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In any game in life, there are a lot of players who are hidden heroes, and in this endeavor there have been many. I'm having difficulty in assigning hierarchical order to this acknowledgment since it has been a true team effort from the beginning.

To my parents, Okon and Eno John Etuk especially my mum your love is my strength. Nothing is more important to me.

To my lovely siblings: Helen Opara, Emily Nma Ogbemudia; Ubong, Michael and Atobong John; for their encouragement and support. I thank God for each one of you!

To the lovely family of Peter and Mary Yoila, whose unconditional love pulled me through the bumpy roads while I worked on this book and for also allowing me to use their house as my library during the write up; I am eternally grateful.

I am indebted to my father in the Lord, mentor and coach, Dr David Oyedepo, the General Overseer of The Winners Chapel, for allowing me to learn at his feet, his teachings shaped so much of my philosophy, strategies and skill. Thank you Sir, for being a light.

Lastly and most importantly, to my co-author, senior partner, inspiration, and friend; THE HOLY GHOST. His insight, inspiration and wisdom during the write up are invaluable, without Him, this book would not have been possible.


Zig Zigler once said, “Just any dummy can succeed, if he cares to know what it takes.” Any student can make the best out of his academic pursuits, if only he is ready to acquire the relevant information and skill.

You will agree with me that education is a function of information. Students poor academic performance is not because they are dunce, neither the teachers, nor the poor standard of schools. No! In this book you will discover the reasons and you will be given the secrets to turn poor academic performance to success.

Within every student lies an avalanche of potential slumbering away; the potential that would astonish him, that he never dreamt of possessing. Potential that would revolutionize his academic performance if only aroused and put into action. If only these students know the potential embedded in them by their creator; they won't only aim for the stars but will aspire to pluck it out of the sky.

One of the objectives of this book is to "open the eyes" of the students to see what is planted in them and to show them strategies to explore and maximize these potential.

In this book, you will be taught to do the things that great academic achievers did; you will be exploring the qualities of Michael Faraday, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Ben Carson, David Oyedepo to name only a few; and you would be given insight into the characteristics from which their academic greatness sprang.

You will see how the effective use of certain traits – such as decision, vision, preparation, discipline and many others lead inevitably to academic success.

The materials compiled in this book are not merely motivational, it offers you steps – by – step instructions and examples of how others (including myself) have benefited by taking responsibility for our actions toward our academic actualizations.

If you are not happy with the grades you get in your academics, there is only one reason for it. Now is the time to find out why. Begin now and read along as you unravel facts in order to explore the secrets of an unending success in your academic exploits.

You have made an investment in yourself - an investment that will pay dividends when - an only when - you apply the principles and take action.

It is dedicated to all the students who have tasted the bitter pills of failure, due to ignorance of the enormous potential in them and the inability to explore these divine potential. You are too sharp to fail; wake up, a new dawn is here!




Chapter 1 The power of Failure

Chapter 2 The power of Decision

Chapter 3 The power of Vision

Chapter 4 The power of Preparation

Chapter 5 The power of Discipline

Chapter 6 The Power of Determination

Chapter 7 The Power of Listening

Chapter 8 The Power of Hard work

Chapter 9 The Power of Time

Chapter 10 The Power of The Creator

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If you set your goals ridiculously high

and it’s a failure, you will fail

above everyone else success

James Cameron



The brain may have failed academically, that doesn't mean it is a failure. Failing doesn't make you a failure, only failing to learn from your mistakes. Mistakes and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Failing in your academic is a feedback that you are not putting the right amount of time, attention, energy and resources into the pursuit of your academic goals.

There was a story of a girl called Clara, she was in 9th grade. Clara was very smart, she could name virtually all the actors, actresses in Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood. Only a handful of movies had escaped Clara's sight; in her class she was nicked named "the movie girl" She spends 6 to 7 hours each day watching movies, and spend the remaining time if she is not sleeping on chatting.

Aside from her known name, she was also called the "class dullard" by everyone in the school. Despite her smartness with the movies, Clara gets the worst grades in her class.

One day Mr Frank, Clara's Business Studies teacher was teaching in the class and he asked Clara to spell "cash" Clara was staring at him.

"Clara! will you spell the word 'cash'," Mr Frank retorted angrily.

