What I’m Loving This Week…..Turning Your Pain Into Your Life Purpose!

Those of us who have been around long enough know that adversities are always going to be a part of the equation of life on this planet earth.  However, the question for you is how will you handle hard times (NOT IF) but when they do show up.  Will you rise to the challenge ?  Will you allow the situation to break you or bring a breakthrough in your life?

Today , I would like us to look at the life of one individual who turned pain into passion. (You can call it “Monetizing life experiences” if you want”).  I hope it will impact your life as it did mine.

Charles Plumb was a U.S Navy jet pilot, whose plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile.  Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands.  He was captured and spent 2103 days in a communist Vietnamese prison camp.  He survived the ordeal and now travels the world sharing on lessons learned from that experience.  He is the author of two books – ‘I’m No Hero and ‘The Lost Domino’.

Charles made a choice to be better and not bitter.  He could have taken the easier way out of depending on the welfare system since he was a veteran, understandably so, but he chose to share his story to encourage others to use life experiences to make the world a better place.

Everybody has a story but oftentimes, maybe due to ignorance or self- doubt you are afraid and wonder whether anyone will listen to your story.  My challenge is simple: Just do it, start by sharing your story to  someone who is discouraged and see what happens. Don’t underestimate the power of your life story. Someone is stuck in a valley and is about to give up. Someone is depressed, discouraged, hopeless and helpless. You never know who might be saved by your personal experience.  Who knows, maybe your purpose is hidden in your experience.


I will leave you with this wonderful quote:

“Your past experiences are valuable lessons to you now, learn from them.  Oh Yes, the past can hurt, but you can either run from it, or learn from it. —–Rafiki, from The Lion King movie.

This is my story and I’m sticking to it!



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What I’m Loving This Week! Blind people who refused to get a cup and beg……..

DSCF9585The following people proved to the world that one does not need eyesight to fulfill his/her life purpose.  It’s amazing the number of people who believe that vision means eyesight.

Jose Feliciano from Puerto Rico proved that you don’t need eyesight to achieve your dream. Not only was he born poor, he was also blind. Some of the neighbors suggested that he get a cup and beg for money like blind people were supposed to do, but Jose refused. He found an old piece of guitar and taught himself how to play.  He practiced day and night, and sometimes until his fingers bled.  Today Jose Feliciano is considered one of the greatest guitarist of all time.  He wrote a popular Christmas song called Feliz Navidad.

Helen Keller became blind and deaf at the age of 19 months, yet she became one of the greatest women of all times. She too proved to us all that you don’t need eyesight to make your dreams come true. She is credited with the quote,” The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

Stevie Wonder’s achievements need no reminding.  He too proved beyond any doubt that you don’t need eyesight to achieve greatness. Steve was also born poor and blind in Saginaw, Michigan. He had a vision (NOT EYESIGHT) to become great. He kept trying until he was discovered and signed by Motown Records. The rest is history , as they say.

Ray Charles started losing his sight at the age of five.  His mother didn’t have the money to take him to a specialist, and he eventually went blind.  He could have given up, but he decided to fight for his dream.  He went on to become an American icon, was a legendary musician who pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950’s. Often called the “Father of Soul,” Charles combined blues, gospel and jazz to create groundbreaking hits such as “Unchain My Heart,” “Hit the Road Jack” ; “Georgia on My Mind;” and “My Jesus Is All the World to Me”.

Life might be knocking you down right now and you are seriously considering giving up. May these stories of people who succeeded against all odds, encourage you today.

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

This is my story and I  am sticking to it!

Howard Mahere




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What I’m Loving This Week! ….People who made ‘Failure’ their stepping stone:

DSCF9585Nobody wants to be associated with failure because the world has made us believe that it’s a bad thing to fail but actually it can be a good thing if your attitude is right.   We have all failed at something in this journey called life.  But it’s only those who refuse to let ‘Failure’ discourage them who will always make things  happen.

Here are some of the greats who started out as failures but persevered in spite of what  others said about their abilities to succeed in their chosen fields.   They turned failure into stepping stones.

I found their stories to be helpful and inspiring and I hope you too, my friend, will enjoy and get inspired to never get discouraged  when the going gets rough and when no one is believing in  you.

-Walt Disney…..was fired by a newspaper editor because ‘he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.’  He went bankrupt not once but several times before he built Disneyland and a successful film studio.

– Henry Ford failed and went broke Five (5) times before he succeeded. He is credited with this popular quote: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

-Getrude Stein submitted poems to editors for nearly twenty years before one was finally accepted.

-Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was ‘too stupid to learn anything’.(Can you imagine!)    He was fired  from  his first two jobs for being ‘non-productive’.  As an inventor, Edison made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.  When a reporter asked, ‘How did it feel to fail 1000 times?’ Edison replied, ‘I didn’t fail 1000 times.  The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.’   He is known for this life changing remark…..”Many people who failed in life simply didn’t realize how close to success they were when they gave up”.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.  Michael once observed, ‘I have failed over and over again in my life.  That is why I succeed.’ What a perspective on Failure!

Some of us have failed so many times  than we care to remember.   To refresh your memory, can you remember the very first time you tried to ride a bike or drive a car, how challenging it was and embarrassing when you failed to master just the  basic principles.  You kept at it until you succeeded.  I am glad that I didn’t give up, otherwise I would still be relying on other people to drive me places.

Aren’t we glad the above pioneers and great achievers never gave up on their dreams  because of the failures they experienced along the way.  The world continues to enjoy the fruits of their persistence.

Are you experiencing failure ? DON’T let it frustrate  you,  MAKE it your stepping stone.

This is my story and I am sticking to it!

Howard Mahere








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What I’m Loving This Week!

The best of me is what the world needs to see.  When I put myself down I am not living what God intended.  Ya, because of self defeating beliefs, for years I ran away from my story as I thought and doubted the world wouldn’t care and would reject it, Oh poor me ,was I limiting my potential.

It is through understanding your story first that you discover who you are, your passion and your purpose.  Once you discover your Why (Purpose),do all within your power to develop it.  This my friends, will bring joy unspeakable. 

I live you with this golden gem by Howard Washington Thurman:  “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”.  

This is my story and I am sticking to it!


Howard Mahere



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What I’m Loving This Week!


The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is free of challenges and struggles. No, not all.  It means I appreciate and focus on the things that are going right in my life and  rather than the things that aren’t going well.  Whatever you might be experiencing right now, be it lack of finance, struggling with  wayward children, health issues  or whatever……summon enough courage and just start counting  your blessings one by one in spite of the pain.

Let me leave you with the wise words said by Maltbie D Babcock……”Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings while counting your troubles”.

This is my story and I am sticking to it!


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Is fear of failure hindering your dream?

One of the reasons most people do not live their life purpose is fear of failure.  I know this to be true because I too could have written my book many years ago but the fear of failure kept me postponing what I knew was going to be life changing for me. My heart knew I could do it but my mind said who do you think is going to be interested in  your book.  But my fear of failure plummeted  after I attended a book writing workshop in 2012 in the USA which was held by my mentor John C Maxwell.  It was then that I made up my mind to start working on my book project , and a year later the book “AN IMMIGRANT WITH A PLAN” was born.  Even when I was busy putting the book together I would have doubts in my mind from time to time whether I would see this project to its logical conclusion as my thoughts would often revert to previous projects which ended up as failure stories.  However, this time round, I was determined to finish writing my book. I have been encouraged by positive feedback from people who have read my book. For example, I recall one mother who bought a copy for her herself and then later came back to  to buy another copy for her son  who was in prison and she said “Maybe my son will find his life purpose through your book”. Its a wonderful feeling that nearly brought tears to my eyes to imagine that this mother believed that my book could have  a positive impact on her son’s life.  

How I am always thankful to God that I did not let my past failures stop me from turning my long cherished dream into reality.

The Take Away:

Make failure work for you by turning it into your springboard to a better tomorrow.

Recognize the educational value of failure.

Recognize that failure is another hidden opportunity for growth.

Recognize that failure separates winners from losers.

I once read somewhere that……Thomas Edison often remarked that many people who failed in life simply didn’t realize how close to success they were when they gave up.



This is my story and I  am sticking to it!



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Who I am and Why I’m here!

Hello World

My name is Howard Mahere . I am an entrepreneur ; a motivator ; a husband and father to three children.   

I am here to encourage and inspire others by sharing my life story and other people’s inspiring stories as well.  The motive being to help others rise above their circumstances. Having experienced a dysfunctional and tough childhood I feel my mission in life is to remind those who have gone through the same that …..Your Past Should Never Determine Your Future.  

In short ,I want to bring hope to the hopeless and encouragement to the discouraged! 

The late Maya Angelou was right when she said “Your legacy is every life you’ve touched”. Wow!

This is my story and I am sticking to it!


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