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Talent and hard work alone aren’t enough- Michael Jordan vs. Mike Tyson (Excerpt)

Michael Jordan vs. Mike Tyson

For instance, Michael Jordan achieved greatness based on his exceptional gifts, a well-built body for basketball coupled with his disciplined work ethic. However, he didn’t lose it when he retired from playing basketball. He remained at the forth level greatness by working hard as an entrepreneur.

On the other hand, Mike Tyson reached Diligence-based greatness as an iron fist heavyweight-boxing champion. But, he couldn’t stay at this level of greatness. Due to mismanagement and lack of foresight, he struggled financially and eventually went bankrupted. Hopefully, Mike won’t read this story. Otherwise, if he catches me one day, he might punch me in the face and knock me out.

Like Mike, there have been many talented and hard working successful individuals who accomplished this level of greatness. Sadly, they neither stayed there for an extended period nor moved to the next level of greatness by finding a worthy cause. Greatness at level 4 fades with age. It’s seasonal. But, very few catch this reality while it mattered.

Talent/hard work can’t lead to a lasting greatness

Look around you. Many get up every morning to succeed using their natural talent and gifts alone. Sadly, very few with exceptional talent and gifting alone could excel and become successful in their field. The vast majority of talented and gifted individuals toil without success.

Numerous hardworking individuals bet on their willpower. They think that with their talent, gifts, and experience if they just work a little harder than everyone else, they could outsmart and outshine others and attain greatness. However, we have seen it again and again, a fraction of hard-working people secured a lasting greatness.

Talent, gifts, and hard work aren’t irrelevant

A quick disclaimer. I’m not saying that talent, gifts, and hard-work are irrelevant. What I’m saying is that greatness that comes by tapping into your gifts, talent, and hard-work alone isn’t fulfilling. I’m suggesting for you to discover your reason for existence and pursue it until it’s fulfilled. That is the source of your greatness. It’s your comparative and competitive advantage. It distinguishes you. At the end of the day, it allows you to claim your birthright of greatness…

Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’, page 24 – 26. You can read more about the book by click here…

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You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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A billionaire wanting talent based greatness (Excerpt)

…Among those who used the platform to transit to the next level greatness, Kirsty Bertarelli is a good example. She won the 1988 Miss United Kingdom contest. That launched her into fame and attaining Level 5 greatness through her beauty. Then, she got lucky again and married a billionaire, Ernesto Bertarelli. She was still within the same level of greatness.

However, now, she is seeking to achieve the fourth level of greatness. She said, So many people would just go off on their yacht and spend their life drinking champagne, but not me. You should grasp life. Singing has been inside me my whole life and I can’t not do it. She is looking for greatness based on her talent. The greatness she achieved through her beauty and marrying a rich man wasn’t enough and fulfilling to her…

Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’, page 23/24. You can read more about the book by click here…

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You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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Myths, Excuses, and Sabotages that prevent the majority from becoming great (Excerpt)

…If greatness is the birthright of all, why then is the overwhelming majority unable to claim its right? These precious people may be like me. I used to think that greatness is an exclusive club- only for a few lucky individuals. Nonetheless, my study uncovered that those great ones before us were like us- ordinary, before they ventured out to unchain their greatness within. They found the secret- the pattern that leads to greatness, and followed it faithfully.

The fact that there is a pattern tells us a couple of things about greatness. Greatness is:

  • Predictable,
  • Repeatable, and
  • Most importantly, achievable by anyone who follows the pattern the great ones followed.

Thus, the answer to ‘Can anyone become great?’ is Yes. Then, one may ask a follow-up question, ‘Why then are the vast majority unable to attain greatness?’ That is a legitimate question. There are:

  • Myths,
  • Excuses, and
  • Sabotages that prevent the vast majority from claiming their birthright of greatness.

