BenStar Books Ltd

BenStar Books Ltd



BenStar Books Ltd is a privately owned company that writes, publishes, sells, imports and exports Books: Academic, Church and Business Books.


To engage in changing people’s perception through the renewal of minds therein preparing and equipping them for acceptance of all riches of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. MISSION
To elevate the financial welbeing of the Nations. PURPOSE
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be ri

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Success lessons from Safaricom CEO who never went to university.

Robert (Bob) Collymore is the CEO of Safaricom Kenya. One of fastest growing and finest multinational company in the sub saharan Africa. He never went to university because he wasn't eligible for funding.

He is one of the highest paid CEO's in the region, earning over 10 million kenyan shillings (280 million UgX) per month. He believes university education doesnt determine ones success in life. Here are some lessons from the Safaricom CEO in his own words.

1- University education is not everything.

He believes university education prepares many people for paper qualifications. We stuff ourselves into universities, then we come out and there is very little difference between us and all the other people who also did the same. In this time and era, if your not always on the lookout for knowlege, you'll be left behind.

The advances we are seeing in technology, artificial intelligence and robotics. I do not have to go to school to learn about it. I can learn about it because the resources are there. I can buy a book on Amazon in two clicks.

So get into continuous learning instead of relying on the old things you learnt in university – things have moved on.

2- Be adaptable

I have done many different types of jobs but I never anticipated that I would become the CEO of a telecommunications company in Africa.

Just because you went to university and studied law doesn't mean you become a lawyer.

You need to go into the world knowing that what you learnt in the university was how to learn. You must be adaptive.

3- There is no shortcut, work hard

Millennials (this generation) believe that once you get employed, it will take you a matter of weeks before you get the corner office and get the land cruiser.

We forget that in all ages, especially in this one, everything takes time. Whether you want to become a basketball player or a CEO, have a successful business, you have to put in the hours.

My earnings are not a secret to Kenyans, but you can see that at the ripe old age of 59, I am not hugely wealthy, compared to other people.

But do I consider myself a failure? Of course not. I do not want to find a shortcut to riches because they are not the goal. Unfortunately, a lot of people think there is a shortcut to it. You have to work hard.

4- Be hungry
Grab opportunities. Opportunities sometimes present themselves only once and you have to grab them.

Because at later stages, what you regret is not the things you did, but the things you did not do. All my regrets are of things I did not do.

Luck also has a big role to play, so again, don't sniff at luck. When luck presents itself, just take it. When you get a good fortune, just take it.

5- Learn the art of gratitude
We tend not to be grateful these days. Be grateful for what you have. If you wrote down the things that you are grateful for, you would be amazed.

Grateful people are much more agreeable than people who grow up thinking about how they did not get a break.

If I look at my own background, coming from a broken family, a single mother, being the only black kid in the school that I went to in the UK, not going to university - there is a whole lot of things that I can stack up and say are all the reasons I should not be doing the job I am doing today.

If I had let them hold me back, I would still be working in a shop like I used to.

6- Lose the sense of entitlement
I never had the sense that I could not work in the shops because I had completed my A-levels. I was a delivery chap delivering furniture, I used to stack shelves – I never imagined I was too good for any job.

I did a lot of things and I said, "It's a job. I will do it and I will take my lessons from each and every one of those jobs."

If you look at how I engage with people working in shops when I go shopping, my interaction with them is shaped by that experience because I walked in those shoes. I worked behind that checkout. I know how dehumanising people can treat you sometimes.

I hold those people with huge admiration and respect. Don't have a sense of entitlement. You are never too good for anything.

You are never too good to sweep floors and all. That is the thing about opportunities. They may not present themselves as you expect them to.

7- Move with the times

We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, where we are looking at the internet for everything. The fourth industrial revolution plays to older people because it makes things easier for us.

However, it does not play to young people because it will definitely take away jobs. In Africa, we need to create about a million jobs every month, which is about 10 to 15 million jobs every year. That is a huge number.

