Interview with Your Ethiopian Professionals Leaders

Last week, I had the opportunity to interview the co-founders of Your Ethiopian Professionals Network. In this interview, we talked about:

  1. Why YEP exists? What was the very reason that led you to establish YEP
  2. What are the top three major achievements of YEP?
  3. What are the 3 biggest lessons you learned individually because you have been serving as leaders?
  4. What are the toughest challenges YEP faces?
  5. What lessons would you like to share with other similar professional groups?
  6. What the future holds for YEP? Where do you see YEP in the next five years?
  7. Are there some ongoing or upcoming projects you’re engaged with right now that you would like to share with our viewers?
  8. And more.

These young dynamic leaders have a lot to offer. I encourage you to watch their interview. Reach out to them if you may have any feedback or question. And of course, if you’re in the DC metro area, join YEP, be with like-minded people to grow personally and professionally. If you’re in Ethiopia, no worries, you can be part of the initiative they recently introduced in Addis.

To learn more about Pick Yourself Up and watch archive interviews, check out its website.

 

 

 

 

Steve Jobs and the comeback power he demonstrated (Excerpt)

“…One of the classic comeback powers in the world, next to Lazarus who came back from the dead after staying four days in the grave, was demonstrated by the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. He was fired from his own company by the Board in 1985. Here is what he said about the incidence: “I was out — and very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating. I was a very public failure.”

This knock out punch was a huge setback. It staggered Jobs for a while. He recounted, “I even thought about running away from the valley… [But] I decided to start over… It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

Following his firing, in the next 12 years, Jobs persisted while experiencing one of the toughest setbacks of his life. While taking this long walk, he resolved to outlast the setback. He also continued to do what he loved to do. He kept going. Besides, he was developing a comeback power while he was in the ‘valley of life’.

Jobs finally rejoined Apple in 1997 as its CEO. Since he did his homework while he was away from ‘home’, when he returned he saved the company from downward spiral and decline. He transformed it and finally made it one of the most valuable companies in the world…”

The above excerpt is taken from the Introduction part of Unchain Your Greatness (p. 124).

To learn more about the book, click here…

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If you haven’t read the excerpt from the Introduction part, click here…

If you want to read about the Four Stages of Greatness, click here.

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

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You’re predisposed to shine, highly favored, king and queen on earth, and here for signs and wonders (Excerpt)

“…On top of facing myths and misconceptions that discourage many of us, there are other barriers including the lack of appropriate resources that would have enabled us to develop the right mindset and attitude to pursue greatness. Even if some of us begin this journey with limited info, resources, and support system, there are multitudes of sabotages that predispose us to drop out of the greatness race before we unchain our greatness.

By the way, once I recognized the devastating impact of the roadblocks enlisted in the last paragraph, I couldn’t remain silent. I couldn’t walk away. I was persuaded to do something about it. That is why I’m passionate about writing books on the theme greatness to empower individuals like yourself so that you may know that you’re:

  • Predisposed to shine.
  • Wired to have an undeniable impact.
  • Highly favored, more than any other creation.
  • King/Queens on earth.
  • For signs and wonders in this life-sustaining universe.
  • Prone to become great and leave a mark the contemporary and future generations will remain appreciative.

I was further convinced to publish books on the theme of greatness so that you may:

  • Know that attaining greatness is your birthright,
  • Have a simple process that guides you on your greatness journey, and
  • Draw some lessons from those great ones who walked before you so that you too may unleash your greatness to the fullest…”

The above excerpt is taken from the Introduction part of Unchain Your Greatness (p. 8 – 9).

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If you haven’t read the first part of the Preface, click here…

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If you haven’t read the excerpt from the Introduction part, click here…

If you want to read about the Four Stages of Greatness, click here.

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The three career tips for the 2018 graduates (video)

In June this year, I shared three tips for 2018 graduates.

The tips were based on my book ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’.

