Becoming faithful in little things

pexels-photo-723095.jpegOne secret to building wealth which is not being emphasized enough is faithfulness

This entails consistency and loyalty. Many wealthy people today had to pass through the school of continuity and sticking to the task no matter what. These are character traits that offer a reward at the end

My dad used to have a staff helping him out in his business, he started as a menial worker and when my father died we retained him because he was consistent and had shown how loyal he was to him. It’s been over ten years since he joined my family business, today, he has risen to a much higher position and his job is 99% secure at this point

Many people have good stories to tell about the reward they received for being faithful in the beginning of starting their business,  job, new blog etc There’s always a crown of favor in the end for a consistent and faithful person and this is often the secret behind their blessing

I remember in high school my maths teacher was a zealous fellow, I hated maths but eagerly looked forward to having lessons with him because he made class entertaining, it was obvious that he loved his job and despite the fact that he wasn’t obviously earning as good as he deserved, he continued in it. A student soon referred him to his father who worked in a bank and he was hired shortly after, and remained there until he retired

Some of my lecturers in college, also worked part time consulting for the government in various capacities, most started their careers from being assistant lecturers and found favor from referrals as they grew in their chosen career.

How can you become faithful in whatever you do? By having a selfless attitude. Think of the value of your effort in the lives of others who will be affected by it. For example you may start of as a poorly paid nurse but your focus shouldn’t be totally on monetary benefits but on the wellbeing of the patients you come across daily

What is your business bringing to customers? It shouldn’t be all about money but the value you give to others through it.

If you haven’t already seen them, I urge you to watch these two movies; The Marva Collins story and The Ron Clark story, you will be inspired to add value in the lives of others

If you are Christian, the bible encourages us to work with sincerity of purpose “And whatever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23 – 24)

God is love and requires us to love our neighbours if you work or do your business with the attitude that God demands of us, then your focus will be adding value to others and not monetarily gain.

Learning how to become more faithful will win you favor and this is what is needed to attract wealth

 

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What I learned from Dorothy

pexels-photo-451590.jpegIn high school, we had many kids who I found interesting to watch

You see, I am quite observant so during my spare time I would sit and watch certain students who I found peculiar

Like the very tall, lanky boy who taught he was God’s gift to the females. To me, there was nothing special about his looks, he was just an average looking lad but it was obvious that he thought otherwise, to him, he was the most handsome boy in school.

Another interesting character was a girl who was a bit slow upstairs. It had hurt me so much to see her bullied by other kids especially guys. It was obvious that she lacked self esteem, she acted awkward and had very few friends. The day she beat up one of her troublesome bullies, was the last day I saw anyone else taunt her

Then there was Dorothy, a girl who acted like her parents were multi millionaires but it was pretty obvious that was very far from the truth

Dorothy seemed to live in an imaginary world which she created for herself in her mind. It didn’t seem to matter to her that her clothes were patched and her shoes often needed mending or that she looked unkempt.

Whenever I heard her speak, she said things she imagined not in her present reality. She spoke about where she lived as if it was in a palace whereas I knew she lived in a small old house somewhere in town, she talked about her clothes as if they were tailor made for a princess but we could all see shr looked shabby most of the time, she talked about her friends as if they were the wisest in the world but there was obviously nothing special about them. She attached value to everything around her

Dorothy soon earned a reputation as one who was prone to exaggerations but it didn’t make her change, she seemed completely set in her ways

Some years later, I attended a three days business conference in a luxurious five star hotel. While I was listening to an interesting lecture from one of the speakers, I took a glimpse out of the window by my side. A limousine had pulled up in front of the hotel entrance and as I watched, two men quickly came down from the vehicle, one opening the door of the vehicle and the other reaching out to assist the person in the Limo

The lady in the car, stepped out, while being assisted by both men and a few hotel staffs who had joined them. She walked tall and composed like a queen through years of practice

I found myself eagerly sitting in the same sit by the window for the duration of the conference because I wanted to see that interesting woman who always arrived at the hotel around the same time, daily.

On the last day of the meeting, we eagerly awaited a visit from the owner of the hotel who was to briefly speak to us on entrepreneurship.

Well, it turned out to be Dorothy, the woman in the Limousine, the one from high school

 

The value of shrewdness

meadow-animals-sheep-wool.jpgA couple had been trying for three years to have a baby. They had checked themselves medically but all test conducted so far had assured them that they were both medically fit to reproduce

Husband and wife were puzzled by the delay but they decided to move on with their lives after several unsuccessful attempts

Just when they had totally given up hope, on their fifth year anniversary, the wife fell ill with what she thought was a virus infection but after being admitted into a hospital, and undergoing several tests, she was told that she will soon become a mother

The couple were ecstatic, this was all they’ve prayed for since they got married. It was their dream come through. They were about to become parents!

A few months after, they gave birth to twins, both were very handsome and their birth made the couple very happy.

