“Uncle, please I need your help.”

“Yes, how may I help you?”

“I have a school assignment here to complete.”


“I need your help on it, uncle.”

“No, don’t be lazy. The assignment is for you to complete, not me. Helping you with your assignment would be tantamount to cheating. I don’t cheat.”

“No, uncle. I’m not asking you to do it for me. I just need your opinion on an aspect of the assignment.”

“Alright. Shoot on.”

“Thank you, uncle. I will like you to give me a single word that I can use to describe everything that brings about success in life.”

“Just one word?”

“Yes, uncle, only one word.”

“Ah, that’s tough. Success is a diverse subject so how can one describe it in one word?”

“Try, uncle. Just try.”

“OK. How about the word ‘Clarity’?”



“I don’t understand. What has clarity got to do with success?”

“Boy, it has a lot to do with it. In fact, it is the single factor that determines whether one is successful in life or not.”

“How? Uncle, how?”

“Listen to me. To be successful in life, you must be clear about what you want exactly. That’s clarity you can try here. When you know what you want, you must also be clear about how to get it. That is also clarity. When you are clear about how to get what you want, you must also be very clear about what you need to do to get what you want.”


“Yes, my dear. It is as simple as that. Without clarity, one would be running from pillar to post on a daily basis. That’s why you see guys jumping from one trade to the other, moving from one city to the other, and changing relationships every now and then. They lack the necessary clarity. Their vision is blurred.”

“Ha, uncle, you’re too much.”

“To become financially independent, you have to be clear about why you want to have financial freedom. That clarity will spur you into action. The same clarity will encourage you to go beyond the ordinary without minding what the busybodies around you would say. You shouldn’t give a damn about them anyway. After all, you have the clarity; they don’t.”

“This is amazing!”

“Look, I am not saying something that is too strange. Success comes to those who invest time and efforts into clarity. They think. They plan. And they act based on clarity.”

“Wonderful. Thanks for these nuggets of wisdom, uncle. That’s why I always rely on you.”

“One more thing before we close the matter. I want you to know that clarity is not something that is outside of each one of us. It is within. All it takes is the effort and time to be calm and explore. That’s why I believe that those who achieve great things in life simply apply uncommon sense to common sense.”

“Oh my God!”

“Oh yes, things that lead to greatness are of simple common sense, but only a few people apply uncommon sense to them. Anyway, that’s a subject for another day’s discussion. Let’s have a drink.”

“God bless you, uncle. You’re too much.”

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