The Disciples Of Success
Victoria Praise Abraham
Many desire to succeed but are unwilling to pay the price. The truth is that there is good and bad success and our values and life’s disposition determine what kind of success we end up embracing throughout our lifetimes.
A good definition of success is the attainment of a clearly set out goal, task, vision or dream. In life there are different reasons why people do not succeed and these reasons range from laziness, peer influence, environmental factors, poor educational background, lack of motivation and lack of encouragement from people around us. All these reasons are merely excuses that we must all work hard to debunk and eradicate from our lives because we were all wired by our creator and maker to succeed. God never created any failure.
We fail first in our minds before we fail in life. Failure is never final neither is failure fatal. Some people fail because they refused to try again. If you are open to trying again and again and again and again then most likely you will conquer failure. The real failures in life are those that quit too soon or those who refuse to try again and again and again and again.
Another reason why most people fail is because they do not believe in themselves enough. To succeed in life you need a very strong belief in God Almighty and in yourself. I decided to put God first in this writing because there is no need being silent about a factor that works every time without fail and just mention belief in self. Self-belief is important but a strong and vibrant belief in the living God is important, paramount and essential to really truly succeed in life.
On a personal level I did not achieve successes early in life and this was because I was in a wrong profession that stifled my creativity. I am a highly creative person that prefers to do many things tied to my area of calling and innate talents and gifting. Unfortunately I found myself in a profession that was almost automated and deeply boring to me. I struggled in it because it was not my perfect fit in a profession. Clearly this is a clear formula for failure or just mere average performance.
Today many are in a such situation where they are bored stiff, unproductive and uncreative and merely existing and just getting by in life and on their jobs. It is important to find your right profession in life. It is important to follow your heart and your passion in life because when the going gets tough your passion will sustain you and encourage you to keep at it and to never ever give up until you get to your promised land.
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I said all these to really say this……Success has disciples. These disciples are like sisters or brothers of the same mother. Every one alive today who has truly succeeded must have come across these disciples or family members in the course of their lifetime.
You cannot escape these disciples as I will like to call them if you really desire to succeed and succeed big in life. Success has no elevator. You have to use the stair case. This is a quote from Zig Ziglar that I am paraphrasing. Success has no shortcuts either. It is a long winding road that will lead you to your most cherished destination and this destination is in your mind and in your heart howbeit it will all manifest for all to see when you arrive at success-boulevard.
The disciples of success include, discipline, determination, diligence, and deliberateness. For the sake of our present discourse, I will leave them to 4 principal disciples even though my real list has altogether eight.
We might look at the remaining four another time. Let us look at the role that each of these four play in the journey of success in our lives.
First let us look at discipline as a disciple in the journey of success. Discipline is when you choose to pay the price required for you to achieve your set out goal, dream, vision or task per time. You cannot succeed in life if you are not disciplined. Success will simply elude you time and time again. You have to be disciplined to wake up early, sleep sometimes late and be on time for all your appointments without rarely being late. A disciplined life is a successful life waiting to happen.
The second disciple is determination. You need very strong determination to succeed big in life because there will be obstacles, hurdles, disappointments, discouragements and challenges on your pathway. It is your duty to be very determined to succeed. This means that you must never ever quit on the journey no matter what you encounter and no matter how tough things get. Determination is important. Determination is critical and very necessary to succeed in life.
The next disciple of success is diligence, and this disciple is a tough guy to embrace because as human beings we are really creatures of comfort. Diligence requires that you keep at it. You keep showing up, you keep writing, cooking, sewing, drawing or painting and doing whatever it is that you are good at until the very end. It requires that you never quit, you never stop working at your craft. You cannot succeed big in life without embracing this disciple called diligence.
The last disciple is called the deliberateness guy. You need to be deliberate about your life, your mission and visions of life? What do you want to achieve? Who do you want to impact? Where do you want to live? Who do you want to marry? What course of study do you want to embark on now? You must be intentional and you must be deliberate with your life. Life answers to the prepared and to be prepared you must ask the right questions both from yourself and from others.
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There is a price to pay for success. It is not for the lazy, the crooked or the unprepared. Success is attainable but as I wrote in my book titled ‘Hope on the go’…..you must pay the price for your prize, rise and your rice! Success is achievable but you must have these four disciples daily living in your life and in your home and office before you can succeed.
Abraham is the CEO, Vic-Abraham Media NG. LTD.
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Robbers Loot N30m Goods At Ikota Shopping Complex
. Owners Report Security Firm To Police
For about two decades, Dr. Helen O. Eto, CEO, Superior Mobile Investment Ltd and iClick Gadgets, has been doing business peacefully at Ikota Shopping Complex which borders Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lekki Peninsula, Lagos. The shopping facility is run by HFP Engineering Ltd.
However, robbers struck at the complex that has about 1,850 shops in the early hours of March 7th, 2023. Finesse Security Ltd guards claimed that they forgot to lock the gate of the facility, allowing the hoodlums to cart away about N30 million phones and other goods from Mrs. Eto’s freshly restocked shop.
