The Truth Behind Success

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Exactly a year ago today, we opened our virtual doors to launch the Sative store. What an exciting journey it has been for us so far. May you please join us in celebrating this milestone.


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When we started, we held a lot of preconceived notions on how to be a success. We were going to work very hard. Harder than anyone.


You hear this a lot in terms of any success, that if you want to succeed, you have to outwork everyone. But when you look around you, everyone is stressed out. People are overworked and not getting enough rest.

Take no days off cause the grind does not stop - That is the most popular advice right now. You need to work more than 16 hours a day. That is a bit of terrible advice. 


Unless you want to have a nervous breakdown and completely squash any glimmer of well-being and fulfilment in your life. It is a marathon. It is not a sprint. If you run yourself into the ground, you are no good to your friends or your family. You have got to approach this with a long-term view. 


I had to learn that lesson the hard way. If I was not working on improving even the most minute details that no one would even notice. I was reading on something that would further our chances of succeeding. I kept working until I burned out. I went through a period where zero work got done. I was feeling empty and mentally exhausted all the time. The most terrible thing about burnout is you lose all care and interest. And trying to push through the exhaustion and continuing as you have been will only cause further emotional and physical damage. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give. Anyone can become exhausted. What is poignant about burnout is that it mainly strikes people who are highly committed to their work. You can only "burn out" if you have been "alight" in the first place.


Yes, if you want to make something of yourself, you have to put in the effort. You have to stay persistent. You have to work hard. But that does not mean you have to neglect your physical and emotional needs. It does not mean work has to be the only thing you care about in the world, the only thing that matters.


I know how easy it is to get consumed with your passion. When you are determined to make something of yourself, nothing you do is ever enough. It does not matter how many hours you spent working because you never feel comfortable taking a break. It does not matter how hard you have been pushing yourself because you still feel like you have not been doing enough. 


On some days, you consider yourself lazy, even though you spent the majority of your day running from place to place, bouncing from task to task, trying to get everything done. You rarely take a step back to admire everything you have accomplished. You are always focused on how much more you could have done. You dwell on the fact you took a slightly longer break than usual to eat your lunch or wasted time talking to your friend on the phone for an hour. You frown on yourself for spending a few minutes on Netflix streaming your favourite show. You feel guilty whenever you take a second to yourself. 


When you are determined to succeed, you come up with excuses for treating yourself poorly. You convince yourself you are doing the right thing by working until you burn yourself out. You do not think you need a break because you have to make sacrifices. But, It will not be long before you start paying the ultimate price. Our bodies need rest. We need to reset. Refocus, so we can do more of what we love and achieve more.


Here is the simple truth behind any success. Doing the work. Not doing the work that is easy for you to do. Not doing the work that makes you look good. Not doing things when you feel inspired. Just doing the work.


You might not be a brilliant writer, but if you write something each week, then you will be better than most because you are doing the work. You might not be an incredible content creator, but if you stay consistent, then you will be better than most because you are doing the work. You might not be a savvy business person, but if you make a point to serve your customers every single day, then you will be better than most because you are doing the work.

And so it goes for any and every challenge we face. 


Working long hours on end does not mean you are doing the work that matters. Take that break when you need it.


Before I conclude this article, I need to reiterate that the success we have experienced is by the grace of God. From ranking on first pages on Google search results to many others. We credit all of them to God's blessings. It was not because of outworking anyone. But we strongly trust our gut instincts to lead us when we do the work.


If there is nothing else in this world that you can trust, please know that your heart knows what is true. Your heart can sense what is right for you, what is on the path you are supposed to follow. Listen to your intuition when making decisions. And watch how things will unfold. 


Thank you for being here. I love you guys.



  • Sative

    @Arnold, yeah it’s like that sometimes. We get into a groove that everything just flows perfectly. You get so much done that you’ll not want to disrupt that. But then we then over do it sometimes and end up burning both sides of the candle… as a consequence we resulting in not being productive at all…

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment 🙏💛

  • Arnold Msanzikwa

    I always go through periods of doing aot of work at once and periods of doing no work. I had no idea I overwork then burnout. I have been trying to change my patterns as I realize there is more to life than work. I praise your good writing. Keep going, I’m sure this is just the beginning.

  • Sative

    Elijah 😊 you have no idea how much your kind words mean to me. Thank you so so much. I will always come back to your comment whenever I need some motivation and reminder. Thank you 🙏💛

  • Elijah Motsosi

    i am so proud of you for being here, and taking necessary steps to still being here. i donʼt think it is meant to be easy, unless you would not have reached this point. you have really laid out points that are valid, and not because it sounds right or well written, but because i can personally see the intention and experience from these words through your ethic. keep moving.

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