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New book is dedicated to Dr. Abiy Ahmed- an emerging great one

Dedication

As a result of three reasons, this book is dedicated to an emerging great one- Abiy Ahmed, who was selected to become the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia on April 2, 2018. First, since his appointment, the young charismatic leader has taken very bold actions that have inspired the whole nation. On June 23, more than four million Ethiopians took to the streets of Addis and gathered at Meskel Square to show solidarity and also admire the steps he has taken since his inauguration. I couldn’t be in Addis to join hands with my fellow Ethiopians. By dedicating this book to him, this is my small way of joining the millions back home in Ethiopia and around the world honoring the newly minted leader.

By the way, this isn’t an endorsement to Ahmed’s political party nor its policies and programs. I dedicated this book to acknowledge the great steps he has taken thus far to save the country from chaos, further bloodshed, and disintegration. Ethiopia and its people were in the wilderness for decades. The coming to the helm of power of Ahmed brought the country back to the light, even if Ethiopians aren’t yet in their Promised Land. The country was on the brink of collapse just prior to his selection. Within a short period of time, he restored the dignity of the office of the Prime Minister and true Ethiopianism.

Second, I also share his beliefs and leadership principles. He embodies almost everything I write and speak about leadership. He is a great example of the greatness concept that I’ve been evangelizing. From his past performances, speeches, interviews, and the actions he has taken, there remains no question he explored and discovered who he truly is, the unlimited potential he carries, and his life’s purpose. He is also a visionary and values-driven. Speaking to visionary, Ahmed wasn’t surprised at all when he became the next Prime Minister at a relatively young age. He has done his homework, envisioned taking the highest office in the land, and proactively prepared to serve his nation with extraordinary excellence. As the saying goes, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear’, Ahmed was the right fit when the country was searching for the next Prime Minister. Not only he explored to discover some fundamental truths about human potential and well-versed and articulate about so many important affairs of life including personal development, leadership, and politics but he also is a man of action. For sure, he had overcome so many challenges before he reached this high. These show you that Ahmed has followed the Unchaining Your Greatness process discussed in this book. Though he hasn’t yet completed the whole process, he has advanced on the process heading to finish it strong.

Third, if one competent leader and his team could bring this paradigm shift within a short period of time, you can imagine what would happen when more Ethiopian leaders have his kind of mindset, attitude, dedication, personality, and character. That is why when I saw an emerging great one, I rewarded him with a little recognition I can give in order that others may emulate him so that the country may have multitudes of leaders at all levels and in every sector. The nation needs more individuals like him and this book provides insights, approaches, and stories to empower those who would like to join what the new Prime Minister is doing to restore the dignity of the country, defeat poverty, uphold justice, establish the rule of law, democracy, and so on.

Please note that even if you’re not an Ethiopian, there are great lessons you may learn from this young and emerging great one. Your country may have different kinds of challenges than Ethiopia. Your purpose and vision in life may not be similar to his. You may not share his values. That is okay. We all aren’t cut from the same cloth. However, we can learn from one another. We don’t need to start our greatness journey from scratch. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We should learn from diverse great ones from different cultures, religions, age groups, industries, and customize the lessons to fit our objective conditions so that we too may attain our glorious destiny and claim our birthright of greatness during our lifetime in our unique ways.

The above content is taken from Unchain Your Greatness book ‘Dedication’ part (p. 175 – 176).

To learn more about the book, click here…

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

You can order the Print version of the book from Amazon. Here is also the Kindle version

If you haven’t read the first part of the Preface, click here…

If you haven’t read the last part of the Preface, click here…

If you haven’t read the excerpt from the Introduction part, click here…

If you want to read about the Four Stages of Greatness, click here.

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

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Excerpt- ‘All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered’ Galileo Galilei

“One of the great scientists, Galileo Galilei revealed, “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” Galilei spoke from his own experience. It was believed for generations that the sun had revolved around the earth. This wrong belief remained as if true until he explored and finally discovered the truth that we now consider obvious. His discovery took away the mystery!

On the other hand, ask your self. What would have happened if Galilei didn’t explore and discover that the earth revolves around the sun? The mystery would have continued and we would have been kept in the dark.

