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Brian Tracy in Nigeria tells ‘why some people are more successful than others’

…says every rung on the ladder of success is a new skill that is learnable

‘FEMI ASU

Brian Tracy, one of America’s leading authorities on the development of the human potential and personal effectiveness, on Sunday highlighted what makes the difference between highly successful individuals and others to an elated audience in Nigeria.

Speaking at Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos, the author of best-selling books including ‘Eat That Frog!’ and ‘Maximum Achievement’ said he was born into a poor family and had to set out on the quest as to why some people are more successful than others. In his determined bid to unravel the secrets, he read 66 books on the subject.

“They are more productive; they get more result and they make contribution to the world,” he said of people who are more successful. “If you want to get more from what you do, put more into it.”

On the ladder of success, he said, every rung is a new skill that will help you get more results. “You have more potential than you can use up in your lifetime. You can learn any skill,” he added.

With more skills, you get better, he said, adding that people who are more successful “keep getting better and climb the ladder of success.”

Tracy said the most important quality for success is focus. “If you can focus, you can achieve anything.”

Stating that technology is one of the greatest enemies of success today as it has huge capacity to distract, he said one of the greatest secret of success is to “leave things off; disconnect. Focus on the most important thing. You have to set priorities and focus on those things to get results.”

Task completion – starting and finishing a task – is another quality of people who are more successful than others. “All success comes from task completion,” he said.

Joy is as a result of doing something that improves your life, said Tracy. “Every time you complete a task it makes you happy.”

Successful people are those who have the habit of starting and completing a task, he said, even as he stressed the need to pray to God about one’s desires.

Speaking about the importance of clarity, he said: “If you are clear about what you want, you will start to attract all the resources and people you need to achieve it.”

Writing down goals also set successful people apart from others. “When you write down a goal with your hand, it will be programmed in your subconscious mind.” Quoting Henry Ford, he said any goal can be achieved if you break it down into small tasks.

“Be clear about what you want and focus on that one thing until you get result. What is your most important goal right now?” Tracy challenged the audience. “To achieve the goal you have not achieved before, you need a new skill. Ask yourself ‘which one skill we help me most to achieve my goal?’”

He added: “Be clear about your goals; be clear about the most important skills you need and be clear about the most important tasks that you can do to achieve your goals.”

‘FEMI tweets @asufemi

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Be Free, Manifest and Succeed

By Babatunde Oladele

I got this insight after watching a movie entitled “Bubble Boy.”

Humans, when caged by self, dogma or fellow humans cannot be free, neither can they manifest their full potential nor succeed in their endeavours. The very thought of freedom, manifestation, and success suggests an image of outward flow of activities rather than an inward blossom.

However, freedom, manifestation and success do not happen without some degrees of internal and external struggles. These restrictions usually come in form of limitations imposed by the self, others or the environment; and it is to the extent that you overcome them that you will be free, become and succeed.

Therefore, to be free, to manifest and to succeed, here are three keys you may find very helpful:

1. Go out

You cannot reach your full potential unless you go out of your comfort zone. Have you seen a tortoise moving before? No matter how big or small it is, it cannot move anywhere until it juts its head out of the shell. Humans are no different; there is no progress unless you go out of your shell. You cannot succeed unless you discard the limiting beliefs and self-doubts that have held you down for whatever length of time. To grow, you need to proceed from one level of reasoning or operation to the next. To succeed, you have to go out of the miry of nonchalance and average performance.

2. Reach out

As you go out of your comfort zone or bland level to pursue your dreams and ideals, you also need to reach out to people and resources that will help you to achieve your objectives along the way. Fortune most often does not favour the taciturn. You need to identify the persons or association that can enhance you as a person as well as enable you to accomplish your aim, and then reach out to them. This is not limited to humans alone; as you are “going out” you will also encounter books, events and other resources that will be helpful to you. Reach out to them, subscribe to them, engage them and assimilate them.

3. Launch out

To the extent that you have gone out and reached out, you also need to launch out with the idea and initiative you have been nursing, or those that occur to you as you become. A popular maxim holds that “people will not celebrate you for your intentions, but your actions.” To succeed, you need to have a sizable action quotient per day. And the key to doing that is making every hour count. Input substance into your hours and you will have a productive day. Never let an hour pass by without a substantial investment of rigorous thinking or effort with short, medium or long-term yield in it. Even the chunk of time you take to rest or spend with your family constitutes a judicious investment of time that will produce positives. So, don’t think it’s all about working alone.

So, dare the odds and discouragements to launch out and start that business, NGO, product/service line, and whatever it is that you have tucked in the recess of your mind for so long. Don’t fall victim of the paralysis that develops from over-analysis. You will never know all there is to know, have all you need to start, nor have a panoramic view of all there is to see about the idea anyway. So start where you are.

I conclude with a saying I heard some years ago, “instead of waiting for a perfect time, make the present time perfect.”

#Babatunde Oladele is a wordsmith, a content consultant and a [Bible-based] life coach. He consults for individuals and corporate organisations on research, writing, editorial, publishing, and post-production matters. He can be reached on babatunde.oladele@gmail.com

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