Brian Tracy once said, “You are not what you think you are. What you think, you are.” Does that sound complex? Are you lost? Well don’t be! This is just one of the several complexities I will be taking you through as you read on. Your experience of success to large extent depends on your understanding of success. Enjoy the read!


A lot of people think success is an event and so they tirelessly wait for that special day—the day they will win a jackpot or a lottery. Drop that! It’s not going to happen. Success is not an event, it’s a treasure looked up in the inside of you. Some call it talent, some call it potential. The outstanding thing about it is that it is crude in every man and what makes the difference is the degree of dedication and commitment taken to develop this hidden treasure in every man. This alone, is what makes the difference between the lack-luster speaker you hate to listen to and Oprah Winfrey, Frank Edoho or Richard Quest whom you would gladly tune your TV to listen to.

How then do I activate the success that is within me you may ask?


I happened to learn this principle from a friend of mine who happened to be a first class student of human anatomy when I had the rare privilege of doing a biochemistry practical assignment with him. In the course of doing the assignment, we discovered we had made a quiet flippant (not-so-obvious) error. Whilst I was of the opinion that we just ignore the error and go on with our work, Clifford had a different opinion—he insisted we omit every minute error and correct everything, even though we were tired and the process was going to take time. I obliged however, and that was when I discovered the secret. One I will gladly share with you. Are you ready? Okay I will tell you.

The secret is simple—he wasn’t pursuing success, he was pursuing excellence. Success happens to be an end product of pursuing excellence. This in line with the principle that was laid bare in Brian Tracy’s best-seller, The Power of Self Confidence—being recognized by your peers as one of the best in your field was one of the essential ingredients for success in the American life.


It was Louis Pasteur, French chemist, microbiologist, inventor of the process of pasteurization and developer of vaccinations for anthrax and rabies who said, “Chance only favors the prepared mind.” Whilst it is agreeable that success is the sum of opportunity and preparedness. The latter is more subjective and hence, is of utmost importance. Preparation requires faithfulness and dedication to little things—because of a truth, you can’t experience massive success if you ignore little problems.


This mental law implies that every great life or great career is an accumulation of hundreds and perhaps thousands of efforts that mostly nobody ever sees or appreciates. Great success is the result of countless hours, months or even years of preparation towards the goal of becoming very good at what you are doing. Darren Hardy who in his book, The Compound Effect (Vanguard Press, 2011) said, “Everything positive you do in your life compounds and multiplies, growing with power over the months and years.”

What have you learnt about success today? Are you waiting for the future? Whatever your resume is, remember John Legend’s words, “The future started yesterday, we are already late.”

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