Mind you. We would still be okay in many ways. We may still be enjoying life on earth regardless of our ignorance concerning this simple truth. However, we wouldn’t have uncovered all the knowledge necessary to enjoy precise timing, season and weather prediction, satellite data transmission, and other astrological innovations that advanced communication around the world.

Likewise, you too may walk on this planet and live for decades without exploring and discovering the truth about your greatness. You may even enjoy life and have some wins. Nonetheless, you cannot tap into your full innate potential, unchain your greatness to the fullest, impact this and the coming generations without passing through this first and critical stage. This is the time to discover and take away the mysteries surrounding who you are and why you’re here in this generation and in that particular place you are right now…”

The above excerpt is taken from Unchain Your Greatness book ‘Part I: Explore to Discover Your Greatness’ (p. 24).

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

You can order the Print version of the book from Amazon. Here is also the Kindle version

If you haven’t read the first part of the Preface, click here…

If you haven’t read the last part of the Preface, click here…

If you haven’t read the excerpt from the Introduction part, click here…

If you want to read about the Four Stages of Greatness, click here.

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As we celebrate the 100 year birthday of Madiba (Excerpts)

As we continue to celebrate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela, let’s not forget what made him one of the great ones.

Madiba passed through the four stages of greatness: Explored to find who he was, his purpose and passion in life, had a clear vision, and values for which he was ready to die for; Acted courageously without ceasing; Endured multiple setbacks; and finally left a lasting legacy that we all celebrate because he Emancipated his greatness to the full by crossing the finish line, emptying himself, raising successors and strong institutions that continue to exist even if he isn’t with us today.

What about you? Don’t shy away from this question. Don’t discount yourself yet 

I’m well aware that you may not have Mandel’s kind of passion. You may not need to be imprisoned and separated from your loved ones. You may not need to become the president of your country.

Regardless of your difference in his passion, race, age or gender, you have what he had within. He was just like you before he began his greatness journey. He came to know who he was. Decided to serve South Africans in the area of his passion. He went all in; outlasted continual setbacks, and finished his race and left an enduring legacy.

That is it. It’s not a rocket science. You have a built-in unique greatness that doesn’t require you to have a special ability, degree, or connections. Just know yourself, be yourself, available to serve, dare to act, and remain resilient…

Your greatness is chained waiting for you to unleash it. What are you waiting for! Here is an excerpt taken from Unchain Your Greatness: http://successpws.com/?p=2834

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If you haven’t read the first part of the Preface, click here…

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If you haven’t read the excerpt from the Introduction part, click here…

If you want to read about the Four Stages of Greatness, click here.

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Press Release: New Book release: Unchain Your Greatness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     Press Release

New book provides a blueprint to unchain one’s greatness

Unchain Your Greatness: Explore, Enact, Endure, and Emancipate your greatness to the fullest by Assegid Habtewold is now available on Amazon. Based on the greatness journey of many great ones from diverse cultures, generations, and fields, the author codified the four common stages the great ones passed through to unchain their greatness. He also provided the main findings the great ones uncovered from their exploration, the bold actions they took to translate their discoveries into realities, the challenges they faced, the setbacks they outlasted, and their mindset that allowed them to cross the finish line, empty themselves, and ultimately leave enduring legacies.

Silver Spring, MD, July 16, 2018 (Success Pathways Press)

This book is a follow-up to ‘The Highest Level of Greatness: Purpose-oriented, Vision-centered, and Values-driven greatness’, which was published last year in November. The latter defined the true meaning of greatness, the different levels of greatness, and how to attain the highest level of greatness by knowing self and discovering one’s purpose, envisioning the accomplishment of the purpose, and embracing certain core values and demonstrating unwavering commitment to these values.

