Greatness within you.

“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferriss.

Why doing it? In life usually when you start something people they ask you why are you doing this? And if you are not determined enough then you can be demotivated because even after giving strong reasons of why you are doing it, they continue saying stop wasting your time because nothing will come out from it. But if you continue believing, working hard and become successful one day, then you will see those same people bragging about you and claiming to know you very well. And they will now come asking how did you do it?
Therefore I urge you not to listen to people’s disparaging words, because some people are very good at dissuading others. The interesting part about these people is that they have never tried to do anything because they believe in the way they live. “People often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi. However the secret of success is never believe in the way you live but you should live in the way you believe. Never wait for someone to tell you what do to.

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts.

It’s only you who know what you want to achieve and where you want to go then you should work hard every day towards your destiny. I tell you it is exciting to do things you believe in, hence you should never allow anyone to disturb your progress. Along the way you will need to seek advice thus you should know who to approach and never waste time associating yourself with empty vessels because they will cost your life. Remember failure is result of a wrong choice of company. As Mark Twain says “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

“Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” – Robert H. Schuller

Yes we can all make it in life. We are all humans despite of race, sex, age, color and religion. We can all make it and pursue various achievements in life. But this does not necessarily mean we will make the same achievements at the same time or using the same road, tactics or ways. What we have to understand is that the differences in our personal names, family names and backgrounds tends to differentiate our future achievements and destiny.

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz

Maybe your best friend or your brother or sister found his/her destiny through embarking on a small business of selling tomatoes on a small wooden table under a small Guava tree. This was his/her destiny, then you trying to do the same innovation might not be successful and this does not show that you were born a failure. It’s only telling you that this is not your destiny. Therefore you should try opening either a salon or even try athletics maybe that’s where you were destined to be. Take your time to understand yourself then map a way towards success and follow it. Desist from living other people’s lives because your own life is waiting for you.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your road to success is different from that of person next to you. You should always take time to know yourself, study your habits and identify your talents and gifts. A lot of people fail in life because they are very reluctant on trying to find out what is exactly their areas of interest. In the same vein, you should learn to appreciate other people’s success, learn to congratulate others when they excel, learn to celebrate with others when they do well, doing all this will make you realize your designated destiny because you will everyday work hard trying to achieve so that tomorrow those same people will also congratulate and celebrate with you.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis

You haven’t run out of time yet, seriously you can still make it. Because success is within you, in life there is no specific time when one is entitled to be successful, in fact no one is entitled to success. However success is merely the product of hard work. It’s not for you to be one of the most successful people in the world. Yes there are some cases were one can become successful at his/her early ages. However this should not disappoint you in what you are doing now but you should motivate yourself by saying if that person has done it then why not me, I can make it too.

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” Charles R. Swindoll

Only what you have to do is making success one of your good habit. You should walk success, talk success, eat success, dream success, feel success and even wear success. And I guarantee you that surely one day you will make it because making success one of your good habit will help you to remain focused and determined since it will be part of your everyday life.

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

It’s only that day when you will float on top of success then you will say I have made it. You are a champion. You are who you are today because you are a champion, you are where you are today because you are a champion, you are facing all those problems and challenges today because you are a champion, you are celebrating all that success today because you are a champion, you have that plan of success in your mind today because you are champion, you are taking that step forward today because you are a champion, you are working hard today because you are a champion and you have those successful and great people around you today because you are champion.

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” ― Winston S. Churchill

You should keep moving, never stop. Champions they know that responsibility is a pillar of success. They always take very good care of everything under their control, they value today since they know that their actions of today will either benefit or cost them tomorrow. Imagine that day when you are offered an office, a car or anything you are using currently at your work place as part of your monthly, yearly bonus or even pension package. Obviously your life will be better off if you were responsible and taking very good care of that thing. However if you were not responsible and using that thing recklessly, then you will be disadvantaged. Responsibility is a pillar of success, desist from thinking that what you are using today at your work place is a company asset thus I can misuse it because if something goes wrong the company will cover the cost. A successful person is very responsible and a responsible person is very successful.

“If you don’t build your dream. Someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins.

Make goals out of your dreams today. Its only you who knows how special your dreams are to you, thus you should always take action so as to make them come true. Bear in mind that if you fail to make history today then definitely tomorrow history will make you. Let me delineate this to you, the calendar is the same but time is different for everyone. A day is made up of twenty four hours but everyone make more or less achievements in that same day depending on the way someone utilizes time. Learn to value your time and see yourself progressing. Success is just a matter of making good decisions and stand for those decisions.

“Learn from Yesterday, live for Today, hope for Tomorrow.” ~ Albert Einstein

Yes you failed yesterday but this doesn’t mean you will also fail tomorrow. Remember the future holds the best for you.

Writer: Perego Timothy

A Researcher@AFSAM (Centre For Africa Strategic Studies)



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