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Interview with Leaders of Your Ethiopian Professionals Network

Last week, I had the opportunity to interview the co-founders of Your Ethiopian Professionals Network. In this interview, we talked about:

  1. Why YEP exists? What was the very reason that led you to establish YEP
  2. What are the top three major achievements of YEP?
  3. What are the 3 biggest lessons you learned individually because you have been serving as leaders?
  4. What are the toughest challenges YEP faces?
  5. What lessons would you like to share with other similar professional groups?
  6. What the future holds for YEP? Where do you see YEP in the next five years?
  7. Are there some ongoing or upcoming projects you’re engaged with right now that you would like to share with our viewers?
  8. And more.

These young dynamic leaders have a lot to offer. I encourage you to watch their interview. Reach out to them if you may have any feedback or question. And of course, if you’re in the DC metro area, join YEP, be with like-minded people to grow personally and professionally. If you’re in Ethiopia, no worries, you can be part of the initiative they recently introduced in Addis.

To learn more about Pick Yourself Up and watch archive interviews, check out its website.

Serving Church leaders and Christian professionals and entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

After 13 years, I’m going back to Ethiopia. While there, I’d like to empower some Church and Ministry leaders, and Christian professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders based on my books. The following are some of the services I intend to provide :

  1. Sermons (in Amharic, Ethiopians local language) for congregations, and teachings for youth groups in both Amharic and English (there are English programs in some churches)
  2. Leadership training for church and ministry leaders, administrators, and volunteers
  3. Soft Skill workshops for Christian business owners and professionals.

By the way, we would like to offer these services in the future by traveling to Ethiopia quarterly.

Please pray for us to get the necessary funding to offer these services locally, and also to serve God’s people with excellence. If God speaks to your heart to support these programs financially, please go to the ‘About’ or ‘Donate page of our website. We need your prayer and support because our ministry is very small and don’t have the required resources to provide these services alone. Many of the beneficiaries cannot afford to fund these services either.

If you have a Church or Ministry that you support in Addis, let me know, I’ll try to provide one or more of these services to them.

Note: I’ll document my activities and share my report on our website with pictures, video clips, and testimonials to show you the impact of your prayer and financial support.

Find Your Rightful Place in the Universe (1-min video clip)

In this 1- Minute of Power with Mr. Restorer, the founder of AHM highlighted the importance of finding your rightful place in the universe. We all have the place where we flourish. Knowing that spot requires exploring to discover. Taken from his latest book “Unchain Your Greatness”, he talked the importance of Exploring to discover one’s uniqueness and purpose in life. That is the place where we flourish. The book is available on Amazon.

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AHM strives to restore the greatness of humanity one person at a time. The teachings of the ministry focus on restoring the whole man (woman)- the body, mind, and spirit. The messages are uplifting, life-changing, inspirational, transformational, and empowering. If you share the vision of AHM, you can join us in restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time…

Synopsis and Bio of the new book

Everyone is greatness material. We all are endowed with unlimited potential. Greatness is chained within us waiting to be unleashed. Unfortunately, in every generation, very few unchain their greatness. The overwhelming majority fails to attain any level of greatness at all.

In ‘Unchain Your Greatness’, the author recognized the four stages the great ones from diverse cultures and generations passed through to achieve their inherent greatness. Those who unchained their greatness were like everyone else except that they followed four straightforward steps (the 4 E’s). They Explored, Enacted, Endured, and Emancipated their greatness to the fullest.

The great ones explored and discovered what predisposed them to manifest greatness. They took bold actions based on their findings. Those who attained greatness also faced numerous obstacles as a result of taking massive actions and pursuing the road to greatness. However, they endured, outlasted continual setbacks, emptied themselves, and ultimately emancipated the greatness shackled within and left enduring legacies.

On top of providing the model the great ones adopted to unchain their greatness to the fullest, the book narrates the stories of great men and women from different religions, age-groups, and fields to show you the attitude and mindset they had as they progressed through these four simple phases. It also shares with you what the great ones discovered, the actions they took, the challenges they overcame, and the legacies they left because they unchained their greatness to the fullest.

Dr. Assegid Habtewold is a coach, speaker, and facilitator at Success Pathways, LLC. He is also the host of ‘Pick Yourself Up’ show that airs on Channel 16. Assegid serves diverse clients including some government agencies, major corporations, and community organizations. He is the author of four books. His latest book is entitled ‘The Highest Level of Greatness: purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness’.

Don’t die before uttering this magical phrase ‘It’s finished!’ (Excerpt)

“The great ones you and I admire knew when they were finished. Actually, many of them uttered this magical phrase ‘It’s finished’ in public or, at least, privately. Once they crossed the finish line, once they completed their assignment, they told the people close to them that they were done and ready to leave…” Taken from the upcoming follow-up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p. 147. The book will soon be available on Amazon. Stay Tuned!
 