When asked why he wrote the follow up book, Dr. Habtewold responded, “I strongly believe that achieving greatness isn’t a mystery. It’s predictable. There hasn’t been any accidental great one in our history. Regardless of their unique passion and destiny, the great ones followed the same path. They embraced some timeless principles, and there were also some necessary steps they took to emancipate their greatness to the fullest. That is why I codified the four straightforward stages, which I call the 4E’s, great women and men from diverse religions and age groups passed through to unchain their greatness.” However, he admitted that many myths and faulty beliefs discourage the overwhelming majority of us from thinking about it, let alone to claim our birthright of greatness. He further explained, “Those of us who dare to take the first step in unchaining our greatness, we don’t spend enough time to explore. Those of us who explored and discovered who we truly are and our assignment in life, we don’t act on our discoveries. Even those of us who took bold actions, we give up too easily and quit too soon when the going gets tough. In short, we self-defeat ourselves, and thus, fail to follow in the footsteps of the great ones before us.”

This book is written to anyone from anywhere in the world who would like to tap into his/her potential, serve their respective community, organization, and the human race at large with extraordinary commitment and excellence during their lifetime. The book guides them on the greatness continuum. It equips them with great insights. It shows readers on how they can give their best and die empty, and impact this and generations to come by unleashing the greatness chained within.

Habtewold also shared his own humble personal journey as a student of greatness, which began in the early 90’s from one of the poorest villages in Ethiopia. He is grateful that he took some of the steps of the Unchaining Your Greatness process. He professed, “Though I’ve not yet done, I feel lucky for being able to pursue my lifetime assignment- restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time. That is why I’ve written two books on the theme greatness, and will continue to empower others to attain greatness in their own unique way.”

The author encourages readers to learn from the greatness journey of the great ones, and also embrace the model they adopted. Habtewold stressed, “You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You just need to adopt this model, customize it to fit your objective conditions. Use it as a roadmap as you pursue your passion, tap into your full potential, serve your community using your unique talent and gifting. If you do so, you’re a candidate to change the world for good and impact your immediate and future generations by unchaining your greatness to the fullest. Learn from the mindset, attitude, and approaches the great ones used until they unchained their greatness.” He further emphasized,As far as one follows the path the great ones followed, each and every individual has a chance to attain greatness during his/her lifetime, before phasing out from this planet.

Unchain Your Greatness narrated many exciting stories of individuals from diverse cultures such as Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King Jr., Simeon the devout, Lee Kuan Yew, Thomas Jefferson, Mamoudou Gassama, Barack Obama, Abiy Ahmed, King David, Tariq ibn Ziyad, Jesus, Joan of Arc, Teddy Afro, Myles Munroe, Les Brown, Kahlil Gibran, Hellen Keller, Apostle Paul, Willie Jolley, Bill Gates, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Maya Angelou, Mother Theresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mourning, Billie Jean King, Daniel Bryan, Hyvon Ngetich, Thomas Edison, Garth Alfred Taylor, Billy Graham, Columbus, Michael Dell, Wallace D. Wattles, and Ralph Boston. From these great stories, readers could be able to learn on how the great ones explored and discovered what predisposed them to become great, enacted on their discoveries, endured continual setbacks, crossed the finish line, poured themselves like a drink offering, built strong institutions, raised successors, and left lasting legacies.

Last but not least, the book is dedicated to the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia- Dr. Abiy Ahmed. On the two pages dedicated to this emerging great one, the author showed on how Ahmed has followed the Unchaining Your Greatness process discussed in his book. He wrote, Though he hasn’t yet completed the whole process, he has advanced on the process heading to finish it strong. He embodies almost everything I write and speak about leadership. He is a great example of the greatness concept that I’ve been evangelizing. From his past performances, speeches, interviews, and the actions he has taken since he took office, there remains no question he explored and discovered who he truly is, his passion, the unlimited potential he carries, and his life’s purpose. He is also visionary and values-driven. Ahmed has done his homework, envisioned taking the highest office in the land, and proactively prepared to serve his nation with extraordinary excellence.”

Book Information:

Title: Unchain Your Greatness

Subtitle: Explore, Enact, Endure, and Emancipate your greatness to the fullest

Publisher: Success Pathways Press

Author: Assegid Habtewold

ISBN (print): 978-1-947524-04-0

ISBN (Kindle): 978-1-947524-05-7

Published: July 2018

Pages: 184

Genre: Self Help, Personal Development, and Success

About The Author:

Dr. Assegid Habtewold is a coach, speaker, and facilitator at Success Pathways, LLC. He is also the host of ‘Pick Yourself Up’ show that airs on Channel 16. Assegid serves diverse clients including some government agencies, major corporations, and community organizations. He is the author of four books. His latest book is entitled ‘The Highest Level of Greatness: purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness’.

