Today we welcome Kimanzi Constable into the Spotlight.
Kimanzi is a former bread truck driver turned entrepreneur and best-selling author. His story is inspiring and you will love it.
Here’s his story:
I was sleeping three hours a night, I had completely mismanaged money, I had gained one hundred and seventy pounds; honestly, I was a jerk. I felt so stuck. I turned to writing as a way to cope with all of the stress and after a few months, I saw that I had some material. However, I was so far out of touch with my finances, I had to raise $900 by ironing clothes and any odd jobs I could do, in order to start my website. When my first book came out, it flopped. Just when I was about to give up, someone reached out and I was able to help them through a tough time. From there, I saw that my passion was to help people. With this new passion, I set out and relaunched my book. From there, it went on to sell more than 80,000 copies.
Kimanzi what is something that helps you experience richness?
Writing is by far my first love. Getting things out of my head and on to paper is one of my favorite.
It takes understanding what’s broken in order to fix it. Kimanzi, tell us about brokenness?
When all of this was going on, I had the opportunity to speak in Kenya. I had actually lived there for a few years as a child, but as soon as I went back, I was shocked at the poverty I saw. I started thinking about all that I complain about back in the States and how ungrateful I was. Even when it’s rough, it’s so much better than so many people across the world. I came back from that trip completely broken.
Kimanzi, who has invested in you?
A good friend of mine gave me the opportunity to attend a Brendan Brouchard conference at the expense of $10,000. It was at this conference where I learned so much that has helped me to become who I am today. Additionally, it allowed me to network with many people who have helped me along my journey.
“Giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Mya Angelou
Kimanzi, what are you grateful for that most wouldn’t be?
The death of my father in 2012 was really tough. We never had a great relationship, but towards the end of his life, he had so much regret. Before he died he said, “Son, don’t live with regret. Forget about all this stuff. Go and live life.”
When I was younger, my mom moved us to Kenya for a few years and it was really tough, but it taught me a lot.
Lastly, when my wife and I split up, it gave me perspective that woke me up to a lot of different things.
Book of the Day: Victor Frankl’s Man Search for Meaning (affiliate link)
Mt. Haleakala reminds me of the principle: Humble yourself with Confidence, what reminds you of this?
Making this transition has absolutely taught me how to be humble. However, if you have knowledge, you want to be confident and share it.
Kimanzi, what does it mean to you to be rich?
It means truly living; and that doesn’t mean climbing mountains and skydiving, it means not dying with regret. What passions has God placed on your heart? Die chasing those dreams. Don’t live life for material things, live for experiences.
Take a minute to let us know what your dream looks like?