"Kach," Clara frighteningly responded. The entire students in the class went agog laughing, some students were shouting "the movie girl!" the rest were at the top of their voices shouting "class dullard!" It took a while before Mr Frank could calm the class. The teacher asked Clara to see him after the class.

She met Mr. Frank after the class.

"Clara, please honestly tell me what you do after school," Mr. Frank asked.

"Si...r," she stammered, "my parents are always not at home, they bought television, subscribe to cable channels and bought me a smart phone. They warned me not to go outside, but I should keep myself busy with the electronics. Sir, when I get back from school I used my time to watch the television and browse the internet, at least is better than going outside to play."

Mr. Frank asked, "Are you happy that your classmates are calling you 'class dullard!'"

"No sir," she responded.

Mr. Frank told her that she is too smart to be called "the class dullard" The teacher told her that there is a seed of greatness planted in her and it has been looking for avenue to express itself. Mr Frank made her promised him she would discipline herself to read 1 hour and reward herself with 15 minutes watching television. He further made her to promise him she will do this for three hours everyday; which means after every three hours of reading she will reward herself with 45 minutes of watching television.

Clara accepted and kept to her promise, she did this for three weeks and it then became a habit. At the end of two terms, she became among the top students in her class. In 11th grade, she represented her school and her state in an international essay competition, where she emerged the best. She went ahead to become a lawyer. Clara is one of the best in her profession.

Clara's academic performance changed and career went on the right direction because she changed her bad habits and embraced empowering habits of studying and rewarding herself at the same time.

It is a fact that failure is often the first necessary step towards success, you can never find a person who has succeeded and had never encountered failure before. You may have been crowned a failure by your friends, colleagues, and teachers. You are a failure if you accept their verdict, failure is only a temporary defeat.

A lot of students have turned their poor academic performance into enviable academic success, through hard work and reassurance by their parents. In building your self Esteem, Dennis Rainey tells a wonderful story about a boy who was concluded a failure by his class teacher. In the story, the boy's name was Tommy he had hard times learning in school, Tommy continually asks questions and never could keep quiet. His teacher finally gave up on him and told his mother that he could not learn and would never amount to much. But Tommy's mother believed in Tommy. She taught him at home, and each time he fails, she gave him hope and encouraged him to keep trying in order to succeed.

Tommy took the encouragement of his mum to spur himself to study harder. Through hard-work and constant studying, he later became an inventor, eventually holding more than one thousand patents, including those of the phonographs and the first commercially practical incandescent electric light bulb, his name was Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison must have been termed a failure by his teachers and classmates, but he never saw himself a failure; he refused to be a failure, because he knew his creator created him "Unique" all he just needed to do was to look for a person (his mother) who believed that he has some hidden potentials, that was waiting to be tapped and explored through perseverance and hard work.

Just like Tommy; your teachers, classmates and even your friends might have crowned you dullard, but I have good news for you; putting to use the principles that will be discussed in this book will make you glitter like a star, to be envied by everyone.

Every creation of The Almighty was uniquely created to dominate every circumstance, be it in academics, sports, career etc. What you need do to excel is to make a conscious decision to succeed, and you will definitely succeed.

You and you alone will be the one to pave the very road on which you run your own race, it is a common knowledge that, it's easier to move from failure to success than from excuses to success.

For a life that seemed like a life of pity and failure, Helen Keller turned it into a life to be most envied. Helen Keller was born to the family of Captain Arthur and Kate Adams Keller, on a plantation called Tuscumbia, Alabama in America.

Helen Keller was an intelligent and unusually pretty child. She had near perfect features, beautiful pale blue eyes, and golden curls. Up until 19 months of her birth she had normal, healthy eyes sight and perfect hearing. But after a year and eight months, she was suddenly struck with meningitis. Helen was not expected to survive, so when she miraculously pulled through, her parents rejoiced, believing themselves to be truly blessed.

Tragically, the illness had cost Helen both her hearing and her eyesight. Paradoxically, communication with her came to a sudden standstill. She was unable to see or hear what was around her, a family relative once suggested that she should be locked away in an institution.

But Helen overcame her disabilities with the help of Anne Sullivan, who became her mentor, and rose to be internationally renowned. Anne Sullivan, who was partially blind herself became Helen's teacher, because of her own triumphs over adversity, Anne was aware of the miracles that might be wrought through persistence and disciplined effort.

