Within my few years on earth, I have realised that successful people experience a large amount of failure, but yet do not give up until they become successful. A huge mistake many make is giving up when they are not yet in the position they should give up because they lack persistence, ambition to aim above mediocrity, self-discipline, well defined purpose, enthusiasm and concentration of effort.

Aliko Dangote, the president and chief executive officer of Dangote group in the year 2010 was 463rd richest man in the whole world according to Forbes ranking, and he was worth 2.1 billion dollars (a significant drop from 3.3 billion dollars that he recorded in 2008). During this period, many considered the drop in net worth a failure, but instead of rolling out the drum, he rolled up his sleeves. In 2011, Aliko Dangote was the 51st richest man in the world, with a net worth of 13.8 billion dollars. Finally, in 2013 Aliko Dangote finally broke the jinx of becoming the first black man to pass the 20 billion dollars mark. Currently, he is 25rd on the list of the richest people in the whole world.

The reason why dangote is more successful than the rest is because he failed to give up. You are more than what you think you are, remember that if you think well, you would never entertain the thought of keeping files for you.
The final product of failure is the raw material of success, and a man who has never failed may never know how to succeed. You think you have tried enough, why don’t you try more until you get the result you would be proud to call a success. Winners are not those who do not fail, but those who do not give up. Always encourage and tell yourself that you would never give up. Winners are strong willed, persistent, dogged in spirit, and those who never allow their background to determine their future.

By Oguntola Adelowo


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