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Becoming a Person of Deeds

Have you been asking yourself why people- some even aren’t smarter than you, achieving more than you do? Have you been wondering why you aren’t getting what you believe and speak about? Have you been sick and tired of the inconsistencies between what you talk about and what manifests? In this Episode- Becoming a Person of Deeds, you’ll be introduced to the power of actions in translating your dreams into realities.

At the early stage of my leadership, I learned one seemingly simple but powerful lesson. If you ask me what helped me to get where I’m in life pursuing my passion; if you ask me how come a guy like me with so many disadvantages came to the US and started from scratched to get where I’m now traveling around the country empowering leaders, it doesn’t take me to think a lot. It was my decision to act on whatever I learned right away. Yes, even now, I still need to learn more, to go to the next level. However, with what I know so far, I have been taking actions, sometimes, with little knowledge.

When I started it all, I didn’t have the clarity I shared in this episode. I was desperate to change my life. I was living in one of the poorest villages in Ethiopia without many options to improve my life. I didn’t have the vast information and opportunities I’ve now in the US. Out of desperation and eagerness to transform my life, I didn’t wait. I didn’t care whether people would laugh at me or not. I cared less about whether I looked foolish.

Now, I can tell you boldly that you cannot succeed in life, especially if you are an underdog with so many disadvantages unless you become a person of deeds. You must despise the shame that comes from taking actions. You must be willing to look stupid in the face of setbacks when some of your actions fail to deliver the results you originally anticipated. If your desire in this world, as you live in it only once, is to lead a fulfilling life, career, and business, you must dare and willing to experience failure, again and again.

Don’t forget. Only a person of action fails. Those who are too careful, yes, they may not fail because they don’t act, but they go nowhere. They are prisoners of their own fear. They paralyze themselves imagining the worst from their actions, and as a result, they leash their soul depriving themselves of a chance to succeed in what they do. They never live fully, serve the world with their uniqueness, and ultimately die empty leaving a legacy that outlast them. Don’t take this road. Choose to become a person of deeds.

Before I proceed; let me create a connection between the previous episodes and this one. The past episodes encouraged you to:

  • Believe in your unlimited potential,
  • Recognize the uniqueness that predisposes you to excel, and
  • Appreciate the power of talking right even in the midst of facing setbacks and while things look bad.

In this episode, you will learn the importance of backing your beliefs and talk with proportionate actions. There must be a match between your beliefs, words, and deeds. Many people aren’t getting what they desperately want mainly because there is a disconnection somewhere in the process. When you get this principle, and most importantly, use it, you will never remain the same.

Think about the Farmer and Seeds analogy I shared with you in one of the previous episodes. The Farmer believes in his seeds and their potential. He keeps speaking about when he will sow them and the results he would harvest once they turn into seedlings, plants, flowers, and then harvest at the end of that season. However, it is useless if he just had a strong belief and the right talking about the seeds. Until he puts them into the soil, nothing will happen. He must take one action after another until he gets what he wants.

What so ever great potential the seeds might have, what so ever positive confessions he would make about turning the seeds into harvest, nothing comes out of those seeds and his empty talks until he takes action.

The same with you and I. Yes, we are underdogs. Regardless, we believe that we have unlimited potential. We also began talking right (we covered this in the last episode). So far, so good! However, the equation isn’t yet complete without becoming a person of deeds. You and I will remain underdogs without backing our beliefs and talks with bold deeds.

Once I heard someone sharing a true but funny story. A new convert fanatic religious man was so reckless that he missed the sowing season deliberately. He waited till the last minutes, only weeks left before the harvest season. That was only then he went out borrowing hundreds of thousands of dollars to sow his seed in his vast farm. He thought his belief alone can violate the universal truth of sowing and reaping, and risked it all to find out that the seeds couldn’t even break through the soil, let alone to flourish and deliver results. It was awesome he had great faith and for sure he was speaking what he believed but he didn’t take the proper action when it mattered the most. As a result, he lost his farm for creditors 🙂

Okay, this guy is fanatic and went to the extreme. Were there times we too neglected to match our actions with our beliefs and talk when it mattered the most? How many times have we missed the boat? Looking back, how many times we hesitated to act and now we regret badly?

