Kenya Commercial Bank CEO Joshua Oigara is a firm believer in hard work as the only path to success.

“There’s no short-cut to success. You must be willing to put in more time than everyone else to be better," he once said in an interview.

True to his words, the former village school teacher has beaten odds and managed to serve at senior corporate positions including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Bidco Africa.

He shares his four secrets to success:

Define your purpose in life

This means that you need to decide about what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it.

The various problems you face in life should not hinder you from achieving your desired dreams because success only comes to those who are prepared. It’s not what others say about you, it’s what you do.

There’s no short-cut to success. One must be willing to put in more effort than everyone else to be better. I have always believed in working hard to get what I want. Inside me, I knew I

wanted to become a CEO of a blue chip company by the time I hit 40. I have now set new targets for myself.

Forge your own path. Do not listen to the noises around you. For me, it has been a journey of relentless determination, discipline, consistency and believing in myself.

Always strive for excellence since it is the only key to your progress. You need to stand out and be identified from the crowd, show the world that you are the best. If I were to hinge my chances

of success on the schools I went to, then I wouldn’t be where I am now.

Listen, talk less and do more. That is how most successful leaders made it in this world.