START YOUR OWN BUSINESS IF YOU WANT TO BECOME RICH (Success Strategy No.23)

On Monday the 30th March, 2015, I shall be in Accra the beautiful capital city of Ghana to conduct a multi-day success strategy seminar for African youth. The theme of the seminar is: “Empowering the Youth through Entrepreneurship.” I want to give the synopsis of the seminar for those of you who may not be able to attend this important business meeting. Entrepreneurship is the art of finding profitable solutions to problems. Every successful entrepreneur, every rich businessperson is a person who has been able to identify a problem and come up with a solution to it before somebody else did.
Thus, the question is: How do you find a suitable business? There are many different ways. But the most important of all is that you get into something that you really like, enjoy and care about. Passion is the critical factor in determining business success. Most successful business people can be characterized as having very high levels of energy and zeal. Since energy is the fuel with which everything is achieved, there seems to be a direct relationship between energy levels and levels of accomplishment. It is hard to imagine a lethargic and lackadaisical fellow achieving much in life. On the contrary, energetic, positive and vibrant persons seem to get and enjoy far more of the things life has to offer than does the average person. Above all, success is goals. Every other thing is commentary. All successful people are highly goal oriented. They know what they want and they are focused single-mindedly on achieving it, every single day. Hence, your ability to set goals is one of the most important strategies of success.
If you want to be rich and enjoy financial freedom, start your own business today. Be ready to serve others. Be ready to supply the need of others. Remember that we exist to serve others. “Whosoever shall be great among you”, said our Lord Jesus Christ, “shall be your servant, and whosoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all… ” (Mark 10:43). In other words, if you would be great (rich), you must serve. And he who serves most shall be greatest of all. If you want to make more money, instead of accumulating it for yourself, see how you can make more for other, or share with others. In the process you will inevitably make more for yourself, too. One of the great laws of Nature is giving — we call it service. Service for others is just as essential to our real happiness and to our best welfare as is our work for our own individual welfare. We do not live for ourselves alone. No one can. The Law of the Universe has been written from time immemorial against. It is said in Nigerian parlance that he who eats alone dies alone!
Take control of your finances. The starting point of achieving financial freedom is to take full control over your thoughts and actions. Tell yourself that: “I am responsible!” The acceptance of responsibility is the starting point of greatness and success in business. George Bernard Shaw said: “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” Be willing to make mistakes. Admit your mistake. Also, be ready to take risks in business. That is what entrepreneurship is all about, a risk taker! You need what is called in business circle “courageous patience.” This is a special kind of courage that is required after you have launched toward your goal but you have not yet seen any results.
The final courage you need is the courage to persist longer than anyone else. Persistence is the quality that will ultimately guarantee your success. Your willingness to persist in the face of every adversity can be your greatest asset. It is the most important factor that guarantees your success in the midst of other factors. Finally, take action. Ideas are worthless unless you act on them.

YOU ARE STANDING AT THIS MOMENT IN THE MIDST OF YOUR OWN ACRES OF DIAMONDS (Success Strategy No.22)

