Author: Segun Olatunji
Publisher: Trinity Integrated Profile Limited
Date of Publication: 2009
Reviewer: Lanre O (08039428648)
It is noteworthy from the outset that the book was written by a man who had been at the zenith of Nigeria’s longest-standing success in the newspaper industry – the Tribune group – as Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief.
And when Segun Olatunji voluntarily relinquished the position end 2008 in “answer to God’s instruction”, the hues and cries for him to stay on from both owners and staff were monumental due to the successes and humane management the titles had achieved under his administration.
It is therefore no surprise that this man had thought it fit to heed another of God’s instructions to put his personal experiences and success principles garnered over 20 years into a book that would benefit mankind and especially posterity.
According to the author, who is also a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), the Holy Spirit had instructed him to put all these lessons into a sermon that would be simple in language and accessible for all categories of people, and he had done so in a six-part sermon, each covering 10 habits.
Having received an overwhelming response to the sermons within and outside the country, Olatunji was encouraged to put the sermons in book form so that all and sundry can be a part of the blessing.
He thought it wise, however, to put the book in six volumes for two reasons mainly; one, to make it small enough for everybody, including women and busy people, to read and two, to make it affordable. In his own words, “one big book containing 60 chapters will not only be cumbersome for some but will also be costly (and) either of these will defeat God’s purpose.”
The book opens with eight teasers to set the reader thinking. For instance, a teaser asks; ‘if you were looking for a role model, would you choose somebody like yourself?’; another asks, ‘why would anyone choose you as a role model?’, yet another asks, ‘if your spouse/subordinate/children/parents had a choice, would they choose you all over again?’, and yet another asks, ‘if everybody in your organisation were to behave like you, where will it be?’, and so on.
This first volume is made up of 10 habits aptly divided into 10 chapters with each chapter opening with success nuggets and wise sayings that portend what the chapter is about.
The first habit of highly successful people, as recorded in the book, is that highly successful people lead themselves towards purpose and excellence, while the second habit is that highly successful people are teachable and therefore they change.
The third chapter contains the third habit that highly successful people consciously form good habits, while chapter four says highly successful people achieve their potential.
Chapters five and six say they know that success is a marathon race and that if they work beyond expectations now, very soon they will be paid beyond expectations, respectively. Chapter seven says they know that the only control they have over their future is the decisions they take today, while the eighth habit is that they understand and practise the winning edge principle.
The ninth and tenth habits are that highly successful people focus on the end from the beginning, and that they know that 85% of their successes will come from people-relation skills.
Overall, the book will definitely make not only a good inspirational read, alongside its other five volumes, but also will be something worthy to keep in the library for the sake of posterity.