The ‘Kikuyu’ mindset is not essentially a trait that the Kikuyu have. It is more of a stereotype that has over the years even been embedded in the Kikuyu people themselves. People in Kenya constantly lament that the Kikuyu love money. Everyone loves money. The difference here is that the Kikuyu people have embraced this stereotype and are even using it to their advantage.
The stereotype is actually doing them good. It makes them seem more business savvy which creates faster and more expensive business deals. Even if the one involved doesn’t know anything to do with business, at the mention of his or her name that is used to identify the tribe, the investors, or business associates bow in the glory of the stereotype and give what is required of them.
It is for this reason that rather than us shunning this stereotype, we should probably embrace their mindset, and use it to our advantage. Instead of complaining all the time that they have all the land, all the jobs, all the businesses. We should embrace their way of thinking in relation to money.
Think of it this way, if a certain ethnic group has a stereotype of being known to eat a lot and then you invite them over for lunch or supper, you will most likely serve a lot of food in response to that stereotype.
Its like the law of attraction. Whatever is attracted either by a stereotype or an affirmation of your own choosing, will by tooth and nail be available to you.
So love money, get money. Love food, get food. Love women, get women and the law goes on and on and on..
*Disclaimer: This is not an ethnic stereotype or shunning of the Kikuyu people. This is an observation regarding money and culture and one that can be used by all ethnic groups for financial gain.
Yesterday, I was ‘busy’ at the office positively browsing business news, scrolling up and down on twitter and just wandering the internet trying to educate myself on ways of getting rich in Kenya. And it occurred to me that I possibly could write a blog about money. Try to share my experience on searching for this elusive but still abundant life necessity.
Think about it. Abundant in the sense that there is definitely a lot of money in circulation in Kenya. But it is still elusive as not many of us have access to this cash circulation. Some of us have a big chunk, most small and some just swim in the middle of the bracket.
So today i just want to break the myth that greed in regard to money is bad.
With all due respect to the religious who have quite a negative attitude towards greed in regard to their teachings: this is life. And life has to be conquered in concurrence to what is availed to us. Times change. From the Roman times to the new ages, fundamental teachings and values of the old have withered and died due to no relevance to present day scenarios. Even the Unites States of America have just recently given the LGBT their right to marry. Which should not have been denied to them to begin with.
In this generation; practicality, logic and comfort-ability to emotional and psychological response are our new religion.
Thus greed is part of our new culture. A little desire to give your family the best of the best. From food, to housing, to transport. From that fancy car you always admire as it rides along Mombasa Road, or that mansion you spot in Runda on your way to the Village Market. How are you going to achieve these things without a little greed?
Embrace the greed and treat it like motivator. Do not let the greed control you. Control the beast inside you, mold it, shape it to make you focus on what you desire. And this greed will push you to take risks, do things that you never thought possible. Don’t get me wrong though, I am not advocating for crime or corruption. This is a not a license for you to commit a felony. This is a wake up call for those who hate greed and fear it.
Do not be naive. You need a little greed in your life. For God’s sake, we all do.