7 Chapter 6: Living A First-Class Life With A Third-Class Degree
This book is not about history, theory or theology. It is
about bringing life to your dead dream of becoming a
first-class personality in life, although you have a third class degree.
Unknown to you, while on campus, the main reason why you
really desired to graduate with a first class was not just for your
friends to respect you or for your family members to be happy
for having a first class graduate in the family. Much more than
these, hidden somewhere within your heart, is a secret aspiration
to want to live a first class life in the future. That dream should
not now be aborted simply because you did not make a first class
Armed with this understanding, you will agree that graduating
with a first class in school is only a means to an end and not the
end in itself. The end in itself is living a first class life. The good
news is that there are so many means to this end, and this book is
about those means.
All third-class graduates aspire to live a first-class life after
leaving school. That is why you are reading this book. No one
wants to be left behind in life; everyone wants to belong, to feel
among. However, it is also true that not all third-class students
know how to go about it.
Going down the history lane, there are so many third-class
graduates who have crossed over the boundary of third-class to
become highly celebrated personalities in life. But there are
numerous others who labored all of their lives and at the end of
the day died unnoticed and unsung. What is the difference?
Every third-class student in school who ended up becoming a
first-class student in life had some things they did and some
things they did not do. So also, every third-class student in
school who got their dreams aborted in life also had some things
they did and some things they refused to do. Only that the things
the latter did are the ones the former neglected, and the things the
latter neglected are the one the former embraced!
There are rules that govern every activity here on earth. There are
things you must do and there are things you must not do to get
your dreams fulfilled. The things you do and the things you do
not do will determine if you will get your dream of living a firstclass
life accomplished or abolished, and how soon you will.
Discussed in this chapter are things you need to do in order to get
your dreams accomplished.
Goal setting, simply defined, means, aiming at something. It
means deciding what you want. No matter how passionately you
desire to live a first-class life and how hard you pursue it, if you
do not have a set goal, you will not achieve much.
You must aim at something. Everyone who aims at nothing will
succeed at nothing. Undefined goals will cause you frustrations,
loss of motivation and depression. If you do not set your goals,
you won't know what you want out of life and hence you will not
be able to develop enough faith to do what you are supposed to
do so as to move towards the target.
Goal setting matters a lot. Goal setting is to a dream what fuel is
to an automobile. Before you start up with your dream, set your
targets. Know what you want to achieve in a set time. If you have
not set the goal, do not start yet. Only those who effectively set
their goals succeed as dreamers.
Whatever decision you make when setting your goals will affect
the future of your dream. So, take your time to do it. Do not do it
in a hurry. Your set goals should be one that you can cope with
because you may feel miserable if you set yourself impossible
target and then fail to meet them.
It is a very natural phenomenon for man to want to act before
planning than to plan before acting. Human beings find it easier
to begin a thing than to sit down and plan for the things they want
to do before starting out.
The temptation to jump into actions is always very strong.
However, no matter how strong the urge is, please do not give in
to acting before planning. Failure to plan, as commonly said, is
planning to fail.
When Jesus said 'take therefore no thought for the morrow, for
the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself' (Matt 6:34),
unlike what most people think, He did not mean we are not to
plan for the future, but that we should not fret, worry, or be
anxiously concerned about the future.
He expects us to have our plans properly in place before acting.
This is why He admonishes us to consider the wise planning of
ants ahead of time (Prov. 6:6-8). If He wants us to learn about
planning, He definitely wants us to plan.
Planning is the life-giving force of a dream. This has been
confirmed in the lives of all successful dreamers. No dream has
ever advanced in the absence of it.
Planning means thinking out ways of doing things and coming
up with creative ideas of making them come to pass. You want to
live a first class life, start thinking of ways to make this possible.
The moment you start thinking about it, more options will be
made available to you even before you start up.
This is one major advantage that planning has; it helps you make
fewer impromptu and emergency decisions. Every major
decision to be made that may affect the future of your dream
adversely would have been made in advance ever before you will
need to make them, at a time when you are not under any form of
pressure and you can think right, so you will make well thought
out and balanced decision.
Planning in advance will also help you tackle problems ahead of
time before you encounter them in reality. It will give you
enough time and ample opportunity to address the problems and
propose the best of a number of solutions to them before you
actually experience them.
Sit down and think. Make well-detailed plans. Stretch your brain
beyond normal capacity and bring out something worthwhile.
Refusing to make concrete plans is reaching the end of the dream
before taking off.
Your big dream cannot survive on a small plan. Your wildest
dream will need your wildest plan to be successful. If your dream
is big, then you need a concrete plan that can carry the whole
weight of your dream successfully. Only a good plan can take
you to your goal.
Contrary to general opinion, proper planning does not make a
man too rigid; neither does it make him behave like a robot. It
does not make him over-anxious about tomorrow but rather it
helps him get rid of most unnecessary concerns.
If you want to make it in the future, you must plan very well
today. Without planning in advance, you will sink mid-way. The
farthest you can get is just some few miles into your dream. You
are definitely sure of getting into a problem before you go far.
Things will get muddled up and you will not be able to advance
any step further.
No architect starts to build without a plan. He first sits down,
spends time with it, produces the blueprint before the building
commences. Properly made plans can be likened to the blueprint
of a house. With it, you have in your hands the direction you
need to follow in order to get your dreams fulfilled. But without
it, you lack the most important ingredient needed for a fulfilled
Your plan is your guideline, your instruction manual. Your plans
are the maps of your dream. They give your dream a sense of
direction. They aid efficiency, enhance commitment and
discourage laziness and procrastination.
Plan your time, plan your day, plan your week, plan your month,
and plan your year. Other resources available at your disposal
are directly or indirectly dependent on your ability to plan your
time in line with your techniques. A proper planning of your
time, coupled with a good organization of your techniques are
what it takes to soar with your dream and become a first class
personality in life.
Without detailed plan, life becomes a gamble. Your life will be
controlled by all situations and external circumstances. You will
only be going back and forth, wandering about aimlessly. You do
not know when to do what and what to do when. You do things
arbitrarily; anything goes, at any time, in anyway, by anyone, for
any purpose. This leads no one to nowhere.
If the fulfillment of your dream is your priority, you will think
well enough and design ways to attain them. This has always
been the norm: first class dreams soar only on first class plans.
Noah had a plan for his ark. Moses had one for the tabernacle.
Joshua had for his battles. Solomon had for the temple too. God
had a plan in place to save the world immediately Adam and Eve
sinned. He is also in heaven planning the structures and space to
accommodate all that will make it to heaven. You also cannot
succeed without a concrete plan.
Do not forge ahead unless you have planned ahead. To have a
ready-made plan is to act wisely. Carefully, planned strategy
prevents from ending up in tragedy.
Dreams are not produced in microwaves. Anything that will last
will require enough time for preparation; this is the time for
planning. When you have a detailed step by step plan, it propels
you every step of the way.
GOAL SETTING AND PLANING
Goal setting and planning are too intertwined to be separated.
