You must dedicate yourself to a subject to succeed at it

TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ANY ENDEAVOR YOU MUST THROW YOUR ENTIRE LIFE INTO DOING IT; YOUR LIFE MUST DEPEND ON IT; YOU CANNOT DO IT HALF HEARTEDLY

Ozodi Osuji

     This afternoon I watched YouTube videos of Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson. What dawned on me is that they were not partially there in their singing and entertainment but were present; they threw themselves into what they were doing, one hundred percent. They were not just killing time or doing it partially but were 100% there; their whole lives were in what they were doing.

      If you want to succeed in a line of work, you must be present in doing it and do it as if your life depends on it.

     To dedicate your entire life to doing something, obviously, you must have aptitude for it and be interested in doing it; it must be something that you can live as your life, what Abraham Maslow called self-actualization.

      Of course, there must also be a market, demand for what you are doing for you to obtain social recognition but seeking recognition and money cannot be your sole motivation.

    For example, since I was a child, I have been motivated to understand who I am, and who human beings are; that desire took me to Western philosophy, psychology, East Asian religions and modern physics. I have studied the subject and written prolifically on what I found.

    I was not making money from what I was doing; of course, I would like to have money for money is useful in meeting one’s material needs but my motivation was to understand human beings’ origin, present and future; I lived that pursuit 24-7 with 100% of my energy.

    The question each of us must answer is: what am I doing as if my life depends on it and doing it twenty-four seven? Survival is not enough; one must live for something or else living on earth seems a waste of time.

Postscript:

     Please do not ever ask anyone to stop pursuing a subject that gives his life meaning or ask him to go work and make money and give you some of that money, for you to live your unproductive existence, as many Nigerians tried to do to me, and I ignored them and simply read and wrote. My books give humankind a new metaphysics based on physics and spirituality. This is what I came to the world to do and have done it.

Ozodi Osuji

October 29, 2021

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