It is not uncommon to see an individual excel more in a field than another despite both giving their best to achieve a goal. Coming down to the academic setting, a student may marvel at why another student always receives literary prizes even though they both learned under the same set of teachers, in the same classroom, and at the same time. Many ask the simple but essential question: What exactly differentiates the successful from the unsuccessful?

You may have noticed that some people put in their best effort and yet fail. Unsuccessful people may be hardworking. Belief is a certain quality that successful people cultivate, nurture, and display. In the conversation on success, we cannot overemphasize belief. Belief is a feeling of being optimistic about succeeding in a journey one is about to take, or a journey one is in already. According to Gordan A. Eadie, “If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything.” He points out that there is an inner driving force that propels an individual to take a step. That force is the force of belief. 

Ben Carson is a perfect example that comes to mind when we think about belief leading to success. Ben believed that he could improve in his academics and make an impact in the world. As a result, Ben always went to the library to read, shunning frequent viewing of TV programs. If he did not believe in the first instance, he would not have taken the step to improve himself and get to the point he is now. 

No successful man reaches that point of success without belief. The road to success is not smooth but filled with obstacles. It is the belief that gives one the determination to overcome these obstacles. When you believe, you have the motivation to make sacrifices. No man ever ventures into an investment he knows will be fruitless. However, belief in excellence gives an individual the positive mindset that all struggles would pay off sooner or later. 

In conclusion, belief will pay off because it propels an individual to take a step towards the journey of success. It also enables one to cultivate the qualities that are essential to success, such as hard work, persistence, and determination, etc. So, it is indeed not fictional to say that belief pays.




Emmanuel Ajah is a Secondary School student in Nigeria. He is dedicated to success in his academics and future career. He is a member of B2SL Success Hub.

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  • Jimoh Nofisat

    The difference between an hard-working person that later becomes unsuccessful and a successful hard-working person is believe.in the sense that,we must believe in ourselves together with hard-working,then success is sure

  • Kingsley

    The gap between a successful and an unsuccessful individual is *belief*

  • Oladapo Omobolaji Elizabeth

    I learnt that belief is a key to success. And when a person as this belief in his or her self, he can have all life detours and become successful

    • Oladapo Omobolaji Elizabeth

      I learnt that belief is a key to success. And when a person as this belief in his or her self, he can face Life’s detours and become successful

  • Noble

    At some point in the journey to success, when it gets tougher, the only virtue that can sustain us is belief; belief in the vision to be successful.

  • Sam samclephsticks

    I learnt that, it is useless even after giving your best, you’re still yet to believe in a productive result therein your effort

  • Maryam oduola

    I learnt that in whatsoever we want to do we should be determined and as we all know that “Determination is the father of vision attainment” that shows that before we can be a successful person life we should beliefs in ourself

  • Kolajo Festus

    Belief is just inevitable in our activities

  • Odufuwa Oluwatobiloba

    I learnt that if you don’t have believe in yourself you can never make progress or success

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