How Philip Murgor dumped his Sh5000 job for a startup

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Philip Murgor

Working as a government officer, a young up and coming lawyer Philip Murgor was earning just Sh5000, a month, a very miserable income.

He decided that he was going to do something about it, something pretty risky. He borrowed about Sh200,000 which he used to rent an office and ventured into the legal enterprise.

Almost gave up

It was not easy; he went around looking for clients without any success. The now decorated and respected lawyer was almost giving up in the second year as his office was almost being taken back since he was not going to be able to afford it anymore as little if any revenue was coming in.

But just before he closed shop, he held on a little bit and he caught a large fish. He landed a client who changed his business and his life altogether. He could not mention the client but one of his key clients was former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Closed shop

The deal was so good that it literally launched his career afresh and set him up for major businesses including representing the government in major cases such as the Goldenberg scandals and several others that have since made a name for him.

In most entrepreneurs lives, there is always that major client who comes in and turns things around forever.


Following his stellar performance in the preceding suits the Narc government would later appoint Philip Murgor as Director of Public prosecutions pushing him to the zenith of his career.

Mr Murgor who is now eyeing the presidential office said it was a major turning point for his career and that the risk was worth it. Sometimes quitting and staying makes all the difference in life.

Many successful entrepreneurs’ journeys actually mirror what happened to Mr Murgor, in most cases the major successes are normally struck just before dawn after a long night sometimes more than two years of utter darkness.

However this does not mean that one should not change course when things are not working out. It is always good to be dynamic and try tweaking something to fit the changing market, which is different from giving up.

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