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Stephen Isabalijja’s tricks for success

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Which living person do you most admire?

Most of them have gone. My late grandfather Victor Kagoro taught me the values of life. I met him for a very short time but it was worth it.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My children; they are the only thing I work for.

What is your current state of mind?

I had a liver failure last year and many people who go through the same experience don’t make it back. I believe God has a purpose for me and I also have a purpose for Uganda. I am therefore at peace.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

People talk too much than they work. If we could only divert the same energy towards work.

On what occasion do you lie?

A lie is something I detest because it belittles me.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I believe that God created me in his own image. However, the young Robert was very short who eventually shot up and became taller than all my mates. Few months ago, I had some weight but I have worked it off. I like myself which is why some people say that I am proud.

Which living person do you most despise?

I don’t despise people but I hate dishonest people.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Obeying his word.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

It’s much important for a woman to be God fearing.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

It’s all about God.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My late mother was everything I had apart from God and I am what I am because of her. Losing her is the hardest thing and biggest lesson. I still love her most.

When and where were you happiest?

I have had so many experiences to the extent that I have lost interest in knowing the best moment. But one of them is knowing God so early in life.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Singing in church; since I have failed at it, my sons and daughters will do it.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I don’t have a quarrel with myself.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Knowledge of God.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I could change things I am doing but still as a man.

What is your most treasured possession?

My Bible; it was given to me by my grandfather and I have had it for 15 years.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Every day I walk on the streets and find kids who are unattended to, I feel sad because it is not their own making.

What is your favorite occupation?

Teaching and only that.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty and being human.

Who are your favorite writers?

Peter Drucker, the management Guru and Billy Graham; the writings of Graham about God make my fight firm. Drucker’s teachings about management have been proven true.

Who is your hero of fiction?

If you want me to sleep, make me watch fiction.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Nelson Mandela for his patience about life and his persistence to make others live in a better world. More so is his tolerance to the people who tormented him.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My late mother Lauren Wako Akiiki and Nelson Mandela.

What are your favorite names?

I prefer my grandfather’s name Rwabogoye. I also like my names and those that have Biblical meanings

What is your greatest regret?

Not being around when my mother passed on. I have lived a life of no regrets but for this, I thought I would do much even when I wouldn’t change destiny.

How would you like to die?

I believe in quiet death.

What is your motto?

‘The hunger for success is not for the fainthearted’ and ‘If God is on my side, nobody can be against me’. .

 

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