A swan appears to be sailing smoothly without efforts. Only the swan knows how hard it is paddling underneath the water. In a nutshell, people envy successful individuals, considering them to be born lucky. The so-called lucky people have been toiling all night while men slept. Luck has been discovered to be the coming of those expectations, attracted by your dominant thoughts. The harder one works, the luckier one gets. Hard work is a prerequisite for success. Clearly, thoughtful optimism breeds success but thought itself will not accomplish anything. It is when thought has been combined with action that success can be realized. There is no substitute for old fashioned hard work. But, in addition to working hard, you must work smart and ensure that the correct energies are directed to where they are most needed.

Apply the 80/20 principle which postulates that 20% of your effort and relationship account for 80%of your emotional value and the result you get. Work out what you want from life. ‘’Aim to have it all’’ says Richard Koch in his book titled The 80/20 Principle. Everything you want should be yours. The type of work you need, the social, mental and aesthetic stimulation that makes you happy, the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate for you. if you don’t aim for it all, one at a time, you will never get it all. To  aim for it requires that you know what you want. Many of us don’t work out what we want so we end up with lopsided lives. We may get work right and relationship wrong or vice versa.

I once had a friend and course mate during my University days in Federal University of  Technology Owerri (FUTO), situated at Imo State, Nigeria. In our  first year at school, FUTO was rumored  to be a dessert full of thorns due to the strictness and high handedness required to get good grades from students. It was a hard place to pull by. At least that was what we thought after hearing such rumors. How foolish! While we dwelt on those rumors and yet to settle into campus life, this friend of mine was busy toiling day and night to get what she set out to get from the onset. She came with a different mindset and she couldn’t care less about those rumors. Guess what, her hard work for 5 years paid off. It always does.  She graduated with a first class honours and proceeded for her MSC outside the country. As it’s her norm  to work hard, she made a distinction over there too. She worked out what she wanted form school. She aimed to have it all in distinction. she got what she wanted. I’m talking of no other person than Bookie Ezeoma. Allow me to observe my filial piety with a bow, to this woman of excellence. My sincere congratulations to you Bookie.

Word of caution; the race is not to the swift nor to the strong.  There’s a place for spirituality. According to the Torah, the physical world as painful as it is, is a spiritual plane of existence. Without the blessing of been in the right place at the right time, real success eludes the seeker. Without divine energy, real and sustained success is impossible. Divine is infinite. Been infinite means that there’s no end to the amount of possibilities and opportunities that emanate from it. As you add spirituality to your life keep in mind that the power of intent is very potent. Whatever you do should have an underlying purpose that goes beyond a selfish and narcissistic quest for more pleasure.

Forgive me for been too forward but life is forward too. You have to make up your mind like Bookie Ezeoma. No matter the  dessert of challenges thrown to you or rumored about, providing you with excuses to give up. You shouldn’t. Thomas Edison once said ‘’many of life’s failures are men who did not know how close they were to success when they gave up’’. Decide to sow seeds of hard work and your seeds of hard work will germinate into greatness even in the midst of the difficulties. Like grassroots in the dessert, so will your success sprout over the challenges of life. Accept my congratulation for your  success in this life. Your grace is immeasurable.


Dedicated to Bookie Ezeoma on her graduation from the Royal Agricultural University with a distinction in her MSC.


by Crown Nwachukwu

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