Someone was asking me if I am a motivational speaker. I laughed and told him I can never be one because I do not fancy selling fantasies and telling people what they simply want to hear.
For example, motivational speakers will tell you to start with what you have and do business. My experience in business would look at me in the eye and feel sorry for the victim listening to me. In business, you do not just begin with what you have, but what you should have.
Again, most of them would make it easy with words, telling you to buy a few goats, raise them and they will multiply. They will not tell you what will happen if the goats can’t multiply, get stolen or take time to breed. The way I know Malawi, even goats behave very Malawian. That goat will frustrate you until you decide just to eat.
Some say go to your villages and ask for land from your Uncles, grow maize and watch what happens. Well, that small land will still need money for labour, fertilizer (don’t lie to each other about coupons) and rain. We don’t command God on rainfall.
It takes words to motivate people, but actions to inspire them, that is why on top of what I say, I also do. I go to places I want people to go. I eat what I want people to eat and I love how I want them to love. That is beyond motivating.