Both are the foundation stone for any dream that must succeed.
Every dreamer is a planner. All visionary are goal setters. Setting
goals without proper planning makes the goals unachievable.
Proper planning without set goals keeps the dreamer wondering
whether he has achieved his goal or not, since he does not know
what his goal is in the first place.
Setting your goal is deciding what you want while planning is
preparing ahead of time how to go about it. In this case, your goal
is to end up a first class personality in life, despite graduating
with a third class result in school, and your plan should contain
detailed steps to take to achieve this goal. The goals can be
further broken down with commensurate plans to achieve it.
Goal setting is defining your goals clearly on paper while
planning is having a clear-cut, detailed plan of ways to achieve
the set goals. When such decisions are made, it will be easy to
achieve goals with little or no stress.
Planning and goal setting together enhance the quality of your
work and determines the rate at which you move, especially at
this early stage. It is useless to be mindful of time if there is no
end towards which you are running. Unless you know where you
are heading to and how to get there, you do not just jump into the
cockpit of an airplane and take off. Goal setting gives you the
end view, while planning monitors your progress per time.
Goal setting and planning require vigorous thinking. However,
you need not be scared because of the mental alertness needed. It
will only make your life better.
What other things precisely do you want to achieve and when
exactly do you want to achieve them. Start tabling your plan on
how you want to achieve them. Life is easier that way.
BREAK DOWN YOUR DREAM
Most third class graduates easily get intimidated and
overwhelmed by the size of a big dream and the amount of time
it will take to accomplish it. This is why they always easily settle
for something small and sizeable. They desire to be the CEO of a
multinational conglomerate, but they are scared to admit it
because they think they may never get there since they do not
have what it will take to get there.
Do not be bitten by such bugs. Do not let the greatness of your
dream, or the enormity of the effort involved in transforming
your third class degree to a first class testimony scare you away
from giving it a trial. Always be willing to make an attempt first.
A good way to unmask the scary face of this giant dream is by
reducing it to smaller dreams. Just like a man faced with a task of
carrying a cart full of cartons up a number of stairs. What he does
is to off-load it and carry it bits by bits until he has successfully
transferred all the cartons and the cart to the last step of the stairs.
This is how to handle a big dream.
Break the big dream into smaller tasks that can be accomplished
in a reasonable amount of time. Break down your long-term
vision into smaller and easily achievable short-term visions.
Replace the big 'mountain' with smaller 'hills' and transform
each of the smaller 'hills' into a set of 'molehills' which can be
crossed with a stretch of the leg. Break down large chunks of the
dreams into smaller chunks and the smaller chunks into tiny
Divide the dream over a number of years. Further break it down
into simpler units by dividing each year's dream into twelve
pieces: each part for a month. But try as much as possible to
make each month's allocation both achievable and realistic so as
not to put yourself in a tight corner.
Further break the monthly goals into weekly goals, and the
weekly goals probably into daily goals. Make each day count in
the pursuance of your dream. Try to eliminate every unnecessary
step (this should have been catered for at the goal setting and
planning stage if you had really done what is expected of you).
The great burden of your dream becomes easier when you do it
this way, splitting it into smaller accomplishable portions. It
makes your seemingly mountainous dream become levelled
grounds which you can walk over with ease.
Maximum results gotten through minimum efforts are what you
should crave for in this pursuit of a first class life, and it can only
be accomplished by breaking down your dream.
The final success of your dream depends on the successful
accomplishment of each smaller units to which your big dream
has been divided. Daily successes lead to weekly success.
Weekly successes transform into monthly success. Monthly
successes merge together to form annual success, which in turn
opens the way for the successful accomplishment of the dream.
BELIEVE YOU CAN
Your faith in your dream should be as strong as your faith in
yourself. Dreamers are optimists. Irrespective of what the past
records have proven about you, at this point of your life, if your
desire to be a first class student of life must be accomplished,
you will need to start building a new faith in yourself.
Believe in yourself. That thing can be done; yes it can. Not just
by only a genius who graduated with a first class degree, but by
you. You can do it. You can reach higher. You can reach further.
You can reach deeper and you can reach wider than you have
ever thought possible if you believe in your ability.
Believe you can. Do not question your ability to accomplish
great dreams that will make you live a first class life. Do not lose
your self-confidence, thereby giving room to worry, doubt and
confusion. Take your mind off the things that seem to be against
you which you cannot overcome. Why worry about the things
you cannot change? Get busy changing the ones you can and
others will follow suit.
Have a specific dream. Define your dream. Conceive in your
heart a clear picture of what you want. If you can conceive it, you
can achieve it. If you can visualize it, you can actualize it.
Whatever your mind can comprehend, your hand can apprehend.
Living a first class life with a third class degree is a matter of
personal determination. Fulfilling your dream is a matter of your
own decision. You can decide to live either as a third class
graduate from your school, or as a first class student of life. Your
background, your present circumstance of graduating with a
third class certificate, prevalent challenging situations, and what
others say concerning you do not influence your dream as much
as your determination to succeed. Your dream becomes a reality
only if you purposely determine that, come what may, you will
give it all it takes, and more importantly that, you have all it
Build confidence in yourself. Your belief in yourself increases
the level of your motivation and supplies great stimuli to work
hard for the fulfillment of these dreams.
Have no limits. See success where others see failure. Specialize
in the impossible. You cannot afford to die a third class graduate;
you can still live a first class life. So, sit up. That dream must not
be aborted; it must be accomplished. It must not be miscarried; it
must be birthed. It must not be abandoned; it must be fulfilled.
After setting your goals on how to achieve a first class life with
your third class degree, do not just sit down and wish things
would fall into place themselves; you will only fall back on the
third class platform. You have to consciously and painstakingly
put things in their rightful place by yourself if you want them to
fall on the first class base. If you wait for them to take their
rightful positions themselves simply because you have your goal
and plans carefully laid out, you will wait till eternity.
Most graduate's problem after leaving school is not the inability
to set goals or plan well, but the inability to act on their carefully
set goals. Almost every graduate, first class or third class, have
nice ideas and great dreams, but the challenge is always on how
to take the necessary steps to transform the dream into reality.
The devil does not mind your possession of brilliant ideas,
setting the goals to reach them and planning how to execute
them, but he gives you his utmost attention the moment you rise
to pursue your carefully laid down goals so as to achieve your
plans. He will do everything possible to scare you away from
taking the necessary steps, especially the first one.
That is why, most times, the most difficult step to take is the first
one. Once you overcome the fear of taking the first step, the
other steps of actions becomes easy.
Do not be afraid to act on your plans. Endeavor to overcome the
fear of inability. Once you can, the battle is won. Corresponding
actions taken after goal setting makes advance planning become
Life is too short; you cannot afford to waste it. You have wasted
some years back then in the university by not graduating with a
degree that the society appreciates. You cannot afford to be
You sure know that you cannot be young twice. So you have to
make haste now in order to achieve your dream. The time is so
limited that you cannot afford to beat about the bush any more.
