A Collection of Thoughts and Insights
This is an introduction to a 4-part series on the subject of what determines outcomes. What makes winners win? The focus, as is usually the case on this blog, will be on the individual even though the same principle applies to organizations and states.
In this post, Elisha Otome argues that although fear can be crippling, it is also needed - in right amounts - as a motivating force to accomplish great things. A lot of people keep on keeping on because “they are still scared.”
What does it take to win? What do winners do differently? By taking a closer look at high-achievers, some patterns emerge that we can use as a guide. In this post, we discuss four “winning ways.”
The major mistake I see young graduates make is this: believing that what they do in their “free time” has no bearing on their job performance. Free from the pressures of work, and especially of being continuously assessed by everyone, from their peers to their supervisors, graduates often feel the urge to wind down after work in ways that, over time, are counter-productive. Most of life is spent outside of work, so the ways in which we spend this time deserves more thought and attention than is usually paid.
Mathematical calculus has two parts: differentiation and integration. On these two pillars rest science and technology as we know it. There is hardly any modern engineering invention that does not owe its creation, and continued refinement, to these two concepts. Many complex problems are solved after being differentiated and then integrated. Interestingly, this is also the recipe for career success.
Two weeks ago, we introduced a model to help us overcome our fears. The model operates on two forces: will and available resources. Last week, we touched on how to increase one’s will in order to overcome fear. This week, we’re taking a look at how to get the resources we need to triumph. To know what resources to gather, however, the nature of the fight must be known… just as a medicine is prescribed after a sound diagnosis.
Last week we introduced an overarching philosophy on how to win control over your own mind so that you can overcome your fears and pursue your dreams. It’s a model that is supported by two pillars: will and resources. Today, we will look at how we can increase our store of will to conquer our toughest fears.
What keeps you up at night? And what are you doing about it in the morning? This blog post will help you confront and learn how to overcome the fears that are holding you back from achieving your dreams.
You often need the support of family and loved ones—a parent, a spouse, or a friend—to help you achieve your dreams. Sometimes this support is spontaneous, but at other times you may have to enlist it. This article addresses the latter instance and shows you how to convert the “Doubting Thomases” in your life into believers and get the support you need to succeed.
Michael Taiwo, PhD
Whether you are a high school grad going to college, or a college grad moving to the workforce, or a worker contemplating a career switch, transitions are unnerving. The old rules no longer hold true, and failure feels near. Your dreams brought you to this doorstep of change, but your fears can send you back. To change your dreams into reality, you must walk through that door, outside threats and inner doubts notwithstanding. DREAM inspires you to slay what terrifies you so that you can have more, do more and be more.
Hear what readers have to say
I want to reach out to 'personally' thank you for sharing your speech. I've read it four times now, and suspect I will read it a lot more over the coming few months. I was recently admitted to INSEAD to study for a MBA, and I'm certain it's the right thing to do next...but suddenly, I am realizing how much I have fallen in love with the predictability of working at --- (which is quite a good place to work), and I have been hit by crippling fear. I find that it helps to come back to read 'Dream' every time the fear peaks. So I thought to thank you for writing it. It almost feels like it was written for me.
Wow. I am inspired by this piece…It simply re-echoed what I believe in: winners never quit and quitters never win. As I push on with my PhD program, this piece has revved up my engine and I believe soon, I will be echoing these same words of yours. 'Fortune favors the bold'
This resonates so deeply, as it’s how I’ve consciously chosen to live my life and I’ve seen similar breakthroughs by pushing ahead for my dreams in spite of fear.
I will have my kids read this. I wish I read this earlier in life. Fear is surreal, never feed it.
What a great message. Dreaming will be my second nature. I should learn to starve my fears.
Your speech at the Spring 2017 Chemical Engineering Banquet here in Fayetteville was truly inspirational and your story and experiences truly aligned with mine here in Fayetteville. Thank you for coming back to our town and inspiring us young soon-to-be engineers!
Love it. A simple yet profound message from the heart that resounds and reverberates everyone's once heard inner voice... Act or do nothing.
Words on marble...."Your dreams will always exist side by side with your fears. Both of them are a product of your rich imagination. And you have the power to make one or the other a reality"- Dr. Michael Taiwo. I love the simplicity and the message. People need to come out of fear! It's evil!
About the Author
Michael Taiwo was born and raised in a town in the middle of nowhere in Nigeria. He considers himself low maintenance probably because he was raised on less than 50 cents a day. As a child, he would walk a mile to the town’s public library because there were orange, mango and cashew trees behind the library and he was welcome to them. He would have as many fruits as his stomach could hold, and then go into the library to enjoy yet another free item: books.