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The 7 key principles of success

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer


Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.


Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

“Success is a journey not a destination” ~ Ben Sweetland. This is one of my favourite quotes. Indeed success is not a destination that you can say now I have arrived at success. It is a daily way of living. I have come to understand that there is no quick formula to success. We all have asked questions of why are other people more successful than others. I have been doing some research on this question and have come to an understanding and believe that the following key principles have a common ground among successful people. There are a lot other factors that have made different people succeed but all of them have revolved around these 7 principles.

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There are many different ways of measuring success. Some people measure it by the wealth they have accumulated others by what they have achieved. Whatever, measure you choose to use I believe that the 7 principles mentioned in this article will definitely be of use for you. Personal development is directly link to success. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is the attitude towards what they want to achieve. Those who men and women who walk the journey of success are usually persistent and are more motivated and focussed with what they are trying to achieve. And now I present to you the 7 principles of success;-

Set your goals
“If one advances confidently in the direction of their goals and endeavours to live the life that they have imagined, they will meet with success unexpected in common hours” ~ Henry David Thoreau. The principle of goal setting cannot be over emphasised. You cannot call yourself successful if you have no target to achieve. It is there very important that you write down what your intended life’s purpose is before you set out fulfilling it. I believe that all human beings have a God given task to achieve in their lives. Most of us have abandoned or have no idea what that purpose is. Man was not created to live an aimless life. God created you to contribute positively to the human race.

Dr. Myles Monroe says “the richest place on earth is the grave yard” this is because at the grave yard lies ideas that have never been; songs that have never been song; inventions that have never been born. Imagine if you and I play our part in making this world a better place. Setting goals is the first thing that should be done before venturing out to fulfilling your God given purpose. I know that when you write down your goals and read them on a frequent basis, they act as a stimulus and motivation to helping you move towards achieving them. Targets act as reminders. They are meant to be used as a gauge. I have never come across a successful person who has no goals. If you have no goals in life then you are just flowing with the wind. I can rest assure you that if you do not set targets for yourself you will never achieve much.

Forget about failure
“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently” ~ Henry Ford. We fail because we accept failure. There are many great stories about how people never gave up even when they were faced with the prospect of failing. Failure should be treated as an opportunity to perfect our act. Yes in everything that you set out to do you shall encounter challenges. A challenge is merely there you teach you and tell you to adjust your plans. A word of encouragement to everyone is that there is no success without failure. There is no successful person that has never failed at some point. The difference is perseverance.

When you are starting out with your plans “DO NOT PLAN FOR FAILURE”. Don’t even think about failure; erase it from your mind. When you are faced with failure take it as a challenge face it head on. Failure is as result of wrong thinking and lack of persistence. Put on your positive thoughts and failure will run out through the window. Please understand me very well personal success does not necessarily mean that you will not encounter challenges. If you think that the journey of success is a plain and easy one then you are absolutely mistaken. Walking the journey of success requires persistence; hard work; diligence and perseverance. If you cultivate the habit of persistence you will certainly enjoy the insurance against failure. “Mastery of the Law of Success philosophy is the equivalent of an insurance policy against failure” ~ Samuel Gomers. I have come to realise that one of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is confronted by temporary defeat. Most of us are guilty of this mistake at one time or another. We have all quit at some point in life.

Take one step at a time
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”~ Chinese Proverb. Often times when we set out on a project we have a tendency of doing too many things at a time. I find that there is nothing wrong with multi-tasking but the danger with multi-tasking is that you may lose your focus on your main objective(s). It is therefore, very important that you take one step at a time. Put in mind that you are not racing with anyone. It is your personal achievement program. Your plans will not be very clear as at the beginning but as you take one step at a time the clear picture of what you want to achieve will begin to illuminate.

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The beauty about setting out your life’s purpose is that you do something that you enjoying doing for the rest of your life. The challenges you will face on a daily basis will be more exciting as you overcome them. You will be able to look back with pride and joy at how far you have come. In this part of the world I come from we have a tendency of doing things for the interim. Even our own local businessmen start it businesses just for daily sustenance we have no succession plan. When the owner of the business dies they die with it. There are very few well established businesses that have flourished long after the original owners have passed on. I do not want to be in the bracket of them that dies with the ideas.

