#50years50lessons Dr. Githinji Gitahi FORWARD Early in 2020, I was having a conversation with my wife Kagendo on But reﬂecting back, certain values, experiences, and behaviors in what it really means to turn 50. We both agreed that it was a signiﬁcant concert got me where I found myself as I turned 50. It was clear that it’s milestone that warranted celebration. She had grand ideas on this set of values, experiences, and behaviors that I needed to reﬂect organizing a photoshoot, I think to signal the end of my youthfulness. upon. It was this set that I needed to document and best if the outcomes of my reﬂections were alongside my wife’s imagery of the end You know, turning 50 years is a big deal! On one hand, it can be halfway of my youthfulness. to a life of 100 years or a three-quarter way to an average life expectancy of 67 years. This is why the light conversation developed I'm so honored that so many of you engaged with me directly and into my contemplating on what it really means to be 50 years old. Now through social media as I shared the lessons, and that you found them thinking back to that time, what really struck me was the question 'How valuable. You shared stories of your own, debated some, and shared did I get here?" There was the obvious life trajectory through physical many of them across all platforms and it wasn't long before I started to growth, friendships, relationships, fatherhood...all equalizing biological receive requests for a book. This is why we have shared this PDF with aspects, but there are other values, experiences, and behaviors that set you, as I conclude my 50th year and turn 51. How time ﬂies when me off on my leadership journey. you're having fun and living with purpose. Having been born in a rural village in Othaya, Nyeri, to a mother of nine, These lessons have inspired the next journey of learning and growth; with no media exposure and very little exposure to the outside world not in the form of training or teaching, but in facilitating authentic beyond my village, I was of low, local ambition. At one point, access to leadership conversations, because I truly believe that we all have our bread was my biggest ambition, and my career desire was to own a own sets of values and experiences that we can all share and learn bakery so that I would have an endless supply of bread for my own from. consumption. I can't claim to have had a well-thought-out plan, or a premeditated career path. My leadership journey started with Welcome to the future of authentic leadership conversations. cumulative learning from interactions and relationships with my family, community, colleagues; but it was the relationship with my mother that I Visit www.theleadershipdialogues.com attribute the greatest character development. Register to our database to receive updates. Photo credits: Michael Murage Murimi & Kagendo Githinji's archive.