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Today's Inspiration 1: On Pests, Pathogens and P-square

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

Spoiler Alert: This is not a gossip column- so if you're expecting any gist of the P-Square saga, you can stop reading now.

The rumours are flying on a possible break-up of Nigeria's most loved entertainment duo P-Square. Needless to say it would be a great sadness if indeed they really do end up breaking up.

I've always opined that achieving success is one thing. Remaining successful for a long time is something else all together. For with success comes Fortune & Fame. With fortune sometimes comes a huge ego. With fame comes insecurities that popularity brings with it.

This even gets more complicated when the success is achieved by a partnership. In this part of the world, partnerships don't fare very well, ask D Banj and Don Jazzy or K-Cee Presh or Wiz Kid. Often its because of a lack of clearly defined terms between the partnerships, it could also be as a result of external influences on the partnership from interested parties. But invariably, it happens that a break-up in partnerships is as a result of one or two major factors — Pests and Pathogens — you can call them P Square if you like.

Pests are external forces — friends, wives, gossip columns, siblings. They attack your productivity, reduce your profits, come from outside to affect your relationship in a negative way. Pests are visible — you can identify them with your eyes. So sometimes they're easier to deal with. Cut them off.

Pathogens are internal forces. They question your abilities. Reduce your productivity. Affect your ability to reason and act rationally. They make you question your own sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Pathogens are the doubts, fears, anger, hatred and sibling rivalries we carry around buried shallow within our hearts. Pathogens are invisible — so much harder to identify and deal with. Pests most times carry pathogens with them and can affect the host organism or trigger latent pathogens like sibling rivalries into drying up the host from within. Yes even identical twins have sibling rivalries (I am a twin so I would know).

Only a handful of people can truly manage success — for success is indeed a lousy teacher, it breeds complacency and contempt for the very virtues and values that made you successful in the first place. So the P-Square twins, their wives and their management team should be very much aware lest they get seduced into believing they are invincible. Pathogens affect both the rich and poor, successful and unsuccessful, black or white.

That's precisely why legends like Virgin founder Richard Branson, George Clooney and the rapper Jay-Z continue to enthral us with an awe on how they've managed to remain on top of their game for so long.

A break-up will be disastrous for the P-Square twins and the dynasty they've struggled to build over the past 10 years. It would also be the new case-study for "why partnerships fail" in the business world and of course make their enemies happy to see them fall.

The P-Square twins have been very successful in conquering the world. Now the ultimate challenge will be to see the ability for them to conquer themselves. I think these men should aim to rediscover their purpose and stay true to it — making beautiful music and entertaining the millions of fans around the world. Don't let the dreams you once had as teenagers become a nightmare.

Ebuka Anichebe J.P is a published author of the bestseller Make Your Life a Blockbuster. He's an inspirational teacher — a masterful storyteller and an entrepreneur. He combines he knack for marketing, branding, spinning stories and inspiring others to create new brands. He is passionate in teaching others on how they too can become great and live out their dreams.

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