Avoid negativity
Watch out for the negative people. Always get around positive people. Find people who will encourage you and compliment what you are doing. You cannot entertain negative thoughts and expect to have a positive outcome? The positive thought will destroy the negative as certainly as light destroys darkness, and the results will be just as effectual. Negativity is the mother of failure. I can challenge you to think of a successful person who has a negative minded personality. One of the major differences between success and failure is positivity and negativity. The more you lean towards positivity the more success you will accomplish or achieve and the opposite is true.

But then you may ask how can I avoid negativity? See 4 tips to help stay positive. In this article you will find some useful tips and information that you can use. Like I said before negativity is the beginning of all failure. The bible says you will reap what you sow. If you sow negativity you will definitely meet with negative results if you are positive you will as well reap positive results. There are very few instances that you reap negative results when you are very optimistic. Avoiding all the negative things in life can help change and enhance your personal success.

Clarify your goals
The goals you set will not be clear at the first instance. If you wait for them to be clear you will never start on your journey and I can assure you they will never be clear. When I first set out my life’s purpose it was very hazy and it only started becoming clearer as I started working the process. Every day I visualise what the end product will be and it gets more and more clear. It is important though at the very beginning to be specific on what you want to achieve example you may have a target to raise say US$5 million in five years. This is a more specific and measurable target than to just say I want to raise a lot of money after 5 years.

Clarifying your goals as you go along is very important as it sets your mind in tune with what you are doing. Have an open mind be more interested in the journey rather than the goal. Remember it is only with unbounded confidence that the goal is reached.

Embrace obstacles
Large ideas have a tendency to eliminate all smaller ideas so that it is well to hold ideas large enough to counteract and destroy all small or undesirable tendencies. This will remove innumerable petty and annoying obstacles from your path. You also become conscious of a larger world of thought, thereby increasing your mental capacity as well as placing yourself in position to accomplish something of value. Obstacles must be embraced; they are part of the journey to success. Obstacles are a way of telling us to change something our plans.

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It is, however, through attention that you will finally be able to overcome obstacles of any kind that appear in your path onward and upward, and the only way to acquire this wonderful power is by practice. Remember practice makes perfect. Difficulties, in harmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require. Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth.

You are not an island
No man is an island. We are all part of one big family and that is the universe. There is a reason why God gives us people to be surrounded with. You should not be ashamed or feel inferior to ask for help. In fact help is everywhere. Solicit for help in areas that you require it. Man is part of one huge universe and each and every one of us has a different role to play just the human body consists of various parts performing different but coordinated functions. Support can come through various different forms, if you are in business it could come through employing people and or delegating some of your duties. You should always endeavour not to live life in isolation. Also try and surround yourself with helpful people. That is those that you can learn something from.

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving they make mistakes but they do not quit”~ Conrad Hilton. There is no known secret to success, but believe me he who thinks big and acts on his thoughts has every chance to succeed than he who thinks small and does not act on his thoughts. I would like to end by encouraging you try out these principles they could just be what you have been missing in your life above all “standout tall and be counted”.

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Self-belief is key to personal success

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer


Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.


Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

“Believe in yourself” ~ Unknown. “First say to yourself what you want to be; then do what you have to do” ~ Epictetus. Have faith in yourself. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with sound confidence you can succeed. Self-belief is a very important and key ingredient in personal development and success. Most of us fail to because of the disbelief we have in our selves. The biggest difference between failure and success is self-belief and confidence. In this article I try to bring out the important aspects of self-belief and what it can achieve for you.

Positive affirmations
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” ~ the Bible. This is one of my favourite quotes. For me this is the magic sentence. Every time I feel down and out; when everything else has failed and I need to get on. I always remember that “I can do all things through Christ…”. Believe me it works and I would recommend it to you.

I know that we all fall down most of the times in our lives but the most important thing is how you get up. One best way to help you improve your self-belief is to use positive affirmations. Keep telling yourself, you can do it, you can do it, you can do it. This will build some form of self-belief and the results can be unprecedented. To get more benefits from positive affirmation you need to change your mind set from being negative to positive. Look at the better side of everything. Encourage yourself to believe more in yourself. Positive affirmation requires that you change your way of thinking from “I can’t, to I can”, remember the magic sentence? Many of the times we let great opportunities pass by because of our negative and mediocre thinking.

