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November is the month of Thanksgiving and the day itself comes around. As an entrepreneur and as a human being it is my favorite holiday of the year–by far. It is, of course, a refreshing pause from daily business tsuris, as well as the only holiday devoted to pure gratitude for… everything — all our abundance and our very existence.

But it is also a reminder that thankfulness is a key to business health. I’ve always believed it is the simple things that make for success in business. Not the brilliant, not the celebrated, not the strategically complex. One of those simple things is the act of saying “Thank you”. I always take time to say it, to mean it, to write it, to email it, even to tweet it. As I would like to put it “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

I genuinely am grateful, for all those who are supportive of making every step coming closer to success, particularly to those smart hard-working team members who make the difference, for their care in making my time efficient and specific. No matter how busy my day, how far or close I maybe be, I like to express my gratitude for their effort.

. It doesn’t just acknowledge someone’s effort, kindness, intent, or action. It recognizes the person himself. It’s even more important than acknowledging the principal person you are doing business with because it sets a tone for discussion.

I am thankful for the opportunity to thank you all my dearest love my children, my family, my friends, my team and all others close and far away. Happy Thanksgiving!

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We share the same humanity, we share our need for purpose, identity and community – even if we prefer our own company and solitude. Our lives consist of ebb and flow, coming and going, life and death. We may struggle to make our mark, to make ends meet, to be creative and fulfilled. We have dreams, hopes, disappointments, drama and trauma. Often, we look from afar to others for support and guidance, and are attracted by their creative expression, wisdom and aura. “We absolutely have to tell the world, show the world, that there is a collective responsibility to act. We share the same humanity and we cannot continue to allow economic wars to be fought on women’s bodies.”

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Because the purpose in your heart is to do what is most beneficial for the people around you, it’s easy to make choices. the right decision will be obvious, and the right action effortless.

MF

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Today is International Women’s Day and as such I would like to honor all the (professional) woman in my life, past and present, who have fueled, organized, and grown the businesses I have teamed up with over the course of my career. These women have enabled my personal and professional growth and have also allowed me to see the world through another’s eyes. For this, and the countless other ways these women enhance our businesses, our industries, our communities, and our lives, I thank them, today, and every day.

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Every year I look back on the biggest challenges that life brings us but also looking at the greatest opportunities what came to us with thanks. Life never hands out things that you can’t handle. How you approach it will determine how you come through the other side. You can assume the victim role and feel sorry for yourself, or you can reach into the essence of who you are and find your inner strength. Then demand the self-worth and ability to rise up and meet your challenges heart on. You need to believe you can do this — you are powerful, you are amazing and you are inspirational!

Today we are giving thanks to all who have been supportive and kept us going from darkness to the ultimate light. From unconnected to be connected. This is just another year I praise to be surrounded by my beloved ones, my advisors and supporters, my team of smart developers and engineers and all those appreciated connections from around the world. Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for your continued support @Kumbaya

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We all have to recognise that we all have weaknesses. I know I do. But I’m never willing to let them defeat me, or get me down. I have always sought to turn my disadvantages into advantages. For example, my dyslexia taught me to think differently, and solve problems in a unique way.

Richard Branson A to Z of business: W is for Weakness

I became a really good delegator early in life, and learned to find and work with people whose strengths balance my weaknesses.

By surrounding myself with fantastic people, who are brilliant in the areas where I struggle, we’ve managed to grow Virgin into the global group of businesses that it is today.

So instead of covering up your weaknesses and trying to sweep them under the rug, acknowledge them and start thinking about ways that you can use them to really benefit you.

What are you weaknesses?

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Imagine the 600 Million illiterate people living in the poorest, off-grid rural villages and neighborhoods in need of major change. While change began years ago with the proliferation of small home solar systems that provide energy access, today Kumbaya has laid the ground work for accessibility to not only the much-needed power and light, but also to “network connectivity’ that ensures access to the basic necessities to transform illiteracy in to knowledge. At Kumbaya, our focus is developing the technologies to ensure we have a platform that allows our user to acquire the necessary skills and basic education.

Why education? Despite great progress in the last few years, millions of children are still denied their right to education. Restricted access to education is one of the surest ways of transmitting poverty from generation to generation. Education is a vital human right. Every girl and every boy should have the right to a quality education so that they can have more opportunities in life, including employment, better health and the possibility to participate in the political process. At Kumbaya, we believe the most important period to acquire the basics are the first years. This is when we must ensure that children learn to read, count, and acquire the necessary life skills to form the basic fundaments for continued learning throughout their lives.

Children who have access to quality early childhood programs do better in primary school and will have better academic outcomes later. It is vital that low and lower middle-income nations invest more in affordable early childhood programs.

Our Kumbaya connected platform was designed for the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, those who are most likely living in rural off grid communities and affected because of a lack of electrification and connectivity. In most of these areas, the high illiteracy rates are due to non-existent or unsuitable education infrastructure, lack of trained teachers and inadequate learning materials.

We are often asked, “Why is educating girls in rural Africa your emphasis?”

Educated girls and women tend to be healthier, have fewer children, earn more income and provide better health care for themselves and their future children. These benefits also are transmitted from generation to generation and across communities at large, making girls’ education one of the best investments a country can make.

Any form of support is welcome.

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