Rabsion Shumba is an author, motivational speaker, business consultant, executive coach facilitator and social entrepreneur from Zimbabwe. His life story of how he got to where he is today is inspiring. While the transition was not a really pleasant experience (the death of his father) it was the catalyst that led to realizing his great potential.
In a motivational talk that he delivered to an audience he shared three principles that he was taught by his father. These principles are what led him to success in life and that other successful people have learned to implement in their own lives. You can see the video of the talk he did above.
The three principles he shares are as follows:
1. Success is not an overnight process, it is hard work
Rabison talks about the work ethic he saw his father display over and over again. Creating anything of value takes time. Understanding that success in life is a process will give you peace of mind when things do not work out instantly. Do not be the person who looks for the quick fixes to the challenges that you are facing today.
If you spend a lot of time looking for shortcuts you are going to short change yourself and live a mediocre life. Instead of looking for shortcuts successful people are diligent to pay the price it takes to realize their dreams. That process includes getting the right conditioning mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
You just have to make reference to the prodigal son in the Bible who demanded his inheritance before it was time. The result is that he lost everything in a short period of time because he lacked maturity. Focus on becoming the right person through the process until you are successful.
2. Success is not just for talkers or thinkers, it is for implementers
To implement your thoughts or ideas is what creates the success you aspire to. Talking and thinking up ideas alone will not make your dreams come true. Combine your thoughts and words with the relevant action steps. While you may not win all the time taking action moves you closer to your dreams.
Taking action requires discipline. Discipline yourself to overcome procrastination and saying no to things that will derail you from your path. You will be bombarded with distractions left, right and centre but you have the choice to do the right things. Choose to stay focussed.
3. Success is when you make a difference in other people’s lives
Success in life is not about the money you make but about the difference you make in the lives of other people. When you have chased after money and other material things I am pretty sure that it has tended to be elusive. Chase after your God-given purpose instead which always has the mandate of helping other people.
Think about your family and the people with whom you spend most of your time. Do they know about Jesus Christ? Have you helped them deal with their personal challenges? The Bible says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
Take a leaf from these wise words from Rabison Shumba and apply them to your life. You too can make a difference so do not look down on yourself and leave a legacy that other people will inherit.