Get up and do something definite which will advance the course
of your dream. Do not waste time waiting for inspiration forever.
Start today, and inspiration will find you.
Consciously make up your mind not to waste your life anymore;
bearing in mind that wastage of your time is wastage of your life.
Your engagement in the things that wastes your time is an
unconscious engagement in the things that will waste your
destiny. Do something worthwhile now.
Do what you can do when you can do it. You cannot always do it.
A time will come when it will either be too late, or when you will
not have enough strength due to age, or when, even if done, will
not have as much effect as it would have had if done earlier.
If, since you started reading this book, you have only been
enjoying the book and have been planning to start up something
soon but have not actually taken any major step towards
fulfilling your desire of living a first class life, then you have read
too much and have planned long enough. Now is the time to do
more of acting, or else, the time spent in reading this book will be
This, most likely, is not the first book of this nature that you have
come across and have devoured line by line just as you are doing
now with this. You have probably had encounters with other
prolific authors in their books encouraging you to do something
meaningful with your life despite the challenges you are faced
with, but you really have not taking them too serious. Why this
claim? Because you have not yet acted on your dream in spite of
all that you have heard and read. I will be too disappointed if you
do the same after reading this also. Have a change of mind, do
something today about your dream.
It is not just enough to dream, actualize your dream. A new idea is
easier to conceive than to deliver. Make sure you deliver the one
you have. Do not only conceive it; be more interested in its
delivery. A lot of people remain stagnant because they are
satisfied with their well-planned goals. Please, do act on yours.
Dreams do not get fulfilled with clear-cut goals written in ink on
paper alone. The careful display of well-planned activities on the
paper must not deceive you into believing that all is well already
when in fact nothing is being done. Things do not just happen.
They are made to. You might be on the right track but you won't
get anywhere if you just sit on one spot. You've got to make a
deliberate move. Until you make the needed move, nothing
moves in your favor.
Take active steps. Pursue your goals with all your vigor. Add
work to your plans. Be committed to it. Give it all it takes. You
might have to 'step on toes' in carrying out the dream. Never
mind; do it politely. Only men who do not leave the same spot
can avoid stepping on toes. To make progress, you may, once in a
while have to step on the toes of those who are so comfortable
with remaining at the same disadvantaged point. You only have
to do it with all courtesy and the application of wisdom.
Do all in your power to safeguard the life of that dream. An
unpursued dream is an idle idea. A pursued dream is the ideal
one. Only what is not pursued is not possessed. If you pursue it
you will possess it.
There is only one way to go forward, by taking conscious steps
forward. Do not stay put; go forward. You can reach that goal if
you pursue it. Dreamers are doers. Do it. Do the right thing at the
Nothing will ever be achieved if all the possible objections must
first be conquered before you act. If you have to wait until all the
traffic lights on the road to where you are going turns green
before leaving the house, you will never leave the house. Do not
wait until all the problems are solved before you take a step.
Your dream will be terminated in frustration and disappointment
if you do.
If your problem is that you feel you do not have much to offer;
then you do not have any problem. Almost everyone feels the
same way at the commencement of the development of a new
dream, even the so called geniuses. Just follow this simple rule:
Never decide to do nothing just because you can do little. Start
where you are with what you have, no matter how small.
Most great accomplishments are simply made up of small steps
taken one after another. You may not necessarily start in a big
way, but you can start somewhere and with something too.
Whatever thing you have; just start with it. Only very few of the
things that start big in life end up big; most of them end up small.
Most big things in life always start small. Start it anyhow with
what you have; you have waited long enough.
If your problem is money, start with the little in your hand. Do
not throw away the idea because you are not rich. So many
successful men in the world today had little or no wealth to startup
with from the scratch.
If you think your problem is lack of education, so many of the
great inventors the world had ever boasted of had no education.
The few ones who had little education were dropouts in school.
Whatever level of education you have now is enough to start
Start today. The little you have is exactly the much you need for a
start. What you do not have today you do not need today. All you
have to start up is all you need; all you need to start up is all you
have. If you need much more as time goes on God will provide as
the need arises.
Take one small step at a time continuously. Dreams are useless
when not acted upon. Action makes them real. Make the first
move. You will never know how far you can get, or what you can
do if you do not make the first move.
If you do not make the move, you won't hit the mark. Only those
who make the move hits the mark, only those who hits the mark
makes the name, only those who makes the name gets the fame,
only those who gets the fame makes the dough, only those who
makes the dough ends up living a first class life. Therefore
unless you make the first move, and follow it up with the
necessary subsequent moves, you won't live a first class life.
Every great step is preceded by small actions and every great
accomplishment is heralded by little beginnings. Be willing to
take the first step. If you do, you will find a great deal of
satisfaction in it so much so that the next steps ahead will be full
of pleasures rather than duress. Do not wait for success; it is
already waiting to welcome you. Take the step to go meet it.
CONCENTRATE ON YOUR DREAM
If you have discovered your dream, give your total life to the
pursuance of it. Be determined to make something beautiful out
of the dream.
Concentrate so much on it till it dominates your entire being. Let
it become a drive that controls every bit of your actions. Set it in
your imagination. Always talk about it. Meditate so much upon
it so it can become so real to you. Let it fill your thoughts, affect
your words, and motivate your actions.
Your dream demands tireless inputs. Give it continually. Give
time and attention to it. Give it all it takes. Let nothing distract
you. Let it obsess you. Until it becomes an obsession, you have
not committed your whole being to it. Sow your whole life into
it, let your spirit, soul and body be totally committed to it. Let
your will, emotions and mind be sold out to it.
When your will takes the lead, every other thing follows because
your will paves the way. A popular adage says, "Where there is a
will, there is a way". So create the will power. Great
achievements come through great desires. Great desires are built
through great drives. Great drives are developed through great
concentration on great dreams. You already have a great dream -
the desire to live a first class life with a third class result - all you
need now is a great concentration on that dream.
Give your dream all it takes to grow - your time, your energy,
your finance and your all. Do not starve the dream of anything it
desires, especially things needed for its growth.
If it takes burning the midnight candle to pursue the dream,
please do; if you had burnt it on campus you won't be where you
If it requires cutting down on your relaxation period, do not
resist; too much time spent on relaxation in school is one reason
why you are being referred to as a third class graduate today.
If it entails giving it far more than you have planned to, do not
draw back; if you had given it all that is needed at your first trial
in school may be you would have graduated with a first class and
would not need to go through this hassle.
Pursue your goal whatever it costs. Avoid all distractions. Avoid
a broken focus: only those who gaze constantly at where they are
going gets to where they intend. Give all you have today for the
success of your dream, it will give you all you need to be a
success tomorrow. Concentrate all your energy on a limited set
of targets and you will be surprised at the meaningful progress
you will make within a short period of time.
If you want to be successful in this your quest of living a first
class life with a third class certificate, you will have to move with
others who have been successful before you.
