Wednesday 21 February 2018

Invest In Your Mind

Proverbs 24:5-6 "The wise are mightier than the strong and those who have knowledge grow stronger and stronger. So don't go to war without wise advice, victory depends on having many advisers"
While studying and analyzing a few things about life. I have strongly come to the conclusion that is is disastrous to be arrogant and ignorant.

In my analysis, I looked at when homes are broken into, the things that get stolen are TVs, Laptops, fridges etc but never things like books, magazines or news papers. I believe people are driven by what they see that can give them temporary happiness but they aren't driven by what can give them eternal value.
A lot of truth lies in written pages, a lot of wisdom is shared by the minds we interact with when we read or listen to their messages. How about you take time to financially educate yourself in the areas that are really perturbing you.
Let me quote what Robert Kiyosaki said in his book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, he said, "If you want to fly a plane, I advise taking lessons first. I am always shocked at people who buy stocks or real estate but never invest in their greatest asset, their mind".
In his story he said he said, "I take a long view on my wealth. I do not subscribe to the Get Rich Quick Mentality most lottery players or casino gamblers have. I may go in and out of stocks but i am long on EDUCATION'.
Do whatever it takes to self educate or even learn from others, read, visit blogs, visit websites, buy books, listen to audios, it will help you a great deal and you will see the rewards, it will also be rubbed on others. Use the Kindle app on your phone or pc, it will help you access samples of some great books.

Till today I am grateful to Edward Hire Yosia for inspiring me to read and study. Many times i failed, many times i gave up, many times the money got wasted but with life long learning, you keep picking yourself up and getting better, you get to realize that principles are universal and they can't be the problem but you yourself.

Check out this article Is Reading Part Of Your Culture and Kill The Poverty Of The Mind

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Thursday 15 February 2018

You Are Not Less Than What You Ought To Be – Part 3

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision” – Helen Keller

In his book, Vision less life, Meaning less life” Dr Sunday Adelaja talks about a lady who broke the barriers of adversity. Her name is Hellen Keller.

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Keller was born with her senses of sight and hearing, and started speaking when she was just 6 months old. In 1882, however, Keller contracted an illness - called “brain fever” that produced a high body temperature. Within a few days after the fever broke, Keller’s mother noticed that her daughter didn’t show any reaction when the dinner bell was rung, or when a hand was waved in front of her face. In simple terms she became deaf and blind.
In 1887, Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate, and Keller went on to college, graduating in 1904.

This is a unique story. It is unique in many ways because her parents and teachers did whatever it takes to enable this young lady sail through life. She was so determined to learn and she became a worldwide sensation moving from one nation to another inspiring people with her story.

She was given a thunderous round of applause after speaking to an audience of many people. Everyone was eager and waiting to hear every word she was going to say. The room was dead silent; you could hear the drop of a pin. After her speech, it was time for questions. Her translator shared the questions with her and she was able to answer. The question was, “What would you prefer, being deaf or blind?” her answer was that, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”. Her response was like a knockout blow that came from nowhere.

A woman who lost her sight and hearing at childhood overcame this enormous challenge and achieved much more than those who had their two eyes and ears.

Dr Sunday Adelaja writes and says that, “Hers was an incredible life. Beyond words, she had truly proven to her audience and to the world that ‘the only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision” and that she has shown that vision is the greatest possession of a man, not eyesight.

See this video of her story

Don’t Despise or Look Down On Yourself

My dear reader, I hope by now after reading about Hellen Keller, you will sit back look at how blessed you are and get rid of all the excuses. We have so many excuses about why we can’t do this or that. There are many stereotypes we have labelled on ourselves. Some of us have even said that, “These things are for a chosen few”. I want to believe that in the uniqueness that God has created you with, he has a purpose for you. Everybody has a significance, all they have to do is find their significance, that is what Noeline Kirabo would tell anyone she is inspiring.

"You can live for more if you dare to dream beyond your wildest expectations. Dreaming is free but success comes at a cost. Dare to dream and live for more" - Noeline Kirabo

I still want to remind someone out there, that no disability, no lack, no hindrance can stop them from fulfilling their purpose in this life. Be like Hellen Keller, go out and study, go out and inspire, go out and do what seems impossible. Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it is done”.

Stir Up the Gift Within You

In the Bible, Paul told Timothy to stir up the gift that was in him. Sometimes you need to be reminded that you have value within you, that you are a world changer, that you have the solution to the underlying problems. We only get better when we convert our time into tangible results and use it wisely. Have you been dreaming about sorting out the mess of corruption in this world, helping street children find homes, feeding the hungry in this nation (Probably doing farming at another level). Are you tired of our education system, what are you doing about all these things? When you start getting disturbed about some of these things, those are signs that you need to deal with them.

On a personal note, I have seen how the issue of personal finance is a big issue to individuals, families, churches etc I have seen how people are indebted and it bothers me, I believe there is a solution, that pushed me to self-educate and apply the principles I learnt in my life, and this is because I wanted to first see change in my life. Now I can fully share and help people where I have failed before. I am a long life student, learning doesn’t stop after one success story. I have and continue to invest time in learning, I have found truth is God’s word and books have read, it is so revealing how truth sets one free. 

