SIX THINGS THAT DETERMINE HOW SUCCESSFUL YOU WILL BECOME
As you make your life journey, there are certain factors that underpins your success in life. Of course, not all things can equally contribute towards your success. Some are cardinal to your success while others serve as facilitators.Six principal factors that could DETERMINE your success in life are parents,teachers,time use, friends, books and attitude.
1. PARENTS 🔵
Our parents are the first people we have contact with when we arrive in this complex world of us. They are our first role models. It is no secret that parents has great influence on their children’s lives, guiding the kind of food they eat, where they live and what they wear. Apart from that, parents are primarily respon sible for the psycho- social and moral development of their children. Parental influence is far reaching than that. Researches has shown that parents’ educational level has a significant impact on their children’s success as well. There is a strong correlation between parent's educational level and children’s Success. The fundamental reason for this phenomenon is that parents who have gone to college or graduate school attach more value to educational attainment than those who do not. A 2014 College Board/National Journal survey exploring Americans’ educational choices found out that 62 percent of people with two college graduates as parents said that young people today need a four-year degree to succeed, compared with only 46 percent of those whose parents hold no college degrees. We can deduce from this research that people whose parents did not hold a degree are more likely to enter the workforce straight out of high school than those whose parents attain higher education. All these influences eventually provides the background and determine the extent to which children will succeed in later life.
Teachers!! The word connotes an idea of boredom and wretchedness to some people. According to the 2018 Global Teacher Status Index, the countries that most respect their teachers are China and Malaysia while teachers are least respected in Brazil,Israel,Italy and Ghana. The USA is in between these extremes) Teachers are held in high esteem in China and Malaysia; perhaps, the only few countries where teachers are still respected. In these countries, a teacher is placed on the same social status or level as a physician. Regardless of how we perceive teachers , they continue to play a vital role in our success either in the classroom on the field (Coach or manager).
There is a saying that “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”-William Arthur.
To be successful in life , you need great teachers who will inspire you to greater height, and torch that latent power in you, igniting it to life. You need that great teacher that will light your path to success. Many talents get wasted or unused because they lack a motivator to bring it to life.
3.TIME USE 🔵
When I think of time , I think of life . To me, time is life. There is nothing in this world one can do without involving time. What we fail to realise is that, our lives have a time frame. It is thus imperative to value time- the most precious yet undermined and undervalued resource in the world. The fact that we cannot control time or own it attests to the pricelessness of time. Now , how is time principal to our success? Success is not a one time event. It is a process that is cumulative. If success is sequential, then time is needed. Great and famous men in the world today ( Footballers, Artist, musicians, Authors) worked tirelessly behind the scene for SEVERAL HOURS to hone or master their craft or perfect their profession. Without time, they wouldn't have reached that level of perfection. So without time , you can't nurture your potentials to the fullest. What is more, our time is not even Guaranteed. This very minute that you are reading this article can even be your last minute, this second could be your last second. So now that you are still privilege to be alive, make use of time to succeed.
Everyone in the world need some kind of friendship. Your best friend could be a key contributor to your success in life. Nevertheless,there are certain friends that are toxic to your health and enemical to your progress in life. Sometimes, those we see as friends are actually enemies in mask. Just as we have genuine money and counterfeit money so do we have genuine friends and fake friends. Most of these fake people we call F.R.I.E.N.D.S are Foes Ravaging In Envy, Devisively Destroying Secretly. If you want to succeed in life , you need to cancel out this types of friends; Backstabbers, Snakes under grass, cowards,Evil Doers, enemies of progress.* Let me talk a little bit on "enemies of progress" Anyone who discourages all the positive ideas you raised up with him are enemies of progress. Most often than not, these friends are secretly jealous you will become a great or successful man in future so they try as much as possible to discourage and derail your focus. Example, you tell your friend that you want to invest on your studies so that you will get good grades in order to get a scholarship to advance your studies, and your friend discourages you from doing that by saying you don’t need to invest much in your studies because life is too short to waste on schooling, then that friend is an enemy of progress. You tell your friend you want to be self employed or an entrepreneur but he told you to forget that idea because entrepreneurship is too risky then reevaluate your friend. On the other hand, great friends are assets. Healthy friendships play an important role in your overall success and well-being. You will move in the direction of the people that you closely associate with. It's therefore important to associate with people that are better than yourselves in your chosen field. In that way, you will tap into their gem of knowledge. That is why it is important to choose positive people that can help you nature your ambition to fruition. Friendships provide us with the needed support and constructive feedback that are needed to achieve our goals and dreams. Good friendship is crucial to our growth. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are very good friends. The billionaires say for the last 25 years, they have discussed business ideas and trends in their respective industries. Bill gates confirmed that his friendship with Warren Buffett was an unbelievable one for him in the sense that even though they came from different backgrounds, the kinds of things that fascinated them were very much the same. Bill even admonishes that one should treat his or her social circle like an investment because some friends can bring out the best in you and so it's good to invest in those friendships.
