Motivation Today - Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin II blog

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Why people fail 2

Last week, we discussed despair and fear as being 2 of the reasons why people fail. In this edition, we shall be looking at some other reasons:

  • Myopia- Myopic people see only the present, oblivious of the future. They see only the surface, ignorant of unseen depths. Short-sightedness will lead you to making hasty generalisations, shoddy decisions and shallow thinking. It’s the source of character flaws, social vices, leadership quagmire, failure and loss of opportunities. “Opportunities are regularly knocking on your door, sometimes so slowly you attribute it to something else, sometimes so silently the noise of your fears and worries clutters it.” (Deolu Akinyemi) Martha Stewart is convinced that, “Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” See beyond your own limited comfort zone. Enlarge your circumference of experience by reading the interviews, articles and books written on your role models. Get the keys into successful people’s world and soon you’ll be celebrated.
  • Hesitancy- The failure to decide what to do, when to do it, where to do it or how to get it done is a major setback for success. Indecision is like a tossed coin, which keeps spinning, not choosing whether to stay head or tail. Opportunities have a lifespan. Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly leads not only to poverty, but to failure. One common trait with all failure stories is indecision or the inability to stick to a decision. Weight your options, make a choice and be passionate enough to hold firmly to your decision. Don’t become a victim of hesitancy, standing at the crossroads of life wondering what to make out of it.
  • Ignorance- I’d always waited for the wow moment when my 10-month old daughter, Rike, would shout “Daddy” for the 1st time. Unknown to me, she had said it many times before that I failed to realise it because I didn’t get it in the form that I’d expected it. A few days ago, to my amazement, she muttered, “Tatty” that it took my wife’s observation to realise it. Many times, the ignorance of the opportunities in your environment shuts you out from the doors of utopia. When you look but you don’t see and you hear but you don’t listen, information is not transferred, knowledge is not gained and opportunities are not seized. Develop the skill to critically interpret the information at your disposal. Technology has aided the increase of information, leading to information clutter. Emails, BB, FB, Twitter, TV, radio, CD, iPod, pocket PC seem to be slipping us further into ignorance. We have access to more and more information that we interpret only on surface level. I think we should have less and less of these but meditate more and more on the little we choose to focus on. See more, listen more and achieve more.

Also, be ready to learn from anybody. Descend from your lofty height; learn from those who are ahead of your game- even if they are younger than you. Age, self esteem, education, achievements and culture are limiting people from their next level of success. Will you be next?

To be continued…

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  • My name is Nneka, I read ur motivational newsletter and I most indeed say that I am impressed. I must commend ur article for yesterday which was dated 9/10/10, particularly on the sub topic for Why People Fail- Hesitancy - indecision. This has been a major weakness in my life and @ d moment I humbly ask God to help me.
    He indeed answered my prayer by using ur article to clearly explain what this crippling habit has been in my life for a long time. I ave been able to identify this issue and it has affected me in every area of my life negatively. I have struggled so hard and wasted so much time and energy in getting things done which should have elevated me in my areas of success, my greatness....
    I cannot live with regrets, I only appreciate that the light has been shown to me and am taking steps to make a change. I know lives are tied to mine. I have to let my light shine. Enough of the ridicule;

    I would like to receive ur motivational newsletter via my e mail add. Pls, kindly look into my request. Hope this mail meets u in good health.

    In anticipation of your reply,

    By Anonymous Nneka.A, At 10 October, 2010 22:35  

  • @Nneka,

    I must confess that i'm most inspired by your mail. Thanks and God bless for the time, effort and sincerity of your response. I'll register you in my mailing list and you'll be getting them subsequently. Thanks again.

    I'll advise you check this blog and read my former post entitled, ACT NOW, where i said that there is no such thing as indecision. Indecision is lethargy.

    By Blogger Motivation Today, At 10 October, 2010 23:05  

  • Very nice one Tunde. Thanks

    By Anonymous ope ogundipe, At 12 October, 2010 22:24  

  • thank you Tunde for your consistency, it's highly appreciated.

    By Anonymous Kunle Oyelami, At 12 October, 2010 22:29  

  • Very Nice, I think this is just the right thing for my fresh corper brother.

    I think a small subset of failures also fail due to over-confidence. They are so sure that they are so good, that the world will sooner than later tow their line. The then revert to the versions of what you just highlighted.


    By Anonymous ola abe, At 12 October, 2010 22:48  

  • my brother failure is a peculiar and familiar syndrome in some peoples lives. why? Imagination.the bible says as a man thinketh in his heart so is he. some people cant think or imagine otherwise other than failure. They have pronounced on themselves the final judgement and it was stamped straight by the devil. may God have mercy on us. thanks so much for the great teaching you are doing, believe it or not you are sowing seed and also changing peoples lives. keep well. Tayo alade

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 14 October, 2010 13:55  


    By Anonymous anyam becky mimi, At 15 October, 2010 20:31  

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