Looking back, I’ve many ‘regrets’ because I hesitated and failed to act. Of course, I cannot change what happened. I failed. I was complacent. Nonetheless, today, what matters the most for me is to become a person of deeds and take as many actions as possible. I don’t want to be known for my beliefs and talks alone. I want to back it up by becoming a person of deeds. What about you?

If your desire is to tap into your limitless potential and bridge the gap between what you believe and talk, and witness the ultimate manifestations you desperately need, become a person of deeds. And, this episode inspires, equips, and encourages you to go out and start this rewarding journey one action at a time…

Speaking your future and what you desire is one thing but totally useless without backing it up with actions, sometimes, bold and massive actions. And, you have what it takes. You just need to develop the right mindset and habit…

Unfortunately, many, some because of faulty teachings, ignore or neglect deeds. For instance, I was a student of the Law of Attraction. I watched the Secret movie and joined the movement practicing talking right to attract the right things. I got some results right away but slowly, as many discovered it, I realized that I couldn’t get everything I desire by just wishing. I recognized that I couldn’t attract everything I wish without backing it up with proportionate deeds like the new convert fanatic religious man I mentioned earlier. It also occurred to me that I couldn’t actually violate some universal laws to get what I desire just because I have the belief to attract. For example, I cannot drop the sun out of the sky just because I believe it happens. I cannot also see the coming picture of my dreams without taking proper actions and on time. Taking action isn’t solely about the activity, it is also about the timing. Some truths, insights, and opportunities expire unless we enact them in a timely manner.

Action is proof that you actually have faith in your words…

In Episode 4, I showed a connection between belief, words, and actions. Using some practical analogies, examples, and stories, I made sure you are well equipped to become a person of deeds. Remember, you cannot turn yourself from an underdog to great without action. Not just any action, sometimes bold and massive actions. By the way, in my book- ‘Unchain Your Greatness’, I talked about the 4Es of greatness- Explore, Enact, Endure, and Emancipate your greatness to the fullest. In Part II of the book- Enact on the truths you discovered, I narrated some stories of the great ones from diverse cultures and generations you and I admire, and how they were enacted based on their discoveries quickly and boldly. Let me stop it here.

If you like what you have read so far, I encourage you to watch Episode 4- Becoming a Person of Deeds. In this episode, I pointed out how what we believe and say must be backed with deeds. I used two analogies- car driving and ship maneuvering to explain the significance of taking action. In this episode, I also used some examples and weaved my own experience.

If you haven’t yet, subscribe to this channel, its podcast, share it with the people that you care about, continue to engage with me on social media as I further share daily inspirational posts on this the same theme. Go to to follow me on social media. Stay tuned for the next episode.

If you prefer to listen to the podcast version, here you go:

Emotional Fitness

This weekend, there will be 2 empowering growth opportunities that are coming your way:

1) Weekly blog

2) Episode 4

To get the blog via email, you need to sign up. To get notified when the Episode is uploaded, you need to subscribe to my show. If you haven’t yet, go to to signup & subscribe.

Don’t miss any growth opportunities I’m offering. Remember, I’m paid for these insights, tools & perspectives I’m sharing with you for free. Don’t forget. It’s not free for me. It costs me my scariest resource- time. I’m doing it to empower underdogs like you by dedicating my weekend time.

Believing that you may not afford to pay for workshops & coaching sessions, I’m offering you growth opportunities until you can afford it. Thus, don’t take this offer lightly. Use it to grow, become better, go ahead of the curve, & take your life, career, & business to the next level. And then, you could afford our services 😉 

Don’t also forget to like, comment, ask… Engage! That is how growth comes.

