Dec 14, 2020
Boiki Keaitaya knew his blood pressure was high. High
blood pressure ran in his family and took his mom’s life. But,
Boiki also had a job he loved, so he worked. Then, during a routine
checkup, his doctor bluntly asked him what he was going to do about
his high blood pressure. Ultimately, Boiki made the difficult
decision to retire. Consequently, this decision caused dissent in
his family and left Boiki feeling hurt and rejected. He returned to
his home country of Botswana and eventually his family
relationships healed. Now Boiki inspires others to live their best
lives. He’s written several books and two Manifestos. Finally,
Boiki recommends we define our own success, In addition, he
suggests we write our own personal Manifesto and read it every
morning as a reminder on how we chose to live our
- Emily and Boiki met through Mark Bowness’ We Build Tribes
- Boike is just starting his
tribe and his facebook group is called
Daily Inspiring Tips.
- Boiki became a math teacher once he graduated from
- Later in his career, he moved to a position in
- There is a history of high blood pressure on
Boiki’s side of the family.
- Unfortunately, his mother passed away from high
- In addition, all but one of his siblings has high
- Also, when Boiki was a teacher, he managed his high
blood pressure with medicine.
- Then, once he started working in human resources,
his blood pressure became an issue.
- However, he was oblivious to it and focused on his
work, which he loved.
- Consequently, his blood pressure was taking a toll
on his health.
- When Boiki went to the doctor for a routine visit,
his blood pressure was high.
- His doctor sat him down and asked him directly:
“What are you going to do about your high blood pressure?”
- She also told him he needed to lose weight.
- Boiki knew he was overweight and he was still
relying on medication to keep his blood pressure under
- Also, he wasn't meditating or doing anything other
than taking medication for his blood pressure.
- He was working and focused his energy on the job he
- After meeting with his doctor, Boiki went to work
but the conversation weighed on his mind.
- Boiki realized he had to sit down and reflect on
whether staying on the job was sustainable for him
- After 3-4 weeks, Boiki decided to retire to protect
- Six months into retirement, Boiki suffered from
another health issue.
- Boiki then moved to his home
- When he arrived, he experienced conflict with his
extended family and siblings.
- In Botswana, working for the government is like
working for Google in the U.S.
- His family was upset that he left a job of such
- So, for the first time, Boiki felt extremely
- Also, his family wanted nothing to do with him and
he lost his sense of belonging.
- Boiki was not skilled at handling family
- He felt like a reject and had low self
- His family’s words were very painful.
- In addition, he had no tools or skills to manage
- He was hurting.
- Ultimately, he and his family found the peace they
- It took Boiki a while to realize that, even though
he wasn’t working for the government, he wasn’t useless.
- After spending four years in his home village,
Boiki felt healed. So, he went back to city to start
- He’s been writing a lot to deal with his
- He’s written two books and his Manifestos guide
- He decided to define success for
- Boiki reads his Manifestos every
- Boiki says the San People, or Bushmen don't have
high blood pressure.
- They have simple needs and are the best people on
- When he returned to the city and looked around,
Boiki noticed that the people are stressed.
- He wrote a Manifesto to show how one can best
- Indecision becomes decision. It's your life - live
- Do what you want to do - not what others want you
- Finally, write your own personal Manifesto.