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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Paying the Price for Success

“It is not the will to win that matters, everyone has it. It is the will to prepare to win that matters” Paul Bryant, a college football coach with 323 victories.

Obstacles are natural and fellow travellers with success, and they are means to the source of acquiring success and wealth, as I am sure you will agree. Doggedness, diligence and determination will have to be practiced “religiously” to reach the goal and to overcome the obstacles. Success is not a magic but a destination. Yes and sometimes no.

It’s important to understand that you may face a few challenges while you are working toward your life purpose. Sometimes these challenges will come from inside your own mind (negative thoughts, doubts, low self-worth, lack of faith in yourself, fears, and the like), and sometimes they might be external obstacles you didn’t expect to encounter.

It is interesting to understand that the road to success is challenging but progressive. In other words, there are potholes on the road to success but they are meant to take to you to your destination. You cannot avoid them but to manage them for good.

Great achievements are products of education, training, practice, discipline, perseverance and sacrifice. People dream big dreams but are scared to death to pay the price for the actualization of such dreams. So, they hurriedly abandon them.

Many of us are tempted to believe that where we are now is the best we can be in life even when our lives tell us differently. You may have a dream of earning higher degree or professional certifications to be better equipped for that dream career, but your present financial status, where you are a bit comfortable, distracts you from the larger opportunities waiting for you.

Have you watched a marathon race before? Achieving your life goals is like it. People who easily give up in the race never get to any where. The ones that get to the final mark are those who are determined, dogged, rugged, diligent, pushy, aggressive and assertive. They don’t take “No” for an answer and obstacles do not scare their progress. The more they fail, the more rugged they become.

So he told me “you got to try, try, try, try and try, keeping your mind on your target and considering the much benefits both physical, spiritual and psychological you will derive when you arrive there.”
Remember that the winner takes it all and he who is above is above. Les Brown once said, “The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the “buts” you use today." Think about it deeply.
You cannot pursue a goal and achieve it when your mind is wobbling and when you don’t even know what you want in life. If that happens, then you are like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. You must discover yourself first and convince your body, soul and spirit that this is it.

People without conviction do not take a stand; they take the middle of the road because they lack faith and they find out that they are just walking round life instead of walking through it.

Don’t forget that there are three kinds of people in the world
-People who make things happen
-People who watch things happen and
-People who wander what happened

It is in your hands to choose the one you want to become.
The top is meant for you. Get there as soon as you find it. You can decide to celebrate others or to be the celebrated. But you should be the celebrated.
So, get ready to pay the price for your greatness for only the great rules.
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Baruch Okpulor, Author of Study Abroad Funding for International Students: The Easiest Way to Get Funding to Study Overseas
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