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What Success Is and What It Isn’t When people hear the word success, they fear, and I can understand why, because I have been in that position. My opinion of success was a complete aberration of what it actually is, because in my head, success meant being wealthy or making the best grades in the school. And because I neither had money nor made the best grades, I felt miserable due to my assumption that I was a failure. I also thought that because I wasn’t as talented as some of my mates, I wasn’t successful, therefore, I was afraid to talk about success. Even when I started talking about it, when I understood what it meant, I was first worried about what people would say. I felt they would look at my clothes and say, “cheap stuffs – he isn’t even successful.” Or look at how I jump on…

Some days ago, it was reported on the mainstream media that eight mountain climbers were missing in the Indian Himalayas. The eight climbers include four Brits, two Australians, one American, and one Indian. And a couple of days ago, it was sadly reported that five bodies have been found. The goal of the mountain climbers was to summit Nanda Devi; India’s second highest mountain. The cause of their misfortune was as a result of avalanche on the 25000 feet mountain. Climbing a mountain is a big risk – you need the right skills and characters to get to the peak, and while at the peak, you also need those attributes and qualities to stabilise your position at the top, and in spite of the skills and character, the unwanted do happen. On your way up, a lot of things happen – attractions and distractions – if you lose your focus, you can fall,…

This morning, I was reminiscing – thinking about my childhood – how I grew up, and the people that were around me. I thought of them and the results they combed out of life. As I pondered, I matched their outcomes side by side their successes, and only a few passed the test. I began to question their characters and the decisions and indecisions they made. I question characters when people don’t take advantage of the opportunities around them, and what people don’t see as opportunities, I do see. It was not an opportunity to be born poor, but to me, it triggers the anger not to remain poor – the trigger is an opportunity. It’s not an opportunity to grow up in an environment where there isn’t a provision of a basic, quality education, but to me, it instigates a hatred for ignorance – the hatred is an opportunity. It was…

I love music. When I’m in the car, I play music or listen to the radio. I also love to sing. I used to write my own songs. Some of the songs I sing at home or when I feel like, at work, were written by me. Although not recorded, but I reflect on the past when I sing those songs – I see the many roads I’ve walked when I sing. In spite of my love for music and singing, there’s a place to press the stop button, and a time to completely silent all symphonies, no matter how sonorous they may be. So, I don’t always sing. I don’t always play music. I don’t always dance. Sometimes, I mute. Sometimes, I shut all voices. Sometimes, I stop the music. Sometimes, I go quiet. The days of quiet are the days of reaching the deepest part of my soul.…

The easiest way to describe a goal is to use football as illustration. In a football game, there are goal posts, which are the target points, and there’s a ball. The drive of everyone on the pitch is to kick that ball into the net – the moment the ball goes into that net; a goal is scored. No matter how much ball possessions you have, or how much attempt you make on target, if the ball doesn’t go into the net, you do not score – no goal is achieved. To score a goal, there are five steps to follow – these are five steps to success in life. These steps can basically be applied in all hemispheres of life. Talent Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania says: “Talent—when I use the word, I mean it as the rate at which you get better with effort. The rate…

The reality of life is that it’s not “first come first served –“ it’s the one who desires it most that gets it. If you’re seated, waiting for your turn, the one who came after you, will get it first, and the sad news is that you may never get anything depending on your attitude – what makes you get anything out of this space called earth is your attitude. These days, rewards aren’t based on longevity – they’re based on drive, desire, and determination. If you think rewards are your entitlements, you’ll end up with nothing. There are lots of people born and raised in affluence, who end up as never-do-well, because they felt they were entitled to do well due to their backgrounds. They didn’t see their statuses as privileges, and as typical of privileges, you must be careful of it, otherwise, you’ll lose it – they lost…

There was a time when where I am, was the dream of where I wanted to be. There was also a time when who I am was my aspiration – I desired to think the way I think, do the things I do, and live the way I live. Back then, I was hungry for it – I wanted to be it – I wanted to live my dream. The crave to become what I wanted to be was uppermost in my heart. The only picture I saw was my dream. Bit by bit, I fought the odds of life and every limitation that held me bound. I worked on the slimmest opportunities I had, and where they were non-existent, I scratched the surfaces of rocks to get drops of water from within. On few occasions, I got a few cups that would keep me alive as I trod the…

When last night, Liverpool beat Barcelona to qualify for the 2019 Champions League Final, I was one of those that concluded before the match that Liverpool would never make it. I didn’t bother talking about it on the social media because I felt it was a foregone issue. I didn’t watch the match because I was busy at work, but I followed the update on BBC Sport, just for the sake of enjoying football. When at the seventh minute, Origi scored for Liverpool, I thought it was just one of those, and that sooner than later, Barcelona would cancel out the goal, and may even add one or two before the end of the game. I knew when the first half was getting ended, because I refreshed the page. For about an hour, I didn’t have the time to check the scores, but when I finally did, I screamed aloud…

The year is moving so fast, and the days, weeks, and months are in a hurry to jet-speed.  Whatever you plan for the year, you must start now, or you may never start. I believe in NOW – it has always been my philosophy; and with that, I defeat procrastination. As you run through your plans and envision your expectations, you must recognize that you aren’t the only one that’ll walk through the 2019 road; there are lots of people with diverse aspirations, inspirations and intentions. They too want to make progress. They too want to succeed. They too want to cut their own share of the cake as we celebrate the end of this year come December. Knowing who walks on your road, knowing who runs on same lane with you, and knowing who steps on same track with you is quintessential as you marathon through the rest of…

Passion is when you are strong about something you love to do. For examples like your talent because you have the desire to do it. Some people have different types of passions like; being on TV, writing books or even being an inspirational speaker. Now let’s move on to people who have these passions. Number 1, Walt Disney – when Disney was growing up, he was obviously working to earn more cash but also on his spare time, he was drawing pictures. But the first picture he ever sold was a picture of his neighbour’s horse. He didn’t stop there, he kept on working very hard night and day to be an amazing artist and have a very famous film company. Number 2, Thomas Jefferson is so celebrated as a statesman, writer, architect and librarian – it’s easy to miss the fact that he was a celebrated violinist. Jefferson took…