#NaijaKnowledgeX: No One Goes to The Dibia (Priest) to Find Out Why He’s Successful

#NaijaKnowledgeX: May 29, 2021

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah
We, Igbo, say that nobody goes to a dibia (priest) to find out why he’s successful. Isn’t that a problem in itself? To be even more successful, don’t successful people reflect on what has brought them success? Apart from God, what is the reason for your success? #NaijaKnowledgeX

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

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With all the brilliant answers on today’s #NaijaKnowledgeX, let me add that a loving relationship with a supportive person is also an important ingredient of success. Think am o.

Stephen Fidelis
@ScFidelis

May 29

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X-factors like – educated parents, rich parents, being frugal, less dependent relatives go a long way. These factors help you get on you feet very quickly. Then, you ride on it.

Ugochi Idika
@UgochiIdika

May 29

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I would like to know the definition of success as it relates to this topic/how you measure it. Because everything under this post is already shifting to money. Someone will soon argue on what is success without money, but success means a lot of things not just having money.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Being successful means accomplishing an aim or purpose. Quite often, this is rewarded with money but not always. You can be a successful teacher and not have money. At the same time, if you are a successful stock broker, lawyer or musician, you are likely to have money.

Offor Ojeh
@OjehOffor

May 29

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Hardwork, consistency, networking and service. Good morning sir

, the mouthpiece of the gods Folded hands

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Some will ask: “Are you saying that others are not hardworking or consistent and do not network?” What will you say?
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Chris Emoghene
@emochris12

May 29

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Determination to succeed, self belief, focus on the goal, having a strong reason why I should succeed, and being ready to take responsibility for my actions and the eventual outcome.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these?

Chris Emoghene
@emochris12

May 29

Unsuccessful people usually don’t have the drive (strong enough reason to succeed), they often doubt their abilities, even when they can do more with a little push. They also find it very easy to blame their failures on others, and because of the ready excuses, they don’t push.

Engr Salau A Adekunle
@engraasalau

May 29

As you said we should remove God factor from the narrative but other key factor in success is time and chance. Seizing opportunities when they present themselves. Sorry to say failures too are hardworking. Consider football match Even the looser sweat it out but chances takerwin

Négritude
@alumsson

May 29

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There is difference between acknowledging that you can see the clear evidence of your hardwork and you work hard, yet there is nothing to show for it. Do healthy people go to the hospital to ask the doctor why they are not sick ? But a person who is always sick asks doctor why?
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Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Being successful means accomplishing an aim or purpose. Quite often, this is rewarded with money but not always. You can be a successful teacher and not have money. At the same time, if you are a successful stock broker, lawyer or musician, you are likely to have money.

Offor Ojeh
@OjehOffor

May 29

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Hardwork, consistency, networking and service. Good morning sir

, the mouthpiece of the gods Folded hands

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Some will ask: “Are you saying that others are not hardworking or consistent and do not network?” What will you say?

Offor Ojeh
@OjehOffor

May 29

That’s actually where it becomes impossible not to talk of God’s GRACE. GRACE makes the difference sir

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Can you have God’s grace without hard work, consistency and networking?

Offor Ojeh
@OjehOffor

May 29

God’s ways are beyond comprehension but my experience tells me that GRACE is not a ‘stand alone’ factor.

Chris Emoghene
@emochris12

May 29

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Determination to succeed, self belief, focus on the goal, having a strong reason why I should succeed, and being ready to take responsibility for my actions and the eventual outcome.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these?

Chris Emoghene
@emochris12

May 29

Unsuccessful people usually don’t have the drive (strong enough reason to succeed), they often doubt their abilities, even when they can do more with a little push. They also find it very easy to blame their failures on others, and because of the ready excuses, they don’t push.

Engr Salau A Adekunle
@engraasalau

May 29

As you said we should remove God factor from the narrative but other key factor in success is time and chance. Seizing opportunities when they present themselves. Sorry to say failures too are hardworking. Consider football match Even the looser sweat it out but chances takerwin

Négritude
@alumsson

May 29

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There is difference between acknowledging that you can see the clear evidence of your hardwork and you work hard, yet there is nothing to show for it. Do healthy people go to the hospital to ask the doctor why they are not sick ? But a person who is always sick asks doctor why?

