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


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).

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The launch of Facebook Live for immigrants on Soft Skills

If you’re a leader, manager, or a supervisor or even a mere team member in any field, and if you’ve not read the little book ‘The One Minute Manager’, you should do it right away. “With more than two million hardcover copies in print, The One Minute Manager ranks as one of the most successful management books ever published.”

That being said, my goal here and right now is not to promote this book. I thought to share with you what the author, who is recognized as a management and leadership guru worldwide, Ken Blanchard said about Jesus. He wrote, “Everything I had ever taught or written about effective leadership during the past thirty-five years, Jesus did to perfection, beyond my ability to portray or describe. I realized that Christians have more in Jesus than just a spiritual leader; we have a practical and effective leadership model for all organizations, for all people, for all situations.” I conquer!

That is why based on my book entitled ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’, I will use Jesus as a role model and show you, in my upcoming Facebook live chats, how the 12 soft skills recognized in the book allowed Jesus to succeed in His earthly ministry more than 2000 years ago. Those of you who are interested to read the book, which is written for anyone regardless of your religious affiliation and based on a case study in one of the leading research organizations, is available on Amazon.

However, as a way of giving back to the continent I came from, Africa and my own fellow Habesha leaders, professionals, and business owners who understand English, I’ll show you how Jesus, other Biblical characters, and past and contemporary leaders from the corporate world have had these soft skills that contributed to their outstanding success.

I’ll share with you insights, stories, and most importantly, tools that can help you take your already existing soft skills to the next height. This is especially transformational to the immigrant community in the Diaspora. Your talents, gifts, intellect, hard work, and so on aren’t enough to succeed in the West. You need to develop the 12 soft skills that make or break your success in the new culture you live and work.

Remember, I wrote this book based on my experience as a trainer for some government agencies, major corporations, and non-profit organizations. These organizations pay thousands of dollars to offer workshops to their leaders, managers, supervisors, and team members on these themes. Thus, don’t miss this opportunity. It’s free.

I’ll post more updates on my facebook account before the launch of this live chat. In the meantime, I’d like to hear your suggestions. I also encourage you to share this good news with the people you know who may benefit from this program.

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Shared the risks, shifts, and sacrifices I paid in pursuit of my purpose (excerpt)

Making the shift took me more than I anticipated
Ken was curious to know my experience. With a friendly and playful manner, Ken asked: “Do you mind to share with me your story of migration?” I briefly narrated my story. “My journey began in the early 90’s back home in Ethiopia. Though I didn’t know the word purpose back then, I was convinced that my assignment in life is empowering others. Without wasting any time, I quickly began taking leadership initiatives, first a youth leader, and then became the president of the largest university students’ union. I continued to take leadership initiatives, which I thought aligned with my purpose. I made so many personality changes. I also made many shifts including my professions in order to lead a purpose-oriented lifestyle.”

I paused to see if Ken had any questions and whether what I was saying made sense to him. It looked like he was immersed in my story. I then acknowledged, “Though I had a sense of what my purpose look likes, discovering my unique purpose took me years. Back then, I didn’t know anyone close to me who was on his/her purpose. For that matter, I never heard anyone talking about it. I couldn’t find books on the subject. If I knew what I know now, it wouldn’t have taken me so long. However, more than the discovery, making the shifts in the pursuit of my purpose required lots of efforts, energy, risk-taking, and sacrifices. It also took me more time than what I anticipated initially.”

I have the scars as proof…
Ken asked some follow up questions. He was interested in the prices I paid and what I felt while I was passing through those uncertain moments. He was also wondering whether I was sure I’d make the shifts successfully and arrive where I had wanted to be and able to pursue my purpose beforehand.

He observed: “AZ, it doesn’t seem you passed through these troubles to discover and pursue your purpose.” It was visible on his face. He felt sorry for me, but at the same time, it gave him more reasons to listen to me. He realized that I wasn’t talking theoretically or from what I learned from reading. I walked the talk, and I have the scars to proof it.

Finally, Ken remarked, “I didn’t know you’ve paid these sacrifices in search of your purpose. You changed professions, left promising jobs, trimmed unproductive relationships, and refrained from taking luring leadership opportunities in order to pursue your purpose. It takes courage and endurance. My hat is off to you.”

