The first time I made the headlines was back in 2008. I was named Entrepreneur of the Month by Daily Trust Newspaper, February 14th 2008. I was elated, my joy went through the roof…. I felt I had “arrived”. What folly!
Fast forward 5 years later and now I frequently get mentioned on T.V, radio and newspapers (not as often as the President), but now I don’t even bother reading or watching or putting clips up on display. I just get random calls from family/friends telling me, “I saw/heard you on blah, blah, blah”. So what changed?
I guess I did! I’ve come to the realisation that popularity isn’t prosperity. Success isn’t a popularity contest, and if you really want to measure your life’s impact by how many Twitter followers, Facebook friends, newspaper mentions or press releases then you’ve reduced your life to mere statistics.
Choose instead to sharpen your focus on your purpose like the lens of a camera or a sniper. Grow in your capability and expand your capacity for more knowledge, generosity and impact. Getting more Twitter followers, BBM contacts and blog readers should be the by-product of success not the focus itself. In today’s celebrity crazed world, we seem to have it all upside-down! Who pays for Twitter followers and Facebook fans?