Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Winner?

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I was fortunate to visit Dubai in 2011 and I was intrigued by the beauty of this City. I then made it my assignment to learn more about where the city emanated. Dubai became the founding member of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. In that year this place was a huge, plain desert with no water and high temperatures of up to 100F. It seemed impossible to build and anyway who builds on a desert? But today, this city is among the best holiday destinations in the world. It is a modern metropolis of 2,5 million inhabitants from around the world. It boasts more than 200 skyscrapers including one among the top ten tallest buildings in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Some of the world’s leading businesses in the Middle East have their headquarters in Dubai. Currently, the city is preparing to host the World Expo in 2020.

This begs the question; how did this happen? How could a desert be transformed into the luxurious and smartest city that Dubai is today? I guess many of us may think it’s money due to oil. I was fascinated to learn that the answer started with a certain Dubai ruler named Sheik Mohamed bin Rashin Al Maktoum. Sheik Mahomed presented his ambitions for the city in one simple, yet powerful sentence, “we want to be number 1”. I contend that challenging for number 1 is a bold, courageous proposition. It is not only courageous, it is about putting yourself out there to be counted among the greatest. It is not necessarily competing with others but to be part of a few that are bold enough NOT to accept their current station in life.

I looked deeper into this number 1 phenomenon and came across the study of numerology. This is the study of vibration and meaning of numbers. The number, one, resonates with the vibrations of new beginnings. It is about progressing and striving forward. The number 1, resonates with energies of self-leadership and assertiveness. It encourages us to step out of our comfort zones and remind us that we can create our own reality with our thoughts, beliefs and actions.

The reason I wanted to share this with you is to remind you that you will never become great unless you resolve to become great. You need to start somewhere to create vibration of new beginnings. Les Brown is on point when he says that most people won’t start because they are waiting to be great. When I started my blog and company, I did not wait for things to be perfect. In that imperfection, I started to get invites to contribute to other blogs. I started to get invites to speak to employees and to coach leaders in organisations. If I did not dare to start, then I would have been a shadow of myself.

You cannot be a winner without a winning mentality. VI Salus said, “if you want to be a winner, think like a winner, act like a winner and sooner than you think, you will be a winner”. It might sound cliché; however, you will become a winner once you destruct your comfort zone and embrace your discomfort. Remember, staying in your comfort zone is painful and you reap no benefits by staying stuck. Do not deny yourself a life of abundance by playing small.

Please share your comments. I would like to learn from you how you became a winner. Your comments will help others in their journey.

Tex Hlalele
Think Big, Dream Wild & Prosper.

Tex Hlalele is a life and business coach and inspirational speaker. He is the author of the book, Face The Person In The Mirror. Book coaching and speaking engagements by calling +27 64 6566174 or visit

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