Anne immediately introduced Helen to finger spelling and the manual alphabet. She persisted, routinely spelling words into Helen's palm until she learned it, she knew that persistence can be a bitter plant, but it has sweet fruits! Anne ensured Helen learned thirty new words within few hours. She also taught her lip-reading using her fingers. She further learnt how to read Braille, using type-writer (both Braille and Conventional) write words using a ruler as reference point. She attended high school, then to the university, where she graduated to become the first blind and deaf person in the world to receive a university degree.

Helen Keller became an American lecturer, author, and an activist. She championed the promotion of education for the deaf and the blind. An important fact of Helen's story was the astonishing transformation brought about through compassion, determination, hard work and creative innovation.

Helen Keller did not use her condition as a multiple "handicap" as an excuse to become a parasite, instead she worked hard on herself to become a source of help to humanity and the world at large. She understood that everyone carries success and failure within but when one concentrates on the success, he eventually becomes a success, relegating the failure to a non-existence status. She believes in what Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve." Because, you are behind the wheel of your life, you are the architect of your destiny and the master of your fate.

You may have experienced failure and you tend to view the failure and yourself as one and the same. That is wrong! You and your failure are not identical; you must learn to view your past failures separately and work on yourself and your studies daily in order to succeed.

The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and a Nobel Prize-Winner, Winston Churchill, repeated a grade during elementary school and when he entered Harrow, he was placed in the lowest division of the lowest class. Later, he failed twice the entrance exams to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

He was defeated in his first effort to serve in parliament and was also defeated in every election to public office but Churchill never accepted failure as an option, he knew the only time he failed was when he stopped trying. All the setbacks he encountered along the way were merely obstacles and challenges, given enough determination; none of them was insurmountable to him. He kept pressing and working hard, until he was elected twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Failure is a process of learning, re-learning and improving. It is an opportunity to re-adjust and change your approach; to increase the pace and be more aggressive in your studies and achieving of your goals. Sometimes, failure can create a self-imposed limitation on a student once he had failed before. He quit reading and trying, invariably preventing him from achieving success.An elephant can pick up a ton of load with its trunk but in the circus (animals performing skillful tricks as entertainers) these huge creatures are standing quietly tied to a small wooden post not being able to move.

During training and while still young and subservient, an elephant will be tied with a heavy chain to an immovable iron post, he discovers that no matter how hard he tries, he cannot break the chain or move the post. At that, his mind becomes conditioned to the point that no matter how large and strong he became, he continues to believe he cannot move as long as he sees the post in the ground besides him. He believes that because he had tried and failed before, there is no need trying again.

Many students are like this circus elephant, they quit reading after failing a couple of times. Never be discouraged when you encounter failure, instead use failure as a catalyst to spur you to study harder. If you don't give up, failure becomes a delay not a defeat! There are two benefits to failing. Firstly, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and secondly, failure gives you an opportunity to try a new approach. Most people think of success and failures as opposite, but they are in paradox actually products of the same process.

Successful students know that learning from their failure affords them greater wisdom and strength for the next academic challenge.

In life, it doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down, all that counts is how many times you get up and stand on your feet. If you continue to get back up and press onward, you will eventually achieve your goals.

Albert Einstein, the world renowned scientist was slow in learning and speaking when he was a child, his parents consulted a doctor for his inability to speak normally. Einstein did not speak until he was four years old, he also had difficulty in learning and reading, he was unable to read or write until he was aged seven, his teachers and parents thought that he was mentally handicapped, obtuse and anti-social.

Einstein was expelled in elementary school, he applied to study at the Zurich Polytechnic, an advanced Swiss Technical Institute, however he failed the entrance examination. At that point he remembered what a wise man once said, “The truth is that you can't do anything about your past but starting right now you can change your future.” And he also observed that failure is just another opportunity to try again more intelligently.

He took the opportunity of failing the entrance examination to spend a year of preparation at a Swiss Secondary School where he did most of his long hours of studying and reading under the guidance of his Uncle, Jakob and another young medical student and family friend, Max Talmud. Talmud recommended popular Science and Philosophy books for him. Einstein was able to pass the entrance examination and was accepted at the Zurich Polytechnic. After discovering the secret of academic excellence, he kept reading and studying very hard. Einstein graduated in flying colours from the Polytechnic.

