, we notice. We have fast 
restaurants, instant photo development, high-speed computers and 
supersonic transportation systems.

I marvel how I managed life walking six miles to school. The use of a 
calculator was considered cheating. We washed clothes by hand and 
hung them up to dry for hours—I may add that we had only one pair of 
school uniform. Cultivation was by plowing or digging. Cooking was an 
adventure to remember – it was a whole day’s job. Gathering 
foodstuff from the garden, processing it by hand, collecting firewood and 
fetching water occurred before the three or four hour cooking project 

Statements like, “I am bored” or “I am not excited with my job or 
life” were never heard. In short, there was no burnout.

Burnout, when it persists can and does cause physical problems such 
as headaches, back pain, exhaustion, insomnia and nervousness. 
Further, burnout can lead to loss of motivation, lack of concern for 
relationships, increased absenteeism, sentimental negativity for opposing 
views, and isolation.

If unchecked, burnout can lead to spiritual retardation, marital 
problems, mediocre performance and substance abuse. 

Here are some tips on how to avoid burnout:

1. Sleep enough. Did you know that most of all animals take naps? In 
most countries, businesses close at noon or 1:00 p.m. for people to 
eat and rest. It is good for the body, mind and soul. God, with His 
infinite wisdom, dedicated the Sabbath for rest. What is good for Him 
is good enough for me.
2. Exercise. Physical activities rejuvenate the body and create 
3. Connect your past with your future. Where have you come from in 
your journey, professional endeavors, spiritual, or in relationships? 
Where do you want to be in the future? Try to have something to look 
forward to at any one time.
4. Learn something new. Mental activation is medicinal for fatigue. 
Read about things you have always wanted to learn about. Visit 
museums, old penitentiaries or cultural centers. Read autographs.
5. Appreciate the skill of saying NO. And don’t feel guilty for not 
carrying beyond your capacity – there are others who can do what you 
say no about. You are the only one who can save yourself from 
possible burnout.
6. Develop a hobby, but not at the expense of your family time. 
7. Set achievable goals. Realistic goals will keep you motivated and 
also flexible to enjoy other aspects of life
8. Remember, God’s second best gift to us (the first is salvation) is 
other people. Associate with people who can help you grow 
spiritually, professionally and socially. Serve the less fortunate. Have 
friends in different age groups.

15 Bits of Wisdom on Leading with Motivation and Inspiration

Working with football teams that have won conference championships 
and Bowl games has provided me with an opportunity to learn about the 
skill of motivating and inspiring people to live up to their 
potential. These are some bits of wisdom I have learned from the coaches:
1. Have deep conviction on why you do what you are do
2. Know your stuff
3. Sell yourself to assistants, colleagues and the community
4. Treat people as individuals
5. Teach, demonstrate, imitate and repeat what is good all the time
6. Focus on discipline, physical and mental fitness
7. Be in-charge of your limitations
8. Preach love, selfishlessness, and family
9. Be innovative, imaginative and creative
10. Lead by example
11. Be a human being—laugh and cry with the team
12. Give credit to others for any success and accept responsibility 
for shortcoming
13. Prepare for each project like it is the only thing you live for
14. Do things to succeed
15. Commit to excellence. Good enough may not always guarantee 

ONE MORE: The past cannot change the future…unless you use the 
lessons learned to create the future you envision
In 2002 April’s newsletter, I promised to share what I have learned 
in different areas of life/business in the last 5 years as a full time 
speaker, writer and seminar leader. Every month there will be a 
Featured Turning Point Experience piece that reflects a unique 
circumstance either in speaking or writing arenas. This month’s piece is about 
Human Touch in Times of High Tech

This is a story of Paul Reynolds of Twin Falls, Idaho, a man who 
teaches the value of human touch in times of high tech. A time when the 
desire to move forward dictates that we give our loved ones the 
leftovers of our time and energy. These are times when the pursuit of 
bottom line has relegated business ethics and the value of fellow human 
being into secondary status. Times when we are so wired with the world 
yet unaware of the triumphs and tribulations of our next door 

Knowing and being a friend of Paul has brought me memories of my 
childhood with my paternal great grandfather. I carried his traditional 
three-legged stool as he traveled from home to home, restoring harmony 
between estranged relatives. Paul’s life perspectives and practices 
do restore hope for family and business relationships. His wisdom on 
growth in professional and personal endeavors without leaving 
relationships behind in our times is invaluable.

But you have to know how we met. As I was closing a speech for the 
Kiwanis Club, Twin Falls, I quoted Mark Twain, " Let us endeavor so 
live that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry." A man 
in the audience laughed so hard I had to find out why. It was Paul, 
an undertaker since his youth as he helped his father run a funeral 
home. He has owned and operated it for decades.

