Musical Sensation in the Congo


If you’ve ever been tempted to give up on your dreams, watch this video report about the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

You will draw the necessary strength to achieve your goals.

As this 60 Minutes, CBS News story explains, one man, Armand Diangienda, had a dream. He was a laid-off airline pilot who still lives in war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. He simply wanted to start a classical symphony orchestra.

In the eyes of his critics, this Congo native was delusional. This dream was impractical and far-fetched. Why? Because the dreamer had no musical instruments, no music teachers, and worst of all, no musicians. The dreamer couldn’t even read music.

In fact, the dreamer lives in a country considered to be one of the poorest in the world. Violence is rampant. Violins are scarce.

Fast forward. Today, there is a respected, 200-member symphony orchestra in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the only symphony orchestra in central Africa, the only all-black orchestra on the planet.

Yes, this dreamer achieved his aim. Again, here’s a capsule of the original, excellent report, by Bob Simon of the 60 Minutes show. Take a listen.

Now, what is your top goal? Start working on it today. It is achievable.

Here’s the secret that Armand Diangienda would readily share:

Life will always proffer naysayers. Life will always present obstacles.

What should be your response?

Don’t bow. Don’t budge. Don’t buckle.

Follow Diangienda’s model: He studied; he searched, he knocked on doors. He refused to give up. He achieved his goal.

So can you! Let’s get started.

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