Albert Einstein received honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine and philosophy from European and American Universities. He was also a professor of physics. He was offered the presidency of the State of Israel, which he declined. He helped in establishing the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

From the story of Albert Einstein, we saw that we all must have flunk a test but we should know that success is failure turned inside out. Success does not depend upon what you are now – success depends upon what you are becoming, with hard work and determination in your studies and other sphere of life.

From this poem below, let us know what the Lord is trying to relay to us about failure:

"When it looks like I have failed

Lord, are you trying to tell me something?


Failure does not mean I am a failure;

It does mean I have not yet succeeded.

Failure does not mean I have accomplished nothing;

It does mean I have learned something.

Failure does not mean I have been a fool;

It does mean I had enough faith to experiment.

Failure does not mean I've been disgraced;

It does mean I dared to try.

Failure does not mean I don't have it;

It does mean I have to do something in a different way.

Failure does not mean I am inferior;

It does mean I am not perfect.

Failure does not mean I've wasted my time;

It does mean I have an excuse to start over.

Failure does not mean I should give up;

It does mean I must try harder.

Failure does not mean I'll never make it;

It does mean I need more patience.

Failure does not mean you have abandoned me.

It does mean you must have a better idea"

The victorious student realizes in advance that it is impossible to succeed without experiencing setbacks along the way. Just like Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, and Albert Einstein, they knew that these setbacks have to be defeated in order to win the ultimate prize. They further knew that the sure cure for failure is to analyze, re-adjust if necessary, hard work and continue with even more resolve to excel than before.

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Once you make a decision,

the universe conspires

to make it happens.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



According to Anthony Robbins, "Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision." Decision is the choice or judgment made after thinking and talking about what the best thing to do. It is the greatest power that shapes destiny. Your academic performance changes the moment you make a new and committed decision to succeed. The quality of your future and your present is determined by your decisions on what to focus, what to do and what direction to take that will lead to success. The eagle, king of the birds makes an early decision to focus on the direction of the wind. He is a bird that soar to unbelievable heights. He does not run away from the storm, but rather rides on it. The eagle does not flap it wings, struggling against the storm. He first observes the direction of the wind and locks its wings and ride upon the storm for a sweat-less flight. The eagle takes advantage of the very storm that destroys every other bird in its path, because he makes an early decision to observe the direction of the wind.

In the same way, a student that intends to weather the storm in his academics and ride like the eagle in a condition where other students are struggling, has to make a firm decision to observe and start preparing early for the storm by studying very hard at the beginning of the semester or term. This gives him an advantage because he will be well prepared before the exams. When the other students, like the other birds are struggling to prepare, because they have seen the exam time table. The “eagle-student” will be prepared, waiting for the exams to lift him into higher heights.

There's power inside you that need to be awakened, that power starts with the capability to make conscious decisions that will shape your destiny. Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse that might want to prevent you from investing your time profitable into studying.

The power of making decisions is a tool you can use any moment to change your entire life. The minute you make a new decision, you set in motion a new cause, effect, direction, and destination for your life. You literally begin to change your life the moment you make a new decision. A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action. If there is no action, you haven't truly decided.

There is a story of a baby lion, which is known as a cob. The baby lion was caught by a hunter, the hunter took the baby lion home. She was being breed among the hunter's sheep. The cob was eating everything the sheep were eating, she lost her identity in the process and she never knew she was a lion in the first instance. Anytime they went to the stream for water and they cited a lion on the other side of the stream, the sheep will take to their heels, including the “lion-sheep.”

One day, the lion-sheep caught her picture from the face of the water while they were drinking water. It occurred to her that she looked exactly like that thing they were running away from. The next time they were there at the stream and a lion appeared the other sheep took to their heels, the cob refused to flee but instead crossed over to the other side of the stream. When the two lions met they wagged their tails. The lion made her reunion, by first discovering herself and then make a conscious decision to take action.

Many students are like the lion-sheep, many of them have lost their identity to their environment, most of them because of the school they are attending down-graded themselves and decided the top is not for them. They complain about everything; their school is not the best, they even complain of not having qualified teachers. But, the truth is, neither your teachers nor your school can make you. You and you alone can make yourself to be the best. Just like the lion-sheep, make a conscious decision to take actions by investing all your available time into studying your books meticulously; both textbooks and class notebooks. You will be amazed at the amount of wealth of knowledge you could amass!

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