Jesus, Paul, and many others finished their race with flying colors. They finally uttered this majestic phrase: ‘It’s finished!’ during their lifetime. Is there anything else better and fulfilling than to reach the end of your life knowing that you have climbed the right ladder and you were done according to His calling and expectations? I don’t! This the only crown that matters the most. A crown for fighting the good fight and finishing your race from the author of this universe, the all-knowing, the loving, and the majestic Creator!!!
 
What about you? Have you seen your finish line? How far are you from the mark? How much are you determined to conclude your race and utter the phrase: “It’s finished!”? Remember, your fulfillment is in question until you cross the finish line. Don’t forget. Crossing the finish line is within your reach. You have what it take within!
 
If you are in this world to live like a soldier to serve the world through your assignment, passion, and talent and give your best and die empty, we’re partners. This ministry is for such determined, bold, and brave souls. We don’t serve those who made their minds to just survive and leave this world ‘alive’ 🙂 We are your cheerleaders cheering for you and empowering you to cross over the other side triumphantly once you are done with your assignment.

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AHM strives to restore the greatness of humanity one person at a time. The teachings of the ministry focus on restoring the whole man (woman)- the body, mind, and spirit. The messages are uplifting, life-changing, inspirational, transformational, and empowering. If you share the vision of AHM, you can join us in restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time…

Jobs tapped into the downtime as he worked hard for his comeback

“After one of the most humiliating outings in the history of US corporations, Jobs returned to Apple after 12 long years as Moses to take it to its Canaan. Jobs eventually regained his leadership position. He was crowned and placed at the helm of Apple once again.

However, one thing many people tend to forget is that Jobs didn’t waste his time in the wilderness. His glorious return wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t tap into the downtime. Between the time he was fired and his triumphant return, he didn’t waste his energy, time, and resources complaining and whining. Rather than blaming the Board and John Sculley- his mentor and the man he himself begged to join Apple, Jobs kept himself very busy. Rather than nursing his wounds, he was actively working toward his comeback.

During that downtime between 1985 – 1997, Jobs could have run away from the valley, called it to quit, or mourned his loss for a very long period of time. If he did, no one would have blamed him. Many would have sympathized with his decision. Instead, Jobs tapped into that downtime to further create. Next Generation and Pixar were the two classic innovations of Jobs that came to existence while he was passing through hell…”

The excerpt is taken from the upcoming follow- up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p.124

We all have wilderness moments regardless of our calling and God being with us. Moses, David, and Jesus had their wilderness moments and they tapped into these seasons as they believed, behaved, and acted waiting for their break.

For instance, David was anointed by one of the greatest prophets. That didn’t shield him from passing through his wilderness season. However, David didn’t lose heart while in the wilderness. He remained faithful to the One who anointed Him. He believed and waited for his payday. While in the wilderness, he tapped into the downtime as he was chased by King Saul. He never gave up in ‘the valleys’ of life. What about you? Have you bee in the wilderness yet? What was your attitude while passing through that tough time? Did you use the downtime wisely?

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AHM strives to restore the greatness of humanity one person at a time. The teachings of the ministry focus on restoring the whole man (woman)- the body, mind, and spirit. The messages are uplifting, life-changing, inspirational, transformational, and empowering. If you share the vision of AHM, you can join us in restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time…

Teddy Afro- the sensational singer, and his resilience (excerpt)

“…Back home in Ethiopia and in the Diaspora, the name Teddy Afro is a household name. He is a sensational singer known for his songs of love, tolerance, unity, and forgiveness. Teddy is also a well-celebrated singer in East Africa. Moreover, his latest Album ‘Ethiopia’ came in 1st on the Billboard World Albums chart.[i]

Unfortunately, Teddy’s messages didn’t go well with the previous government in Ethiopia. He encountered many roadblocks aimed at discouraging and ultimately changing his messages. He faced jail time, cancelation of his shows, visa denials to travel and perform outside of the country.

Other artists in his place would have easily and quickly given up a long time ago. Not Teddy! Regardless of experiencing continual setbacks and losing lots of money, he kept singing his messages while also improving his craft. After so many years of persecution, finally, because Teddy kept going while passing through hell, he began getting acceptances including from some unlikely circles.

The Amahara regional state is governed by one of the members of the ruling party (EPRDF). The state extended an official visit to Teddy a couple of months ago. When he arrived in the beautiful city of Bahir Dar, he got a heroic welcome. What is more? On top of performing in a concert that attracted thousands of fans, Teddy gave an interview to the state-owned media.