That's a scary thought and it is because that's how fast the population is growing.
Foxconn, the people who make the iPhone, reduced their workforce by half because of robotics.

In Africa, we have a narrow opportunity to take some of the manufacturing from China, but that opportunity is not going to be there for long. We should be grabbing those opportunities now.

What we are seeing is that the people grabbing those opportunities are from places like Vietnam, so if we do not grab them now, by the time we come around we will be out of the game.

8- Are your skills important in today's world?

Get to the front of the curve. Read. I always tell my team, "I mustn't know more about stuff than you. You have to be smarter than me.

If you aren't smarter than me, then why would I need to hire you?" You need to stay ahead of the curve and there is no excuse for not doing it because everything is online these days. You need to ensure that you are skilled to do the jobs that exist today.

If you ask how many people getting out of the university today are familiar with things like artificial intelligence and data analytical skills, they are very few. Many of them write letters to me asking me to give them a job since they have a Bachelor's Degree in communication. I do not need that.

However, if you have data analytical skills, I will hire you today. Young people, therefore, need to move away from the trend of wanting to have a BCom degree or becoming a lawyer. With the 4th industrial revolution, it is not just blue collar jobs that will disappear. Many white collar jobs will also disappear.

You are not going to need lawyers to do everything they do today. A lot of it is very laborious and you can get a machine to do it. The same goes for investment analysts. You will get a machine that can trade much faster than human beings can trade. A machine can trade 24 hours a day and can trade by the second.

9- Study what the market needs

Young people need to become familiar with the challenges that the world is facing and the opportunities that are there.

The biggest mistake we make is that we have what I call the 'Kiosk Mentality'. So if I am a hawker and I am selling oranges and the neighbouring hawker is selling bananas and she sells more bananas today, guess what I am going to do tomorrow?

I will sell bananas! You see that mentality even in the construction of shopping malls. I have been here for about seven years and suddenly there is a shopping mall everywhere, but now there are empty shopping malls everywhere.

Go and create your own space. Don't just copy what someone else does. Study what the market needs.

10- Fix the problem

I spend a lot of time with young investors. Sometimes I will be in London or New York and someone stops me and tells me about their start up in Kenya. What is disappointing is that these people often come from San Fransisco and Silicon Valley.

They came to Kenya, looked at the problem and thought of a way to solve it. The biggest example is probably M-Kopa. It was started by a Canadian, Jesse Moore, and Nick Hughes, a Briton.

They looked at simple problems, sat in my office one day about seven years ago and said that the problem was that people do not have access to grid electricity and they thought they could fix that problem. So they did, by making M-Kopa solar.

Young people need to be doing that. Don't go and make another M-Kopa solar, because it has already been made. It's like Jack Ma says - China is not going to have another Jack Ma because they already have one.

They don't need anymore. Go redefine the market and fix those problems. It's not about being smart – it's about being relevant. Go fix the problem. Problems are everywhere. Look at them and think, "How do I tackle that problem?" not "How do I copy what he did?"

11- You aren't perfect

If you are 100 per cent perfect, then you are not trying hard enough. You are not doing enough things.

My predecessor, Michael Joseph, once said to me, "Look, just make decisions. If 60 percent of your decisions are right, then you will probably be doing better than me." And he was right.

We make a lot of wrong decisions, but it means we are trying. A little under 1 out of 2 of your decisions will be wrong and that is OK because it means you are trying new things.

12- Read, read and read some more
This speaks to continuously learning. Even now, I probably get through two or three books in a month, to try and keep myself ahead of the curve. If I am not travelling a lot, then I read more.

Right now I'm reading The Devil's Bargain by Joshua Green and The Net and the Butterfly by Olivia Fox.

I tend to read two or three books at the same time so that if I get bored with one, I can pick up the other.

Well you've heard it from the man himself, I remember the day he came to Uganda as the guest speaker for Pakasa Forum. It was great presentation. I had a one minute to say thanks after the presentation in which I had asked him a question, and he said," that wa a brilliant question."




