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.
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1 New Year Strategic Approach Successful People Use
As we approach the New Year, we all have some approaches that we have been using to get prepared for the New Year. Many of us strategize, plan, prioritize what we’re going to do in the New Year. In this video clip, I’m sharing with you one New Year strategic approach successful people use: Assigning a theme for the New Year. I adopted this approach for years and have seen some amazing results and I would like you to try it.
Remember, we are underdogs. Unlike others, we don’t have the luxury to do things on the go without pre-planning. We have limited finance, few connections, and so on. We have to prioritize where we would like to spend our limited resources. We need to be extraordinarily strategic.
I know some of you hate to sit down and spend a lot of time to strategize and plan. This is not your preference nor fun. However, I warn you that, as an underdog, you cannot excel and attain your unique greatness without developing this habit. Start it small scale, read, attend seminars, get coaching, but by all means, develop this soft skill.
In this video clip, however, my focus wasn’t on how to strategize, prioritize, and plan. I wrote about these themes on my books and also I do facilitate workshops on time and energy management and strategic planning, maybe I’ll record a video on this in the future. For today, I am focusing on how to recognize one area that makes or breaks your success next year, and how to zoom in and give it your priority and attention, which in turn brings extraordinary results.
I first saw successful people using it. Some pronounced the theme of their next year while others did it quietly. In both cases, I watched them giving that theme prime attention, their messages, products, and services were aligned alongside the theme.
Then, I decided to use this strategic approach in my own life. I shared in the video what my theme was 7 or 6 years ago, and also my next year’s theme.
Watch this video in its entirety. If you find it helpful share with the people you know who may benefit from this single approach that can bring a magnificent turnaround in their life, profession, business, and more.
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Happy New Year!
Transforming Underdogs into Greats
I’m excited to announce to you the coming of my new show as a New Year gift. The show aims at transforming underdogs into greats. It provides insights, tools, and tips that empower the great ones of the 21st C.
Every week for 10 – 15 minutes, I’ll share with you some motivational stories of underdogs who made it to great. These are those who turned their inadequacies and misfortunes into steppingstones. I’ll also share with you my own little stories as I have been implementing what I have learned from studying underdogs for over two decades.
Each episode is designed to be motivational, challenging, and empowering. This is a very practical show that allows you to configure or reconfigure your mindset, discover your purpose, get clarity, and develop the conviction to lead a life you have been dreaming of for a very long period of time.
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New show for the underdogs
Have you noticed that almost all the great ones in history and now were underdogs before they began their greatness journey? Have you appreciated how they turned their misfortunes and inadequacies as fuel to attain greatness? What about you? Have you stopped and identified yourself with the right underdogs, underdogs who broke the limits themselves and others put on them?
I consider myself a typical underdog. I have disadvantages in many areas of life and found myself as an underdog in many places and times. Let me just give you some examples for now. To start with, I was born and raised in one of the poorest villages in Ethiopia. Second, no one from our family ever finished high school, let alone go to college. I grew up without access to libraries and basic communication media such as TV.
Education, success, greatness, and concepts like these weren’t the ones I grew up hearing. We were very happy and enjoyed life one day at a time because we didn’t compare ourselves with others nor have access to know what is happening in the rest of the world. Retrospectively, we were even reckless. We chewed Khat- a green leaf illegal in the US, on a daily basis, drinking alcohol, and doing other crazy stuff. Looking back, I wonder how I even survived to tell the story. Many of my friends couldn’t…
If you never had experience with this substance before, let me give you some background just for fun, not for you to try it 🙂 Don’t try this at home!!! When you chew chat, within an hour or so, you begin to experience euphoria, which may last for a couple of hours where you are happy, excited, talking, daydreaming, and fantasizing. Afterward, you start to be quite, experiencing mild depression. When we hit the latter state, that was when we go out to drink so that we could break the depression. And, you can imagine what one does when he drinks too much alcohol and at night. I leave that for your active imagination 🙂 Life looked beautify back then because we didn’t know better. We didn’t have clarity about where we were going. We didn’t have hope for the future. We didn’t have any clue about the rest of the world, about our human potential, and what the future holds for us.
Forget about where I started. When I stepped into the shore of the US in 2005, I had many disadvantages. On top of the cultural shock I experienced, I had difficulty to adapt to the system and felt inadequate. I had never used a credit card, metro, and had never driven a car at all (though I had a license). My accent was so thick that people asked me to repeat myself again and again even if I had an advanced degree 🙂 In short, I found myself inadequate, disadvantaged, and on the wrong side of the fence. You may not have my kind of disadvantages but you know what I’m talking about if you’re an underdog like me:
- You could be an immigrant away from home and experiencing culture shock or
- You could be someone who is familiar with continual failure, rejection, and defeat or
- You could be someone who never had a chance to go to college or live in a nice home or drive a new car or
- You may be someone who has been told you cannot make it, you don’t amount anything or
- You could be a person who beat yourself up because of the countless mistakes you have made and the stumblings you have been experiencing or
- You may be someone who faces insurmountable challenges and goliaths and not sure when you are going to experience your next break or what have you.
