Boys' Rites of Passage

Our Sons' Futures

Wishing You Much Success

Posted by Thomas on February 28, 2010

One of my favorite books is a small 126 page darling written by John C. Maxwell. Success: One Day at a Time was published in 2000 and was given to me as a gift by one of my favorite people of all time, Brenda C. (my former manager and mentor). On the gift page of the book Brenda wrote “Wishing you much success!”

Though I’ve had this gem of a book for several years I revisit it often for its timeless wisdom. Maxwell writes “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” He then enumerates seven steps to success:

Make a commitment to grow daily

Value the process more than events

Don’t wait for inspiration

Be willing to sacrifice pleasure for opportunity

Dream big

Plan your priorities

Give up to go on

This little book has always resonated with me, but especially so after watching the NAACP Image Awards on Friday. There were many notable awards given out by the NAACP but I was elated that Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique and the movie Precious were honored.

This young lady, Gabourey Sidibe, represents success on many different levels. Her infectious care-free demeanor, confidence, and happiness are evident every time I see her give an interview—she took advantage of an opportunity presented to her; and it has paid off. Her encouragement to other youth is invaluable.

Mr. Lee Daniels, the director of the film Precious, in his interviews speaks of his “stalking” the author Sapphire to get the rights to make the movie. During the NAACP’s awards ceremony he related how big Hollywood wanted nothing to do with this movie, but he didn’t allow that to stop him. Daniels dreamed big and persisted.

If you have struggled in achieving your dreams stay with it. Let these real life examples invigorate you. Keep the faith as you press forward and in the words of John C. Maxwell “Success, one day at a time”.


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