Motivation Today - Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin II blog

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


People readily give very fluent and well-thought-through answers to celebrate their weaknesses. They overly emphasise on what they are incapable of doing, or what they had been unable to achieve in the past. Friendship with an inglorious past is a threat to a bright future. You cannot possess the future, driving on the reverse gear.

So, make up your mind.

Decide to focus on your strength areas and not on your weaknesses. Focus on the bog possibilities around you and not on the despondent environment. Reflect on the big breaks that can come your way if you decide to develop the latent talents in you. Think about your network of friends, your knowledge base and your experiences; you surely have something like a lever, something to lift you up to the next level you desire. So, why should you continue to subsist and grope in darkness? Light up your world and shine the light.

Living life on a subsistence level of just sleeping, waking, working, eating and then sleeping would not endure for long, most especially in an economic recession. It is either change meets you lying low or you create a change around you before it beckons. In a hurricane-prone country like China, civil engineers have learnt to construct weather-friendly buildings that withstand hurricane turbulence. Is your building weather-friendly?


What do people say you do so well? Or what do you do so well that make other people grin with envy? Or what do you do so instinctively that make others cheer you? You really need to ask personal questions.

Leverage on your strengths, not on your weaknesses. You will excel by maximising your strengths, not by emphasising on your weaknesses; though weaknesses must be effectively managed. Stop going about complaining about what the government, your parents or your boss has not given you, rather leverage on the little stuff you already have. Marcus Buckingham says strength is “a consistent, near-perfect performance in an activity.” You need to grow your strengths with practice or training and find a role that draws on these strengths daily.

Push yourself to a higher level of existence by leveraging on what you know, the people you know, your talents, your personality (introvert or extrovert) , your character, your skills or training or knowledge or experience. You may also leverage on your culture, ethnicity or nationality, religious inclination, your looks, the places you have been to, worked or schooled (alumni/trade associations) or your power of imagination… The list is endless.

Now, the question is: what do you have that can legitimately get you to where you desire? There is certainly a lever around you with the potential to lift you up the ladder of success. It sits dormant, unused, dusty, rusty, neglected and weather-beaten. Its rusted, lacklustre fulcrum cries for lubrication. Around you and in you lie loads of untapped potentials and opportunities that are tossed to the wind because of your comfort zone. What happens to you if your nest is ruffled by a turbulent wind? You will excel by maximising your strengths, not by emphasising your weaknesses; though weaknesses must be well managed.

Rise up and light up the fire around you. Drive away the chill of mediocrity, slumber, casualness, lethargy, ignorance and fear. Grab your lever, ascend to a new level.


  • Leverage is the ability to do more with less. - Robert Kiyosaki
  • If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke. -Brendan Francis
  • Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities. -Napoleon Bonaparte
  • We’re limited, not by our abilities, but by our faith in our abilities. -Dr Ubah Maxwell

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  • Mr Tunde, i have read 3 of ur motivation 2day, dey are great ones...i must say kudos and more power to ur elbow, am inspired greatly....wuld let u in!e ku ijo meta sir!

    Dayo Adetona

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 21 June, 2009 16:31  

  • I just read this… I ‘m indeed motivated.

    tosin adeyanju

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 21 June, 2009 16:35  

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