Share the blogs & Episodes with your network. Remember, it just takes an insight, a story, a case study, or a tool for someone to get unstuck or go to the next height. Don’t just keep it for yourself. Don’t deny people the opportunity to transform their lives. I’m sharing here what I know because there may be 1 person who may benefit from what I share & in turn improve his/her life. This person could be at the edge of his/her life, desperate, helpless, hopeless, out of options, and so on. You don’t know who you are impacting with your generous sharing. Thus, share, share, share…

While you’re waiting for the blog in your inbox & your clip’s notification on YouTube, enjoy this powerful message I shared about the importance of Emotional Fitness while in Canada… 

Imposter Syndrome- Dealing with your inner critic voice

If you are feeling inadequate, not ready to step up and go to the next level, struggling within and questioning your worth and achievements, you need to watch this short clip I recorded on my phone while I was traveling. To get these kinds of tips on a consistent basis, subscribe to the Dr. AZ Show, follow me on social media by going to Let me know your thoughts on social media, engage with me and others by asking questions and sharing your perspectives. That is how you grow as a leader and transform yourself from an underdog to great! Enjoy your well-deserving weekend! #Underdogs #impostersyndrome #DrAZShow #LeadershipForUnderdogs

Serving Based on Your Uniqueness

Have you been struggling to stand out? Have you wondered why some people and companies are so competitive and always at the top? Are you wondering how you may excel in what you do?

If you said yes to one of these questions, you need to read this blog and watch the corresponding episode. Episode 2 is for you. As an underdog, you cannot afford to be like everybody else. You must differentiate yourself from the crowd. When you do that you remain relevant wherever you go and wherever you serve.

I still remember the old days where I was clueless about my unique propositions. I was passionate, and out there in the open trying to make an impact. I was shooting in all directions and missing every single time. At one point, frustration set in and I sat down to get answers. These were the questions I was asking:

  1. Why am I in the same place too long?
  2. What am I missing to go to the next level?
  3. Why is too much work to get little results?
  4. And other similar questions?

I’m glad to report to you that the answers to these questions led me to discover my unique edge. All of a sudden, I began to:

  1. Realize that I’ve a unique purpose,
  2. Appreciate my disappointments and disadvantages, and
  3. Embrace the things that made me ashamed. I decided to turn these scars and missteps into my won unique advantage to serve others in unique ways.

Before we proceed, I want you to stop and answer these questions:

  1. What is your unique purpose? In other words, what is your distinctive mission in life? I’ll come back again on this theme to produce a couple of episodes. For now, I want you to think about this: What is that one thing unless you commit to it, you cannot have peace and rest? What is that one assignment you feel like no one but you will do it? What is that one mission if you accomplish it during your life time, you don’t mind dying the next day? For more, read Part 1 of my book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness: Purpose-Oriented, Vision-centered, and Values-driven greatness. Expect also a book coming out this year specifically designed to empower you to discover, pursue, and fulfill your unique purpose. Believe me, if you haven’t yet when you discover your assignment in life, it immediately decorates your life; it distinguishes you. It gives you a competitive edge.
  2. Do you have unique gifting or talent? Many people succeeded because of finding, nurturing, and employing their unique talent and/or gifting. I don’t have any. If you have one, that could give you a competitive edge to excel and lead a great life.
  3. What are some of your unique experiences, disappointments, missteps, and failures? Don’t tell me that you don’t know your unique purpose, and you don’t have unique talent or gifting. Okay, got it. But, don’t tell me that you never stumbled, you mastered every aspect of your life, and never miss stepped? You can use these unique happenings to serve others. You have learned some insights, developed wisdom as you made the mistakes and came out of the trouble you were in or, at least, you have now some tips that may help others who find in the same spot you were to avoid your mistakes, learn from your experience, and overcome the challenges they are facing.  

If you have not yet, pick your unique lane. It is not crowded and allows you to excel. As far as you are serving your community, the world around you, your clients, and/or customers based on your unique path, you flourish and tap into your unlimited potential.

If you like what you have read so far, I encourage you to watch Episode 2 of Dr. AZ Show. In this episode, I pointed out how successful people and companies carved their own unique brand to remain competitive even in bad times. I also shared 3 potential areas where you could find your uniqueness. I also shared my own experience of how I have been attempting to serve based on my uniqueness.

If you have not checked it out, in the previous episode, I talked about the importance of becoming a potential conscious. However, understanding that you have great potential is the foundation. Every human being has almost the same potential as you do have. That is not your unique proposition to the world. The knowledge of your potential is key to anything meaningful you would do going forward. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, you need to know your uniqueness.

The underdogs I studied were very clear about their unique edge. They picked their lane. Hundreds, thousands, and in some cases millions followed them because they were on their unique path without being duplicates. They flew at a wavelength no one had flown.