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Diamond is a precious gem. It is the hardest and most valuable of precious stones in existence. Russell Herman Conwell was an American Baptist minister, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer. He is best remembered as the founder and first president of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his famous story, Acres of Diamonds (Berkley, 1986), he narrated a true story of an African farmer who heard of other diamond prospectors who made millions of dollars digging diamond mines. He sold his farm and used the proceeds to embark on a journey in search of diamonds across the African continent. After several years of fruitless search, he became old, weary, disappointed and discouraged, committed suicide by plunging into the fast flowing Zambezi River and drowned.
Meanwhile, back at the farm he sold, the new owner found a large brilliant rough diamond in the river. The experts he invited to analyse his discovery told him that he had found one of the largest diamonds ever. His river was filled with such precious gems. To cut the long story short, the farm the first farmer had sold so that he might find a diamond mine turned out to be the most productive diamond mine in the entire African continent. The first farmer had literarily owned free, clear and rich acres of diamonds. But he hadn’t the patience, determination and perseverance to search his farm thoroughly well before embarking on a journey in search of greener pasture.
The import of this story is that each of us is, at this very moment, standing in the centre of our own acres of diamonds. Every year hundreds, and possibly thousands of young Africans got drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in their desperate effort to cross over to Europe in search of greener pastures. I wish they had the wisdom and patience to intelligently and seriously explore the existing job opportunities in Africa; they would most likely find the riches they seek, whether they are better life or financial freedom. Africa is probably the richest continent in the world. With adequate planning and hard work, every African youth can conveniently prosper in Africa. But laziness and poverty of thought are the bane of our African society. People who got drowned in the sea trying to cross over to Europe are illusionists. They believe that money grows in the streets of Europe and America. They want to reap where they did not sow. They are the so called ‘gold diggers’. They are engaged in ‘get rich quick and die young’ kind of life. I say it without a scintilla of doubt, and without any fear contradiction or equivocation that it is by far easier to survive and progress in Africa than in Europe or America. Why would a qualified medical doctor or an engineer or a professor of English language emigrate from Africa to USA to drive a taxi as his new job? Don’t tell me that that is job satisfaction. I call it poverty of thought.
In spite of bad governance and corruption that are prevalent in Africa, there is no place like our African continent. Africa is highly favoured by the Providence. African soil is very fertile, its rivers are filled with marine foods, its climate is the best in the world, and every known mineral exists in Africa in abundance. It is a known fact that Africa has more minerals and precious stones than all the other continents combined. Apart from Sahara and Kalahari Deserts that are nearly inhospitable, every other part of Africa is a tourist heaven. We do not have problems of snow blizzards, we do not have the challenge of tsunami, cyclone, hurricane, tornado, etc., that unleash nightmare to America, Asia and Europe every year. Then, why would an African youth want to run away from Africa in search of miserable jobs in Europe and America?
As my mentor, Earl Nightingale aptly put it: “Before you go running off to what you think are greener pastures, make sure that your own is not just as green or perhaps even greener. It has been said that if the other guy’s pasture appears to be greener than ours, it’s quite possible that it’s getting better care. Besides, while you’re looking at other pastures, other people are looking at yours.” There is a popular Nigerian slang which says that “what is in Sokoto is in shokoto.” It goes to say that your greatest opportunities lie under your own feet. They are right where you work. They lie within your current talents, skills, ability, and experience. They are within your own business or career. Your acres of diamonds are here in Africa, and that is where you should begin your search. Stop deceiving yourself thinking that there is a better job. There is no better job but there is a better you. And your duty is to develop yourself to suit your job or career. As Theodore Roosevelt advised: “Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are.” This is the key to success. Develop the habit of rendering a better service. Develop the habit of moving fast in rendering a better service to people around you. Add value to whatever you do. Stop thinking that you can only do better when you travel abroad. There are precious marketable gems all around you. Have you been looking for them? The Holy Bible says in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

INFLOW OF MOTIVATIONAL TALKS CAN REMAKE YOU (Success Strategy No. 21)

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My article on the 16th of February entitled: “The Famous Lecture that Completely Changed my Life and made me a Multi-millionaire” has generated a great deal of positive reactions from my thousands of fans in Africa and beyond. I have received more than 500 comments, text messages and phone calls on the issues I raised on the said article. There is power in the word. I am happy that my message is greatly influencing thousands of people worldwide. Ralph Waldo Emerson, the sage of Concord, USA, declared, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” You deserve to live and enjoy a wonderful life, full of success, happiness, joy and fulfillment. Above all, you are entitled to have happy relationships, excellent health, gainful employment, and above all, financial independence. These are the aims and objectives of my Blog.
Always listen to motivational audio tapes and programmes. They will energize you into action. Associate yourself with positive and business minded (money-conscious) people. Avoid negative and critical people like a plague. Do not stay or associate with complaining and pessimistic individuals. Be as enthusiastic as a pussy-cat that is pursuing a rat. Etymologically, the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek work entheos, which means “to be filled with God.” When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are apparently inspired and passionate. Consequently, that passion manifests itself in a dynamic and energetic way, like the football players who are playing in FIFA World Cup finals. “Enthusiasm”, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul unto it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Hence, when you do something you love with passion and perseverance, you are already a success.
Go the extra mile in doing whatever that you are doing, and which gives you joy. “Going the extra mile”, simply means doing more and better job that you are paid for. It means rendering extra and better service to anybody who may require your service at anytime, anywhere. So wherever you may be, see if there is something good you can do for your neighbour or client. Do it, and do it cheerfully and with no strings tied to it. As you do so, you amass treasure for yourself, and nature pays you bonuses at their appropriate times. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet, novelist and playwright warned: “Nature understands no jesting; she is always true, always serious, always severe; she is always right, and the errors and faults are always those of man. The man incapable of appreciating her, she despises and only to the apt, the pure, and the true, does she resign herself and reveal her secrets.” Just as Thomas H. Huxley, the finest comparative anatomist of the latter nineteenth century, said in his short essay, The Game of Life: “The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game of what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But also we know, to our own cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance. To the man who plays well, the highest stakes are paid, with that sort of overflowing generosity with which the strong shows of delight in strength. And one who plays ill is checkmated — without haste, but without remorse” (Huxley, 1868 quoted by Michael W. Raphael in his The Preface to A Technical Resource for Sociology). You should see the idea of the game of chess board as a metaphor for human life.
But as Henry David Thoreau advised us: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”