Provide for yourself godly role models. Associate yourself with
those who are willing to bring out the best out of you. Mingle
yourself with people who have gone ahead of you in the same
direction you desire; people who will encourage you towards
reaching your goals.
If there is someone who knows something that you should know,
something that will help fulfill your dream, go to him. Listen to
him, learn from him and observe what he does. Has there been
anyone who had done something close or related to your dream?
Get in contact with him and learn all you can from him.
Search out at least one dreamer who has paid the price to make
his dreams come to pass and become his student. If he is dead,
get his writings and all available information about him that you
can lay your hands on. Use his ideas as a bedrock on which you
will develop yours.
However, do not be tempted to copy his dream verbatim unless
you have his permission; it is a criminal offence called
plagiarism, lifting, piracy or bootlegging, depending on the
particular field of endeavor.
Only learn from him so you can understand how he did it. Learn
from his successes, his failures and his mistakes. Know where,
how and why he went wrong in order not to tread the same path.
Also know where, how and why he succeeded where he
succeeded. You will definitely need this information.
Just one piece of information can turn a failure into a success.
What you know determines where you will go, how quick you
will move and how far you will get. So, make research. Find out
about your dream. Consult relevant authorities.
Irrespective of their age, younger or older, be humble enough to
learn from those who are already living a first class life through
the achievements of their dreams. Do not let your pride destroy
that precious dream. Be cool headed enough to learn. Get all the
details you can from them.
All you know is all you need to start up on that dream, but it is not
all you need to make a first class personality out of you; you need
much more. To keep a continuous progressive chart, you need
much more than you know already.
Good information about your dream gives you the power and the
ability to get successful results. So, do not hesitate to draw
strength and knowledge from what they know, irrespective of
what they think about you. Success breeds success you know? If
you do this, their success will rub off on you. Remember, the
best-selling author, Robert Kiyosaki had a Rich Dad to learn
from. Every celebrated athlete has a coach. Go get one if you
desire to be celebrated.
You may begin to have a feeling that you are not polished
enough, or that you do not have what it takes to actually live a
first class life, and probably that you are not the right candidate
for the job. These types of feelings are not peculiar to you. It had,
at one time or the other afflicted everyone who is great today. All
they did was to disallow it from overcoming their belief in
This is why you also will need to work at developing yourself
rather than hiding who you really are, or lamenting over your
third class degree. Give so much time to the improvement of
yourself that you have no time to criticize the dream of others or
listen to the words of critics about your dream.
If you want to be the best in the area of your dream, then you have
to acquire every skill possible. Knowledge provokes wisdom. If
you know what to do, you become wise. Until you know, you
cannot be known. Understanding your dream makes you
outstanding among your fellows.
Ignorance is a deadly disease. It puts a man in bondage. It limits
everyone in its grips. To avoid its limitations, acquire available
data in the area of your pursuit. You can suffer even with having
everything you need for the success of your dream if you lack the
right understanding needed. Men who lack insights into their
dreams end up being sorry sights with their dreams. So, aspire to
be the best you can be in your endeavor by learning all you can
from everyone you need.
Before you can attain your highest height, you will have to
obtain the highest knowledge needed. You won't have a fulfilled
dream unless you are thoroughly informed about your dream.
Nobody excels in any area of life without the needed secrets.
Whatever it costs you, get the trade secrets of your dream.
Learn new ideas and better techniques: Dependence on the little
you know will get you nowhere. Never be satisfied with the level
you are on. Nobody knows all they need to know. Everybody
needs to learn something to become someone. If you hold onto
your third class knowledge, you will remain a third class citizen
forever. If you must live a first class life then you must have first
Develop your techniques and abilities. Do not assume anything.
Pursue every necessary information. Seek counseling if need be.
Read inspirational materials and biographies of those who have
gone before. Invest whatever is needed on materials that will
build you up. Buy books that will give you the facts and
information you need. Buy tapes. Rather than spend
unnecessary money repackaging your wears so as to increase
your outlook, invest much more in personality development. It
will give you a greater reward.
It is never too late to learn. If you will need to go to a training
school, please do. If you need to learn from someone, learn. If
you need to get a professional certificate, please do. Do not be a
half-boiled egg, a semi-illiterate in the area of your dream. Avail
yourself of seminars, conferences and retreats which will build
you up and give you more insight into your dream. Buy
literatures and journals.
Be willing to pay the price to make your dream come true. Pay
the price to find out what you need to know for your dream to
succeed. Every investment done on your dream is worthwhile.
Sooner or later, it will yield great dividends.
You have a vision of living a first class life with a third class
degree. This vision may start with you alone; but if it must be
fulfilled, it should not end with you alone. You will need people
to work with to help you fulfill this dream.
You need people around you who will support your dream and
make the job lighter for you. The Great Book says, 'Without
vision the people perish'. But the reverse is also true, 'without
people, the vision also perishes'. No dream succeeds in the
absence of people.
Reject the trap of isolation; co-operation is essential for the
success of any dream. There is little you can singlehandedly
accomplish. You need people to help. So, learn to attract others
who are able to help you achieve your dream. Do not try to do it
alone. Conquer your pride. Establish the needed networks with
You need people to salvage your dream from peril. Every Elijah
needs an Elisha to run errands for him: Every Moses needs an
Aaron and a Hur to lift up his hands: Every Joshua needs a Caleb
to give him moral support: Every David needs a Jonathan; and
Every Paul needs a Barnabbas, or a Silas. You also need men to
lift up your hands when they are weak. Even Jesus, the greatest of
all, needed the twelve disciples. So, do not think your dream can
survive on the rock of isolation.
Great power and strength become available to you when you
have others who are in support of your dream working together
with you for its success.
Since the people you associate with matters a lot in fulfilling
God's purpose for your life, do not move with people who will
dampen your zeal. Be choosy. Work with people who are in
support of your dream. If you lack enough motivation from
people around you, your zeal may die, your fire extinguished,
your hopes dashed and your dream destroyed.
Since you graduated with a third class degree, the temptation
will be to surround yourself with other third class students so
you can really feel like a boss. However, third class
notwithstanding, surround yourself with people who are smarter
than you are. It pays you off at the end.
Move with like-minded people. Do not associate with people
who do not know what they are doing, otherwise, you will be
confused. If you follow people who are not going anywhere, you
will end up nowhere. If you can get a first class student who
believe in your dream enough to want to partner with you, all
well and good. If not, do not just enlist anyone in your team just
because he graduated with a third class. You are not forming a
pity party. He must be smart enough to take your vision to a
higher level. Such people are numerous around you; locate
People who will help you fulfill your dream may not be the first
to approach you. They rarely do. Go find them. Ask God for the
ability to help you know the people He has sent to work with
you. God's plan cannot be fulfilled by you alone. You will wear
away and die before your time if you try to.
Ask God to link you up with faithful partners. If you do, God will
bring you in contact with people you can work with, like-minded
people who will believe in your dream so much that they are
willing to do all in their power to make sure it lives.