There are myths that prevent the vast majority from seeking its birthright of greatness. Many use lame excuses to discount themselves before they even try. There are also many sabotages that hinder those who began this rewarding journey to quit before they unleash their greatness to the fullest. Anyone who could be able to demystify these myths, disown their excuses, and overcome the sabotages is a candidate to unchain his/her greatness and become one of the great world changers…

Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’, page 12 – 13. You can read more about the book by click here…

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If you would like to check out the Table of Content, click here…

You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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Interview with the author of The Highest Level of Greatness

Here are the questions that are answered in this informal interview with the author of The Highest Level of Greatness:

 

  1. First thing first, do you really think that everyone can become great?
  2. Why then many unable to attain greatness?
  3. When did you first recognize this truth about everyone is greatness material?
  4. What actions did you take immediately?
  5. How did people around you respond?
  6. I’ve to ask you this. You wrote a book on greatness. Have you achieved greatness?
  7. Your country is one of the poorest. How do you talk about greatness while millions are starved and in need of food?
  8. You make it as if becoming great is an easy task? Is it?
  9. What makes this book unique?
  10. Is there anything you would like to add?

To read the press release, click here…

If you would like to check out the Table of Content, click here…

You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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Follow the steps the great ones took

“…Regardless of their unique purpose and destiny, I figured out that the great ones walked on the same path. There were some important steps they all took. Since ancient times, those who achieved undeniable greatness followed the same pattern…

You too can follow these the same steps to release your greatness to the fullest. You don’t need to start from scratch. You just need to follow the footsteps of the great ones before you. Here is the advice of one of the great motivational speakers, Les Brown: “If you try to climb the mountain of success by yourself, you’re probably not going to make it. Even if you do, it’ll be much harder than it needs to be.” You don’t need to reinvent the wheel…”

Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’. You can read more about the book by click here…

To read the press release, click here…

If you would like to check out the Table of Content, click here…

You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

In order to get updates, future excerpts, and related events, follow us on social media by going to the top right corner of this page. You may also subscribe to our YouTube channel to get alerts when we upload video clips. You may also subscribe to our newsletter for free:

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Billions died without leaving any mark but this won’t be your fate!

I like what one of the great scientists George Washington Carver said, No individual has any right to come into this world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.” Sadly, billions have been passing through this universe for centuries without leaving behind something that outlasted them. They died with their potential intact or barely scratched. They departed without unleashing their greatness.

Your case is different. You won’t die like this. This won’t be your fate! How do I know? Yes, I may not know you personally and clueless about your background, and from where you came from.

However, first, I know that attaining greatness is not a function of your qualification, credential, or your outward appearance and what you have, and who you know. Your greatness is within. You’re a miracle to your generation and beyond. You just need to believe in yourself, and know that you’re here for a very strong reason. The reason for your existence entitles you to achieve greatness.

Second, you’re reading this book. It’s too late! You’re now exposed to the truth that had been hidden for centuries. Not only you won’t see death without leaving a mark that outlasts you, but also I’m persuaded that you’ll make it to the list if you haven’t yet. You’ll make it to the top. You’ll be one of the great world changers if you aim at achieving the highest form of greatness for which you have what it takes within.

Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’. You can read more about the book by click here…

To read the press release, click here…

If you would like to check out the Table of Content, click here…

You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

In order to get updates, future excerpts, and related events, follow us on social media by going to the top right corner of this page. You may also subscribe to our YouTube channel to get alerts when we upload video clips. You may also subscribe to our newsletter for free:

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Questions that took me more than 2 decades to answer

“For more than two decades, I’ve been asking:

1. What is greatness?

2. How do we measure greatness?

3. Why have only a few achieved greatness?

4. How did those few unleash their greatness? In other words, was there a pattern the great ones adopted, which if we follow, it could enable us to unchain our greatness?

5. Can anyone attain greatness? If yes, why then are the vast majority unable to realize greatness?

6. Are all greatness types equal? If not, which greatness should we seek?

7. What are some of the lessons we can learn from the great ones to unleash our greatness in our unique ways? Many more questions.

Finding answers to these questions took more time than I initially anticipated. The first three questions were relatively easy. The last four took the lion’s share of my time.

I don’t regret the time and energy I invested throughout this sacred but protracted journey. It enriched my life tremendously. I’ve grown enormously…”

Taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book. You can read more about the book by click here…

To read the press release, click here…

If you would like to check out the Table of Content, click here…

You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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Two presentations on the latest 2 books on Nov 25th

I’ll be speaking twice for 15 minutes each on Nov 25, 2017, at Residence Inn Springfield (6412 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA 22150) based on my book Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success. The theme of the presentation is ‘Present Like a Pro’.

