Today I’m extra enthusiastic about success and becoming successful in all cycles of life. So let’s kick off with a quote;
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows. ~Aristotle Socrates Onassis
Aristo Onassis, a successful, rich and famous Greek shipping magnate who owned the world’s largest shipping fleet believed in the principle I call “knowledge in a safe” . To be successful we need to have peculiar knowledge for peculiar tasks and general knowledge about a bit of everything.
For example, a successful shop owner ought to have peculiar knowledge in bookkeeping and marketing while developing a skill in fixing a light plug or making a doughnut. Knowledge in fixing a plug will reduce the amount of profit that goes into repair and maintenance whereas making a doughnut would be a relevant hobby bringing some more cash to cover the cost of transportation.
To be successful we need to have peculiar knowledge for peculiar tasks and general knowledge about a bit of everything.
Knowing something that nobody else knows can easily guarantee exploits in any socio-economic venture. Just to be clear, “something nobody knows” shouldn’t sound mysterious. Simply see it as your special principle that works like magic.
Teaching in basic schools in Ghana, (especially private schools) bring little cash to the table. So I devised my knowledge in a safe strategy. I put together an extra hour private class and took on many home-teaching contracts. It wasn’t easy at the beginning but it paid off. I made close to twice my salary every month with the extra 4-5 hour labour everyday. Alongside this hectic schedule I used to distribute Integrated Science and Mathematics textbooks for one or two publishers twice in a year for a handsome commission. Now you can imagine what I knew which I secretly kept in a safe.
Stressful as it may seem to succeed, it’s imperative that you cultivate the special habit of reading and research. Reading materials that will make you formidable in this ever challenging world and boost your morale in wealth creation which is the gateway to great success. Grasping knowledge cannot be a waste of time. Efficient application of knowledge can transform anyone and anything. If you transform yourself with knowledge, your career, academics, business and relationships will surely conform to success. So please start now!
Efficient application of knowledge can transform anyone and anything.
Ace actor Alexander Kofi Adu aka Agya Koo the 2nd richest Kumawood actor (Kumawood is a popular and largest local movie industry in Ghana) allowed knowledge to bring him to success. He started life as a cobla walking from community to community to repair old shoes. When the opportunity presented itself he deployed his talents and skills in comedy, acting and singing. Agya Koo wasn’t afraid to succeed. His is the owner of Tetemofra production which has produced the 4th richest Kumawood actor by the name Kwaku Manu. Agya Koo’s success is really infectious.
A quick peek at scripture:
“But remember the LORD your God, because he is the one who gives you the ability to produce wealth, in order to confirm his covenant that he promised by an oath to your ancestors, as is the case today.” (Deuteronomy 8:18, ISV)
Here is God’s reminder to the children of Israel after delivering them from slavery in Egypt. It’s confirmed that God gives the power to create wealth. He gives the power/influence/knowledge to be successful. This is great news. Isn’t it? Now, let’s lock this knowledge too in our safe and start writing our own success stories.