There is power in positive thinking and affirmations. The bible says “as a man thinketh so is he in his heart”.We shall know them by their fruits” ~ the Bible. This goes to show how important our thoughts can influence our well being. Change your thoughts with positive affirmations.  “Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Know yourself
The starting point for your journey of self-development is you the person you see in the mirror. Know yourself, your likes and dislikes, preferences and skills; it is the very basic need for your self-development. Here I have listed a few tips that can help you know yourself better:-

  • Journalise and diarise your daily activities. This will help you analyse the events and how you reacted to them.
  • Look in the mirror and notice what you see. Yes seems funny but most of us have never noticed what is in the mirror. That’s you a “millionaire” in the waiting.
  • Get feedback on your work and behaviour from the people around you especially your colleagues at work. In order that you have a balanced view, ask your critics as well. I have belief that in order to make a good leader you need both sets of people that is those you can easily influence and those that can stand up to your face and tell you no when you go wrong. Often times this is lucking in our leaders.
  • Study your relationships and how they make you feel. You may realise that no man is an island. We all have some sort of relationship be it at work or home. I have learnt that relationships play a very significant role in a person’s life.

Have positive expectations
Numerous experiments have confirmed that when you expect the best often times you get it and when you expect the negative the same will come to pass. So at the start of any enterprise or at the start of a day or start of the year or season, look forward with the expectation of the very best. Here is a quote from kalidasa (Indian dramatist).

Look to this day
For it is life, the very life of life;
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendour of beauty
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision
But today well lived makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope
Look well therefore to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.

This is a life changing poem. In a nutshell we must look forward to today and enjoy it in a positive and constructive way, because tomorrow we will reflect on it and have happy memories.

Like the man who had too many lemons and turned them into lemonade, or the man who bought a snake infested land and learned how to make snakeskin into shoe leather, every seemingly negative situation can be turned around into something positive. You must learn to turn negative situations into positive ones.

Mix with positive people
One of the biggest drains on our enthusiasm is mixing with negatively minded people. I am sure we all have come across or have such people in our lives. Try this out and see what the results will be for you. Identify someone who has a positive attitude towards life and one who has a negative attitude, spend some time with both of them at separate intervals and note what you will be feeling after spending sometime with either of them.

According to my results I feel more at peace and relaxed with the positive person than the negative one. Positivity is actually infectious. The more time you spend positively the more confident and happy you feel.

You have two choices though, if you want to survive being positive; avoid them, this though I would not encourage or better still train them and they will appreciate you when then get over it and you will have made the world happier by one person.

Perhaps the greatest gift in human history is the discovery of the power of your mind to create almost every aspect of your life. You see, everything you can visibly see was conceived in the mind of someone as a thought or an idea before being translated into being. Your thoughts are creative; your thoughts form and shape everything around you. Think about your goals and have belief in yourself above all “standout tall and be counted”.

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Your confidence is key to success

“It’s not the mountain we conquer but our selves”~ Edmund Hillary. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without confidence” ~ Hellen Keller. Success cannot be achieved without confidence. I have learned that most successful people are the ones with confidence. You cannot set out to do something and succeed without the backing of confidence. If you luck confidence there is a very high likelihood that whatever, endeavour you have embarked on will not be a success this is surely a guarantee. In this article I will show you how to develop the confidence you need to succeed. Read 5 ways to improve your self-confidence.

It’s absolutely vital that you develop the confidence and self-belief that you will achieve your goals. Self-belief is very crucial to succeed. I am not talking about being arrogant and ignoring feedback from other people and thinking you are infallible or invisible. Am talking about having a balanced view of yourself that does not indulge in false modesty and self-pity, and an inner view that is not strong enough to be crushed and defeated when someone challenges you.

The thing is; to succeed you must develop the mind-set and confidence to achieve your goals. If you’re really are serious about succeeding you cannot afford to wallow in negative thoughts of “I am not good enough”. Here are a few tips to help you develop your confidence.