They may be your neighbors, family members, co-workers,
friends or probably people who you have never met before, who
just heard of your dream and are interested in it. Once you
discover such people, make your vision known to them and let
them develop their vision within the frame of your vision.
Try to build them up and prayerfully give them a place in your
dream. Get them fixed up before they are distracted by
something else. Develop them into a strong and effective team
which will serve as a foundation for your dream.
Learn more to impact them the more. Edify them spiritually:
Nurture them in the word: and pray specifically for each one of
Make use of the 5 'I' theory to train them.
Inform them of what you want from them
Instruct them on how to go about it
Influence them with your personal life and commitment
Involve them right from the beginning to the end
Inspire them each step of the way.
However, do not be selfish, be interested in them. In order to
encourage and motivate them, crave for every opportunity to
help them. Be concerned with their spiritual well-being as much
as their physical well-being. Help them in times of difficulties by
identifying with their problems.
Study their needs and solve the ones you can. Do not only be
interested in what you can get from them but in also what you can
give to them. Journey along with them on their rough roads in
life. Love them without any human conditions.
Do not be partial. Treat everybody equally. If you are
continually partial to one, especially at this early stage, the
others may rebel - not only against you but also against your
dream. If you are more interested in one more than others, do not
show it openly.
Chastise when necessary, but do it in love. Rebuke when
necessary but gently and honorably. Do not be too gentle with
them so as not to pamper them and do not be too strict so as not to
scare them away. Do everything moderately. Overlook minor
mistakes. Bless the more and blame them less.
Praise and constantly reward every good deed to encourage the
doer and motivate the others. Keep those who are committed to
your dream jealously but persuade the reluctant ones.
Do not become a boss over them but a leader. Do not see them as
your servant and yourself as their lord. See yourselves as
partners in vision. Behave well before them in order to make a
lasting impression on them.
Humble yourself before them, but do not demote or relegate
your personality. Be humble enough to admit your humanity and
mistakes but do not let them look down on your person or take
advantage of it to turn you into an object of ridicule.
Recognize the individual worth and potentials of each of them.
Take note of both the strong points and the weak points of each.
No man on earth is perfect and none is without, at least, one area
of weakness. Every man has his weak points. Emphasize their
strong points and strengthen their weak points by providing, and
if possible, sponsoring training that will make them improve on
their ability and develop their personality.
Mend every broken relationship between your people on time
before it degenerates into something worse. Address every issue
that needs to be addressed immediately. Do not procrastinate. A
stitch in time saves nine, they say.
Ask God to teach you how to go about it, then go ahead and do
whatever He tells you to do. Do not allow the devil to snatch
away those who believe in your vision and are supporting its
course just because of some little misunderstanding. Getting
like-minded people to replace them may not be as easy as you
think. A bird at hand is worth two in the bush.
Most people living a first class life today are risk takers. They are
daring, and that is why they excel. The confidence to take risks is
an indispensable asset in the life of every dreamer. The
willingness to venture into the unknown and chart new course is
a common mark in their lives. Hence they are called
Most battles on earth are lost to fear: the fear of the unknown, the
fear to take risks. You cannot live a first class life unless you take
some measure of risks.
Do not hesitate to take the risks necessary for your dreams to
soar. Dreamers are adventurous in nature. If you are not yet
willing to take adventures, then you are not yet qualified to be
called a dreamer. Dreamers are entrepreneurs. Decide in your
heart to be one today. This decision, if made today, will create the
future you desire tomorrow.
Each time you are faced with seemingly insurmountable odds,
there is a way to turn the crisis into awesome victory, by taking
Let your reaction to every problem be constructive. Rise up to
face the challenging situation before you. Always look for what
to do to progress in every situation. You will definitely find at
least one thing to do. It may be risky, but, most times, it is about
the only thing to do to make progress at that point.
Do not sit down with arms folded and eyes opened, watching the
problem. No problem is insurmountable if only you will think.
Every dream is possible. Every dream is achievable. But unless
you think through, your true dream becomes an illusion.
Activate your mind and activate your brain. Dreamers are
thinkers. Great dreamers are great thinkers. Successful
dreamers are successful thinkers.
Do not delegate your thinking to others. None has ever
succeeded using that means. Be uncommon, use your common
sense. Everyone on earth has it, but only a few make use of
theirs. The few who makes use of theirs are the few uncommon
ones around. Be one of them. Frustrate the problem. Do not let it
overwhelm you. Keep moving in spite of your scars. Every
champion has a scar. So do not be scared of having one. Soon
you will learn to turn your scars into stars through the use of your
mental ability. This is what every champion did.
When you think you have exhausted every possible solution and
there seems to be no progress, know this for sure: there is still a
way you have not tried, it is the only way out. Sit down, think it
through and take the calculated risk required to move your
Be your own counselor. Use the advice you give to others to
solve your own problems. Many people do not. They are experts
at counseling others in difficult situations but do not remember
to counsel themselves when faced with challenges. Sit down and
tell yourself the problem you are facing as if you are seeking
counsel from one of the best counselors around. Then honestly
try to counsel yourself.
Do not be afraid of new ideas, new methods or new
surroundings. Look out for all that can be done and do it. Search
out better ways to address every mountain and overcome every
hill that stands on your way to fulfilled dream. Find simple
solutions to big problems.
Do not take it easy. Take it 'risky'. It is highly risky not to take
simple risks if you must emerge a first class personality. God can
and will do the impossible with only those who are willing to
take the risk.
The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who
risks nothing should expect nothing. The equation is simple: He
who risks nothing does nothing; he who does nothing loses
nothing; he who loses nothing gains nothing; he who gains
nothing has nothing; and he who has nothing becomes nothing.
A man who successfully avoids taking risks may successfully
avoid losses, but he has successfully avoided profits too. He
cannot experience any change. Only risk takers are change
agents. If you do not take the risks expected of you, do not expect
the result you desire to see.
The reward of a fulfilled dream is worth the risk. Risk it. Do not
just see what you will lose; see what you will gain. It is even more
likely that you lose nothing and gain all; but it can never be the
other way round with God on your side. At worst you will gain
more, far more than you will lose. Take the risks. Where there is a
will there is a way. The willpower creates the way.
The way to a fulfilled dream is not very easy. It is filled with
valleys and mountains. Anyone giving you the idea of a smooth
sail is a deceiver. This is a more cogent reason risks need to be
taken often. People who do not take risks on this road will never
make meaningful progress.
Bank on God's faithfulness in the past. Let it give you enough
boldness to take the needed adventure into greater realms. David
recalled how he was enabled by God to single-handedly destroy
the lion and bear with bare hands which came to snatch his flock
away and this made him risked his life by facing Goliath the
giant. He won at the end. Risk takers seldom lose.