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Actually, many healthy people go for check ups more than those that are not healthy.

BOLAJI the main man
@bolajidemainman

21h

Not in the case of Nigeria sir. As a healthcare data analyst, I can boldly tell you that only very few healthy people come to hospital for check-up and most of them are those with risk factors.

Blue heartDUKE OF OSUNBlue heart PRIDE OF LONDON Blue heart
@DollarGeng

May 29

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I’m a Yoruba guy but because I was brought up in Abia(Osisioma) I have come to understand that hard work really pays and it has made me to want more money every day!

this is what motivates me. Ijiji na enweghi onye ndumodu na-eso ozu ala n’inyi. Igbos are my counsellor

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t work hard?

Olaonipekun Mayowa
@olamayor

May 29

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Hard-work, information and relationships. Work hard, have the right information and know the right people. This may not always guarantee you success but it will bring you damn close.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Very persuasive. Thanks.

Dj Gunz Ibrahim
@djgunz9ja

May 29

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Success is of God.. Nothing else. The hard workers earn and make Less… It’s Just Time and Chance..

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Christiano Ronaldo nko?
Ronaldo has been blessed with an injury-free career all these days. All that hard work wouldn’t have been possible if he was always battling injuries. Many talented sportsmen have had their careers wrecked due to series of injuries.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Did you know that the best sports scientists work very hard to keep him injury free?
I’m sure he gets the best medicare that money can buy but Dr., even science has its own limitations Smiling face with smiling eyes

Dj Gunz Ibrahim
@djgunz9ja

May 29

It’s not as if he is the only player that the best scientists are available to..

Mallam 🛡 Tamon
@perfexcellent

May 29

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Whatever success I can claim comes from 2% intelligence 8% hard work 90% luck #NaijaKnowledgeX

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

How can one get this luck, please?

Mallam 🛡 Tamon
@perfexcellent

May 29

Some ways to increase your luck – develop deep expertise at something hard – huge social capital – build in public Ex, if I ever wanted to hire someone to fix governance, a certain Dr Ezemuo I’ve never met would get ‘lucky’ b/c of all 3

Onye Biafra
@IkwuUchem

May 29

Well, this looks like “hard work” to me.
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Dj Gunz Ibrahim
@djgunz9ja

May 29

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Success is of God.. Nothing else. The hard workers earn and make Less… It’s Just Time and Chance..

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Christiano Ronaldo nko?
Ronaldo has been blessed with an injury-free career all these days. All that hard work wouldn’t have been possible if he was always battling injuries. Many talented sportsmen have had their careers wrecked due to series of injuries.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Did you know that the best sports scientists work very hard to keep him injury free?
I’m sure he gets the best medicare that money can buy but Dr., even science has its own limitations Smiling face with smiling eyes

Dj Gunz Ibrahim
@djgunz9ja

May 29

It’s not as if he is the only player that the best scientists are available to..

Mallam 🛡 Tamon
@perfexcellent

May 29

Replying to

Whatever success I can claim comes from 2% intelligence 8% hard work 90% luck #NaijaKnowledgeX

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

How can one get this luck, please?

Mallam 🛡 Tamon
@perfexcellent

May 29

Some ways to increase your luck – develop deep expertise at something hard – huge social capital – build in public Ex, if I ever wanted to hire someone to fix governance, a certain Dr Ezemuo I’ve never met would get ‘lucky’ b/c of all 3

Onye Biafra
@IkwuUchem

May 29

Well, this looks like “hard work” to me.

Mallam 🛡 Tamon
@perfexcellent

May 29

Someone once said “Luck is opportunity meets preparation”

Onye Biafra
@IkwuUchem

May 29

Luck is the “glue” that takes “preparation” and jam it to “opportunity”.

Rosee Ejike (RNDRose)
@roseejike

May 29

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Many factors come to play, apart from hard work, diligence , resilience and smartness, there is favour, some call it good luck. This happens not because one is smarter or hard working. You can’t really control it, that’s why people say “ Life is not balance “

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

How can one get more lucky?

Draco
@Draco_Firefury

May 29

Consistency. The more consistent you are, the luckier you become.

