Motivating, inspiring, encouraging and coaching has always been my thing. In the early 2000’s, during my university days and even after that, I never missed an event from the likes of Emmanuel Dei-Tumi, Albert Ocran, Yaw Perbi, Captain Prince Kofi Amoabeng, Stephen Adei, Mensa Otabil, and a few others. These were the pioneers of motivational speaking in Ghana at the time as far as I can remember.
I followed them, listened to their CDs and Cassette Tapes, purchased most of their books and read their articles anywhere I chanced upon them. Most of the principles and strategies they shared encouraged and shape my life and today I am living and practicing most of them.
It is not surprising I am living that same dream today. The passion I developed from following these speakers and leaders coupled with the other foreign motivational and inspirational speakers like Myles Munroe, Robert Kiyosaki, Warren Buffet, Jack Canfield, Les Brown, Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Richard Branson, John Maxwell, Oprah Winfrey, Iyanla Vanzant, Louise Hay, and others is making an impact in my life now.
I was intent and aiming towards my dream decades ago, I practically followed and learnt from the pioneers in the industry. I am still learning from them and using their experiences to grow and get better, by reading their books, attending their conferences and programs and a few of them I endeavor to meet personally. When your intention is clear in life, so will be the way.
I am who I am today because of the books I have read and continue to be reading. Knowing the industry, I wanted to go into and the kind of things I wanted to do, I invested my money and time hugely into buying and reading reads.
Roald Dahl remarkably said, “ if you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books”. This is very true, and I have personally noticed this trait of avid reading about renowned personalities.
My greatest fulfillment on this journey was when I met Brian Tracy in 2007 at ICGC Miracle Temple in Community 12 Tema, Accra – Ghana. Mr. Emmanuel Dei-Tumi hosted him in Ghana and as part of the in-country events, brought him to speak at Miracle Temple Church Auditorium.
I went very early and sat somewhere in the first 10 rows at the front. I listened with rapt attention and still have fond memories of his presentation on Time Management and Achieving Financial Independence ( I could not take a picture of him because digital camera phones were rare at the time, and I personally didn’t have one).
If you encounter a man of rare intellect, please ask him what books he reads. I want to encourage you to invest in books and read them regularly. Garrison Keillor puts it nicely by saying “ a book is a gift you can open again and again”.
Finally, reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. The difference between you and the others will be in the number and quality of books you read.
Read, read, read, and read some more to help you achieve your DREAMS!
I am the Chief Encouragement Officer,
I Encourage People to Live Their Dreams.