Dear friends,


    Today I would like to share with you something inspirational I have just listened to. Whenever I feel down, depressed or things don’t go well, I like to go to YouTube and find some speeches, videos and so many things which are positive to bring me back to the blueprint of my life. A few weeks ago I came across one video. It was a very short speech but with lots of things to learn and get inspired. I’ll try to break it down for you and share the lessons I learned. I believe it will inspire you one way or another.

Here is part of that speech: You’ve been in a coma, a very state of deep unconsciousness for a month or so. When you wake up, you found yourself in the ICU room, doctors and nurses around your bed. And at the corner, you see a person in military uniform. You don’t remember anything. You don’t remember your name, where you are from, who you were before etc. And the doctors have shown how much your brain has been damaged, and you would never recover any part of your memory for the rest of your life. It’s a terrible thing to happen to any person, I can imagine.

     While tears come down your face, the military man approaches you and says, “The President of The United States of America is very proud of your act of valor. Because of you, the United States managed to conduct smoothly the most classified mission in the history of our country. You’re going to be awarded the Medal of Honor”. Unfortunately, you don’t remember any mission or your past life. The military man introduces himself as the Navy Commander and a member of the Elite Navy SEALs Team Six. He tells you, you are also in the U.S. Navy; you’re Lieutenant Commander in Team Six. You were badly wounded.

    What would happen if it were you? You would believe you are Navy SEALs team six. You would believe you are a tough dude. After your recovery from injuries, you will start working out, walking, eating, training, and talking like Navy SEAL. Even though such exercises will give you much pain and hurting you, you will keep pushing yourself beyond your limits – you know why because you were told you are Navy SEAL and believed it.

    Unfortunately, we live in a world many people don’t want to give good compliments to others. The world where the majority waiting for someone to go down and laughing at him/her. And the worst part, it is the world where people either by conscience or not they are telling you that what you are planning to do is impossible, it can’t be done, no one else has pulled off that one, and so forth. Some will laugh at you when you tell them you want to become an actor, singer, scientist, professional golfer, soccer player, etc. All these negatives will sink into your brain, heart, and bloodstream. You will believe them, you will see no worth in you – you will end up quitting or pretending someone else’s life blueprint.

    I have one secret for you. WIPE OFF YOUR CD. Delete every negative thing you have in your head, heart, and bloodstream. Be like that person waking up from a coma without a memory of his past life. Thereafter you need to INSTAL positives, inspiration, and dreams in your head, heart, and bloodstreams. It’s not an easy thing to do because most of these have been part of our childhood upbringing, education systems, religion, culture, and so forth. It takes time, patience, learning, networking with positive people, etc.

    Look at Cristiano Ronaldo, for instance – when he was in an interview and asked the question on the ongoing debate of who is better – Ronaldo or Messi, he responded: “Its opinions, I respect the opinions. Maybe in your opinion, Messi is better than me, but in my mind, I am better than him. So it’s simple. I’m always the best. I don’t care what people think, what they say. In my mind, not just this year but always, I am always the best”. If you have this kind of mentality, you will achieve great things. Ronaldo, by believing he is the best soccer player on the planet, works out more than anybody, walks, and celebrates goals, talks, eats, and everything he does as the best player. So if you go into the interview believing that you are not going to do well, or playing sports but believing you are not good at, you will suck at that.

    Whenever I go to bed and wake up in the morning, I thank God. I believe in what I am doing. Most importantly I am the best at what I am doing. I don’t wait until people give me positives to feel good at what I’m doing. Whatever you do in your life, give it 110%. When I started writing letters, some people liked them some didn’t. I didn’t quit. I had to perfect my style of writing, promote myself, and believe that I am on the right track in my life. I am currently talking, writing, and advising people as a professionally published author. I even created the official website as a book author to create something bigger than myself.

    Back in 2012 when I wanted to join the United States Navy, I was extremely overweight. To enlist, I was supposed to lose at least 50lbs (about 24kg). Those who have tried to lose weight understand how hard they just lose 1kg. Over 98% of all people I told my plan to lose weight, laughed at me, didn’t believe I would ever manage, some told me it was impossible for a person like who had never been to the door of the gym before. I didn’t listen to all those comments, opinions, and critiques. I read books, watched videos, and created what would work for me. I wake up every day at 6 am, going for outdoor exercise for at least 2 hours, eat well, and have a 1-hour walk during the afternoon and 1.5 to 2 hours of gym exercise in the evening. It was like 4-5 hours of exercise for 5 days in a week. On day one, I was not able to do even 10 sit-ups within 2 minutes or run a half a mile without breathing like I was dying. Because I believed in myself, every single day I was reminding myself not to give up and give “victory” to those who put “negatives and impossible” cards on me. For 75 days of commitment, dedication, and hard work, I was able to lose at least 1 pound a day (about 0.5kg per day). Certain days were harder than others, at a certain point you hit the weight loss plateau, got frustrated but didn’t stop. Finally, after those 75 days, I managed to lose over 60 pounds (about 30kg). I was able to do about 100 sit-ups in 2 minutes, 50 to 60 push-ups in 2 minutes and most importantly to run 5K (5km which is about 3miles) in 16-17 minutes. Just remember no one in my life has ever told me that I was a good runner. By that time, I was in the best shape and physical fitness of my life. I went on helping so many people on how to eat well and doing exercise. Even now, I am writing a book on weight loss titled “Devil on Weight loss”. All in all, we fail to do what we are capable of because we are “told” that it’s impossible, we can’t accomplish this and the worst part of it, we believe them. I wiped off my CD, and I have installed positives in my life.

    One the last thing, I advise you to have a personal reflection. Identify what is important to you. Learn how to believe in yourself and know that the only thing that blocks you; is your brain. Once you get out from the chains of negativity, you will be light in your brain, heart, and spirit – the rest leave to God will guide you.

    I wish you the best my dear friend, and all the best in your process of wiping off your negatives.


It’s me (your buddy),


Ernest Boniface Makulilo (EBM)

The Scholarship Guy

Missouri, USA

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