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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’.

Know Your Wroth- Sunday June 10 @3 – 5 pm

Using the platform, I’m going to talk about how each and every woman has the potential to become one of the great world changers, how leadership is their birthright, and some of the skills necessary for women (of course, men too  to demonstrate confidence.

I’ll cover some of the soft skills necessary for women to succeed in the work and marketplaces such as communication and feedback giving. For instance, how to communicate like a pro, how to ask for a raise or promotion, and how to provide feedback. In the latter case, for example, how to provide feedback (without damaging the relationship) to a co-worker or boss, especially if you feel like he is crossing certain boundaries, and more.

The presentation is going to be motivational and at the same time interactive and dynamic. The contents and tools are taken from my latest two books (Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success, and The Highest Level of Greatness).

Men are also welcome! You may join us, or at least, invite your sisters, girlfriend, or spouse.

For details, please see the attached flyer.

Assegid Habtewold, Bridge Builder

Tapping was done for Grads Career Festival

I just finished the tapping for this year’s Grads Career Festival that attracts hundreds of thousands, if not millions of college graduates.

My presentation will be the first from the Soft Skills track and is based on my third book Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success (http://gradcareerfestival.com/soft-skills-18/).

The recording will be available on June 28th by going to this link: http://gradcareerfestival.com/dr-assegid-w-habtewold-18/

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Press Release: Grad CareerFestival designed to help unemployed Grads land jobs quickly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                       Press Release

Assegid Habtewold is a Featured Presenter in the Grad CareerFestival Designed to Help Unemployed Grads Land Jobs Quicker!

Free Grad Career/Festival scheduled for June 26th-29th from 11 am – 7 pm daily (EST) seeks to help college grads land a job 2.4 months quicker! 36 hours of career advice!


Silver Spring, MD, May 14, 2018 (Success Pathways Press) With nearly two million students graduating from college this summer, it’s not surprising that it will take the average graduate 7.4 months to find employment.   While some of that time is a result of the economy not being able to absorb so many graduates at one time, much of it is a result of the fact that college grads simply do not know how to look for a job!

The Grad CareerFestival is designed to give graduates the fundamental skills they will need in their first professional job search. The massive four-day event will introduce graduates to 36 of the nation’s top career authors and a dozen career coaches, hiring managers, and career experts who will offer strategies on how to launch and lead successful careers. The event has been organized into four tracks:

  • Career Management
  • Job Search
  • Soft Skills
  • Post-Graduation

According to Assegid Habtewold, author of Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success, and a featured presenter in the Grad CareerFestival:

“Research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers has shown nearly 61 percent of graduating seniors either NEVER go to the career center or will only visit once or twice. It’s no wonder then that the average grad thinks the proper way to look for a job is to load their resume onto 100 websites and wait for someone to contact them!   We know, given the right knowledge and skills we can help grads find jobs quicker!”

Each author is offering three tips based on their niche area of expertise. Graduates will learn relevant, contemporary strategies to create an elevator pitch, build their online brand, use social media to land a job, as well as learn traditional networking, resume, interviewing, and job search techniques. Authors will share the importance of creating a career plan, managing their career, and staying current on job search strategies.   The authors will give a 25-30 minute presentation on their area of expertise and then take 10-15 minutes of questions.

Time has been set aside to introduce graduates to innovative online career tools designed to improve their resumes, as well as their interviewing, networking and job search skills. Students and grads will also hear from experts who will give insights how to refinance student loans, manage their credit score, and their personal finances.

According to Assegid Habtewold,

“I’m concerned that college graduates are not receiving the knowledge and skills they will need for the dozen job searches they are expected to have by the time they turn 38 years old.   We are excited about the possibilities of putting thousands of dollars in the pockets of graduates by giving them simple insights on how they can not only find a job quicker but help them launch and lead successful careers!”

The cost to participate in all 36 hours of live career presentations is $67. However, students and graduates that register using the code – Habtewold – will get free access to the four-day event. It’s Assegid Habtewold’s graduation gift to graduates!

Parents, guardians, friends, or extended families are encouraged to share this opportunity with the graduate(s) they know!

Students and graduates can register at:


Participation is limited.

The Grad CareerFestival is produced by TalentMarks, a nationally recognized firm that provides scalable career and professional development programming to career centers, and alumni associations. Participation is limited! http://www.gradcareerfestival.com

Author Info:

Assegid Habtewold

Author, Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success

Web: www.successpws.com

Email: assegid@successpws.com

Phone: 703-895-4551

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/assegidhabtewold

Twitter: https://twitter.com/assegid



For details and interviews, contact phyllis@talentmarks.com 800-849-1762 x 205

Thomas Edison attained purpose-oriented greatness (excerpt)

…Think about those great ones you admire. Write down the names of five of your great ones. If you take time and reflect, you could be able to find out, at least, two things in common. They:

  • Discovered their unique purpose, and
  • Willing to die for the purpose they discovered.

Let me quickly give you some diverse examples of great ones who attained purpose-oriented greatness.

2. Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is a household name. He is known around the world for his invention of the light bulb. “Everyone agrees that he [Thomas Edison] was the greatest inventive genius who ever lived.”[i] Of course, including a patent for his Incandescing Electric Lamp, Edison held “more than 1, 000 patents for his inventions.”[ii]

Unlike Moses, Edison never claimed that God sent him to light up the world nor did he publicly declare that it was his unique purpose. Nonetheless, he had a sense of mission. While humanity was satisfied with the daylight of the sun during the daytime, and the moonlight at night, Edison burdened to brighten the world. More than any of his other inventions, Edison took the light bulb seriously as if his life was depended on it. He didn’t give up even if he failed over 1, 000 times.

Edison’s greatness was based on his invention of the light bulb. He went all-in. Repetitive failures didn’t stop him. He gave it his best. He didn’t quit until he brought the modern light bulb to the world. He achieved a purpose-oriented greatness and left a legacy that outlived him…

[i] Hart (1998). p. 190.

[ii] Biography.com (2017). Thomas Edison Biography. Retrieved on August 16, 2017, from https://www.biography.com/people/thomas-edison-9284349

This excerpt is taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book pages 36 – 39.

If you would like to read more about discovering and pursuing purpose, check out the following excerpts:

1. What I found out in my conversations concerning purpose: https://successpws.com/?p=2701
2. The four grand truth about purpose: https://successpws.com/?p=2703
3. My conversation with Ken about purpose-oriented lifestyle: https://successpws.com/?p=2707
4. About my little life and the path I have followed in the discovery and pursuit of my purpose: https://successpws.com/?p=2710
5. Is your organization purpose-oriented: https://successpws.com/?p=2712

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’.

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…


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…”

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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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…

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 www.empowercw.com


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: https://icattnet.adobeconnect.com/r1ftzpeisab/The 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: https://successpws.com/?page_id=2409


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Report on August 11th conference

The Skilled Immigrants annual conference in Alexandria on August 11th was very successful.

The event was organized by A Consortium of Northern Virginia Workforce Development Organizations.

As part of the first panel, I shared my experience as an immigrant, and the soft skills necessary for immigrants to succeed in the US.

A couple of sponsors donated over 35 Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success book to participants.