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Why Ruto’s Gratitude Will Win Him The Presidency 2022

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William Samoei Ruto, who cuts a trademark wide smile, is a great self-made politician. His succession of Mr Kenyatta, is just such a manifestation of a man on the high rise. Born on 21st of December 1966, in Sambu village, Kamagut in at the backyard of Moi once knows as the political giraffe, he first saw the chalk board at Sambut Primary school before joining Eldoret’s Wareng Secondary School, Kapabet Boys High School and later University of Nairobi. The kingmaker, as some analysts have labelled as the charismatic politician, is at his political pick, a journey he started when he was just in his 20s.

As fate would have it, it is a Nairobi University, an ambitious Ruto, despite his humble background, was elected to lead the University Christian Union Choir. A sworn member of the African Inland Church, Ruto has remained a teetotaler to date, something that many critics attribute his undistracted energies. However many can argue that it this tricks that he learned when still young that has kept him at top of his game to-date.

While it may appear too soft and squishy to associate a strategy that an elite athlete would use as they approach a gold medal match, or, a manager might pull out of their quiver when faced with the pressure of disruption or change, the practice of gratitude is game-changing for the skillful management of emotions. That’s what the politicians flourish in. While working with these groups who face extreme pressure situations, what is clear is that once they understand what the practice is and how it impacts their brains; it is one of the power tools that many find the most benefit from.

I may consider that there are other significant benefits of regularly practicing gratitude that include having a stronger immune system, less depression, experiencing more joy, optimism, and happiness, and having stronger relationships and more generous behavior. Who wouldn’t want a culture imbued with this? No one, and this is exactly what the presidential hopeful is practicing. Having this in mind, we have seen him defending his academic qualifications and more so encouraging those students facing exams, literally sharpening their pencils.

The fact that he will beat his opponent squarely is present in all households, he has managed to keep off from the political battle however maintained a relevance approach over the country. The free airtime for the period of one week will come in handy in terms of general publicity when it goes to the ballot. The biggest barrier for people practicing appreciation or gratitude is that they think it will make them soft. They will not make the difficult decisions that impact people. That is not what I see in practice. What I see are individuals who are better able to manage their brain and emotions under pressure and are able see options to a situation that may or may not include making a tough decision about people or priorities.

Ruto is more sensitivity and empathy toward other people, and is less likely to retaliate against others, I know that many won’t agree with me, and likewise a part of me tell me otherwise however he has managed to keep that under the radar even when given negative feedback. Think about the value of feedback for a nation needing to innovate and be more agile. The potential consequences of retaliation and an unskillful reaction to feedback, acts to impair many teams from giving feedback, cutting off critical information from the system and diminishing adaptation. Politicians and leaders ought to be more resilient. We are seeing a new-found appreciation for the importance of resilience and grit for nations facing significant disruption and change. The practice of gratitude is a key driver of resilience and the ability to bounce back from setbacks, and this describes no one else apart from Samoei.  

On the other hand, I think Kenyans are also deficient in the awareness that they need to work on this politicians-citizens relationship themselves. I hold a very peculiar position because I’m a Kenyan in Diaspora, and I hear a lot of Kenyans not caring enough about the suffering of the young African soldiers, not expressing enough sympathy. And I find this very puzzling and very unpleasant because, after all, these are sacrifices being made by fore fathers for us. So I think on both sides there’s an element of negligence toward that relationship.

In the end Ruto thinks it’s possible to keep a healthy relationship unless you show that you care about a person, or a group of people, on a continuing basis. You cannot simply feed off a fund of gratitude. It has to be replenished. And similarly, as I say, in the case of the Kenyans, they must have much more sympathy and empathy for the fact that young people are building up this country, suffering heat and deprivation, and dying and being maimed by the young, not the old guards.

Appreciation or gratitude can be practiced in many areas and for many things, but in the workplace, it is one of the most important brain based tools to power performance. Good luck William good luck.

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