Self-talk is perhaps the most important step towards developing self-confidence. What to tell your self has more bearing than what other people tell you. Remember you are what you think. The bible says “as man thinketh so is he in his heart”.  Develop the attitude of talking positively to yourself. It helps to keep telling yourself that you can do it, you can do it. Usually when am working on a task I keep reminding myself of the benefits that accruals when a task is achieved.

I usually remind myself early in the morning that I can achieve all the tasks that I have laid down. Yes I will come across obstacles but my mind is prepared for the tasks ahead. You should try having a to do list every morning and see how that helps you towards achieving your intended goals. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” ~ the bible. This is my prayer every morning. Try personalising this saying and say how your confidence levels will be improved.

Your behaviour matters
What you think about and what you say to yourself has a profound bearing on your behaviour and on what happens to you. Your thoughts, attitudes and behaviours towards your ability to achieve your goals, have an impact on your expectation of the situation. In turn your expectation will impact on the way you behave in a given situation. People will just respond to your behaviours. “The most powerful forces of Nature are the invisible forces, so we find that the most powerful forces of man are his invisible forces, his spiritual force, and the only way in which the spiritual force can manifest is through the process of thinking” ~ the Master Key.

Am sure we’ve all known someone if not ourselves, who has been worrying about something they have to do and have constantly spoken how badly it’s going to go and when it does go badly they jump and exclaim “I knew” that would happen. You see all along they did not realise that they created their own self-fulfilling prophesy. There is power in thoughts and words. Always be mindful of what to say.

Focus on the things you do well
Take stock of your skills set and attributes that you already possess. In other words know your weaknesses and strengths and focus on improving your strengths. The idea is when you set out to do a task and accomplish it very well there is a sense of wellbeing and satisfaction. This is not to say that you should neglect to improve on your weakness. But focusing on doing the things you do better can highly improve your motivation and confidence levels.

I have listed down the some personal questions to help you identify your skill set and attributes if you are not sure of them. Write down the answers and keep on reviewing them. Make sure you answer the questions honestly.

  • What am I good at?
  • What have I received compliments and positive feedback for in the past?
  • What do people value me for? (Compare this with what you value yourself for).
  • What challenges have I overcome in the past?
  • What skills helped me to overcome the challenges?
  • What have I achieved in the past that I perhaps thought I couldn’t?

“We see things not as they are but as we are” ~ H. M. Tomlinson. As human beings I have noticed that we judge other people by our own standards. Believe me if you have set yourself a high standard that is what you expect to get from other people and nothing less.

Be inspired by other people
One of the things that has always inspired and given me confidence to succeed is by looking at and reading about other people who have made it. Find yourself some role models whom you admire and whose story of success inspires you. A role model does not necessarily have to be alive or known personally. It could be someone you have read about or someone who does not even know you. Most successful people have written books about their lives. Find some literature about them and read it.

A good role model will show you the following attributes

  • Their attitude and approach
  • Where and how they started
  • How they made the most of their abilities
  • How they handle their success
  • How they overcome challenges

Always remind yourself these too were or are human beings just like you and me. If they can make it why shouldn’t you make it?

I hope and trust that you have learned one or two things from this article. Let me end by emphasising that you cannot succeed without having self-belief and the confidence to carry you on. I have not come across a successful person without self-belief and no confidence. I challenge you set out intended purpose in life and start pursuing it with confidence and always remember to “standout tall and be counted”.

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Evolution is key to success

To have more, you must become more. Your success is a reflection of the value you bring to others and your value is a direct reflection of your skill set. The more valuable your skill set, the better your chances of higher achievement”. This holds true if your definition of success includes having a fat bank account.

Almost Everybody I have come into contact with wants to succeed and almost ninety percent of them are not willing to change. Success does not just come on a silver platter. To succeed you must become more and this is not an easy task. Your level of success is linked much to your skill set as a person. What are you willing to offer your market? The market will always pay you what you are worth and how well you are able to beat your competitors.