Synopsis:
Many studies have found that public speaking is the number one fear amongst most people, outranking flying, snakes, insects, and even death. Ironically, it is also one of the skills that can make or break a person’s career, business, and leadership. While public speaking can be a nerve-wracking experience, it can be extremely beneficial to boost our confidence and in turn succeed in our career, social engagements, and businesses. Public speaking is a life skill, which we all need to develop. Whether speaking in front of groups, conducting meetings, speaking at a conference, lecturing for the first time, or addressing the media, improving our presentation skill empowers us to deliver our message with confidence, capture the attention of our audience, increase our credibility, influence our audience and win them over our side, and create impact. In his presentation ‘Speak Like a pro’, which is taken from his book ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’, Assegid Habtewold will give you great tips and approaches that will make speaking in public less terrifying and more enjoyable.

For details such as location and where to get tickets, check out the attached flyer…

Note: I’m not sure whether some copies of my latest book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness‘ will be available but I’ll make sure to bring some copies of ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’. By the way, in this holiday season, this book is a great gift to your professional, community leader, and business owner friends, relatives, and colleagues. It is a small investment that will definitely transform their lives, career, and business…

 

Press Release: The Highest Level of Greatness (New Book)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                       Press Release

New book claims that we all are greatness material

The Highest Level of Greatness: Purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness by Assegid Habtewold is now available. The author asserts that we all are greatness material. He declares that since each individual is packed with unlimited potential, attaining greatness in one’s lifetime is his or her birthright.

Silver Spring, MD, November 15, 2017 (Success Pathways Press)This work is the culmination of more than two decades of research, observations, and reflections. The book begins by answering some fundamental questions such as: What is greatness? How do we measure greatness? Why have only a few achieved greatness? How did those few unleash their greatness? Was there a pattern the great ones adopted, which if we follow, it could enable us to unchain our greatness? Can anyone attain greatness? Are all greatness types equal? What are some of the lessons we can learn from the great ones to unleash our greatness in our unique ways?

When he was asked why he wrote on such a grander theme, Dr. Habtewold revealed: “Whether we would like to admit it or not, we all desire to be great. It’s ingrained in our DNA. Deep inside, we know that we’re greatness material. By any means possible, every one of us strives to succeed. We all have a craving within to become better and at the end of the day achieve greatness.” He further pointed out, “Unfortunately, throughout history, very few turned their aspiration into reality and realized greatness. What is more? Even among those who became great, many achieved unfulfilling greatness based on pure luck, inheritance or their exceptional gifts and talent plus sheer willpower by working hard. Of course, there were also a few who attained ‘greatness’ through brute force, corruption, and other illegal and indecent means. Thus, I decided to demystify greatness so as to inspire ordinary individuals to believe in themselves and the potential they carry to accomplish extraordinary things. I also came up with a framework to help them climb the ladder of greatness until they attain the highest level of greatness.

Concerning what make The Highest Level of Greatness unique, he enlisted a few reasons that differentiate it from other similar books. He said, “This book:

  • Shares three benefits of discovering one’s unique purpose.
  • Explains the trio roles of envisioning the accomplishment of purpose plays.
  • Identifies the triple reasons why discovering our unique core values and demonstrating an unwavering commitment is necessary to attain the highest form of greatness.
  • Narrates the stories of great individuals from diverse cultures such as Mother Teresa, Jesus Christ, Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Moses, Nelson Mandela, Joan of Arc, Viktor Frankl, and so on. From these great stories, readers could be able to learn on how the great ones discovered their purpose, envisioned, demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their core values, and apply the lessons in their own lives and organizations.
  • Describes what leading a purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven life, relationships, organization (s), and leadership look like.
  • And more.”

