Success & Skyscrapers

What is success like? It’s like building a skyscraper. It requires the knowledge and skills of, not only architects and engineers, but developers, marketers and economists!

At first, you must envision the design. What do you want the skyscraper to look like? How will it stay sturdy against exterior forces like the wind.

After this, you start to work on the substructure or the part of the building below the ground that supports the top. A skyscraper must have a strong foundation in order for it to stand.

Then, comes the superstructure. This is the portion above the ground. Here you’re adding to the foundation and developing on the framework you've set previously.  

Finally, you fill out the interior of the skyscraper with the essential utilities like toilets, lighting and heating systems.

That is what success looks like. The design is the big picture. The substructure is the foundation you build for yourself in order to be the person that can achieve that big picture. The superstructure refers to the skills you develop and build upon as you’re growing. And the filling of your interior refers to your commitment to continuous learning.

You see success is NEVER the result of just one thing. It’s a series of things coming together. It’s important that you see where you could end up before you start. Give yourself a direction and work your way up to the person who achieves that success.

Architect your dreams, engineer your foundation, develop your focus, market your skill sets and be efficient with your surroundings.

Now go out and build your skyscraper of success!

Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson is a storyteller, cultural translator, and brand strategist for change-makers on a mission to use his difference to make a difference.  He is a 4x TEDx speaker, the CEO of UYD Management, and the host of the As Told by Nomads podcast. In addition to that, he's been named a "Top 40 Millennial Influencer" by New Theory magazine. His book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.

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