Proverbs 24:5 NLT The wise are mightier than the strong and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. You want to get stronger and stronger, don't sit back, seek knowledge, seek truth and be transformed by it

This is what Michael Althsuler had to say about Time, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot”. King Solomon said it best, “Yet another thing I observed under the sun is that races aren’t won by the swift or battles by the strong, and that food doesn’t go to the wise or wealth to the intelligent or favor to the experts; rather time and chance rule them all” Eccl. 9:11 (CJB). 

I believe Hellen Keller is a product of using her time well, instead of complaining about her state, she embraced who she was and God used her to inspire and empower others. 
Let me end by saying this, “You aren’t less than what you ought to be, you have been made for more.” Be visionary like Hellen Keller, you don’t need to see with your physical eyes, all you need is insight from God on what he has purposed for you to do on this earth.

There are many other examples of those who never chose the status quo, who never chose to become victims of circumstance, they believed that all things work out for good, they let their lessons of hardship fuel them to achieve their dreams, and they have become a blessing to many. The story of Lisa Nichols on Never Being Broke Again is one that will propel you to wake up.

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Wednesday 14 February 2018

You Are Not Less Than What You Ought To Be - Part 2

“The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery. Until you find yourself you will always be someone else. Become yourself.” - Dr Myles Munroe

Identity Crisis

As I continue from where I stopped in part one of this subject “You Are Not Less Than What You Ought To Be”. I want to delve into the importance of "knowing our Identity"

My dear reader I strongly believe that when you know who you are, no one can manipulate you and it puts you in a position to rise above every challenge. Joseph was thrown into the pit and sold into slavery but that did not deter what he would become. He remained a faithful servant even when he was jailed. He had already had dreams and conceived the revelation who was and what he would become, this is an amazing story that is told over and over and it reminds us that there is so much at stake but we need not fear but rise to the occasion.

There is an Identity crisis and this is something we shouldn’t shy away from. There are young or old people who still haven’t discovered who they are. They have modeled their lives on someone else’s life (the way they walk, talk, dress, act etc). The peril of comparison is fueling this more than ever, because people have refused to be content with how they were created and aren’t appreciating their uniqueness. They are copy cats and that's a bad thing.

When you search the internet, you get to find that people are spending billions of money to look a certain way, women are doing plastic surgery to change the way they look, I happened to stumble on a video of a person who spent millions of dollars to look like Angelina Jolie and another to look like Brad Pitt, these so called stars have made their own names and done whatever it takes to take their craft to greater heights that's why they are celebrated, others are trying to emulate them but they are doing it the wrong way by photocopying.

In part one of thearticle, I said this, “Sometimes we need to show people their worth and tell them, what others do, they too can do and only do it better". In telling them so, we are igniting a fire and a passion for them to rise up from the pit of despair to the top of the mountain of possibilities.

Story of Arthur G. Gaston, Black Titan (Making of A Black American Millionaire)

In this book, the authors Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines wrote; -

Some of the men you see and cannot see are convicts, leased out by the state to bring in revenues; some are war veterans, newly returned to face few opportunities and ample disdain. Nevertheless, one of these men, bruised like all the others by the demands of his working life, is on the verge of taking his first step in the direction of becoming a bona fide millionaire—one hundred times over.

Before this man is through, he will serve as an adviser to President John Kennedy. He will play a pivotal movement. One day he will even be likened to the great giants of American industry—Rockefeller, Morgan, and Carnegie among them. Like just about every other black man in Alabama in the early part of the twentieth century,

Arthur G. Gaston started with next to nothing: His mother was a cook in the kitchen of a prominent white family; he never had more than a tenth-grade education. After the war he had taken his position in the mines as a means of survival—only to emerge utterly determined that his life was worth more than what the mines were offering. In Summary, he broke the status quo, he undid stereo types in a time of high slavery, he traded the path that many did not walk, he was involved in (banking, insurance, motel, restaurant, real estate, construction, funeral homes and cemeteries, radio stations, senior housing, and a business college). He was involved and supported the civil rights movement lead by Martin Luther King jr, he supported financially and in many other ways.

“What I did any man can do, if he has willpower, determination and a plan” - Arthur G. Gatson,

 From the story of this man, we get to understan
  1. He was a product of the slave parents and being a slave means so many things, less opportunities, oppression etc.
  2. He never had a tenth grade education.
  3. He worked in the mines as a means of survival.

 To read more about Arthur G. Gaston, you can get this book from Amazon.

Knowing who you are pushes you to discover your purpose

His story doesn’t stop there, while working in the mines for survival, he gets a revelation that his life was worth more than what the mines were offering. Such revelations come to this who view themselves differently, those who get to really know who they are. I am stretching the point of IDENTITY, what can stop you if you get to know who you are, I believe nothing. When you get to know who you are, it pushes you to discover more of yourself and in doing so, you eventually get to know your purpose.