When he was asked about whether greatness is for everybody, he responded: “Because of the unlimited potential packed within each person, attaining greatness should have been the norm, not an oddity. The great ones we all admire were where we’re today. Regardless of our educational background, social status, ethnicity, race, age, and gender, we are built to manifest greatness. We’re designed to unleash our greatness, which is chained within each one of us.” He further noted, “Notwithstanding who you are and where you’re in life right now, this book is written for you. As you read this book, you could be obscure in the eyes of others. Nobody knows you. As of today, you may be at the bottom of the hierarchy in your community, organization, and nation. When you look around you, you may not see any sign that resembles any form of greatness. Regardless, you’re a candidate to become one of the great world changers.”

In this book, the author encourages you to seek the highest level of greatness based on discovering your unique purpose, envisioning the accomplishment of your purpose, and showing an unwavering commitment to those values that define you, advance your purpose, and protect your vision from abortion or stillbirth. He wrote, “Not all greatness types are equal. Greatness has levels. Those who achieved the highest form of greatness led a purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven lifestyle. They changed the world, put a dent in the history of humanity, and left an enduring legacy. You too can achieve the highest form of greatness, and this book shares with you great insights and stories of many great individuals.”

Book Information:
Title: The Highest Level of Greatness
Subtitle: Purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness
Author: Assegid Habtewold
Publisher: Success Pathways Press
ISBN (print): 978-1-947524-01-9
ISBN (Kindle): 978-1-947524-03-3
Published: November 2017
Pages: 188
Genre: Self Help, Personal Development, and Leadership
To download the first few chapters of the book for free, click this link…

About The Author:
Dr. Assegid Habtewold is a coach, speaker, and trainer at Success Pathways, LLC. He serves diverse clients including some government agencies, major corporations, and community organizations. He is the author of three books. His latest book is entitled ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’.

Here is a brief video clip message of the author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLsD5h0rVJ4

You can order both the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

For more information, review copies, or interviews, please contact:

Assegid Habtewold
P.O. Box 10136
Silver Spring, MD 20914
Email: Assegid@successpws.com or assegidh@gmail.com
Tel: 703-895-4551
Website: http://www.successpws.com

 

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Present Like a pro (report with some pics and YouTube link)

Five Toastmasters clubs organized an open house on November 09, 2017 at Kaiser Regional Headquarters at 2101 East Jefferson St. Rockville, MD 20852. Here are the clubs:

  • NIH Evening Speakers,
  • DHHS Toastmasters,
  • NIH Toastmasters,
  • NIH Democracy Two, and
  • Thrive Masters at Kaiser Permanente.

In this very interactive workshop for two hours, I pointed out that the following four pitfalls prevent many from becoming successful speakers:

1.Nervousness

2.Weak performance on the stage

3.Lack of credibility/likeability

4.Complacency

Accordingly, my focus within that short period was to help both novice and seasoned speakers in the audience to take their communication competence to the next height by overcoming these pitfalls. There are, at least, two things we need to do to overcome anything: a) Know the cause, b) Find the right solutions. That was why I made sure to talk about the science behind (the facts), for instance, why we experience (both beginners and experienced speakers) nervousness, what are some of the things that may rob our credibility. And then, I shared with the audience how to tackle these roadblocks and speak like a pro.

Below are the four learning objectives:

I.To understand how nervousness is created and how to channel it

II.To learn how to grab the audience’s attention right away

III.To increase credibility and likeability

IV.To recognize the importance of continually growing

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The workshop:

  • Was very interactive designed based on latest adult learning principles
  • Provided insightful facts
  • Was packed with demonstrations

At the end of the workshop, three volunteers used the opportunity to practice what they learned and were given feedback to take their presentation ability to the next level.

If you live or work in the Rockville-MD area, visit these great clubs and consider joining. If you’re not in the area and not yet a member of Toastmasters, check out its website (www.toastmasters.org) to learn more, and also find the nearest clubs in your area. A great way to present like a pro is to find a place where you get opportunities to practice, and there is no any other organization that I know that provides an excellent opportunity to learn how to speak, practice, and get feedback to grow continually than Toastmasters.

If you’re interested me in speaking (and/or facilitate a workshop) at one of your future events, call me @ 703-895-4551 or email me at assegidh@gmail.com

If you’re interested, check out the video recording of the workshop by going to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKqDp-wot0A&feature=youtu.be