There are two key characteristic traits at the foundation of all virtues.
Speaking to over 4,000 young people assembled at the 5th Annual Education and Leadership Congress organized by the Equity Group Foundation in Nairobi yesterday, Mount Kenya University chairman and founder Dr. Simon Gicharu said humility and courage are key in shaping personal discipline.
“You must have the courage to make bold decisions that befit the path you chose in life, and the humility to walk with the others,” he told the packed auditorium at Kasarani, Nairobi.
Dr. Gicharu, who was offering the keynote address at the third day of the weeklong event relieved his life journey – from a broke and disparate student at Gathiru-ini High School to the founder of East and Central Africa’s largest private university.
“You must have the courage to try what no one else is willing to do, and go where no one else is willing to go. You must also have the courage to make tough decisions. And when you fail, you must have the courage to stand up, wipe the dust from your face and try again.”
He said that humility – aptly defined as “thinking less of yourself and more about others” open doors in life, and enables one to delay instant gratification for bigger fruits in future.
Dr. Gicharu congratulated Equity Group Foundation for hosting the Congress, describing it as a “noble initiative that continues to shape the destinies of countless young people.”
The Congress is designed to nurture leadership skills among young people by exposing them to mentoring opportunities from outstanding role models drawn from academia, business, the public service, entrepreneurship, non-profit organizations, among others. “It is also the primary networking forum for the scholars and lays the foundation for long-term conversations and collaborations to create transformational change,” says Dr. Helen Gichohi, Managing Director, Equity Group Foundation.