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Success: What Does it Mean to You

Success: What Does it Mean to You by Bell Rose Ntube Ngole
Success means different things to different people. For any individual to achieve success the person needs to define what success means to him; and unless the person can have a clear understanding and vision of what success is, then that person cannot work towards achieving that goal. There is no one achievement that makes a person successful; for some, acquisition of wealth is a measure of success; being married and having children can be another person’s definition of success; to another, it is doing the will of God, and yet to some others, it may be academic and career attainment.
Given these varied definitions of success, it is fair to say that there is no one attribute that makes a man successful. Certain habits however may contribute towards making an individual successful. Some of these include integrity, resilience, and dedication, belief in self, competence, hard work, prioritizing, and focus.
It is often said that a man’s attitude will determine his altitude-that is how far the man will go in life. Drawing from the pool of successful people that are talked about today, one common characteristic they all possess is integrity. Integrity is a virtuous core value that is important to successful individuals. Integrity builds trust and is a motivational factor for success. People can only run with the vision of a leader who has integrity; this is because people like to emulate successful individuals. A leader who has integrity is an influencer and a role model. People trust and follow him because they are oriented to his values. An example of such an individual is United States President, Barack Obama, whose success has an impact worldwide.
Resilience is another habit common among successful individuals- Resilient people always have the drive, the will and capability to bounce back after a fall. President Obama, for instance, did not give up on his vision when he lost the Illinois senate race for the very first time. He had a goal and a vision. His resilience paid off and he became the President of the United States of America.
Dedication and belief-in-self are other motivating habits of successful individuals. A successful man has self confidence and is dedicated to his vision. He knows what he wants and believes he can attain it. When he is faced with challenges, this dedication drives him to look for alternative solutions to achieving his goals.
A successful individual does not pursue many goals; he focuses on one idea/goal at a time. This is crucial because when an individual is distracted by so many ideas, the individual cannot perform at his maximum.
A successful individual is good at what he does. He may not have the mastery and the skills at the very outset but he knows those skills could be learned in the course of time. Successful individuals never allow lack of competence to be a deterrent in accomplishing their goals.
Successful individuals are hard workers. They work diligently to ensure that they succeed at whatever task they set out to accomplish. They are people who understand the necessity of practicing the persistent principle; “try and try again.”
Furthermore, successful individuals know how to prioritize things. They always have a checklist and they fulfill the obligations that are most important to them. They have the ability to never stop pursuing their dreams. They never take their eyes off of their vision. “Try and try again is their mantra”

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Genice Jacobs's picture

thanks

I found your piece very, very inspiring. I am really passionate about promoting microfinance and working to empower those who are less fortunate than I am. I know in my heart that I would like to pursue that path. But, I often doubt myself and my abilities and wonder if I have what it takes to be successful. I wonder if having a family and small children makes that fulfillment out of reach. There is so much suffering in the world and I feel I need to be an instrument to that change. Your essay gives me a lot of inspiration and it is a reminder of what it takes to be successful. I just need to keep my focus and energy directed.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking time to write this.

Genice Jacobs
Oakland, California, USA

Genice Jacobs
Profluence

Rosaline Ntube Ngole Bell's picture

Genice thanks for the

Genice thanks for the comment.
I strongly believe you can do anything you set your mind to do. The only person who can hinder you from achieving your goals is you. Having a beautiful family is even one of the reason why you should go for what you believe is your calling or passion.
Five years ago, i thought i had a clear vision of my future-then the channel changed suddenly. In a twinkle of an eye, I found myself with a quadriplegic son and a daughter whom at the age of nineteen months was not walking yet. It was heart breaking. On a daily basis, i endured the simultaneous task of pushing my son in his wheel chair and carrying my daughter in a carry-on bag . I had every reason at the time to give up hope, but i did not. I believed in hope even in the face of my adversity. Though i lived in Cameroon, i was fortunate to have given birth to both babies in the United States. My children are doing very fine because of the resources available in the United States -but my heart melts often when i think of the thousands of other children back home in Cameroon who do not have the opportunities my children have. To cut a long story short, It was against this backdrop, that i decided to make a switch from journalism to education. My background as an educator and mother of a child with special needs, qualifies me to serve as an advocate for these neglected population in Cameroon. I am determined to work to ensure that this vulnerable population and their families have access to quality education and training, are educated on their disabilities and their rights-so that they and their families can make informed decisions. Also, I want to ensure that they and their families have access to resources such as wheelchairs, braces, walkers, gait-trainers etc.
There are many children in Cameroon with physical disabilities who trek for miles or are carried on the backs of their siblings to go to school. A little change such as providing them with a wheel chair would make a world of difference in their lives. It would also give relief to their loved ones who are suffering from back pain because they have to carry weights of 50-150 pounds on their backs daily.
Genice, my dream has not come true yet, but i am not going to allow my present difficulties to deter me from following through with them- so should you.
Go for your dreams-let the sky be your limit.

Rosaline

Rose Ntube Ngole Bell, RNN or RnB as she is fondly called is a Cameroonian journalist. She began her career in 1992 as a desk assistant at the first FM station in Cameroon; Yaounde FM 94, while completing her undergraduate degree in English at the Univer

efe's picture

inspring words for an inspiring day

today is palm-sunday. i am really glad to identify with your belief in determination. The determination of Jesus-Christ to bear all is an inpiration to me.

Of course! Efe. He died that we may have abundant life. Aren't we a privileged people?

Rose Ntube Ngole Bell, RNN or RnB as she is fondly called is a Cameroonian journalist. She began her career in 1992 as a desk assistant at the first FM station in Cameroon; Yaounde FM 94, while completing her undergraduate degree in English at the Univer

Genice Jacobs's picture

thanks for your kind words

Your note was so sweet. I hope you don't mind, but I sent it to two friends who is going through a hard time herself now. She is going through a divorce with two small children and she hasn't worked in 10 years. The other is also divorcing and her ex husband is being real difficult. He is a divorce attorney himself. Over the course of life, if you are fortunate enough to live long enough, we all go through difficult times. For me, I was single without children until I was 40. At 40, I adopted my daughter from Kazakhstan and then met my husband 9 months later. We married last August and now I have two step children two and the family I always wanted. Now I need to start refocusing on following my life's purpose with respect to my career.

Best to you. Keep at your dreams. Look forward to getting to know you on Pulsewire.

Cheers,
Genice

Genice Jacobs
Profluence

God is never late Genice. The bible says He makes all things beautiful in His time. This is the appointed time for you to enjoy the blessings of a family. I love the fact that you have accepted those children as yours. My dear, enjoy the blessings that comes with motherhood.
Encourage your friends not to give up. Tell them to be persistent and patient-something good would come out of that difficult situation.

Rose Ntube Ngole Bell, RNN or RnB as she is fondly called is a Cameroonian journalist. She began her career in 1992 as a desk assistant at the first FM station in Cameroon; Yaounde FM 94, while completing her undergraduate degree in English at the Univer

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