The Top 3 Success Principles

There are countless success laws. Out of these myriad success principles, I found out that there are 3 top foundational success principles. I discovered these when I was young in the early ’90s and practiced them in my own life and harvested some results. I also came to realize that those underdogs I studied in my latest 2 books, who transformed their lives into greats, applied these success secrets.

In this blog, I’ll share with you these 3 top success principles and how they reinforce one another to deliver extraordinary results:

  1. Seeing your unlimited potential and how far you can go in life
  2. Talking right to bring forth what you have seen and hoped to achieve during your lifetime
  3. Acting on what you saw and spoke about

Let me quickly explain to you these principles:

1. Seeing your unlimited potential and how far you can go in life. Success and greatness begins with ‘seeing’. You cannot believe what you couldn’t ‘see’ with your inner eye. Unfortunately, many depend on their bare eyes. Since what they see with their naked eyes doesn’t look, feel, and sound like great, they don’t believe that they have greatness within. As a result, they cannot fathom the unlimited potential they carry within, and therefore, they don’t speak and act that match their limitless potential. Use your insight to envision your limitless potential before you manifest them. See your potential right now because what you see determines how you handle yourself. Don’t allow others who cannot see your potential define who you are and how far you can go. Your future is glorious and will surprise and stun you if you open your eyes and ‘see’ your limitless potential. I can tell you that I’ve not become anything I didn’t see and believed years earlier. None of the major events in my life happened before I seeing them years, sometimes months earlier. I’m sure, what I’m seeing now will come to pass if I continue to talk about and take action.

2. Talking right to bring forth what you have seen and hoped to achieve during your lifetime. After seeing your potential and how far you can go, the next important step is to believe in what you saw. Let me give you a litmus test whether you saw and believed in your potential and how far you can go: You cannot help it but speak what you saw. Your faith on your potential and abilities can’t be seen. However, your words can be heard, and your actions can be seen. Talking right is not just for merely saying it or to brag about it. It is a principle for which you yourself, others, the universe, and God to respond. Once you talk about a thing, you are committed both consciously and unconsciously. Even if you forget about what you talk consciously, your subconscious won’t forget it. Your talk not only inspires you to take a risk and act boldly, but it also influences people who listen to you. You get your partners and supporters who share your vision if and only if they hear talk about it. The universe and God respond to your positive confessions.

3. Acting on what you saw and spoke about. This principle seals everything. Yes, you saw your potential no one could see. You believed that you could become whatever you want to be. You were so obsessed and confident that you began speaking first with the people very close to you. Others might think that you are cocky, overconfident, arrogant, or even prideful. It doesn’t matter. Who are these people? Sometimes we value people on face value. Yes, we need to respect people and serve them. However, when it comes to giving your ears and heart, ask who deserve it? What is their credential? Have the accomplished something? Do they have authenticity in the area they are talking about? Otherwise, you are listening to a bunch of theorists who don’t have any clue about what they are talking. Why would you listen to the people who didn’t see what you saw? Why would you kill your vision in the hands of skeptics? Why would you deny your potential and destiny a fair chance by listening to people who aren’t going anywhere and without any hope? Ignore these and begin acting boldly. Somehow, I got lucky at the early stage of my life to take actions. I acted like a kid. I didn’t overthink things or run in my head worrying what would happen if I fail. I kept the discipline to go out and take action once I take my time to strategize and plan.

Going forward, I will produce episodes that empower underdogs who either promoted themselves (by opening their own practice or business) or promoted for the first time into a new leadership position. Many organizations arrange workshops and assign coaches and mentors for such first-timers. If your organization doesn’t sponsor you or you cannot sponsor yourself to go to such empowering programs, hire a coach or mentor, which could allow you to start your new position with the right footing.

If you like what you have read so far, I encourage you to watch Episode 5- The 3 Top Success Principles. In this episode, I pointed out how what we see dictates what we believe, talk, and finally act. Using my own story from more than 2 decades ago as I was preparing and contesting to become the president of the largest university students’ union, I shared how I applied these principles without even knowing it, and got elected when I was a third-year student. If you don’t know me this episode enables you to know a piece of my past history. You would find this story funny but at the same time powerful for a college student.

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.

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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.

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Emotional Fitness

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

1) Weekly blog

2) Episode 4

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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 😉 

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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… 

Talk Right!

Do your words and results mismatch? You have been talking and talking great things but they never fruition? Have you been asking yourself, again and again, why am I having realities that don’t align with my dreams? Are you having manifestations that you don’t like? If you have answered yes to one of these questions, could it be because you don’t believe in your words? Could it be because you are careless in your talk? Well, in Episode 3- Talk Right, I’ll give you the insights and tips you need to make it right.