PERSIST TO THE END
Goal setting and planning, properly garnished with continual
persistence on the set goals is a powerful means of realizing
Satan's most successful trick is to get us to believe in false finish
lines. To make us think we have accomplished a great part of our
dream and make us relent in our effort when there are still more
rivers to cross, more battles to fight and more victories to be
He works tirelessly to get us to stop half way and say, 'Hurray,
we are through' and see us pull over the sidewalk only to notice
at the last moment that the finish line is still miles ahead. Do not
fall into this trap.
The most important words now are patience and persistence. All
that distinguishes a fulfilled dream and an aborted dream is
persistence. Uncountable numbers of dreams have crashed on
the rock of impatience and lack of persistence.
If at first you do not succeed, try, try, and try, again. This should
not only be a poem to you; let it become a lifestyle. Succeed in
spite of difficulties. Get tough on issues that are related to your
success. Be in charge. When the going gets tough, only the tough
gets going. Be ready to go the extra mile. Every multinational
corporation today started as a one man idea, who knows, your
little idea today can generate into a multinational thing. Ensure
that this and every other dream that God has given you is
Being persistent is neither easy nor natural. It is difficult, and has
to be learnt. However, it is the key to the fulfillment of your
dream. Your persistence will demoralize the devil and loosen his
grip on your dream. If you are persistent, it will only take some
time, but you will always end up getting what you want to get in
the long run.
You cannot fulfill your God-given goals or accomplish your
God-given dream without persistence. You have to persist all the
way. Life is in phases; do not jump any. Do not be too much in
haste. Life is like a staircase; you take a step at a time. Your legs
have to be carefully placed on each stair if you must maintain
your balance before reaching for the next. Do not jump stairs in
your plan for achieving your dream or else you will go off
If you want to live a first class life, take your time; do not rush.
Skyscrapers are built a brick at a time. Big and mighty trees grow
an inch per time. Races are won with constant and consistent
strides, hence the saying, slow and steady wins the race. You
need not rush or be in a hurry to fulfill this dream. Just pursue the
set goals and plans steadily and consistently.
Every idea has a life span, whether long or short. There is a time
of fulfillment for every dream. No plant grows the same day it is
sown. It has to take some time to germinate in the soil before
shooting out the first leaf and some more time before bringing
out its fruits. So also with brilliant ideas! Every great idea needs
time to germinate into maturity.
Some plants are called the annual crops; they bring out their fruit
within a year of planting. The biennial crops bring out theirs
between two to three years of planting, but the perennial crops
may take ten years and above to germinate. But it is evident to all
that the annual and the biennial crops do not last as the perennial
crops which take longer years to reach fruition. The annual crops
may produce all their fruits within a year and the biennia within
two to three years after which they die and rot away but the
perennial brings out its fruits over and over again for many
years. Its continual bountiful harvest will make up for the energy
spent during growth and the time invested.
Likewise with ideas. Some ideas take a very short time, minimal
energy and little or no funds before they are accomplished, but
others take a relatively longer time. But know that the longer it
takes your dream to be accomplished, the brighter its future and
the greater is its impact on your generation. The longevity of
your dream determines the greatness of the dream.
Most times, dreams that are achieved within a short period of
time are always small dreams and dreams that take longer
periods before coming to fruition are big dreams. In the biblical
story of Joseph in the prison, the butler's dream came to pass in
three days but it is such a tiny dream compared to Joseph's dream
which took about thirteen years before it was fulfilled.
If your dream of living a first class life is taking longer than you
think, relax: Do not get too impatient. You are going to be
surprised at the end.
Whatever happens, do not quit. Never give up. Never! Never!!
Never!!! Dreamers are not quitters. Even when there is a strong
temptation to quit, resist it. Dreamers know that it is always too
soon to quit. Dreamers are winners and winners do not quit, so,
dreamers do not quit. Quitting is too expensive to be considered
as an option at this stage. Are you discouraged today, remember
this: it is too late to quit. Many are waiting to hear your success
story. Do not let them down.
Get this straight from the start: the devil will not give up on your
dream. He will try as much as possible to destroy it. But God also
will not give up on your dream. He will endow you with every
needed grace to put the devil to shame and accomplish your
You therefore have no reason to give up on the dream before
either of them gives up. If the devil won't give up and God won't
give up either, then it is sheer foolishness for you to give up. Do
not disappoint God. Do not let the devil rejoice over your failure.
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Do not let hell be glad over your aborted dream. Do not quit.
Since God has not yet given up on you; so do not give up on
Never be deceived into thinking it will be easy to fulfill this
dream. You will experience difficulties on the way but keep on
persisting. You will undoubtedly face oppositions, resistance,
doubts and criticisms before your dream is accomplished but do
not stop. Do not expect to get there in a very easy way. Learn to
face and overcome adversity.
Those who had their dreams fulfilled did not find it easier than
you initially. Do not expect a smooth journey. Every worthwhile
vision is always tough at the beginning. Everything will seem to
work against you to grind your dream to a halt. Discouragement
will set in to threaten your perseverance, however, never allow
what you are going through to stop you from where you are going
The beauty of a postage stamp is in sticking to a particular letter
for as long as it takes it to get to its final destination. So, likewise,
the beauty of a dream is in persisting with it until it is finally
fulfilled. A wise man once said, "Do not accept defeat until you
have made the last attempt: Do not make the last attempt until
you have succeeded".
Humanly speaking, the natural spontaneous reaction of man
during adversity is to give up. You will therefore need to resist it
with all your power. Every time you face pressure, press on.
Once you take off, do not back out. This is an indispensable fact
of life. Do not move until you are sure of where you are going,
but once you are sure of where you are going to, do not stop until
you get there. God is there to see you through, even when it is not
apparent to you.
Whatever the devil is doing to discourage you from pursuing
your dream is enough evidence that there is greatness hidden
somewhere in the dream and you are close to getting it. The devil
will not show you the Red Sea unless you are about entering the
Promised Land - the land of Canaan. He will not bring your way
the wall of Jericho unless he knows better things await you in the
nearest future - a land flowing with milk and honey.
Every opportunity for you to desert that dream is created by the
devil for your failure. That dream, if actualized, will take you to
places. No matter what comes against you, do not abandon it.
Do not let the enemy's intention be your final decision. Retreat is
preferable to surrender. Retreat and re-equip yourself, then refire
and you will acquire your goal. No matter what the
circumstances may be, do not retire but re-fire. Keep keeping on.
Make sure you nurture that dream to reality. Let the dream grow.
That singular idea will one day become your most prized
There is only a little difference between ordinary dreamers and
extraordinary dreamers. The difference is the five-letter word
'EXTRA'. The ordinary dreamers do not put in the little extras
that the extraordinary achievers put in. If you also will desire to
be celebrated by life, despite your third class certificate, go the
extra mile. Persist a little more and you will be right there on the
God is taking you somewhere; no matter what comes against
you, keep following him with your dream. Keep persisting. The
end will justify the means. Your consistent persistence will
someday bring you to the realm of prominence.
