If I’ve said this before then I’m saying it again for emphasis: succeed in silence. Why? Because: 1. Not everyone wants to see you succeed, so they’ll want to stand in your way of success. 2. Not everyone will understand your journey, so they’ll try to discourage you. 3. Not every successful person wants you to be a success, so they will try to keep you down instead of helping you up to reduce competition. The safest way to attain your success is with quiet precision, making positive strides towards your goal every day. To quote Frank Ocean, "Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise”. Go on out and succeed in silence. Be Ignited. Be Inspired. Be Influenced. Become the best version of yourself you can ever be.
Think about when you visit a seamstress with an aim of getting yourself a new outfit done. What do you do? You either go to her with a pre-determined design in your mind, or with one already in your hand or on your phone. Why? Because there is no way she will be able to come up with an outfit for you without a design to follow. And so it is with life. The only way you will ever be able to create the life you want is if you first see it in your mind. You cannot produce what you don't see. You cannot create something you have no idea about. You have to create it first in your mind before you replicate it in real life. Think about it. Anything you ever did and succeeded in doing first started in your mind then it became a reality. If it was getting married to your spouse, you must have thought about this happening before you approached her, and she must have thought about being your wife before accepting your proposal. What about the house you are building? Did you just wake up and start... [Continue reading]
Yes it does. It requires time to practice, time to make mistakes, time to try again until you get it right. And even after you get it right, you still have to continue practicing because if you don't then you become complacent and eventually end up losing the edge you had while you were practicing. Then you have to start all over again, which requires even more time. Whatever it is you are planning on doing, whatever it is you've set your sights or focus on, keep trying, keep bettering yourself until you hit the bullseye. Not once but as many times as you need to in order to stay on top of your game. Nothing comes easy. Success doesn't just happen. Maintaining a position of success does not just happen. It requires a lot of sacrifice in terms of time, energy and other resources not only to succeed but also to retain/maintain that success. The reason why most people are one-hit wonders when it comes to succeeding in something is because once they achieve success in that thing, they... [Continue reading]
90% of the things I have accomplished in my adult life are as a result of being linked to someone who has been instrumental in helping me achieve them. Either they directed me to the right person(s) or they advised me on the right way to approach the issue at hand. I have gotten great positive results 100% of the times I have gone to visit someone after being introduced to them by a person with a higher authority or someone with a higher clout than them. Now whether this is done willingly or grudgingly that's another story all together. This is the power of a network. So here are my thoughts about creating a (winning) network.... We all need someone with broader shoulders (figuratively speaking) on whom to stand in order to see further than we can when standing on our own. I have read lots of books (still reading) listened to many successful people and even met some in person, but I am yet to meet anyone who has made it to the top just by themselves without the help of someone else.... [Continue reading]
It is as simple as the title reads. There is no challenge that was ever accepted that never brought change to the challengee (is there such a word?). According to one version of the English dictionary, the word challenge has been defined as, "the situation of being faced with something that needs great mental or physical effort in order to be done successfully and therefore tests a person's ability". Another version says, "A challenge is something new and difficult which requires great effort and determination." The two definitions above can be translated to mean that a challenge is something that can only be overcome by changing one's mentality from an old one to a new one in order to get the desired result. There is a famous Einstein quote that says, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." In other words, the key to overcoming challenges is change. For one to successfully overcome challenges, there are a few elements one must posses... [Continue reading]
What's the spelling of time? In my world, it is N-O-W i.e. NOW. Now is the only time you have because as you already know, yesterday is gone and tomorrow is yet to come. Stephen R. Covey said something very profound; "The key is not spending it but investing in time." Why did he say that? Becasue there are people who "spend" their time doing useless, meaningless things that add no value to their lives. As a matter of fact, those things devalue their life. According to my understanding of the word spend, when you spend something it means you will never get it back again. It's gone for good. On the other hand when you "invest" in something, it means at one point in life it will give you some returns. May not be now or tomorrow, but eventually it will. So when you invest in your time, you are sure you will get some returns out of it. So, how do you invest in time? Here are some 5 pointers that you can apply? Never let a minute of your time go idle. Take advantage of your passive time to... [Continue reading]
