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Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Nathaniel


The Blueprint for Success


What is “success”? We all evaluate success differently; there’s not really a wrong way to measure it. Some people quantify it by money and materials things. In our society, if you see someone driving a Lamborghini, you come to the conclusion that they are successful. Some people measure it with the expectations put on them by family and friends. These people tend to look at their past and think they can only be successful if they go above and beyond the previous generation. Other people assess success in terms of love and happiness. These are the people that might go on missions and dedicate themselves to service. In any one of these paths, we have to find the principles to start our journey. If you know me, you know I am a huge Jay-Z fan and I love his Blueprint albums (except the second that shouldn’t have been two discs haha). We all have different paths to success and there is no set “blueprint” for anyone’s journey.


Here are four principles that should be in everyone’s blueprint for success:

1. Find your inspiration.

Inspiration is innate. Sometimes we can get a false sense of inspiration and it knocks us off of our journey. For example, we watch a documentary about people starving and we have an impulse to go and volunteer. We get to this country and two days later we realize we made a huge mistake. If you get inspired by something, let it marinate inside you for a while because trust me, if it’s meant to be, it won’t die out. You will find yourself overwhelmed by thoughts to pursue this inspiration. Whatever path you take, you should be motivated to make this your life’s work.  People often pursue careers for the wrong reasons. I remember at one point in my life, I wanted to be a lawyer because I knew they made bank. I started taking law classes and found myself bored to tears. The most inspiring thing my law teacher said was to take acting classes to become a better lawyer. I was more inspired by the thought of acting classes than anything he said that whole semester. That was the first indication that made me realize I wasn’t inspired by law.

2. Work hard to manifest your dream into a reality.

I can’t remember a story where someone followed their inspiration, worked hard, and didn’t have a happy ending. People often confuse hard work with obsessing over work. I know people that work sixteen hour days and have all the money in the world but are miserable. Hard work is just as easy as being punctual to all meetings and work related events. We need to realize when we’re doing productive work or just work to fulfill our selfish needs. People who claim to be hard workers are often some of the most inefficient workers. These people usually say it out loud to relieve their insecurity.

3. Don’t give up.

There are so many times that I’ve taken on something new but gave up on it before I even started. It would get too difficult and I wouldn’t give it the patience or effort that it deserved. There will be days that you just dont want to be bothered and that’s when you reach deep inside yourself and fight through it. The journey is always greater than the reward. I challenge you to prove me wrong in this case.

4. Having faith.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of worrying. Often, we don’t give prayer the power to work because we pray and then we worry about the prayer. If we have faith, we will just let the good Lord do his part. People always say that worrying is natural and that we can’t help but worry. I somewhat agree but I leave you with this- next time you find yourself overwhelmed by worry, pray. You will be surprised at the load you have off of your shoulders and you’ll see how God works. I am not saying this is the only way to succeed but I challenge you to practice this model and you will be surprised by the results.


-Mannie Ramos Jr.


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