May 31, 2020

10 Principles of A High Flying Achiever

Anyone wants to be an achiever. Desire to be great is inborn in all of us. If you are reading this now, my instinct tells me that you desire to live beyond ordinary. I am pleased to tell you that your desire is noble and honorable. But desire alone is not enough. A story is told about a young man with a tremendous passion to be an achiever in life. He wanted to make his mark. So he decided to visit a man who the whole community recognized as a genius-a man with a wealth of experiences.

“What brings you to me?” the elderly man asked

“I want to become successful; I desire to be an achiever” Replied the young man

The old man smile and said, “That is very simple, all you need to do is to find out what successful people do, and replicate in your own life”

My assignment in this article is to help you organize a set of principles of high flying achievers; your assignment is to replicate it in your life.  The principles are as follows:

1. Know what you want.

This is the simplest but most powerful of all principles of high flying achievers, knowing what you want in life. You can’t go south travelling through North. You must be able to specify what you really want to do, be and have in life. Your vision is your picture of your future. Remember if you don’t have dreams, there will be no dreams to fulfill. James Allen strongly advised:

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”

2. Know what you don’t Want.

Just as important as stating what you want out of life, you must be able to also know what you don’t want in life. Why? Because, life has no predetermined value on you except the once you either consciously or unconsciously place on yourself. You should be able to state what YOU WILL NOT ACCEPT IN LIFE NO MATTER THE CONDITION.

Jessie B. Rittenhouse writes:

“I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more, however I begged at evening when I counted my scanty store.

“For Life is a just employer; He gives you what you ask, but once you have set the wages, why, you must bear the task.

“I worked for a menial’s hire, only to learn, dismayed, that any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have paid.”

3. Make Your Passion Your Work.

Job becomes fun when you are working on what you have passion for. Look around you the people who are truly fulfilled in life are people who have made their passion their job. Zig Ziglar Coaches, John.C Maxwell trains, Anthony Robbins motivates, Shakespeare writes, Messi plays football, Tiger wood plays golf…Success becomes fun when passion romances with work. When you find your passion, you won’t look for job.

4. Set Goals with  Deadline.

Goals determine how far you go. Human beings are goal seeking organism. We are built to function at our best when we have goals we are pursuing.  It is not good enough to say I want to become successful. In what? Where? When? Goals are not goals without a deadline.  It’s been said that “success is goals, and all else is commentary.”

5. Think Big.

What a man can conceive, he can achieve. So don’t place a limit on whom or what you can be by your thoughts. The limit to what you can achieve in life is limitless. So don’t play it small. Let your imagination roam wild. Let your imagination take you around the world. “Remember that the only limit to your capabilities is the one you place upon them. There is no law of limitation” Said Robert Collier.

6. Talk Big.

Your mouth rules your world. Whatever that is not bigger than your mouth is not bigger than your life. Words are capital. Start talking big; talk your way to stardom. People will gauge you by the strength of your words. I am not saying you should be proud or arrogant, the point I am making is to make your words consistent with the future you desire. E. W Kenyon noted: Your life rises or falls to the level of your confession.

7. Act Big

It is not enough to think or talk big; you must also begin to act big. Let your action be consistent with the picture of the future you have seen about yourself. For instance if you intend to become the President of your Country, start talking and acting like a President. If you intend to become a billionaire, start acting like one. Remember one of the ancient principles of success is “be-ing should precedes do-ing’. From today, irrespective of what you are, how you look, where you are coming from, starting acting your future not your past.

8. Welcome Feedback.

Feedback is a response that put us on the line in our journey to greatness. High achievers solicit for feedback,  honour and respect it. Don’t fight feedback; be humble so you don’t stumble.

9. Respect Your Words.

That is another way of defining integrity. Honesty is still the best policy. Make your words your boundary. Honour agreements. Be known as a straight forward person. Respect commitment. Remember the words of Marcus Antonius, “ Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks and falsehood is always weak no matter how strong it looks.”

10. Build Your Life around God.

It’s only a fool who thinks he doesn’t need the assistance of God, don’t be one. Let God help you. There is a reference in the Bible that states “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path” God is the highest achiever, it’s wisdom if you make Him your intimate friend!

I hope these principles help you become a high flying achiever in your generation.


About The Author

Dr. Duyilemi Akindele Felix is a renowned  writer and International Inspirational Speaker. He is a popularly sought after Speaker in Corporate Organizations, Schools, Seminars and Churches. He has written a number of inspirational books including “It’s In You” “Pick Up Your Broken dreams” “Wake Up Your Destiny” and others.


