By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friends,

It is instructive to note that anything of value has a price attached to it. In some situations, the price one pays for an item determines the value associated with it and vice versa. Just like diamond, gold, silver and bronze, there is a price for success.

Value has remained the greatest component every successful person puts into consideration. The value you place on a person or commodity determines whether you appreciate the person or commodity. The value of something is based on what someone is willing to pay for it or exchange for it. The value of someone is not based on other people’s perceptions or determined by the labels that others put on us. Our value is based on what someone is willing to pay or exchange for us.

When you see a successful person, it is easy to celebrate the person, you might even desire to achieve a similar feat, but the question is, are you willing to pay the price?

Successful people are quick to share their success stories, but will not tell you the story behind the success. In the case scenario, they share their failures. To me, the story is more important than success. It is the story behind the success that encapsulates the process that ‘cooks’ the success. It is also imperative to know that it’s the process that builds the foundation of one’s success. The foundation is critical because it is what sustains one’s success.

Success wears many hats, and different hats come with different prices. For instance, if you want to lead, you must love people, attend events and volunteer to serve. If you want to be a coach, you must read inspiring books, enhance your communication skills which entail public speaking and writing skills, and have mentors. Moral:successful investing demands a price.

To understand the price tag for success, one needs to understand his vision. When you understand your vision, you will realise the workload ahead of you. Again, if you decide to marry a particular kind of man or woman, you will have to study the person to know their likes, work, vision and achievements, and see if you can complement the person. This is because some ladies and men have a price tag you must measure up to. For instance, if a man or lady is neat, the onus is on you to always be neat; if the person is always punctual at meetings, you must ensure you keep to time, and if the person loves honesty, hard work, and loyalty, you must have a corresponding charisma, otherwise incompatibility might set in.

Is there really a price tag for success? Any right-thinking man will acknowledge the fact that genuine success comes with a price tag. The question you need to be concerned about is, what price are you willing to pay to achieve what you desire?

Depending on how far you want to go in life, you must be willing to pay the price. If you desire to be the President of your country, the price you will pay will be quite different to the one you pay if you want to be a governor, doctor, singer, dancer, professor, pastor or even a coach. At each stage, the experience is different. You must sacrifice your time and money to get what you want.

In our contemporary society, many people have little or no patience to do the basics. This set of people fails to understand that process is very important and authentic success comes with a price tag. Just like it takes nine months to “birth” a child from conception, it also takes time to reap the fruits of your labour, and if you do what you are supposed to do.

In the journey of life, there’s no guarantee one will succeed in his craft, all that is important is that he does the needful and believe the universe will align with him. However, if you consider the price you will pay to succeed as an admission fee, you might not be able to enjoy the ride or journey to success. Moral:Don’t look at the price you’ll pay for success. Do the needful and enjoy the dividends.

Here are some of the habits I have cultivated in recent times as a price for success: I endeavor to wake up at 4:am daily, read different materials that will uplift my personal and professional life, drink a cup of water every morning, strategically network both online and in-person with potential partners, utilize social media to share my work, and more importantly, position myself strategically to resourceful people by paying it forward when I see an opportunity. All these are a few examples of how I am paying the price for success.

I remember when I started publishing inspirational articles, my publications weren’t as rich, organized, and thoughtful as it is now. This is simply because I have learned from my mistakes and learned from my mentors how to convey the right message with the right words in the right context. The same analysis is applicable to my public speaking skills. The interesting part is that I’m still learning how to write by reading the works of other accomplished writers and listening to renowned speakers.

Be advised, giants are always built behind the scene, and so, to get what you don’t have, you must do something you haven’t done before by being intentional.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He’s a Human Capacity & mindset coach. He’s also a public speaker, youth advocate and creative writer. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright To Success and President of He can be reached via info@gloemi.

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Henry Ukazu is a graduate of New York Law School. He is Founder and President at Global Empowerment & Mentoring Initiative. A trained life coach, prolific writer, and passionate youth advocate, he is also a highly sought-after public speaker. He is author of the acclaimed book, “Design Your Destiny- Actualizing Your Birthright to Success.

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