Shehu Faruq
@Sh3huFaruq

May 29

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Good morning Doc, have you ever come across someone who put in much hard work and yet isn’t successful as much as his hard work? In my believe, success comes only from God and hardwork is what puts you on the wheels of success.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Yes, I have seen a lot of people who put in a lot of hard work but are not successful.

Temitayo CPM,Rabbit
@skycharmerr

May 29

Are not successful doesn’t mean they aren’t… Some explain success like it’s something that must be huge..Person facepalming

#BitToren #Siacoin
@edenpison

May 29

Some hardworking people aren’t financially educated. Some have all the opportunity in the world to be a billionaire, but they are working hard to survive. I know some.

Paul Oviero Skoles
@ovieroskoles

May 29

Well, maybe the issue is how we define success. What is success? Is it getting wealthy from one’s career choice? Is it about finding purpose and achieving it? Is it about impacting lives? Is it achieving one’s goals or is it about providing and sustaining one’s family? How we

Paul Oviero Skoles
@ovieroskoles

May 29

Define successful people or how people choose to define success will determine whether they are successful or not.

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Why the clause, “Apart from God”? A lot of atheists out there are successful too.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

What do they attribute their success to?
They attribute their successes solely to themselves. Their skills, knowledge, expertise and experience. No “God factor”. No “Grace factor”. Warren Buffet, arguably the world’s greatest investor is agnostic … an agnosticism bordering on atheism.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

What do they do to be successful? What factors do they attribute to themselves as being responsible for their success?

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these?
They definitely do, but unfortunately, end up unsuccessful. The same way a lot of “God-believing” folks also end up unsuccessful despite their holy lives and strict adherence to “godly” principles. My points is that no one needs “God” to be successful. A lot of proofs abound.

Adésọjí
@adesoji_ii

May 29

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Success is relative, “Your definition of success depends on who and what you’re benchmarking yourself against.” – Christian Simpson Then comes in the question of quantifiers and qualifiers of success.
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Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Yes, I have seen a lot of people who put in a lot of hard work but are not successful.

Temitayo CPM,Rabbit
@skycharmerr

May 29

Are not successful doesn’t mean they aren’t… Some explain success like it’s something that must be huge..Person facepalming

#BitToren #Siacoin
@edenpison

May 29

Some hardworking people aren’t financially educated. Some have all the opportunity in the world to be a billionaire, but they are working hard to survive. I know some.

Paul Oviero Skoles
@ovieroskoles

May 29

Well, maybe the issue is how we define success. What is success? Is it getting wealthy from one’s career choice? Is it about finding purpose and achieving it? Is it about impacting lives? Is it achieving one’s goals or is it about providing and sustaining one’s family? How we

Paul Oviero Skoles
@ovieroskoles

May 29

Define successful people or how people choose to define success will determine whether they are successful or not.

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Why the clause, “Apart from God”? A lot of atheists out there are successful too.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

What do they attribute their success to?
They attribute their successes solely to themselves. Their skills, knowledge, expertise and experience. No “God factor”. No “Grace factor”. Warren Buffet, arguably the world’s greatest investor is agnostic … an agnosticism bordering on atheism.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

What do they do to be successful? What factors do they attribute to themselves as being responsible for their success?

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these?
They definitely do, but unfortunately, end up unsuccessful. The same way a lot of “God-believing” folks also end up unsuccessful despite their holy lives and strict adherence to “godly” principles. My points is that no one needs “God” to be successful. A lot of proofs abound.

Adésọjí
@adesoji_ii

May 29

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Success is relative, “Your definition of success depends on who and what you’re benchmarking yourself against.” – Christian Simpson Then comes in the question of quantifiers and qualifiers of success.

Adésọjí
@adesoji_ii

May 29

It’s all a function of perspective, we can list all attributes/characteristics but we’ll also find out that there are people that exhibit these same attributes/characteristics but do not consider themselves successful or have failed in some particular task or areas

Adésọjí
@adesoji_ii

May 29

In my opinion, our discourse should be centered on how success is measured. Are there universal/general yardsticks for measuring, qualifying and quantifying success? What are they and how they came into being? Are they subject to bias and other factors?

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

I would be interested in any answers you can offer on these important questions.

