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

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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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Excerpt from the last part of the Preface (Unchain Your Greatness)

Preface

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The pattern the great ones shared in common

My research revealed to me that the great ones we all adore left some unmistakable clues on how they achieved greatness in their own unique ways. Though they were from diverse cultures and different generations, they all had some commonalities. They:

  • Possessed a positive attitude and mindset,
  • Obsessed with their cause,
  • Remained curious and life-long learners,
  • Refrained from conforming,
  • Pushed themselves out of their comfort zone,
  • Were willing to fail,
  • Took risks, made profound changes, and so on.

Regardless of their unique passion and destiny, I figured out that the great ones followed the same path. There were some necessary steps they all took to release their greatness to the fullest. These steps are summarized and codified into four simple stages in this book.

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. That is why I decided to write this book to share the ‘Unchaining Your Greatness’ process with the hope that readers like yourself may unchain their greatness to the fullest before they phase out from this planet by following the same pattern the great ones followed.

I’m persuaded that each one of us is destined to unchain our greatness. Irrespective of our ethnicity, race, age or gender, we’re greatness material. Achieving greatness is our birthright. The great ones we admire were where we’re today before they began their rewarding journey of greatness. This is now your turn to begin this worthwhile expedition.

However, I understand that attaining true greatness is a protracted journey. It requires continual growth, which needs constant reading, reflecting, acting, and learning from our experiences until we finish our journey by unchaining our greatness to the fullest. That is why I’ll continue to write more books and provide additional services to empower you until you unleash your greatness.

This book is specifically dedicated to giving you the model the great ones adopted. It’s your compass. You can follow the four straightforward steps the great ones took so that you too could join these few elites by:

  • Discovering what predisposes you to become great,
  • Stepping into your greatness by taking actions,
  • Enduring through continual setbacks, and
  • Finally releasing your greatness to the fullest.

The above excerpt is taken from the upcoming book entitled ‘Unchain Your Greatness’ the last section of the Preface (p. 5 – 6). The book will be available on Amazon next week. Stay tuned!

 

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Synopsis and Bio of the new book

Everyone is greatness material. We all are endowed with unlimited potential. Greatness is chained within us waiting to be unleashed. Unfortunately, in every generation, very few unchain their greatness. The overwhelming majority fails to attain any level of greatness at all.

In ‘Unchain Your Greatness’, the author recognized the four stages the great ones from diverse cultures and generations passed through to achieve their inherent greatness. Those who unchained their greatness were like everyone else except that they followed four straightforward steps (the 4 E’s). They Explored, Enacted, Endured, and Emancipated their greatness to the fullest.

The great ones explored and discovered what predisposed them to manifest greatness. They took bold actions based on their findings. Those who attained greatness also faced numerous obstacles as a result of taking massive actions and pursuing the road to greatness. However, they endured, outlasted continual setbacks, emptied themselves, and ultimately emancipated the greatness shackled within and left enduring legacies.

On top of providing the model the great ones adopted to unchain their greatness to the fullest, the book narrates the stories of great men and women from different religions, age-groups, and fields to show you the attitude and mindset they had as they progressed through these four simple phases. It also shares with you what the great ones discovered, the actions they took, the challenges they overcame, and the legacies they left because they unchained their greatness to the fullest.

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’.

Jobs tapped into the downtime while waiting to his comeback

“After one of the most humiliating outings in the history of US corporations, Jobs returned to Apple after 12 long years as Moses to take it to its Canaan. Jobs eventually regained his leadership position. He was crowned and placed at the helm of Apple once again.

However, one thing many people tend to forget is that Jobs didn’t waste his time in the wilderness. His glorious return wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t tap into the downtime. Between the time he was fired and his triumphant return, he didn’t waste his energy, time, and resources complaining and whining. Rather than blaming the Board and John Sculley- his mentor and the man he himself begged to join Apple, Jobs kept himself very busy. Rather than nursing his wounds, he was actively working toward his comeback.

During that downtime between 1985 – 1997, Jobs could have run away from the valley, called it to quit, or mourned his loss for a very long period of time. If he did, no one would have blamed him. Many would have sympathized with his decision. Instead, Jobs tapped into that downtime to further create. Next Generation and Pixar were the two classic innovations of Jobs that came to existence while he was passing through hell…”

The excerpt is taken from the upcoming follow- up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p.124

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Teddy Afro- the sensational singer, and his resilience (excerpt)

“…Back home in Ethiopia and in the Diaspora, the name Teddy Afro is a household name. He is a sensational singer known for his songs of love, tolerance, unity, and forgiveness. Teddy is also a well-celebrated singer in East Africa. Moreover, his latest Album ‘Ethiopia’ came in 1st on the Billboard World Albums chart.[i]

Unfortunately, Teddy’s messages didn’t go well with the previous government in Ethiopia. He encountered many roadblocks aimed at discouraging and ultimately changing his messages. He faced jail time, cancelation of his shows, visa denials to travel and perform outside of the country.

Other artists in his place would have easily and quickly given up a long time ago. Not Teddy! Regardless of experiencing continual setbacks and losing lots of money, he kept singing his messages while also improving his craft. After so many years of persecution, finally, because Teddy kept going while passing through hell, he began getting acceptances including from some unlikely circles.

The Amahara regional state is governed by one of the members of the ruling party (EPRDF). The state extended an official visit to Teddy a couple of months ago. When he arrived in the beautiful city of Bahir Dar, he got a heroic welcome. What is more? On top of performing in a concert that attracted thousands of fans, Teddy gave an interview to the state-owned media.

The moral of the story is that since Teddy kept going while experiencing continual setbacks, he continued to produce. He didn’t slow down. He refused to change his messages to appease those who opposed him. He didn’t quit nor decided to wait and see. He remained optimistic while keep going…”

This excerpt is taken from the upcoming follow-up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p. 175

 

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Book Excerpt- Daniel Bryan fought for his dreams

“…One of my wrestling heroes is Daniel Bryan. To his dismay and disappointment of his fans including myself, he retired prematurely on February 8, 2016. For more than two years, he had been depressed since he couldn’t do what he loved to do: Perform in the ring and entertain millions of fans around the world.

However, Daniel resolved to fight for his dreams till the end. Without giving up, he kept fighting until he was cleared to compete. Due to his resolve for more than two years, Daniel finally outlasted this tough setback that dashed his dream to wrestle in the WWE ring.

Filled with emotions and tears, Daniel publicly announced on March 20, 2018, his being clear to return to in-ring competition. In his emotional speech, he said, “If you fight for your dreams, your dreams fight for you.” Yes! (His signature slogan) His dreams fought for him. And thus, he competed at WrestleMania 34 on April 8, 2018.

Have you resolved not to give up so easily? Have you stayed in the fight long enough? Have you determined to outlast the setbacks you’re facing right now a little longer?…” Taken from the upcoming follow-up book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ p. 161

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Book Excerpt- Nelson Mandela’s resilience

“…Why was Mandela celebrated, not just by South Africans but also around the world? Simple. His endurance. Otherwise, there were many freedom fighters who paid more dire prices including their very lives than Mandela. What made him unique and different was his courage to face seemingly insurmountable challenges. His determination to outlast all of them.

Mandela once said, “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” The unspeakable trials he encountered didn’t break him. He withstood the setbacks he experienced believing that he would win in the end. And, sure enough, he won…”

The above excerpt is taken from ‘Outlast Setbacks’ part of ‘Unchain Your Greatness’ (p. 114).

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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