People always say “It’s all about the money”, but why? Take a journey with Dave as he talks about his experience with Village Impact in Nairobi Kenya. He explains why he feels that once your own needs are taken care of as an entrepreneur, you need to share the wealth. Getting behind a purpose that you are passionate about will come back to you in an abundance of ways.
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Speaker 1: 00:00 Welcome to funnel hacker radio podcast, where we go behind the scenes and uncover the tactics and strategies top entrepreneurs are using to make more sales, dominate their markets, and how you can get those same results. Here is your host, Dave Woodward. Warning, this is going to be a little controversial for some people.
Speaker 2: 00:21 So with that said, uh, you probably saw from the title, this is your moral obligation to make as much money as you possibly can. Now I know a lot of people can think, oh gosh, I'm so tired of people saying it's all about the money. It's all about the money. Let me just tell you why, and I want to make sure you guys understand where I'm coming from physically and also where I'm coming from emotionally. So right now I am out. I'm in Nairobi, Kenya. I've just spent the last 12 days here and we started off and had the experience of being with Stu and Amy Mclaren's village impact. Now you have to understand, I've known Stu Stu Mclaren now for almost 12 years. He was, he and Russell were literally the second seminar ever went to. And is how I actually ended up becoming really good friends with both stu and Russell and all. It's become Russell, like a brother to me because of all the things have happened since then. But I want you to understand where I'm coming from because it wasn't long after that I met stew that I remember seeing a, a teleseminar, I believe is right around that Christmas, almost 12 years ago where Russell was doing a, a pot or basically a teleseminar. This is way before webinars and it was doing a teleseminar to help stu raise money
Speaker 2: 01:50 to go and basically help people in Africa. And that's about all I knew. And then what's happened since then is I followed Stu and amy and I've seen, and I've been with Russell, I've seen stuff with Russell. This is Russell's third time out here. And for STU and amy, they've, uh, about seven years ago they started an organization called world teacher aid. And it, this, some while we were here, they just changed the name from world teacher aid to village impact. And what I want to explain to you guys, and hopefully I can convey the emotion and the feeling, um,
Speaker 2: 02:27 and I hope that emotion and that feeling is what really connects you to why you have any moral obligation to make as much money as you possibly can. So we flew into Nairobi and when we got here we were met with Stu and amy and spent our first night in the hotel here. And then literally that next morning we were put on to little buses and I shouldn't even say buses. These are smaller than many bands. And we went out first to the very first village that they've ever worked in. And this is called a community called Shalom. And we pull in and you first of all, a little backstory for Stu and amy. They worked here in the villages of IDP camps in IDP camps are camps of people who are basically whose homes in about 10 years ago in 2008. What happened was there was a huge uprising and basically revolt against the government.
Speaker 2: 03:33 And the way this whole revolution was taking place with people are going out and they were just slaughtering a lot of these village people and what the government decides to do is to get in front of the revolution and actually take these people out to save their lives and to put basically put them into the little camps. And so they gave up everything. They moved them, the government moved them and gave all that, gave them was a tin roof and said good luck. And then within the year, so the revolution was put down, the government maintained control. But the problem was you have all these people now, literally throughout these camps were all they had was a tin roof and many of them just due to the war and everything else and the violence. Many of the men who passed away. And so you have a lot of single women raising these kids.
Speaker 2: 04:23 And so what student amy decided was this would be the place where they would work and they, they now have built 12 different in 12 different villages, a 16 different schools, some being primary schools and some being primary. And then also a secondary school, so we went to Shalom, which is the very first one and you pull in and you see these kids in uniforms and were greeted and they're so excited to have these little tiny little. It's six people to a little minivans, everything. And we'd come out of the sinks and they've got song and dance and they're just so excited that we're there and they want to show us everything. And so we went through the primary school and then we went to. And Russell took me over to the secondary school where there's two funnel hacker classrooms that were built because of funnel hacking.
Speaker 2: 05:11 And I sat back and I was like in on shocks. I'm sitting there watching these kids who then went onto perform this amazing musical dance. And they were so excited that we were there. And I thought this is, you know, I was really exciting. This is really, really cool. But then we jumped in our little minivans and drove for the next four hours until we got out to this little tiny no poor village where they had just finished building the primary school. And we're coming just before dark and as we're coming in about a mile before we actually get to the camp, the streets are lined with the village with all from all the people from the villages. The kids were out there and they've literally been there for the last 10 hours waiting for us, waiting for us to get there because they were so appreciative of what we did.
Speaker 2: 06:09 Well, this camp was brand new and so there was no uniforms here and the government hadn't gotten involved and I was just just taken back so emotionally to the point where I was like, this just isn't fair. It's not fair to. These kids have to live like this. I'm like, this is just wrong. And I got so angry and I was so mad at night just. And yet at the same time I'm seeing such happiness on their face. And so all of a sudden I'm so confused. I'm like, how can this be? How can you be so happy when you have nothing? So if there's something wrong, what am I missing? And this dancing went on for about an hour as we walk the mile into the camp and then they had this wonderful program for us and, and the kids, they didn't want to leave to go to their homes.
