“My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion, kindness and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure.
A willing heart can take you places. Why do I say that? I recently got invited to give a Motivational talk to the Rotaract Club of Malindi where I once served as a past president. It is during my short visit there, that I met Nurudeen M. Raghib, owner of Raghib Store Ltd.
Inside the rooftop restaurant at the Pine Court Hotel, is the place I listened to Nurudeen’s story. He is a man with a big heart. Keep on reading to know how he has fought to be where he now is in life.
My Rotary Experience…
“My name is Nurudeen M. Raghib, a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Malindi. I joined Rotary 21 years ago and realized a membership growth from 8 members to 36 members to date and still growing.
“Rotary nurtures personal development. I used to be shy when speaking in public, a challenge faced by most people but I overcame that when I started speaking in Rotary meetings.
“My mentor advised me to practice speaking in front of a mirror until I was confident enough. I may not have followed that to the core but I gained my fortitude nevertheless.
Impact to Society and Humanity…
“During my participation in Rotary activities, I have been at the forefront of the Annual Rotary Run. For 8 years now, we have raised funds towards Polio Eradication and Education. The students sponsored are from form one to form four.
“Over the years, we have obtained sponsorships for the Annual Run from companies and other organizations around but, it has been a challenge lately because of change in economy.
“My Rotary club has done piped water project for the villages and there is an on-going school desk project for the remote areas in Malindi .
Peace, love and unity…
“It’s a blessing to be in the month of Ramadhan. Ramadhan unites all Muslims and enables them appreciate each other more, through sharing of food and prayers.
“For us to co-exist peacefully in life and in business, we need to accept everyone as they are and never try to change them. Unified people love each other. Everyone needs to accept themselves the way they were created.
“When every person doesn’t use religion or any other differences to separate us, then we will love each other, enjoy peaceful relations and stay united.
Advice to young people…
“When I completed my A-Levels, I wanted to go to university but my parents could not afford to. My brother and I went into business and today I have a successful business. I have also learnt so much along the way, like:-
- In business and in life you need to build trustworthy relationships
- Having degrees and capital does not guarantee success in business; hard work does
- Never be jealous on other’s success, trust in God’s timing and understand that success is a gift from God, and that people are blessed differently.
- Share with others what you are gifted with, trust me it will not make you poor nor change who you are. Sharing doesn’t have to be moneywise but information too
- Young people should seek advice from older people who have a wealth of knowledge
- Do not do things because others are doing, find what suits you best and pursue it
- Get involved in something that will build a firm foundation for your future and appreciate the efforts of your parents
“I have served as club president three times and have learnt that being a president makes you a leader who is ready to serve others. It is like driving a vehicle with passengers in it. If you drive roughly, the passengers will be uncomfortable. Driving smoothly will make the passengers enjoy a comfortable ride.
“Additionally, I have learnt to appreciate what I have and to give others hope.
Nuggets of wisdom from Nurudeen Raghib…
- Life is what you make it
- A cheerful giver is a peaceful being
- Learn to give hope to the hopeless
- Good relationships require trust and honesty