Adésọjí
@adesoji_ii

May 29

I’ll work on it sir

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Thank you.

Alfred Nnamdi
@biggie042

May 29

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Apart from God, hardwork and luck.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Are you saying others are not hardworking or lucky?

Negative squared abMALIK
@Malikkar78Karim

May 29

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Ability to recognize opportunity for success is a factor to succeed.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Are you saying that “unsuccessful” people don’t recognise opportunities for success?

Cheta.one
@Mycheta

May 29

Yes. Many of them don’t. Success as a height has historically shown to be attained by risk takers and not fortune seekers. Igbo si na “agwa ogbenye ihe eji abụ ọgaranya, ọ si ka aharụkwa ka ọha.

Sunnyblue
@sunnysatsystems

May 29

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Versatility, diligence, and diversifying with current trends.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these?

Medium starStella BlaizeDizzy symbolFounder EduMarshals
@STELLABLAIZE

May 29

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Good morning Dr. this is an interesting one. For me, l believe knowing what you want. Focusing, Pushing & Persistently on it(FPP). Hardwork… yes but ‘Smartwork’, which is leveraging and strategizing.
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Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Thank you.

Alfred Nnamdi
@biggie042

May 29

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Apart from God, hardwork and luck.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Are you saying others are not hardworking or lucky?

Negative squared abMALIK
@Malikkar78Karim

May 29

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Ability to recognize opportunity for success is a factor to succeed.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Are you saying that “unsuccessful” people don’t recognise opportunities for success?

Cheta.one
@Mycheta

May 29

Yes. Many of them don’t. Success as a height has historically shown to be attained by risk takers and not fortune seekers. Igbo si na “agwa ogbenye ihe eji abụ ọgaranya, ọ si ka aharụkwa ka ọha.

Sunnyblue
@sunnysatsystems

May 29

Replying to

Versatility, diligence, and diversifying with current trends.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these?

Medium starStella BlaizeDizzy symbolFounder EduMarshals
@STELLABLAIZE

May 29

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Good morning Dr. this is an interesting one. For me, l believe knowing what you want. Focusing, Pushing & Persistently on it(FPP). Hardwork… yes but ‘Smartwork’, which is leveraging and strategizing.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these, Stella?

BENNO
@BOlutekunbi

May 29

We need Divine direction even when we work hard. Direction to right business to do, who to transact with, how to manage external factors that can intrude…all these are important when success is the main goal.

Nnanna
@FatherMan2203

May 29

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Failures and experience

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Everybody experiences failure from time to time. Why are some successful and others are not?

Nnanna
@FatherMan2203

May 29

Reasons don’t count only results. Success from failure comes as a result of not making excuses (Reasons) rather leveraging on them to achieve results. This I believe demands responsibility. The successful take responsibility, arguably others are not making the most.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

How do you know they don’t, please?

Nnanna
@FatherMan2203

May 29

That is why I used the word ‘arguably’ Take for instance, I crashed over 20 accounts in the SpotFX before I was able to develop a working strategy and get a hold on my emotions. It’s not enough to make an effort, much more is to be persistent to get required results

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Ok. You are not sure.

Nnanna
@FatherMan2203

May 29

Being sure will be a generalization. So yes, am not sure. Only speaking from my point of view

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Thanks

Nnanna
@FatherMan2203

May 29

Thank you too sir

Dr. Ayodele Oni
@ayodelegoni

May 29

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I think playing at the highest level of your profession, calling, or business. That’s where the real opportunities of success are. Be amongst the very best in your area of calling and be known for being the best or amongst the best (maybe the top 1%).

Mazi Emeka the Tax Lawyer
@DieuEmeka

May 29

I like

position. I note that he did not just emphasize hardworking alone. He says ‘playing’ which I see as a combination of industry, networking, being deliberately opportunistic and ‘being lucky’. Be good but be also visible. I’m one the best tax lawyers in Nigeria.

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Jillion ☀
@KingswayX9

May 29

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Smart work and resilient.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Some will ask: “Are you saying that others don’t work smart and are not resilient?” What will you say?

#BitToren #Siacoin
@edenpison

May 29

I will say hard work, networking, consistency, luck, financial literacy and God grace. Financial literacy should be taught in place of worship & school. I’m not rich yet.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these?

