Start With What You Have


Eugene C. Onyibo

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“You can be a great success in the future only if you start with what you have today. What do you have? What is in your hand? What do you have within yourself? It could be your education, your experience, your (meager) income, your money, your contacts, etc. Do not underrate them!”

The journey of a thousand mile starts with a step. This is one of the most popular maxims of our time, though its origin may be traced to the ancient days. The fact that this expression has survived the test of time speaks very eloquently on the fact that the message it conveys has proved meaningful and helpful to humanity overtime. This expression is also universally valid as its efficacy is not limited to any part of the world. However, there are some lessons of interest in this dictum.

The first lesson is that there is a beginning to every journey, irrespective of the distance. Though it is commonly said that everything that has a beginning must have an end, anything that has an end must also have a beginning. Just as there cannot be a beginning without an end, there also cannot be an end without a beginning because one necessarily implies and entails the other. As a law, rule and guide to life, every success must have a starting point.

Another lesson from this expression is that the beginning comes before the end. As earlier remarked, there is a beginning to every journey, irrespective of the distance. The beginning of every journey antedates the end. There must be a beginning before there can be an end. By this token, there cannot be an end without a beginning. This is why you cannot complete or accomplish what you did not start. Every success is the completion of something that was commenced at a time in the past.

There is another lesson from this expression that is of great interest and significance. Success is progressive. It starts with a step but continues with other steps until it is accomplished. Every success can be reduced to series of steps. You will never succeed in life if you take the first step but refuse to take other steps that are necessary for the accomplishment of your set goals. However, a great deal of passion, efforts, perseverance and endurance are needed between every beginning and the end.

There is a very important lesson from this aphorism which, perhaps, you may not have taken note of. The lesson is that this dictum did not say anything about how the first step of the journey of a thousand mile is. It did not say how great or small, strong or weak, big or small, etc the first step of journey of a thousand mile is. It only says, “The journey of a thousand mile starts with a step.” It emphasises the fact that the most important thing about the journey to success is the beginning, no matter how small it may be.

There are some important features of the journey to success I want you to know. The first is that the end is not necessarily determined by the beginning. Hence, you must not start big before you can end big (or end well). The fact that you started small does not mean that you will fail. It also does not mean that you will continue small or end small. Besides, the fact that you started big is not a guarantee that you will succeed. It is also not a guarantee that you will continue big or end big.

You can start small but end big and succeed, or start big but end small, if not fail. The quality of your beginning does not necessarily determine the quality of your end. It is not the level at which you start that determines the level of your end. The most important thing is that you start something, even if it is small. You should start with what you have. There are numerous people who started (small) with what they have, but are exceptionally successful today.

You can be a great success in the future only if you start with what you have today. What do you have? What is in your hand? What do you have within yourself? It could be your education, your experience, your (meager) income, your money, your contacts, etc. Do not underrate them! Do you know that many people started with less than what you have but are exceptionally successful today? Do you also know that some people are praying to have what you have before they can start?

Do you know that you may never start if you do not start with what you have? Do you also know that if you consider what you have inadequate to start something today, you will still consider whatever thing you get in the future inadequate to start? In addition to guaranteeing easy take off, starting small also helps you learn gradually. It is easier to survive your mistakes if they occur at small level.  Start with what you have, no matter how small you think it is. The only big thing you need to start is passion. You should think big, but start small and with what you have.

Everyone desires success but very few people are successful. While some people are failures because they have no goal, vision, focus, ambition, etc in life, some others remain failures despite the fact that they conscientiously pursue success. An uncommon truth to most people is that success and failure are within the reach of everyone. What is the meaning of success? Why do some people succeed while others fail? Why do some people succeed with very little effort while others work very hard but have nothing to show for their efforts year after year? Why do some people accomplish (almost) every goal they set while others cannot accomplish the least of their goals? What are the secrets of success? Pathway to Success: Roadmap to Unlimited Sustainable Success provides an answer to these questions. This book provides a guide to achieving an unlimited sustainable success. It is designed to assist you achieve the success you desire.

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