Beta Life Series – No Substitutes for Preparation

Beta Life Series – No Substitutes for Preparation

Beta Life Series

No Substitutes for Preparation

Samuel Osho

Award-winning American novelist, Sidney Sheldon was once asked, “What did you do before you wrote your first novel?” 
 
And there he goes, with an epic answer: “I was busy writing other things. I wrote 28 motion pictures, 250 television scripts and 8 Broadway plays.”

 

Perhaps this explains why his books smashed a plethora of literary records. Maybe this underpins citations that list Sheldon as one of the top ten best selling fiction writers of all time. He remains the only writer to have won an Academy Award, Tony Award, and America Edgar Award. 
 
Great things don’t just happen. Many things happen by luck or perhaps by mistake but true and lasting success is not one of them.   
Spectacular products don’t fall from the heavens. 
 
Every good thing requires process and preparation. 
 
Abraham Lincoln once said, “If I am given eight hours to cut down a tree, I will use six hours to sharpen the axe head and use the remaining two hours to cut down the tree.” 
Robust preparation improves your ability to spot opportunities and takes your execution game to a completely new level. 
 
It took Bill Gates decades of coding and hard work before earning his billions. 
It took Usain Bolt six years of running before he got his first Olympic Gold Medal. 
Barack Obama roamed the streets of Illinois for 12 years before he was handed the ticket to represent Chicago in the Senate. 

 

As technology comes with bigger promises of getting things done easier and faster, we must stay true to the timeless principles of preparation and diligence. 

Beta Life Series – Bad Grades ≠ Bleak Future

Beta Life Series – Bad Grades ≠ Bleak Future

Beta Life Series

Bad Grades ≠ Bleak Future

Samuel Osho

The librarians know you by name because you are the first to come and the last to say goodbye. You studied hard and devoured textbooks like a starved soul because you believe in diligence. 

You left exam halls with faces carved in shades of smiles, it was not mere optimism but that of assurance in your answers. 
Suddenly, the results are out, but they are in sharp contrast to the efforts you sowed.

 

Quite frustrating, isn’t it? Shocked and astounded at the results, all attempts to connect the dots failed. I see you giving way to the gravity of your falling grades. Don’t give up too soon on yourself. 

In the silence of your meditation, the voice of your competencies utters comforting words.  

Be honest, you know that there is a genius in you because your solutions to real life problems are smarter than your grades. 

Life will not judge you based on your grades but your competencies – what you can do. 

 

Be strong and don’t relent, the genius in you may be inconsistent with your grades but that’s the only light in you that can change the world. Keep it burning! 

Today, permit yourself to live above your school grades. Live above what school called you and embrace what life has got to offer you. 

Beta Life Series – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Beta Life Series – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Beta Life Series

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Samuel Osho

It’s a competitive world, but I am resolute about my stance not to compete with anyone. Some few years ago, I shelved the idea of joining the queue to enroll in the endless rat race. 

 

On this other side, I see peace smiling at me and serenity lodges in my abode all day. In this rare cubicle of uniqueness, I celebrate the victory of others without a tinge of anxiety or jealousy. This is the best way to live your life and get the best out of your days. 

So, am I sitting on my oars or complacent? Oh! No, I push myself so hard, and my standards are super high, but this is the difference – I compete with myself.

Whatever I am doing to get better, I am doing solely for myself and not for anyone to see. A version of me today has to be much better than the version of me you met six months ago.

That is the goal!

A drive for success and greatness that is based on comparisons is not only myopic; it tends to be short-lived. 

It’s obvious that we love metrics but it’s an insult to the investment in you to compare yourself with another person. 

 

When you live your life aimed at becoming the best version of yourself, there will be no need for unhealthy competition that hurts others so you can win. 
I hope you find the peace and joy that comes with competing with yourself and becoming the best version of yourself. 

 

Beta Life Series – Accepting Who You Are

Beta Life Series – Accepting Who You Are

Beta Life Series

Accepting Who You Are

Samuel Osho

If you engage in a variety of chitchats, you will probably have a library saturated with diverse versions of yourself. It usually consists of what B told you about your emotions, what F said about your body physique, what M said your voice sounds like and what Z affirms as the finite perimeters of your competencies. 

It’s insane how we believe everything hook, line, and sinker. It’s more painful to see how we respond seamlessly to the different messages that people have told us about ourselves. 

“Oh! He is probably right about it, I am shy,” you said to yourself. 

What if it’s false? What if you are an introvert and naturally reserved? Does that make you shy? I can bet that you are not as timid as people paint you to be.

Though your boss said you are dumb, it’s not true. You can’t be dumb and still be able to understand what I am saying here. You are super smart and you need to start believing you are one heck of a genius. 

Beyond what B, F, M, and Z has to say about you, what do you have to say about yourself? 

Yes, you, tell me what you really think about yourself. 

Oh! I hear you say, 

“I am smart, intelligent, confident, gracious, blessed, bold, joyful.”

You are right. 

Remember that I did not say, “You are perfect.” 

 

No one is perfect and no one is ever going to be perfect, so you have to accept who you are and know yourself enough to believe that you deserve a place on this planet.

Knowing that the person you are is enough to accomplish your life’s purpose will liberate you from the prison of other people’s opinion about you. 

Beta Life Series – How to Reject Rejection

Beta Life Series – How to Reject Rejection

Beta Life Series

How to Reject Rejection

Samuel Osho

When Colonel Harlan Sanders hit the streets with his pressure cooker and unique recipe for cooking Southern fried chicken, he was rejected 300 times before he found someone that believed in his dream. A testimony of his triumph over 300 rejections is evident in over 22,500 KFC restaurants in 136 countries. 
 
If you are going to be successful in life, you must be able to handle rejection. Most importantly, don’t take it personal and retreat into resentment and self-pity. 

You get rejected when you don’t get the promotion you wanted; you don’t get the job you applied for, you don’t get the raise you want so badly, you don’t get a date you requested or get fired. 

Rejection is a part of the cycle that makes life what it is. 

What should be your default response to rejection? 
As rightly put by the authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen: “When someone says no, you say ‘Next!'” 

To be honest, you must realize that it is a numbers game; there are over 7 billion people on the planet! Someone somewhere is waiting to say yes. All you need to do is move on.

Your idea got turned down, not you. Your manuscript was rejected, not you. 

You must believe that nothing is wrong with you. Maybe you need to work better on that proposal application or spend more time on that manuscript or acquire more skills before you ask for a raise.  

But I must tell you that it has nothing to do about you. 

Did I just hear you say, “Next!”?

That should be your new motto.  

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