How bad do you want to be successful?

Yeah, how bad do you want to be successful? How bad do you want it?

Hey, I know you’ve got dreams. I know you really want a better life in the future. Oh, well, it only takes a fool to have such desires. Every dummy I know sustains that same desire to be successful. Often times we forget that the only proof of pursuit is desire. That’s what makes the difference between a successful man and the failure.

A failure spends each and everyday dreaming and masturbating on imaginations of a birghter future. He ends it all there. He backs it up with no action. A success in the making takes it a lot further. He works day-in day-out creating the future he desires. He does, he does, he does, he fails, he moves on and on and on until he finally hits it big.

You see, too many of my friends wonder around telling me of their great dreams and the kind of life they want for themselves in the near future. Despite how audacious most of the these dreams are, I mostly often don’t see any positive sign of them achieving it. Why? Their actions. Their priorities.

Truth is when you really want to be become successful, you’ll have to give up certain things. In fact several things. In my case, it meant giving up watching my favourite football team, Chelsea every weekend. It meant breaking out from a group of 10 whose goal in the University was to graduate with a first class degree (only two eventually did, anyway). It meant bunking classes and leaving good for nothing (to me) arithmetic assignments undone. It meant sacrificing my time on the one thing I really want to be after graduation. It meant turning down jobs with higher remuneration and picking up that with a lower remuneration just for an opportunity to learn and work in around someone whose life inspires me to do more and be more.

I’m not there yet. Very far from it. However, it’s been a rough journey. It been sleepless nights. It means sleeping very late and rising up early to get the job done. It means abstaining from the social lifestyle that takes away my time and resources that could have been spent doing the things that matter to me. It means living the “boring” life. It means shutting down Twitter at some point and opening Facebook fewer times in a week. It means doing less of chats/conversations with friends about issues that has no impact on my journey. It means committing my time and resources to the things I really care about, working tirelessly on the things that matter most to me with the main goal right in front of me.

What do I want?

I want to be successful. Period. I have no apologies for that. Every single person around me know that I breathe that everyday. I’ve seen the kind of life my parents and their friends lived/are living. No, I want something better, bigger, richer. I want a brighter life for my wife and kids to come. I see people on the streets each day and I desire to be the one to sign the cheque that will get them off the streets. I see young guys roaming the streets with no job, I want to be the one to employ the largest percentage of them in my fleet of companies in years to come. I want to be the one to write a robust relief cheque to that country trying to make a comeback after a natural disaster (talk Haiti and others). I want to be the one whose Foundation will write cheques to feed hungry children in Africa and wipe-off hospital bills of many. I want to be that one guy that puts a smile on face of a continent. Among other things I crave for in my future. No failure does all of that. Dear, I want to be successful and I want it badly.

Do this if you want it that bad

Do you want it bad just like me? Then, if you’ve got to drop all the activities that take your time and hinder you from pursuing your dreams. You have to give it all up. Whatever that means to you, just go ahead and do it. At the end, it doesn’t matter what you went through or didn’t go through to achieve it, all that’ll matter is whether you lift the trophy or not. Whether you become successful or end up like every other guy on the street.

Really, to become what you want to be, you need to sacrifice who you are at the moment for who you want to be. Again, whatever that means to you, just go ahead and do it. It ain’t gonna be easy. Never. Down times will come and go. Insults from friends will come. You may become the scorn of the small world around you. You’ll have to be a pro in ditching all of that and keep moving. All that matters to you after all is the goal post, and you have to keep your eyes fixed on it.

When you get to the point when you want to be successful as bad as you want to breath, then you will be successful.

Technopreneur. Chief Hustler at 1Plify. PhD scholar [Technology entrepreneurship]

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