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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Excerpt (The Four Stages of Greatness)

The Four Stages of Greatness

Achieving greatness isn’t a mystery. It’s predictable. There hasn’t been any accidental great one in our history. All the great ones:

  • Trod on the same path,
  • Passed through certain stages, and
  • Embraced some timeless principles.

The various steps the great ones passed through can be summarized into four major phases (See Fig. 1). Let’s call them the 4E’s. The great ones passed through these four stages to unleash their greatness to the fullest. They:

  1. Explored. The great ones examined and found out that they were greatness material. They explored and discovered what made them prone to become great. In their exploration journey, they came face to face with who they indeed were, and why they were on earth at that particular time and space in history.

This is the most critical stage. If one fails to pass this phase successfully, there is no need to talk about unchaining one’s greatness. The enemies at this stage are:

  • Ignorance,
  • Faulty myths, and
  • Wrong beliefs that may stop us from exploring to find out that we are meant to be great.

Two important facts one should know at this initial phase:

  • We cannot unleash what we have not discovered, and
  • The depth of one’s discovery determines the height of greatness one can attain.

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Fig. 1: Unchaining Your Greatness (the 4E’s) process

2. Enacted on their discoveries. The great ones immediately took bold actions based on their discoveries. By taking massive actions, they activated their greatness. They stepped into their greatness. They began the journey toward greatness right away without waiting too long before their discoveries expired.

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The above excerpt is taken from ‘The Four Stages of Greatness’ part of the upcoming book entitled ‘Unchain Your Greatness’ (p. 14 – 15).

To learn more about the book, click here…

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

You can order the Print version of the book from Amazon. Here is also the Kindle version

If you haven’t read the first part of the Preface, click here…

If you haven’t read the last part of the Preface, click here…

If you haven’t read the excerpt from the Introduction part, click here…

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

 

Excerpt (Introduction)- Where are you on the greatness continuum?

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…Wherever you may be on the continuum of greatness right now, you need to read this book in its entirety. It helps you to continue advancing on the greatness spectrum until you attain enduring and lasting greatness. It reveals to you the mindset and attitude the great ones had. It shares the principles the great ones embraced during each stage.

The book also provides you with insights and approaches from the lives of diverse great ones. What you need to do is to draw some lessons. Most importantly, you need to customize these to fit into your own personal life and organization so that you could be able to attain your birthright of greatness in your own distinctive fashion before you phase out from this world.

However, before we proceed any further, let me ask you two quick questions:

  • Where are you on the greatness continuum?
  • What is keeping you from going to the next stage?

Remember, the overwhelming majority of humanity hasn’t begun the journey at all. They don’t believe that they are greatness material. And thus, they never explored.

Many who believed that there is greatness within refrained from seeking to attain greatness for fear of being viewed as prideful and egotistical. There are, of course, those who believe that they can be great but they don’t think that the efforts they should exert to unchain their greatness is worth the fight. Therefore, they don’t try to unleash their greatness, and in turn, they are unable to progress on the ladder of greatness any further.

Whether you’re one of the aforementioned people or whether you have begun this journey and you’re somewhere on the continuum, this process will help you continue making progress until you unchain your greatness to the fullest. Let me clarify a couple of things about the four stages of Unchaining Your Greatness process:

  1. The line between the adjacent stages isn’t solid. It isn’t fixed. It is fluid.
  2. In the majority of the cases, one may operate at two adjacent stages at the same time.
  3. In some cases, one may completely reverse gear and fall back to the lower stage at any given time.
  4. It is also possible that someone may also operate at multiple stages at the same time…

The above excerpt is taken from the Introduction part of the upcoming book entitled ‘Unchain Your Greatness’ (p. 18 – 19). The book will be available on Amazon this week. Stay tuned!

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