Why are they successful?Wachira John
A few years ago, I was listening to a speech of a man who I have a lot of admiration for. As he spoke, he said something so profound that it’s stuck with me to this day. I have since listened and read about a lot more successful people and I’ve begun seeing a thread along the lines of what he said that ties them together irrespective of what they are doing, what their faith is or the field they are in.
He said; “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” That statement made me realize that successful people, like anyone else, do not know the future but they believe they’re living the life they are meant to live right now. What sets them apart is the belief they have in what they are doing. Their belief is so strong it becomes a confidence that the life they are living is tandem with their future. Very often that works out.
It begins with finding what they love. Mark Twain once said, “There are two most important days in your life. The day you were born and the day you found out why” If you are reading this post, the first has obviously already happened, the second may or may not have happened. When you know why you are here; and you will know it because it will be connected to what you love, you will begin living a fulfilled life.
The thing with purpose (why you exist) is that no matter how far you are from it, you will always know the symphony of its voice. You’ll always be in a position to tell its signal amidst noise; if you listen. Like any emotion, you can tell its nebulous presence without having proof that it’s actually there. You just know it’s there. Seems to me that God in his infinite wisdom placed a guiding system inside us that lets us know how close or distant we are to our purpose in this life. The paradox is that purpose doesn’t reveal itself in its bare form but like any good mystery, it leaves clues and if you’re keen on fitting the puzzle pieces together, you are well on your way to discovering what your purpose is and living a fulfilled life.
Another one of my legends (that’s what I call them) told his sons, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” By that he meant, when you do that which you love, you hardly look at it as work. You would still want to do it, paycheck or not or whether anyone liked it or not. What I’ve gathered, from the successful people I have been reading about is regardless of their religious background, they all admit, directly or indirectly that there is something/someone greater than them at play that orchestrates events and determines why we are here in the first place. Different sets of people will have different names for that. For me, that’s God.
I recently was going through my blog and interestingly, in my last post, I’d said that I was going to publish more articles since it had been a while since I’d written. That was the last blog post of the year. It’s almost shaming for me to admit that but to a very large extent, the reason I did not publish anything from then on was because of what followed and I hadn’t anticipated it was the beginning of an interesting journey that I’ll share over the course of this year.
I am not very outspoken but somehow, I enjoy being around people. What I enjoy the most I think is hearing and learning why they are how they are. I think that’s what unconsciously spiraled me to start doing interviews. Usually, I’m nervous about approaching strangers or even friends to have a chat about them. The attraction, however, that I have towards people; especially successful people supersede my nervousness or any barriers I may have. (Disclaimer: Successful people are not only people who have a lot of money. They are people who are rich inside.)
This year, I made a few goals that revolve around what I enjoy doing. One of those is talking to people around me who I deem successful. I want to find out what makes them tick. A huge reason why I want to do that is selfish. I want to have a broader perspective about life. Seeing life through other people’s eyes I believe will help me do that. I want to learn from these people. Bill Gates and his kind are not the only successful people we have; there are successful people right around me and so long as they’re there, I will take advantage of that opportunity. So I will speak with as many people as I can this year. Often when I do, I will share the conversations we have as interviews and hopefully you get to learn as well.
I’ve already spoken with a lady I found very inspiring. I’ll share the interview I had with her next week. If you have a person in mind you feel/think I should profile, please drop me a message via the contact form or on social media so that we all learn why they are successful.
Happy New Year!