If you have already forsaken that dream, it is not too late to clean
up the dust gathering around it and revisit it one more time. You
can still start up on it again. 'The righteous man falleth seven
times but he riseth again'. No matter how many times you have
fallen. God has made enough provision for your rising; make the
best use of it. Most successes come after several failures. You
also can still succeed irrespective of how many failures you have
You may have indeed done all that is required of you but the idea
is not yet yielding the desired result. All you need is to persevere
the more. It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of
your dream through the hardwood of success. Although waiting
is difficult, still wait. Only those who wait wins! Those who
cannot wait lose. Many have wasted away because of their
inability to wait. It is good to start taking steps on your actions,
but it is better to finish. Do not die halfway; persist to the end.
Thomas Edison did not give up in his bid to find an effective
filament for the incandescent lamp. He persevered until after
thirteen months of repeated failure. He tried one more
experiment and he saw the filament glow before him. That is the
power of persistence. It turns failure to success. Dr. Jonas Salk
worked unsuccessfully for three whole years before he could
develop a vaccine for polio. Abraham Lincoln failed six attempts
at the polls before he was eventually elected as the president to
the United States. Even Albert Einstein, the respected investor,
often considered to be the greatest genius of the twentieth
century once said "I think and think for months, sometimes for
years. Ninety nine times the conclusion is false, but the
hundredth time, I am right".
Dreamers are finishers. Do not die on the way. Finish the race.
Most people give up before the race starts. Many others, when
faced with difficulties, always tend towards the path of least
resistance, which is spelt -QUIT. But do not join them. Do not be
too much in a hurry to fulfill your dream. Whatever you get in a
hurry you lose in a hurry. The dream may not get accomplished
overnight, but it will someday. Decide that you won't give in,
look back or back out. Keep reminding yourself of all the
reasons why you have to fulfill that dream. Then persist, and you
MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS
A good start, though necessary, does not guarantee a better end.
Your starting well does not determine whether you end well.
This is why you have to measure your progress continually at
Our dreams and plans need constant and continual revision in
order not to get both out of mind and out of hand. This is done by
constantly evaluating your progress at every major junction.
You need to frequently have a consciousness of where you
started from, where you have been, and where you are, with
respect to where you are going to.
How far are you supposed to have gone? How far have you
gone? What range are you supposed to have covered, going by
your plans? What range have you actually covered? With the
goals you set, what should you have achieved as at today? What
have you physically achieved?
Answers to these questions will help you to measure your
progress. It helps you to know how far you have gone, or how far
you are behind your set goals, and motivates you to adjust and
increase the pace at which you move. It will enable you to know
whether you are on the path to fulfilling your dream or aborting
Measure your progress every inch of the way. Record each one of
your achievements. Disappoint final failure by keeping a track of
the past. Then build on the accomplishment of the past. Count
your small successes. Your small successes will add up to a large
one and your small failure likewise will add up to a great failure.
To avoid this fatal failure, control the small failures.
Huge success comes in bits. The smaller things you have
accomplished will motivate you to accomplish greater things.
The more you succeed at the smaller units, the more likely you
are to assume greater risks and the more courageous you are to
take the next step in your plan. Keeping the memories of the past
victories help increase your courage.
Assess yourself and see how far you have gone. If you are doing
well, moving at the required and desired rate, do not relax. Keep
moving. But if you are still lacking behind, buckle up in order to
catch up with your plans.
Do not lose your motivation for no reason. Always encourage
yourself by continually remembering the reason why you started
and the achievements you have made. Make sure every
thoroughly planned, well laid out activity is precisely executed,
no matter the difficulties faced. Be better today than yesterday.
Every time you are able to accomplish a small part of your
dream, give yourself a pat on the back. Remind yourself of your
success over and over again. Tell yourself convincingly that if
you can achieve that small goal, you can also achieve a greater
one with less stress.
Reward yourself at every major junction. Celebrate each little
success you make. Plan something special for yourself when
you accomplish a set goal. Set transitional rewards. Give
yourself intermediate incentives. It does not have to be
expensive but let it be something special, as a token of your
belief in yourself and in your ability to achieve a set goal.
However, do not let your success spoil you.
VISUALIZE THE REWARD
You must have a clear photograph of the future of your dream
before you every day. This serves as a source of motivation.
Each time you refuse to see the future of your dream, you will
always go back to the past of the dream. Looking ahead to the
future of your dream will make you accept the situation of today
with joy and get you excited about its future.
When you look at the future of your dream, one major thing you
will see is the reward awaiting you at the end of the road. Each
time you remember to concentrate on the positive reward you
will receive, it will help whenever you are tempted by
momentary diversions which may tend to slow down your
progress towards the accomplishment of your dream. No man
wants to run in vain. Every man who runs a race does so to
receive a prize. Paul, the great Apostle said he pressed towards
the mark of the high calling. You also need to press forward with
the star prize in mind.
Visualizing the reward before you always will help increase
your enthusiasm towards your dream. It propels you towards the
place of its fulfillment. The prize becomes an inner drive, an
impulse that causes you to move and act even in the presence of
opposition, criticisms and attacks. With the end result in mind,
problems become opportunities for progress, pains are seen as
gains and challenges as motivators.
Without visualizing the reward, you can get easily discouraged,
but constantly putting the reward on your mind will keep
encouraging you to continue whenever you feel downcast,
enhance your commitment to your dream, and give you enough
strength to continue in the face of all odds.
Joseph, the dreamer, placed before him the picture of the throne
and his brothers bowing down before him and he was able to get
there. King David kept before him the reward for killing the giant
Goliath – great riches from the king and his daughter for a wife.
With this in mind, he got what he wanted - the head of Goliath.
Even Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith did not neglect
this fact. What kept Him going was His focus on the end result.
The Great Book says, "...; who for the Joy that was set before
Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at
the right hand of the throne of God". He was able to endure
difficulties and despise oppositions because of the joy set before
If Jesus needed to visualize the reward to have a fulfilled dream,
then you need it the more. It is utter foolishness to pretend not to.
It is not about being materialistic but about being focused. Learn
to envision the materialization of the reward. Think about the
end result. Concentrate on the positive aspect of it and let your
mind dwell on it. It will help you a lot.
Fulfilling your dream is not funfair but warfare - real warfare in
the spirit realm, warfare against the true enemy of your dream
and every other negative factor. This is where prayer comes in.
Prayer is very important. If you really want to bring God into
your dream, you have to pray. Prayer is the only divine security
you have against the assault of the evil one. It is your insurance.
The quality of your prayer determines the quality of the success
of your dream.
Dreamers are pray-ers. A successful dreamer spends time on his
knees. It is essential to bring your dream to fruition. It will
release you from stress, worry, doubts, discouragement and
whatever thing that will want to rub you of your dream.