The moral of the story is that since Teddy kept going while experiencing continual setbacks, he continued to produce. He didn’t slow down. He refused to change his messages to appease those who opposed him. He didn’t quit nor decided to wait and see. He remained optimistic while keep going…”

This excerpt is taken from the upcoming follow-up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p. 175

Apostle Paul was the pillar of the early Christianity next to Jesus. He was persecuted and faced so many challenges more than the rest of the Apostles. He revealed, I worked harder than all of them.” (1 Corinthians 15: 10) He worked hard to spread the good news. He had been In danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.” (2 Corinthians 11: 26) He further enlisted his sufferings, I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. (2 Corinthians 11: 27) Through all these, he never quit! What about you? Have you made your mind to outlast the setbacks you’re experiencing? Yes, you can! You’re very close to a breakthrough! Don’t give up after coming this far! As it gets darker as dawn approaches, you are near to cross the red sea of your life and enjoy your season of honor…

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AHM strives to restore the greatness of humanity one person at a time. The teachings of the ministry focus on restoring the whole man (woman)- the body, mind, and spirit. The messages are uplifting, life-changing, inspirational, transformational, and empowering. If you share the vision of AHM, you can join us in restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time…

Book Excerpt- Daniel Bryan fought for his dreams

“…One of my wrestling heroes is Daniel Bryan. To his dismay and disappointment of his fans including myself, he retired prematurely on February 8, 2016. For more than two years, he had been depressed since he couldn’t do what he loved to do: Perform in the ring and entertain millions of fans around the world.

However, Daniel resolved to fight for his dreams till the end. Without giving up, he kept fighting until he was cleared to compete. Due to his resolve for more than two years, Daniel finally outlasted this tough setback that dashed his dream to wrestle in the WWE ring.

Filled with emotions and tears, Daniel publicly announced on March 20, 2018, his being clear to return to in-ring competition. In his emotional speech, he said, “If you fight for your dreams, your dreams fight for you.” Yes! (His signature slogan) His dreams fought for him. And thus, he competed at WrestleMania 34 on April 8, 2018.

Have you resolved not to give up so easily? Have you stayed in the fight long enough? Have you determined to outlast the setbacks you’re facing right now a little longer?…” Taken from the upcoming follow-up book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ p. 161

Apostle Paul fought hard as he pursued and fulfilled his assignment. More than the other disciples, he paid dire prices. He never gave up until he crossed the finish line. Here is what he himself said: I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea. I have been constantly on the move…” (2 Corinthians 11: 23 – 26)

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AHM strives to restore the greatness of humanity one person at a time. The teachings of the ministry focus on restoring the whole man (woman)- the body, mind, and spirit. The messages are uplifting, life-changing, inspirational, transformational, and empowering. If you share the vision of AHM, you can join us in restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time…

Book Excerpt: Mandela’s resilience

“…Why was Mandela celebrated, not just by South Africans but also around the world? Simple. His endurance. Otherwise, there were many freedom fighters who paid more dire prices including their very lives than Mandela. What made him unique and different was his courage to face seemingly insurmountable challenges. His determination to outlast all of them.

Mandela once said, “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” The unspeakable trials he encountered didn’t break him. He withstood the setbacks he experienced believing that he would win in the end. And, sure enough, he won…” Taken from the upcoming follow-up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p. 157

Jesus demonstrated true resilience. He remains the most inspirational figure who outlasted the challenges presented against Him when He was here on earth. He told us that “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 33) We too; we will triumph in the end like He did… If you’re passing through tough times right now, hang in there! This is my hope that the stories of Jesus and Mandela should remind you that it’s within your reach to outlast all of the setbacks you’re experiencing at the moment…

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AHM strives to restore the greatness of humanity one person at a time. The teachings of the ministry focus on restoring the whole man (woman)- the body, mind, and spirit. The messages are uplifting, life-changing, inspirational, transformational, and empowering. If you share the vision of AHM, you can join us in restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time…

Know Your Worth- Sunday June 10 @3 – 5 pm

If you’re in the DC metro area and you’re a Christian who would like to be salt and light in the corporate world, don’t miss this inspirational and empowering event organized by Empowering Ethiopian Women Group on Sunday, June 10th @3 – 5 pm (the program starts on time).

Using the platform, I’m going to talk about how each and every woman has the potential to become one of the great world changers, how leadership is their birthright, and some of the skills necessary for women (of course, men too  to demonstrate confidence. I’ll cover some of the soft skills necessary for women to succeed in the work and marketplaces such as communication and feedback giving. For instance, how to communicate like a pro, how to ask for a raise or promotion, and how to provide feedback. In the latter case, for example, how to provide feedback (without damaging the relationship) to a co-worker or boss, especially if you feel like he is crossing certain boundaries, and more.

The presentation is going to be motivational and at the same time interactive and dynamic. The contents and tools are taken from my latest two books (Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success, and The Highest Level of Greatness).

Men are also welcome! You may join us, or at least, invite your sisters, girlfriend, or spouse.

For details, please see the attached flyer.

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AHM strives to restore the greatness of humanity one person at a time. The teachings of the ministry focus on restoring the whole man (woman)- the body, mind, and spirit. The messages are uplifting, life-changing, inspirational, transformational, and empowering. If you share the vision of AHM, you can join us in restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time…