Not Ambition but Service

Existential crises seem to be happening to many people these days.

Many, pausing to query the purpose of their lives or the vanity of it–and needing change–are resolving to seek it via supernatural means. There is a growing disaffection with the ordinary and I see it everyday as men and women patronize psychics, cults, churches, gurus and religious fundamentalists in attempt to resolve the ever-gnawing question of purpose.

But man cannot reach out to God in the way that He reaches out to man. And frankly, God reached out to you long before you were even born in Jesus.

Your life’s true purpose can only be found in accepting the essence of Jesus. Jesus is Lord over everything including you. He is the king of your life whether you recognize Him or not. And for your life to have any meaning, His say about your purpose, assignment and vision should be at the top of your consciousness.

As Bishop T.D Jakes said, ‘You were not made to have ambition, you were made for service.’ Let this dominate your thoughts today and let the attitude of Paul when He first met Jesus on the road to Damascus lead you to ask the same question as he today: ‘What will you have me do Lord?’

Let the words that come into your heart after you ask this question be the guide to help you live on purpose. Don’t let another second go to waste. Get on your knees now and ask the potentate of the universe:

What will you have me do, Lord?

Listen. Write down. And realize it is not about ambition but service.

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The Measure of Intelligence, Redeeming Nigeria from Moral Precipice and the place of Public Policy

Intelligence is often measured by way of standardized IQ tests which in a sense, is parochial. I bring up this argument in my recently published book, The Code: A Simple Story about Raising Great Women. And while I broach the subject of how we measure intelligence from a broader perspective; as a means truly understanding the strengths of our girl-children in order to harness it, my underlying premise aligns with the popular quote, often attributed to Albert Einstein which says:

‘Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’

How true! In my book, I devote a chapter to the eight original intelligences as described by Harvard professor, Howard Gardener in his book, Frames of Mind, adapting them to parenting; how moms and dads share the responsibility of understanding which of the eight their children have high quotients in, as means of helping these kids develop until they reach some sort of genius.

The eight intelligences, more popularly referred to as the Theory of Multiple Intelligence include;
· Linguistic intelligence (word smartness)

· Logical-mathematical intelligence (number/reasoning smartness)

· Spatial intelligence (picture smartness)

· Bodily-Kinaesthetic intelligence (body smartness)

· Musical intelligence (music smartness)

· Interpersonal intelligence (people smartness)

· Intrapersonal intelligence (self-smartness)

· Naturalist intelligence (nature smartness)

If you look very closely at the quick definitions I put in parenthesis beside the eight intelligences, you may agree with me as to the veracity of my argument. Simply put, people are smart differently and standardizing the measure of intelligence in for of IQ tests is nothing short of an anomaly. We just aren’t smart the same way. Some people are word smart and others are music smart. Even music maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti alluded in part to this phenomenon when he said;

‘Book sense different from belle sense’

That said, I have been studying a rare form of intelligence, called Moral Intelligence; a smartness of right from wrong. And while this article makes no judgement as to political views or religious leanings, a recent piece of legislation regarding granting amnesty to economic saboteurs in Nigeria perturbed me into writing this piece and raises the question as to whether there are morally intelligent people in the country’s political leadership.

As with all intelligences, I hypothesize that moral intelligence is both inborn and can be honed. And that in creating a society that is morally intelligent, the government, by way of its education and national orientation policies can emphasize moral instruction as a means of improving the overall moral intelligence average of the country.
Without doubt, some people are morally smarter, without the input of any religious or moral instruction while others aren’t. We have all come across the truthful hedonist or the degenerate religious leader who fails to practice what he preaches. The multi-dimenionslism of human beings speak to one thing: People can in character lead double live based on their moral smartness. And so policy makers, in public and private sectors, have the onus of looking for ways of measuring and funneling  the moral intelligent  into leadership…by way of robust human capital development policy.

Need-to-Have vs Want-to-Have


While I typically write for a select audience as you might realize, the ideas I write about are designed to help my readers, in any part of the world arrive at conclusions that help them live phenomenal lives. 

No matter the country you live in, some businesses are failure-proof with little or no need for go-to market strategies or promotional marketing.

These businesses deliver products and services that are ‘need-to-haves’ and by this, I mean things that are essentials like food and safety. Need to haves give you a sort of certainty that with little or no advertising, someone out there will need to eat or a place to stay that’s is affordable. Need-to-haves are your opportunity.

