↻ Updated: February 12th, 2020 by JPE
7 Things We Need to be Different
There are at least seven important things we need to know (and do) in order to make a difference in terms of achievement. Indeed, we need to do things diversely and in a different manner.
1. Evaluate what you did before.
There’s a principle that you can only achieve differently if you start to do things differently. Thus, evaluate your strategies, for example, in your business the past twelve months and the goals you did touch through them. Or, about your dealings with your superiors if you’re an employee: how far have you established a good relationship in your workplace? How’s your leadership in your own family? How clean was your daily life? Do you have issues with your wife or husband last year?
2. Law of sowing and reaping.
If what you did last year enabled you to purchase one bicycle, then do the same thing this year, and you’ll again become fit to buy another bike. Never expect to harvest rice out of the corn you planted. To achieve things differently is to do things differently. No other principle is stronger than it. If you were a farmer last year and a businessman this year, then you must be on the other side of the horizon, achieving things exclusive to business people. In this life, there’s always enough room for improvement. Always improve yourself. Don’t stop to grow; else you’ll start to die. “Be a King. Dare to be Different, dare to manifest your greatness” said Jaachynma N.E. Agu in “The Prince and the Pauper.”
3. Good things are not free.
Yes, good things like air and rain are free, but “good things” in reference to accomplishment is another story. We have heard it already that if we want to become a writer, then write; a speaker, then speak; a lawyer, then get ourselves enrolled in a Law School. Don’t just tweet it, but do it!
Wrote the apostle Paul in Galatians 6:7,9: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap….Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Achieving good things this year by deceit, for example, is mockery toward God, for a man reap what he sows! Work hard and righteously, for all forms of real achievement don’t just come without an enormous righteous push.
4. Don’t commit one error twice.
Said one old businesswoman: “If you fail this year with your new business venture, try again next year.” I like the idea of sticktoitiveness but on the platform of doing things differently. If your book didn’t make money, try changing its cover design or its title. That’s the whole idea: the same old stuff under new presentation or approach. Use a computer instead of typewriter if you want to succeed, so to speak.
5. Take the risk.
Toffler once said that it is better to fail on the side of trying. You can never achieve things differently if you’re afraid to lose something in the process. Successful people started life as losers. Read their biographies—their ups and downs. Take the risk: “to eat an egg, you must break the shell.”
6. Never pretend you’re an expert.
Change is the only permanent thing on earth. Never pretend expertise. Spend money on research; for improvement. The world is ever changing. What was true last year may be found unacceptable this year. To achieve considerably this year, we need to be well-informed, innovative, and responsive. Never go against the wind of change. Never trust that you’ve already mastered your craft for 30 years, for then some wise guys will appear on the scene and will humble you with their new and superior idea.
7. Always work hard for the good of your
children or another person close to you.
Working hard to make a difference is a virtue, but working hard solely for yourself is already vice. For there’s no greatest achievement on earth until the thing being achieved is shared. “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. Prov.” 13:22