As the boys grew, they were taught how to cultivate and manage the farm which their parents own. It was an animal farm where the couple reared sheep for their coat

As the boys grew, their distinct physical and personality traits became more obvious to their parents and close members of their family. The older twin was tall and strong, he loved taking care of the sheep, he was also aggressive and easily angered. He relied so much on his physical abilities because it had endeared him to his father, who was proud of him. He was always being called upon in matters of disputes between his father and any of his adversaries; the sight of him seemed to keep his fathers enemies in check

The other twin was known as the gentle one, he was deep thinking and it made him wise. Unlike his brother, he was short and slender, he lacked the physical strength needed to walk the daily journey required to lead the sheep to pasture so he preferred to stay at home with their mother, learning to cook and take care of the home.

He knew their father preferred his twin brother to him because of his strength and his love for the sheep but he didn’t care much about that, he didn’t chose to be the way he was, he had to accept himself and make the most of what he had

After several years the couple grew old and the man fell seriously sick. On his dying bed he sent for his beloved first son to hand over everything he owned as expected

The wife confided in her beloved second son about his father’s intention to leave him nothing, he quickly decided to deceive the old blind man by pretending to be his brother who was away with the sheep as usual

The plan was executed successfully and unknown to their father, he handed over all his possessions to the second son instead of his first as he had intended to do

When the first son returned hungry from the farm, all he could think of was getting his belly filled with the delicious dinner he could perceive from the kitchen. As he peered in to see who was cooking, he saw his brother as he expected

The slender twin, thought of another idea, he would get his brother to officially sign off his birthright to him so that even the law wouldn’t defend him if the matter had to be taken to court

So he got a pen and paper, and just before he served his brother the food which he was desperately begging for, he convinced him to sign on it. As usual, the older twin didn’t think twice or look through what he was signing, he was already pissed at his brother for being so slow in everything, even dishing meals for him, he even suspected his brother must be retarded or have some kind of mental illness that made him act weird some times, he hissed and signed without giving it much thought

The next day, the second twin packed all his belongings and left home, he was heading for another town where he could live in safety for fear of his brother’s wrath, but first, he had to meet with their father’s lawyer who he would give a copy of both documents signed by his father and brother to leave all their wealth to him

“The race is not always for the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the best way to bet” Damon Runyon

Managing your money God’s way

The parable of talents contains secret to God’s teachings on investment

“Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury” (Matt 25:27)

coins-currency-investment-insurance-128867.jpegWe haven’t been given our finances to bury and keep for the rainy day. No, we’ve been given our material possession to multiply through investment

Of what good will money be if it’s kept hidden until it’s needed, when one can multiply it no matter how little the gain may be? It’s still an addition and that’s what Christ is interested in

“He saw a fig tree by the side of the road and went to it but found nothing on it except leaves. So he said to the tree, ‘You will never again bear fruit!’ At once the fig tree withered” Matt 21:29

pexels-photo-164608.jpegChrist is passionate about multiplication and He abhors stagnancy. Even nature rewards effort, as long as you are trying to do something, it may tarry but you will be rewarded for it one day

“Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten, for the one who has will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him” Matt 25: 28 – 29

By my understanding, the above message means, when one is incapable of using what he or she has to create more, he will likely have it taken from him.

“For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away” (Matt 25 : 29)

The power to multiply resources is within you, it’s in your ideas which affects the choices you make with your finances. For those who make the wrong choice in using their money; they will have it taken away by the result of their decisions, those who refuse to use it will eventually squander what they thought they have

There’s no human being who doesn’t need money to purchase personal and other needs. If all you do with your income is to spend it, your needs may soon exceed your finances but if you live on a part of your income and invest another, you are less likely to broke in future.

Another thing worthy of note is that God will be pleased with you for making the most of what you have, and more opportunities will open up for you, because unconsciously you will be looking for new ways to invest part of your income and are more likely to grab investment opportunities when they come, unlike someone who hasn’t given it much thought

If you are interested in investment and you are a newbie, start by getting a few good books on the topic from amazon, you can also learn from gurus some of whom offer tips on YouTube, you can also read some good blogs on WordPress

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a step” Lao Tzu

Lessons learned on good friday

pexels-photo-670720.jpegThis is the best day of every year for me as a Christian

A day that marks the sacrifice of Christ for humanity. As a Christian, today signifies sacrifice, a day of giving our possessions to those who need it in following our Lord’s example

Since God gave Jesus Christ, His only Son to humanity as a payment for our sins. What have you given to someone today?

I helped a busy mother tend to her toddler for a few hours. I view this as a sacrifice of my time, which could have been spent doing something aimed at growing my business.

This act, which i did in following God’s example, was well worth it as the little girl was very sweet. It made me realize how we can please God in return by doing what he expects of us in return for the sacrifice He made.

Now I’ve told the lady that she can always bring her little girl over during my free time because I enjoyed her company. This is how God is willing to do more for those who please Him, when we make His sacrifice worthwhile he in turn blesses us for it.

