Lift as you climb


By Patrick Achitabwino:

You were born to be successful and, even if you do not believe that you have been successful in life, you have to realise that many achievements have been attained by you.

Take stock of your life and you will notice flashing crests of diamond that other people admire most. You are a success story, you are unique, you are the best there is.


It is imperative, however, to note that everything you have achieved has been through the help of others.

If you have attained high academic accolades, appreciate those that helped you along the way – parents, teachers and even friends who gave you the support through group discussions.

If you are an athlete, the coach was there by your side. There might have been those you met on the street who encouraged you and fed your belief that you can achieve in life. The bottom line is our success is based on the support other people give us.


Consider your workplace. You were promoted not only just because you had the best qualifications or were a hard worker. Most people have similar attributes.

You were promoted because somebody appreciated your potential and work ethics. There are many people that get frustrated at their workplaces because they are not appreciated. Not that they are bad but their superiors ignore their success stories and leave them at the bottom for as long as eternity.

In life, whenever you climb, remember to lift up those below you. High Court of Malawi Judge Fiona Atupele Mwale challenged women at a professional women’s conference. In a few words she said: “Lift as you climb.”

It is only when you lift people that their potential gets realised; you awaken their passion for greatness and success; you make them look at the positives of others as well. When people are appreciated, they also begin to appreciate others.

In life, always be on the hunt for opportunities for growth and change. Focus on serving and contributing to the world.

As Brendon Burchard puts it, “Ask not what you are getting from the world but, rather, what you are giving to the world”.

Ask yourself how many people you are touching; whose lives are getting better as a result of your support; how many people are rising with your support; how many underprivileged children are likely to attain good education with your support.

You have a lot more to do. There are millions more souls that you have to lift as you are climbing on life’s ladder.

Let the words of William Penn always resonate in your brain: “I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do for my fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer nor neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”

T h e inability to lift other people up is the precursor to disasters in life. People commit suicide and leave suicide notes that all they showcase is that nobody cared for them; hence, it was not necessary to keep on being alive.

Children that are neglected and had no support to their dreams, die. Actually, the number one reason why people quit their jobs across all industries is lack of appreciation.

People do not quit organisations, people quit people. It is obvious that people without a caring environment demonstrate erratic behaviour, lack of positive emotional range, get divorced, cheat and abruptly quit jobs.

At the end of the day, later in life, nothing will give you a great feeling of greatness than seeing those you groomed and supported rising sky high.

When you lift others you help in building a better future, you become a generational thinker; you have the understanding that the next generation needs a platform on which it has to run its own race.

If you go through the entire length of your life having not lifted a lot many souls, then you are as well as having not lived.

At the end of our lives, let us leave a trail of uplifting others. We are not immortal. We have to realise that everything will come to an end.

Even after we have finished our journeys, life still has to continue for others. Our duty is to prepare them to take over from a better position. The credo is: Lift as you climb.

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