Acquiring knowledge

In this article I try to bring out two processes that will help you achieve your success. The processes maybe complicated but the come down to two. These are based on my own personal experience and have since proved to be worthwhile. The first and most important process is that of acquiring more knowledge. Read related article “Knowledge is key to success”. Remember I said “success is a reflection of the value you bring to others and is direct reflection of your skill set” the best way to improve your skill set is by reading and acquiring more knowledge. You should always be ahead of your competition by learning and mastering new techniques in whatever niche you are providing a service or goods.

The more knowledgeable you are the better the service being provided. A good example is a lawyer the more knowledge he adds to his skills the better he will service his clients and the more the market is willing to pay. This means that the lawyer must be willing to evolve and not stagnate. Acquiring knowledge is a key part of evolution which is key component to success. If you are willing to change and become more I can surely guarantee that you are destined for success.

We all as human beings must strive very hard to increase our knowledge. In this part of the world where I come from, they say if you want to hide something put it in writing. This is because we have a no reading culture hence knowledge is limited.


The second process and which I think is the most important is implementation. Knowledge has to be put to action. There is no need to acquire knowledge and not put it to action. Imagine you want to know more about internet marketing. You read three of four books and attend seminars on internet marketing. You then decide to attend a course. At this stage in my opinion you are very equipped for the task. Then you get busy at your office, you suddenly have to take care of your children and life’s taken over your plans. You have wasted the knowledge. You have lost an opportunity to put your knowledge to action.

Who knows you could have earned yourself some pretty good money had you tried it out. In my opinion knowledge not put to action is opportunity for success missed. And in this day and age opportunities are far and wide. You need to act fast when a window of opportunity opens. Action coupled with perseverance will definitely yield positive or rather desired results.

Action alone cannot achieve success. But action and persistence will guarantee you success.  The difference between people who succeed and those who do not is that the successful ones take action and the rest just do not take action, for various reasons; one of them being the fear of failure or indeed the fear of success.


In order to succeed evolution must take place both as an individual and as team or organization. For evolution to take place there must be a continuous process of individual increase in knowledge and an increase in skill. The individual must be willing to learn and change his methods as and when necessary in order that they remain relevant in the niche being serviced. I will end with the way I started “To have more, you must become more. Your success is a reflection of the value you bring to others and your value is a direct reflection of your skill set. The more valuable your skill set, the better your chances of higher achievement”. Remember to always standout tall and be counted.

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Communication is key to success

In any relationship be it business or intimate communication is very cardinal to making the relationship a success. You will agree with me that many relationships especially intimate ones break up mostly due to a luck of communication. I am not sure of the statistics but I am very certain that most relationships lack proper and good communication. Many a times our messages are misinterpreted or misunderstood. I have been in situations where I had to apologise because my message was miss understood either because of the words I used or maybe the tone of my voice.

I must admit that I do admire people who do know how to put across what they want. In my years of trying to improve my life I have learned to use simple and straight forward words when communicating and especially when it comes to giving instructions. If you are an ardent follower or regular reader of this blog you will agree with me that you there are no jaw breaking words. I try as much as possible to use everyday words that are straight forward. I also want to believe that most of these world conflicts are due to a lack of proper communication. In a work or business environment it is very important to have a precise and clear cut communication strategy to avoid conflicts.

If you are in leadership the following tips may help you pass on what ever it is you want achieved.

  • Desired outcome

As a leader you need to decide what the desired outcome should be. Have a vision and ensure that you put yourself in the shoes of your subordinates when giving instructions. You may need to repeat and structure your words in simple everyday language for all your subordinates to understand.

Sometimes it helps to explain what your vision is to a smaller group or better still on individual basis to your desired target group. Some people may not be free to ask as many questions as needed when in a large group. If you are to succeed at anything your desired outcome should be understood and taken seriously.

  • Goals and expectations

When setting the stage for discussing what is currently happening it is always a good idea to start the conversation with your goals and expectations. It is very important that each and very member of your group know what is expected of them and the overall goals to be achieved by them. Again I would emphasis on a one to one briefing as this tends to bring out even the most pertinent issues.

