Today, I’m pleased and honored to host author, speaker and entrepreneur Laban T. M’mbololo, Esq. I met M’mbololo on Twitter, where he has around 17k followers and counting. He is influential. He is positive. He is generous. He is also a prolific writer. I recently read his book Influence and thoroughly enjoyed it. Be sure to see my review at the end of this interview.
Mr. M’mbololo, welcome. Thank you for joining us today. Please, won’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, Anastasia. I’m an author of 23 books, an influencer and a sales and business expert. I’m determined to write 100 books within the next 4-5 years period. I’m writing now more than ever before.
I absolutely loved Influence. I’d never imagined that what might have been a business manual could be so motivational or conversational. Please, tell us about your philosophy, writing, and publications.
I have a simple philosophy, “you can get what you want in life if you help enough people get what they want.” Many poets, writers and authors want to propel their work into the limelight and I use social media platforms to achieve this and in return they support my work. Sam Walton used the same philosophy and became the World’s richest man between 1982-1988. I write very early in the morning between 3-5am. This is a good time because I can concentrate on my writing and put my thoughts together on paper without the interruption of phone calls, status updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well as daytime meetings. I have so far published 5 books and also write business articles for several magazines in the USA, East Africa and the Far East.
How is it possible to maintain a personal life, a writing career, and a social media presence such as yours? Do you keep things separate or is that not necessary?
Discipline and focus are key here. For example when you’re with the family, completely focus on that, and when playing golf just focus on that and don’t even talk about business. It’s important to attain focus in whatever you’re doing. Most people mix work and play, when they are at work they’re thinking about family and when with family they’re thinking about work. They’re not concentrating, and therefore they’re not effective on either. You can’t mistake movement for achievement; therefore it’s important to segment these roles into compartments to be effective.
As a writer, I have to ask: do you have any specific advice for authors and other creatives who want and need to focus on their craft rather than sales and yet need the sales?
Your success will be determined by the quality, quantity and the spirit of service you render. I use a simple formula QQS to demonstrate this and money is the yardstick of its measurement. Most authors and creatives will tell you that they want to make money, without fully understanding this law. It’s therefore imperative to begin off with exceptional quality; ensure the book content or whatever you’re creating is great, then get good graphics designed for the cover and a catchy title is a plus, combined with 2,300% growth over the internet per year, should get you sales for your books, art, wares or whatever you’re selling to your ultimate consumers.
Any final words of advice or something you would like to share with us?
Simply put, never settle. Never stop improving your manuscript or first talk you gave, always make sure it’s recorded and go over it again and again. This exercise will improve the quality of your content and you will begin to get more confident at your craft, trade or profession, or whatever it is that you do for a living. The moment you stop learning and become contented, it begins to impede your growth into the outstanding person you were born to be.
That sounds like great advice to me! Thank you. Before we go, what are you working on now?
Expect 4-5 Economic Crisis during your lifetime and what’s more? I’m working on a book that will accurately predict when the next crisis will happen, and it will happen, so that we are not caught unawares like during this covid-19 pandemic that has shuttered not only the worlds economy, entire industries and businesses but also the most important of all, people’s lives.
looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing your time with us today, Laban T. M’mbololo, Esq. Wishing you all the best!
Laban T. M’mbololo began his writing journey way back in grade school where he always emerged tops and got special recognition for good composition writing. This went on into high school, and he went on to assume the mantle of leadership of the journalism club as its chairman.
M’mbololo’s first literary works, Influence: The Secret of Selling fueled his passion to pen down 100 books within a span of 4-5 years, owing to inspiration he received from renowned authors, notable personalities in academia, business, government and industry, who acclaimed the book a “Masterpiece”.
M’mbololo is also an Influencer and Voice #1 of Sales, Entrepreneurship and Financial Independence. He speaks on National TV on issues affecting a high-octane business environment. M’mbololo has been featured on “This Week in America with Ric Bratton”, various podcasts and conducted webinars with renowned personalities on financial independence and also writes business articles for PenPenny.com, UnwokeMagazine.org and other periodicals.
M’mbololo comes with a strong academic background with accreditations from the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR), British Computer Society (BCS), Royal Society for Promotion of Health (RSPH), Study House, U.K. among others.