Lamentingher ordeal to the police in Ajah and Panti, Yaba, Mrs. Eto said : “We took bank loans for the business plus our life savings all of which are gone. This is a wicked plan against us in our old age with children still in school, other dependants and various bills.
“We plead that the police should help us to get to the bottom of the looting to save us from early deaths as our BPs have shot up sharply because this is our main source of livelihood. A list of the goods looted from the shop was/is attached to my statements at Ajah Police Station and SIB, Yaba.”
Omokioja Julius Eto, Chairman, Editorial Board of The Daily Times and a media consultant, corroborated his wife’s account. Eto, a former Associate Editor of The Guardian and Editor-in-Chief of The Trumpet, said: “The robbery is shocking because the security gate is inaccessible even to shop owners at night, our shop is just a stone’s throw from the gate and it would have taken about at least two hours to cut through the shop’s security system.
“This makes us to strongly see the guards as the main suspects. We were not immediately notified by the security firm or the facility managers (HFP) of the robbery which we only got to be aware of at about 8.20am through one of our employees.”
A former Editor of The Daily Times, Eto who has also worked as a senior editor at the Punch and Thisday, added: “Since the break-in on March 7 till today March 30, Finesse Security Ltd has not called to sympathize with us but has been evading our calls and texts to its MD whom we learnt travelled abroad after the robbery.
“We have been doing everything to support the police investigation despite our predicament and hope they will bring the culprits to justice.”
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Governors of the 36 states have asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest and prosecute those involved in a plot to put in place an interim government as part of moves to truncate the nation’s democracy.
Condemning the move, the governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum assured of their commitment to continue in the defence of Nigeria’s democracy as elected leaders.
In a statement on Friday by NGF Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal at the end of the 4th meeting of the Governors, he warned the DSS against issuing statements without arrest as that amounts to heating the polity.
Tambuwal said, “The Forum deliberated extensively on the alleged plot by some unscrupulous elements to install an interim government, as contained in the recent statement issued by the Department for State Services (DSS). Governors condemned in the strongest terms, any unconstitutional means of regime change and pledged its commitment to continue to defend Nigeria’s democracy as elected leaders.
“In addition, the Forum believes that issuing statements without arrests is akin to heating up the polity and causing unwarranted tension in the country. It called on the DSS to do its job by immediately arresting and prosecuting all those involved in the plot as a matter of urgency.”
Recall that the DSS had on Wednesday confirmed rumours that a section of the political class was planning for an interim government in order to truncate the result of the recently-concluded general elections.
The Spokesman for the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya in a statement said that the agency had identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria but did not give the names of the masterminds.
The agency had said that the planners of the interim government had already held several meetings, during which they weighed many options to actualize their plot including sponsoring endless mass protests across Nigerian cities, securing a warrant to declare a state of emergency or a court injunction to stop the inauguration of the executive and the legislature at the federal and state levels.
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The Lagos State government has arraigned Chrisland School, Opebi, its principal, vice principal and two other employees over the death of one of the school’s pupils, 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran.
On Wednesday, the government of Lagos State had filed charges against Chrisland School and four others over the death of the 12-year-old pupil, Whitney Adeniran.
The school and its workers were accused of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts.
The workers who were arraigned before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja include Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Mrs Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria and Chrisland School Limited.
The school principal, Mrs Belinda Amao, broke down in tears while in the dock as the court and counsel tried to agree on a date for the commencement of the trial.
Whitney died during the school’s inter-house sports competition at Agege Stadium in Lagos on February 9.
Blessing Adeniran, her mother, had accused Chrisland of negligence over her daughter’s death.
The school’s management, however, dismissed insinuations that there was foul play in the death, saying she slumped in public.
Chrisland also argued that Whitney complained about “not-too-buoyant health” a few days before she died.
However, an autopsy conducted at the Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH) confirmed that the deceased died from “asphyxia and electrocution”.
In the charges filed on behalf of the state government by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Babajide Martins, who disclosed that their negligence killed Whitney because they failed to ensure her safety.
The charge also disclosed that they all acted in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered human life.
The offences are contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015
If found guilty, the offences carry a penalty of life imprisonment and two-year jail terms respectively.
On Tuesday, the state government granted access to Chrisland High School, Opebi branch, to open for physical learning ahead of the school’s forthcoming examination after parents’ appeal.
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ordered that the school be shut down on March 3, 2023, following the investigation into Whitney’s death.
Sanwo-Olu through the state Ministry of Education said the closure of the school would pave the way for unhindered investigation and afford all stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and friends of the deceased, time to grieve.
The reopening followed an appeal by the Parents of all Chrisland School Units who visited the Ministry of Education on Monday to seek the government’s understanding for “the sake of 500 plus students some of whom also have terminal examinations.”
The management of the school had tendered an apology over Whitney’s death.
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