Happy good Friday !

Growing a business? fundamental tips for lasting success

pexels-photo-865580.jpegAs a business owner there are some secrets to success which you should have.

When i set up a business to supply tailoring materials to tailors who were too busy to purchase these items for themselves, the market was already saturated with people doing the same thing

But I knew that I had what it took to still succeed and even grow my business.

The first thing I recommend is VISION. Being able to foresee the future of your business is a key to growth. I could see my business moving from a physical one to one where with only a click, tailors could place orders and receive supplies under an hour from any location.

That’s the power of vision, most people weren’t doing this, it was still largely untapped but with vision, i created a money spinning idea in a market most people thought was saturated.

You need to know where you want your business to be in future and you should hold unto that vision for it, pursue it with all your might. Once you can envision it, making it a reality is no longer too difficult.

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” Jonathon Swift

PERSEVERANCE is another factor needed to ensure business success. You need to hold unto your vision regardless of any contrary opinion. It’s up to you to ensure your business withstands all things that will affect it along the way

Personally, I’m yet to see a successful business owner who hasn’t needed to persevere in the journey of growing his or her business

“When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil; while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments” Thomas Jefferson

PLAN, you need direction. Where is your vision going to take your business, along which path will it lead it and how long will it take? Planning helps you put things into perspective and you can develop the strategies you need to fulfill your vision for your company through it

I find myself going back to check it often because it helps keep me on track

“In a free market and in the absence of planning, developers will flatten every hillside, fill every canyon, obliterate every endangered species and pave over every wetland they think they can make a buck on” Peter Navarro

LEARN,  study what other successful people have done and do the same thing. Before someone arrives at a certain level of success, there are things that they did that got them there, it’s worth being open to learn from their business models as this reduces your obstacles and gives you a clearer picture of how to get your business to that level

I’ve never stopped learning and I never will, as long as I have the ability to keep doing it, I will. No one knows everything and learning from those who have walked the path before, has made my own journey to success, shorter

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow” Anthony J.D’ Angelo

PRESERVE YOUR HEALTH, your health is important, without it your business will collapse or someone else will need to run it on your behalf. So it’s vital to maintain a good health while your business grows to meet the level of your vision

I find when I’m stressed, my business suffers. I can’t focus on the things that will benefit my business when I’m feeling down, so it’s important for me to take care of myself and my health

“There’s nothing more important than our good health, that’s our principal capital asset “Arlen Specter”

LEVERAGE, there are sometimes you will need to do this to ensure that your vision and dreams become a reality. Leveraging is required to take you to where you want your business to be. Use the talent and abilities of your workforce effectively, you don’t have 100% of all it takes to make your vision become a reality, but others can help you

For me, my staff have been instrumental to the growth of my business largely because I allow them use their abilities fully by creating the right atmosphere for them in the workplace; a relaxing working environment with regular discussions

“Your workforce is your most valuable asset. The knowledge and skills they have represent the fuel that drives the engine of business, and you van leverage that knowledge” Harvey Mackay

 

 

Goal setting for success

pexels-photo-704986.jpegA goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person or a group of people envisions, plans and commits to achieve. This usually occurs within a time frame(Wikipedia)

Without a goal, you have no definite target or aim. You do things without challenging yourself and when this happens you are likely to fall short of reaching where others who have succeeded in the same endeavour got to.

Establishing a goal sets you apart from mediocrity. It makes you more serious and helps build your ability to focus on the task ahead

“You’ll fail at 100% of the goals you don’t set” Mark Victor Hansen

My mother, who didn’t have any primary education but went on to become a Midwife and an ENT specialist nurse always told me her secret was in setting goals for herself

If you want to achieve anything worthwhile, you must have a time frame, and if you establish one, you should be focused on the task ahead, you should also be determined to succeed in it. All these line of action requires goal setting, it is essential for success

Do not limit yourself to setting small goals based on your present realities, aim high, dream big, aspire for things you can’t imagine getting in your present situation

“Big goals get big results, no goals get no results or somebody else’s results”(Mark Victor Hansen)

Why are people with goals more likely to succeed than those without one? “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life” Les Brown)

when you decide on a goal, the universe rewards you with enough power to achieve it

“Setting goals is the first step to turning the invisible into the visible (Anthony Robbins)

Personally, I find having goals to be the chief factor in whatever I have come to achieve .

One major achievement that I accomplished with the help of goal setting was completing my diploma and post graduate diploma in the same year

Both courses were tedious and before my attempt I hadn’t heard of anyone else attempting it. I am sure that I wouldn’t have been able to successfully sit for and pass both exams if I hadn’t set down goals for myself regarding what my expectations were for both exams

“Setting goals for significant accomplishments you want to achieve in your life, both personal and professional accomplishments, costs you nothing. You are right in the middle of the only life you are going to have. You can chose to succeed, or chose to drift , having goals makes the difference (Alec Mackenzie)