“Precepts of Life: A Foolproof Antidote to Failure” by Prince Benson Mankotam.

What are your principles in life? Do you have any set standards to ensure your success as you plan or dream? These are just a few principles for your thought.


#1: Make haste but slowly.

It is the desire of many young people to succeed as quickly as possible, which is great. However, in the bid to succeed, young people must understand the need to nurture one’s potential so as to properly face challenges and other possible hindrances. Failure to mature one’s potential by taking advantage of opportunities to learn, may in the long run may stagnate success when obstacles begin to crop up, because one would be ill-equipped to handle them. Remember, no matter how smart you are, if you are ill-prepared for an exam, you will under-perform.


#2: The reward for hard work also includes more hard work.

Hard work pays in many enjoyable ways. But, to maintain rewarding standards attained through previous hard work, requires further hard work.The quest to maintain or achieve further should not degenerate into greed. However, mediocrity should also not be entertained.


#3: Keep one foot in the present and the other in the future.

As cliché as it sounds, the present shapes the future. All the time you really ever have is now to determine what your future would be like. Think about what you want your tomorrow to be today, and make the requisite plans to get there. Take actions today to make that future happen and remember to let go of yesterday as there’s nothing you can do about it!


#4: Recognize and eliminate self-limitations.

All men are born with flaws so having flaws is not a good enough reason for pessimism and self-doubt. Weaknesses can be managed, or even better, gotten rid of. So do not be overcome by doubt on the mere account of weaknesses and go with your desire. A confident heart is often better than a tough arm.


#5: Success knows no procrastination but persistent action.

People often dream while forgetting that dreams come with much effort if they will amount to anything.It’s about time to wake up from one’s dreams and go about the business of making that dream a reality. It’s wonderful to dream but without the effort to bring those dreams to life, they will remain just dreams.


#6: God is the architect of every life.

We humans are as clay in God’s hands and like clay in the hands of the potter, we cannot dictate to God how we wish to be moulded. However,He will always mould us for our good and definitely for our success so as to make us testimonies of His goodness. Be evidence of God‘s awesome architecture!


#7: Man is a yardstick of man.

When we aspire to be like successful people upon encountering them, we indirectly set standards for ourselves. We usually admire suchpeople because there’s a quality about them we find worthy of emulation.Eventually, we also will become standards of comparison, regardless of the lives we live.So, it is important to avoid conduct or habits that would characterise us as bad examples.

#8: Do not equate mediocrity With modesty.

Allowing one’s self to settle for something simply because it is manageable really hampers one’s ability for growth and development and most importantly, to enjoy all that life has to offer.You deserve to attain anything you want and should not settle for less.


#9: Be selective about what you worry about.

It is commonplace to worry about so many things at once as we can only predict the future. But Forbes says and I believe, wisely so, that “Worry only about the things that are in your control, the things that can be influenced and changed by your actions, not about the things that are beyond your capacity to direct or alter“. There is no gain in worrying about things you can do nothing about.

Give these principles some thought and success is in your court.