Success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.Many great achievers have written inspiring statements about success.We need staying power in the journey to success.In order to succeed , your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure,Bill Cosby once said.Success is not final ,failure is not fatal : it is the courage to continue that counts ,Winston Churchill wrote.Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other ,United States ‘ 16th president Abraham Lincoln said.The price of success is hard work ,dedication to the job at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose ,we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand ,Vince Lombardi once said.Formal education will make you a living ;self-education will make you a fortune ,Jim John is believed to have said.Develop success from failures , discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success ,said Dale Carnegie. Booker T Washington said success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.To succeed in life ,you need two things :ignorance and confidence said Mark Twain.
Many people have dreams ,but because of challenges they give up early.All you need is the staying power.Staying power is the ability or strength to or endure.Many people could be great today ,but because of challenges-giants on the way to success they decided to quit.If you want to succeed in life , when you set your goals you need to focus.Tell yourself I will stay here until I make it.I hear most of the time people saying it never worked when they tried once to achieve their goals because they never never persevered. It is inspiring to hear people’s success stories ,but we never ask them the reasons behind their success.We need endurance to succeed.Can you hold onto a dream fore than 10years until your dream is realised ? When a farmer sows ,he/she understands the time of sowing and reaping.People these days want microwaved success.We need to learn patience and perseverance.
On the road to success you will find giants and sharks already working in the area you want to operate in.Most of them will be holding impressive CVs and some have experience enough to intimidate you.These are the ones who will tell you: We are experienced , what can you tell us ?”They will discourage you and make sure you give up your dream.l call them dream killers.Don’t be intimidated by their level of education ,eloquence and influence in the area you are interested in .Procrastination is one of the biggest killers of greatness ,success and achievement.When you start procrastination and you start saying ,”l ‘ will do it tomorrow.” because that sense of urgency completely goes wayside.
As a continent ,we have a dream to see the Africa we want.We want a turn around in the area of agriculture,mining,fishing,tourism ,manufacturing and many other sectors ,wars and famine coming to an end.Our economy as a continent have to function well.We have challenges and giants we are facing.Some countries have adopted some relatively commendable policies which can bring a shift in terms of economy-but they facing giants of lack of funding ,strong governance,strong transparency ,institutions mandated to deal with corruption to stamp their authority without fear.Sometimes when you are in government its easy to talk and less implementation.It came a time Zambian government sold copper mines to an outside consortium for $US25million because they couldn’t manage to keep them.The company which came and took over the copper mines made a profit of US$75 million in three months.They did not pay the Zambian government cash upfront for the mines.They were going to pay them over a period of time.They raised the money in government expense while country is facing the giants of poverty,unemployment and high level of aids. Ghana attained independence the same day,month and year with South Korea.But look where South Korea is now they invested in technology because they prioritize the future generation.The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a vast country with high agricultural potential. It is rich in natural resources, with an estimated $24 trillion worth of untapped deposits of raw mineral ores ,its worth, it is said, could equal the combined GDPs of the U.S. and Europe. The country possesses substantial deposits of gold, diamonds, tin, cobalt, copper and coltan—a favorite of the electronics industry—among others.. For many years, the DRC has suffered from extreme poverty pitted against extreme wealth.My country Zimbabwe we could be far if we had properly managed the mining of diamonds in Marange.We need national policies which protects our natural resources not to be exploited.
Africa have the comparative advantage when it comes to raw materials but less value addition.We loose a lot of money as we export unfinished goods to overseas and they resell them back to us with a big marginal.Why can’t we have our own value addition processing plants here in Africa. In economics, the difference between the sale price and the production cost of a product is the value added per unit. Summing value added per unit over all units sold is total value added. Total value added is
equivalent to Revenue less Outside Purchases (of materials andservices). Value Added is a higher portion of Revenue for integratedcompanies, e.g., manufacturing companies, and a lower portion of Revenue for less integrated companies, e.g., retail companies.Our competitor from other continents will never assist us to bring beneficial concepts in our African soil because they are gaining a lot from processing our unfinished raw materials.The 2008 Nobel economics recipient ,Paul Krugman supports value addition of commodities from producer countries.The Nordic countries benefited from value addition concepts.We need people with staying power to see this programmes through.
Principles will guide us to achieve what we want as continent.We need to shift our minds from selfishness and greed in order to succeed as individuals and as a continent.God has endowed our continent with natural resources and we should be good stewards.The journey to success as continent is tough but let it be guided by integrity.The future of Africa depends on our response to the need for new breed of leaders with a new attitude.Attitude is the power of leadership.You can always make up in attitude what you lack in education.Our attitudes cannot stop our feelings ,but they can prevent our feelings from stopping us.Don’t ever say ,”its too late for me to change.” It is never too late to make a change.Not all change is improvement but without ,there can be no improvement.The one who influences others to lead or to become leaders is a leader without limitations and l call him/her is not a dream killer.
Africa you need the staying power.We must self reflect and self correct.We deserve criticism and not sympathy.It is this criticism we must cherish.That’s the beginning of wisdom.It open our mindset and dream again.Take your role wherever you are.Never give up .Let me assure you persevere ,beware of dream killers.
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