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…

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Two presentations on the latest 2 books on Nov 25th

I’ll be speaking for 30 minutes each on Nov 25, 2017, at Residence Inn Springfield (6412 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA 22150) based on my latest two books. For details, check out the attached flyer…

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

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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’.

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: or
Tel: 703-895-4551



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:


2.Weak performance on the stage

3.Lack of credibility/likeability


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 ( 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

If you’re interested, check out the video recording of the workshop by going to YouTube:

Every creation has a unique purpose- You too!

Below is an excerpt from my upcoming book:

“…The universe is a purposeful one. Everything in this universe was created for a specific reason. That was why Sir John Templeton asked cynically, Would it not be strange if a universe without purpose accidentally created humans who are so obsessed with purpose?” There is nothing in this finely tuned universe that exists without a definite purpose.

Each individual is created with a unique purpose to manifest greatness. However, this greatness is tied with his unique purpose. One’s true greatness, therefore, should begin by admitting this fact and taking responsibility to discover and pursue his unique purpose.

Filipino nationalist and polymath Jose Rizal took responsibility when he said, “As God has not made anything useless in this world, as all beings fulfill obligations or a role in the sublime drama of Creation, I cannot exempt from this duty.” He believed, “And small though it be, I too have a mission to fill, as for example: alleviating the sufferings of my fellowmen.” You too; what so ever small you may think your reason for existence, you have a unique place in the universe. You were born for a specific purpose. Humanity in particular, and the universe at large won’t be complete without you playing your unique part. Your generation won’t be fulfilled without you pursuing and fulfilling the reason for your existence.

If in case you’re skeptical about this ‘everything has a unique purpose’ thing, let me help you a little. Within every creation, there is a coded purpose. Some of the codes are easy to decode, others aren’t. If we don’t know the very reason why a thing exists doesn’t nullify its original purpose. If we haven’t yet known the very purpose of a thing, it only shows our inability to discover it as of yet. We’re not yet able to decode its reason for existence. That is it!

The same is true if you’ve not yet discovered your purpose. Don’t give up. Make a decision today to discover your purpose. Otherwise, the alternative is not pretty. Failure to identify the reason for your existence leads to insignificance, not to greatness…”

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2- Hour Workshop on ‘Present like a pro’

I joined Toastmasters (TM) in 2009. I benefited tremendously from this outstanding organization and its leadership. If you saw me speak back then, you wouldn’t believe it’s now that the same guy 🙂 Because of TM and my mentors, I’ve come a long way. Not only I’m now speaking well, I coach supervisors and managers to have high impact communication from the stage.

On Nov 9th, I’m going to facilitate a 2-hour workshop entitled ‘Present like a pro’. It’s a very practical workshop where I’m going to share:

  • Latest facts and statistics,
  • Demonstrations,
  • Video clips, and
  • Practicing opportunities for a few volunteers who would like to practice and get feedback to take their presentation ability to the next level.

Click this link to watch this < 3 min video clip to learn the learning objectives of a one-day workshop that I provide to my clients on the same theme. The contents of this 2- Hour workshop are taken from this workshop.

If you are available that day, and if you live and work in Rockville area, you should attend this Joint Open House organized by five Toastmasters clubs in the area.

One stone two birds:

  1. You learn how to present like a pro plus
  2. Hear from TM’s leadership, and ask questions so that you could be able to join one of the clubs where you may practice what you are going to learn that day.

Don’t miss this opportunity! For more info, check the attached flyer.

I’ll also make some copies of my latest book ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’ available…

Why a few attained envious greatness and changed the world?

Have you ever asked yourself “Why a few achieved greatness and changed the world while billions have come and gone without even leaving the slightest clue that they have ever been here on this planet?” I’ve studied the great ones for more than two decades. It was easy to discover that out of billions of people; we only have had a few great ones in every generation. This is regardless of everybody, whether they would like to admit or not, wanting to be great. Unfortunately, only a few attained true greatness because the few great ones did what the mass avoids doing. I discovered that those few who achieved envious greatness due to these 6 Ds:

  1. Detested mediocrity.
  2. Declared their freedom, at least, within.
  3. Dared to leave their comfort zone.
  4. Despised playing it safe.
  5. Dived into the unknown to live up to their full potential.
  6. Defied fear and stepped into their greatness boldly.

How many of the Ds have you embraced thus far? Which ones you haven’t yet, and why? What is keeping you at bay from tapping into your greatness within? What is preventing you from stepping into your birthright of greatness?

The above is taken from my upcoming book, which will be published very soon. Stay tuned! In order not to miss further excerpts, and monthly updates, and events from Success Pathways subscribe to our free e-newsletter below, go to at the right corner of this website and follow us on social media, subscribe to our YouTube channel…

Believe that you’re a greatness material. Be persuaded that, within you, there is greatness and unlimited potential. If you just believe that, you’re stepping into your greatness away.
If you haven’t yet, vow today to leave the world around you better than you found it.
Adopt the 6Ds discussed in this excerpt and join those who are world changers. You have what it takes within…

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Interview with Obang Metho on Soft Skills

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Interview with Maria Moreno on Soft Skills

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Facebook Live interview at UN Migration Agency- IOM DC office

Live from Washington DC: a Conversation with Ethiopian author Assegid Habtewold

Posted by IOM – UN Migration Agency on Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Here is the link to the Youtube version of the live interview:



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