Non-Fiction: The Science of Personal Achievement by Ayodele Cole Benson

The Science of Personal Achievement

The Science of Personal Achievement by Dr. Ayodele Cole Benson outlines 13 principles that readers can draw upon when trying to change their position in life or their outcomes, whether personal or professional.

The book has a curious, almost serendipitous beginning. In 2009, a piece of equipment he’d ordered from the United States arrived in Abuja, Nigeria. The shipment unexpectedly contained a cassette tape from Napoleon Hill, an early-20th-century American self-help author. The tape outlined Hill’s principles for success.

After spending some time listening to the tape Benson, an entrepreneur and preacher who describes himself as a lifelong student of “what makes people tick,” realized that Hill’s principles are also Biblical principles. He didn’t want to keep those insights to himself.

The Science of Personal Achievement outlines 13 principles that any reader can draw on when trying to change their position in life or their outcomes, whether personal or professional. Each principle gets its own chapter that details real-life contemporary examples from the business world, illustrative Biblical events and figures, and key takeaways to help readers begin to implement the principles in their own lives.

Benson emphasizes the universality of principles such as maintaining a positive attitude and definiteness of purpose with applied faith, going the extra mile, and practicing self-discipline. He sees his book as a toolkit: Not every principle needs to be employed by every reader to achieve outstanding success, but he believes that any reader, anywhere in the world, and especially any young reader, can take away lessons that will change their approach to life and work.

Benson explains, “Only 10 precent of your outcome has to do with your initial circumstances. The other 90 percent comes from what you do with those circumstances.” He recommends his book to anyone who is unsatisfied with their current outcomes. ◊

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