“Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains, and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds; whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes. So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs. The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there. And they returned from spying out the land after forty days. Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless, the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.””
Numbers 13:5-33 NKJV
We were like grasshoppers in our own sight!!!!! What? When I read this, it hit me like a ton of bricks! You were like grasshoppers in your own sight? Really? Actually the statement says, ‘… and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.’ So because you were like grasshoppers in your own sight, you became or at least you thought you were like grasshoppers in your enemy’s sight.
Six years ago, a friend (You can find him at www.arihokamara.com) and I started an ad agency. Just like many Ugandan businesses, our beginning was a very humble one. It was just the two of us with our laptops. We rented a very small office at Akamwesi Complex on Port bell road. It was the smallest office on offer. I had just walked away from a good job and my salary had shrunk to 6% of what it was (My wife is very gracious. J) because that is what we could afford to pay ourselves and remain open for business. Before starting this company, we used to do a lot of freelance work that involved going to work in people’s offices, internet cafes and restaurants with good wi-fi connections. This is where the name ‘Nomad’ came from.
Over the years, the business has grown a great deal. We’ve had some wins and losses. We’ve made some money and lost some as well. We’ve employed a few people, some have stayed, others have played their part and left. We’ve bid for lots of business and got it. We’ve also bid for lots of business and lost it to another agency. In fact I think we’ve lost more bids than we have won. Clients have come and left but the business has stayed and its growing steadily.
One thing I’ve learnt a long way the way is to always have a good perspective of myself, our team at Nomad and our ability to do a great job. We might still be a small agency/business in some people’s eyes but when we present our creative work and ideas, we definitely give the big boys a run for their money. Why? Because we dared not to look at ourselves as grasshoppers. We have a giant perspective of who we are, what we can do and where we are going.
Do you have a giant or grasshopper perspective of yourself?
If you want to read more about our business, you can find us at www.thenomad.agency.