You must get rid of ‘excess baggage’ that is preventing your plane from taking off.

Clear your house, wardrobe, desk and car, of clutter and what you don’t really need.

Let it go.

Also let go of people and places that are draining your time, your peace and your energy. They are not adding value to your life.

Be very choosy from now onwards.

When you do that, you start making space for what you want.

You have released the handbrake and the car can now start moving!

You must get rid of ‘excess baggage’ that is preventing your plane from taking off.

Once you start moving, you may feel a bit apprehensive and start doubting yourself.

You may start wondering:

Am I really meant to do this?

Am I on the right track?

Am I moving too fast?

How will I handle all these new things?

Will I manage?

What will my family, workmates and friends think of me?

Will I fit in?

Don’t worry!

This is a normal experience for everyone as they move out of their usual and familiar comfort zones.

© [An excerpt from Chapter 8 of the book ‘7 Keys for Success Beyond Chance’ by James Karundu.]


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“I like to play with the stars” a little girl told her pastors one day when he came to visit her.

She was confined to her bed due to an illness and her bed was positioned in a way that enabled her to have a good view of the sky. She wanted it that way so that she could see the stars. “I wake up a lot at night, and can’t get back to sleep,” she told the pastor, “that’s when I play with the stars.”

Her pastor, curious about what she meant by that asked, “How do you play with the stars?”

The child answered, “I pick out one, and say that’s mommy, I see another one, and I say that’s daddy, and I keep naming them after people and things that am grateful for. My brothers and sisters, my doctors, my friends, my pet. . .” She went on and on naming things that she was grateful for. Then at last, she exclaimed, “But there just aren’t enough stars to go around!”

Now that is being grateful!

How many stars can you count?

Many people, have been doing everything right but are not achieving the success they desire. For them, one thing could be holding them back— not integrating an attitude of gratitude in their daily lives.

Are you one of them?

For all the good that is here now, practice and cultivate a culture of being grateful and thankful.

And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should do all things in gratitude.

Wallace D Wattles

Make it a habit to recognize and say thank you for all the many blessings — big ones and small ones, including people and events that inspire you.

What is even more powerful is to use gratitude by learning how to be grateful in advance — for the good that is coming to you!

We are all used to the term ‘giving back’, but now you can consider it as ‘giving forward’.

The essence of the message that gratitude and thankfulness sends out is ‘Thank you for this, Send me more’.

© [An excerpt from Chapter 4 of the book ‘7 Keys for Success Beyond Chance’ by James Karundu.]

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Where to buy 7 keys for success beyond chance

Where to find the book :

  • The book is available at Text Book Center – Sarit, Junction and Galleria branches.
  • I can also arrange to send/deliver to you a copy to your physical location: Simply send Ksh 700 (500 for the book + 200 for delivery) via Mpesa to 0722 625 329



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Hi James,

I trust this finds you great.

Wanted to let you know that I found your book-7 keys For Success Beyond Chance- a great read. It makes the points very clear and very simple for even young minds to understand.

You have really broken it down to a level that it can be understood by five year olds (walking the talk?).

It’s awesome and it is an ideal gift to all who would like to greatly impact minds through simple, clearly laid out and an easy to understood read.



Josephine Kirumba



Dear James

You have a realistic approach which I believe will help me move from one place to the next. I particularly liked the way you went about CHAPTER 4 especially “The law of gratitude”. It is my eye-opener.

Thank you.

LINDA Esipira

St Mary’s Sports view Academy,



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October 15, 2012 · 12:43 PM