He now resides in Kenya, a leading tourist destination where he enjoys writing and exotic beaches. His children live and study in Manchester, U.K. and often visit to take advantage of the summer holidays, and enjoy the wonderful tropical climate, spectacular scenery and wildlife.
M’mbololo enjoys networking with people outside his industry to appreciate how they resolve issues in their sector. His hobbies include walking in the forest or the beach, reading science fiction, listening to contemporary gospel, podcasts and participating in charitable events.
Please enjoy an excerpt from Mr. M'mbololo's book, Why are Dumb People RICHER than You. My book review of Influence follows, along with links to his other books.
Excerpt: Why are Dumb People RICHER than You?
pages 78-79, Plain-Old Dumb Luck
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few moments of misfortune and chastisement could place wasted years of a vigorous fight on a downward spiral, and a few minutes of good luck could save you a stupendous amount of indefatigable hard work.
According to Prof. Richard Wiseman a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, CSICOP fellow and author of The Luck Factor, Barnett Helzberg Jr. was considered as a lucky man. By 1994 he had been able to establish an immeasurably prosperous chain of jewellery business outlets, which boasted annual turnovers to the tune of about US$300 million. On one fine morning while walking past New York’s Plaza hotel, a woman called out aloud the name, “Mr. Buffett” to the man just right beside him and he overheard it. Helzberg battled within himself as to whether the man could have been Warren Buffett–one of the most prosperous investors in Northern America. Neither had he previously met him however, he had read about Buffett and the factors or financial scope he considers on acquisition of a company;
i) Durable competitive advantage over a considerable period of time.
ii) Honest to goodness and able management—because he won’t manage it himself.
iii) Purchase price which is not excessive and looking out for exceptions.
Helzberg had then-turned sixty, and had considered selling off; when it occurred to him that indeed it could be the ideal company Buffett would take delight in. Helzberg seized the opportunity and crossed over to meet the stranger and made an introduction of himself. It then happened that indeed the man was Warren Buffett, and the fortuitous meeting turned immensely fruitful because about a year later down the line Buffett made an initial offer to acquire the chain of stores. And all this took place as a result of him walking down on a street in New York and a woman yelling out his name.
The story of Helzberg is a classic tale that demonstrates the influence of luck in business dealings. Nonetheless, good fortune rolls out in all facets of our lives and indeed plays an integral part.
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Book Review: Influence, by Laban T. M'mbololo, Esq.
"You will acknowledge the fact that today will never come back again, and therefore it’s vital that we value our time, arise early, and start well and accomplish what we set out to do every day." – Laban T. M’mbololo, Influence
Good how-to books succeed in teaching us how to do something -- obviously. The best how-to books also inspire, encourage, empower. Laban T. M’mbololo’s book Influence does all of those things and more. It’s a call to action.
I bought the book hoping for a few social marketing tips, at first unsure if it was the right choice for me. I don’t think of myself as a business- or salesperson. I had to smile when I read the first few lines of Chapter One.
"For those who have the notion that generation of sales revenue is meant for salespeople, reflect again! We all engage in the art of generating sales at one point or another."
It’s true! Whether it’s a product, a service, a charity, an idea, we all find ourselves trying to sell something now and again, probably more often than we realize. So, how do we gain and keep customers, followers, allies?
According to Laban T. M'mbololo, it’s all about communication and relationships. What an extraordinarily worthy approach to business and life.
In a relaxed and engaging style – showing he practices what he teaches -- Mr. M’mbololo details how it’s to be done. He also shares guidelines on how to get the most out of our personal lives, gently steering us towards setting priorities, taking care of ourselves, and finding a balance in life.
In the end, he brings it all full circle, demonstrating that it is a circle. Success must begin within each of us and extend to outward connections.
The author writes from experience, with authority and knowledge of his subject. He clearly delineates what's important for success. I can think of so many wonderful quotes from this book that I might just have to make myself a cheat sheet to keep close at hand. I’ll leave you with one of my favorites.
"The purposes and intents shouldn’t be a go-getter, but rather a go-giver, focusing more on others than you."
Words of the wise, indeed. Many thanks, Mr. M’mbololo.
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Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy that does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. – Gibran Khalil Gibran