I have learned that one to one discussions  are more fruitful than group ones. Most of us are not very comfortable with large group discussions. There is a tendency of feeling intimidated there by inhibiting good communication. As a leader you should also take time to know the strengths and weaknesses of your group at an individual level

  • Current happenings

The next important tip is to explain what is and is not currently happening. This will help send a message to the group about what you think is currently obtaining on the ground. If your communication levels are at the right pace your group will let you know exactly what is on the ground if they feel you are misinformed.

You as the leader should spell out in detail what you think is happening and not happening. Remember the backstops at you. Your  responsibility is to provide guidance  and this can only be achieved by proper and good communication.

  • The input

The next and final tip is what I call the input. You can have all the brilliant ideas in the world but without the final act of implementation nothing can be achieved. After all the hard work and brain storming. A proper, concise and clear communication strategy has to be implored.

As a leader it is very important that you devise a simple and clear communication strategy outlining what input is expected from each and every member of your team.  This way all the members will have a clear understanding and deliver accordingly.


Communication is perhaps the key to success. There are many more tips and methods that can be used for effective communication than the above. The ones mentioned here are ones that I frequently use and have been of help to me this far. I always encourage my readers to research more and to always “standout tall and be counted“.

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Is knowledge key to success?

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer


Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.


Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” ~ The Bible. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest” ~ Benjamin Franklin. The fact is that knowledge is married to success and that there is no success without knowledge. I like to compare the co-relationship between knowledge and success with a mobile phone and a sim card they are inseparable.

In my endeavour to achieve my intended goals I have discovered that I need to acquire knowledge to achieve them. I have also come to understand that knowledge is the key to success. Without knowledge chances of you achieving your intended life’s purpose(s) are very slim if not bleak. In this article I outline why knowledge is key to achieving your success.

What is knowledge?
The result of man’s ability to think is knowledge” ~ the master key system. Put in another way “man’s ability to think is as a result of his awareness; know-how; understanding and intelligence”. The oxford English dictionary defines knowledge as “the information and skills acquired through experience or education; the sum of what is known; awareness or familiarity gained by experience”.

According to the definitions given above knowledge is gained through experience and education. By the way education does not need to be formal you can be educated informally. I believe that not all successful people are “educated”. They have just acquired the right knowledge and experience needed to achieve their personal objectives. “There are no secrets to success it is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” ~ Colin Powell.

Using knowledge as a yardstick
Knowledge helps us to prepare ourselves for the oncoming obstacles as we move towards achieving our objectives. It is therefore imperative that you continuously acquire knowledge and improve on your skill set. As I have mentioned before in my previous articles that success is a journey and not a destination you will come across many obstacles on your journey. The difference between successful people and the rest is that they prevail over the obstacle.

They never give up even when they fail the first time around. I am pretty sure that the knowledge and experience gained when faced with different challenges comes in handy at some stage in life. I want to encourage you acquire as much knowledge as you can as you go about working through to achieve your intended life’s purpose. You just never know when you will need to call upon it for help.

Knowledge can then be best acquired through reading books and experience. These two are some of my best ways of acquiring knowledge. You could also attend seminars, listen to recorded messages and many other ways that are available to you. When it comes to acquiring knowledge do not limit yourself. Remember that one of the very few possessions that can never be grabbed from you even in your death is knowledge. I have never heard anything like they downloaded his knowledge to a storage media never before.

How does knowledge fit in?
If knowledge is the awareness gained by experience, I would be right to say that success is achieved by experience and this takes time. Clearly from the definitions of knowledge described above I can safely say that without knowledge; experience; awareness or education there is no success. Experience does not come over night, it takes time to come.

In my opinion knowledge is the driving force to success without which it is very difficult to walk down the road of success. If you have to succeed in life you will need to spend good quality time acquiring knowledge and skills needed for your intended purpose. If it is the driving force, then you must therefore learn to put it to good use. Knowledge acquired without being used is a waste of time. Knowledge is acquired for a purpose and not just for the sake of it.

In whatever, endevours one may be engaged in, it is impossible to succeed without sufficient knowledge. It is therefore key that you strive to acquire the right knowledge for you to pursue your life’s intended purpose. Knowledge does not necessarily have to be acquired through established institutions such as schools. There are various ways and the main one being reading. I will end here and hope you have enjoyed the article and always remember to “standout tall and be counted”.

