Hard Work, Desire, and Hope

John L Shabaya
John L Shabaya Author Interview

An Incredible Journey is an exceptional biography of your path from a mud hut in Kenya to Cambridge University. Why was this an important book for you to write?

For a long time I was challenged and encouraged by my family, especially my daughters Rose, Rehema and Sagina, friends and whoever heard my story, to write my story. It was important for me to write it, because I felt and believed it would be an inspiration and affirmation that with sheer determination, hard work, desire and hope, much of what you dream and aspire, is possible.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What were some ideas that were important for you to share?

My story is a chronicle of my struggles, hardships and determination. Born in rural colonial Kenya, failed my basic exams, ended up in a renowned, world class, prestigious University of Cambridge, UK, knowing where I came from, knowing my ability and seizing opportune moments, as they emerged and whenever they emerged in my life, was significant and worthy sharing with others as an inspiration.

What do you wish was one piece of advice someone would have given you when you were young?

The one piece of advice I would have wished someone gave me, when I was young, would have been, ‘John, you can fail basic exams and succeed later, you can fall and rise up again, just endeavour to do your best, develop problem and challenge solving skills, and all will be well, as life is full of challenges.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

The book depicts my struggles against all odds: poverty, ignorance, and even experiences of racism, all transformed into positive anecdotes. The focus of my story is to motivate the reader to dream, desire, to strive relentlessly, pursue and realise aspired dreams. My story affirms, with desire and determination, much of what you dream and aspire, is possible. Though it is a unique story, its themes of hard work, struggle,, success, are universal and relevant to readers of all ages.

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Read the incredible journey of John L Shabaya – an educator with an MA and PGCE from the University of Cambridge, a history of extensive travel, and a passion for charity work: The voice of a village boy from Kenya…HEARING OTHERS’ VOICES

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Posted on November 1, 2020, in Interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Amazing story and your journey. I really appreciate you John for your hardwork and success.All the best.
    Abhilash

  2. An incredible journey how a human being can endure hardship and achieve his goals. This is agreat book on how to change our negativity into positivity. Love it

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