Believe in who you are, focus on who you are, don’t live somebody else’s life – you are unique, embrace it

Have you looked down on yourself, have you believed that you were just created a biomass and for nothing, have you believed that you have no purpose, all those thoughts are lies, you were made for more and the dreams you have had are valid, the ideas you have thought about to solve problems of this world are valid. As much as you haven’t started to work your dream out, it doesn’t mean you can’t start now. My dear reader, you are valuable, you have so much worth, so much potential, choose to empty yourself and let your god given talents and abilities begin to flow. You are not less than what you ought to be. I read this somewhere, “If you are a fish then don't spend your life trying to climb trees, you will never be great at it. Just keep swimming”.

Check out part 3

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Thursday 1 February 2018

Be A Generational Thinker

Generations come and go. Some people set the pace for hundreds of years while others destroy the future for many. Our actions are a direct proportion of what we sow for our immediate, near, and long term future. Blessings flow through generations because of acts of obedience and curses flow because of acts of disobedience.
When I think about Abraham, his decision to live his family and follow what God had told him to do that is something of great faith. He left and went to a place the Lord would show him. Getting to the unknown by a God who knows, is a pure act of faith, He trusted in God's ability to lead him to the promise that would come after many years.

We have seen corruption eat up the wealth of many people, it has disadvantaged and ravaged the lives of many. Many of the corrupt decisions have left many hungry, poor, and with services broken down. We have seen over the years that our direct actions have a bearing not only on our lives but on the lives of those attached to us (family) and to the community and nation at large. When a road is made where there was no way, it doesn’t only benefit one person, it benefits generations. When a well is dug, it benefits generation (Case in point are the wells Abraham dug, Isaac came and had to dig them up again and found water). Reflect on every decision you make; it can shape or break the future.

While checking through my WhatsApp messages, Andrew Odoch Umahtete sent me an audio message. It was I think one of the best messages I could listen to as I ended the month of January. I am passionate about re-writing family history and doing things that will enable the future of not just my family but those I come in contact with being better. I am sold out to share my life with young people and tell them that they don’t have to repeat my mistakes but learn from the lessons of others. I am about Impacting, Empowering, and Transforming.

The message I listened to was about generational thinking. I searched the internet to find out who spoke about it and found out it was Dr Mensa Otabil, He is a man from Ghana who leads the International Gentral Gospel Church. The message was so empowering I thought I could write an article to highlight a few things that caught my attention.

A Story About Tetteh Quarshie

In his Sermon, he talked about how Ghana became the leading exporter of Cocoa.
  •  In the early 1800s he went as a plantation farmer (almost a slave), left the shores of  Ghana, undertook a voyage to the Spanish colony Fernando Po (now Bioko in Equatorial Guinea). About six years later he returned to Ghana with several cocoa beans (the Amelonado) and made history.
  • Dr. Mensa said that he wasn’t a mid-level or high-level worker, he was just a worker 
  • With the few Cocoa seeds with him, he settled in Mampong,
  • He planted his first seeds in 1879 but did not have much success very early. At that time two bags were exported. The export of Cocoa from Ghana began in 1891, and the official export in 1893 (two bags exported – source Wikipedia)
  • It is written in Wikipedia that soon other farmers followed suit and that Basel Missionaries stepped into the picture by importing large quantities of the cocoa seeds into the country.
  • Between 1910 and 1980 Ghana was the world's largest exporter.
  • In Ghana Cocoa industry became foundation of the economy
  •  More than 40% of export earnings come from cocoa

He said the reason why he was giving these statistics is because One Man Carried the Economy of the Country On His Shoulders

In regards to what is written about, Dr Mensa Otabil Points out that

A Generational Thinker (Visionary): -

  •          Is able to sow seeds for the future.
  •          Is not only someone who is committed to what he wants to enjoy today but someone who says if I run with this race, I must make sure the next generation doesn’t run my race but its race in a better way.
  •          Doesn’t think only of his personal needs.
  •         Must plan for four generations ahead of him or think of the next person on the line.
  •         For everything he or she does, he must think of the person coming after them. They should find it easier and greater than the way it was.
  •          Invest in the future – he talked of things like saving for your children so that they can have a starting point.
  •         Buys land, not just for themselves but for their children and children’s children.
  •         Carries their own burden, so that someone else doesn’t have to carry theirs.
He said, “If we are going to take charge of the future, we have to be generational thinkers”. He also mentioned that “We cannot neglect personal responsibility in building the future of our families, society and the nation at large, if we all play our part, we can prepare the future in a better way for many.Mensah said that we wouldn’t be fighting some of the battles that we are fighting today. Fights of unemployment because of decisions based on corruption, fights like not renting for a long time but leaving a rental after 5 years and going to your own place or buying your own apartment.

You could be a generational thinker and a hero like Tetteh Quarshie. Be The Hero of Generations to come just like Martin Luther King Jr, Billy Graham, Wright Brothers, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver, Henry Sampson, Kwame Nkrumah, Arch Bishop Janan Luwum, etc. Please listen to the video over here

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