I was sitting in one of those overpriced restaurants on the island staring at my bill. You know that type of bill that causes nightmares later. While I was contemplating between doing dishes and paying for what I owed, the idea for this piece came.
On a lady’s hand not far off my table was a motivational book on how to be successful in life and career.
Below are some of the lies which the author and many successful people have told us in the past.
- I Started With Nothing
Whenever I hear this lie, I imagine that the successful person at the beginning of his sojourn went to a vendor/supplier and gave a Barack-Obama-Yes-We-Can-Speech asking for supplies of goods on credit and then, the vendor in turn stands from his seat and screams like Martin Luther, “I believe, that someday, you are going to pay back what you owe.” If that never happened, there is no way you can start a business with nothing. No capital, no loan from friends/family, no personal savings?
With commercial bank interest rate at double digits, power supply still suffering epilepsy, and cost of production at an all-time high, Charles Darwin has a better chance convincing me about his evolution theory than any millionaire claiming to have started with absolute nothing.
- I Sleep For Only 4 Hours Daily (Some don’t sleep at all)
I always wonder who these successful people are trying to impress whenever they say this. It is possible at the infancy of your business, you were consumed with ambition that you forgot to sleep. However, as the business grows and more staff are employed, responsibility is delegated and sleep is enhanced for Le Boss.
Doesn’t sound like rocket science, does it? This successful people still observe the annual ritual of a summer vacation. Do they travel thousands of miles just to keep vigil? Who knows? Stranger things have happened.
- It Is Not About The Money
I always thought the major reason we are all encouraged to be self-employed is so we can quit the rat race.
I don’t know anyone who tolerates Lagos traffic for hours on end daily just because it feels good to be in an office. You are doing it to earn your pay! Why do you think these entrepreneurs blush sheepishly and develop a baritone voice whenever business clicks? There is something about credit alert. This same successful persons who tell this lie would be dragging their feet if you request them to speak for free at a forum. Yet ask them “how much do you charge’’ after making the request and watch the conversation take a dramatic twist.
Having read and listened to many get rich sharp sharp messages, I could write many other lies but for some reasons, I would leave it here.
However, I have composed my own lie so that when I become successful and I am asked, “Sir, what is your success secret”? Yours sincerely would reply “I don’t eat Lunch”.
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