Laying A Firm Foundation To Achieve Success


“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him”.  David Brinkley


The diversity of mankind in our thoughts, attitude and way of life is what define us as unique individuals. However, no matter how distant our ideas and mindset about life seem to be from each other, there is always that common target point of “achieving success” in whatever direction we tread on in life.

We may seem to be walking in different paths of ambition and putting up unequal structures aimed at guiding us on these paths, yet, we are all heading towards a common goal of attaining “Success”.

The very fact that everyone one of us is working so hard towards a common focal point in life depicts the important and highly combustible nature of the point we are gravitating towards. Yes, the closer you get to success, the more difficult, stormy and fiery the path becomes.

The ability of a person to keep motivated, focus and hold up his path towards success is enshrined in his attitude, structures and the foundations laid to combat the turbulent path of success.

The foundation on which your success path rest therefore becomes the most crucial ingredient of fetching success, in fact, a determinant of whether you can resist the chaotic trail of attaining success or not.

Everyone would fairly expect that the important nature of the foundation we lay on our success path means we should have control and be presented with the opportunity to pick up the bricks we use for this very foundation so we can grab the strongest bricks and build up a sturdy foundation against “on-way” obstacles.

This is perfectly a rightful expectation, but who said life and the people we are battling with are fair players? The unfair nature of life and the people we live with means you have no choice in the bricks you use to define the foundation of your success. It comes as a gamble, whatever they throw at you; you definitely have to use those bricks to build your foundation.

And I do not have to remind you that life and these people will always throw the weak bricks at you. Do not ask me why and if you just did, I will tell you… because life is mean and will always want to “screw” you.

We are constantly at a game of war with life and others, either they succeed in screwing us on our path to success, or we screw them and beat them to their “own” game. If we are given the choice to pick robust bricks to lay the very important foundation, then we would surely beat our competitors (life and others) to their game and they do not want that.

Since we do not have that choice and are still keen on being successful, we must use whatever brick thrown at us to build a firm foundation. It is only when we build such a robust foundation from the weak and broken bricks that we can fetch the success we desire.

Remember life and its associates are mean. We should therefore not give up on our path to success when they throw their bricks at us. Instead of crying to the hit, we should quickly pick those stones, examine them, learn from their nature and fix it in our foundation.

We do not have a say in what they throw but surely we have a say in how firm we lay our foundation with what they throw at us. Let us lay a firm foundation by learning from our experience and that of others, look at how other successful individuals were able to crop a firm foundation from the weak bricks life threw at them and always remember “a successful man is the one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him”.

Check your foundation, If not firmly laid, let us patch it up as we continue to fight for success.

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Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Esq
I am a Hedonist, Contrarian, Traveller, Lawyer, Atheist, Thinker, Writer, Minimalist & a Professional Truth Sayer.


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  1. nice article. defintely some truth in what u say… we don’t decide what life throws at us so do the best with what we get given

  2. Yaayaa, thanks for passing through.Our ability to make success out of the weak bricks that life throws at us is what makes us achievers…

  3. Take past experiences and learn from them, what mistakes you’ve done in the past can prove to help you along in making better decisions in the future. A good foundation is key in being successful….in any aspect of life. Good advice.