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A Review of “Your Journey To Success” 

This book, “Your Journey To Success”, brings into sharp focus the vague ideas on how to succeed. In it, the author shares her insights of what it takes to succeed in life, illuminating those intriguing seemingly unreachable, let alone workable estimates with practical experiences.

It is really nothing new what Bih is lucubrating in her book. Many books written within the gamut of the “How to Succeed” genre are generally grounded in the universal principles of “determination”, “discipline”, “dedication”, “desire” and “decision”. Nonetheless, most of them written by Western authors might be generic.

What makes the big difference, however, is that Bih is a born and bred Cameroonian woman. Hence, she wrote “Your Journey To Success” with Cameroonians in mind. Bih has set in cast iron the principles of “determination”, “discipline”, “dedication”, “desire” and “decision”; there are no two ways; either you apply them as they are or you perish. The catchwords here, however, are; “passion”, “focus”, “belief in oneself” and positive attitude”.

 “Your Journey To Success” prescribes that you must first have a passion for something which you can do even for nothing and still remain gratified and fulfilled; then you must stay focused and believe in yourself; like Barack Obama, whose motto is, “Yes, we can!” “To believe in yourself is vital for your success,” says Bih. So you must develop a positive mental attitude; have a passion for something and work steadfastly towards attaining and maintaining it, because the human mind is capable of doing unimaginable things – every one of us has an intrinsic talent.

“Your Journey To Success” is a stimulating and engaging novella; to be read and learnt from. Sprinkled with Biblical quotations, the book is a miniature Bible in its own right. Much as Bih sets forth catchwords, she acknowledges that many factors are involved in any estimate of human life. There are negative people that can be bad for your ideas, so watch out who you hang out with; Bih calls them “dream killers”; flies in the fruit, dampers.

Napoleon Hill, whom Bih quotes frequently in her book, says “To every setback that we encounter, there is a seed of equal or greater opportunity within it.” Bih says you should change the habit of looking for the negative side in every circumstance. Instead, you should concentrate on the means of succeeding. She also warns against playing the blame game; the victim; she goes on to give a pile of great examples including her own victim story; pregnant at 14, back to school after delivery and making it in life, though marginalised and oppressed.

Bih cautions against the likelihood of seeking approval, of trying to please the oppressor and in the course of hanging onto the coattails of the “great one”, you run a high risk of cultivating self-hatred and, subsequently, becoming obsequious. Bih quotes Jack Cainfield on page 32 as saying, “People who hang around the same people, talk the same talk, think the same thoughts day in and day out, maintaining the same beliefs, do the same things but yet expect miracles to happen to them.”

In this vein, Bih says “If you don’t like the results you are getting right now, change what you are doing, create your goals.”She says on page 30 that “those who play the victim want attention from everyone around them; they want people to feel sorry for them…then they will either love them or provide whatever it is that they need…when you play the role of a victim or seek attention, you become a “people’s pleaser,” you do stupid things, you seek approval, you try to fit in. You become powerless. You lose control over your life. Your life is literally depended upon the mercy of others.”

According to Bih, successful people are neither victims nor attention seekers. They don’t need anyone’s approval; they have power and freedom. So you have a choice; whether to be a victim or a successful person. Cameroonians, Bih implores, should take full responsibility of their lives. The State might be the bugbear for talented people but, claiming ignorance and blaming evil spirits are not plausible excuses. By the time you are done with this book, you will have taken a dozen bold steps on the trail of success.

By Azore Opio

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