On The Path Of Winners
BY BAYO OGUNMUPE
How To Fulfill Your Dream
This period of the 21st century is a wonderful time to be alive. This is because there have never been more opportunities for more people to accomplish more of their dreams than exist today. And indeed, if anything, our situation is getting better and better with each passing day. The simplest answer these happenings is that we know more today on how to achieve better results in more areas of life than we have ever known before. And this knowledge of the ages, these insights are flowing everywhere, available to anyone willing to use them.
The wonderful thing about information is that it is ever effective in enriching anyone who applied it to his use. Moreover, knowledge is cumulative. Once you have it, it does not leave you. Each breakthrough in knowledge creates new opportunities for expanding and multiplying the knowledge so exploited.
The driving force behind the expansion of knowledge and creativity is competition. The winning edge in your effort to fulfill your dream must be created from your personal repertoire of wisdom and skills leading you to high achievement. Your aim in life should be to acquire and develop the winning edge in your goals. Today, strategies and techniques for fulfilling your dream are more widely available than at any other time in human history. All you need is acquire and apply them to your condition.
The ability to make decisions and stand by them in the face of all terror, is the key to success in life. Sir Winston Churchill, the British War hero once said: “Courage is rightly considered the greatest of the virtues, for upon it all others depend.” You must muster the courage to take decisions in the face of doubt and uncertainty. You develop courage by acting courageously. Never back away from decisions for fear, because if you do not do the thing you fear, then fear controls you.
The two obstacles to achieving your dream are the fear of failure and the fear of criticism. However, great success is often preceded by many failures. It is the lessons you learn from failures and your ability to rise above criticism that pave the way for your triumph in life. Thomas Watson, the founder of International Business Machine (IBM) once said, “If you want to be successful faster, you must double your rate of failure. Success lies in the far side of failure.”
Make a habit of confronting your fears. Treat every anxiety as a personal challenge. Do the thing you fear and fear will disappear. The leader in a group is the person not afraid to take responsibility for his actions. Audacity is the best form of action. Audacity may get you into trouble on occasion but even more audacity will get you out. When you are faced with dangers, one in front and the other at the back, it is always better to go forward.
Resolve today to move out of your comfort zone. Great success comes from taking risks, from trekking where others fear to tread. Set big, hairy audacious goals for yourself. Never be satisfied with the status quo. Whenever you see a great business success, it means someone once took a big chance. Remember, no matter how well you plan, life is a continuous succession of problems. The mark of leadership is never to allow yourself the luxury of discouragement and self-pity. The leader does not complain or make excuses. Failure is merely an opportunity to begin again. Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it is the control and mastery of fear.
As a way of realizing your dream, one, imagine that you could wave a magic wand and achieve any goal you set yourself. Then, begin from today, acting as though your success were guaranteed. Two, identify a specific fear in your life and confront it. Always act as if it were impossible for you to fail, and it shall be. You are successful in life to the extent to which you internalize what works and then apply the principle that is appropriate to gain your goals.
Our champion for this week is Buzz Aldrin, born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. on 20 January, 1930. He is a former American astronaut, the second man to walk on the moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo II, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set foot on the Moon on July 21, 1969 following mission commander Neil Armstrong. Aldrin is also a retired United States Air Force pilot.
Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA, to Edwin Eugene Aldrin, a career soldier and his wife Marion (nee Moon). He is of Scottish-German ancestry. After High School, Buzz Aldrin turned down a full scholarship offer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and went to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. His name Buzz originated from the younger of his two elder sisters mispronouncing brother as buzzer. Aldrin shortened it to Buzz, making it his legal first name in 1988.
Buzz Aldrin graduated third in his class at West Point in 1951, with B.S. in mechanical engineering. He was commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. He flew 66 combat missions and shot down two Mikoyan MiG-15 aircraft.
After the war, Aldrin was assigned as an instructor at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Next he became an aide to the dean of the United States Air Force Academy. Then he joined the Bitburg Air Base, Germany as a flight commander. He was in the 22nd Fighter Squadron. After a PhD in astronautics in MIT in 1963, he applied for and was selected as an astronaut – by the National Aeronautics and Spare Administration (NASA). In July 1969, Aldrin became the second person to walk on the Moon following Commander Neil Armstrong.
After leaving NASA, he was assigned as the Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in California. In March 1972, Aldrin retired from active duty after 21 years of service. His autobiographies, Return to Earth, published in 1973 and Magnificent Desolation published in 2009, and he is married to Lois Driggs Cannon. In 2009, Aldrin said he was skeptical humans caused the current global climate change. He thinks climate has been changing for billions of years.