Official portrait of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.“The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I am going to press on.”-Barack Obama, first African American president of the United States.

Barack Obama is not only an embodiment of the American story but also the story everyone looking to reach greater height can associate with.

Many people give excuses, complain and feel sorry about their circumstances. We complain of what we don’t have instead of maximizing what we have.

We may all be down here, but some of us are reaching for the stars and riding with the wind”-Rudolph Nanabanyin Mensah

You are not a failure until you start blaming others or events for your failures.

The family we belong to, the community we grew up in, the school we attended, the lack of opportunities, regardless of all these, we have in us all we need to succeed.

Four key points I will share from the life of Barack Obama and personal experience. We don’t buy them with money, we develop them through hard work.

1. Learn values: life becomes worthwhile when we develop values and skills which will propel us in life. Character, discipline, commitment, sacrifice, persistence and consistency. Be different, don’t stand in line, stand out.

2. He had a middle-class upbringing in a strong family. It can be low-class family upbringing but develop strong moral values like integrity, hard work, truth, loyalty…these things make a man not money. If you are loyal, speak the truth always, you may not have many friends but you will get the right ones.

3. Hard work and education as a means of getting ahead. “The privilege of being educated offers the son of a peasant farmer similar opportunities as the son of the richest man in the village.”

Without education I wouldn’t have the opportunity of touching the world with my talents and ideas. Hard work and education offer you the tool to build the life you want regardless of where you come from.

4. Finally, a life lived in service for others. In the end, what we do for others, how we affect people and how we make a change in someone’s life no matter the magnitude defines a life well lived. When you die, what you said, what you did, the lives you touched will continue to immortalize you even after you are gone. When you serve others, you are remembered.

You don’t need money, you need the right attitude, discipline, hard work and you will attract the right people and the money will come to you.

You have all you need to succeed within you, get to work on yourself.
Stop complaining, stop being sorry for yourself. There are others in worst situations than yours, blaming everything around you?

The problem is still yours to solve. Some people are born on the runway, all they have to do is get up and run but if you were born without one, pick up the shovel, pick axe and start building one for yourself.

If for nothing at all, so the next generation will have one to run on and you will be remembered.

We shall win

Perhaps not immediately

But definitely


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