One day, after facilitating a training, I wanted to demonstrate a very important lesson I have learnt in life to my students. So I took out a book worth 20,000 Naira, explained how much the book was worth and I raised it in the air asking “who wants this”?

As expected, most of the people in the audience raised their hands. Some even shouted “I want it”, “I need it badly” or “Please give it to me”. 

But I just stood there calmly holding out the book until eventually, someone jumped out of her seat, rushed to the front of the room and grabbed the book from my hand.

After this exercise, I asked the entire audience, “What did this person do that no one else in the room did”

She got off her seat and took action. 

She did exactly what we all must do if we want to succeed in life. That’s the lesson.

You must understand that the world doesn’t pay you for what you know, it pays you for what you do. As simple as this statement, it is surprising how many of us love to attend seminars, webinars, conferences, meetings, etc. and we never really take action on what was taught.

I have been teaching and speaking at events for over 10 years now and I have found out that the one thing that seems to separate winners from losers more than anything else is that winners take the first step. They simply get up and do what has to be done. No amount of analysing, planning and organising will replace ACTION.

The problem is that many young people just love to attend webinars, seminars and training for the sake of it and maybe for the gram too because how else do you explain registering for a training and you missed attending the training? Is success not a priority for you?

Talk is cheap, they say. To be successful, you really have to do what successful people do. Successful people are highly action-oriented.

You know some of the reasons why you have not taken action yet?

You want to do it perfectly. You are waiting for inspiration. You are looking for permission. You are waiting for the right time. You need more self-confidence.

These were the excuses I gave myself in 2019 when I desired to start a podcast. I didn’t do anything about it until 2020. My first episode was poor, I didn’t like my voice but you know what? I started and gradually became better at it.

The top reason why you haven’t taken action on your goal is because you are afraid to fail. But what you fail to realise is that failure is an important ingredient to your success. You have to be willing to fail so you can listen to the feedback, correct them and keep moving forward toward your goals.

Planning has its place, but it must be kept in perspective. Don’t overplan and over-analyse. Some people spend their whole lives waiting for the perfect time to do something and there is never really a perfect time to do anything. 

What is important is that you get started, take action, get into the game, get into the playing field, get into that industry and once you do, you will start getting the feedback that will help you make the corrections you need to be successful.

I know good things come to those who wait, except that the things that come to those who wait are only the things that are leftover from those who take action.

Nothing great will happen in your life this year if you don’t take action on your goals.

This is the permission you’ve been waiting for!


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