Joseph Iregbu

Purpose Guy

The Winning Formula — Part 2

After my previous post, The Winning Formula — Part 1, I received an email from an excited reader:

“Grit!! Finally, I met you. This is the fuel that I need. I think many people need you too.” 

The drive, passion and courage to stay the course no matter what life throws at you is a priceless quality that sets you apart from the crowd.

To conclude this series, I outline two more significant characteristics of the winning formula that guarantee and sustain true success. If you want to live a life that truly matters, you should pay attention.

Attitude is everything

I was pleased this weekend when my pastor spoke about having a winning attitude in life. I was scheduled to write this post this week, so listening to him preach it ahead of me was reassuring.


Your ability to achieve and sustain true success in life will ultimately have less to do with your talent alone but attitude in the main. With the right attitude, you can become and remain everything God created you to be. With the wrong attitude, people will care less about your skills if they cannot work with you.

A man’s attitude is a reflection of his character and person. No matter how gifted, talented or skilled you are, the wrong attitude will set you back and can ruin your pursuits, goals and aspirations in life.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson.

Life is not easy but your attitude will determine what you make of it and how you get through difficult challenges.

“You can see the difficulties in every opportunity or the opportunities in every difficulty” — Pastor Ayo Akinsanya.

The choice is yours and your attitude to life determines what and how you see. Rethink and refine your attitude and it will make room for you.

Indeed, attitude is everything!


Talent can bring you to the top; a pristine character will keep you there. Without integrity of character, you cannot truly fulfil your calling.


A transparent character underpins everything you stand for. If you fail the integrity test, your investments in self-discipline, grit and attitude will fall short of the intended outcome.

Your character will be tested, your integrity will be tried — it’s part of life:

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved” — Helen Keller.

It’s important to close on a note of caution — true success is not all about what you achieve and attain but who you become in the process

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Zig Ziglar.

Who are you becoming?

Question: What story do your attitude and character tell about who you are becoming?

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About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

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