Today you reaped (or will reap) whatever you did because sometime in the past you planted some seeds that have now borne you some returns. What you probably don’t realize is that some of those seeds might have been planted over a decade ago but you are reaping the benefits today. Question is, what if you hadn’t planted those seeds then? That’s why I always tell people to make sure that no matter what is going on in their lives, they should always make sure that no day goes wasted. Plant as many seeds/seedlings today for you never know which ones and how many of them will germinate and become productive. If it’s your health, plant seedlings of healthy eating and regular exercise and in due course you will reap your reward. If it’s about your personal growth, plant seedlings of developing yourself daily (through reading, listening to personal development material) and when the time is right, you will realize you have grown exponentially. If it’s about your finances, plant seeds of... [Continue reading]
Today I’ll let Calvin Coolidge speak for me:"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." Determination will go further than your skills, your talents, your connections, your “god-fathers and mothers” as well as your abilities. Apply determination in everything you do and you’ll eventually reap your fruits. Be Ignited. Be Inspired. Be Influenced
There is a FIRST STEP in everything you do. Like the old adage says, “the journey of 1000 miles starts with the FIRST STEP." This day started with you opening your eyes and deciding to step out of bed. When you get to your office there will be that FIRST STEP you will need to take in order to set your day in motion. Could be taking our phone to call that customer, or opening your laptop to send that email. There will be a FIRST STEP. If you are unhappy with your weight then there is that FIRST STEP you will need to take; could be joining a gym or a jogging club. Every area of your life has a FIRST STEP. Now, unless you take that FIRST STEP, you will never know where it could have led you. You will never know what you are capable of achieving. Like Ann Voskamp said, “Sometimes you don’t know when you’re taking the first step through a door until you’re already inside.” Today how about you shed off all your fear and you just take that FIRST STEP you need to take in order to... [Continue reading]
“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.” ~ Gautama Buddha And you never see a snake going back to that skin again. Once it sheds it off it's off for good, never to go back to it again. I think we need to apply this process to our thoughts as human beings. We need to shed off some "dead skin” called bad memories we often choose to carry around and dwell on instead of letting them go. Many of us spend so much time mulling over the negative stuff that has happened to us in the past that we find ourselves stuck and unable to move forward. What’s past is past; that’s why it is in the PAST and revisiting that part of your life is simply taking you back in time, which only wastes your time; unless you are reminiscing on good stuff, or on lessons you learnt. How about you spend more time having previews of what your future could be like. How about you spend more time creating a new history by making sure your future is worth looking forward to. How? By... [Continue reading]
Indeed life is like a long unwinding road heading somewhere upcountry; those are always several kilometers long and never really seem to come to an end. Some parts are straight while some have bends. Some are uphill and some go downhill. Some parts have bumps while others have potholes; potholes of varied depths and sizes. But they all make part of YOUR road. Question is, do you know your destination? Are you on the right road? As long as you are on the right road, all the challenges (potholes, bends, sharp corners, bumps, etc) that come while you are on that road don’t really matter. They are there for a purpose. They are there to prepare you for your destination (destiny). And even if you are on the wrong road, you can still decide to find your way to the right road, as long as you know where you want to go in the first place. All the same, enjoy the road you are on currently, complete with all its bends and turns, bumps and potholes. And if you find yourself in unfamiliar... [Continue reading]
“Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other - activity in rest and rest in activity - is the ultimate freedom.” ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar You need to rest in order to be productive. Your brain needs to shut down and cool off after a day of exerting it (assuming you did). Everything needs a rest! Like Mark Buchanan said, “Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” Don’t take your rest time for granted. Embrace it and be thankful for it.