Kimanzi Constable on Redefine Rich

Today we welcome Kimanzi Constable into the Spotlight.

Kimanzi Constable

Kimanzi Constable

Kimanzi is a former bread truck driver turned entrepreneur and best-selling author. His story is inspiring and you will love it.

Here’s his story:

I was sleeping three hours a night, I had completely mismanaged money, I had gained one hundred and seventy pounds; honestly, I was a jerk. I felt so stuck. I turned to writing as a way to cope with all of the stress and after a few months, I saw that I had some material. However, I was so far out of touch with my finances, I had to raise $900 by ironing clothes and any odd jobs I could do, in order to start my website. When my first book came out, it flopped. Just when I was about to give up, someone reached out and I was able to help them through a tough time. From there, I saw that my passion was to help people. With this new passion, I set out and relaunched my book. From there, it went on to sell more than 80,000 copies.

Kimanzi what is something that helps you experience richness?

Writing is by far my first love. Getting things out of my head and on to paper is one of my favorite.

It takes understanding what’s broken in order to fix it. Kimanzi, tell us about brokenness?

When all of this was going on, I had the opportunity to speak in Kenya. I had actually lived there for a few years as a child, but as soon as I went back, I was shocked at the poverty I saw. I started thinking about all that I complain about back in the States and how ungrateful I was. Even when it’s rough, it’s so much better than so many people across the world. I came back from that trip completely broken.

Kimanzi, who has invested in you?

A good friend of mine gave me the opportunity to attend a Brendan Brouchard conference at the expense of $10,000. It was at this conference where I learned so much that has helped me to become who I am today. Additionally, it allowed me to network with many people who have helped me along my journey.

“Giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Mya Angelou

Kimanzi, what are you grateful for that most wouldn’t be?

The death of my father in 2012 was really tough. We never had a great relationship, but towards the end of his life, he had so much regret. Before he died he said, “Son, don’t live with regret. Forget about all this stuff. Go and live life.”

When I was younger, my mom moved us to Kenya for a few years and it was really tough, but it taught me a lot.

Lastly, when my wife and I split up, it gave me perspective that woke me up to a lot of different things.

Book of the Day: Victor Frankl’s Man Search for Meaning (affiliate link)

Mt. Haleakala reminds me of the principle: Humble yourself with Confidence, what reminds you of this?

Making this transition has absolutely taught me how to be humble. However, if you have knowledge, you want to be confident and share it.

Kimanzi, what does it mean to you to be rich?

It means truly living; and that doesn’t mean climbing mountains and skydiving, it means not dying with regret. What passions has God placed on your heart? Die chasing those dreams. Don’t live life for material things, live for experiences.

Take a minute to let us know what your dream looks like?

Sunrise at Haleakala

Sunrise at Haleakala


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4 Responses to Kimanzi Constable on Redefine Rich

  1. Jon Stallings October 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi Matt thanks for interviewing Kimanzi. I have been reading his blog fairly regularly for a few months. It was great to hear more of his story. I enjoyed when you discussed finding and enjoying the ordinary of each day. We can make our life and dreams for the future so complicated we miss out on the greatness of the here and now. Something I am still learning.

    • Matt Ham October 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

      Awesome Jon! We kept crossing paths and I eventually said, “I’ve gotta interview this guy!”

      Shoot him a message on Twitter and let him know as well. I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

      I appreciate you being here, Jon!

  2. Shawn Washburn March 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Matt, I just discovered you, your site and podcasts, and I love it. I’ve been passionate about writing for years and just launched my first blog. I love what you’re about and resonate with your messages of humility, helping others, and living richly in the eyes of God. Thanks for sharing your heart and talents.

    • Matt Ham March 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

      Shawn – so glad, brother! Happy to connect with you and I appreciate you stopping by. Please stay in touch!