Reading is not one of my hobbies. Do you remember the high school set books we read? While many of us struggled to read them five times or ten times, I do not remember reading any of them more than once! I do not fancy reading novels.

That was me up to 5 months ago when a friend of mine sent me a pack of 16 entrepreneurial, business and motivational books from the US. The effort and the trouble of sending them alone made me change my mind about reading.

Today, I have just finished reading Vincent Ogutu's book, that has truly empowered me and made me rejuvenate my efforts towards achieving my goals in life.

I feel greatly oblidged to share the short lessons I have learned in every chapter of the book just to give you a hint of what Vincent means when he says, "Life is like that."

His chapter titles to me are true recipes of success.

1. The Power Of Instincts

He defines instinct as that feeling that allows you to make decisions (I presume the right ones) without having any supporting evidence.

All may seem gleam and dull. You may seem to be out of options when between a rock and a hard place. This is the time when trusting your gut. Some of the most important life moments than need split second decisions depend on your instincts.

2. The Power Of Confidence

We all know those brave students who would ask the most "stupid" questions in class. They are the same people who would score better than the rest of us. Success requires some gut.

The absolute awareness of what you want and persistence to go after it no matter the situation. Vincent narrates some of his experience that exemplify this fact.

3. The Power Of Focus

When you hold onto something, hold on tight. Hold on it with all your might, attention. Give it your 100% and watch yourself thrive.

Vincent identifies goal setting as a major way of keeping one focused on their vision. He adds moving around without a well defined purpose is a recipe of success and references Kiyosaki of Rich Dad Poor Dad who calls it a "rat race."

4. The Power Of Planning

You know the famous phrase that goes, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." Once you have a goal and you know exactly what you want in life, the next thing is to create a road map that will get you there.

By knowing what you have to do today, tomorrow, and the following week, month and year, it is easier to track progress, and change strategy towards achieving the goal.

5. The Power Of Choice

Vincent envisions choice as a God given gift that was awarded to man from creation. Likewise, everyday we make choices, good and bad.

We have to take responsibility of the consequences that come with each decision we make, hence the need to be wise when choosing whatever path to take in making our success happen.

With this in mind, we should never blame anyone but ourselves for any misfortunes that we come across.

6. The Power Of Patience.

Not all the things we need come when we need them. Vincent tells how him and his wife waited to get their first baby and how they were devastated by people's words and heresy.

Patience is a virtue, and it comes with resilience and ones willingness to persevere the hurdles of life. Life, as Vincent says reshapes itself and starts helping you till your dream comes true

7. The Power Of Associations

Your network is your net-worth. Investing in good and fruitful relations formulates the foundation for success. Opportunities do not hang on the sky like clouds, but rather, they are found on the people you meet, talk to and attend events together with.

Investing in networking can help you meet significant people who will aid you on your path to success. You will meet your mentor, and even your next business partner.

8. The Power Of Peace

Peace is an everlasting generator of joy and happiness. Making peace with yourself then the people around you especially your family creates the right environment for making it in life.

Vincent pens off the chapter by stating that balancing relationships, family, social life, career, spiritual life and economic activities are a big contributor to health and success.

9. The Power Of Trust

Trusting yourself even when no one is willing to pay tribute to your efforts and struggles. Trusting yourself is when you believe that your actions will lead you home.

10. The Power Of Moving Forward.

When accelerating towards your goals, never confuse motion for progress. Actions creates momentum and eliminates resistance, as Vincent puts it. Put in the right steps to help you achieve your goals.

Decide on what you need to do, take action and watch results. Massive results can only be achieved by massive action.

I am totally empowered by this book and as finish this by saying that the good habits that give rise to success are attainable. We cannot achieve excellence with mediocre habits.


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