By the way, you wouldn’t have heard of me and read this blog if I stopped there, blaming my fate, other people, circumstances, and indulged in a pity party. Of course, it isn’t a comfortable place when you find yourself an underdog. It is scary, painful, and full of uncertainty. You may ask, how then could you be able to come out of that? How come you are now having multiple degrees, your own show, five books, coach and train leaders in government agencies and major corporations in the US? You may wonder what helped me to turn my misfortunes into advantages and now inspiring other underdogs?
Well, I don’t think it is because I’m special, highly intelligent, bold, or strong than anybody else in my situation. The only thing I had during those dark hours was hope, vision, and undying commitment to persevere and grow continually. These helped me to outlast the setbacks I was experiencing and kept going by turning my disadvantages into advantages. What about you? Do you have hope, vision, and the right mindset, and commitment to outlast your setbacks by growing constantly? If so, that is what you need. And this show is designed for underdogs like you. It Transforms underdogs into greats; it turns underdogs into great ones…
- If you are reading this blog and wondering what a hell I’m talking about;
- If you felt bad for me;
- If you never felt left behind, failed, or intimidated because of your inadequacies;
- If you have great connections and every major need of yours met before you even ask;
- If you’re well educated, with a nice family, and comfortable in life throughout your life;
- If you don’t have any physical, mental, and/or spiritual struggles at all, well, you cannot relate with people like myself, underdogs.
However, if you identify yourself as an underdog, I honor and respect you. You didn’t give up on yourself and your loved ones and withdrew from life’s fight. But rather, you are working on yourself to become better. That is why you are reading this blog. Many of your peers gave up too quickly. Not only you didn’t quit because of the enormous disadvantages you are facing, but you also didn’t get mad in life, others, and circumstances. You took responsibility to grow and in turn, beat the odds. Congrats! To play my little contribution in your growth as you turn yourself from an underdog into one of the great ones of the 21st C during your lifetime, I have good news for you!
I’m going to launch a YouTube channel with a Podcast for people just like you. Each 10 – 15 minutes weekly inspiration session will be filled with great stories, insights, soft skills and leadership tips. I’ll share with you what helped the underdogs turned great ones whose stories I narrated in my latest two books. Not only that, but I also interject my own little stories- what helped me to turn my own inadequacies into strength to pursue my passion for empowering underdogs through leadership development, and more.
If you are excited, do me a favor. Please sign up below if you haven’t yet and be part of my family of underdogs so that I could send you updates including when the show becomes available and other great contents that empower you to turn you from an underdog into one of the great ones of the 21st C. You may also please share this blog to friends and colleagues who may benefit from this golden opportunity to grow with me and you on a consistent basis. Thank you in advance!
A discovery that changes everything
Have you ever wondered and asked which discovery changes everything? Have you looked back in your life and compared which search was nobler than others that you have taken? After leading so many interesting ventures in life in search of the truth, I could say now that not all discoveries are born equal.
I remember the energy and time I had invested in the wrong things. Looking retrospectively, I could have become a better person if I began my search in life at the right place and with the right thing. I didn’t. I don’t want you to spend tones of time and end up having the same frustration some years from now. Let me help you.
I don’t recommend it but if that is what you want go out and chase everything that comes your way and attempt to understand and figure them out. Go out to the deep of the ocean if you desire, and high into the cosmos. But, make sure your quest for knowledge starts from the closest but at the same time the deepest place, from within.
The great ones I studied whose stories narrated in my latest books (The Highest Level of Greatness and Unchain Your Greatness) had extraordinary confidence. This didn’t come because they knew everything. No, it wasn’t. It didn’t also come from arrogance. The source of their extraordinary self-reliance exuded from self-discovery. They where not every where. They were focused. As a result, they came to discover who they were, their uniqueness, and why they were in that generation and time. And, that made the difference!
You too can take that journey right now. It doesn’t require a certain qualification. Everyone walking on this planet is a valid candidate and you’re not exceptional. It is within your reach as far as you’re committed to taking this path of self-discovery.
If you are not yet certain about who you are and what makes you unique, start small scale:
- Be by yourself alone for 30 minutes every weekend. This may be easy for some, may not be so for others depending on your personality type. However, it shouldn’t be that hard even if you fall under the latter group to carve 30 minutes to think, meditate, and pray, whichever works for you the most.
- Read the biographies of the great ones you admire. You may learn something about how they went about discovering their uniqueness and purpose
- Go back into your past in memory lane and refresh your memory. You may find some patterns in your life that may give you some hints about what comes naturally to you.
In my book Soft Skills that Make or Break Your Success, the first and foundational soft skill recognized is Self-awareness. Likewise, in my book ‘Unchain Your Greatness’ Part 1, I explained how the great ones from diverse cultures explored to find out who they were and why they were there in that generation. You can see how important it is to develop this soft skill to attain personal mastery, succeed in what you do, tap into your unlimited potential, and ultimately unchain your greatness.
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