If you don’t pick your lane and tap into what makes you unique, it is an uphill battle for you as an underdog. You cannot shine on a road crowded by others who have better resources, connections, and portfolios. Your uniqueness is your competitive advantage.

Think about some of the successful startups, which were underdogs when they began their journey. The ones that succeeded and outsmarted their competitors were those that had unique propositions. They didn’t have the money and platform, to begin with. Think about the uniqueness Apple brought to defeat the giant IBM? Think about Singapore, a tiny city-state. They were underdogs in their respective fields. But, they found their uniqueness that made them competitive and today Apple is one of the most successful corporations in the world while Singapore has the highest personal GDP in the world.

What do you have as an underdog that positions you to shine? All underdogs who transformed themselves into greats had weapons that disarmed their goliaths. What is your unique ‘weapon’ that sets you apart?

If you haven’t yet, subscribe to this channel, its podcast, share it with the people that you care about, continue to engage with Dr. AZ on social media as he further shares daily inspirational posts on this the same theme. Go to to follow him on social media. Stay tuned for the next episode.

Once you watched it, don’t forget to share it with those who may benefit from it, especially those who are experiencing temporal defeats and disappointments right now.

If you prefer to listen to the podcast version, here you go:

Potential Conscious

Underdogs have a messed up past and maybe present. Otherwise, they won’t qualify as underdogs. Unfortunately, many underdogs preoccupy themselves with what they don’t have and what is missing in the now. Few underdogs focus on their potential, who they can become, and where they are heading. Such underdogs, when they interact with themselves in their mind and with other people, they base the conversation on not the realities but their potential. 

Huge difference! If you allow the small self-critic voice in you or wrong people who don’t genuinely love and care about you, they may want to interact with you based on who you were & what you have done- mainly your mistakes and missteps. Refuse to participate! 

Regardless of where you were and what you have done both good and bad, this is a clean new chance you got this year. Because of your limitless potential, you aren’t bound to your past. You can rewrite your past, shape today and the future if you believe in the greatness seed that dwells in you. In the New Year, be alert and superconscious as you interact with yourself and others. It should be based on who you CAN BECOME and where you are heading, not based on the ‘beating’ you took the previous day, week, month, year, or decade. 

However, I understand that it isn’t easy to look at yourself on the other side of the mirror every day knowing that you were ‘beaten’ badly or ‘knocked out’ the previous day and/or had many misfortunes, missteps, and disappointments last month or year, and you are now up for another fight where you aren’t sure of the outcome yet. Likewise, it is frustrating if you look at the guy on the other side of the mirror who doesn’t have yet the head start he/she needs to enter into that business, profession, or competition. 

But, the underdogs who believe in themselves and the potential they carry, they acknowledge the uphill battle they face and recognize the scars they retained in the past. However, they will tell you also that they’re happy that they are still standing and alive after that bad beating, knockout, and disappointments. 

What makes them special? They stand in front of the mirror every day leaping and licking their wounds but refuse to complain, let alone quit. They look at a bruised underdog on the other side of the mirror but at the same time, they don’t see a beaten-down person who is finished but someone who will win in the end. They stand there thankful because they have another fighting chance, another day to rewrite their past defeats and shape their today and future. It is a choice, and we all should choose like these underdogs.

Refuse to settle for less than your true potential, which awaits you to unchain it! Your future is glorious! And, it can begin this year, no need to wait years to manifest your greatness. Start releasing your potential one-day at a time. 

Those underdogs who vowed to tap into their potential always have a better future. They don’t cut short themselves by presenting themselves, negotiating, and dealing based on their past. Your best days are still ahead. You have untapped potential. Don’t give up too soon, lower the bar, fold your tent, and act like you are tired or retired. New Year, New & better You!!!

Watch this episode where I shared some insightful analogies and simple but powerful steps you can take to remain focused on your potential. As a typical underdog, I also shared my own stories about how I dealt with the small self-critic voice within, disappointments, belittling, and so on.

Once you watched it, share your thoughts, subscribe not to miss future episodes, share it with those who may benefit from it, especially those who are experiencing temporal defeats and disappointments. Remain connected on social media as I’m going to continue to post multiple times per day the whole week.

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