How Idiots Succeed
The difference between men of activity and men of productivity is in the
measure of jobs left undone after the day was over.
The inspiration to write this article came while I was walking down to
the office in the morning. I pondered over it then and said to myself;
“Boy! Let’s see how productive you will be today.” The bitter truth is
that they are days so disgusting that we end up wet and weak yet not
accomplishing much. But can I tell you that it isn’t natural… That is
to mean; you can either choose to be productive or not.
One of the key factors I have observed that distinguish the Rich from
the Poor is that the Rich are men of productivity while the Poor are men
of activity. In the neutral sense of it there’s nothing wrong with
activity but how come it has always stopped the average man from ever
becoming as wealthy as he wanted?
I didn’t bore myself today by setting unrealistic goals, I was straight
and simple to set three goals which I insisted to see I did finish it
before coming back. I had in my To-do-list a proposal to compose for my
Motivational Business Series among others and I’m glad I did today.
That’s what it means to be productive.
What are the benefits for being productive?
Being productive is the best thing anyone can do. When you are
productive as a subordinate you manifest the result of law of
attraction. It makes you a favourite staff, a reliable boss and most
importantly, the spotlight will always be on you. People tend to run to
you each time a work is required to be done fast and in good condition.
Having watered your mind to find or increase your interest in being
productive, I think the time is right to disclose to you the 6 Ways to
Let’s get down on them so that we could do something else.
1. Recognize God
Of course this is not a religious sermon but whatever we do in this life
without God is prone to fail. God may not be asking you to let Him do
the job but you must recognize His Sovereignty and Supremacy.
“Our service to God is not to provoke His blessings but to fulfill His
purpose for creating us.”
~ Anya Oko
See God as the first.
2. Focus on your strength
One of the reasons why most Entrepreneurs find it difficult to be
productive is because they start business in fields or industries they
have no passion and thus strength in.
How can one discover his strength?
To find the area of your strength discover the area of your true
passion. And how can you find this area of your passion? Ask yourself of
things you can willingly do without asking for a pay check.
Any time you stop focusing on your strength you are bound to be very
unproductive. So, to become productive, focus on your strength.
3. Don’t sabotage yourself
So many people are the root cause of their problems. They intentionally
sell themselves to their enemies through their characters.
Don’t lie to yourself. Don’t be your own enemy.
4. Learn to work as a team
Be a team player. After you’ve learnt every other thing you must learn
to work with a group. Don’t always believe you can achieve much going
5. Learn to delegate responsibility
You can’t be everywhere at the same time and you can’t do everything all
alone. You’ve got to let others mind the next post while you focus on
6. Be yourself
Don’t fake who you are not. Be original! Understand your limit.
Productivity is all it takes to be productive. Like begat like. The more
productive you become, the more likely you will get the opportunity to
be more productive.
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Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.
“Nothing is so humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.”
– Gustave Flaubert
Not until we have seen people who we by all standard of things measurable are better than succeed in business it never occurred to us that idiots can also be successful especially in businesses the wise have failed woefully.
Success in business is what anyone can achieve if he or she learns to play by the rules and also break the rules where necessary. One of those rules that have lingered in Africa and especially in Nigeria is that young people are not permitted to start their own business or do what I call earning-from-talent until they have passed through the tertiary institution. This is why we hardly have young millionaires in Nigeria unlike what is obtainable in other developed countries of the world. If Bill Gate, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Job or Jeff Bezos were to be Nigerians, their parents would have stopped them from dropping out of school to face their lifetime dream. I can remember vividly what my Mum told me the day I disclosed to her that I will spend my tuition fees in publishing one of my books. She spoke to me at length and convinced me to change my mind.
Most Nigerians still believe that inorder to be successful you must have a college degree while few which you and I is a party to believes that certificate without strategy is the root cause of our national problem.
To be successful in business you don’t need the tutorial of a Spiritualist, a Prophet or a Professor who know nothing about starting and running a firm. You need a mentor, a coach and a model. This is one among many secrets those we considered idiots uncovered to become so successful in business. Instead of running from one prayer house to another, the termed idiots gave their time to researching, investing in their ultimate skills and service to many. They were seen as idiots when they worked on jobs they didn’t love although it was profitable and a must-have for everyone just to get what they want. Today the spotlight is on them.
“Know the rules well so you can break them effectivelly.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
Do want the tested and proven secrets to becoming successful in any business of your choice? Then;
* Have a Mentor.
* Acknowledge the rules.
* Obey the rules.
* Play by the rules.
* And break it if is obnoxious.
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