The Biggest Misconception About Successful People 

Note:Firstly, thank you so much for all the beautiful responses I got for my last article, on the site and on social platforms and offline, including those who chose to put to practice my $0.02 advice ☺.
Secondly, it is unfortunately one of those times I am without my dear WiFi, and so I haven’t exactly been reachable and I’ve been unable to carry out a couple of things. My apologies to everyone who inquired.
I should get it all under control from next week.
However, I was able to get my Podcast up so if you’d like the audio version of this 1300 words article, it’s right here thankfully. Enjoy!

“He has achieved success that has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.
Who has the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;

Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;

Who has left the world better than he found it,

Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;

Whose life was an inspiration;

Whose memory a benediction.”
― (Bessie Anderson Stanley, More Heart Throbs Volume Two in Prose and Verse Dear to the American People And by them contributed as a Supplement to the original $10,000 Prize Book HEART THROBS)

“What’s funny?” I asked.

“Nah. Nothing”.

“No. Tell me”.

“It’s this thing you’re planning on doing”.

I was still pretty confused. “What about it?”

“It doesn’t work like you’d think it would”.

“How do you mean?”

“I tried it too one time. I was expecting results. It just won’t come. It doesn’t work. You don’t see any benefit, no one would be there to appreciate you.
You would eventually give up”.

(A month later of me doing what I planned on doing anyway)

“Wow. I’ve been seeing what your works. Lucky you. We weren’t all so lucky”.

“Lucky me? How?”

“Nah. Nothing…”


No beating around the bush.
It’s the weekend. We have things to do:
You know what one of the biggest myth about success stories is?

“Success just falls from the sky for some.
Some people just get all the luck”.

You’ve heard that last line before, now haven’t you?

Meaning, it happen out of the blues — when you just get lucky. 
People, success doesn‘t fall from the sky. For anybody.
However though, it’s true — success does hit some unexpectedly.

Success can come pouring down hard out of nowhere (so it’ll appear), but no — I won’t tell you it’s luck.

And that’s the problem: Too many of us have the belief that it’s through luck!

We have subscribed to the thought that we need to get lucky and that means something big popping out of nowhere soon than later.

So when we try something and don’t have the big break instantly or during the time frame we set for it (try to not set a time frame for what you have no full control over), we go:
“Well, no luck here”.. and we give up.
It’s not luck. No real success would come from pure luck alone. There’s more. It’s perseverance.

 And it’s being at the right places.

It’s treading the right roads.
It’s about putting yourself in it’s way.

Think of success as a special sort of rain.
You’re going to need to come out of your comfortable bed, step out of your comfy clothes and your warm house to something more work appropriate and far from enjoyable, if you’re going to have any chances of being hit.

You’re going to need to step out without an umbrella, get wet, risk catching a cold — no one is going to want to do this with you.

And most importantly, you’re going to need to do all of this and get outside only to see that the weather app on your phone was wrong and no rain comes down all day.
And be ready to do it all over again tomorrow morning.
Like an article on LifeHack says:”…being at the right place at the right time involves being at a lot of places at a lot of times that might seem inconvenience or even painful”.
It would mean sacrifices, commitments, patience, patience, patience (yes) and plenty of the other things having to give way for that one thing to breathe.

It would mean at some points, you wondering if you’re only wasting your time and you deciding for yourself if you want to believe that.

“..But if you keep coming back to the right place — if you keep doing the things that success demands — you’re going to be in the right place at the right time and accomplish mind-blowing feats of extraordinary success. That’s not just possible, it is inevitable.”
(Danwald Schmidt said it first )

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And how do you can this? How do you incorporate this sort of lifestyle and make it a habit and ultimately attract “luck” as most people like to call it?
“When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

That’s your answer. Plain and simple.
That’s the formula. The secret to all of that “luck” you so desperately seek.
It’s all of the little things too. They all add up at the end of the day.
Every once in a while we hear stories of people like Johnny Depp, who got into the Industry after accompanying a friend to an audition (with no intention of trying out) but approached and asked to read a part of a character in the movie, thus landing his first gig.

Do you succumb to the idea that he got lucky alone or do you also see there’s more to it too?

If he had chosen to stay in bed that day,I’m sure as hell no Director was going to come knocking at his door!

If he sucked at that script reading, (and you don’t suck at something you aren’t doing for the first time), that Director would have simply nodded and smiled and waved him off politely.

Don’t you think so too?

Going after success long hard enough, hungrily enough, passionately enough, in the simple and in the not-simple ways, is just it.

I can assure you that you would most likely see no results instantly. Not one trace.

But when you do, the only way people would know how to explain it, is that you “just got lucky”.

Dare to believe. You won’t know how to see what you don’t believe in! You can’t grasp what you don’t know is there!

Don’t take my word for it. Dare to see it for yourself.

As Steve Maraboli said, Dare to be. To really Be.

And when that big break would finally come, when it finally pulls through, everybody would start to talk, be sure of that.

 “There has to be more to it”. (There is, but nothing their silly minds would understand).
Because so much happened behind the scene. So much. 

And no, it was too much to be left to be handled by Mother Luck alone.
No lazy butts were involved.

Preparations had to have been on ground to receive.

Because Success, true Success, makes no mistake when picking it’s lucky victims.

Success only comes pouring on those who prepared for the rain and who merited those showers of blessings.
Have you?

If You Liked Reading This As Much As I Loved Writing It, Or You Got Anything In Mind Really, I Would Love To Hear Your Thoughts Through The Comments Section!
Deliciously Yours To Savour,

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  • lemachi

    Nice one girl

  • Ayo

    Dare to be, to really be.. I woke up to read a great piece from you. Welldone..when a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.. B I’m smiling already. Thanks

    • Thank you so much Ayo
      Glad I could be the reason for that
      And you’re very welcome!

  • Lara

    Big up hun

    • Thank you so much Lara!
      Means a lot ☺

  • Lara

    love it

  • ¶rayze

    You keep making me proud baby!!…
    Thumbs up!!!

    • Thank you so much Praise
      It’s appreciated! ☺

  • Hemarh Nuel

    A Good Job,well done, B.

  • Nifesimi

    Nice Ima and thanks for the words

  • Some say they aren’t lucky but blessed like dat. Well, behind every success story is someone who has done some commitment (work, time, energy or even money), who has probably even failed b4, who’s probably had a few share of challenges, etc. people marvel at some others success but never truly know how much they worked & committed and even persevered for it.
    Very interesting post Ima, thanks for stopping by, I’m definitely coming back here for more!

    • Exactly, you’ve practically summed up my point!
      I’m glad you got the message, thank you so much for popping in to see me too, and I’d definitely hope to see you around ☺

  • Fisayo Bayo – Banjoko

    Very wonderful article. Well done Ima. More grease to your elbow.

  • Fisayo Bayo – Banjoko

    You’re welcome. Good to hear from you too.