serenaIf you want to be successful and exceptional, then you have to do extraordinary things and think big. Take for instance, if you think like a random person, ordinary things will happen to you, You gain admission, get a second class degree, get an average paying job, a wife/husband and kids and then live like a random person.

That’s not a fulfilled life, before you can say you’re successful, there must be fulfillment. Will you be fulfilled as a degree holder working for an unknown private hospital for a meager salary, or as a slave worker for an exploitative organisation? No. You can only be fulfilled when your dreams come true and that’s what success is – fulfillment and dreams that come true

Now, it’s been established that fulfillment and achieving our dreams is success, then there’s only one thing to do to be successful, that’s doing exceptional things: aim higher, set your goals and be a goal getter.

Aim higher: Strive to be the best, be the best in everything you do, if you want to be a Lawyer, strive to be a recognised one like Festus Keyamo, If you want to be a writer, be a bigger one compared to Wole Soyinka, If you want to be a blogger, let your name be mentioned along with the likes of Japheth Omojuwa and Linda Ikeji. Simply work like no other, work harder than your peers, so that you’ll be sought after. Humans only sought after you when you have what others don’t have. If you can only offer what others offer, then you won’t be so important.

Set Your Goals: At age 25, where do you want to be? In next ten years, where do you see yourself? Maybe in your mini-flat or on an international stage, being sought after and respected. Think big.

Be a Goal Getter: Now when you set your goals, you may say I want to be like Bill Gates, I want to be like Hillary Clinton, or maybe a successful singer, writer or doctor. From when you’ve been able to differentiate left from right, you’ve been saying I want to be rich. One thing to note is that, every human being has a goal. But, sadly not everyone achieved their goals. Bill Gates aimed to become a millionaire by the age of 30. However, he became a billionaire at 31. How? He worked towards it, Gates wrote his first software program at the age of 13. When he was 17, Gates sold his first computer program, a timetable system for his high school for $4,200.

Think big, do extraordinary things and be successful. Remember, Humans only sought after you when you have what others don’t have. If you can only offer what others offer, then you won’t be so important……May we all be successful.


This article was written by a contributor, Hanifah Ali. You too can inspire and educate people through this platform. Do you have an article for us, please send it to