Speaker 2: 07:06 And I was just sitting there going, oh my gosh, where am I at? And as we walked, we walked past these little shanty tin roof type of camps were the walls were just built out of sticks and mud and Dung. And we now walk in and we see the school, eight classrooms built out a cinderblock beautiful white and on the outside. And I'm sitting there going, oh my gosh, what student amy have done is just the impact is so immense. I can't even, I can't even imagine it. And then after the kids left, we had a little campfire and uh, there was about 20, 25 of us there. And I was sitting there and just thinking they went around and Ellen, who's been, who's on the board of village impacts, if you don't want you guys whenever just kind of shared the emotion they're having.
Speaker 2: 08:02 And for me, I was just, I was overwhelmed, it's overwhelmed, I couldn't even, some people were saying anger and frustration and confused and others who had been there before, like Russell said, hope. I'm like, hope this is terrible, this is terrible. And I've never a lane. And then for us they've prepared this. We have tents and we have someone cooking our meals for us and I'm sitting there going what is going on? And I sat there just that night laying in bed and just thinking how, how has this, right, how is this fair? And I went through so many different emotions and the very next day we started and the kids are there at 7:00 in the morning and I wanted to go run over there and ellen and sue were kind of running is that you can't go over there yet. We gotta wait, we have to all go up at the same time or they'll just totally disrupt the entire day.
Speaker 2: 09:00 And so by about 9:30, we walked over to the school and have the opportunity of painting these classrooms and have helped of working with the kids and planting trees and working with the kids to lay down a gravel rock. Basically trail path to where the toilets, which is all it is, is just a cinderblock to set a whole new ground. Basically two holes in the ground, separated by Cinder Block and a tin roof off the top of it and going, this is insane. But then the kids, oh my gosh, the kids would come up and what's your name? What's your name? They want to know who are we
Speaker 3: 09:43 were and the hugs. And I just fell in love with these kids. And one's kid's name was Dave and he was my little buddy the whole time and some of the older kids, Clayton and uh, anthony and caroline was one of the little girls. And I, I just, I remember sitting, they just, they just lit up and they were so happy and so excited. We were there and I'm sitting there thinking, you'll each classroom costs about $10,000. That's all it is, $10,000 per classroom now classrooms changing their lives and I remember talking to stu about it as far as, you know, these kids only get one meal a day, one meal a day. Why aren't we feeding him? Like listen, if we educate them, there'll be able to feed themselves and they'll come back and they'll take care of their community and education is more important than food and I didn't get that until later when I had the opportunity to see in some of the kids who had had come back. The teachers were 17 year old girl, 16 year old girl who had gone on, gone through the school and come back and they were there to help and to teach in the village and to see their happiness and their smiles in these kids.
Speaker 3: 11:07 Words can't describe and I hope some of you have seen my instagram or Russell's or Julie's or anyone else instagrams or I'm sure please check out funnel hacker TV. I will have some episodes there about how this experience was, but after we got done painting and building a trail, everything else, we didn't get to go play with the kids and oh my gosh, there was such such electric excitement and you could just feel their love and their friendship and their gratitude and they just wanted to play and they wanted a hug on you and they just wanted. I just wanted to love you. Just want to love and to know that someone cared enough about them five hours drive from Nairobi out in this little tiny village and they just, they just exuded happiness and love and gratitude and friendship and they all wanted to show us their homes.
Speaker 3: 12:01 Can you, will you come see my house when you come see my house? Will you come see my house? I'm like, are you kidding me? And later that day we did, but before we go to that, I want to share with you the fun we had as we sat there and they brought in some bubbles and so we blew bubbles with the kids and these kids were chasing the bubbles all over the field and we were playing soccer with the kids and playing duck duck goose and seeing how happy. I've never seen her happier people who had so little in my life and yet they were just so the amount of love that was expressed to us, I felt. I felt like I didn't deserve it. I felt like I've done nothing. I paid for a classroom. That's all I did. And yet here you are just hugging and sharing your love and your friendship and you don't know me.
Speaker 3: 12:50 And these kids were so happy and we had the opportunity. Being in the village there for four days. Last year was a real short day. But the emotional rollercoaster that you go on is just it. Honestly, six flags has nothing on roller coasters when it comes to the top roller coaster of emotions I had as I sat there and uh, they came, the government officials all came in one day to basically open the school officially and cut the ribbon and I got so angry at them consume at the government. It just reminds me of a, any other government official. And it was just like, you guys are taking credit for this, this is about the kids and care about what you have to say. And it just drove me crazy and hopefully, fortunately they weren't there very long, but I just thought, you know what, this is about the kids.