He took me to his premises and so humbly displayed an angle of 
humanity hardly seen in today business climate. We learnt about ourselves. 
Paul grew up in Idaho and I grew up in Kenya. He was raised by a 
Catholic mother and so was I. We both cherish the rich friendship we 
shared with our mothers. Another common bond is we each have three 
daughters. But the depth of understanding and living with clear picture of 
the power of human touch is what sets Paul apart in these times of 
high tech.

When I asked about the most important lesson he has learned in his 
business, Paul said, "Don't look at the bottom line. Look at the help 
line…ask yourself is what I am doing benefiting my fellow human 
being?" He then shared a story of years ago when his cousin died in a car 
accident. He realized that while he was a service provider, he was a 
grieving family member, too—that changed his view of business.

Strong family relationships, I learned, are the vital root that 
provides Paul with the anchor to thrive in a chaotic world. He says 
Christ, "Has been the whole powerhouse" of his 40 years of marriage with 

Mr. Reynolds is quick to tell of how the family has found a way of 
being together on Sundays for lunch. And being there for each other is 
an understatement. Just imagine, when their adult daughter's dog 
died, Paul and Roberta drove for 2 hours and spent a night in Boise 
consoling Holly. I am yet to meet Paul’s daughters but feel like I have 
known them for years from way their father talks about them.

Paul's involvement in his community can never be commemorated with a 
token event. We can only ponder it in our hearts-because some things 
are better not talked about. His own words-" I always felt I had 
obligation to give back to the community that has given me so much." From 
working for homeless people to youth activities to driving an ailing 
servant of God hundreds of miles for medical check-up, you can count 
on Paul.

On resolving conflicts, Mr. Reynolds advice is to, “Look at people 
through your heart…eyes see faults but the heart sees the soul.” He 
admonishes family members to hold hands, no yelling or hitting. For 
friends and business relationships he says shaking hands, and looking at 
the other person in the eye while talking helps bridge gaps.

There are people whose life’s purpose and accomplishments cannot be 
portrayed by a physical monument. These are people who have found that 
the journey to happiness and fulfillment is through people’s hearts. 
That is what Paul Reynold’s life mission is all about…touching 
hearts, whether family members or business clients.

© By Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku, Author, Motivational Speaker and 
Trainer. P.O Box 7152. Boise, Idaho 83707. Phone (208) 376-8724, 

A Word on Marketing With Zero to Minimum Budget

When economy heads south, marketing budget is the first item to be 
cut. After September 11, some local media outlets experienced 
significant decline in revenue, from advertisements, that they are yet to 
recover. The small business category has not been spared the woes of bad 
times. However, experts concur that there is need for creativity in 
marketing, using strategies that require zero to minimum capital input 
to keep your products/services in the eyes and ears of consumers. 

There are basics of marketing that business schools don’t teach. 
Like, if you and your competitors sell mashed potatoes, you must 
differentiate yourself by providing unique gravy. Schools also don’t teach 
that good marketing for poor quality products and services is an 
excellent way to get out of business. In marketing, especially in chaotic 
times such as today economic climate, to thrive a marketer of 
goods/services should be good before the marketplace tells him/her.

With the above perspectives in focus, entrepreneurs can then use 
existing platforms to promote their products and services. Do you know 
the power of being interviewed, about your business or your involvement 
in the community by your local newspaper or radio or TV? You pay 
nothing for interviews or having your photo and write-up in the moving up 
section or for press releases and much more.

Another strategy is to outthink your competitors. For instance, why 
would you send a Christmas card or gift to a suspect or prospect or 
customer who is receiving hundreds of cards and gifts from you 
competitors? What impact or impression would your card or gift have if it is 
received on Mothers or Fathers Day or any other time when your target 
is not encumbered with other items? Your marketing has to be 
magnetic… that is having a strategy that makes your company (plus 
products/services) the first thing a customer thinks of when he/she or someone 
else they know has a need of products/services similar to what you 
offer. Remember the wisdom of the ages, “Out of sight, out of mind.” Be 
sighted often. 

7 Top Pieces of Wisdom for Success in Downturns

1. Strive to do one thing extremely well. If you can outsmart your 
competitors in one thing, you are in the right direction

2. Stay creative. Markets, consumer tastes, and employees’ 
expectations change. Change creatively. 

3. Hold your wallet tight. Every penny counts…viable cash flow may be 
your only survival thread.

4. Be a product/service provider to both your vendors and suppliers

5. Even if you are a donkey, run with horses. Build great 
relationship with powerful companies that will keep your products/services in 
front of consumers

6. Grow cautiously. Largeness with no focus is bad business.

7. Have grass ready in case there is no beef. African wisdom has it 
that even lions eat grass when they can’t get meat. Prepare a backup 


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Motivating and Inspiring Employees in Chaotic Times. Sponsored by Job 
Services. February 13, 2003. To register or to ask for more 
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Marketing with Zero to Minimum Budget Sponsored by Boise Chamber of 
Commerce. February 26, 2003. To register or to ask for more 
information call 472-5227


Rays & Storms ~ As the River Flows
By Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku

Book Background:
A poet by “accident”, Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku’s poetry lifts the 
Mukamba song with great clarity into today’s unprecedented 
technologically fast-paced life. It reminds us of our humanity, our roots. The 
Kamba people’s culture has new birth, a birth labored in western 
influences, but with an umbilical cord of a Mukamba, as presented by 
Vincent’s use of English without the constraints of English-speaking 

This first-of-its-kind poetry book shines a spotlight on this world’s 
literary and folk traditions. Dr. Kituku highlights the essence of 
poetry, letting his soul sing to our hearts as we hear the song of a 
son to a mother, haunting romantic forces mourning for the loss of 
loved ones, and lamentations of a mother whose womb’s fruit has turned 
sour. To commune with Divine Providence is not a remote passage, for 
Dr. Kituku. To his teacher and master, he cries, Teach Me, in My 
Remaining Days.

Readers are taken to his birth village in The River: Where the Fish 
Swim Facing the Sun and then brought to the experiences of Corporate 
World, where the …magic of few good men has been discovered. Read 

A Blanket For The Sky

Good evening, my ostrich,
The perpetuator of my ancestor’s family tree, if you will.
The smoothness of your movement has no equal,
movement of a grazing gazelle’s gracious steps in the absence of 

The scorching sun has no strength to hold you down.
Toils of the day have no powers over your unfettered will to pave the 
way of matrimony.
The closing darkness is not the match for your rekindling dreams of 
A day when your shinning eyes will nap under the shade of our barn.

Hear of him whose blood flows in my veins:

Grandfather, a man of wisdom, 
harvester who doesn’t uproot,
custodian of this African Solomon’s cultural heritage.
A benefactor of the undocumented will.

His thoughts:
A home is not bought and hands do not construct.
A wife is the home. She is the sky.
She opens up for thirsty lands to flourish.
An elastic sky that expands to accommodate changing family needs.
A sky with a rainbow to uplift a sinking spirit.
A warm sky for a shivering child.
A sky that holds her thunder until the visitors leave, then it pours.
A sky whose blanket is love.

My beloved, will you…will you be my sky? I will be your blanket.
Yes, a blanket for the sky. © By Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku

Teach Me in My Remaining Days

That life is not a rehearsal, 
Yesterday is not a place.
Neither is tomorrow;
Life is a series of now.

To know my neighbors before learning what is in Jupiter;
To check how my neighbors are faring before going to bring rocks from 
the moon;
To think of the hungry masses before I cry for an extra piece of 
German chocolate;
To know I need others before I can enter into Thy Kingdom.

To love before judging;
To build strong ties before constructing bigger houses;
To forgive before I am forgiven;
To reach out before I am reached.

That in life there is no drive-through; I need to get in and dine 
with others;
That others with whom I differ are spring boards, not an hindrance, 
for the future;
That conflicts that divide us are part of growth;
That you are there to teach me in my remaining days. © By Dr. Vincent 
Muli Wa Kituku

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Marketing Strategies For Times Like These! THIS IS A REPEAT FROM LAST 

7 Basic Steps You Can Take to Spur Your Business Onward to New 

1. Sell the vision. When you visit with decision-makers purchase 
your products or services, create an amazing picture of the multitude 
of benefits awaiting them and their organization. 

2. Point out residual benefits, the long-term benefits that your 
products or services provide. How will what you offer improve your 
customer/client’s live for years to come. Don’t leave it for them to figure 

3. Present support system and tools. Today’s buyers love programs 
that have support beyond the point of transactions. The traditional 
road map, or you can call it a blueprint of how your system works 
provide a peace of mind all buyers need and must have anyway.

4. Establish you-gain, I-gain relationships. Care for their 
future, show it and live it and they will take care of yours. When 
misunderstandings or other problems arise as they usually do, cherish the 
opportunity and turn the challenges into opportunities to serve and 

5. Commit your energy, creativity and time to the delivery of value. 
A Swahili saying that, “Kibaya cha jitembeza, kizuru cha jiuza” 
literary meaning an item of value sells itself while poor quality item 
tries to advertise itself. Deliver value and more value. Never let 
today’s value of your products/services stop you from getting better. 

6. Highlight trouble. What limitations do you foresee? Offer 
remedies or information that can help. The key is to equip your 
customers/clients with whatever it takes to make them accountable for their 

7. Flow with your purpose. When you know your purpose in life, you 
enjoy every bit of it in and out of season. Challenges become 
pathways toward your destiny. Flow with your purpose involves love for your 
work. This love propels you to deliver more than you have to and in 
the progress improve your attitude, vision, commitment, and ultimately 
you quest for excellency.

5 Top Tips for making your speech add VALUE to the lives of any 

1. Be authentic - clones are easily detected and dismissed
2. Be aware of what they care to learn about from your speech 
3. Be believable – why should we rely on your story?
4. Be consistent - your life off the platform is part of your speech
5. Be someone’s stepping stone, your story must be part of their life 
6. Be available for one-on-one “talk” after your speech

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