Never in my wildest dreams did I think that someday I’d be sharing my life story before such a great crowd. I have always kept my life a secret and at some point even thought it was taboo to speak about it in public, not until I realized that the more we share our stories, the more others are able to identify with us and in the process, we encourage each other.
I am the first born of five. We are a family that value education. I believe my parents have impacted this principle in us as they are both teachers. I attended primary school at a young age and I remember being always shy and scared of everyone. I recall a particular incident when in class six where I was so scared to even ask for permission to go for a short call. The teacher in class at that particular moment was our head teacher, well known for his capacity to shout down pupils. I could not imagine myself being a victim, so whatever happened is a story for another day. I am hoping my desk mate at that time is not here because I’m sure he still remembers the incident to date.
I joined high school and despite my shyness, I somehow managed to make a name for myself. I participated in different activities. In games, I played volleyball then later on basketball. I was also active in the music festivals and science congress. Towards the end of my four years, I participated in a beauty pageant and emerged the first runners-up. I cleared high school a celebrity….a huge boost to my confidence.
Having done so well in my favorite subject which happens to be Mathematics, all I could think about was Actuarial Science. My dad being the supportive father he is was more than willing to make it possible to begin my actuarial journey. I joined Maseno University and enrolled for a Bachelors degree in Actuarial Science. Although timid I was open with close friends. I was not affected much by peer pressure because much of my free time was spent with only close friends or smaller groups with common interests. I joined JAZ, a Christian group with different talents such as singing, dancing, writing, and acting. I joined the dance group and together we grew into a tight-knit family. It was an avenue to nurture my social skills.
After my years in the University, I was lucky to get an internship with Jubilee Insurance and a short time after, I was able to secure a short-term contract. A year down the line, I secured a permanent job as an Underwriter in arguably one of the largest insurance companies in East Africa. Being a person of faith, I knew this was God’s doing. How else can you explain the meteoric rise in my career prospects! It’s during this period that I emerged from my cocoon and I discovered interesting things about myself that have continually nudged me to face life with renewed radiance. I can confidently say for sure my life began after campus. I discovered that my hobbies were not just sleeping and reading but I had more to offer life than I possibly thought. It’s safe to say these days I run out of time ….I love swimming, dancing, blogging, modeling and watching movies.
As far as my long-term career development goals are concerned. My career goal right now is to get a chance to work as Business Developer-Health division, take up a senior management position later on and in due time become a CEO with an aim of impacting positively in the insurance industry. I plan to also study a Diploma in Insurance to add to my actuarial degree, grow in the underwriting department and get to a management position. If you are an employer, you should be shortlisting me now. When free I run a personal blog by the name Dollypinky.com, please subscribe and get inspired by my articles. In addition, I am actively pursuing modeling during my free time. I have found interest in this field as it has helped me refine my body language and brought out additional positive aspects in my personality. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter as Dollypinky_chepngetich and get to read my interesting posts which more often than not are accompanied by some good images.
I actively and continuously strive to be a positive thinker and I try to apply the same to my social activities…to inspire myself…to inspire other people, and for this reason I know my future is bright for sure. You will be surprised how humans have ‘thought themselves’ into failure and sadness. The more you ruminate on negative thoughts, the more power you accord them and sooner than later that will be your reality. Every moment we are alive we have a chance to focus on the positive side of life…on the strengths and opportunities, and that way become way better versions of ourselves. One life lesson I have learnt over time is that, if you have a firm grasp of your self-identity, it’s difficult for someone to say or do something that gets your gut.
God has no problem giving you wealth and influence if He knows your influence will not only push you higher but also inspire other people and make the world a better place.
Avoid pessimists, avoid people who undermine you, avoid judgemental people but take critics with a grain of salt and above all remember that if you can dream it, you can do it!
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