It is when we open books that we discover knowledge and multiply our existence. There is a correlation between reading books and success. One of the things that ultra-successful people have in common is their habit of reading a lot of books. When Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success he mentioned books. His advice was , "Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it." Buffett reads between 600 and 1000 pages per day when he was beginning his investing career, and still devotes about 80 percent of each day to reading books. This is not an isolated case. Other rich and famous men and women also confirm this assertion. Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year. Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read a book every 2 weeks. These aren't just isolated examples either. A study of 1,200 wealthy people found that they all have reading as a pastime in common. These people do not read just any book. They select books that can add value to their lives. They opt for books that educate them over those that can entertain them. But in the information or digital age, books are fast becoming obsolete. The internet is a gateway to limitless knowledge. If you are still lacking relevant information in the 21st Century, then you are not making use of the internet. In order to succeed in this century, it is imperative to make well -informed decisions. In order to make such decisions, you must be adequately resourced and equipped with the relevant information that can catapult you to the Zenith of success. Get accurate information in your chosen field and it will boost your Chances of success.
6. PERSONALITY(ATTITUDE &MINDSET)🔵
Are you an optimist or pessimist? Do you see problems as barrier to success or springboard to success? Do you have the winner mentality or the victim mindset ? Your attitude determines how you interpret past events and even the strategies and tactics you'll adopt in the future. Your attitude determines the extent to which you will succeed. If you have a positive attitude you'll always achieve some level of success and vice versa. How do you react to obstacles? In 2010, five young men went for an audition to feature in a movie. All five were turned down. They went again to other auditions but still they were all turned down. After six turn downs, four gave up. One kept going for auditions and working on himself to make himself suitable for such auditions. After the 22nd audition, he had a breakthrough. He was given a lead role in the movie which earned him over 50000 Dollars!!! Wilma Rudolph was a sickly child who had to wear a brace on her left leg. She overcame her disabilities to compete in the 1956 Summer Olympic Games, and in 1960, she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics. Abraham Lincoln , the 16th President of USA endured a steady stream of failure and defeat before becoming President of the United States. He was born into poverty, lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown. In 1818, His mother died. In1835 he was engaged to be married, but his sweetheart died and his heart was broken. He could have quit many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of USA. What makes the difference in the scenarios above ?~Attitude, the winning attitude and mentality. If you choose to pursue a goal in any field, you will inevitably run into obstacles. Your attitude determines what those obstacles mean to you and how well you will deal with them. Negative minded people see obstacles as threats and nuisance. If you've got a positive attitude, you'll see obstacles as interesting, adventurous or even fun. Regardless of the outcome, you'll find the process invigorating, which will make future obstacles easier to overcome. It is worthy to more that regardless of what you do for a living, the foundation of what you will or won't accomplish is to a large extent influenced by your attitude. The more positive and task orientated you are, the more likely you are to be successful at whatever you do. In conclusion, it is imperative for all of us to take a critical look at these factors since they influence our level of success in one way or the other.
By Francis Agamah.