Running Into The Fog

Jesse Ntihemuka

December 7, 2021

As a teenager, Jesse Ntihemuka immigrated from Rwanda to the United States at the age of 14, in pursuit of his dream of playing in the NBA. When his body (through injuries) had other ideas for him, Jesse pivoted his mindset to pursue higher education. His college experience is coming to a close in the near future, and he is preparing to go pro within the intersections of finance and technology. In today’s episode, Jesse dives into his realities of being an immigrant in America pursuing his dreams.

When it comes to his goals, Jesse isn’t motivated by money or power. Instead, Jesse motivates himself with a positive mindset and the intention to create change. Whether it's in basketball, his MBA program, or working as an intern, Jesse is deeply committed to showing up prepared and eager to learn. Starting a career is nerve-wracking, but Jesse is optimistic about the future of technology and his role in improving the quality of life for his family in Rwanda. 

Join the Johnson Brothers on this week’s episode of Running Into the Fog for a conversation with Jesse Ntihmuka. Learn about the importance of meaningful work, the role of a good support system, and Jesse’s plans that will guide him to success. 



• “Meaningful work for me is being able to work my hardest and reach the highest level I can.” (12:22-12:31)

• “What really sets me apart is the amount of time and the amount of preparation that I put in everything.” (18:36-18:47)

• “I try to show that I've put in some work, but I’m always willing and open to learning more.” (21:20-21:27)

• “I’m still trying to learn what it takes to build a business here. I know it takes a lot, and I’m certainly ready to take it on because I see myself doing something entrepreneurial in the future.” (31:58-32:15)

• “I’m happy that I've had a support system with me the whole time to always motivate me and help put me on the path where I can reach my potential.” (36:33-36:44)

• “I'm looking forward to that learning curve, especially with new technologies and how fast it's evolving. I hope to not just keep pace with it, but try and stay ahead of it to exploit some of the opportunities that may present themselves.” (40:06-40:24)



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