Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) was a Nigeria novelist, professor, critic and poet. His first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), is considered the best and the most widely read book in modern African literature. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize. Today, we will discuss some applicable life lessons from Chinua Achebe.
Settle on one thing
Chinua Achebe was known for writing stories. When you mention Achebe, nothing will come into people’s mind expect novel writing. The lesson here is that successful people focus on one thing they are good at. They rarely scatter their energy on many things. Therefore, if you want to be a poet, devote all your energy to poetry.
Successful people start small
Settling on one thing does not guarantee success until you start small. Chinua Achebe started his career in writing by publishing short stories. People do not know him for the short stories he wrote, but they know him for the bestsellers he authored. Therefore, start with what you have today.
Settle for more
What about if Chinua Achebe settled for writing and publishing only short stories? Achebe had the spirit of pioneering and risk-taking. His success did not come overnight. In 1958, only 2000 copies of his best book were sold. However, by 1995, he had sold more than 8 million copies. The lesson here is that: in whatever people do, they should never settle for less.


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