Being Different makes the Difference

I once participated in a debate on “The Secrets of Success.” We were asked to brainstorm and come up with factors that could be considered as the secrets of successful people.

Not surprisingly, my group spent the first hour or so arguing about what “success” actually meant before we could even start to talk about its secrets. After hours of arguments and counter-arguments, it came out that there is nothing likes “secrets of success” anywhere.

Successful people all over the world do what we all know. But the key word here is “do”. We all know how to become successful, but it’s only the few that do those things that get to the Promised Land. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few!

Majority of the people who want to be successful in whatever they do, or contemplate doing, are not ready to give the kind of sacrifice that such success demands.

  • If you want to be rich, are you prepared to work for the money?
  • If you want to start your own business, are you prepared to take the risk?
  • If you want to reduce your weight, are you prepared to cut down on certain diet?
  • If you want to be fit and strong, are you prepared to follow the required physical exercise?
  • If you want to be a writer, are you prepared to create the time, think, and settle down to write?

Success is all about being different from the pack. Anyone who chooses to be in a crowd will find it hard to stand out. And being successful requires that you stand out (even when everyone is sitting). You must step out in faith and do what others consider as not convenient.

That’s what makes the difference between the successful and the not-so-successful.

I’m sure some readers would rather go spiritual on this issue. I expect some people to argue that “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” True talk! Nobody can fault the bible on that. But why don’t you do your part and leave the rest for God to complete?

Evidence abounds everywhere. The student that studies better makes good grades. The employee that works better gets promoted. The athlete that trains better wins a race.

Oh yes, I know this could be another source of argument. Someone may want to point my attention to the roles that politics or partiality could play in those few examples I’ve just cited. The fact remains that such will be on exceptional cases.

Take a look at any field. You will find hundreds or thousands of people or organizations in that line. But if you were asked to name the Top 10, would that be easy for you to do? I doubt.

The few ones that readily come to your mind must be doing things differently from the others. That’s why they’re identifiable.

You must also embrace innovation to be different. You don’t have to be the next Albert Einstein but you can question the norm. Doing this makes you think of alternatives that can stand you out.

Look around the streets of Lagos, you will see millions of sachet water being sold everywhere. They call it “pure water” but many people think it is “poor water.”

Who says it must always be sold in sachets? Who says you cannot enhance its reputation by producing that same water in plastics? That’s the essence of being different.

I did a quick survey of the Nigerian blogs recently and was alarmed and appalled to discover that they all do the same thing! In one blog page would be found photographs of actor this or actress that with little or no commentary from the blogger.

Go to another blog page, it will be a complete reproduction of what you have seen in the first place you visited.

Proceed to the third, fourth, fifth … blog page and it will be the same pictures and commentary.


Are my people that lazy or they just don’t intend to be different in anyway?

Little wonder why we’ve had hundreds of Nigerian blogs around for so long but nobody reads them.

If you choose to be different, you will have your class and succeed. You will remain focused and be respected for what you do best.

No doubt, some people will call you names. That’s a common thing that happens when you don’t follow the crowd. But a “Psycho” of today can become a celebrity of tomorrow. Who says ladies’ skirt cannot become men’s attire tomorrow? It only takes one man to start wearing it about before it changes to men’s new fashion (giggling!).

Anyway, that’s my short broadcast for today.

Stay different. Remain blessed…Being different makes the difference!

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