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Jun 5, 2017
Funmi Omisope, An Agent of ChanGE

In life, there are three categories of people: those who look at what’s happening, those who wonder at what’s happening and those who make things happen! Funmi Omis0pe, the brain behind Home and Street Kids Welfare Initiative, belong to the last category. Her vision is:

” To make life worth living for every child that has lost hope of ever becoming successful in life and have resolved to a life of begging on the streets.” This she has passionately pursued for about a decade now. We have excited to have her as our GUEST OF THE MONTH. In this interview, Funmi shared about vision, passion, motivation and her first book “THE CHANGE AGENT.” Enjoy!



“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

                       Mother Teresa

 Can we meet you?

My name is Funmi Omisope, the Executive Director of Home and Street kids Welfare Initiative (HSKi) I have my first degree in Guidance and counselling from University of Ibadan , Advance Leadership Certificate Course at Daystar Leadership Academy and currently running a Social Sector Management Program at Enterprise Development Center (Lagos Business School).I’m number 5 of 6 children, from Ile-Ife in Osun State, Nigeria.
 Your Organization Home and Street kids Welfare Initiative (HSKi), what is the idea behind it?
I started HSKi back then in my year one in the University as Kings n Queens Circle. The vision was born out of the passion to give a better future to the streets kids after realizing that the parents of the kids were used to beg by their own parents, I decided to break this evil chain by getting the kids enrolled in school and their parents gainfully employed or into business.
Which brought about our mission statement which says to turn craving hands to creative minds through guidance and counselling, skill acquisition program, education and policy advocacy.
And ultimately, God told me to do it.
 How has it been so far?

It’s being a great experience for me working with these kids for close to 12 years now. Our organization currently  have a school with 25 used to be street kids and  24 more who had gone through our program. We currently have  a girl in secondary school with two others writing the forth coming Common entrance examination.Most of our parents are now security guards and also into farming.
For the challenges, I will say permanent site. We have changed location three times within our close to three years staying kwara State. This is not too good for a growing organization.
Also, getting scholarships for the kids. It is our target to enrol minimum of 50 street kids in school every academic year.
 Many people have great ideas like yours, but they couldn’t start due to fear and other considerations, how did you overcome yours?
I was able to overcome my fears because I was privileged to locate my mentor on time. His dream is bigger than mine and through his counsel and demonstration of grace in his assignment, I realized me too can achieve what God called me to do. Taking care of the Street kids and their parents.


What did you consider your greatest motivation?


My greatest motivation is the fact that I’m too sure God created me for this. I am His representative in solving this particular problem. And then the Holy Spirit.He keeps me in check every now and then. 
 You have just completed a wonderful book, The Change Agent. Tell us about it?

The Change Agent is my very first book. I like to call it the product of my experience.A friend once asked me “Funmi, we all have passion for our vision and still get distracted along the way. What is it that is keeping you going on your track for over a decade and you’re still waxing strong. Please don’t tell me it’s passion for we all have it but still miss it”.This and many of such comments brought about me writing this book. It’s not just about my vision but the secrets I’ve learnt over the years that is keeping me going. 
What is the central idea of this book, and why will you encourage everybody to have a copy?

The central idea of this book is the knowledge of the different phases our vision will take before getting it to its destination. I realized that when the destination is in view, our passion for the journey rises and giving up will no more be an option.

I will like to encourage every one with a vision, either already running with it or about to start to get a copy of the book. The book will not only inspire you but will give you a step by step guide in taking your vision from just an idea to its glorious destination. 

Who are your target audience?


My target audience is every human who will like to give expression to the greatness in them. We are all created to solve a problem, and until we find ourselves so doing, fulfilment remains a fantasy. 

 What will you advise people who have vision/ideas,but are too afraid to do something about it?

I will like to tell them what my mentor told me the first day we met “Until you learn how to walk out of your comfort zone and pursue your vision, your vision will only be a wish”
And lastly I will like to say there is nothing call comfort zone, it’s real name is limiting zone. Give expression to the greatness in you, you’re limitless. 
 Your final words.

It is my passionate belief that ‘Nigeria is not a Nation full of Problems but a Nation full of Projects’ and each project has a name tag on it. Until we locate the project we are created to execute fulfillment is not in view.

Thanks For Your Time

The pleasure is mine..

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PS: You can reach Funmi Omisope through funmiomis[email protected]. Please, leave a comment before you leave. Thanks.


About Me


Felix A. Duyilemi is the international best-selling author of “How To Borrow God’s Brain To Succeed”, “The MAGIC of Getting Rich,” and other best-selling books

He helps businesses and individuals craft compelling stories, expand their concepts of possibilities, and dream bigger dreams. His vision is to impact at east 3 billion people for time and eternity

When he’s not learning new concepts, he’s speaking or writing. Reach him at [email protected]

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