The Captain
@Captainadey

May 29

Believe it or not, there is an element of luck in all we do. Successful or Unsuccessful.

Johnnie Brickz
@JohnnieBrickz

May 29

Yes, most time luck play an important role in our success in Life.

Prince Chijioke Ego
@ego_harvey

May 29

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Resilient Steady fast Market knowledge Skills Right Attitude Market communication Integrity Quality service delivery This is the indexes key to be successful Igbo business man without visiting any dibia(Priest)…

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these, Stella?

BENNO
@BOlutekunbi

May 29

We need Divine direction even when we work hard. Direction to right business to do, who to transact with, how to manage external factors that can intrude…all these are important when success is the main goal.

Nnanna
@FatherMan2203

May 29

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Failures and experience

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Everybody experiences failure from time to time. Why are some successful and others are not?
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Dr. Ayodele Oni
@ayodelegoni

May 29

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I think playing at the highest level of your profession, calling, or business. That’s where the real opportunities of success are. Be amongst the very best in your area of calling and be known for being the best or amongst the best (maybe the top 1%).

Mazi Emeka the Tax Lawyer
@DieuEmeka

May 29

I like

position. I note that he did not just emphasize hardworking alone. He says ‘playing’ which I see as a combination of industry, networking, being deliberately opportunistic and ‘being lucky’. Be good but be also visible. I’m one the best tax lawyers in Nigeria.

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Jillion ☀
@KingswayX9

May 29

Replying to

Smart work and resilient.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Some will ask: “Are you saying that others don’t work smart and are not resilient?” What will you say?

#BitToren #Siacoin
@edenpison

May 29

I will say hard work, networking, consistency, luck, financial literacy and God grace. Financial literacy should be taught in place of worship & school. I’m not rich yet.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these?

The Captain
@Captainadey

May 29

Believe it or not, there is an element of luck in all we do. Successful or Unsuccessful.

Johnnie Brickz
@JohnnieBrickz

May 29

Yes, most time luck play an important role in our success in Life.

Prince Chijioke Ego
@ego_harvey

May 29

Replying to

Resilient Steady fast Market knowledge Skills Right Attitude Market communication Integrity Quality service delivery This is the indexes key to be successful Igbo business man without visiting any dibia(Priest)…

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people don’t do these?

Prince Chijioke Ego
@ego_harvey

May 29

Not at all Sir. This is what they get: Not reliable Delayed in service delivery Procrastinating Poor products knowledge Introvert Intolerance Lack of customers need/want.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Interesting.

Prince Chijioke Ego
@ego_harvey

May 29

Many thanks to you sir.

john blaze
@groovehousejack

May 29

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Competency and luck

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Unsuccessful people are not competent or lucky? How can one get more competent and lucky?

john blaze
@groovehousejack

May 29

1. Master or acquire a skill that ups your odds 2. Network and position yourself for opportunity(luck) to find you

Knight
@Knight_ksm

May 29

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My secret is Resilience, I don’t give up

Cheta.one
@Mycheta

May 29

Sometimes, to succeed, you may have to give up on things that don’t work, & focus on things that do. Many unsuccessful people are unsuccessful cos they’ve refused to give up or try a new way. Giving up or not is a relative term. Your situation determines if you should or not.

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Very good point. My starting point in every strategy session is always: “What do we need to STOP doing?”, before asking “What do we need to start doing?

Cheta.one
@Mycheta

May 29

I reassess myself and my prospects with similar lines every December 31st. I always ask myself “what worked for me this year, what didn’t work, can I improve the things that didn’t work?, if I can’t improve on them what else can work, do I need to pivot? Thanks for this insight.

Abdulkadir SadiqFlag of NigeriaRed circle
@Dmethodman

May 29

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Prayers from my mum Folded hands

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Other people’s mums don’t pray for them?

Viktor Chase
@viktor_osinachi

May 29

In life, some people’s palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit. Luck is important too

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

Where can one find a benevolent spirit, please?

Viktor Chase
@viktor_osinachi

May 29

Haha Doc, Igbo people use to say, “Chi abughi otu “ .

Dr. Joe Abah
@DrJoeAbah

May 29

True

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