He then pointed out, “I see now that discovering our purpose and making the shift from where we’re now to where we belong- our dream place, requires a considerable amount of effort and time but worth doing.” Ken then asked me to briefly elaborate what I mean by purpose-oriented:

  1. Life
  2. Relationships
  3. Organization (s)
  4. Leadership

I was glad to explain these concepts to Ken. I defined the terms and gave him some examples. Let me quickly recap what I shared with Ken…

Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’, page 70 – 72. You can read more about the book by click here…

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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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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


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Interview with DW Starr on Soft Skills


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Press Release: A boot camp style 2-day intensive workshop on Sep 2 – 3 2017

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A boot camp style 2-day intensive workshop based on the top12 soft skills that make or break one’s success

The author of ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others successfully’, Dr. Assegid Habtewold is scheduled to facilitate a 2-day boot camp style workshop on September 2 – 3, 2017 in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The workshop is designed to equip you with latest insights, processes, and tools that empower you to develop your soft skills and in turn take your life, career, and business to the next level.

Silver Spring, MD, August 25, 2017 (Success Pathways) Do you want to increase your self-awareness? Do you desire to control your emotions? Are you struggling to manage your time and energy? Is it hard for you to solve problems smartly and make tough decisions? Do you aspire to take your communication ability to the next level? Is it challenging for you to turn conflicts into opportunities? Are you leaving great stuff on the negotiation table? Do you want to lead change artfully and smoothly? Well, you need to attend the upcoming workshop on September 2 – 3, 2017 in downtown Silver Spring, MD.

For your information, research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center revealed, “85% of job success comes from having well‐developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge (hard skills).”  Unfortunately, many professionals, business owners, supervisors, managers, and leaders over depend on their technical expertise. They neglect to develop their soft skills proactively, and thus, they pay dire prices individually and cause havoc in their organizations. Common workplace complaints such as high turnover, conflict, and low productivity many companies experience come down to lack of certain soft skills.

This 2-day boot camp style intensive workshop is based on the newly published book entitled “Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success.” The top 12 soft skills that are covered in the book are industry and culture neutral. Regardless of your profession and cultural background, it equips you to take your life, career, and business to the next height.  The workshop is highly interactive, dynamic, engaging, filled with small and large group discussions, and demonstrations. It’s based on adult learning principles.

Whether you are looking for a job that matches your qualification, start a new career, open a business, advance in your career, expand your business, or a supervisor/manager who would like to get along with diverse stakeholders and lead your team successfully, don’t miss this boot camp style workshop.


Title: 2-Day Intensive Workshop on the top 12 Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success

Dates: Saturday, September 02 – Sunday, September 03, 2017.

Fee: 300 USD/Person (Only 20 participants per batch. First come, first served)

Facilitator: Assegid Habtewold


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About The Author and facilitator:

Assegid Habtewold is a coach, consultant, speaker, and trainer at Success Pathways, LLC. He has over two decades of leadership experience and has been empowering leaders from diverse industries on themes that are covered in this book. He has diverse professional background: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Master’s in Computer Science, and Doctor of Strategic Leadership. He frequently blogs and facilitates workshops on the 12 soft skills discussed in this book for some government agencies and major corporations. 


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Aug 26- Empower the Community Weekend- Presentation on Soft Skills

On August 26, 2017, I’m scheduled to present on soft skills twice (@1: 30 pm and 3: 30 pm) for 30 minutes each on soft skills. This is a great event filled with outstanding speakers and jam-packed programs. If you’re in the metro area, don’t miss it. For detail including to purchase your ticket, schedule, location, and so on., visit


Upcoming Events on Soft Skills:

  1. Guest FacilitatorOrganizer: 21st C Community. Event: Weekly Career Success Webinars. Dates: August 16, 23, and 30, 2017. Time: 9 – 10 pm EST. To sign-up and attend the webinars, go to this page: audio recording of August 16, 2017, webinar on soft skills. Part 2 is on Aug 23 @ 9 pm EST: Part I- Increasing Self-awareness
  2. Facilitating a 2-day workshopOrganizer: Sholla Corporation. Event: 2-day boot camp style intensive workshop. Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 2 – 3, 2017. Time: 9 – 5 pm. Place: For more, check out this link:


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Interview with Charles Britt on Soft Skills

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Report on the 2-hr workshop on soft skills

The workshop on August 19th was very successful. Within 2-hr, participants could be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of soft skills for their career success
  • Which soft skills are vital to develop personal mastery, get along with and lead others
  • Got some latest insights, tools, stories to them work on their soft skills
  • And more.

The workshop was held at Sholla, downtown Silver Spring, for the company’s current students, trainers, and alumni. Here is a YouTube photo slideshow to watch some of the pics taken from the event:


The next big event you shouldn’t miss is the 2-day boot camp style workshop on the top 12 soft skills based on the recently published book “Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success”. For more, check this page:

By the way, we have so many requests for sponsorship. Many immigrants who cannot afford to pay for the event are asking for help. If you would like to sponsor one or more participants to this life transforming event, please reach out to us.