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2 Surefire Ways To Position Yourself For Success

2 Surefire Ways To Position Yourself For Success

Look around you and identify 10 people making a difference.

I mean… extraordinary difference like employing others, supporting charity, and inspiring failing souls.

You’ll see it’s not their school certificates that’s helping them go places. It’s something else.

Don’t misunderstand me – formal education is still important and if you have the chance to get it, grab it with both hands.

But then, in today’s economy, it’s not the only path to success. In fact, it’s probably not even the surest path to success.

In today’s economy, I know of two ways to position yourself for real success:

…reading and networking. Arm yourself with these two weapons and you can almost always create your own luck.

2 Surefire Ways To Position Yourself For Success

Charlie Tremendous Jones was right:

You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet.

Let’s see how that works:

Reading to get smarter

Here, I don’t mean the cramming to pass and zealous jostling for grades and certificates that we all know. That alone cannot take you far.

You need to start reading books that give you smart advice and actionable knowledge. Books on business, productivity, creativity, personal development and autobiographies of legends you admire.

You need to read more… based on your talent, passion and goals.

Read, read, read.

It’s a smart way to consume in few hours, what the author learnt in many years.

Be deliberate about it. Enjoy doing it. Learn from it. Take the ideas you get from the reading further and put some of them into action.

Do it every week. Repeat the process. Soon, you’d have amassed the collective wisdom of scores of great minds. Soon, you’ll be smarter than most of your peers at getting ahead in life.

This is not the same thing as reading Facebook updates or reading jokes on WhatsApp all day long. It’s a type of reading of its own class.

Invest your hard-earned money in paper books or go the route of Amazon Kindle.

Today’s smartest influencers say you can’t go far in today’s world without reading. I believe them because it’s 100% true in my own life. I wish you would listen to me and experience this for yourself.

Networking to get ahead

You’ve probably heard it before:

It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you.

It’s so common a saying that repeating it is nauseating.

But hear this: it’s true.

The people you surround yourself with, interact with and learn from will have a tremendous impact on your mind and life.

They could help you reach your goals faster. Or they could help you lose focus and fail.

It all depends on how well you choose.

Jim Rohn said it well:

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

There are at least two takeaways from this:

First, choose your friends deliberately rather than randomly. Most people choose their friends at random. Don’t join them.

Second, make friends mostly with people who are smarter than you. People with the same interests as you. People with big dreams. People with courage. People with a sense of direction. People who aren’t scared to challenge the status quo.

These people inspire you. They connect you with opportunities. They mentor you. Or even finance you.

Some friends I’ve met online have helped me jumped towards my goals when I would otherwise have been walking or even crawling.

And I should mention this secret that most people just don’t get: the best way to make friends with an influencer is NOT to ask him or pester him.

It’s to help him.

Help him anyhow you can. Study him. Know his goals. Then help him out. Do it consistently without asking him to return the favour.

Then one day, his heart will melt and he’ll become your close friend.

So will you be the same person in five years?

It depends.

If you don’t read great books and connect with smart people, I’m afraid you might be the same person in five years as you are today.

But if you can invest the resources and time to consume actionable ideas from great books… and deliberately make friends with go-getters, the odds are likely to be in your favour.

It’s worked for me. And it can work for (almost) anyone.

How well do you read and network? How do they help you grow? You can leave a comment below.

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About Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin

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  1. Thank you very much for this write- up. I would have made it very far in this game by now but I showed my writings to the wrong people.

  2. Hi Tosin, i absolutely subscribe to your write-up because what you just post is the basic truth. It is a ”Food for thought” for people like me and i believe for people who want to go higher every day. Thumb-up.

  3. That was a great one Tosin. I feel motivated once again to write.

  4. Hello tosin, I have been following your blog for some thing now. And i must confess you are truly a professional writer if i must say, i love the two things you mentioned in your blog post; Reading and Networking.
    The are surely the way to success. Thanks for the information.

  5. More power to your elbow!!!!

  6. Hi Abdullahi!

    Your piece is certainly interesting and contains the obvious missing link(s) in many a mediocre and underperforming life. If many folks figured this reality out, many failures would (otherwise) achieve feats they can only dream of today…

    It’s as simple as that!

    I however wish to add one additional concept: believe in self. Personally, I have seen that many failures fail to attain success just because they believe they cannot. With such a negatively powerful mindset, nothing really works out for such folks.

    …and the never ending chain of mediocrity and ‘below averageness’ (in it’s characteristic heavy bound), never passes.

    What do you think?

    Do make the day great!

    Akaahan Terungwa

  7. That’s a well stated points Tosin. I mean, i absolutely agree with you.
    Akaahan, i couldn’t have agreed any less with you too.
    Personally, i believe it’s one thing to know you have an issue at hand and another to know the way out. It’s however, an entirely different ball game to know where and how to make the right move out of the situation.
    Albert Einstein (A great legend of the pen) once said “you can’t keep doing things the same way and expect a different result. That’s pure insanity”.
    Your piece made my day coach.

  8. Hello Tosin. I actually subscribe to your view. although I have known this for long, still am so guilty of it. I left my blog since last year and even forgot my password. my reading habit has been halted lately but trust me, am coming BACK. You are the #boss#

  9. thumbs up @ Terungwa. Boki urhegh ni na?

  10. Some people were specially created differently (No flattery), Abdul, you are one of them.

    I am NOT a writer, though…
    But your nail-hitting post makes me come back to hear more from you.

    No flattery, I Love this piece!

  11. Duru Bright says:

    It is true that I don’t have any interest on writing but you really made a point here that really spike me general on the things of life, I should have paid you for such a kind advise all the same thanks and God bless you.

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