It is believed that most things achieved in life are through the rewiring of the mind’s perception. Success is mindset but how truly committed are you to that goal? What are you willing to sacrifice to achieve it? How curious and ready are you to use positive energy through your thoughts to become someone else that you were not in the beginning?
I was the last person standing, applauding my boss, one of the great politicians of our time. He has carved a niche for himself and he is trying to leave enduring legacies that would actually and truly stand the test of time. My Boss is the son of a tailor. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He attended a public junior school and got admitted into a public university on scholarship. He narrated all the odd jobs he had to do to as a student to support himself. Today, he heads a conglomerate. There are several various examples of people who rose from rags to riches, billionaires who grew up poor, who endured hardship and struggles, survived by sleeping in homeless shelters or under bridges but they strived and made their lives worthwhile. Amongst them are Oprah Winfrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Jessica Parker and Omotola Jalaade Ekeinde. Although, not many people are that lucky to have great insight for life and such opportunities that they had. Growing up poor didn’t stop these icons from reaching the peak of success and it shouldn’t stop anyone either. In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. Life is good and so sweet when you’re happy and successful. In between your birth and the person that you turned out to be, there are a series of hurdles and struggles to overcome. Growing from nothing to something takes a lot of determination, courage, overcoming failures and learning from them. It includes creating trust, growing your mindset, your value system, reaching out to your aspirations to succeed against all odds. You need to be creative, innovative, more constructive, seeing opportunities in challenges, being optimistic and having a strong belief in a prosperous future.
With great determination, many people actually end up not being who they started out to be. They started from humble beginnings, taking their lives and their destinies in their own hands. They eventually turned out perfectly well and some of them even made it to Forbes list of richest people in the world. Likewise, there are many successful CEOs who rose to financial success only to lose everything just as abruptly. Some are born with affluence. They are so wealthy that they need not work all their lives but it is still a fact that many of these people still go bankrupt. They deteriorate, finding themselves at the bottom of the ladder of success. This could be due to the fact that they were raised differently, have ego issues, lack discipline as well as financial intelligence. No wonder MC Hammer said, “life in the fast lane is not without its speed and bumps”.
This is why we all need to be focused in life. To plan our future with imagination and wisdom. To have visions and strategies to actualize these visions. Life can be exactly what you want it to be if you stay on your lane and don’t compare yourself with other people. Focus on your potentials, abilities as well as your skills and not on your limitations. Look for opportunities and try to build on whatever resources you have. It is about creating yourself. The one thing that you have that no one else has is ‘you’. It is therefore important to invest in yourself, your voice, your mind, your vision in order to change your story and your future. Acquire fresh insight that would move you to great relevance in life. Reach for your goal and don’t give up because quitters never win and winners never quit. Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. The only impossible journey is the one you never embark upon. Like the saying goes,” just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”. It always seems impossible at first but you will always get it done. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed. The more you expect things to be in a certain way, the more disappointed you become. The journey of life and several experiences gathered have a way of influencing your story. Considering Michel Foucault’s submission that “the main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning”. This is very true for those who actually had a humble beginning, those who have strived or are still striving to add value to their lives. Those who are wealthy or have wealth bestowed on them actually do not want to become someone else. Becoming ‘someone else’ could either be a better and successful person who has come from ‘grass to grace’ or a dull and bankrupt person, who has fallen from ‘grace to grass’. These depend on the person’s background and life experiences. It would rather suffice to say that “the main interest in life and work is to become someone successful and accomplished no matter where you started from.” “Becoming someone else that you were not in the beginning” is expected to be value added, to be a better, more accomplished person. This transformation does not just happen without preparation. You would have started by developing a winning goal that is SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-oriented. A lot of other activities would also have taken place to improve your self-worth. This value addition includes your determination to excel, building trust, developing your skills, investing and acquiring financial intelligence to reach this pedestal. While striving for this height, the main goal is to raise your standard, to be successful at what you do and, in your subconsciousness, not losing sight that you might fall if you don’t tread carefully. Caution is the word. Life is a story and you need to make every effort for yours to be a best seller.
Life is a question and how we live it is our answer. Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forward. The “beginning” in that statement takes you back to your antecedent. You ask enquiry questions: what is your antecedent? where are you now? where do you hope to be? Examine your life experiences and lessons learnt, visualize everything good and worthy and strategies to achieve them. Everyone has an enquiry subconsciousness and a superior consciousness, which go far beyond religion and spiritualism. It is relying on the power of the mind to chat a path for your life and work out ways to excel. It is within you. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside. The mind is what you think you will become. It is highly important to know exactly “what you are” to be able to make objective assessment on your life and make decisions whether to improve on it or not. According to William Shakespeare, “we know what we are but know not what we may be”. ‘Knowing what you are’ helps you to live a life of purpose. A man’s deepest need is to know himself. It is important to know that you are unique and you were created for a purpose. That purpose includes your relationship with a higher superior being, your relationships on earth, your life experiences, your connections, opportunities and your endowments. How you juggle all these to make your life worthwhile depends on you. Your life begins and ends with you. Knowing what you are is the ‘driving force’ of that ‘life purpose’ to make you someone else, that better person that you were not in the beginning.
In conclusion, success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Challenges, failures, defeat and ultimate success are what makes life worthwhile. Life is ten percent what happens to us and ninety percent how we respond to it. The good life is a process and the joy of it lies in the inevitable, continual triumph of new values. The purpose of life is to believe, to hope and to strive for the best. Whatever your background, whatever you are, do not let the noise of others drown your inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, imbibe values both in life and at work to be that ‘someone’ you were not in the beginning.