Great Ugandans recently had an interview with Arinaitwe Rugyendo, the founder of Red Pepper, a newspaper he founded at the age of 23 years. He is also the brain behind the Young Engineers Project. Our great team came up with a compilation of the 10 great lessons to pick from Rugyendo.

  1. It is best to start when you are young. Your ideas are most pure in your twenties. Face the risks, dare yourself and try something. This is the best time to follow your heart. There’s not much to lose. Even when you fail, you still have your thirties to recover.
  2. Optimism is a must. When you think long enough on something, no matter how hard, no matter how challenging, something great is bound to come off of it. Time vindicates. Time frees one up. So don’t lose the hope, don’t lose the optimism.
  3. The best people have a mix of both worlds, the hard work and the smart work. It is best to have a combination of both. Be smart to know when to work hard. But also work hard so you can afford the luxury of working smart.
  4. Listen to your heart. You already know what you want to do. Don’t let anyone scare you out of anything. You may lose, but at least you listened to your heart and followed its purest of intentions.
  5. Hard ship early on in life becomes the refinery for greatness. Hard ship builds thick skins. It builds resilient personalities. Take your hard ships as a great advantage.
  6. Patience is crucial. Patience is the greatest strategy where there is none. The greatest of investors are patient. The greatest of army commanders are patient. Leverage the gift of patience.
  7. There is no greater virtue that humility. Recognising that the tables can tilt, those at the top can get to the bottom and those at the bottom can climb up. Be good to people on your way up because you will meet them on your way down.
  8. “The outside of one cell may as well be the inside of another” a quote from the trial of Kimathi. Don’t think you are to free while you imprison another. You may as well be in another prison
  9. People should be kind, a little more selfless, there’s no use in greed. The better world is where each of us has an opportunity to do their best and not have someone profiting off others.
  10. Nothing beats the gift of family. Arinaitwe takes his family as one of his greatest gifts.