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Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer


Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.


Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

“Success is about living the life of your dreams whatever that might mean for you. It’s about being perfectly content and honestly saying to yourself that you would change very little about your current existence”. I believe that the definition of the word success is as unique as an individuals finger prints. If you think that being successful is about having a hefty bank balance then you are wrong. You could have a lot of money and still live a very miserable life. Take for example Mother Theresa of India, who knows how much money she had? Yet she was admired and adored by presidents and kings around the world. Would you say she was not a success?

As a matter of fact, money should be used as medium to help us continue with our purpose in life. They say money is good but the love for money is the root of all evil. Be careful what you want in life, is it to promote your God given talents and gifts in order that you do not deprive the world of them or is it riches you want to accumulate? I want to promote both my talents and acquire wealth. Let me  mention here that I am not saying you should stay poor no, neither am I stopping you from accumulating wealth no no no. I am just emphasing the point that success does not necessarily mean having a hefty bank balance.

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I have read quiet a number of books on success and have discovered that one of the most important ingredient to the formula of success is knowledge. Find  outlined below my 2 step processes of success.

Acquire more knowledge and skills

In order to have more, you must become more. “Your success is but a reflection of the value you bring to others and your value is a direct reflection of your skill set. The more valuable your skill set, the better your chances of higher achievement”. Every one of us wants more from life yet only a small percentage of us are willing to pay the actual price for it. If you are not willing to do what it takes to be successful then you do not deserve to be called successful and will stay where you are, period. Success does not come easy. It is not a destination but a journey. If you want to make more, then you must start giving out more. From this observation we can conclude that the first part of the success formula is to make yourself more valuable by improving your knowledge and skills set. Remember the market is willing to pay higher prices for better skills. How do you add value to your skill set, Of course by acquiring more knowledge.

If you want to succeed at whatever you want to do or are doing in life, you cannot escape the process of acquiring more knowledge and one of the best ways of doing it, is by reading relevant materials. There are tons and tons of reading materials today on virtually any topic you can think of. Today we have no excuse of failure. Books can be easily be purchased and accessed via many mediums including the internet.

Equally important to the concept of improving your value to is the avoidance of stagnation. Once you’ve taken the initiative to enhance your value then keep the fire burning. There is always an opportunity to expand your knowledge. The more knowledge you acquire the more valuable you become and the better the service you provide. Remember that humanity is all about service regardless of what you doing.

Apply the acquired knowledge and skills

Acquiring knowledge is the first part of the success formula, applying that knowledge is the second and sometimes the most difficult part. Knowledge acquired and not put to practice or implemented is a waste of time. Imagine, say you decide to study brokerage as a part time career. You attend seminars and read books about brokerage. Then after a while your free time seems to have been over taken by having to work late at your office so much that you cannot do any thing after your work. In the end your aspiration to becoming a broker has died and life has gotten in your way. Time has been wasted.

Am sure this story is familiar with many of us. The bare truth is that you wasted time in the first place and sadly the acquired knowledge will also go to waste for as long as you do not make time to put it to use . Sometimes it could not be that life has gotten in your way but the fear of failure has crept in. Fear is also one of the most detractors to success. Let me encourage you that whatever, obstacle you may encounter when implementing or putting your acquired knowledge to use, should be treated as a challenge. Life has so many challenges and it demands that you overcome them in order to succeed. Imagine a life without challenges wouldn’t that be a boring life?

When you triumph and succeed you will look back and say well I have come a long way. Remember that in order to have more you must become more. The more obstacles you overcome the more you become. Applying your acquired knowledge will propel you towards achieving greater heights of success be it in your career, business or indeed your relationship with others.

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Remember that there is no written down formula for success. This article is merely a guide on what has worked for me and I feel that it could also help you in your quest to your success. Personal development is not an easy task and demands that you are disciplined and consistent in your life. You will always be compensated according to the value you are able to deliver to other people and nothing more. Every new level of income you wish to reach demands a new you. You alone hold the key to either thrive or survive and you alone will determine the path to your own success based on how valuable a resource you are to others. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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