Mr. Lewis Ndichu, on a mere glance, is the average Nairobian – silently shuffling past on the pavement.
Well, Lewis is a civil engineer. The Founder & CEO, one of the capital’s most established firms – Lewison Holdings LLC – and describes self as a ‘Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur, Father & Dreamer’.
This dreamer seeks to share an inspiring true story.
Two years ago, I had a construction project along Thika Road, my daily route was from Limuru Road via Muthaiga towards Thika Road……to and fro.
If you have used the route mostly in the evening, just as you leave the highway towards Muthaiga there’re men (on the roadside) always waving to stop every vehicle they see to get a lift.
They are security guards in UN offices, and other residence along Limuru road, and Runda.
I started offering them lift, almost every day. I could carry three to four people.
Now there is this guy with story mingi, and one day asks,
“Mkubwa nikulizeko, kwanini huwa unatumbeba. Nyinyi watu wa magari makubwa ni ngumu sana kupeana lift. Lakini wewe hujali ata wakati kuna matope”.
I looked at him and smile, and asked his name.
He goes: “Naitwa Otis, nafanya security ya usiku kwa compuni fulani”.
“Eeeeh, okay Otis”, I say.
Then, I add on it.
“Otis, mimi na wewe tuko kitu kimoja. Tofauti yetu ni hii gari. Nimetoka kutafta juu ya watoto, na wewe uko njiani ukataftie watoto. Ndio nipate kazi yenye nafanya ni kwa huruma ya Mungu, na kwa nini pia mimi nisikuhurumie angalao na wewe ufike kazini?”
We paused for some time.
“Otis, huruma ya Mungu hupitia watu wanasaidiana. Mimi ni Engineer, nafanya ujenzi wa ma-nyumba, Kwa huruma ya Mungu unaweza nipatia kazi siku moja, kwa sababu pia mimi nimekuhurumia”.
Otis was now puzzled, but by the time he started another conversation, we were at UN intersection. As I drive home I thought of how we can keep interactions with Otis. I went and printed business card and kept a bunch in the car.
For the next two day I didn’t meet Otis, but I made sure to share my business cards with all the people I picked up.
On the third day Otis was with me, and I handed over my business card. I told Otis: Keep this, maybe you might need a job in future. Otis was happy.
Days passed, months until early last month when I received a call from a foreigner (expatriate) who wanted us to meet- he has a project. At the meeting I asked him who referred me to him.
He smiled and said: “My security guy spoke very high of you. That he has worked in your site as a night guard”.
Guess who? Yes, Otis.
So through Otis the security guard, I have landed a multi-million project proposed to start soon.
I have promised myself to repay Otis for his kind words. Maybe, a motorbike if he likes, or some capital or money to start a business for the wife.
Just by saying that he had worked for me, gave the client the confidence to hire us.
Tenda wema, mengine achia Mungu.
Moral of this story:
- Not all businesses comes from networking coffee or wine meetings.
- Anyone can be a bridge to your success, learn to interact with people.
- When you help, God always return the favor, what you receive today, you gave some time back.
- Always be good, kind and generous to everyone, God might use them one day.