1. Take risks
Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead; if you lose, you can guide.
In entrepreneurship, they say that a business entity cannot succeed unless the owner takes certain risks. The same applies in life, if you cannot take risks you do not stand any chance to gain. It’s therefore important to try your potential in all ways possible, if you gain, the better, if you fail then you’ll not have lost it all because you are equipped with lessons you can use for the better, or maybe help others achieve it.
2. Do not trust anyone
People are not what they say but what they do; so judge them not from their words but from their actions. An adage goes, give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth. Most friends lie to us just to please us, yet in fact they are the greatest enemies. A man’s true perception towards you is only depicted when you are not around him/her. For you to avoid disappointments in life, never put your trust in any man. However, that does not mean you live a sole life. If the disappointments come, learn to learn from them and become stronger.
3. Accept criticism as part of life
When someone hurts you, don’t feel bad because it’s a law of nature that the tree that bears the sweetest fruits gets maximum number of stones. According to a popular preacher and author Mr John Mason, people with momentum all share one trait; they attract criticism. How you respond to that criticism will determine the rate of your momentum. He says, “I was reading a cover story about Billy Graham in Time magazine recently and was surprised to find in that article several criticisms of him from fellow ministers. I was reminded of this fact: all great people get great criticism. Learn to accept and expect the unjust criticisms for your great goals and accomplishments.”
4. Maximise your life
Take whatever you can from your life because when life starts taking from you, it takes even your last breath.
“Life is short, live like you’ll die tomorrow and learn like you’ll live forever,” advised Mahatma Gandhi . It is the only sure way of achieving your maximum, before you die. Otherwise no human being has been proven to live forever on earth.
5. Build bridges, not walls
In this world, people will always throw stones on the path of your success. It depends on what you make from them – a wall or a bridge. The wall you build around you to keep away enemies will also bar away friends. Good things come with bad things, and bad things in most cases present to us unseen opportunities.
6. Overcome challenges
Challenges make life interesting; overcoming them make life meaningful.
In our personal lives as well as on a global scale, we face challenges that test our emotional mettle: injury, illness, unemployment, grief, divorce, death, or even a new venture with an unknown future. Overcoming such is what is remembered most, otherwise no one will be interested to know what we face, they want to know how we overcome.
7. Risk defeat to emerge victorious
There is no joy in victory without running the risk of defeat. Whenever there is victory, somebody/something has been defeated. Both the victor and the loser had equal opportunities, it is the determination and effort that rewards you either.
8. A path without obstacles leads nowhere
Have you ever heard of a success story without hardships on the way? A ship will face hailstorms before reaching the habour, a plane will face bad weather before reaching that world class airport just as the vehicle has to go through potholes and negotiate corners before reaching the city.
9. Do not live your past
Past is a nice place to visit but certainly not a good place to stay. Learn from the past, live for the present and plan for the future.
10. Be contented
You can’t have everything in life, hence learn to cut the coat according to your clothe. Do not live beyond your means. This will bring you happiness and keep you out of unnecessary stress.