Let me first give you a quick background about the place of words. You might already be aware of the different arguments about whether creations within the universe came to existence through evolution or a one-time dramatic manner. I’ll not take you there. However, one thing seems to bring all the parties together. This life-sustaining universe came to existence within a few seconds. Many in this field agree that the universe didn’t come through an evolutionary process. It was a dramatic short span occurrence of seconds, maybe minutes. Their difference is who did it. While some believe that God spoke the universe into existence others believe that there was a big bang though they don’t acknowledge nor propose who caused the big bang.

Today in this episode, my goal is neither to broker the two parties nor to bring any fresh argument concerning how the universe came to reality and who did it. I mentioned this ongoing two schools of thought to let you know that I fall under the group that believes the universe came to existence through a spoken word from God. I wasn’t there and thus cannot prove it. However, it makes no sense to me how such a dramatic display of power within seconds and minutes could have been done other than talk from a divine being.

Think about this. You are a result of a 9-month pregnancy, an evolutionary mechanism. If you want to get an apple, wheat, what have you, you must follow an evolutionary approach that involves sowing, fertilizing, watering, and finally harvesting. If you would like to build just a tower, you know the drill. On the other hand, how many years do you think it takes to bring forth the universe (the stars, planets, and the physical laws that govern these gigantic creations)? I cannot think of a mechanism that brought first one start, then the next, and one planet, and the next, and finally once all were in place, this process did put in place physical laws to govern the co-existence of these gigantic creations. Anyways, I’m trying to let you know how I think and what I believe. Other than that, you don’t need to agree with me. You are entitled to have your own hypothesis. Don’t forget. We all have hypotheses; no own could offer proof in this regard…

Let’s set aside the big stuff like how the universe came to existence in the first place. Too abstract and far removed, at least for many. However, whether you believe the way I do or not when it comes to the place of words in this universe, my hope in this episode is to show you the effects of words against humans and even other creations like water and plants. Based on two simple experiments, I showed how the way the experimenters where talking impacted the final outcomes of the experiments. To learn more about these tryouts, check out Episode 3- Talk Right!

Before we proceed, I have a couple of disclaimers:

  1. Careless talks won’t bring any intended results– good or bad. Talks backed by faith and those that could invoke strong emotions (negative or positive) have consequences. There are cheap and weak talks. They are inconsequential.
  2. Talking is just one weapon to get the results you want. You need to back up your words with actions. By the way, Episode 4, provides more insights, and tips about the power of deeds. In the meantime, just know that the stronger and consistent the actions, the greater the results.

Let me quickly answer this question, which might already cross your mind. If our talks have such power, why then many speak to harvest negative results contrary to their wish and what they are saying?

  1. It is our second nature. Many of us have been conditioned to speak negatively since childhood. The people around us have been training us, may not be deliberately, to focus on what is wrong and talk about these to death.
  2. It takes faith, commitment, and discipline to speak positively. Very few discipline themselves to talk positively. It takes energy and continual efforts, especially in the face of disappointments and setbacks, to speak positively and optimistically.
  3. It is expected of us to fit in. Speaking negatively gives us the license to fit in. In many circles, you are expected to lower your expectations and talk ‘modestly’. Many underdogs, in the name of humility, depreciate their values and talk carelessly about who they are and their potential. Humility is key to leadership. You shouldn’t brag and inflate yourself and what you can do. However, it isn’t humility to tarnish yourself. You can be humble and at the same time assertive of yourself and your potential. They aren’t mutually exclusive.

Remember these:

  • If you believe in it, talk about it. If you are hesitating, your faith is corrupted. The proof that you have faith is speaking about the things you want to manifest or go away.
  • If you don’t talk about it, know that you most probably won’t see it. Your words have creative power. Sow your words, and harvest your results. There is no short cut.
  • What you possess today were what you talked about yesterday. If you haven’t yet achieved and secured what you want, begin talking right to get it tomorrow. Talk Right- Sow Right, in order to Harvest Right in the end.
  • What you don’t talk about, you won’t defeat. The giants in your life, not necessarily humans, don’t respond to sheepishness. They don’t bow out of your life through begging and lowering your expectations. Speak to your mountain (giant), and it becomes a dwarf. It dissipates at the end of the day.

If you like what you have read so far, I encourage you to watch Episode 3- Talk Right!. In this episode, I pointed out how what we say matters, determine the results we get, and the destiny we inherit at the end of the day. I also shared two powerful experiments that show the power of words. I also shared my own experience of how I have been watching my mouth, filter what I say, and more.

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 because they aren’t talking right. You know many out there who think that speaking carelessly, and trashy is okay and won’t affect their mood, health, relationships, career, business, and ultimately their destiny. Reach out to them with this video clip. Who knows, this could launch them into a new way of life where they start to shape their destiny.

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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

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