Success is.... (3)

Finally, I found someone who claims not to be interested in being successful. He just wants to be comfortable. Not too rich, not too poor, just moderate and content. Good job, cute obedient children, beautiful wife, (not the runway model dazzling type, just body-cream-advert beautiful).The problem with my misguided friend is that he has been bitten by the bug of society that defines success as extravagant and suffocating opulence. Success is far more than luxury. It’s a multifaceted but single end product, something that my friend didn’t seem to know. Like John-son said, “moderation is commonly firm, and firmness is commonly successful”. Let me continue with a few more nuggets about success.

  • It has degrees but it never ends:

Like temperature, success has degrees. It has levels but it does not have an end, which is one of the reasons folk die disappointed, even though they achieved a lot. They think success has an end point, so they work their bones to the ground trying to get to the end called success. Unfortunately, there are things that don’t just end, and success is one of them. Things like joy, peace, hurt… you think you have experienced the epitome of joy because your office handed you the keys to a 2013 Range rover sport for ‘worker of the year’ award, then your father-in-law hands you the keys to a twin duplex in a plush part of town for your wedding anniversary so you go from ecstatic to gaga (wipe the smile off your face and come back to reality). My point is, you can never have an end to success, but you can have success on different levels. Nobody has gotten so successful that there was no longer any success available. Even after being the President of the United States of America, there is still work to be done. After becoming the richest man in the whole world, there is still more money to be made. After writing the one hundredth best seller novel, there are still stories to tell… There is always something more. The secret ladies and gentlemen is that success is achievable where you are; on the level you’re currently on in life. You have the opportunity to be successful at what you are doing today. John Maxwell, in his book Today Matters, talks about something called‘everyday success’ as the key to a lifetime of success. He argues that if you strive to be successful in your daily routine, at the end of your life, when you sum up all your successful days, you would end up with a successful life. Success is not about the distant future, it’s about the present. It’s about now.

The road to success is not to be run upon by seven-leagued boots. Step by step, little by little, bit by bit – that is the way to wealth, that is the way to wisdom, that is the way to glory. Pounds are the sons, not of pounds, but of pence.
-Charles Buxton

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  • It is always planned, never accidental

I’ve never heard of a person that stumbled into success in any area of life or field of endeavor. Success is by nature planned. I have an older friend who would rant whenever I bring one of my half-baked and off the wheel ideas for him to approve. He would say “poor planning precedes poor performance”. For any accomplishment to be termed ‘a success’, it must be have been planned and it must have worked out. You don’t call a man who won a million dollars in a lottery ‘a success’, you call him ‘lucky. Luck is not an ingredient for success; it is an unplanned windfall that takes no effort on your part. Even when you come in contact with a windfall, if you don’t plan and work it, you will end up where you were before it hit you. Hence, our friends who inherit millions of dollars from a distant relative and are broke the very next day. If by now, you are not already working on a plan for your life; career, family and the rest, you have signed a legal contract with failure. If you don’t plan for success, you will not recognize it even if it hits you in the face. Success is the fulfillment that comes from achieving a plan. Whether it is to conclude law or medical school, sell some insurance or walk a mile. If you are one of those folk who let life happen to them, success may elude you. You’ve got to get up and begin to happen to life. 

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.

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Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a writer, entrepreneur, blogger, public speaker and an all-round knowledge junkie who likes to view life from different angles.


  1. Just can't stop laughing @ "(not the runway model dazzling type, just body-cream-advert beautiful)"body-cream indeed and I hope it's of Brazillian milk worth not locally made Aloe cream.
    Sometimes we think we know it all and just waiting for opportunity but Nay, this truths just reminded me that I have miles to cover.
    How so often we dwell on wishful thoughts of "if and when" rather than taking it a day at a time.
    And boy did I know that setting a daily goal to "bathe my baby early, keep the house clean and still make it early and organized to work" and achieving it isn't far from setting and achieving a "Pearl Orchid in 6months" goal in my FM business. Little consistent strides leads to big achievements.
    What an eye opener

  2. Lol! Very true, its amazing how much we can achieve in a year and more, if we work at achieving the most we can everyday. Even as little as, yes, bathing ur baby early and all!(Smiles). Thank you debbie for sharing.