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[09/08/16]   The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7)

We have a choice to make individually: to be among the rich lenders or among the poor servants.

Which is your choice?

[09/07/16]   The blessing of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow (Proverbs 10: 22)

[09/07/16]   Money is God's idea. In fact contrary to popular view; God made money!.

Many people say "man made money and money made man mad" .This is not true because all the money in the world is God's. This is why we do not burry the rich with their money.
(Of course there is man made money but this is a topic for another day)
"All the silver and gold belong to me" Hagai 2:8 is evidence that Man did not make money.
Stay blessed

[09/07/16]   You can't have bread without money. This suggests we have to be in possession of money.
Does the same Bible teach us on how to get this money?
We will, together with you, learn how to make money.
Let us continue to feed body and spirit by serving our readers with both bread and the word.

[09/05/16]   Man lives on two things;
1. The word
2. Bread

On this page, we are concentrating more on bread as other ministers concentrate more on the word.
Our aim is to serve both the word and bread: not emphasising one against the other.
Let us feed the whole; in body, soul and spirit. When we overemphasise spirit yet ignore soul and body, we live poorly unbalanced lives.
Let us go on and invest, work, sell, market, plant and generally make money which is the essential for buying bread.
We are dedicated to raising investors, business people, entrepreneurs and billionaires in the body of Christ.
So let us start and preach the spiritual without ignoring the soul and body because man lives on both bread and the word.

Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord (Luke 4:4)

[09/03/16]   Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependant on anybody. (1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12 NIV)

Financial independence should be our goal as New Testament believers. On this page and through our books this topic is emphasized. Let us strive for it.

[09/03/16]   But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he aware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. (Deuteronomy 8: 18 KJV)

[08/29/16]   Let us strive to leave an inheritance by setting and implementing longterm plans which take care to cover the generations that are to come.

A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:22 NIV)

[08/20/16]   Who are the billionaires?

How do they look like? How do they dress? What kind of cars, houses, businesses, friends, assets, investments, food, prayers, families, hobbies, talents, wisdom, anointing, education and possessions do they have?

By the way the answers to the above questions have shocked me! Let us endeavor to study them together because they are the topic l have picked interest in these days?

The good news is that it is possible for one to possess what the billionaires have? I am compiling my discoveries into books for others to read.


1. How does a person like Bill gates become the richest man in the world?

2. How do people born in poverty become extremely rich?

3. How can one join the ranks of the rich?

4. Is it possible for common people - like you and me - to become billionaires?

5. What does it take for one to grow from zero into a billionaire?

[08/18/16]   How can we make it to the highest levels in financial achievement? I mean how can one become a millionaire, billionaire or trillionaire?

[08/17/16]   How can a poor man make his way to riches? How can a cheat make his way to faithfulness? How can a sinner become a saint? How can the destitute become a testimony?

Have you ever wondered how people make it to the top? I have, many times.

On this page we will continually write about and discover how it is done. Our books aid one to become a successful minister, investor, business person, entrepreneur and billionaire.

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word (Psalms 119:9)

[08/15/16]   Today l woke up to the news that another record has been broken in Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
South Africa's Wayde Van Niekerk broke Michael Johnson's 17 year old 400M world record to a 43.03 new record!
This teaches me that records can surely be broken.( my sister Lenah would say a big Amen to this). We need to break the records earlier set in our own lives, families, relationships and nation.
You can set the record as the first athlete, professional, minister, investor, faithful partner or billionaire in your family.
Simply set yourself a target and go for it at all cost. My question to you today is: What record do you desire to set in your family?

[08/12/16]   Welcome to the place of big thinkers, big dreamers, big pursuers, big seekers and big planners.
We believe in big things: big businesses, big investments, big ministries, big testimonies and big stakes.
Our books are meant to guide us into achieving big things. If you are a small thinker, this is the opportunity to enlarge your territory.
God bless you as you read.


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