Est. 09/19/22, The Walk The Talk Teacher Podcast is hosted by me, Nelly Sugu, a teacher experimenting with learning on himself. Of course, I sprinkle in some teaching!
As of the creation of this podcast, I've spent more than ten thousand hours teaching, guiding, and mentoring more than 700 adult students from non-tech backgrounds into becoming software engineers. To verify how bad ass I am at this, go to NELLYSUGU.COM and see for yourself.
Backtrack to 1994, as fate would have it, I found myself living in Rwanda at 4 years old. I survived a whole genocide that ravaged the country and took more than 1M lives (Rwanda at the time had about 8M people). I stayed put in Rwanda for another 14 years. I didn't come to America until I was 19 years old. I never owned a computer until I was 19 years old. Fast forward in 2022, I've impacted more people than I can count. My current count is hovering at near 1000 human beings whose lives I've personally touched/impacted in a positive way.
On one hand, this podcast is my outlet to share all of the lessons learned while:
* Being a first generation African immigrant to America, first of my name.
* Spending 4 years in college majoring in something I never ever wanted to do or knew it existed (like many Africans of my generation, I was bred to amount to either a medical doctor, lawyer or at least get a PhD in some area-even if I didn't care about it).
* Living & studying in America where they only speak English while all my official English training consisted of learning English for 1hr/week or 4hrs/month or 12hrs/semester or 36hrs/year. I.e before coming to America I had only spend a whooping total of 432hrs (of my whole life until then) learning/speaking/using English. To put it in perspective, that is equivalent to 18 days of full 24hrs. Meaning before I came to America to go to school here, I had less than 3 weeks of English, if I had spent all 24hrs in a day just learning/speaking/using English.
* Securing myself a DUI felony as senior in college, spending a night in lock up and trying to apply for my first job out of college (as an international student) with that kind of stellar criminal record.
* Thinking my first job was doing me a favor by hiring me right after college despite my criminal record and immigration status to only find out that I was a $20-40k/year savings hire to them (I worked for them for 4 years).
* Being rejected so many times when applying to jobs to now saying no-thank-you-but-i-can-recommend-someone-else.
* Everything in between
On an other hand, this podcast is both self-therapy for me and an intentional move to strategically position myself to learn new things. This is the first podcast I've ever created, go easy on me.
isMindLocked && isLandLocked
Kinyarwanda segment: 2:46 - 7:44
“Everyone wants to be around you. You give off this positive energy, and it’s infectious. And it’s something I’ve always admired about you. And people can tell. Whether they listen or they spend time with you in person, it’s the same deal. You are authentic and real and true and loyal and honest and just positive and add value to everyone’s life whose path you cross. So, man, I want to thank you for everything you’ve done. For me, for my family, for the country, and I’m just so excited that you are passing these lessons along, experiences along, and helping others, as you mentioned it, naturally so many times (you were just helping others), at every stage of your life and to include now with the Team Performance Institute. So, man, thank you for everything.” Navy Seal Snipper & The Terminal List Author Jack Carr thanking his buddy Jon Sanchez on Danger Close Podcast
(For the programmers, the right conditional to match the theme of this episode should have been an OR instead of AND operator).
Week 1 Day 1
”He had learned a long time ago that some things were worth being afraid of. And some things were not. Things that he had done before and survived did not justify fear. To be afraid of a survivable thing was irrational. And whatever else he was, Reacher knew he was a rational man” - Die Trying by Lee Child
Nelly’s story is inspirational and he is a phenomenal teacher! If you ever thought you couldn’t do something or you thought you needed to settle with what you got, listen to this and get ready to change your mind! Yea stuff gets hard, but as Nelly will say Merry Christmas- jump in, learn from it and make it happen! First episode was amazing, I’m looking forward to what’s next!