Tell us briefly about your childhood.
I grew up with low self-esteem, after losing my parents at a very young age. I know what it means living on one meal a day and having a sack of grass for a mattress. All that has taught me that someone’s past does not define their future.
What inspired you to become a motivational speaker?
In 1998, while I was seated in church, the late Dr. Gerald Sseruwagi was preaching about perseverance amidst terrible circumstances. At that point, God spoke to me about being an instrument of hope to people. Besides that, I had a strong conviction that I was a great speaker.
Was it easy for you to get clients at the start?
The beginning was tough. I remember sharing a small room with a friend, Joseph Beyanga (the head of Radio at Nation Media Group). When I went to my guardian to seek for help of Shs5,000 in 2003, he asked me why I was not getting a real job. I had to deal with the fear of the unknown. God opened doors for me and in 2004, the British Council hired me as a training consultant.
Are you in a serious relationship?
I am married to a beautiful wife and we have two adorable daughters.
What items do you repeatedly buy for your wife?
She loves apples and colognes. She has never had enough of them.
How did you meet your wife?
It was at church. As I stood at the entrance, I saw a tall, beautiful woman, walking towards me, donning a t-shirt with the words… ‘you are the weakest link’. I told her I liked her braids and invited her for a cup of tea. The rest is history.
What’s the best part about motivational speaking?
I like the fact that I am genuinely transforming people’s lives.
What has fatherhood taught you?
Presence, appreciation, and attention are one of the best gifts I can give my children. A father means a provider, protector, teacher, lover, caregiver, listener, and leader.
What do you do during your leisure time?
Reading, watching soccer, attending dance fitness classes, walk or play with my children.
A working woman or a stay-at-home?
A combination. I believe in the financial independence of my wife but I am also a strong believer in nurturing responsible children. It is important that a woman contributes to the finances of the family but also makes time for the family.
Written By Ethan Musolini is the CEO of Success Africa, motivational speaker, HR consultant and success coach but first appeared in daily monitor Uganda
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