Want-to-haves however, are where most of the people venturing into business play. By ‘Want-to-haves’ I mean, things that are non-essential, things that people can actually do without like books, luxury goods and all-things that require some sort of advertising and promotional effort.

Now, the Bible says there is profit in all labor which for Christians is fantastic if you actually believe the Bible. So wouldn’t you rather start a business of ‘Need -to-haves’ than ‘Want-to-haves’?

I mean, if you started a diner in a place around a construction site or university campus, wouldn’t you be guaranteed business success almost instantly, particularly if your food is great and moderately priced?

Think about it:

Need-to-Have vs Want-to-Have

What Problems Am I Solving?


Every day, I see people–great, loving, wonderful human beings-struggle financially; live from paycheck to paycheck; stay glued to cul de sac jobs where they work at for decades. Sometimes, these folks are just unable to find work  because the job market is tight. What’s true though is  that being Mr. Nice Guy doesn’t pay bills.

Money only comes to people who are -in one way or the other- solving problems. Every job on earth is designed to solve a problem or set of problems in exchange for money. 

I find that making money is often the primary or sole motivation for many people, but it never satisfies like if actually aligning yourself to fix a problem would. 

A person of faith, realizing how important motivations are, cannot be downplayed because with the right ones, anybody can become an enterprise that meets  a need, employs others and takes in profits by the millions.

So what are the motivations that can help you solve problems and change your earn ability forever?

Love


Love can. The Bible is a book that teaches humans beings to love God, love themselves on the basis of their love for God and then, love their neighbour as they love themselves. It means that if I love my neighbour as I love myself, I am immediately a problem solver. Part of the being a human being is self-preservation. And this attribute, parlayed into the biblical teaching on love can help  you create products and services that people around you need to live better. In essence, all wealth is created by love for others, because loving is giving, solving problems and helping to preserve others, even at the prospect of getting paid.

Hope


Hope is expectation. And several times, all through the Bible, it teaches how having hope can be important. The Bible teaches us to expect profit from all labor. It teaches that the expectation of the righteous including, solving problems in exchange for profits, can not be cut off; the God’s plan for us is to give us an expected end of good. Hope means that success is guaranteed me no matter the business I choose to engage in.

Faith


Faith is taking action based on the hope of success. It is the confident assurance that you believe the guarantee of success that the Bible gives to believers. You start that food business or any other business with the expectation to succeed. Faith is the cherry on the top. It is actualizing the motivations of hope and love. 

As you re-fire and relaunch  out this final half of the year, it is important that you let love, hope and faith drive you to solve problems and create value for others. 

Let the drive to help others, not the quest for money underpin your business venturing. 

If you are finding it difficult to get a job, make one. Your destiny is in your grasp. It is my firm belief that God created you to solve a problem in this world so step up and be counted.

Maybe you can cook, clean, audit, plan or manage money well. Remember this: 

You are the answer to someone’s cry; the solution to someone’s problems.

What you need to do now is get a sheet of paper and write on the top of that page this question:

What problems am I solving? 

From that point, start attempting to answer this question with as many thoughts that come to mind by writing down the things you are good at. Reread the three Bible motivations for solving problems and let it drive you to start a business or reorganize the one you already have.

May the rest of the year turn out in your favour.

Average is for Losers

The second half of the year starts today and for many, disillusionment set in a long while ago.

Many of their dreams and aspirations for the year became unattainable with things like rejection, the lack of capital or promises that weren’t forthcoming. 

What I know for certain is that winners never quit and quitters never win…

But let the words of Sir Winston Churchill, a man somewhat in a difficult place during the Second World War form a part of you musing today…and maybe, strengthen your resolve to pick up the things you planned to accomplish this year: 

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

You will win if you don’t give in. This is not the time to dig your heels in and wallow about how you tried. It is the second half and if you don’t pick yourself up, pursue and outrun, your won’t be able to take back all that doubt, disappointment and disillusionment have stolen from you.

This could still be your best year yet and for this very reason, you can’t be average. Average is for losers. Never forget it, nobody remembers average performers because it is not natural to.

It is time to be that phenomenal you or be forgotten. It is time to recover.

Have a great second half of 2017!

As Powerful

lion

We are as powerful as our greatest weakness permits
As  beautiful as our deepest flaw
Capped by our lowest thoughts
Detaining us in a trough

Our minds are the greatest assets
They tell us what to do
So build up a richer, healthier mindset
And son, you’ll make it through

Life is not to be lived cowardly
So be ready to embrace your truth
That the battlefield is right between your ears
And we can always tell who you’ve been listening to