Most successful people today, when asked, ‘what is the secret of their success’? Amongst their list is the presence of a mentor in their life. For Instance, Donald Trump, the largest real estate developer in New York usually talks about…
Life is designed for progression and not stagnation. One of the greatest discoveries you will make in life is this: as you change and improve, things and people will change and improve around you.
As these changes begin to occur, I want you to note that no matter what you want to achieve, your position does not count as much as your disposition. A positive disposition will ultimately guarantee a favourable position.
Let me share a personal experience with you. After I completed my NYSC, I thought getting a good job would be automatic. But like many others, I had to sit at home for over a year…
Research suggests that an average woman speaks about 20,000 words a day, compared to 7,000 words attributed to her male counterpart. My point is, as humans, we say so much in a day than we possibly can recount. You will agree with me that, when you can barely keep record of your words, it is hard to turn them into actions. While most of the many words we speak are jokes or trivial, it is important that we know how to make the most important ones count. We need to be able to move words that matter from just mere profession into possessions that are tangible, visible and purposeful.
It is one thing to profess wanting to become something; it is another to be that thing. There is a wide gap between saying you want to be something or someone and actually becoming. That gap is what I’d like to help you fill.
I have found in my little experience that three things matter when you don’t just want to profess but make possessions out of your professions. Follow me on this journey:
Truly great men and women are not acclaimed because of what they own and earn. Nor are they admired merely on account of their talents or level of professional performance. Rather, they’re respected because of their willingness to give themselves to people and purposes that will live beyond them.
Some people don’t even dare to dream. The unstated goal of their daily routine is simply to stay afloat. Everyone goes through seasons during which they fight just to keep their heads above water. However, people with a survival mentality continually tread water without ever going anywhere.
Others are motivated by external rewards – a nice car, a spacious home, and a well-paying job. They prize security and a steadily increasing standard of living. Adopting a mentality of material success, they measure accomplishment primarily in terms of their net worth.
“There are a thousand excuses for failure but never a good reason.” – Mark Twain
Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives, and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority? What is the real “secret of success?”
Often I begin a seminar with a little exercise. I ask the audience, “How many people here would like to double their income?” Almost everyone smiles and raises their hands. I then ask, “How many people here would like to lose weight? Get out of debt? Achieve financial independence?” Again, everyone smiles, some people cheer, and they all raise their hands. Then I say, “Wonderful! These are great goals that everyone has. We all want to make more money, spend more time with our families, be fit and trim, and achieve financial independence.
“Not only do we all want the same things, but we all know what we have to do to achieve them. And we all intend to do those things, sometime. But before we get started, we decide that we need to take a little vacation to a wonderful fantasy place called ‘Someday Isle.’
Are you living on “Someday Isle”? Read here to find out…
When I was much younger, I found myself in a job situation where the environment wasn’t conducive to growth. This frustrated and discouraged me. I had always been focused on growth and improvement. From basketball as a kid to speaking professionally, I was always looking for ways to get better at what I was doing. I might not have always had an official plan for growth, but I was continually pursuing growth. Now I found myself in a place where growth was not just ignored; the environment discouraged it.
Maybe you’ve found yourself in a similar situation. Back then, I could see clearly all around me what a growth environment didn’t look like. But one day, I realized that I had never really thought about what a growth environment did look like.
What were the characteristics of that environment? I was eager to figure it out, so I could go in search of one. So I created a list of characteristics to look for in any environment, so that I could be sure it was a place where I could grow.