Speaker 3: 13:40 It's all just about the kids. And then one afternoon we had the opportunity of going to visit their homes and uh, we broke up into three different groups and within walked 20 minutes, some of these kids travel anywhere from, from two kilometers to almost 10 kilometers and 10 kilometers is, or I'm sorry, five kilometers away, which is three miles. And they walk to school three miles in. As we started the walk, uh, I was with my wife and a couple of others and, and first thing we went by was the stream and there's this woman gathering water and these women are so strong. Oh my gosh. Amazingly, amazingly strong women. And this water is Brown. I mean it is like dirt, dirt, Brown. And I turned to our guide and I like that they're not going to drink that. Are they just, Oh yeah, as long as it's running, they'll drink it.
Speaker 3: 14:39 I'm like, oh my gosh. And I just felt, I mean there's just that can't be healthy for him. And we kept walking in. Maize is just a huge. Corn is one of the main things that they live on. They grind up corn and amazing. They basically make a kick out of it every single day. And so we walked into this first little village in a little hut and it's all made out of sticks and uh, it's basically cow dung and, and water and clay that makes out the exterior. And there was two different rooms, a one room where they slept in the other room where they cooked. And there's no light, there's no electricity, and there's this little tiny fire and that's what they're cooking over inside and that's where they get their heat. That's where they get their food and outside of their place.
Speaker 3: 15:31 They had had created their own little fence to keep their chickens in another little area for a cow and I was just. I was caught off guard by as we walked through there, how happy they were to share. They want to just come in to see their homes. They wanted us to share and to experience how proud they were. They'd gone. They had moved up. They no longer had a tin roof and little sticks around their house. They actually now had created their own roof. They've created their own house and they had their. They each had at least an acre and they grew maze and they grew and they had their cows and their chickens in the love with these kids and their families and it was typically there was an extended family member always living with them as a grandma or grandpa. And we walked back to the camp and I just sat there that night, I couldn't sleep and I thought, you know what?
Speaker 3: 16:29 Every entrepreneur as a moral obligation to make as much money as they can to share it. Once you take care of your own needs, your very next obligation is you have to share it. You've got to get behind a purpose. It doesn't need to be village impact because impact is a great one, but so's operation underground railroad and sorted the other ones, uh, we, we spend time in. But find one and just realize that you've got a moral obligation to. You need to go out. You have to take care of your own needs first. But I would recommend even while you're taking care of your own needs, you need to start right now. Dedicated, attempt a tide. Give 10 percent away. I don't care where it goes to a church to charity to whatever you want, but start right now when you don't have it, because it's a lot easier to give it when you don't have it than it is when you have it.
Speaker 3: 17:13 Everyone always says, oh, I'll give it what I haven't. Trust me people never do. So give it now five. I don't care. You could be flat, broke, busted, and listening to this. I hope you'll take whatever you get and if it's, if you only make $10 a month, give a dollar away and you'll find that the lord blesses you. And more importantly, that you'll find that you can live on less. But then the more you make, start finding ways of giving out to give to more. I Khaled and Russell have had, uh, taken care of a little girl by the name of Jane six years ago and have kind of helped her along the way. She's now at university and we had dinner with her and to talk and to listen to her and her, her journey and her goal. She wants to be. She wants to have her own restaurant where she starts French fries and she wanted to sort of soft drinks and pop and coke.
Speaker 3: 18:07 And that's her dream. And we then met with another one, uh, who they'd helped. I'm 32 years old at this. The man who started in to get his degree but then ran out of money and that they were kind enough to help roughly $800 a semester to put someone through a semester of school here in Nairobi and he got on a motorcycle road three hours to the camp where we were to show collette and Russell his diploma and I just, I took a picture of it and I was like, you know what? $800 bucks a semester. $1,600 a year. Really? I mean six, seven grand and that person now has a four year college degree and that was going onto his master's. And I'm like, and as an entrepreneur you've got a moral obligation. You got to go out and make as much money as you can so you can change the world. Entrepreneurs, the only ones who can. And if you don't have it right now, you still have to give it, give away attempt. And then when you start making more giveaway more than a 10th and you'll find it always comes back to you. And I was just so, oh my gosh, I've got so many emotions and I.
Speaker 3: 19:29 my only prayer I guess, is that you're feeling something deep down inside the descent. You know what I'm going to start giving now and not only mentally given out, I'm going to set a goal to make more and when I make more, I'm going to give away this month and want to make even more. I'm going to give away this amount and just realize that we live at, we're the we live in the most prosperous time of the world, and yet there's so many people who go without and you can give. He doesn't have to be all the way over here and Ken, you can given your own local community, but you've got to give and you've got to make as much money as you possibly can. Tell. Bless the lives of others to give them the opportunity to turn around and pay it forward. Have an amazing day.
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