Prayer is a disinfectant. It purifies the atmosphere of your dream
and makes it uninhabitable for weeds, unwanted plants and
contagious demons. It levels the mountains before you and fills
your valleys. It makes you achieve all manners of conquests -
demonic, spiritual, intellectual or otherwise. It gives you the
strength to overcome all the weapons of the enemy fashioned
against your dream and the forces militating against its
fulfillment. It is the only medium of drawing benefits and
strength from heaven. It is the key to fulfilling God's plan for our
Learn to seek God's face in prayer. Ask Him every inch of the
way. Take him into the details of your dream. You naturally call
upon Him when in trouble and for bigger things. Let Him be a
part of every bit of your plan. Ask Him to help you. Ask for His
grace. With His grace empowering you, you can do all things.
Take all the difficulties you are facing to Him and He will surely
give you victory over them. Take your inadequacies to Him and
He will strengthen you. The one who fed five thousand men with
five fishes and two loaves of bread can bless your meager effort
and multiply it.
Do not allow anything to discourage you from praying. The
devil will make you neglect prayer. He fears prayers and dreads
its effects. Take time to pray when you do not have time for it.
Schedule a specific time each day to connect to heaven.
It takes a supernatural force to overcome the natural problems
combating your dreams. The supernatural force of prayer is
readily available to all who will want to engage it. When you
commit your dream into God's hand, you ask Him to take over
and when God takes over an event, the impossible happens.
Heaven will only reach out to assist you if only you can pray. If
you do not pray concerning those dreams, they will never unfold.
More than every other thing, pray.
SENSITIVITY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Prayer is the water that irrigates the ground on which your dream
germinates but sensitivity to the Holy Spirit is the fertilizer that
enhances its growth. You must work in conjunction with the
Holy Spirit at all times in order to fulfill your dream. Do not take
a step without His awareness. Get him involved right from the
first stage to the last stage. Do not leave him out in any issue.
Fulfilling your God-given dream is greater than your natural
ability. You need a supernatural power. This supernatural power
can only come from God through His Spirit. Every attempt or
struggle made by man to be great without God's power is a waste
of time and energy. No trans-generational dream gets
accomplished without Him. He is the senior partner you cannot
You need God far more than you need man in the
accomplishment of your dream. You need Him more than all
other things put together. You need him more than anything else.
In the pursuance of your dream, He can take the place of every
other thing, but nothing can take His place. Do not insulate your
dream from Him and do not isolate it from His spirit. He does not
need your dream to stay alive; but your dream needs Him to
survive. Your dreams have nothing to do with His existence as
God, but on the other hand, to a very large extent, your dream
depends upon him for its existence.
If you try to chop wood with a dull axe, you will surely end up
with more sore muscles than the chopped woods. But if you take
your time to sharpen your axe head before venturing to start
chopping the wood, you will certainly end up with more of
chopped wood and fewer or none of sore muscles.
The same goes for your dream. If you try to pursue your dream
without the assistance of God, you will end up wasting away.
But if you try to involve God from the start, you will end up
where you do not expect you could. The pace at which you will
move will surprise even you. All things will work together for
your good because God will command everything there is to
work in your favor.
Listen to the inner voice of the Holy Spirit. Drop all traditions of
men and allow only the Holy Spirit to lead you. Pay full attention
to His restraints and obey His leading. Be sensitive to Him. He is
the spirit of success. Be at the exact place He wants you to be,
doing the precise thing He wants you to do, at the exact time He
wants. Do only the things He commands you to do and go only
where he wants you to. Please Him by all means and at all times,
even if it means stepping on someone else' toes. He is the
number one person to be pleased. Others' convenience comes
later, even yours.
It is a stupid thing to try to operate outside God. He is the creator;
you are only His creation and it is certain that you cannot in any
way out-think Him. Let Him do the thinking for you. When He
does, you will experience an increment of your intellectual
efficiency: You cannot do without Him. Your reach for Him sets
your dream in motion. He is the merger of the divine and human
ability. A drop of His wisdom is greater than an ocean of human
The Holy Spirit is God's gift for a fulfilled dream. To fulfill your
dream, His power is not optional but necessary. He makes the
dreamer radiant with new energy, transfigured with a new spirit
and more effective with new power.
In such degrees as you are filled with the Holy Spirit, to such
degrees will your dreams be fulfilled. He is your number one
need. He is needed and He is enough. Only He can
singlehandedly supply all the deficient ability and power. He is
If you must remain relevant in your area of endeavor, the way out
is to be sensitive to Him. No matter the circumstance or situation
you face, if you yield to Him, the situation will bow to you. Let
Him lead you each step of the way and your victory is sure.
God is the foundation of a fulfilled dream. He has committed
himself. He has promised to lead to the place of fulfillment
through the Holy Spirit. Let us take advantage of His promises.
He is set to help you fulfill those dreams if you will identify with
Him. Dreams without Him end up as illusions. You need Him to
be a fulfilled dreamer. And the only way you can have him is to
invite Him to your life by surrendering your life to him and
handing over your dream to Him. Once you do this, you have
entered into an everlasting divine covenant to succeed with your
dream, and he will definitely not let you down.
These three things you cannot afford to waste at a time like this:
(1) Your Time
The more time you devote to any task (positive or negative) the
better you become in it and the more progress you make on it.
Devote more time to whatever you decide to lay your hands on.
Make every minute count. You are where you are today because
you did not put value into each of the minute you spent before
now. If you must have a better result in life than the one you had
in school, you must be ready to invest more into your time.
Fill every moment with things that will benefit your future and
not just things that will be relevant for now. It will surely pay you
(2) Your Mind
Think before you speak. Meditate before you act. What you
need for the next level is a revelation that comes only through
dedicated time of meditation.
You must be able to sit down and think productively, bringing
out creative ideas that will make those who came out with firstclass
in your school salute you if they hear of it. At this stage, if
your head cannot think uncommonly, your life will sink
unfailingly and no one will get to hear of you again.
You need to think well in order to take the right decisions. Only
those who think well takes the right decision, and only those
who takes the right decision are qualified to enjoy the best of
Most people do not really think productively; they only think too
much but they really do not think too well. Their thought, though
time consuming, is peripheral and not deep enough to bring out
results. Some who think they are thinking are only worrying and
fretting. These are not part of productive thinking. Learn to think
in such a way that every session of your thinking will bring out
something that will move your life forward. That is productive
Let everyone of your thought be connected to your purpose.
Until this is done, your life does not make constant progress.
(3) Your Association
God created us to be interdependent, not independent. No one is
created to survive alone. Everybody needs somebody to rise.
You need others as much as they need you. Therefore, learn to
network together with others; it has great dividends.
You need something that someone else has, as much as others
need something you posses. No man is an island. Everyone
needs someone someday to get somewhere.
Locate the right association. When you locate the right
association you will get the right information. The right
information will help you go for the right skill. The right skill
will motivate you to take the right move in the right way, and at
the right time. All these put together will get you the right result.
The opposite is equally true. Wrong association gives you the
wrong information, and you are led to take the wrong moves
which will eventually lead your life in the wrong direction and
you will end up with the wrong result. There is nothing as
destructive as keeping a wrong association.